5th Grade News - November 2017
What are we learning this month?
We are finishing up the book, Home of the Brave in class. Through this fictional book, students are learning to identify themes using text evidence to support their thinking. They are also continuing to learn about signposts to help further their thinking about the books they are reading independently. By now, Book Clubs (student led book talk) and Strategy Groups (teacher led targeted instruction) will be meeting at least twice a week to support individual goals.
As we wrap up this narrative unit, classes will begin to read non-fiction texts. Students will identify various text structures of articles, as well as organize their ideas using appropriate graphic organizers. In addition, they will be reading from several resources on the same topic. The students will have to determine the legitimacy of the articles, author’s perspective, and the craft the author used to share his/her views. Furthermore, students will begin reading about the Westward expansion.
In Writing Workshop, fifth graders are working diligently to finish their literary essays. These five-paragraph essays include a snappy introduction, three body paragraphs that support their claim, and a conclusion that wraps up the entire writing piece. Publishing should be completed at the beginning of this month.
Our next unit is feature article. We will begin with several days of immersion; students will read articles as a whole group, with partners, and independently. Fifth graders will then generate a list of topics on which they are an expert. We will also be conducting some research, both in books and on the Internet. In their published piece, students will take a stance on an issue that impacts their expert topic. They will defend their position with details taken from their research.