New Multiple Source: NoRedInk

Announcement

Scholars, a GREAT tool for the summer (and for soon-to-be sixth grade readers, writers, and thinkers) is NoRedInk. Your accounts have been created and linked to your Google Classroom account. If you follow the link to NoRedInk, and log in with Google, a diagnostic assessment is ready for you.

One of the fun features of NoRedInk is the ability to customize the interest settings, choosing from a wide variety of interest categories. Your choices will affect the subjects of the sentences and compositions you will work with.

As you work with this tool, reflect on how you are growing as a reader and writer. It is an AMAZING multiple source!

Homework for June 3-7 (Week 37)

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
  2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • Math
      • Explore Fifth Grade Topics
    • Language
      • Explore Fifth Grade Topics
    • **A Scholar has a goal: This week, we answered 3,093 questions and over 20 hours on IXL. 
    • Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 6 can be reviewed.**
  3. Reflect back on Week 36 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.
  4. Note: Homework is due on Fridays.**Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

Announcements

  1. Library books are due. All books must be returned to the library.
    • Be sure to bring your book bag!
  2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
    • Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.

Coming Soon

  • June 2 – Senior Speech Night
  • June 4 – Buddy Celebration
  • June 5 – Elementary Sports Day and Picnic (8:15-11:15 a.m.)
    • Bring your water bottle, hat, sun screen and bug spray.
  • June 5 – Mix-It-Up Picnic (11:20 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.)
  • June 5 – High School Graduation
  • June 7 – Elementary Assembly (8:15 a.m.)
  • June 7 – Report Card Distribution
  • June 7 – Last Day of School (Early Dismissal – 11:30 a.m.)

 

Learner Profile Trait of the Month – OPEN-MINDED

Pondering the Power of Process

To start off week 36, we took  a moment to reflect on our learning journey at our student-led conferences. Together with our parents, we thought about how we have transformed as a scholar. Much of what was shared was purposefully incomplete. Throughout the year, there has been striving, stretching, and soaring, each a powerful part of a perpetual process. Rather than presenting our parents with a polished finished product, however, we invited them to reflect and revise with us. Process is powerful.

As we enter into these final two weeks of fourth grade, desiring to finish well, we also took time to set some goals that will help us begin fifth grade with strength and confidence.

Thank you to each parent who carved out some time today to listen and learn and love. Know your support of your scholar is beyond value!

Student-Led Conferences 2019

     

Homework for May 27-31 (Week 36)

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
  2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • Math
      • Explore Fifth Grade Topics
    • Language
      • Explore Fifth Grade Topics
    • **A Scholar has a goal: This week, we answered 3,826 questions and over 23 hours on IXL. 
    • Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 6 can be reviewed.**
  3. Reflect back on Week 35 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.
  4. Note: Homework is due on Fridays.**Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

Announcements

  1. Library books are due. All books must be returned to the library.
    • Be sure to bring your book bag!
  2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays.
    • Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
  3. Student-Led Conferences are on Monday, May 27.
    • Bring your parents and share the power of process as a fifth grade thinker!

Coming Soon

  • May 27 – Student-Led Conferences
  • May 27 – PYP Exhibition (5th Grade)
  • May 29 – Elementary Assembly (8:15 a.m.)
  • May 31 – Senior Sendoff
  • May 31 – ASAs End
  • May 31 – STUCO Dance
    • Cost: $10
    • Permission slips were due May 24.
  • June 5 – Elementary Sports Day and Picnic
  • June 7 – Elementary Assembly
  • June 7 – Report Card Distribution
  • June 7 – Last Day of School (Early Dismissal – 11:30 a.m.)

 

Learner Profile Trait of the Month – REFLECTIVE

Bursts, Big Tree, Building, and Bar Graphs

Today was busy from the beginning. We started by revising “I am” poems to write in our risk-taking bursts. It was powerful to revisit our big ideas related to risk-taking and resilience.

We then had a special time with our buddies. For those of us working with Mr. Matthew’s preschool 1 class, we took time to read a book by Nathalie Slosse entitled Big Tree Gets Sick. As we read, we were able to make connections to our buddies unit of tools, but we also saw connections to our unit on structure and our solar oven project. After reading the book, we took time to think about one of our preschool buddies, Lucas, who also happens to be a sibling of one of our scholars, Liam. Lucas has been very sick, and we wanted to send him something to let him know we are wishing him well and hoping for healing. Each member of the class wrote a note on a heart-shaped leaf to add to a “big tree” of encouragement.

              

Feel better soon, Lucas!

This afternoon, we took time to continue building our solar ovens and document the experiment process.

Some groups are getting quite close to completion. The question is, which cooker will harness the solar energy the best… and why?

Multiple Sources

 

Things continue to bustle next door as fifth graders complete their final preparations for their PYP Exhibition. Today, some mattresses arrived!

Donations for the shoes and clothing drive were gathered yesterday. After calculating the items, the coordinators revealed the data today and have set a new goal for their drive. They have extended the deadline until Friday, May 24 to help meet their new goal of 1,000 articles of clothing.

Despite the big pile of clothes collected in our classroom, we are currently running a bit behind in the challenge. At the moment, we are in third place. While our priority is to show caring and kindness, a cupcake party does sound like something worth working for.

 

 

Finishing Up with a Fishbowl

While we worked hard on revising our writing and recording our experiment process, the highlight came at the end of the day when the second of two groups got to finish its breakout. Since the first group broke out yesterday, today students were tasked with observing. Teachers  often venture into one another’s classrooms and observe to learn and provide feedback. As scholars, we did the same thing today.

After the second broke out, the two groups gathered together to debrief. Both groups were very reflective about their own team experience and had some incredible insights about the effectiveness and efficiency of leadership, teamwork, and task completion. Many students also highlighted various learner profile traits exhibited throughout the process. Communicators, thinkers, and risk-takers some a few traits mentioned during our discussion.

        

 

Breakout and Blogging

After Ms. Kraft teased us with a “box buzz” on Thursday,…

… we were ready for today!

BREAKOUT!

Due to MAP testing, we have gone three weeks without a visit, so we were ready to roam over to the library. Unlike our last sessions, though, today did not involve a read aloud nor a lesson on citations nor D.E.A.R. time. Today was time to put into practice ALL our problem solving, struggle, and structure skills as we battled… The Box for our first “Breakout.”

Upon entering the library, the two teams settled in on the carpet and were immediately tasked with selecting a team leader. Mohammad and Marylou were identified to lead the learners through the process of reading, rereading, ruminating, running, and revealing the keys and codes for the set of locks. While the first clue tested the teams tenacity, students quickly readjusted, as needed, and confidently and collaboratively continued to crack the code. One team managed to Breakout today, while the other will continue to battle the box tomorrow.

      

In debriefing with the Breakout team, they highlighted some important aspects of team dynamics, what made their team efficient and effective, and the importance of savoring one another’s skills. Very reflective!

Breakout EDU

 

Blog Bucket-Filler

This year, the blog has been prioritized as a place to stay informed about events and weekly expectations, highlight happenings in our classroom, share our reflections, extend our thinking with a variety of resources, and scaffold learning. Last week, Kathleen Morris of Edublogs, reached out regarding our blog and requested to feature it in this week’s edition of “13  Examples of Great Class Blogs.” How exciting! Check us out at #6 this week… and be sure to explore the other blogs listed.

*Note: As I was checking out last week’s list of GREAT blogs, I saw a fun feature on Ann Michaelsen’s “Connected Teaching and Learning” blog and decided to add it to our sidebar. Can you find this new feature?

 

Action and Agency Abound

Again this morning, the room was bustling with bucket-filling as students bearing boxes filled with outgrown clothes eagerly unloaded.

 

While the competitive nature of the clothing drive definitely is a factor, kindness and caring are the driving forces.

Quote of the Day: “I’m not giving my clothes so we can win, I’m giving to help.” – Kahara H.

In addition to the excitement inside our class, there was a lot of excitement outside our classroom, as our neighbors next door were busy preparing their presentations of their Fifth Grade PYP Exhibition, which will be on May 27.

 

 

    

One group ventured inside to share with us their project about composting. After providing some information about the purpose and process of composting, the team of three asked for volunteers who will support the sustainability of their project. Prior to asking for volunteers, the team identified a list of qualities they were looking for in the soon-to-be-fifth-grade volunteers, including:

  • faithful
  • responsible
  • hard-working
  • reliable
  • teachable
  • returning

In true scholarly fashion, a large number of students stepped forward. Now we wait to see who will be selected to help sustain composting at TASOK.

Multiple Sources

Shocks at all the Socks (and shoes and shirts and skirts…) in the Box

In less than 24 hours, something quite serious has spread throughout our classroom. Student after student has contracted an incredibly contagious condition… caring! After being exposed to an expressed need by only a few fifth grade students, fourth grade scholars have come down an extreme case of excitement. With feverish fervor, they have combed through their closets and scoured their shelves, searching for some garments to share. Early this morning, students bounded from their beds, and, bearing bags and boxes, braved the traffic to bestow their belongings to someone who needed them more. As other students started to arrive, they approached the already amazing amount of attire with awe.

    

When the fifth grade students came to take the temperature of the task, they were shocked and speechless… off-the-charts.

 

The germs of generosity are alive and well in fourth grade. May they continue to spread in support of Stand Proud!

Stand Proud!

As part of their Fifth Grade PYP Exhibition related to the central idea of sustainability, two groups of students have opted to organize projects in response to their trip to Stand Proud, an organization that helps survivors of polio and youth with other disabilities.

Pool Party

One group is organizing a fundraising pool party to help Stand Proud purchase water filters.

After surveying possible attendees (students in grades 3-5), the student organizers decided on this Wednesday, May 15 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. The cost of the event is $7.00 (Note: A discounted price of $5.00 is available for those who bring food donations to share).

Students must have a signed permission slip in order to attend.

Note: The event will have adult supervision.

Shoe and Clothing Drive

Another group of students is organizing a shoe and clothing drive, also to support Stand Proud.

The clothing drive will run from Tuesday, May 14 through Monday, May 20. The student organizers are inviting students and other members of the TASOK community to donate old shoes and clothes that are still in good condition.

Note: Students have specified that clothing donations must be thoroughly washed.

 

Multiple Sources

To learn more about polio, check out the following links:

STRUCTURE Challenge

As you reflect on this post, the fifth graders’ projects, and polio… what kinds of connections can you make to our unit on STRUCTURE?

What role does STRUCTURE play in organizing these events?

What types of STRUCTURE cause or are affected by polio?

What STRUCTURES have been established worldwide to help prevent polio?

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