Updates 12/2-12/6

Hi Parents and Students!

I hope you all had a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving Break filled with family, friends, and good food! It is always good to have a change of pace to enjoy the better things in life!

As we are getting closer to Winter Break (only 3 weeks!), we are hitting the ground running in ELA.

Homework:

Monday Homework-Read the article, give the main idea and 3 supporting details

What we are Learning:

Reading:

  • Inferring multiple main ideas for the same text, providing supporting details, and summarizing nonfiction text with examples.
  • “Reverse engineering” text to identify the main points and reasons other authors have made.
  • Creating a skeleton outline for a previously written text by another author to state their main ideas and details.

Writing:

  • Using transitional phrases in informational writing
  • Balancing fact and personal examples in informational writing to make the text easier to understand.

Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns! 🙂

Have a wonderful week!

Updates 11/18-11/22-Week before Thanksgiving Break

Hi Parents and Students!

This week, we will be diving into nonfiction text, practicing making more in-depth inferences, summarizing a nonfiction text by main ideas, writing body paragraphs for our informational essays on the evolution of immigration and continuing to read Outcasts United.

Homework (will be updated through the week, so if students left it at school, you can find it here.)

Monday-Making an Inference Article

Important Dates:

Thursday, 11/21-half day Target. Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Lloyd’s classes will be shortened by an hour on Thursday.

Friday, 11/22-Immigration Day and Stem Day. I will not be meeting with classes but will be assisting with Immigration Day and STEM

What We are Learning:

Reading:

  • Focusing on main idea, supporting details, and logical inferences while reading Outcasts United. Monday homework is linked above. I’ll be updating with other day’s homework through the week.
  • Revising and redrafting constructed responses (TRACE)

Writing:

  • Body paragraphs for our informational essay on immigration evolution
  • Transitional phrases within an informational essay
  • Using similes and metaphors to help readers understand complex topics

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 🙂

Updates 11/11-11/15-Acts of Kindness Week

Hi Students and Parents!

**If you or someone you know works with refugee organizations and/or refugees directly, please let me know. I’d love to arrange a speaker!**

This week, schedules will be a little altered as students participate “Acts of Kindness Week” activities. Mrs. Oakhill and Mrs. Hahn’s class’ will have a rescheduled time to work on their Rap projects in the Learning Commons. Once I have the official dates worked out with Mrs. Kindschy, I’ll update them here.

Students will have a modified Target schedule this week (all meeting on Thursday due to 5th grade field trip on Friday). Mrs. McCoy and Mrs. Lloyd’s classes will have a shortened block.

Students will also see the movie, Wonder, on Friday, so it will cut in to the classes I meet with during that time.

Updates/Important Dates:

  • Book Club work due on Wednesday, 11/13! This is a test grade and 5 points off each day late. Click here for Book Club pages
  • Final Book Club meeting on Wednesday, 11/13.

What we are Learning:

Reading:

  • Reading Outcasts United
  • Focusing on making logical inferences of nonfiction text while reading
  • Finishing book club and writing on the theme.
  • Working on summarizing while reading nonfiction text by focusing on the main ideas.

Writing:

  • Developing a rough plan for our informational essays. (Will be turned in for quick check and classroom grade)
  • Completing preliminary research on their essential research question: How has the issue of immigration changed over the course of U.S. History. (Will be turned in for quick check and classroom grade)
      • Articles used are posted in a link at the top of the page if they need to be accessed from home.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 🙂

Updates 11/4-11/8

Hi Students and Parents!

This week, the goal is to begin our new nonfiction novel, Outcasts United, as we begin reviewing features and attributes of nonfiction text and practicing more in-depth with comprehension strategies. The story is about a team of refugees from all over the world, mostly from Africa and eastern Europe, who formed a soccer team in Clarkston, Georgia. The team, lead by their coach, has to overcome obstacles on and off the team.

Request-If anyone has connections to individuals or groups that work with refugees that would be willing to speak to a 5th grade class, please e-mail me at kimberly.bingham@cobbk12.org. I’d love to have students hear from someone who has experienced the process of relocating or someone who helps in their journeys.

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Tuesday, 11/5-no school for students
  • Wednesday, 11/6-book club meeting 5 (after next week’s meeting, book club work is due for a test grade.)

What We are Learning:

Reading:

  • Finding specific evidence to answer questions and using our own words to explain why the evidence proves our point (making and supporting inferences)
  • Using multiple texts to find an answer to a question (tied in with our writing)

Writing:

  • Beginning our Research-Based Question (RBQ) by beginning work on an informational essay.
  • Through teacher-provided articles, students will need to search text for the answer to the question of our first informational essay: How has the issue of U.S. immigration changed over time?
      • Students will examine U.S. immigration from the past and present and determine how it has evolved over time.
      • Final products will be an essay in which students fully answer the question obtained from their research.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 🙂

 

Updates 10/28-11/1

Hi Students and Parents!

This week, we will focus a lot on meeting in strategy groups to continue practicing or begin enriching certain skills.

For example, your student may be working in small groups to more effectively quote text evidence when supporting a response to text or boosting their explanations when explaining a chosen piece of evidence.

We will also have some fun writing and inferring activities on and leading up to Halloween.

Homework this week will just be to finish any unfinished classwork.

Important Dates/Updates:

  • Book Club Meeting 4 Meeting on Tuesday (if in Mrs. Oakhill, Hahn, McCoy, or Lloyd’s homerooms)
  • Book Club Meeting 4 on Wednesday (if in Mrs. Rathbun, Mrs. Gago/Giordano’s, or Mrs. Wheeler’s homerooms)

What we are learning:

Reading:

  • Book Club Meeting 4
  • Using inferential and logic skills to solve a mystery
  • Supporting themes with logical evidence and explanations

Writing:

  • Supporting theme in writing that makes sense to the reader and clearly makes a connection between theme and evidence
  • Beginning informational writing unit by analyzing and explaining how immigration has evolved in the United States over the decades.
  • Halloween writing activity

Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Have a great week! 🙂

Updates 10/21-10/25

Hi students and parents!

This week, Mrs. Wheeler, Mrs. Rathbun, and Mrs. Gago/Giordano’s students will attend a field trip on Wednesday, so I may or may not meet with classes depending on their homeroom schedules and the time they return.

Updates/Reminders:

  • Book Club Meeting #3 is on Thursday or Friday depending on Target day.
  • Graded classwork/figurative language analysis (begun last week in class) is due Tuesday if not finished Monday

What We Are Learning:

Reading:

  • Focusing on theme vs. topic and using evidence and explanations to support the way the author shows the theme
  • Book Club
  • Finishing class novel Out of the Dust
  • Finding information digitally or from books for our raps

Writing:

  • Rewriting portions of another author’s work and adding conclusions
  • Sample Milestones questions from both 5th and 6th grades to add conclusions
  • Note-taking strategies as part of rap projects

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, and I’ll work to address them!

Have a fantastic week! 🙂

Updates 10/14-10/18

Hi Students and Parents!

For our week of half-days, our schedule will be slightly different.

Mrs. Hahn and Mrs. Oakhill: Monday-Friday from 10:45-11:25
Mrs. Lloyd and Mrs. McCoy: Monday-Friday from 11:30-12:10
Mrs. Gago/Giordano, Mrs. Rathbun, and Mrs. Wheeler: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:00-8:50

Important Dates/Reminders:

  • Wednesday, 10/16-Book Club meeting #2
  • I’ve been stopping into some conferences, depending on schedule, but have left a write-up for each student. If you’d like to meet separately, please let me know, and we can find a good time!

**Please have your students check that they have their reading notebooks. Some students have misplaced theirs either at home or in homerooms. This helps with keeping track of resources and practice texts for studying.**

What We Are Learning

Reading

  • Continuing to read Out of the Dust, looking for character change and figurative language
  • Analyzing a primary source (song) about the Dust Bowl, focusing on the point of view, perspective, and figurative language of the song writer
  • Book Club Meets

Writing

  • writing or rewriting text in a different perspective or point of view to match the author’s original tone and style

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns! 🙂

Updates 10/7-10/11

Hi students and parents!

This week, several families will be recognizing Yom Kippur, so there will be no homework, quizzes, or tests on those days. Please enjoy additional time with your families!

Please see below for some updates this week and next.

Important Dates/Updates:

-Wednesday, October 9th-Book Club Meeting during Class
-Most AC ELA will not be meeting on Tuesday or Thursday due to the 5th grade field trip on Tuesday and the early release day on Thursday.

Reading:

-Continuing to work on figurative language, point of view/perspectives
-Book Club Discussions

Writing:

-Finishing Narrative Writing
-Continuing practice with constructed responses

 

Updates 9/30-10/4

Hi students and parents!

Happy Rosh Hashanah to those celebrating! There will be no homework today or tomorrow, so everyone can enjoy some time with family!

In class, we will have a lot going on and will move fairly quickly, so please let me know if you have any questions.

Updates/Important Dates:

  • Monday, 10/7-Quiz on Point of View, Perspective, Figurative Language, and responding to text.
  • Grades should be up-to-date. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
  • Students who choose to earn up to half credit back on their Dust Bowl Narratives will have until Friday to do so. Check the prompt/rubric below!

Prompted Narrative-Dust Bowl

What we are Learning:

Reading

  • Continuing work on Point of View vs. Perspective and distinguishing between the two
  • Identifying the Point of View and perspective of various texts and explaining their benefits to the reader
  • Beginning book clubs
  • Identifying and explaining literal meaning of figurative language used in text and poetry

Writing

  • Writing to a prompt using the Circle, Box, Underline strategy
    • Circle the type of essay (narrative, informational, opinion)
    • Box the topic of the essay
    • Underline other important details
  • Editing writing pieces to better fit the prompt or better elaborate the important pieces of the story

Please e-mail me with any questions or concerns!

Updates 9/16-9/20

This week before fall break, we are wrapping up a lot, so we can start new things afterwards.

Updates

  • Students will receive their latest TRACE responses in class (from Friday) as a review tool for Wednesday’s quiz. They’ll also have their homework sheets on summarizing. These should be in their white folders Tuesday if you’d like to see them!
  • Students may bring home reading notebooks to review anything for the quiz, but it will be on a text they may not have seen before. They should just make sure they are comfortable with.
      • Summarizing
      • Finding Text Evidence
      • Comparing Characters’ Personalities in a constructed response

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, September 18-QUIZ on summarizing, finding text evidence, comparing characters, and constructed response.
        • What to expect: Read an excerpt of a text not previously seen and summarize it, support logical conclusions using the best text evidence (finding the best piece and providing evidence that can support a given conclusion), and writing a constructed response (TRACE) on how 2 characters are similar or different.
  • Friday, September 20-Prompted Narratives Due. Responses must be typed.The prompt page and rubric students were given is attached below.
        • Prompted Narrative-Dust Bowl
        • Mrs. Oakhill, Mrs. Hahn, Mrs. Lloyd, and Mrs. McCoy’s classes will be able to type their stories on Thursday in class. If they do not finish, they can turn them in online on Friday with no late penalty.
        • Mrs. Rathbun, Mrs. Wheeler, and Mrs. Giordano’s/Gago’s classes will be able to type their stories on Friday. All narratives are due then.

What we are learning

Reading

  • Continuing practice with comparing characters and choosing the best text evidence to justify comparisons
  • Point of View/perspective and benefits of using first person, second person, third limited, and third omniscient

Writing

  • Writing our first prompted narrative
  • How to end a narrative story without “The End” or a cliffhanger
  • Practicing typing narratives and submitting documents online

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns for the week ahead! 🙂