abovethecloudsIt is no secret that you never know what to expect in our 5th grade ELA class. Hey, it is no accident. In fact, it is by design. The students do not like being bored and neither does their teacher. LOL!

We often integrate social studies, science, or music into our class. I figure . . . why not art?

Integrating arts across the curriculum and providing access to arts education benefits literacy skills. The National Literacy Act of 1999 defines literacy as “an individual’s ability to read, write and speak English and compute and solve problems at levels of proficiency necessary: to function on the job and in society, achieve one’s goals, and develop one’s knowledge and potential.”

On Tuesday students will read a poem titled “Willow and Ginkgo” by Eve Merriam. Students will identify adjectives and similes in the poem. Students will then view the painting “Above the Clouds” by Georgia O’Keeffe. Small groups will brainstorm adjectives to describe the painting and similes to go with the painting. The class will then compose poetry using the adjectives and similes from the brainstorm session.

This should be fun!

This Week’s Homework

Tuesday – Thursday: Learning Log Pages

Friday: Read for AR Points