Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Poetry Jam

Magnetic-Poetry- "The Game" is a creative and fun wordplay game. A student said, "It was hard to make sentences sometimes." Another shared, "It was cool to make sentences."

Thursday, September 20, 2012

State Report

Finale! Sharing their state report with a partner.
Creating a Ethnic Pie Graph
Researching info from state sites on our blog.
Friends helping friends

Kids Cooking in the USA
[5] 2.2.2 Writing in a variety of nonfiction forms using appropriate information and structure (i.e., step-by step directions, description, observations, or report writing)

Washington State's Seal
Kids are researching and adding more!
There are several parts of the project.
  1. Students will create a brochure (also referred to as a pamphlet)  Or create a document on Page. 
  2. Write to a state tourism office to request information like a brochure and map.
  3. Use the outline form to record information on their state.
Cover will include:
Picture of the State, State Flag
Statehood Date, State Motto
Side One:
State Facts: Capital, Population, Area Nickname
Famous For Interesting places to visit
Side Two:
Two different types of maps.
Physical landform relief (Hand drawn or molded in clay)
Natural Resource Map
 Interesting information
Side Three Design a bar, line, circle or pie graph for the following topics:
Ethnic groups in population
Back Cover will include:
Bibliography of book sources
Bibliography of web sites
 Research using several of the following sites:
Created a state map, state flag, and took a photo. Then placed on Pages App.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Prewriting a Narrative & Rough Draft

Planning the beginning of the story
Prewriting Strategies to plan written work.

The Beginning includes a setting, characters, and a mention of the  problem.

He is looking for sight words used in his writing pieces.
  • Then they will discuss ideas with their peers.
  • Write key thoughts and phrases.
  • Rehearses ideas
  • Think of their audience
  • Rough Draft

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Where is Europe? Asia?

Partner Time
We located 7 continents and used our Social Studies Textbook  It was difficult to locate Antarctica since it is on the south pole. Then we looked for 5 oceans. It was challenging to find the 5th Ocean. It was close to the Continent Antarctica.  An inset was placed on our map. We choose between Mountains Around the World or Rivers Around the World.

Working together

Monday, September 17, 2012

Writing Conference

I was reading my story, it was about the Ice Caves Accident in Seattle.

We were sharing three ghost stories.

Classroom audiences listening to a story (Narrative)

5th Graders are listening to their classmates stories.
  • They can give a compliment
  • Ask questions
  • Then may give a suggestion

    D E A R Time

    Drop Everything and READ.
    DEAR Reading means . . .
    • Get out our book and start reading.
    • We get out our reading log too.
    • Then write about what we just read.

    Sunday, September 16, 2012

    Book Talks

    Read My Brother's Keeper
    I'm reading Captain Underpants

    Is a brief commercial for a book

    • Talk about the title and author.
    • Read aloud the interesting or exciting part of the book.
    • Mark it with 3 tabs (as seen in the Photo)
    • Give a brief synopsis of the book.
    • Then ask, “Are there any questions or comments?”

    I'm reading Viking Ships at Sunrise.

    iPad Workshop

    Does it look like this?
    Fifth Grade Students had Apple Trainer Cheryl Bobo at our school.
    • Students located where they live
    • Created a iMovie
    • Wrote a brief synopsis of their life using the  App Pages. (http://www.apple.com/apps/pages) A writing tool for the iPad.

    I have to point the camera at myself?
    Do you see your house?

    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Going Bananas!

    How to Play Bananagram Game

    By Bananagrams

    Place all 144 tiles face down on center of table. These tiles are referred to as the "BUNCH". For games of 2-4 people, each player takes 21 letters from the bunch, keeping them face down. For 5-6 players, 15 letters are taken. For 7-8 (or more) players, 11 letters are taken.

    Now Banana Game begins.
    Any one player says "SPLIT" whereupon all players


    SpellingCity.Com site is on-line place to practice their fifth grade spelling words. You can
    • Use this interactive tool to review your spelling words.
    • Play a Game
    • Practice writing your words with hand writing sheets.
    • Take a test (Say it - hear it or in a Sentence)