Here are two informational paragraphs written by students for a homework assignment. They are both about a popular classroom movement break that we sometimes do called a "Silent Ball."
(The topic sentences are in red, the supporting details are in green, the closing sentence is blue, and transitions are underlined.)
The first paragraph is by Eman:
Silent Ball is a fun game, and it is even more fun when you are good at it. First, one tip that I have for you is to think of who you are going to pass to as soon as you get the ball. In addition, it is pretty easy to do that because there is most likely a classmate next to you. Also, passing the ball closer to you makes it easier for you to throw and your classmate to catch. Next up, when the rule is to not look at the person that you are going to pass to I think of how I am going to pass the ball, I do this so that I don’t have to think when I get the ball and I am able to quickly pass it to my classmate. Last but not least, when the rule is to catch the ball with one hand you should be ready for the ball. This is important because if the ball is not passed right in front of you it is better to move and get it in front so that you have a better chance of catching the ball. I hope that at least one of these tips helped you for the next time you play silent ball.
The next paragraph is by Lynx:
In class we play a game called silent ball. The rules are that you need to pass the ball to someone else, and we make up rules and challenges. For example, one rule we sometimes use is you can’t look at the person you're passing to. It is very fun. However, it is not so fun when you get out first or when you think it was a bad throw. For example, sometimes someone will throw the ball and it is hard to catch. Then you will get frustrated because you think they should be out. All in all, silent ball is very fun.
Here are two informational paragraphs written by students for a homework assignment. They are both about a popular classroom movement break that we sometimes do called a "snowball fight."
(The topic sentences are in red, the supporting details are in green, and transitions are underlined.)
The first paragraph is by Finn M:
It’s hard to disagree that snowball fights are the most fun things ever. But have you ever done it with paper? We have! It is one of our class's many movement breaks. First, we right something on a piece of paper with our name on it, sometimes we right things we are good at, things we like, or just things that are cool about us. After that, you crumple the paper into a ball. Finally, we fight, we can not team up and we can’t throw a ball at someone’s eye. You can throw any ball you find, except the yellow snowball. It is Mr. Salsich’s paper, you can recognize it because of the snowball’s yellow color. In conclusion, the paper snowball fight is almost as fun as a real snowball fight.
The second paragraph is by Lily:
A movement break we sometimes have in class is a “snowball fight.” That is when we each get a piece of paper and write our name in the middle and sometimes we ask questions about something we are learning about or sometimes three things about us. However, Mr. Salsich has a yellow snowball so we all know it is his. Also, you are not allowed to team up, but we all aim for Mr. Salsich when he joins in. Then, when it is over we all grab a snowball and uncrumple it and look whose it is. That is why I really like doing this movement break.
Here is a video of some "snowball" fights in action:
In writing, we have been working on writing informational essays about topics that we know a lot about. We have started by focusing on how to write main idea ("body") paragraphs. A good informational main idea paragraph should have:
We will be working on introductions and conclusions this week. Then we will put it all together. Stay tuned for the final products!
The entries for the optional Art Challenge are in, and we have lots of amazing artwork! Click on the image below for a slideshow of all the entries. Enjoy!
Now that you have seen the different entries, use the poll that is linked through the picture at the bottom to vote for your favorite artwork. (If it is too hard to vote for only one, you may make up to two selections.)
Please try to vote for the artwork you like the best, regardless of who the artist might be.
Voting is open to anyone with a Google account - feel free to spread the word!
Click on the image below to access the poll.
Voting will close Thursday night, February 28th.
Last week, we did a peasant/monarch simulation to get an idea of what life was like for the majority of Europeans during the 15th-18th centuries, and to understand why some people would risk their lives to sail across the Atlantic ocean to start a new life in "the New World."
Here is a slideshow from the activity:
And here is a slideshow of some of the students' thoughts about the activity:
Our art challenge is pretty open - just create a piece of art! You can submit a drawing, a painting, a sculpture, a craft, a Lego creation, etc. It can be as big or as small as you'd like. The only real requirements are that you made it in the last 6 months and that the artwork is physical, not digital.
The artwork will be judged on a combination of creativity, style, technique, and overall "wow!" factor. The submitted works of art will be featured in a blog post with a poll for voting. Voting will be open to students, parents, teachers, and friends.
The top two vote-getters will get either a set of twelve fine-point Sharpie markers or a $10 gift certificate to Michael's Arts and Crafts.
Entries will be due Friday, March 1st.
I look forward to seeing what you create!
Post written by Abby
About a couple weeks ago we read a book called Encounter By Jane Yolen.
It is told in first person point of view, by a young boy. The story kind of has the same plot as when Columbus traveled to America but told in the point of view of a Native American boy.
Once we read the book, we got paired up in groups of three and four. Each group got assigned two to three pages of the book to reenact in front of the class to make a short, free play. The challenge was that we only had minimum time to do it.
Check out our skits in the videos below.
Post written by Hayden
In language arts class, we made projects about morphology words. Morphology is the study of word forms. A morphology word is a word that has a prefix or a suffix, but it could also be a word made up of root words. An example of a morphology word is the word inactive. The word inactive has the prefix in-, the suffix -ive, and the root word act. The word inactive means to not be doing anything.
The project was to work with a partner to make a model out of paper to have a root word, and then there are words you can make out of using the suffixes and prefixes connected to the root word. Also, you have to write down the root word and explain what its meaning is.
Here are some pictures of us working on the projects and then a slideshow of our finished projects:
We are a 5th grade ELA and social studies class in coastal Connecticut. We post about our learning, our activities, our ideas, and our creativity.