5th Grade News - May 2018
What are we learning this month?
Our students are learning about the genre of FANTASY. All classes were immersed in this genre by watching a fantasy movie and after, discussed the elements of fantasy that they saw. They are also all enjoying a class read aloud on either, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe or The Paper Bag Princess. The students talk and jot down either in their notebooks or use an organizer to keep track of the elements they come across.
Some elements of fantasy are:
- Mythical Creatures
Your child should also be reading a fantasy book on their own. Please make sure to take your child to the library if he/she doesn’t have their own fantasy book. As they read their book, they should keep track of the elements they come across. You can also discuss their books with them and have them show you text evidence that supports their ideas.
The fantasy unit will begin with genre-specific vocabulary and dive right into character work. Students will examine complex characters that have a mix of positive and negative qualities. Then, fifth graders will craft their own characters and create an actual quest or a metaphorical quest for those characters. Students will write an original story that includes many elements of fantasy works.
This is our final writing unit of the 2017-18 school year. Students are typically excited about the creative freedom that this unit embodies. The chance to include symbolism and explore bigger social themes makes these published pieces stand out.