Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Ivan & The 5 Story Elements


It sure was fun to see my students at the Ivan statue last week!
If you didn't get to go, you may want to make the trip to Tacoma this summer. 
You can hug Ivan, go to the zoo, and visit the B&I while you are in town. 

We're 2/3 of the way through The One and Only Ivan, 
and it's soooo goooood!

This week we are reviewing the 5 elements of a story,
something we learned about when writing memoirs.

Maybe this video will help explain.

WARNING: The song below will get stuck in your head for eternity.

Here is a notebook page with more information.

Click on the image and print the page. 
Then add it to your SLASH notebook!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018



Figurative language can be found in literature and poetry.  Writers use figurative language to make their work more interesting or more dramatic than literal language which simply states facts.

So far, this year we have learned about 5 types of figurative language:


and today...


Here's an example of personification in The One and Only Ivan:

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Happy Earth Day!


IT'S APRIL 22...

In honor of Earth Day, here is a short video I think you will enjoy! 

Click here for more information and resources about Jane Goodall.

Here are some fun Earth Day movies, crafts, games and activities!

Readworks| Earth Day (reading passages for grades K-12)

What to Read on Earth Day (books for K-12)

The Lorax (original cartoon – 25 mins)


 Earth Day

By Jane Yolen 

I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud,
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle,
Skin and bone.

And just as I
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here

That’s why we
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.

Turn up your speakers!

Now get outside! Go for a walk! Enjoy the beautiful day!

The Lorax wants you to.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ivan - Assignment 2


Today, we learned about mountain gorillas... 
and they are AWESOME!

(click on the images for a closer look)

Here is a great video too!


This week's RACE Reading Response:

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Math Test Prep


In addition to the math review test prep Class Connects, 
you may want to ...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Testing... 1... 2... 3...


Dear Wonderful and Amazing Students,

Many of you have or will take the Washington state assessments this spring and there are a few important things I want you to know…

Although these tests will tell us something, they will not tell us everything.

They do not measure how special you are, how hard you’ve worked this year, nor your amazing talents.

They do not measure kindness, personality, nor character.

They do not measure AWESOMENESS, a test that you have already passed with flying colors!

Your 5th grade test scores will not be on your resume or job application, and they will certainly not get you into college.

The information gathered will only be seen by you, your teachers and your families. I will use my class scores to see where I can focus more attention next year. Your Learning Coach will consider your scores, in addition to what they see EVERY DAY. We all know state assessments do not always measure how smart you are. After all, there are many different kinds of “smart.”  

When you go to your testing site I want you to have confidence because I have confidence in YOU. I am already proud of you. I know you have grown personally and academically this year - way more than could ever be measured on a test.  

On testing day, be self-assured, do your best, take your time, and remember to BREATHE…

In other words...