Friday, January 16, 2015

Vocabulary Parade Planning

Students have a big task this weekend... they have to choose their Vocabulary Parade words so we can start planning our costumes. Two students have already chosen their words and I am excited to see what they come up with. For some help choosing, I wanted to provide some resources to help make the choice easier.

You can use the classroom word wall...

or other internet resources!

Pinterest Ideas
New York Times Word of the Day
Word Dynamo


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Sunday Scoop

Today is the last day of vacation and while I planned on going in to work... I slept in and am working from home. The candles are lit, the sweet potatoes are in the oven and the snow is falling outside as I look through the window. I think I made the right decision.

I am excited to get back into the swing of things and see my kids. It has been a good three week stay-cation but I am ready to go back. Here is what I have on the agenda for the week.


Friday, January 9, 2015

Religion Spelling Fun

Why I never break out the clay for 5th graders is a mystery, but on the second to last week of school before the holiday I broke out the clay for spelling practice. It was an option for practicing their words, but most everyone chose it. The kids had fun and it was a nice change of pace. My students asked me to post the photos so enjoy!


Friday, January 2, 2015

Get Ready for School in 2015!

Happy New Year kids!!! Let's see what we can do with this when we get back to school. Miss you!

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Gratitude Projects 2014

The end of the year is a time to look back and think about what we are grateful for. In 5R we have discussed a lot about gratitude and showing appreciation not only for people and deeds, but also for the life we have around us.

The last week of school, the students had an open ended homework assignment to create a project showing their gratitude on a variety of topics, such as, "something you are grateful for that smells nice" or "something you are grateful for that has a vibrant color." The student projects were really thoughtful and well done. They also had to share their projects to work on their public speaking goals. We spent a lovely morning listening to the students as they spoke about their gratitude.

All in all, it was a wonderful project and just perfect for the last day of school before a long winter holiday. I think I will make it a holiday tradition!

Please enjoy looking at some of the projects and photos presented to the class this morning.



Sunday, December 21, 2014

Holiday Party 2014

Happy Holidays to everyone! We had a wonderful holiday party filled with pizza, juice, veggies, edible crafts, fun games and small gifts. It not only fun, but educational too thanks to our wonderful room parents. The kids had a great time and it was a nice way to celebrate all of the hard work we have done already this year. Thank you again to everyone who made this possible. Have a nice winter break!


Friday, December 19, 2014

ISL Snow Show 2014

Congratulations on a well performed show. I am proud of all of you! The song and movements really showed what we are all working towards achieving this year. Nice work ISL Grade 5!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spelling Homework for Tonight

Assignment: Take 5 of your words and write 5 Question Poems.

A question poem is where you choose one topic as your title and then write questions about it. It can be rhyming or free verse.


Oh, mother
Why are you so far away?
Why do I think of you every day?
What are you doing and what do you see?
Are you sitting and thinking of me?

Bunny, bunny
Why are your hops so bouncy?
Is your fur made of clouds?
Where are your little rabbit friends?
Do you like juicy carrots or dry carrots better?
Will you come home with me and wiggle your nose at my cat?


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Season of Giving Thanks

In the spirit of American Thanksgiving last Thursday I showed this video and then we participated in a sharing circle with all of grade 5. Each student and teacher got to take time to tell the group what they were thankful for.

The spirit of giving thanks has continued in my class with notes and poems of thanks. Many of my students have found or written me poems to show their appreciation for the work I do as a teacher. They have brought me to tears. I wanted to show some of what I have been receiving.

I fully believe that for as much as we do for children, they do so much for us too. I truly love my job and my students and am thankful for both every day!


Monday, December 1, 2014

Poetry Internet Resources

Our new unit has just begun and I wanted to share some fun internet resources for creating poetry online. The students will be working at school and home on poetry so if you have some down time to be creative, check out these resources (or use them for spelling practice this week!)

Create Acrostic Poems: ReadWriteThink
Create Dimante Poems: ReadWriteThink
Create Haiku Poems: ReadWriteThink
More Haiku Poems: PBS Kids