Our field trip to the Hazy Avar Space Center was a tremendous success! Thanks to the many chaperones who helped to make this field trip possible. It was a great learning experience for teachers and students alike.
DRA-2 Progress Monitoring Assessments
3rd Quarter: Most students have been reassessed to determine their new reading levels and ranges. Knowledge of such provides students greater flexibility in choosing a "Just Right" book.
Accelerated Reader (A.R.)
I have conferenced one-on-one with my students to discuss their new AR point goals. Any student who has reached or exceeded their AR point goal and has at least an 80% average on their AR quizzes for the 3rd quarter will get to enjoy a pizza lunch in the classroom!
We continue to monitor students' A.R. quizzes and progress toward individualized A.R. point goals through various A.R. reports. These reports track progress throughout the quarter to include points earned as well as to monitor that students are reading appropriate leveled books within their given reading range. Students understand that they are to meet or exceed the point goals established (via one-on-one conferences) at the beginning of this quarter. Ultimately, students are responsible for making appropriate "reading level" decisions when picking out A.R. books as well as for pacing their reading throughout the quarter so they can successfully achieve their A.R. point and percent goals .
Currently, each student has finished their research of a specific state within the Midwest. Research included identifying the state's topography, natural resources, state bird, flower, and tree, date admitted to the Union, population, capital (location via longitude and latitude), waterways, landforms, and interesting facts. We have already visited the computer lab twice to work on our "Welcome" Midwest postcards. This project is a great way for them to demonstrate what they have learned using their own unique artistic and creative designs.
In February, our focus in writing continues with Persuasive Writing. We will continue to utilize the "4-Square" method to help students organize their thoughts in a chronological manner.
In reading, our "hot" reading groups are Tabasco, Cholula, Texas Pete, Red Rooster, and Sriracha. We have focused on making predictions, identifying the main idea, and conflict/resolution within the text and/or main character(s). Some reading groups have already mastered identifying similes within their readings. Good job!
In grammar, my students continue to work out of the World of Language book. After each guided lesson, students copy the Summary, and then are assigned to complete Practice A and Practice B. All of which are graded. We have already worked on Writing Sentences, Nouns, Singular and Plural Nouns, Capitalization, Possessives, and Commas. Future lessons include Action Verbs, Linking Verbs, and Tenses of Verbs.
We continue to work on prefixes, their definitions, and how they change the meaning of root words. We have also worked on identifying how prefixes can be used in a similar and/or different manner when attached to root words.
Our current unit of study is Decimal Computation. Students will learn addition and subtraction of decimals through thousandths. They will also focus on multiplication and division of decimals.
Our previous unit of study was Fraction Computation. It was a highly complex unit that involved problem solving using multi-steps. It is important for students to review this unit in preparation of the math SOL in May.
Our current unit of study is Oceanography. We began this unit by asking students to predict then diagram what they thought the ocean floor looked like. They were to include any living organisms, and describe what they might see, hear, smell, taste, and touch (texture) if they were able to reach the bottom of the ocean floor. Once prediction diagrams were complete, I showed the video of James Cameron's expedition down the Marianna Trench to the bottom of the ocean floor. At that time, they then diagramed the actual ocean floor identifying the continental shelf, rise, slope, abyssal plain, and trenches.
In addition, students will focus on further features of the ocean floor, organisms of the ocean, salinity, pressure, light, and the effects of humans on the ecosystem of our oceans.
Welcome to Mrs. Sozio's 5th Grade!
I am excited about this new school year. Already, my students have demonstrated a sense of "insatiable curiosity" (thank you Rudyard Kipling) regarding what we will learn and discover throughout this year.