Happy Winter Break!

HI Everyone,

Happy winter break! Thank you so much for the gifts. You’re all way too kind. Thanks for making this year such a pleasure for me. I truly love these kids!

Today we made holiday wreaths! They came out great. Please see video below of our students working hard on them and having fun.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Ms. Gray

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Paraphrasing Notes

Hi Everyone,

It has been great meeting with you all for parent teacher conferences! Thanks for supporting your child with their education through 5th grade! Together, we can make this a successful year for our students. ­čÖé

In writing today, we paraphrased notes from a persuasive article on whether students should go to school 4 days or 5 days a week. We took notes and paraphrased together before they broke off into group. While in groups, we took notes through an application called TodaysMeet.

What is TodaysMeet?

TodaysMeet is the premier backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.

Students join fast, easy to start rooms with no sign up, and can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom.

Embracing the backchannel can turn it from distraction to engagement. Participants can learn from each other and share their insights, improving participation and deepening learning. TodaysMeet enables instant formative assessment feedback, and much more.

It was great and we cannot wait to do this again!

Thanks for checking in!

Ms. Gray

Dreambox

Please make sure our students are using dreambox at home!

DreamBox combines a highly personalized math learning experience with a rigorous curriculum for deep understanding of math concepts, so students learn to solve real-world math problems. We use this application every day in our math stations. Please click link below to access!

Dreambox

Thanks,

Ms. Gray

Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!!!

Today in social studies we learned about the First Continental Congress and Patrick Henry’s speech “Give me Liberty or Give me Death!” Students read about both and then were split into groups and made an educreations video on what they thought Patrick Henry meant by this quote. Please see their educreation videos below.

Thanks!

Ms. Gray

Persuasive Writing/ QR codes

Hi Everyone,

We have started our persuasive writing unit! We discussed reasons as to why students should/should not be paid for good grades. Students went to different corners of the room, depending on their stance on the topic. The 4 stance’s were STRONGLY AGREE, AGREE, DISAGREE, STRONGLY DISAGREE. Students were then able to write out their stance and provide supporting evidence for their beliefs. Please see pictures below of our students ideas!

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In social studies, the students participated in a QR code scavenger hunt on the Boston Tea Party. Students had to scan the code, write down the question and work together in a group to come up with the answer. They had to check with me first before moving to the next QR code. It was a lot of fun and I hope to do more of these in other subjects. It gets our students up and moving and fully engaged!

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Thanks!

Ms. Gray

Book Clubs!!

Hi everyone!

Today we started our book clubs! Our students were so excited. They wanted to read the entire book tonight!

While participating in these book clubs, students will have a specific role/responsibility for that week.  These students will need to make sure their roles have been fulfilled in order to be an active part in their club! Their only job tonight was to read the first chapter and to make a prediction about what the book is going to be about. Below is a list of roles and responsibilities the students will be assigned weekly.

Summarizer: Compete a quick 4-5 sentence summary of the chapters read. Only important characters and events should be included. Students should practice their summary and be prepared to present it to their group!

Character Coordinator: The character coordinator compares and contrasts character development, identifies special character traits, and discusses relationships between characters in the story. Students need to be sure to use evidence from the test to support their thoughts/ideas.

Vocabulary detective: Students will choose 4-5 new words from the reading assignment and write the pages they found the words on. Students will then write the definition of the word and use it in a sentence correctly. Using context clues to help find the definition is encouraged, before using a dictionary. Students should be prepared to teach the words to their fellow group members!!!

Passage Perfector: The passage perfector identifies and selects important, humorous, interesting, confusing, or well-written phrases or parts of paragraphs from the story. Students should include WHY they chose that part. Page number of the passage is needed!

Question Writer: Students will create interesting discussion questions. Students should try to think of questions that will get their group to dig into the book and use evidence to support their answers.

These jobs will be assigned to the students once a week. Jobs will rotate each week. These jobs will not be a nightly assignment. The goal of these book clubs is to have students be engaged in their books, foster a love for reading, while having fun doing it. Depending on the book, these assignments will be assigned to the students 1-2 times per week.

My role with these groups is to monitor through Edmodo and meet/discuss the book with the students weekly. So excited to get started with such amazing books.

Please see the pictures below of students getting introduced to their books for the first time.

Thanks for reading!

Ms. Gray

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Big Joe’s, Book Clubs

Hi everyone,

Our Big Joe chairs came in from Donor’s Choose! Woo hoo! The kids were extremely excited. We started to share our non fiction reports today and the kids were able to sit in our new chairs as their “author’s chair.” ­čÖé

Our book clubs will begin Wednesday. Students have assigned their group and book. Reading will be done both in and out of class. Discussions will be taking place through Edmodo and in the classroom. Two students from Mrs. DeFilipps class will be joining in our groups!

Unit 4 math assessment will be on Thursday. Review will be sent home this Wednesday.

Thanks,

Ms. Gray

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