Oct. 27-31

By: Ms. Miranda

The students in Room 5 have been climbing up, down, and back around the elements of a story’s plot. After reading very imaginative, explosive, and detailed stories for the first two months of school, I know that if there is anything 5th and 6th graders don’t need to work on, it’s creating a climax. However, slowly building upon the problems and rising action involved in a story is something all students are still working hard at. I have combined teaching the elements of a story and the format of essays into one assignment all students are beginning this week. Their level of dedication and focus to their stories is impressive. What a creative bunch!

Our mini-unit on food webs is coming to an end. Groups are just about finished with their animal drawings. Could these drawing be any cuter? Soon, we’ll “web” it all together with yarn. This series of lessons has lead to many interesting conversations about who eats who! We are hearing a plethora of “once on my family’s property, we saw…” stories. Everyone loves to stop to listen to these animal survival stories, including myself!

I am always amazed whenever our classroom turns into a history diorama-factory in the afternoons. Brick builders, blacksmiths, and tailors are working fervently on their businesses. Never could I have guessed the high expectations my students were going set for themselves on this project. The due date for these projects was supposed to be November 7th, but due to the high-level of involvement still occurring and the “over and beyond” attitude present in class, I will be extending the due date to Thursday, November 13th. Students will have the 4-day weekend to finish up.

Did you smell roasted garlic when you gave your child a hug on Friday? Were their hands still coated with remnants of masa de maize? Did they talk about a molcajete and tortilladora? If the answer is yes, great! On Friday, we researched the history of Dia de los Muertos. We talked about how the experience of death is different in each country. After a lesson on this special day in Mexico, we became chefs! I taught every one my grandma’s method for making salsa and my mother’s tricks for making tortillas from scratch. Though salsa and tortillas aren’t prepared specially on Dia de los Muertos, they are a staple for any Mexican festivity. Yum! We listened to traditional Mexican music while creating papel picados- flags that decorate the streets during the vibrant holiday. Things got messy and we had a total blast! It was definitely a day for the books.

Keep a look out for parent-conference sign-up sheets that will be sent home with your child on Monday. I truly look forward to talking to all of you during the days conferences are held.

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