Wonder Unit

This week we will look into  Wonder before going to see the movie. We will focus on the characters, the book’s theme, and vocabulary using some excerpts from the book. We will also look into the author and her motivation to write the book.

Wonder Vocabulary:

catastrophe – a disaster or misfortune

mutation – an alteration or change, as in nature, form, or quality

probability – the condition of being probable; very likely to occur

phobia – a strong fear of something

aversion – a strong feeling of dislike, repugnance, or antipathy toward something and a desire to
avoid it

Book It November Calendars Due Friday, Dec. 1st

November calendars are due Friday, December 1st, for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut or Moe’s in White Oak.  December calendars will be passed out to the students Friday for the month of December, in which they will be responsible for 160 minutes of reading and due Monday, December 18th.

Please don’t forget the Menchie’s Bookmark and Six Flags Read to Succeed reading incentives as options as well.

Happy Reading!

Poetry Unit

In reading class, we are focusing on poetry with an emphasis on verse, stanzas, free verse, meter, rhyme scheme, internal rhyme, alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia.  We will have a common assessment over poetry Wednesday, December 6th.

Family Night for the Reading Fair

Screen Shot 2016-01-09 at 10.17.37 PMIntermediate students and parents are invited to attend the Reading Fair on Thursday, November 30, from 5:30 pm-6:15 pm. The Gallery Walk will be housed in the elementary library and will feature the reading projects of those students who chose to enter the competition. Please plan to attend and help us acknowledge the creativity of our students.

Reading Incentives

Over the last few weeks, I have offered and sent home some different reading incentives to encourage and reward independent reading at home.  Please note that if your child chooses to participate in more than one of these, the reading minutes for each incentive are not transferable!  Your child must complete separate reading minutes for EACH incentive in which he/she chooses to participate.  Just in case you missed any, below are descriptions of each incentive offered at this time.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt – 100 minutes of reading for a free 8 oz frozen yogurt, recorded on a Menchies bookmark, sent home October 30, 2017 (offer expires Dec. 25, 2017, so completed bookmarks must be returned to Mrs. Owens by Dec. 20, 2017).  Please note: the next Menchie’s Bookmark your child receives, each line will represent 1 hour, not 10 minutes, but it does not have an expiration date.

Book It – November goal is 280 minutes of reading for a free personal pizza from Pizza Hut OR Moe’s Pizza (in White Oak), recorded on November calendar reading log, sent home October 31, 2017 (reading must be completed by the last day of the month and returned to Mrs. Owens the first school day of the next month).

Six Flags Read to Succeed – 360 minutes of reading for a Six Flags ticket, recorded on the Six Flags Read to Succeed Student Reading Log, sent home November 6, 2017 (completed and returned to Mrs. Owens by February 9, 2018).

Please know that these are all optional.  Your child’s reading for 20 minutes 4 days is week is not optional, however.  So, why not choose at least one of these to be rewarded for the required reading?  Thank you for your encouragement and support in your child’s education!

Reading Fair

Click on the link below to access a copy of the Reading Fair letter.  If your child chooses to participate in the reading fair, they need to complete the bottom portion of this letter and return it to Mrs. Owens by Wednesday, November 8th. By November 10th, Mrs. Owens will give your child an informational packet that will guide them through the project process. Projects will be due Monday, November 27th, which is the week we return after Thanksgiving. All 5th grade students that participate in the Reading Fair will receive a free 100 in reading for this second marking period.

Reading Fair Letter to Parents



Below is a list of STAAR Terminology.  These are terms we have already covered or are currently studying.  Periodically, the students will be quizzed over a portion of these terms.  Please encourage your child to study these terms regularly.

STAAR Terminology List

Study this list!  You will be tested over all these terms periodically!

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • point of view – how the story is being told
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 line 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 key word 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


The next few weeks we will focus on nonfiction selections, such as, Cougars, with an emphasis on main idea and supporting details, vocabulary, and analogies.  We will also focus on some poetry, in which we will concentrate on poetic elements, such as rhyme scheme and alliteration.  

Photo credit by Journeys



The next two weeks’ literature selection will feature a science fiction story, LAFFF.  We will focus on summarizing, story mapping, comprehension, inferencing, and new vocabulary.  We will also have literacy groups, with a continued focus on the same vocabulary words. Vocabulary quiz will be Friday, November 3rd.