Five for Friday with a Freebie

Boy the weeks keep zooming by.  Seems like I just posted Five for Friday, and we're back to another Friday again.  We have one more week til Spring Break, and finally spring is here!  It was nice getting out to do some yard work, and my poor hands felt it later.

Cartoon Number OneThis week my fifth graders were exploring historical fiction.  It's probably their least favorite genre, but as we know it's important to understand how to comprehend genre types. The selection from Journeys was Mr. Tucket Travels, and they seemed to enjoy Gary Paulsen.  As we worked on visualizing and sequencing events, we also discussed historical fiction features.  {These booksmarks} from Mrs. Tottens Classroom were helpful to use as reference tools.

Cartoon Number TwoFor my fourth grade group, fantasy was the choice genre. They used the bookmarks as well, and {this set} to brainstorm fantasy features. Their story for the week was The World According to Humphrey which was really cute.  We studied theme and recorded text evidence with this organizer.
Theme Organizer Freebie
Cartoon Number ThreeMy students also began a new writing assignment with memoirs.  I shared the book, The Memory String by Eve Bunting.  You can read about the book by visiting this post.  I shared in the post the writing materials that I used for this week.  It was really special hearing about my students special moments. They're writing about first roller coaster rides, receiving special gifts, hitting a home-run in a ballgame, and touching moments too.   We talked about limiting to small moments versus a week long vacation.  I am looking forward to hearing their voices come through the writing.  

Cartoon Number Four
Tonight, we're heading out to watch a game of soccer and hoping that the storms stay clear of Virginia.  Hard to believe this guy is a senior.  We've had so much fun watching soccer, and this tournament is with our rivals.  I hope I get to post that his team won tomorrow!   

Cartoon Number FiveMy number five hasn't happened yet.  Next Thursday, I'm starting a new linky called, Think About It Thursday.  I will announce the topic the week ahead of time to allow other bloggers to plan their posts. The purpose of the linky is for bloggers to discuss topics in education in general that bring on challenges.  This week we'll be focusing on Homework Hassles.  Some posts will be from the classroom perspective, some will be from the parent's perspective, and some will be a mix.  I hope you'll drop by to read and link up with me.  I know I'd love a few ideas to make homework less of a hassle at home, and make it easier on myself in the classroom.  The linky button is embedded in this post, so feel free to start your post when you have the time.  

Enjoy your weekend, and until next time, happy reading!

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