Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween!

Our creativity was at work today!
 I hope everyone has a safe and fun Halloween.. Don't forget to trick or treat for UNICEF!!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Craft Items Needed!!

Hello Families,
We are planning a fun pumpkin-decorating activity for Halloween and could use a few items that you may have on hand.  If you could send in any of the following by Wednesday that would give me time to get whatever else we may need.  We have the pumpkins, so we just need various items to decorate them:
glitter glue, googly eyes, cotton balls, yarn, pom poms, beads, buttons, pipe cleaners, fabric remnants, etc.
Thanks!    Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013


The Chapter 3 Social Studies test is on October 29 for room 14 and October 30 for room 13.  Use the study guide and Quizlet to prepare!

Monday, October 7, 2013

Literature Circle Roles

1.  Summarizer- summarize chapters before meeting (Fab Five)
                      - take notes
                      - participate in discussion
                      - report to larger group

2. Connector- write about connections before meeting
                    - share connections
                    - participate in discussion

3. Discussion Director  -create open-ended questions before meeting
                                   - keep discussion focused
                                   - monitor participation

4. Word Finder- find and define interesting or new words before meeting
                        - participate in discussion
                        - share definitions
                        - with other Word Finders, select words for Word Wall after meeting

5. Literary Luminary- find figurative language and vivid descriptions before meeting
                              - list or sketch before meeting
                              - participate in discussion and share images

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Room Parent Needed

Hello Room 13 Families!
Even though fifth graders are pretty independent, we could still use some support with PTO related activities and classroom celebrations.  If you have some time and wouldn't mind calling and organizing other parents to donate items for a gift basket (this will happen in the spring), please email me. Thanks so much!

Mrs. Johnson is having a parent volunteer orientation scheduled for Tuesday, October 8th.  There are two sessions.  Anyone planning on being a volunteer must attend one of these scheduled orientations.  The first one is at 9:30 am.  The other time is 6:00 pm.