Roses, Thorns, and Buds

Open_roseRoses, Thorns, and Buds: This week, we started a new, informal activity at the end of the day.  It’s called, “Roses, Thorns and Buds.”  You may have heard of it, but if not, here is what you do.  You begin by reflecting on your day. The best part of your day is considered your “Rose”. The worst part of your day is your “Thorn,” and your “Rosebud” or “Bud” is something you are looking forward to (either later that day, or tomorrow).  It’s been great connecting with one another in the afternoon by using this activity and maybe it is something you want to try at home with your family.

It’s been another busy week in fifth grade as we presented WebQuest presentations, wrapped up our persuasive pieces and learned about a few, new concepts in math.  Read ahead to learn more.

  • Conversation Starters
  • WebQuest Presentations
  • Writing Celebration
  • Standardized Testing
  • A Smile for You!

Conversation Starters:

  • What city did your science group recommend for the refugees during your presentation?  Why did you select this city?
  • Tell me about your persuasive piece and what evidence you are using to persuade your audience.
  • What is your rose from today?  What is your thorn?  What is your bud?

WebQuest Presentations: Last Friday, each group of researchers presented findings from their WebQuest.  As a reminder, the groups learned about weather by researching on the Internet so they could make a recommendation, at a press conference (notice the “official” podium we use when you look at the photos below), of a city for refugees to relocate.  Each group needed to present findings – with evidence – to their audience about why they recommended their city. Additionally, they needed to take questions from their audience about their presentation.  What a great way to learn about weather!

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Writing Celebration: This week, we finished up our persuasive writing unit and are heading toward a celebration next Monday.  The pieces are a-m-a-z–i-n-g!  I told the authors in our room that I think my dog, Hannah, looked at me funny the other night when I was reading their pieces because I kept talking out loud and saying how great they were!  If you have an opportunity to do so, please come visit us on Monday morning at 10:15am, so you can hear some of our persuasive pieces.  I promise, you won’t be disappointed.  Plus, maybe some of our authors will convince you to believe what they believe as they try to persuade you! 

WRITING.CELEBRATION

Authors conferenced with one another about their pieces in order to revise and edit their work before publishing.
Authors conferenced with one another about their pieces in order to revise and edit their work before publishing.
Here are some more authors sharing their pieces with one another.
Here are some more authors sharing their pieces with one another.
And . . . another writing pair working together.
And . . . another writing pair working together.
Last, but not least!  A final writing partnership sharing their pieces with one another.
Last, but not least! A final writing partnership sharing their pieces with one another.

Standardized Testing:  Next Tuesday, our class will begin our standardized testing that takes place each spring in Missouri.  We will test next week, as well as the following week.  We have been working hard this year (and will continued to do so after testing), and the children are prepared to show what they know on our state tests.  You can help simply by ensuring your child gets a good night sleep, eats a healthy breakfast and by encouraging your child to persevere and work hard – even when things gets tough.  Thanks for your support.

A Smile for You!   Nope.  I still haven’t gotten pictures online from Spring Break.  Maybe . . . one of these days. 😦  Until then, here is a photo that makes ME smile and hopefully will make you and your fifth grader smile too.  Please ask your son or daughter if he or she has had a chance to meet the dog in the photo below.  (I think you might be surprised with their answer!) Have an incredible weekend and enjoy the beautiful weather.

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