Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Talk: Becoming Naomi Leon

Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from the book, Becoming Naomi Leon, to defend your thinking.

For example...
The author's message in Becoming Naomi Leon is ___________.
I know this because in the text _____________.
Also, _________________________________.


Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem in the story
-Character motivation
-Character belief system
-Themes
-Symbols
-Patterns

Thursday, November 15, 2018

Book Talk: Becoming Naomi Leon

Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from the book, Becoming Naomi Leon, to defend your thinking.

For example...
The author's message in Becoming Naomi Leon is ___________.
I know this because in the text _____________.
Also, _________________________________.


Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem in the story
-Character motivation
-Character belief system
-Themes
-Symbols
-Patterns

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Charts Help Us Dig Deeper Into Reading

What charts have you learned to dig deeper into your reading?
(For example: the theory and evidence chart)
How do these tools help you?
Do you use these charts in your own independent reading at home and in school?

What charts are easy for you to use? Which charts are more difficult?

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Rules: Book Talk

Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from the book, Rules, to defend your thinking.

For example,
The author's message in Rules is _______________________.
I know this because in the text _________________________.
Also, ____________________________________________.

Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem in the story
-Character motivation
-Character belief system
-Themes
-Symbols
-Big idea
-Patterns

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Catherine's Rules

At the beginning of each chapter in Rules is a rule that acts as a metaphor for Catherine’s experiences.

Choose one of Catherine’s rules. Explain how that rule shows the author’s message. Be sure to use specific details from the book, Rules.

Use the work we did in book talk today to help you with your response.
Here are some of Catherine’s rules:
-Sometimes you’ve gotta work with what you’ve got.
-Sometimes things work out, but don’t count on it.
-Saying you’ll do something means you have to do it – unless you have a very good excuse.
-If you can only choose one, pick carefully.
-Sometimes people laugh when they like you. But sometimes they laugh to hurt you.
-Sometimes people don’t answer because they didn’t hear you. Other times it’s because they don’t want to hear you.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Native Americans in New York: Feature Article

We are writing feature articles about the Native Americans in New York. Feature articles contain facts, opinion, story and voice about a nonfiction topic.

What topic are you writing about for our Native Americans in NY feature article?
For example: comparing Iroquois hairstyles to hairstyles today.

What are some facts you learned about your topic? Why is your topic interesting?

Do you have an angle for your feature article yet?
Hint: Your angle or perspective is your opinion or point of view about a topic.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Who will you be for our Character Parade?

What is one of your favorite books?

List 3 interesting characters from the book.

If you could be one of those characters, which one would it be?
Why? Explain in detail

Describe how that character looks and acts.

Look through your clothes and the things you have at home.  Make a plan for how you could create a costume of that character using things you already have. 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Our Classroom Culture

What do you think is important to include in the culture of our classroom?

We are a classroom that ________________ because...
Be sure to explain your thinking with details.

Here are a few example comments from our class discussion:
We are a classroom that respects each other's opinions because...
We are a classroom that adds on to each other's thinking because...
We are a classroom that is inclusive because...

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Who am I as a reader?

Answer the following questions.
Explain your answers with specific details.

Where do you like to read?
What genres do you like to read?
What other types of things do you like to read besides books?
Who are your favorite authors?
Do you have a favorite series of books? Why?
How does reading make you feel?
What do you like most about reading?
What is the most challenging thing about reading?
Name one of your favorite books and explain why it’s your favorite.
Do you ever read books you have already read before?
Choose one character in a book you have read that inspires you. Why does that character inspire you?

You can write your blog response on paper if you have technical difficulties or don’t have access to the internet. You may also email your response to me.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Writer's Notebook Visual Inspiration

Find a picture that inspires you. This may be a photograph, an image from a book or magazine, a drawing, etc.

Describe your picture in detail and explain why it inspires you to write.

Please bring in your picture to class tomorrow. You can either bring in a hard copy or email it to me.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Who am I as a writer?

Use your previous answer in your Writer's Notebook to help you and add more detail. Explain your thinking.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Wonder

Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from the book to defend your thinking.

For example... The author's message in Wonder is ___________________.
I know this because in the text ___________________________.
Also, ___________________________________________________.

Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem
-Character motivation
-Themes           
-Big idea
-Symbols           
-Patterns
-Character belief system

Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Letter to Incoming Fourth Graders

What advice would you give new fourth graders next year?
Write a letter to explain your advice in detail.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

What have you learned so far in fourth grade?

What have you learned so far in fourth grade? Think about what you have learned academically (subjects in school) socially (how you interact with others in a beloved community) and in other areas of your life. Do you have any special talents you have grown in this year?

Explain what you have learned in detail, giving specific examples and why it is important to you.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

American Revolution

Think about what you have learned about the Revolutionary War in your research so far.

Share at least three facts you have learned and explain why they are important to the American Revolutionary War.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Myself in Metaphors

Read the poem, "Myself in Metaphors" by Joseph O. Legaspi.
Click the pic below to read the poem again.
 

The author uses lots of metaphors to describe himself in this poem. A metaphor is a figure of speech in which two unlike things are compared.


1. After reading this poem, do you think the speaker likes the way he looks? What clues does he give you about his feelings?  

2. What do you think the speaker means in the last line when he says, "I am my world, and of the world?"
 

3. Write your own metaphor to describe yourself.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

April is Poetry Month

What have you learned about poetry so far? What poetic devices have you used in your poems?

Share one of your poems in this blog. 

Write what type of poem and the poetic devices you used below your poem.  Have fun.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Who am I as an independent writer?

Answer the following questions about your independent writing:

Who am I as an independent writer?
How do I write independently? What is my writing process? How do I use my Writer’s Notebook for independent writing?
How do I manage my time to finish independent writing? Do I use a calendar?

 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Women's History Month

March is Women's History Month. Ben's mom, Cindy is a US History professor and she came for a visit to teach us about women in history. We discussed a lot of topics and did an activity about the role of women in history and their unequal representation in the historical record.

What did you learn from this lesson? Use specific details in your response.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Book Talk: The Watsons Go to Birmingham


Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from The Watsons Go to Birmingham to defend your thinking.

For example...
The author's message is ___________.
I know this because in the text _____________.
Also, _________________________________.

Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem in the story
-Character motivation
-Character belief system
-Themes
-Symbols
-Patterns

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Reading, Writing and Math Goals

What are your goals for reading, writing and math?
What steps will you take to achieve your goals?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Book Talk: Social Issues Book Club



Choose one book talk topic from the list below to discuss. Give at least two pieces of evidence from your book club book, to defend your thinking.

For example...
The book I’m reading in my social issues book club is _______________.
The author's message is ___________.
I know this because in the text _____________.
Also, _________________________________.

Book Talk Topics
-Author's message
-Main problem in the story
-Character motivation
-Character belief system
-Themes
-Symbols
-Patterns

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Math Big Ideas & Strategies



Think about what we have learned in math this year so far.

What are some big ideas you have learned?
What strategies have you developed in your toolbox?
How do these strategies help you?

Explain your answer with specific examples.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Love


Happy Valentine’s Day! Many famous quotes have been said about love. Here are a few:

“Love conquers all” – Virgil

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” –MLK

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences,
penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
Come up with your own quote about love. Explain what it means to you.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Compare and Contrast

Think about the books we have read in class together (Fourth Grade Rats, Becoming Naomi Leon, Bud, Not Buddy). Think about the characters, themes and author’s messages in those books.

Choose one book to compare and contrast with Bud, Not Buddy.

Be sure to use specific details in your response. 

For example,
Bud, Not Buddy and ___________ are similar because...
But Bud, Not Buddy and ___________ are different because...

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Bud, Not Buddy: "Rules and Things for a Funner Life"


In Bud, Not Buddy, Bud comes up with a list of "Rules and Things for a Funner Life..."

Come up with your own list of rules. Explain in detail why they are important to you.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Black History Civil Rights Freedom Fighters

Who did you choose as your freedom fighter mentor and why? How does their life inspire you?

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Martin Luther King Jr. by Gwendolyn Brooks



Martin Luther King Jr.
by Gwendolyn Brooks

   
A man went forth with gifts.
   
He was a prose poem.
He was a tragic grace.
He was a warm music.
   
He tried to heal the vivid volcanoes.
His ashes are
    reading the world.

His Dream still wishes to anoint
    the barricades of faith and of control.
   
His word still burns the center of the sun,
    above the thousands and the 
    hundred thousands.

The word was Justice. It was spoken.
   
So it shall be spoken.
So it shall be done.
  

Vocabulary Glossary

Prose – ordinary speech or writing
Tragic – extremely sad
Grace – spirit, blessing
Vivid – bright, sharp to the senses
Anoint – make pure or holy
Barricades – protective barriers
Justice – fairness for all people


317 Blog Questions:
What do you think is the author’s purpose for writing this poem?
How did the poem make you feel? Use the vocabulary glossary to help you.
What metaphor stood out to you and why?