DES 5th Grade Reading Challenge

Youth slogan_HWe did it! We survived those first three days of school. Although we have already been hard at work in 5th grade, this week we will really get going with our 5th Grade Reading Challenge.

I challenge you to read at least 8 of the novels on this list and 2 novel choices of your own (10 total). You must have your alternate novel choices approved by me. You must score 70 or higher on each AR test. Students completing this challenge will receive a reward. It is your responsibility to keep up with the challenge tracking sheet (you will be given one this week). It is your responsibility to track your progress. Will you accept the challenge?

It is not enough to simply teach children to read; we have to give them something worth reading. Something that will stretch their imaginations—something that will help them make sense of their own lives and encourage them to reach out toward people whose lives are quite different from their own. —Katherine Patterson

HOMEWORK: Your only homework in reading class this week is to begin the 5th Grade Reading Challenge. Next week we will begin our written homework assignments.


This Week’s HW / Katy Perry & Maroon 5 Teach Figurative Language?!?!

download (1)Alabama standards state that 5th graders should be able to use affixes and root words to help understand new words. Check out this great information and the quick practice game link below.

Learn how to add letters to the beginning or end of a word to modify its meaning. This excellent practice exercise activity will help students understand how prefixes and suffixes are used in the English language while they enjoy the fun challenges. Add prefixes and suffixes to words and see if the result is a real word. As the challenges become more difficult try adding both a prefix and a suffix to make words. How many challenges can you complete? Give it a go and find out!

cos-01-adam-levine-deStandards also state the 5th graders should be able to understand figurative language. Would you like to learn a little bit about figurative language from Katy Perry or Maroon 5? Check out the video below!

HW This Week:

M – Writing / Work on Sloppy Copy of Narrative

T – Writing / Finish Sloppy Copy of Narrative

W – Read for AR Points / Begin FINAL Copy

T – Read for AR Points / Finish FINAL Copy

F – Read for AR Points


Stormalong. . .This Week’s HW Information

Stormalong 4-Octopus-smThis week we will wrap up our reading of “Stormalong” by Mary Pope Osborne. The test for this lesson will be Friday.

During this unit of study, we have been writing our very own narratives inspired by “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost. The narratives are due Thursday, The 16th.

This week’s homework:

Monday – Read Lesson 13 Story and Review Story Notes

Tuesday –  Finish Grammar Page / Start Final Copy of Narrative

Wednesday – Review Grammar / FINISH Final Copy of Narrative

Thursday – Study for Lesson 13 Test

Friday – Read for AR Points

Meet the Author

You probably recognize the author Mary Pope Osborne from her famous Magic Tree House Series. Check out this interview with the author!



And miles to go before I sleep. . .

snowIt is time for this wonderful Christmas Break to end. I look forward to seeing all of my students and listening to them share the events of their holiday!

We will get right to work Monday by conducting a close read of Robert Frost’s poem, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”. We will analyze the poem, complete our own artistic interpretation, and compose a narrative telling the “behind the scenes” of the poem. It should be interesting!

This is a link to a reading of the poem that we will use in class. The screen will be totally black for a few moments and all you will hear is the sound of the horse making its way through the snowy woods. The scene will slowly open up to some amazing winter views of a snowy forest. It is wonderful!

Stopping By Woods


Monday – Read Lesson 13 “Stromalong”

Tuesday – Complete Grammar Page & Work on Writing Plan

Wednesday – Review Grammar & Read “Stormalong”

Thursday – Work on “Sloppy Copy” of the Narrative Writing Assignment

Friday – Read for AR Points


Loved Best

The DES 3rd grade began Lesson 11 today. The lesson focuses on the story “Loved Best.” This is a wonderful story that the entire family can enjoy reading.

I will post the lesson’s spelling and vocabulary words in a later post. The students did receive copies of both the spelling and vocabulary today.


Read “Loved Best”

Study Spelling and Vocabulary

Language P.138 #1-20 (if it was not finished in class)

Math P. 194 #1-17 (if it was not finished in class)


Multiplication Test Friday (0-7)

Graphic Organizers

Graphic Organizers Help Improve Comprehension

We often utilize graphic organizers in our class to aid students in organizing their thoughts while preparing to summarize a reading or to answer an open-ended question. This is the graphic organizer that we completed during whole group reading instructional time today. The students filled in an identical organizer in their individual Learning Logs.

When used in effective ways, graphic organizers have a great amount of potential for fostering learning in a variety of different areas in education. The most prevalent educational areas that are positively affected by the effectiveness of graphic organizers are comprehension, reading and vocabulary knowledge. A number of studies have been conducted that indicate that graphic organizers have the ability to improve reading and vocabulary knowledge and understanding exponentially.

Ask your child about filling in their graphic organizer. This graphic organizer can help prepare the student for the Lesson 10 test.


Read “The Case of the Three Bears Breakfast”

Study Spelling and Vocabulary

Finish Writing and Illustrating Story

Finish Math Worksheet

Upcoming Tests!

Lesson 10 Test Thursday

Multiplication (0-6 Facts) Test Friday

Vocabulary for Lesson 10


The Case of the Three Bears Breakfast

The DES 3rd grade is on Lesson 10 of the Story Town reading curriculum. These are the vocabulary words that students need to know for this lesson:

1. Investigate – When you investigate something, you try to find out the truth about it.

2. Expert – An expert is someone who knows a lot about a certain job.

3. Laboratory – A place where experiments are done is a laboratory.

4. Various – When there are various objects, there are objects of different types.

5. Suspect – When you suspect someone of something; you think that person has done it.

6. Confess – When you confess, you tell the truth about something you did wrong.

7. Perplexed – When you are perplexed about something, you are confused about it.

8. Inquisitive – If you are inquisitive about something, you are curious about it.

9. Inviting – If something looks inviting, you want to take part in it or have something to do with it.

10. Amusing – If something is fun or funny, it is amusing.

The Case of the Three Bears Breakfast

The DES 3rd grade will start a new lesson on Thursday morning! We are on Lesson 1o. This Lesson is a review of Lessons 6-9.

DES student have the day off on Friday in honor of Veterans’ Day. Take the time to thank someone for their service to our great nation!

The class will have a multiplication test in the morning (0-5). They were to write the multiplication facts (0-5) tonight for homework.

Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your child’s educational journey!

The link below is a copy of the Learning Log Day 1 that accompanies Lesson 10. This is what we will do during our reading lesson. I post this for parents to view as well as a resource for other educators.

Learning Log 10 / Day 1


Welcome Veterans!

DES is getting ready for the Veterans’ Day Program. It will be Wednesday at 1:00. The third grade will be performing two songs in the program.

Reading Test Wednesday

Multiplication Test Thursday (0-5)


Math Homework P. 157 #2-32 Even Numbers Only


Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.


John F. Kennedy

Sharing Brings Happiness

Erial Campbell shows off our diagram about Stone Soup and the First Thanksgiving.

The class is on Day 4 of Lesson 9 (Stone Soup). Stone Soup has much in common with the very first Thanksgiving. Today the class completed a diagram showing the differences between the two and the common theme of sharing. They did an excellent job!

The DES third grade is still working on subtraction using regrouping. Remember: If there is more on the floor. . .go next door!

In Social Studies we are starting Chapter 4. This chapter covers explorers like Christopher Columbus. We we also be discussing Thanksgiving and the founding of our nation during the next few weeks.

DES 3rd Grade Homework:

Reading: Study Spelling, Vocabulary, and the Study Guide (the guide was completed in class today)

Math: Page 153-154 #1-27 (students were given 45 mins. to complete in class/they are to finish at home if they failed to do so in that time frame)


Lesson 9 Reading Test Wednesday

Multiplication Test (0-5) Thursday


We will be off Friday in honor of our veterans.