I have moved to C-5 and will be teaching 5th grade Language Arts, Social Studies and ELD. I am thrilled to be part of this new team and excited to see what this year brings. I can't wait to meet all of you and hope you enjoy the last few weeks of summer!
We are well into our third and final trimester of 6th grade! This year has flown by and I hope you've learned and read a little something along the way. The next three months will include a full poetry unit, another whole class novel, and one, hopefully two, more literature circle cycles.
In social studies, get ready to dive into Ancient Greece and Rome! There are rumors of the Greek Olympics returning to CMS as well.
And 6th graders, don't forget that science camp at the amazing Walden West site is May 18-22. Get your money in!
A new cycle of literature circles begins this week! Groups will meet every Friday for 4 weeks. Some titles for this round include Savvy by Ingrid Law, Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz, Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson, Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, and Rules by Cynthia Lord. I'm super excited to dive into these books, and I hope you are too!
You can access the weekly literature circle assignments through our Google Classroom.
We are beginning to read Carl Hiaasen's award winning novel, Flush. This coincides with the informational text we have been reading, World Without Fish. Students received a copy and will be completing reading in class and at home.
"In this unit, students are involved in a study of how an author develops point of view and how an author’s perspective, based on his or her geographic location, is evident in his or her writing. Students will begin reading Carl Hiaasen’s Flush (870L), a high-interest novel about a boy whose father has been arrested for sinking a casino boat that was polluting the ocean by pumping sewage into it. As they read the novel, students will also read excerpts of interviews with Carl Hiaasen in order to determine how his geographic location has shaped his perspective, and how his perspective is evident in Flush. Through the close reading of these texts, students will learn multiple strategies for acquiring and using academic vocabulary. At the end of the unit, having read most of the novel, students will analyze an excerpt of text for evidence of Carl Hiaasen’s perspective." (Unit Overview from Expeditionary Learning)
Our guiding questions for this unit are:
• How does an author develop the narrator’s point of view?
• How does an author develop the plot of a novel?
We are studying this beautiful informational text about overfishing, pollution and climate change. Students have been using evidence from the text to trace Mark Kurlansky's idea of fish depletion. Homework assignments are reading the graphic novel and answering this overarching question, "How does Mark Kurlansky elaborate or expand on the idea of fish depletion?"