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Fifth Grade News: 3/20/17-3/24/17

Judaics: In fifth grade this week Elana continued to do a wonderful job engaging the students in vigorous and fun learning. They are exploring the different titles given to the characters in this section of the Joseph stories and reflecting on the feelings associated with these titles. Joseph finds himself second in command in Egypt, saving the world from the famine. The brothers appear before him begging for grain for their family and they do not recognize him! Joseph knows who they are. The students have worked hard to translate these packed Psukim and focus on key words like “to...
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Week of March 10th 5th grade

Hi Fifth Grade Parents! This week came to a very exciting end with a full day Purim celebration! 5th graders had a wonderful time participating in Purim themed fun and they acted as amazing buddies! Chag Purim Sameach!   Literature: This week, we wrapped up our unit on Wonder. To conclude, students demonstrated understanding of this novel by choosing a creative task from a project menu, including making a children’s book, choosing theme-related quotes, and movie making. We will finish these projects next week, and begin our next class novel, Ties That Bind, Ties That Break. Hope everyone has a...
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Fifth Grade News: 2/27/17-3/3/17

It was great to see fifth grade students again this week, as they returned from February break. Here are some quick reminders to add to your calendars for the upcoming week: Purim Celebrated in School: Friday, March 10th. Parents are invited to a student-led Megillah reading from 8:30-9:30am followed by a costume parade at 9:30-9:45am. Come to school in costume! Please keep in mind that weapons and group costumes are not allowed. Read-a-Thon pledges are due next week. Please collect pledges and send money in an envelope with your child before Friday, March 10.  On Thursday, 5th and 6th graders took a...
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Fifth Grade News: 2/13/17-2/17/17

Humanities: Literature-This week, we continued our study of Wonder by further developing our understanding of perspective, and its impact on a novel’s plot. Using a technique called 360° Point of View, students examined the discovery of a sled through multiple perspectives. We analyzed how what characters do and say can be used to determine point of view. Using this knowledge, students diagrammed Jack, Julian, and Miles’ perspectives about the sled, and supported their analysis with quotes from the text. On Friday, we applied this study on perspective to a creative writing task. After examining a picture of a scuba diver and a whale, students choose...
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Fifth Grade News: 1/6/17-1/10/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of the novel, Wonder. One of our major focuses this week was point-of-view, or perspective. As the novel begins to shift narration between different characters, it becomes important to understand how point-of-view shapes the way a story is told, and what we learn as readers. To this end, we participated in a fun activity where we read a short narrative through various lens. Prior to reading, I gave students “secret identity” cards, and instructed them to take notes as I read the piece aloud from the perspective of their identity. The narrative, which described...
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Fifth Grade News: 1/30/17-2/3-17

Humanities: Literature: This week, the students continued their work with the novel, Wonder. We discussed the “Cast of Characters” in the novel, by using a graphic organizer to visually depict the different characters and how they relate to Auggie. We also learned about the importance of perspective, as Part Two of the novel shifted narration from Auggie to his sister, Via, and wrote about our own experiences with siblings and new beginnings as a way of connecting to this character. On Thursday, we mixed up our discussion style by participating in “Literature Speed Dating.” Students sat facing a partner, discussed...
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Fifth Grade News: 1/23/17-1/27/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, we continued our study of Wonder, with a focus on characterization. We did some work with adjectives, by creating an A-Z list of adjectives that describe characters. Students selected adjectives to describe various characters in the book, and also connected this to themselves, by choosing adjectives that best described them. Students also did some reading aloud in class, and used literary logs as a means of reflecting. I look forward to more great work next week! –Lindsay Writing: This week the students brought home their completed five paragraph essays for you to look at and give your student...
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Fifth Grade News: 1/7/17-1/20/17

Humanities: Literature: This week, students began reading our next novel, Wonder. Students have been using reading logs to track their thinking, and focusing on setting by analyzing Auggie’s home and comparing it to their own. This novel closely examines our school value of chesed, kindness; feel free to ask students about what they’ve read so far this weekend! Writing: This week the students brought home their completed five paragraph essays for you to look at and give your student some feedback. The students were thrilled with how the essays turned out and were excited and proud of their accomplishments. We began our...
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Fifth Grade News: 1/9/17-1/13/17

Judaics: This week half of the 5th grade went to the BAC (Brooklyn Autism Center). They did a wonderful job getting to know their new friends, playing games, drawing, conversing, parachute games and even a tea party! The students had so much fun and can’t wait to return. (pictures below) In Judaics we began acting out the First Aliyah. OUr classroom was turned into 1881 Russia. Students had new Russian Jewish names and discovered the upsetting news that we were being accused of killing Czar Alexander II. After reviewing the new anti-Semitic May laws put in place on us as...
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Tuesday, January 3rd-Friday, January 6th

Humanities: Literature: It was great getting to know fifth graders this week, and I look forward to working with them for the remainder of the year! This week, we have continued our study of the novel Homeless Bird. We’ve been focusing on plot, characterization, and point of view, by discussing the range of emotions Koly is likely experiencing, and composing narratives from other characters’ perspectives. We also practiced a reading strategy called Stop-And-Jot, as students paused during reading to annotate their thoughts and reactions. Check out the pictures below!-Lindsay History:  It’s been wonderful getting to know the 5th grade students over the past week!  I’m looking...
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