June 19th - Five For Friday

It's finally here. . .The Last Day of School! Here was our final week of school!

Our class brought in the most cans for our end of the year canned food drive.  As a result, we won a pizza party!!  I was truly surprised by how my students got into the spirit of the food drive this school year. 

We finished our final novel of the year "The City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau, and watched the movie for a fun comparing and contrasting event.  This was also a great way to round out our pizza party!

We went to our school's annual talent show.  Some of us even participated.

We had our annual end of the year picnic today which is the Last Day of School!!

We said our goodbyes, and headed home for the summer!!

June 12th - Five For Friday

Only five more days of school left!  With the year coming to a close, we had time for a lot of fun activities this week.

Author Liesl Shurtliff visited our class and gave a presentation about writing, her motivations, and how she grew herself as a reader and writer. She also gave the kids an opportunity to put on a short Rumpelstiltskin Reader's Theater.  My students were so engaged.  It was great for them to meet her, since we read "Rump:  The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" earlier this school year.  The best part is, she is the mother of one my students this school year.

We played in a staff and student kickball game.  I had not played kickball since I was a child, but I have to say it is still a ton of fun!
Eighth grade graduation was Thursday, so we made signs congratulating the graduates, and then cheered on the eighth graders as they paraded through the school on their way to the ceremony.  I can't believe that it's already time for some of these students to graduate.  Time marches on.

We learned about France in our Passport series.  The students and parents have truly enjoyed these presentations.  It's nice to open the classroom up to family members, and let them share their travels.

We finished our Dinosaur unit and created these beautiful pop up books.  

Happy Friday!

A Magical Classroom Novel

I am always looking for new novels to share with my students.  After many years of teaching, I have several favorites.  This year, I discovered "Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" by Liesl Shurtliff.  I have to let you know that I was introduced to this fabulous novel, by Liesl Shurtliff's son - who happens to be in my class this year.  I enjoyed the book so much, that I decided to study the novel with my class and created this fun Rump novel study unit to go along with it.

I love altered fairy tales, and "Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin" is just that.  From the beginning of the novel we get to know Rump in a way that we never did in the original story.  In fact, the story puts a different spin on most of the characters from the original story.  The theme of destiny, and finding your own way is prominent throughout the story.  I highly recommend that you check it out!  Let me know what you think of it. Enjoy!

June 5th, Five For Friday

We are finally winding down in the windy city.  As I write this we only have 10 more days of school, so this week was all about assessment for us.

My students took their NWEA assessments in reading and math.

I finally finished dibbling and TRC with my class!!  YAY!!!

We finished our REACH assessments

Time for fun, I think my students earned it!  We read "The Dog That Dug For Dinosaurs" while we continued with our fun Dinosaur unit!

We learned about both China and Germany this week in our awesome Passport series!

Whew, I'm exhausted just writing about all we accomplished this week.  Happy Friday!


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