Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Hippity Hoppity.....Easter's on it's way!!!!

Here Comes Peter Cottontail.......hopping down the bunny trail........hippity, hoppity, Easter's on it's way!!!!


We are ready for Easter and Spring Break week with some adorable tales (pun intended!!)  of our favorite bunnies!!!



These should be great for compare and contrast and author's point of view!!  So many bunnies......so little time!!!  

Monday, February 6, 2017

It's February and that means it's time for us to study and celebrate a special time in our history with Famous African-Americans!  We are studying 2 particular time periods (slavery and the Civil Rights Movement).  We are also focusing our Read Alouds this month on stories of courage and heroism from leaders in both of these time periods. 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Tuck Everlasting

Image result for google image tuck everlasting bookWe are currently reading the enchanting story, Tuck Everlasting with our literature group.  This story is written in such detail that we are painting wonderful pictures in our mind as we read (Visualization) and the author does an outstanding job of writing with detail (Show-not tell writing)!  It has us pondering a very deep life question......what if you could live forever???


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2017!  We are back in session and resuming our story, Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  We are also continuing our Informational Unit connecting with Science as we integrate a unit of study on weather.  What a perfect time to study weather as we are currently walking in a winter wonderland!  


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Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas!

We are currently reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, by Barbara Robinson.  We have also been doing a school wide unit on Christmas Around the World.  The students are enjoying making predictions and identifying sarcasm in the story and they worked hard on our school display of Christmas in Spain for our school project!  There has been much to compare and contrast with the various cultural celebrations of Christmas!  

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Friday, November 4, 2016

Author Study and INFERENCING!

We have started an author study on Chris Van Allsburg and are using it in Writer's Workshop as well as Read Aloud to help us connect reading and writing skills!  We are learning to INFER (and getting quite skilled at it, if I might add! :)

The students LOVE the stories and are so eager to read them each day!  Our writing is improving also because when we read excellent, mentor texts--we learn to MODEL our writing from the authors!  Each story is so captivating and Mr. Van Allsburg has a brilliant way of weaving thought provoking ideas into his stories!  We are gleaning so much from each one and the students can't wait to INFER from each story!!


It's a DOG PARTY!!!

We have finished our book, Because of Winn Dixie AND met another horseshoe goal so we are CELEBRATING with a DOG PARTY!!!

What fun!!!