Problem and Solution

For the last part of our realistic fiction unit, students will be learning about problem and solution.

Problem: something that is causing trouble or harm that needs to be solved.

Solution: How the problem is solved.

Students will be looking at the following pictures and responding as to what the problem and the solution is. I will be looking for correct answers but also complete sentences, spelling, and punctuation.











Today we went over vocabulary and key concepts in order to prepare for our quiz on Friday.

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There are flashcards, pronunciations, pictures, matching games, and more. Please play this at home during the week to be prepared for Friday. Students are also coming home with notes and paper flash cards as well.



Ms. Gray

Finding the Theme

Hi Everyone,

Finding the theme of the story seems to be something most of us are struggling with. It is important for students to know that the theme of the story should be universal. Please see the chart below with common themes in literature.

We read the picture book “The Dark” by Lemony Snicket and wrote about the theme. Please see below to listen to the story. Please check seesaw very soon to see a SPECIAL post by our students about what the theme is and why.



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SBAC prep

Hi Everyone,

Fourth and Fifth grade students will be practicing responding to an SBAC prompt once a month until the testing date. The passage the students read was called “Alternative Sources of Energy” which focused on wind power, solar energy, and geothermal energy. We read the passage together and took notes. We discussed how to properly write a RACE response and use SPECIFIC evidence from the text to support our answer. We then watched the video below to help us understand the text.

Their responses will be posted to seesaw soon. Please take a look at them and discuss them with your child.

Thank you!

Ms. Gray



Head’s Up.

Hi Everyone,

In Social Studies, we have been learning lots of new vocabulary. It is important we learn learn, use, and practice using the vocabulary in our speaking to help us understand what the words mean. Learning vocabulary prior to reading a text will also help with comprehension.

Yesterday we practiced our new vocabulary words by playing the game, head up! Heads Up! is the fun  game that Ellen DeGeneres plays on her show — and now we are playing it in our classroom! Students have to guess the vocab word on their head from their classmates clues before the timer runs out!

Please click here to see students playing in action.


Ms. Gray


We have started using EdPuzzle in the classroom. Ed puzzle is a wonderful website that engages students through videos. Students watch a video and answer questions that pop up during the video. If they get the answer correct, they get notified immediately. If they get it wrong, they also get a notification as to why it was wrong. The results get sent to me immediately which is extremely helpful with data. Through EdPuzzle, students are able to practice listening to a text and responding which is an important skill to have.

Please ask your child about this at home! They have their user names and passwords to log in. 🙂


Ms. Gray




Author’s Perspective

The author’s perspective, or viewpoint, is how the author feels about the subject. In order to determine the author’s perspective, you need to figure out what opinion or attitude the author has about the subject.



As an example, I talked to the students about my favorite musician, Justin Timberlake! I have seen the same show of his live in concert 3 times. Each time I saw him, I had a different seat. Therefore, my perspective of the show changed. In books, the authors perspective can change depending on which character is telling the story.

The students loved to see the videos of Justin Timberlake at his shows. Please talk to your students about this at home.



Ms. Gray


Classroom Read Aloud

Our classroom read aloud is The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop. It ties in directly with our Realistic Fiction Unit. The students absolutely love this book and beg to read more each day. Please see the cover of the book below. I encourage you to go to the local library and take this book out!


Ms. Gray


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Theme is the “big idea” or message of the story. During literacy stations, students will be practicing identifying the theme independently. Please see some passages below that they will be using to help them identify the theme.


Ms. Gray