Students finally had an opportunity to explore the new Donors Choose materials. We have new comic books, nonfiction books, and early chapter books. Watch the backpacks to sign up for summer book borrowing through our classroom.
Friday, May 29, 2015
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Students love making up characters, giving them names and telling about their adventures. Realistic fiction has been a fun unit to explore and wrap up our year with. Many adventures our characters go on mirror our own lives except we choose the outcome!
|Sharing our realistic fiction stories in the early stages of creation|
|Sharing ideas and pushing each other as writers|
|Touch and Plan|
|Revising after rereading|
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Friday, May 22, 2015
|Students shared their book reviews with their reading buddies.|
|Classmates enjoyed hearing about potential summer reads.|
|Our book buddies enjoyed being able to read our writing!|
|The book talks these students had were phenomenal, |
they included favorite parts, connections and other
books they enjoyed by the same authors.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Thank you Gallagher family for this fabulous enrichment opportunity. We loved seeing a glimpse of your life and the hard work that goes into farm life.
|Mrs. Gallagher explained the care for the animal, what they |
eat, where they live, and their life cycle.
|Abella shared some of the chores of farm work.|
|Gus was a trooper and allowed the students to love on him!|
|The piglets slept through the field trip madness.|
|Jackson shared the many jobs of the tractors on the farm. The|
students LOVED climbing inside.
|Mr. Gallagher shared the feed corn seeds with the students, the|
life cycle and how this crop is used in its entirety.
|Moomers stop before heading home for a cool treat on|
this chilly day!
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Friday, May 15, 2015
We are working on responding to Nonfiction text. Students read the questions to prepare themselves for the passage they are reading and to have a purpose for their reading. Students read a passage independently. They highlight key words, answer questions and then reread the passage to make sure their answers make sense.
Students then find the other members of their group that have read the passage and compare their thinking. This is an opportunity to check and revise their thinking.
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The book swap was great fun! Students LOVED trading their books for new slightly used ones! This will be a yearly tradition at Westwoods thanks to Mrs. McPherson! Westwoods is sure luck to have her! Thank you for your kind donations and for supporting us in our mission to have books in every child's hands for the summer.
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Excitement is in the air! Almost all of the butterflies have emerged! Yahoo for this fabulous demonstration of the life cycle. Unfortunately not all of the caterpillars and butterflies made it but we also are using this as a learning opportunity about rate of development and environmental factors. Students are excited to release the butterflies later this week!
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Monday, May 4, 2015
|A Big Guy Took My Ball book review by: Cam B.|
|I Am Going book review by: Evan K.|
|How Can I Get a Pet book review by : Keagan K.|
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This unit in Reading is about using fiction reading to support our knowledge or provide us with new knowledge on a topic that we can later cross check in a nonfiction book. Students get choice in their topic and can change topics every few days. We are using Charlotte's Web as our class read aloud to learn about farms and animals. We will be cross checking this information with other books as well as on our field trip to Gallagher Farms.
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