Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Count Day is tomorrow! Please be in school and on time. Thanks so much!!!
- Milestone 1 is due October 8. For this milestone, students must turn in a list of 6 resources that they plan to use for their interest project. I have a form that I'll send home this week, but if it's just a list of websites and/or books written on a sheet of paper, that's fine, too.
- Book in a Bag turn-in rate isn't what I'd like it to be yet. All of the students have books. Please make sure that they are reading every night, filling out the form, and returning the form to school every Monday.
- Speaking of less than 100 percent return rate...Slice of Life stories are due every Monday, too. Please don't forget.
- We took a unit test in math today. Look for the graded paper to come home by the end of the week.
- Thanks to all who took the time out of their days for Learning Team Meetings. I felt like they were a great success and that we've got some terrific, individualized learning plans in place. If you haven't met with me yet, please give a call or send an email ASAP.
- Remember if you haven't checked out our first podcast yet, give it a listen HERE.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
In class today, we examined “found poems,” poems that are created from sentences that you find, sentences that other people write and that the writer turns into a poem.
Here are two sentences we found in a magazine:
“It’s easy to get lost in this summer scene. With a wooden bench surrounded by blooms an a birdbath, in the distance you could spend hours in this picturesque garden.”
Here’s how we turned it into a poem:
Found Poem #1
Words from Birds & Blooms
Arranged by Room 302
to get lost
in this summer scene
with a wooden bench
surrounded by blooms
and a birdbath. In the distance
you could spend hours in this picturesque
Write TWO found poems. You can find material anywhere. Your job is to arrange it into a poem. Think about things like line breaks, stanzas, sounds, and other poetry “moves.”
Make sure you put “Words from _____” and “Arranged by ____” at the top of your poem so we know where you got your words and who you are!
Due date: Monday, September 28
Monday, September 21, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
- Back to School night is tomorrow (Wednesday) from 5:00-7:00. Come see our new room and get acquainted with the fifth grade curriculum. We'll also be holding a discussion about Exhibitions & Learning Plans.
- Book-in-a-Bag started this week. Every student has a book, a bag, and a reading log. These things need to travel back and forth every day. We'll be using those books every day during reading workshop.
- Scholastic Book Club orders are due tomorrow. Remember, you can order online using the link in the sidebar of this blog!
- Learning Team Meetings will be held next week. I'll start making appointments tomorrow night at Back to School Night.
- There is no school next Friday, September 25.
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
- How many stanzas does this poem have?
- What are the metaphors?
- What parts are repeated? Does the repeated part change in any way?
- What words don't you know?
- Do any words have more than one possible meaning?