Congratulations to Lexi and Holly!!!!!

Congratulations to 5th grade students, Lexi and Holly!  They both submitted an entry into Scholastic’s Storyworks Create a Character Contest.  Both of their characters were selected as two of the 75 runners-up; handpicked from nearly 3,000 entries from across the country!

Below are the grand prize winner and the finalists and the runners-up:

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Diya P., Lincolnwood, IL

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Josh W., Blue Ridge, MS

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Grace L., South Huntington, NY

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Mikayla A., Montgomery, AL

ATTENTION – NEW LOCATION FOR 5TH GRADE EASTER PARTY

           

Below is the permission slip that came home with your child today.  It is important that you sign it and send it back with your child in the morning.  We want everyone to be able to attend the Easter Party, but we must have their permission slip.  If your child doesn’t make it home with a permission slip, please send them with a note or write one in their planner giving them permission to ride the school bus across the street to White Oak Baptist Church.  You are more than welcome to come watch your child participate in an egg hunt with a twist!  This is, by the way, their last class party as a White Oak Elementary student. So, please make plans to join us!  Also, please remember that Friday and Monday are school holidays!  We hope you all have a “Hoppy” Easter and enjoy the long weekend. Thank you very much!

DUE TO RAIN IN THE FORECAST, 5TH GRADE EASTER PARTY WILL BE HELD AT WHITE OAK BAPTIST CHURCH GYMNASIUM (ACROSS FROM MIDDLE SCHOOL) FROM 9-10 A.M.
PLEASE SIGN AND RETURN THAT YOUR CHILD HAS PERMISSION TO RIDE THE BUS TO THE GYM. YOU MAY SIGN YOUR CHILD OUT FROM THE PARTY WITH YOUR CHILD’S HOMEROOM TEACHER.

STUDENT NAME: ______________________________________

PARENT SIGNATURE: __________________________________

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March Book It Calendars

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their March Book It Calendars on time! Great reading 5th graders!

Ummel: KaDee, Jaaliyah, Andee, and Jaden F. 

Owens: Ally, Gavin, Brody, and BrianBrantley: MeganMcBride: Ty, Lucas, Samantha, Olivia M., Olivia D. (not pictured)

STAAR Testing

The State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness, or STAAR, will begin this week. On Tuesday, April 9th, our 4th grade will participate in the Writing STAAR, and our 5th grade will take the STAAR Math assessment. On Wednesday, April 10th, our 5th grade will complete the STAAR Reading assessment.

We encourage our students to:

  • Go to bed early.
  • Be on time for school.
  • Plan to bring your lunch from home that morning or purchase your lunch from the cafeteria on these two testing days. Food brought in for lunch will not be allowed for any grade level on testing days. VISITORS for lunch will not be permitted on campus on April 9th and 10th.
  • Students may bring one, sealed bottle of room-temperature water. Any other drink will not be allowed.

We are proud of our students and know that they are ready to show what they can do. Let’s stand behind them and show our support by making sure these tips are followed by all.

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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

STAAR Terminology – Text Features

  • title – identifies the topic of the text/tells what the text will be about
  • title page – tells a book’s title, author, illustrator, and publisher
  • table of contents – tells the names of chapters and on what page the chapters can be found
  • index – tells on what pages the reader can find certain topics
  • glossary – tells the definitions of some of the words found in a text
  • heading – divides the text into sections and explains what the sections will be about
  • photograph – shows what something looks like (taken with a camera)
  • illustration – shows what something looks like (drawn by an artist)
  • caption – explains what a photograph or illustration is about
  • label – tells the name of certain parts of a photograph or illustration
  • graph – organizes and helps compare information in a visual way; chart
  • table – organizes facts and numbers in a visual way so it is easier to read
  • map – shows where places/events are located
  • diagram – explains information or how something works in a visual way
  • bold print – shows what words are important or what words can be found in the glossary
  • italics – shows that a word is important
  • bullet points – makes lists easier to read and understand
  • fact box/sidebar – gives interesting facts or extra information about a topic

STAAR Terminology – Genres

  • genre – a type, style, or category of literature
  • fiction – a type of literature that is a made-up story
  • nonfiction – a type of literature that is full of information and facts
  • realistic fiction – a story using made-up characters but the story could happen in real life
  • fantasy fiction – a story including elements that are impossible, such as talking animals or magical powers
  • humorous fiction – a story full of fun and excitement meant to make the reader laugh
  • mysterya suspenseful story about a puzzling event that is not solved until the end of the story
  • historical fiction – a fictional story with real and/or made-up characters that takes place during a historical time
  • science fiction – a story that blends futuristic technology with scientific fact and fiction, such as time machines and robots
  • poetry – verse written to create a response through thought and feelings; often uses rhyme and rhythm
  • biographya story about a real person’s life written by someone else
  • autobiography – a story about a real person’s life written by that person
  • traditional literature – stories that are passed down from one group to another in history; such as folktales, legends, fables, fairy tales, tall tales, and myths from different cultures

STAAR Terminology – Author’s Purpose/Position & Media

  • persuade – influence, encourage, or convince the reader to think or feel a certain way through letters to the editor, advertisements, reviews, etc.
  • inform – give information to the reader through informational text, recipes, brochures, textbooks, etc.
  • entertain – amuse the reader through fiction, comics, jokes, etc.
  • causality – one event can cause another event to occur, having a cause and effect relationship
  • comparison – how things are alike
  • exaggeration – making things seem bigger or better or worse than they really are
  • contradiction – making two statements, in which both cannot be true, such as “No Swimming” and “Swim at your own risk”
  • misleading – to lead one in the wrong way
  • media – a way to get current information to a large group of people, such as newspapers, television, radio, magazines, Internet, billboards, etc.
  • skeptical – doubtful
  • credibility – trustworthy
  • bias – an opinion that is not thought through or is unreasonable

 

 

February Book It Completed Calendars

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their February Book It Calendars on time!  Keep up the great reading!  March Calendars are due the week of April 1st.  HAPPY READING

Ummel: Jaden F., Andee, Zoey, and JaaliyahOwens: Brody, Brian, and GavinBrantley: MeganMcBride: Olivia M., Ty, Olivia D., and Samantha

January Book It Completed Calendars

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their January Book It Calendars on time!  Keep up the great reading!

Ummel: Jaaliyah, KaDee, Zoey, Dakota, Jaden F., and Logan

Owens: Brody, Gavin, Brian, and AllyBrantley: Brody, Braden, and MeganMcFall: Jadon and KinnadieMcBride: Olivia M., Lucas, Olivia D., and Samantha

December Book It Completed Calendars

The following students completed the required reading minutes and turned in their December Book It Calendars on time!  Keep up the great reading!

Ummel: Logan, Zoey, Jaaliyah, KaDee, and Jaden F.

 

Owens: Brody, Taylor, Madison, Brian, and Gavin
Brantley: Brayden, Brody, Braden, Dakin, Sophia, and Megan

McFall: Jordy, Lauren, Kinnadie, and Bayla

McBride:  Cody, Maddux, Ty, Tyson, Lucas, Olivia D., Samantha, and Olivia M.

 

Beauty and Disaster

We are currently focusing on text features.  We identified and studied several text features present in our latest reading selection, Beauty and Disaster, such as title/heading, photograph, caption, diagram, label, map, and bold print.  We also learned some interesting information about the most recent violent eruptions and destruction of Kilauea last May.