November Book It Completed Calendars

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their November Book It Calendars on time!  Keep up the great reading!  December Calendars are due the week of January 7th.  HAPPY READING

Ummel: Jaaliyah C., Zoey F., Jaidan J., Logan L., Chalille R., KaDee S., Holly W.

Owens: Gavin B., Gunar F., Eithan K. (not pictured), Brody M., Taylor M., Brian M., Ally T., Ava W.

Brantley: Braden C., Brody C., Dakin L., Brayden S., Jlynn W.

McFall: Adrian D., Addison H., Kaleb M., Lexi M., Kinnadie R., Lauryn R.McBride: James B., Maddux B., Samantha C., Olivia D., Ty K., Clayton M., Olivia M., Cody N., Lucas R., Nathan W.

Reading Incentives

December Book It Calendars and Six Flags Read to Succeed reading incentives were passed out to 5th grade students this week.  Students are responsible for 11 days of reading for 20 minutes for a total of 220 minutes for the month of December toward Book It and 6 hours, 360 minutes, toward Read to Succeed.  December Book It calendars are due when we return to school from Christmas break, the week of January 7th.  Six Flags Read to Succeed reading logs are due by February 15th.  Happy reading!

October Book It Calendars Completed

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their October Book It Calendars on time!  Keep up the great reading!  November Calendars are due the week of December 3rd.  HAPPY READING

Ummel’s Class: Jaaliyah, Zoey (not pictured), Jaden F., Jaidan J., Kenny, Chalille, Baylee, Shawn, Kadee, and JaKayla
Owens’s Class:  Gavin B. Eithan, Kara, Eli, Madison, Brody, Brian, Levi, and Ally


Brantley’s Class:  Megan, Braden C., Brody, Caden, Wyatt (not pictured), Brayden S.,and Ambriele

McFall’s Class:  Adrian, Addison, Layla, Kaleb, Jordy, Lauryn, and BaylaMcBride’s Class:  James, Maddux, Samantha, Olivia D., Ty, Elliott, Clayton, Olivia M.,Tyson, Cody, Lucas, Dawson, and Nathan

 

STAAR Terminology

As we are studying certain skills in reading, we are also focusing on terms that will help us to be successful and prepared for STAAR testing and become better at our reading skills.  This list will be added to as we change focus on different skills.

STAAR Terminology – Vocabulary

  • context clues – clues in the text that help the reader understand what a word means
  • synonym – a word that means the same or almost the same as another word
  • antonym – a word that means the opposite of another word
  • root/base word – the most basic part of a word without any affixes
  • affix – letters added to the root/base word to change its meaning
  • prefix – an affix at the beginning of a word
  • suffix – an affix at the end of a word
  • analogy – a comparison of things that have some things in common or which are different; hot is to cold as happy is to sad
  • dictionary – a resource that alphabetically lists words and their definitions or meanings
  • thesaurus – a resource that alphabetically lists words and their synonyms and sometimes their antonyms

 

 

STAAR Terminology – Story Elements

  • characters – the people or animals in the story
  • traits – ways of speaking and acting that show what a character is like
  • motive/motivation – a reason for doing something
  • setting – where and when the story takes place
  • plot – what happens or the events of the story
  • problem – the conflict that occurs between the characters or events in the story
  • solution/resolution – how the problem/conflict of the story is solved/resolved
  • theme – the central message or idea found throughout the story
  • mood – the feeling the author wants the reader to feel from the text
  • 1st person – one of the main characters is telling the story using “I” or “me”
  • 3rd person – a narrator is telling the story using “he/she” or “him/her”
  • 3rd person limited – the narrator limits the reader by only allowing the reader to know the thoughts and feelings of one of the main characters
  • 3rd person omniscient – the narrator is all-knowing and shares the thoughts and feelings of all or most of the characters

 

STAAR Terminology – Poetry

  • poetry – verse written to create a response through thought and feelings; often uses rhyme and rhythm
  • theme – the central message or idea found throughout the story
  • mood – the feeling the author wants the reader to feel from the text
  • analogy – a comparison of things that have some things in common or which are different; hot is to cold as happy is to sad
  • simile – a comparison of two things that aren’t normally compared using the words “like” or “as”
  • metaphor – a direct comparison without using the words “like” or “as”
  • onomatopoeia – a word that imitates a sound
  • personification – to describe non-human things using human characteristics, feelings, abilities
  • idiom – a phrase that means something different than what it says
  • alliteration – the repetition of the same sounds or letter at the beginning of each (or most) of the words in a sentence or verse
  • imagery – the use of vivid or descriptive language to reach the reader’s senses (sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell)
  • stanza/verse – a group of lines forming a unit in a poem or song
  • rhythm – the beat in a poem; such as nursery rhymes
  • meter – the rhythmic structure in poetry composed of stressed and unstressed syllables; a rhythmic pattern or beat
  • rhyme – two or more words which match in the same last sound
  • rhyme scheme – the pattern of rhyme
  • free verse – a flowing poem that does NOT have a particular pattern (meter) or does NOT rhyme
  • repetition – using a keyword or phrase several times throughout a poem; used to emphasize or help the reader understand the topic better
  • symbolism – when something stands for or represents something else; such as a dove standing for peace or a heart representing love

 

  • proseany writing that is not poetry; text written in paragraphs

 

 

STAAR Terminology – Drama

  • drama – a story written to be performed by actors

 

  • dramatic adaptation – the rewriting of a literary selection as a drama

 

  • theatrical version – the movie version of a book or play

 

  • play – a dramatic work intended for performance by actors on a stage

 

  • playwright – the author of a play
  • cast of characters – a list of all the characters in a play

 

  • script – the written text of a play
  • stage directions – instructions for actors and stage crew, usually set in italics

 

  • props – the items on the stage that the actors use; they give clues about the setting of the play

 

  • act – a major division of a play
  • scene – a division of an act into smaller acts
  • dialogueconversation between characters
  • script – the written text of a play

 

 

November Book It

Thursday, November 1st, the students were all given a November Book It Calendar.  The students are responsible for reading a total of 260 minutes for the month of November.  This is equivalent to 13 days of 20 minutes of reading; the week of Thanksgiving is not included.  Please encourage your child to do their reading at home.  This reading log is to be turned in with a parent signature on Monday, December 3rd.  Completed and signed reading logs will be rewarded a free personal pizza coupon.  Happy Reading!

Click the link for a copy of the November Book It Calendar. I also have extra copies in my classroom.

November Book It Calendar

Important Information

Monday, October 1st, the students were all given an October Book It Calendar.  The students are responsible for reading a total of 380 minutes for the month of October.  This is equivalent to 19 days of 20 minutes of reading.  Please encourage your child to do their reading at home.  This reading log is to be turned in with a parent signature on Thursday, November 1st.  Completed and signed reading logs will be rewarded a free personal pizza coupon.  Happy Reading!

Click the link for a copy of the October Book It Calendar. I also have extra copies in my classroom. Oct Book It-ymm8r9 

Also, on Tuesday, October 9th, we will take a reading common assessment.  This will assess the students over the skills we have focused on so far this school year; context clues and story elements/characters.  Please encourage your child to use strategies, which we will review on Monday, and do his/her best on this test.  Thank you for all you do to support your child/children in their education.

Remember that Friday, October 5th, is an early release day for elementary students at 1:15.

Old Yeller

In our Old Yeller unit, which we recently started, we will work with new vocabulary words, complete a character study, and learn about idioms.

romp – an energetic and noisy way to play

strained – stretched to the limit, either physically or mentally

shouldered – balanced something across the shoulders to make it easier to carry; carried the weight

lunging – making a sudden forward movement

wheeled – turned quickly

frantic – wild with excitement or worry

picturing – creating a mental image of something

bounding – leaping

checking – limiting or controlling something

stride – the rhythm of your walking and the length of your steps

image by Journeys

image by FreeFigurativeLanguagePosters.pdf and Pinterest

 

5th Grade Parent Orientation

Thank you so much if you were able to attend our parent orientation! We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules.

If you were not able to attend, we explained to parents an idea of a typical day in 5th grade. If you are subscribed to our blogs, the Remind, Skyward, and look at your child’s planner frequently, then you are receiving the most important information regarding your child’s education. If you are not subscribed, our blog and contact information is inside the front of your child’s planner.

We also spoke about 5th grade being an SSI year, which means the students must show success in math and reading, including STAAR testing this year, to advance to 6th grade. We are sending home a brochure regarding this information this week, so look for that to come home with your child soon.