Hi Everyone,

Last week we learned about similes and metaphors. This week our focus is on idioms. Please see the images below of idioms we are focusing on in class. During the students independent reading time, they are to find idioms in their stories and add it to our figurative language wall. Please have them do this at home as well when reading. Thanks!

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Figurative Language

Hi Everyone,

We have started our figurative language unit. Each week I will introduce a new form of figurative language. This week we started with similes and metaphors. Please see the google slide link below to see the examples we used. We used the slide through a site called PEAR DECK. Pear Deck enables me as the teacher to teach with an interactive slideshow displayed on the student Chromebooks. They students were able to type out their responses in real time so I could gauge who was understanding the concept and who wasn’t in a quick, easy way. The students were also extremely engaged while viewing the slide show. Please click the link below to see the slide show.

google slide on similes and metaphors




Mood and Tone

Hi Everyone,

We are nearing the end of our realistic fiction unit. We have studied inferring,

theme, character traits, setting, plot, conflict, and now mood and tone. We have learned that  every text has a tone. You just need to know what clues to look for to find it. In this unit, students will learn what tone is, how it’s different from mood and how to analyze a text’s word choice and word connotations to infer the author’s or speaker’s tone.

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Context Clues

Hi Everyone,

When I  meet with students in small groups, each group is typically reading a different text, or the same text but at a different lexile level to best meet our students needs. Because of this, each group will have different vocabulary to focus on. I have made this chart to help us learn vocabulary in our small groups. We must use our context clues to help us understand what a word means when we cannot look it up in a dictionary. Please see the chart below. Thanks!

context clues

International Day of the Girl

Yesterday was international day of the girl! Today I read to the class the book titled “She Persisted.” This book discusses the power of a girl and focuses on 13 American women who changed the world. The women we discussed were

  • Harriet Tubman
  • Helen Keller
  • Clara Lemlich
  • Nellie Bly
  • Virgina Apgar
  • Maria Tallchief
  • Claudette Colvin
  • Ruby Bridges
  • Margaret Chase Smith
  • Sally Ride
  • Florence Griffith Joyner
  • Oprah Winfrey

Please watch a clip of the book being read aloud below.




In our read aloud, Wonder, the teacher in the story has a different precept for each month of school. A precept is similar to a motto. Its a general rule to help guide our behaviors and thoughts. In the story, the students September precept is “When given the choice between being right and being kind, choose kind.” We discussed what it meant and how we can show that in the classroom.

We as a class came up with the precept “Don’t judge a book by its cover” as our first precept. We watched the video below to help us understand what this means but to also appreciate what we have. Please ask your children about this at home.


in someone else's shoes