Book Club Responsibilities

Dear class,

Before each time your club meets, you are expected to make a blog post answering these questions about the section you read.

Summary: (Tell what happened in one short paragraph)

Important vocabulary: (have a minimum of three words, defined. Use it in a sentence!)

  • Word: This is a small part of speech that people string together to make sentences. Sentence: There was a really hard word in that book, but I figured out what it meant!

Response Questions: (answer each question with a short paragraph, including a piece of evidence from the story and your explanation)

  1. What was something you or the characters learned from the story?
  1. What was a craft move the author did that you could use in your own writing?

3. Pick a passage that stuck out to you. What page was it on? Why did you choose it?

Learning Journeys Reflection

Dear readers, We have had a school year full of learning! We’ve done…. (describe 4-5 things we’ve done this year. Things like: Halloween activities, Winter concert, Sports Day, etc etc.) Include pictures and links to the blog posts if you wrote about them.

(picture of  you in science)

In science, we’ve studied chemical reactions in Mixtures and Solutions, we’ve built and tested vehicles in Motion and Design, and we’re studying ecosystems right now. The thing I’m most proud of is My Micro Ecosystem study. This is where we ___________. In this activity, I really liked__________, and I thought I did a good job of ________________. It shows I can________.

(picture of you in math)

In math, we’ve done (describe 3-4 things in math). The thing I’m most proud of is (describe the activity and link the blog post). Describe the what you did. In this activity, I really liked__________, and I thought I did a good job of ________________.

(picture of you in reading)

In reading, we’ve done (describe 3-4 things in reading). The thing I’m most proud of is (describe the activity and link the blog post). Describe the what you did. In this activity, I really liked__________, and I thought I did a good job of ________________.

(picture of you in writing)

In writing, we’ve done (describe 3-4 things in writing). The thing I’m most proud of is (describe the activity and link the blog post). Describe the what you did. In this activity, I really liked__________, and I thought I did a good job of ________________.

(picture of you in social studies)

In social studies, we’ve done (describe 3-4 things in social studies). The thing I’m most proud of is (describe the activity and link the blog post). Describe the what you did. In this activity, I really liked__________, and I thought I did a good job of ________________.

I’m really happy you could join me today for my learning journey. Please take a minute to fill out my Learning Journey feedback form. Thanks!

Micro Ecosystem Study

(image from SSIS Flickr of YOU at Cat Tien)

We just got back from Cat Tien! It was amazing.

Answer these questions: (include the words: species, habitat, ecosystem, producers, consumers, biodiversity)

  1. What did you do?
  2. What surprised you?
  3. What would you do differently next time?

 

Moon Bear Blog Post

Dear class,

You’ve really learned a lot about moon bears! Now, you get to share your knowledge with the world! Today, please write a blog post that answers the following questions:

  1. What are moon bears? Where do they live in the wild? What do they eat?
  2. What threats do they face?
  3. How have humans affected the moon bear population? (Here, you can talk about bear farming, bear bile, and traditional medicine).
  4. What are humans doing to help?

Be sure to include 2-3 pictures of moon bears from Vietnam or China. These can either be bears in the wild, in a moon bear sanctuary, or a bear bile farm. Please be sure your images are appropriate for your audience.

World Wildlife Day

Dear friends,

Today is World Wildlife day. Today, we took our pictures with a poster that said #seriousaboutwildlifecrime. We did this to raise awareness for endangered animals that are affected by humans. Humans hunt animals illegally because they falsely believe the body parts will heal them, or they trade the body parts for money.

Cat Tien Parent Info Meeting

Dear fifth grade parents,

We are excited to share information about our upcoming field trip to Cat Tien National Park on March 11th – 13th, 2015. Overnight trips are often a highlight of students’ fifth grade year. Our trip to Cat Tien National Park will be no exception. We will meet with animal researchers, observe animals in rescue and research centers, observe ecosystems closely as scientists, and hike through them. The trip will be the cornerstone of our ecosystem unit as scientists. A minimum of eight SSIS teachers will join the fifth grade on this trip.

We would like to invite you to an informational meeting about our trip to Cat Tien on Monday, February 9th at 8:15 in room B410. This meeting is for parents and family and will go no longer than 9:00 a.m. The meeting will provide you with an opportunity to get much more information about the trip, and to ask any questions you may have.

Sincerely,

Ms. Gabbert

Change Agent Reflection Post

Dear students,

You did an excellent job presenting yesterday. Please answer these questions in your reflective blog post:

  1. Why did you choose your change agent to study?
  2. What lessons can we learn from your change agent?
  3. What would you do differently next time? Why?
  4. What was your favorite part of the experience? Why?

You can put in any other information you choose. Make sure to include at least one picture. Categorize it as Social Studies.

Happy Blogging!

Ms. Gabbert