Friday, October 3, 2014

Five for Friday: October? What?!

It's FRIIIIIDAY! This week was actually a very smooth week. Plus, I was able to get out of work at 3:30 on a Friday! Thank goodness for planning ahead and using the copy "mom" volunteers! I feel like I'm finally getting into the flow of this year and these kiddos. It's only taken two months...That's not too bad right? #dontanswer  Now that my hamster wheel is slowing down, I figured I'd link up for a Five for Friday with a recap of my week!

 I'm so excited for October and fall weather! Fall means... sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, leggings, boots, and, of course, football! I need to get one of these T-shirts ASAP!

We've been using Flocabulary in class! I can't say enough great things about the website. I'm just using a free trail right now and I'm maximizing my usage. This week, we watched a great video, "Hay Nativos" to introduce the Maya, Inca, and Aztecs! Love short informational (and catchy) Social Studies videos!

In Reader's Workshop, students are flying through our book club choices. I love when my students devour books. Because of Mr. Terupt has inspired so many of my reluctant readers! Hoot has been another popular addition. On Fridays we allow the students to meet in clubs to discuss their novels, usually in a fun way. Today, we used Presto Plan's "Fakebook" activity in our clubs. The lesson was an absolute success! Our students were engaged and excited and applied so many higher level thinking skills... plus, there were so many creative hashtags my cheeks hurt by the end of class! #fifthgradehumoristhebest

During intervention, we've been really focusing on great reading strategies. We've been using the note card summary strategy and just this week we stepped up our summary writing. We used our Scholastic News magazines to prewrite and then compose a well written summary. To get started we used resources from Catherine Reed's Main Idea in a Bag the day before. Students did a fabulous job at transferring skills from her activity to a full length article!

This week has been filled with meetings and with conferences approaching, I need to a quick cheat sheet to bring to meetings and leave with parents. I have class data for me but parents always love to leave with an update on their student. So, I came up with a quick data sheet based on a an old sheet I used several years ago... You can snag a copy of my Student Data Tracker on my Google Drive and edit it to fit your needs!

Happy Friday!
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