We’ve been using our knowledge of story elements - setting, character, conflict, resolution, theme - to compare and contrast narrative stories. We then model our own narrative writing on the mentor texts we analyze as readers! In language, we continued to practice perfect tense verbs, for example, have gone/had gone/will have gone. Next week, we’ll be using evidence from fiction and nonfiction texts to make inferences as readers, and we’ll continue to work on our narratives in writer’s workshop. For our language study, we’ll be looking at titles - when they should be put in “quotation marks” (short works such as stories, chapters, songs, and poems) and when they should be underlined (or italicized if typing) (longer works such as books, newspaper titles, movies, etc).
I’m so proud of the fifth graders hard work in mastering multi-digit multiplication this week! During Monday’s pre-test, many told me multiplication felt “fuzzy” or difficult, but they kept working hard and by the post-test on Friday were multiplying by two, three, and even four digit factors successfully! Students who do not master a standard any given week are invited to stay with me after school in order to work toward mastery. One thing we’ve been discussing often in fifth grade is the idea of having a “growth mindset” and focusing on hard work and practice to achieve mastery, whether it happens the first, second, or fiftieth time we do it! We’ve enjoyed watching videos about growth mindset as part of our Class Dojo program - if you’re interested, you can check them out here!
This week we thought about how we get information from history, and categorized resources into primary and secondary sources. Students were able to recognize that primary sources consist of original information from the actual event or person, such as a diary, photograph, hieroglyphic, etc. They also identified secondary sources as text books, internet articles, and secondhand stories. I was impressed with the way they made connections between this concept and information they had studied previously! On Friday we introduced our next big unit: Mayas, Incas, and Aztecs. Next week we’ll be taking a break from social studies to resume our exploration of the scientific method and engineering, but we’ll pick up with the Maya again the following week!
I was so proud to see our Appreciation Board fill up again this week! The fifth graders are really making an effort to focus on the positive and recognize the many good deeds that happen in class every day. We’ve also been emphasizing skills for working collaboratively. We review guidelines for positive, productive partner work often, and practice working in partners and groups regularly in preparation for the collaborative nature of middle school (and life!). Group work can be both fun and challenging, so we’ll continue to practice it just like any other skill!