February Project / Harlem & Dreams

hughesLast month’s poetry project was a success. Students chose to recite “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” or write their own poem about winter. They had some great poems. I hope to share some of them on our blog very soon!

This month our project will focus on the poetry of Langston Hughes.  James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance.

Students can once again choose between reciting one of the selected poems or a writing assignment. Learning to be comfortable when speaking in public is an important 5th grade goal. As a 5th grader, you will have an exciting public speaking assignment at the end of the year. I encourage you to practice now by choosing Project Choice #1.

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Speeches & Poetry. . .Weekly Information

T4-Hhese are important reminders:

ALL 5th graders will be giving their speeches during Mrs. Smith’s class on Wednesday.

You MUST turn in a FINAL copy of your speech in paragraph format.

You can use notes or notes cards when giving your speech.

Remember to:

1. Have an attention grabber!

2. Make eye contact and speak clearly so that the audience can hear.

3. Have a great conclusion!

Remember the example we watched?

Don’t forget your poetry project that you were to work on ALL month. The project is due by Friday!





Monday & Tuesday – Write your final copy, make your notes cards, and practice your speech over and over again!!! Don’t forget your poetry project!!!

Speak Up 5th Grade / Speech Assignment

4-HThe Alabama 4-H is hosting its annual speech competition. The 5th grade will participate. Each 5th grader will write and deliver a speech. Winners of our grade level speech competition will go on to compete at the county level.

This is an assignment. This is not optional. The speech assignment will be a joint assignment in English and Social Studies class.

Students will receive information about this during Mrs. Wilson’s class on Wednesday.

Mrs. Wilson’s HW: Work on your informational speech.


Identifying Theme / Important Information

20120613-211223Last week students focused on the short story, “Weslandia”.  Students used context clues to determine the meaning of new words and identified the theme of the story.

This week students will use the skills they have learned to identify the theme in a given text.  There will be a reading comprehension test on Wednesday.

Watch this video example about determining the theme.

Reading Homework: Practice Book pgs. 113 – 115 (answer in complete sentences)

Don’t forget the January Poetry Project due before the end of the month!

* * No School Friday the 16th nor on Monday the 19th * *

The Wonderful World of Weslandia / Homework & Project Information

Weslandia_lgThis week we return to school from our Christmas break. I am excited to see all of you and hear about your holidays!

Our reading this week will focus on “Weslandia” by Paul Fleishman. This is the story of a boy named Wesley, who is an “outcast from the civilization around him,” and decides to use the knowledge he’s obtained during the school year to create his own civilization as a summer project. In creating this culture (which includes staple crop, clothes, sun dial, numeric system based on 8 numbers, games, language, etc.) he calls “Weslandia,” Wesley draws attention from his classmates who once made fun of him, and eventually becomes their friend when he returns to school in the fall.

You can listen to the story here:

Your Homework:

Practice Book Page 111 Due Friday (must be in complete sentences)

Begin Working on the January Poetry Project (Mrs. Wilson will pass out the information Monday)


You will have a Quick Quiz on this week’s text on Friday. Everything we do in class each day will lead up to your quiz. You need to be at school unless you have a doctor’s appointment. Stay at school . . .because it’s cool!

This is some of the things we will discuss in class about this text (click on image to enlarge):