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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Our Classes Thanks

Our Classes Thanks

It was very heartwarming to hear what everyone is thankful for in our class.  It was powerful to hear so much thanks in just a small verbal share.

Laragh is thankful for her mom because she has always been there for her.
Derek is thankful for his family's companionship.
Matthew is thankful for his dad's job at Burton.
Ella is thankful for her 2 loving dogs Theodore and Drizzle.
Kate is thankful for our privileged community.
Ezra is thankful for all the experiments done that have lead to scientific discoveries.
Joyce is thankful for everything she owns that some people don't have. (Water, food, shelter...)
Lena A. Is thankful for her #1 companion, her dog Pixie.
Manfred is thankful for his dogs Ginger and Oscar. Oscar sadly passed away but he is still thankful for having him in his life.
Jack is thankful for his loving parents
Abby is thankful for a “roof over her head”
Colin is thankful for his families companionship
Katie is thankful for her family
Lucas ids thankful for being a human
Parrish is thankful for her fun sister Jazz
Lena K. is thankful for doctors and hospitals to help her with the medical help she may need
Charlotte is thankful for a education at a very privileged school
River is thankful for his family's wealth to take care of their needs
Ava is thankful for her parents.
Emilie is thankful for money and to be able to use it t get the things her family needs.

I hope at thanksgiving you will all gather together and discuss what you are thankful for.... it might get teary.. but it is worth it.

Lena Ashooh and
Laragh Scharf

Monday, November 18, 2013

Preparing for our Book Discussion on Characters in our Partner Reading Book Clubs

We were mining for evidence in the text to justify out thinking about characters.  We made a quick sketch of our character, determined a word that described them and then justified this by using evidence and quotes from the text!
Here we are having our book discussion with Mrs. crowther's class!  These book clubs were so productive.  The conversations were so mature and driven by evidence!  Way to go 5 th Graders!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Half way to 100 days of Fifth Grade!

Dear Families,
     It has been a truly incredible week here in 5th Grade!  The thoughtfulness in listening and learning has been tremendous!  We each have persevered and accomplished so much this week!  We handed in some of the best homework I have ever seen!  We justified our thinking in math with multiple pathways and detailed mathematical representations!  We are generalizing about 2 digit multiplication!  You would not believe the conversation your children are having with one another as they praise the efforts of their peers and compliment the work their peers are doing and how diligent they are in making sure it meets expectations! They are setting the bar high for themselves and working towards accomplishing their goals!  They are reflecting on their weaknesses and using a growth mindset in planning next steps for their reading and their writing!  In between all this class work they are managing chorus and band and we even found time to visit the imagination playground twice!  We had an active Snack Shack today, with a healthy snack from Ella, as we discussed Malala and her message of Education for All!

Another visit to the imagination playground!

Thoughtful and meaningful commenting on our Space Letters

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Red Ribbon Week

Drop the Drama and wear PAJAMAS!  Way to go Endeavor 5th Grade!

Friday, November 8, 2013

From the hearts of Charlotte, Lena A. and Kate

Endeavor Families-
This week was a great week! We completed a lot of things. We finished our read aloud, Out Of My Mind by Sharon M. Draper. Now, we are reading The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. In math we finished the first unit, and are moving on to unit two. This unit will be about measuring liquids, and using arrays to find the answer to double digit multiplication. In reading we started reading partners, where the partnerships read the same book and write responses to each other. Also, it's a new month, so everyone is trying to get back on track and be reading 30 minutes a night. (Or more!) Please talk to your child about how they are feeling about reading. In our class, we are skyping to children around the world who also are reading Out  Of My Mind it has been a mystery of where they are from, so we think of 10 clues for them to guess where we are from, and they give us 10 clues for us to find out where they are from. Soon you may be getting a persuasive letter from your young astronomer trying to convince you to travel to a planet of their choice. They have done a lot of research and hope to make you want to go. Lastly, we have a new share theme. This theme is what you are thankful for. The handout will be coming in your child's homework folder. We hope everyone has a great weekend!

Charlotte, Lena A., and Kate

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Solar Eclipse Tomorrow Morning

Click here to get information on when and how to view tomorrow morning's solar eclipse! Thanks for reminding me Charlotte!

Why Can't I skip my Reading Homework?

We are in a new  month, A little reminder as to why we need to be reading daily!

Why Can't I Skip My
Twenty Minutes of Reading Tonight?
(Source Unknown)

Let's figure it out -- mathematically!
Student A reads 20 minutes five nights of every week;
Student B reads only 4 minutes a night...or not at all!

Step 1: Multiply minutes a night x 5 times each week.
Student A reads 20 min. x 5 times a week = 100 mins./week
Student B reads 4 minutes x 5 times a week = 20 minutes

Step 2: Multiply minutes a week x 4 weeks each month.
Student A reads 400 minutes a month.
Student B reads 80 minutes a month.

Step 3: Multiply minutes a month x 9 months/school year
Student A reads 3600 min. in a school year.
Student B reads 720 min. in a school year.

Student A practices reading the equivalent of ten whole school days a year. Student B gets the equivalent of only two school days of reading practice.

By the end of 6th grade if Student A and Student B maintain
these same reading habits,  Student A will have read the equivalent of 60 whole school days Student B will have read the equivalent of only 12 school days.
One would expect the gap of information retained will have widened considerably and so, undoubtedly, will school performance. How do you think Student B will feel about him/herself as a student?

Some questions to ponder: 

Which student would you expect to read better?
Which student would you expect to know more?
Which student would you expect to write better?
Which student would you expect to have a better vocabulary?
Which student would you expect to be more successful in school....and in life?