The Setting of a Story

In our realistic fiction unit, we have focused so far on

-theme

-inferring

-character traits

-setting.

We learned that the setting of the story is the time and place a story takes place. Students scanned QR codes throughout the room which brought them to either a short reading passage or picture. They had to write in a RACE response what the setting was and why. Please ask them about this at home!

In social studies, we are still working on Northwest and Southwest regions. Students created a chatterpix on either a Kachina doll or a totem poll. Please see some student examples below.

Thank you!

Ms. Gray

 

Character Traits and Native Americans

Hi Everyone,

In literacy we are still focusing on inferring character traits. After much modeling and guidance, the students were ready to write about a character that has a particular trait. they picked a trait out of a hat. they then made their character come to life with an Avatar that they created through http://www.voki.com. Please see an example chart they filled out and some of their voki’s by clicking on the link below. (room 207 will be doing this tomorrow)

click here to see some of their work!

character-trait-example

In social studies, we are working on Native Americans. Our focus right now is the Northwest Region and the Southwest Region. We read passages about each and highlighted important information and added it to our fact chart. We learned that in the Northwest, totem poles were popular while Kachina dolls were popular in the southwest. Students will be researching each and creating a chatter-pix about them. Stay tuned.

Thanks for checking in!

Ms. Gray

 

 

Character Traits and RACE Responses

Hi Everyone,

We have started our first literacy unit which is on Realistic Fiction. We have been focusing a lot on inferring and character traits. Students have been identifying various character traits from our read aloud and also in short passages. Students have to tell me what they believe the character’s traits are and why using evidence from the text. It is very important that students follow the RACE format when responding to text. Please see RACE poster below.

Thanks!

race-poster

Inferring Character Traits

Hi everyone,

Today we talked about the term “infer.” We learned that to infer means to “read between the lines” and use our background knowledge to figure something out. To help the students grasp this concept, I let them go through my purse. “WHATS INSIDE MS. GRAYS PURSE AND WHAT DOES IT TELL US ABOUT THEM?”

They had so much fun! We then read “Thank you Mr. Falker” and worked on inferring character traits of our main character Trisha. Please ask your children about this lesson at home.

click here for pictures

Thank you!

Ms. Gray

Theme

Hi Everyone,

This week we focused on theme and writing RACE response to our text. Theme is the message of the story. Students answered questions throughout the classroom about theme and then created a short google slide on the text. Please ask your child about this at home!

Thanks,

Ms. Gray

 

theme

Respect in the classroom

Hi Everyone,

Today we read the book “Better Than You” by Trudy Ludwig to incorporate into our respect lesson. This book touches on arrogance and bragging. We learned that other kids “better than you” attitude isn’t nice and how to handle friends who are like this. We discussed that nobody is great at everything he or she does. We need to be more accepting of our strengths and weaknesses, and those of others. Please ask your child about this at home!

We then talked about what respect looks like in the classroom, hallway, playground, cafeteria, with peers and adults. We used padlet as our discussion board to share our thoughts. Please check out the work students did today below. Please check out @MsGray5 for pictures of students hard at work!

click here to see students work

Thanks!

Ms. Gray