The New York City Public Schools are on vacation this week,
and I am enjoying a much-needed rest. I
wanted to share with you some pictures of activities my students completed last week (since
I just figured out how to work the new digital camera I received as a very
belated birthday present!) for Valentine’s Day and the 100th Day of
School. I came in to school on Friday to find that my easel had been decorated by some friends from another fifth grade class, and it was a great way to start the day!
For the 100th Day of School, which fell on Thursday, February 12th, my students generated one-hundred things they like about being in fifth grade.
“I like having two nice teachers.”
“I like being a roll model (sic) for the little kids.”
“I like reading The Giver.”
“I like being able to go on the Senior Trip.”
“I like being older and more mature, and we have more responsibilities.”
“I like all of the friends and new people I have met this year.”
“I like the books in our class library.”
“I like it when we have PAT.” (Preferred Activity Time, a regulated choices period)
“I like how we get to be in class plays and do Reader’s Theater.”
“I like how our class gets along and cooperates.”
I think some of my kids may have been trying to ingratiate themselves a bit, but I appreciated their efforts.
My students are engaged in a fiction writing unit at the
moment, and part of their grammar and mechanics skills for this section
includes working with dialogue. I taught
a two-tiered lesson on dialogue during a writing period last week. The first level of students worked on simply
how to incorporate dialogue into writing (where and how to punctuate, how to
capitalize, where to put the quotation marks) and the more advanced students
worked on placing dialogue in different locations within a sentence (before an
introduction, after an introduction, surrounding an introduction, or as a
I adapted Marissa Ochoa’s Candy Hearts writing lesson for use with dialogue, gave my students some candy hearts, and let them go to town. They had a blast, and I enjoyed reading their highly-entertaining resultant dialogues.
I am enjoying my break, but I miss my students. One of my first activities when I get back on Monday will be to update my class library with all of the books I am acquiring over break. Check back next week for a two-part posting bonanza on cheap, free, and fun ways to acquire books for your class library and my class’s top ten series picks, also known as my shopping/search list for the moment!
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