Language Arts

Writing

This coming year we will be working on a variety of writing pieces! Learners will have experience with informative, persuasive and entertainment prompts! They will also get to write their own news report!

Reading

Reading Volume!
It is shown that learners who read more benefit greatly. According to the U.S Department of education - 

“at every level, reading more pages at home and at school was associated with higher scores.”  (1999)

So how do we accomplish this? How do we allow kids to have the ability to read more?

Lucy Calkins stated the following in 2015 regarding allowing learners to become readers:

“The single most important thing we can do to make schools
into places where youngsters thrive as readers is
to clear out the time and space so that children can
learn to read by reading… It is impossible to
stress enough the importance of kids ‘just reading’.” 

So we have been doing just that. Every morning, learners have come in to class, gone through their morning routine and then open a book. We all read together until morning announcements, and then for about 20 minutes after announcements. This gets our day started off on the right foot! 

We would love to allow learners to get lost in a book continuously. Your fifth grader should have a book that they bring back and forth with them to school and home. The expectation is that we are reading 25-30 minutes in school and 25-30 minutes at home; preferably out of the same book. In a just right book this should equate into about 30 pages for every 25 minutes of reading. 

Learners will also be tracking pages read on a bookmark, and answering before, during and after reading questions to help with comprehension skills. This is an expected part of their nightly homework. Please let me know if you have any questions!

Word Study

Learners in the 3rd - 12th grades should be learning 2,000 new words per year. This is approached by reading, direct vocabulary instruction, and enriching oral language in school, and home environments.

If you are looking to enrich your learner's vocabulary at home, some great ways to do this are:

- Talking to them with enriching vocabulary and figurative language.

- Reading above grade-level (appropriate) texts aloud to them.

Some Recommendations:

Fantasy - 
Where the Mountain Meets the Moon - Grace Lin
Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling 
Holes - Louis Sachar

Realistic Fiction - 
Hoot - Carl Hiaasen
Soar - Joan Bauer (about a boy's love for baseball)

Difficult Situations - 
Tiger Rising -Katie D. Camillo (deals with grief)

Historical Fiction-
Chains -Laurie Halse Anderson