Celebrating Our Writing With Fifth Graders

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Although we finished publishing our narrative pieces of writing a couple of weeks ago, we are still not completely done with sharing them. The fifth graders in Mrs. Auch’s classes were also writing narratives and recently published theirs. We thought this was a perfect opportunity for second graders and fifth graders to come together to share and celebrate their hard work. The students will work in small groups and talk about what they were working on, give feedback as well as receive feedback on their narratives. Because Mrs. Auch has two different writing classes, we are going to have two days that we will be doing this.

On Tuesday, November 4th from 9:45-10:30 the fifth graders will come to our school.

On Wednesday, November  5th from 12:35-1:15 the second graders will walk to Fleming School.

Picture Re-Takes

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Picture re-take day is on November 5th in the early a.m. ONLY.  If your child is having his/her picture re-taken, please send back the entire picture envelope with the EXCEPTION of the class picture which is yours to keep.   Any student who is having his/her picture taken for the first time, must include payment at the time of service.

Learning To Write About Science

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We began our next unit of study in Writing Workshop. The focus for this unit will be on learning to write about science. This unit ties in perfectly with our “Force and Motion” unit! The students will be able to take concepts and tests/experiments from science  and incorporate them into their writing.  As a class, we started to learn how to write like a scientist. In doing so, we learned that in order to write like a scientist, you need to:

  1. Ask a question about how the world works.

  2. Record a hypothesis, a guess.

  3. How will you test it? Record your procedure.

  4. Conduct multiple trials, and record your results.

  5. Analyze your results, and write a conclusion.

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Readers Read Fluently

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Our focus for Reading Workshop this week and last week has been on reading fluency. We’ve discussed how good readers:

  • Use a smooth voice that sounds like a talking voice

  • Use punctuation as a clue to how a text sounds

  • Use clues in the text to help us read with expression

  • Chunk or put together phrases to make it sound smooth

Motion On The Playground

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We began studying our first science unit on force and motion: “Way To Go.” We made observations in our Science Notebooks of where we saw motion on the playground. Some of the observations that we recorded were the swings swinging, birds flying, people walking, clouds moving and many more. This helped us to start thinking about the following essential questions:

  • How do objects move?

  • What is force?

  • How does force make objects move?

View Our Google Map of Essex Junction!

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Do you remember when we went on our walk of Essex Junction? We each chose a building or place in Essex Junction and learned why it is important to our Essex Junction Community. Now we want to share it with you!

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This map was important for us to do because we wanted to have something to share with the community about Essex Junction. You can also find this map on our school’s website under “Local Information.” This project helped us to answer the essential questions:

  • How can we investigate the characteristics of our community?

  • How can we share what we learn?