Reading to Learn / Homework Information

alice paulIn January 1917, a group of women marched silently in front of the White House.  Each carried a banner asking for the right to vote.  One banner read, “Mr. President, how long must we wait for liberty?”  These women, called Silent Sentinels, picketed outside the White House almost every day for eighteen months.  Passersby attacked the women and called them names, but the demonstrators continued their silent march.

These women were the first ever to protest in front of the White House.  Their leader was a brave young woman named Alice Paul.  This week, one of our text selections will be a short biography about this remarkable woman.

I like to read for pleasure. I can escape into a good book for days.  Getting lost in this manner is a joy, but I also want my students to realize the importance of reading to learn.  We can read to learn about history or science and how both of those subjects impact on our own lives.

This week’s text selections will focus on two famous women and even one text about economics.  Reading to learn is just as important as reading for enjoyment.

Here is a little information about Alice Paul:

Reading HW: Practice Book Pages 173-176 Due Friday


I’ve studied so much my head is going to explode!

hyperboleDid the blog title get your attention? Of course, your head will NOT explode if you study too much. If you don’t believe me, I dare you to try it!

This blog title is a hyperbole. A hyperbole is an exaggerated statement that writers use to add interest to their writing. This week we will read some classic tall tales and identify examples of hyperbole.

Take a look at this great hyperbole video:

Reading Homework: Practice Book Pages 153 – 156 Due Friday

TEST: Reading comprehension test Friday.

Don’t forget about the February Poetry Project:



How do we explain what happened in the past? / Homework Information

Do you have any idea why this doctor is dressed this way?
Do you have any idea why this doctor is dressed this way?

This week’s reading will focus on this essential question:

How do we explain what happened in the past?

I chuckle at this week’s essential question because it is a question that I do get asked by 5th graders. This is a hard concept for students born into the video age. They wonder how do we know if we don’t have pictures, video, etc. This is a teachable moment that I use explore the value of primary and secondary sources in reading class.

Our reading this week will help answer this essential question. We will read how historians have used burial records, explored abandoned villages, and primary sources form the 1300s to help us better understand the bubonic plague and its impact on Europe.

We will also discover how archaeologists study ancient artifacts at Mesa Verde National Park to learn about the people who once inhabited the Cliff Palace.

I love this week’s text selections and you will too!


Practice Book Page 147 Due Wednesday / Work on the February Poetry Project

Don’t forget the Poetry Project (click on image to enlarge)



“Building a Green Town” / Homework Information

greensburg-wind-slide_02This week in our reading class we will read a lot about science. One of the text selections is from our Wonders Practice Book. The text is about the rebuilding of Greensburg, Kansas after a destructive tornado. Almost all of the town’s buildings were destroyed. Instead of moving away, the residents decided to rebuild and become one of the “greenest” towns in America.

You might find this video interesting:

Homework: Due Friday Practice Book Pages 133-136. Answer in complete sentences!

Test: Reading comprehension test Friday. The focus skill is main idea /details.

Project: See previous post about the February Poetry Project