Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Writing Prompts from Their Homework

They will create and customize their character. Then the writing begins!
Hand Made Character Template

Homework Writing Assignments are on our blog ~ Homework (Planbook)  Try
Today was a Rehearsal of writing prompts.

Writers are sharing their ending to  . . .  I thought a voice saying, "Pick Me,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

What causes an earthquake?

Mt. St. Helens; May 18, 1980 (8:32 AM) 22:58

     The view was breathtaking. 83 year old Harry Truman decided to stay on the mountain. The warnings fell on deaf ears. He wasn't moving anywhere. "It's my life, I've lived here 50 years," said Truman.
      It seemed to happen in an instant.  The whole top of the mountain rocketed into the stratosphere. The cloud reached some 15 miles up into the sky! The wind was blowing a N.E. direction and by noon it was pitch black. It does appear that the NW blank of the mountain seems to be gone. Some 12 foot wall of water was seen on the Toutle River.

We want students engaged in content. They are researching earthquakes and tsunamis,
In Science class, fifth graders are reading about the Earth's changing crust. What causes an earthquake? They drew a diagram of the earth layers.
Then, they made a model of the layers of the earth.

After our study, they will take a Quiz

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Where They Stand

Election Today, Shall we write with Pencils or Pens?

In Social Studies students learned about important rights of all United States Citizens. Voting is one of the most important rights American citizens have. Voting gives people a say in how things are done. 
Students will use a Venn Diagram to compare how Obama and Romney are different. Then they will use a chart to identify different types of questions that people ask about what they read.
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See Graphic organizers


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Taylor Swift A live Classroom Webcast

A live Webcast about the  Power of Books & Reading

5th Graders at R. J. Elementary watched, "Taylor Swift,” one of the world’s most successful singer-songwriters returned to in a LIVE See it too . . .

Webcast about the power of literacy. In this new 30-minute online classroom event, hosted by national radio personality Trey Morgan, Taylor Swift shared “where reading can take you” and how great literature has inspired her writing. Taylor also answered questions from students and performed a song from her new CD, Red. retrieved from Taylor Swift Webcast

Monday, October 8, 2012

Math Puzzle

Students shared their "Math Thinking".
The Farmer wants to get his Goat, Wolf, and Cabbage to the Other side of the River.
This problem has been around for a long time and continues to baffle some, however, don't let it baffle you. Give it a try!
The farmer wants to get his goat, wolf and cabbage to the other side of the river. His boat isn't very big and it can only carry him and either his goat, his wolf or his cabbage. Now.....if he leaves the goat alone with the cabbage, the goat will gobble up the cabbage. If he leaves the wolf alone with the goat, the wolf will gobble up the goat. When the farmer is present, the goat and cabbage are safe from being gobbled up by their predators.
How does the farmer manage to get everything safely to the other side of the river?
Find out how the farmer solved his problem.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

“Read Now with Taylor Swift”

Get ready for the Webcast

“She’s one of the few genuine rock stars we’ve got these days,
with a flawless ear for what makes a song click.

Rolling Stone, June 2012

Taylor Swift will release her fourth studio album, Red, on October 22nd, 2012.
See Taylor Swift info

Friday, October 5, 2012

Author Study

It began with reading George and Martha and laughter filled the room.
Do you know who wrote this book?
It became quiet as a tranquil sky . . . 
His work is usually gently humorous. His fairy tales are full of sly humor. James Marshall author and illustrator of the "George and Martha: books, the "Fox" series, "The Cut-Ups, and "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" He was a Caldecott honor winner in 1989. He also illustrated the "Miss Nelson" and the "Stupids" series.

Marshall grew up on a large farm miles from the nearest town. As a result, he spent a good deal of his childhood alone.
The student connects themes by

[5] 2.10.1 Identifying author’s message, theme, or purpose, stated or implied (e.g., helping others brings great rewards)

Thursday, October 4, 2012


Students have answered 2,000 math problems! Your class has spent 10 hours practicing math.  
The student accurately solves problems (including real-world situations) involving
 [5] E&C-2 recalling basic multiplication facts, products to 144, and corresponding division facts efficiently (L) (M3.2.2)

Native Legends
Remember this part . . .
Legends ~Tsimshian
Fifth grade students were asked to tell about a Native Legend they knew. (In their Journal)

In Social Studies they learned about the peoples of the Pacific Northwest (Text to Self Connection).

They heard the legend "Walks All Over The Sky" Tsimshian and will recount the story using a Legend Outline

Rewrite the Ending: They will rewrite the legend, "Walks all over the Sky" with a different ending.

[5] 2.10.2 Identifying themes in texts and making relevant connections to [personal experiences, experiences of others or other texts*

Social Studies

Students read and looked for non-fiction features in the following article:
Students used the skills page with the cover story's lesson plan. They used a chart to record non-fiction text features when reading. Wild Pets

[5] 2.1.3 Obtaining information using text features including pictures, illustrations, text structure (e.g., bolded or italicized text, graphs, charts, or headings)*