Parts of a Story

In Reading, students learned that there are different parts of a story called “Story Elements.” As a class we discussed each story element; characters, setting, problem and solution and how they help form the stories they read. During their silent reading, students journaled each element from their individual books while they read.

The 7 Habits

Built into our weekly schedule is the Leader in Me every Friday. Last week we began with reading 7 Habits of Highly Effective Children by Stephen Covey. Our focus was on the first habit: Be Proactive. Today we watched a video which showcased what it means to be proactive and be in charge of your own choices. Students will then, record their learning in a 7 Habits journal. We encourage families to use 7 habits language at home! Below is a list of each habit:

A Great Start to the New School Year!

Thank you for bringing in all of the supplies for the class and for your students, it is extremely helpful. The first couple of weeks back to school have been very productive!

Here are a few highlights:

In Religion, we are learning the parts of the mass and how to find passages in the bible. We are also learning how to highlight while reading to “take note” and remember important information.

In Math, we are working on reading an analog clock and telling time with minutes and hours, I encourage them to practice at home!

In ELA, we are reading “Stone Fox” with a focus on story parts, vocabulary and comprehension.



Math Fun!

The last unit in math is our funnest unit. It is all about applications in measurement and computation. Last week students, had to figure out how to open an animal shelter with $1,000, 000 to spend. Next they had to figure out how long it would take to earn $1,000,000 earning a specific number of dollars an hour. This week, students estimate how many steps it would take to walk to Navy Pier and today they measured their heart rate and monitored it after doing a lot of jumping jacks! This unit is certainly keeping their minds and bodies active!

The Civil War

In social studies, we have been discussing the causes of the American Civil War. While slavery is generally cited as the main cause for the war, other political and cultural differences between the North and the South certainly contributed as well; namely States Rights, Industry and Farming, Expansion and Secession. Social Studies and Science is often the subjects where students practice their note-taking skills. In the following photos, 5th grade take notes for their upcoming Civil War quiz…

Final Project

For our final project, I stated in my letter that went out in Thursday folders last week that it will be a science experiment, please refer to the letter. Students were given a Science Experiment packet to be completed periodically so all the work is not done at once. Students will have class time to work on these as well. Tomorrow is our first due date and that is the student’s question. I’ve told students that a science experiment is not to create or make something but to form a question that you need to test in order to find the answer. Students must go over their questions with you first and then me. Here is the packet:

Junior Achievement

Each year we have local entrepreneurs visit our classroom to talk about the business world with our students. Our 5th grade Junior Achievement team focused on how our nation provides practical information about businesses’ need for individual who can meet the demands of the job market. They introduced the concept of globalization as it relates to resources and careers, and the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of the business world.

“Show, Don’t Tell”

We are learning to become more descriptive writers. Novelist often use the “show, don’t tell” rule, which means, don’t tell the story, show it! As a class we discussed what that would look like using a simple phrase, “My room is messy,” and created an image that would elicit readers to imagine the messy room without seeing it.

During our writing time we work quietly and independently while listening to classical music. Here students create their stories listening to Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata