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Students in Language Arts are in Reader's Workshop mode! They have been practicing fifth grade standards such as being able to select text based on interest and academic tasks. They will read independently to practice fluency including expression, pacing, and self-correcting for errors in decoding or comprehension. They will also read within heterogeneous and skills-based reading groups (flexible reading groups).
Students did so much within our Esperanza Rising unit. They've been reading and processing for several weeks now. Students have gained background knowledge around history, daily life, social issues, and how those elements impact the characters within the text. They have finished working within partner teams to make poster/speech presentations around character traits, character responses to conflict, figurative language, and important people to the character. Each week, students continue to provide evidence-based opinions as they read various texts. Students also compared and contrasted the main characters of the story. They are currently enjoying building dioramas to summarize a scene. In addition to the 5th grade standards around literature, GLAD strategies have been incorporated into the lessons which will allow students to practice 21st century skills such as team tasks, collaboration, problem-solving, and creativity.
5th ESTEAM rotation: We have been enjoying physical fitness while embracing performing arts, health, and physical education standards by learning dance moves! The students have been having lots of fun so far and we're looking forward to the next ESTEAM rotation.
4th ESTEAM rotation: Concertina with a nature focus: Trees through the Seasons. We are revisiting our focus on trees during this rotation. Students will make a concertina showing two different seasons. They will compose their drawing and use illustration skills to show details. Concertinas will be displayed in our hall once they are complete.
2nd and 3rd ESTEAM rotation: Art/nature focus: Cross-hatching and pointillism. Students will learn the techniques used in cross-hatching and pointillism. They will have access to high quality colored pencils and acid-free black paper during this rotation. They will be given a choice of photographs from National Geographic as they practice drawing images using cross-hatching and pointillism. This project will take two full rotations of ESTEAM to complete.
1st rotation of ESTEAM: Students studied leaf types and how to use leaves to identify tree names. They enjoying venturing outside to explore Dowling's trees with field guides in hand. Some the trees students found included Birch, Red Maple, Pin Oak, Bur Oak, and Basswood.
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Families! We are set up on IXL for Language Arts! Students may use IXL to satisfy the at-home Reading requirement. Be sure to write "IXL-LA" as the title in their planner when you sign the box each evening.
*** Special Notes:
It's warming up! As you know, Minnesota provides a distinct 'push & pull' climate so be sure students are dressed appropriately for whatever the weather brings this spring!
HOMEWORK: Homework goes out on Monday and should be returned on Friday, unless we have special circumstances such as shortened weeks or field trips. I will let students know if the due date will be adjusted. The homework will be available to print at the bottom of my welcome note on this webpage (under my contact information). NO HOMEWORK DURING MCA TESTING PERIODS.
April 3-7: Spring Break NO SCHOOL
April 10: Quarter 4 begins
April 17, 18, 19, & 20th: MCA Testing (Maple: 4/17 & 4/18, Oak: 4/17 & 4/19, Pine: 4/19 & 4/20) * THERE WILL ALSO BE MAKE-UP DATES AVAILABLE AS NEEDED.
8:40-9:00: Morning Meeting (FRIDAYS: Share, optional)
10:00-11:15: Block One (students may bring a healthy snack to this block)
11:20-12:40: Block Two
1:45-2:55: Block Three
* FRIDAYS: Students may bring a small pillow and a blanket to Reader's Workshop
* I will rotate Reader's Workshop with Writer's Workshop as the year moves forward
Monday – POOL
Tuesday – MEDIA
Wednesday – MUSIC
Thursday – GYM
Friday – ART
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