Post by Cricket
Photos by Cricket and Mr. Salsich
We have a reading book shop in our classroom we have all sorts and kinds of books. For example...
Some of our most popular books are the graphic novels and fantasy. Sometimes the graphic novels are gone because they're so popular!
On the side table Mr. Salsich puts new books on there every week for us to check out!
That's what we have at our reading book shop for all of us to get books to read.
What's your favorite type of book to read?
Post written by Avery
In class, we did the assignment “Identify the Genre.” We had to use a google form that showed us the cover of the book and the blurb on the back of a book.
We needed to work in groups of three. Then we decided what genre it was. Mr. Salsich gave us a link to a chart that had a bunch of genres. We could click on a genre, read examples of the genre, the definition of the genre, and read the characteristics of the genre. We did the activity because it helps us be able to identify the genre of any text that we read. It also helped us work in a group and share ideas.
Post written by Sarah & Sophie
Sarah - In class a few days ago we did a thing called Quizlet Live. It is an online game where you join and compete against other classmates. You are assigned into teams randomly and answer questions about reading genres. The team names are also animals, so it makes it funny. When you answer a question right, your team moves up one on the leaderboard. If you get a question wrong, you go all the way back to start. When you get a question only one person on the team has the right answer on their screen. You and your team have to work together and find out the right one. It takes 12 questions to win. It’s really fun and gives us some mild stress that’s healthy for our brain. We really enjoyed doing this.
Sophie - Yesterday we played Quizlet Live. Quizlet Live is a game that gives you questions and you give answers. It’s different than most games. The questions we get are about reading genres because that is what we’re learning about. What you do is you get partnered up with teams randomly and get put in teams named after different animals. Each person has their own screen. There are 12 questions and only one person of the team has the correct answer for every question. If you get one wrong you go back to zero no matter where you are. You win if you get 12 in a row first. It’s really fun and a cool way to learn about reading genres!
What do you think of Quizlet Live?
As mentioned in previous posts, we worked in groups to learn about several native American tribes of the east coast of North America, Sometimes these tribes are referred to as "woodland" peoples because they lived in heavily forested areas. Their lifestyles were shaped by their environment.
Below are our final "Iron Chef" slides sharing what we learned about the Wampanoag, the Powhatan, and the Iroquois/Haudenosaunee tribes. Click on the image of each slideshow to view the entire slide.
What do you find surprising or interesting about the tribes we learned about?
"Iron Chef" Slides from Class 5.1
"Iron Chef" Slides from Class 5.1
"Iron Chef" Slide from Mr. Salsich & Co.
One of our main learning targets for the first part of the year is to: Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says and when explaining our ideas about the text. (CCSS ELA 5.1) This is an essential skill when are communicating our thoughts and understandings about what we read.
To practice this, we have been working on reading responses that include quotes that back up our ideas. We also have to explain how the quote proves our ideas.
Below is a link to some excellent examples of using quotes from a text to support ideas about the text. These examples were in response to the question, "In the personal narrative Eating The World (or Fireflies), what are two techniques that the author uses to engage the reader? Give specific examples from the text to support your answer."
Examples of Excellence!
Post written by Ella
Today in class we will be doing the 52 pick-up card game. This game is where you have a set of special 52 pick-up cards that have directions that you have to follow. When the game starts you pick up one card and follow the directions on the card. For example, you might get a card that says “roll on the floor one time, but do not look obvious.”
Here are some other examples:
You do what it says on the card, then hold onto it and pick up another card until there are no more cards. You count how many you have and share out loud. It is really fun and you can play it at home too. All you need to do is buy or make a set of 52 cards with funny directions and then test it out. (Mr. Salsich bought his set here.)
We play this game to have fun and get our creative juices flowing. We love this game and we encourage you to try it!
Post written by Nico
Photographs by Kinsley and Abby
Today we all are working together to edit and revise our Iron Chefs. If you read one of our other posts, we were working with a group to learn about certain Native American tribes. I had the Iroquois as my tribe and we were working on our Iron Chefs.
So once we presented our slides, Mr. Salsich went in and added comments to our slides. For example, he would comment on a slide “This needs more detail” or “try to be sure to put it in your own words in the future” and maybe point out a question we didn't answer. So now we are editing and revising our slides.
Once we are done editing we are able to change the background and font of our slides.
What did you change and improve about your slide?
Post by Finn O
Photos by Lily and Mr. Salsich
Today in class we are working on our reading responses. You could pick from these three published personal narratives; Eating The World, Fireflies, or A Change Of Heart. We are looking for two quotes in the narrative that makes the text more engaging. Then we have to include the quote in our response and explain how it makes the text more engaging. The quote needs to be an example of “I ADD.” We are doing this because in class we are writing personal narratives and we are also using the “ I ADD” techniques in our narratives.
Post written by Abby
Photographs by Finn M and Mr. Salsich
Today we read a chapter from a personal narrative. Then we had to highlight the Inner thinking, Action, Details, and Dialogue ("I ADD") in certain colors. This helps us identify a good example of a personal narrative to know how to add a good mix off I ADDs. This project also helps us think about what each sentence is, whether it is inner thinking, action, details, or dialogue.
Post written by Maya
Photographs by Turner and Mr. Salsich
Today in class we are writing compound sentences that explain why it is important to include details in a narrative,
How we do it is we go on to google classroom and onto our "Daily Writing" slide and then write two simple sentences. Then we put them together into a compound sentence by using the conjunctions and, so, or, but or yet. Then we label the subjects, the predicates, and the conjunction.
We do this to help our writing skill and learn about compound sentences, as well as reflect on why it is so important to include details in our narrative writing. 😎
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