• Thunder Rose focus for Reading

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 8/26/2019 8:00:00 AM


    Reading is well underway in our classroom. These next two weeks will focus on standard 5.RL.2: Determine the theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize a text. 


    We will also be working on vocabulary context clues. I have linked some of the ppts here to support student learning and review! 

    Theme powerpoint

    Theme ppt companion worksheet 

    summarizing activities

    "I lived" close read 

    context clues


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  • Environments in science web quest

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 8/19/2019 5:00:00 PM

    This week and last students started an in class project on the imact of various factors on the environment. Students learned how to join a google classroom and use google slides. In order to help students with research skills, we reviewed the concept of planning and synthesis. 


    Please feel free to look at the information below.


    Website explaining synthesis

    structured note taking

    Environmental web quest

    project rubric

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  • Writing Narratives and Story Elements.

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 8/19/2019 5:00:00 PM

    Narrative writing is like writing a story. Today in writing, we reviewed the elements that make up a good story. Here is the interactive site students used to review the story elements.


    Cinderella interactive Cinderella interactive 


    The rest of this week, students will be interacting with the AZ Merit narrative rubric. They will pick apart each task and put it in their own words. They will look at organization and structure as well as evidenc and elaboration. 


    AZ Merit Narrative Writing Rubric

    They will then be given a narrative writing prompt and will start with understanding the prompt and writing a strong introduction.

    Writing a narrative powerpoint

    Writing a narrative you tube videos to support understanding 

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  • Making inferences in literature and quoting accurately from text 5.RL.1

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 8/19/2019 8:00:00 AM

    Students are working on quoting accurately from text using information that is stated as well as using inferencing skills or drawing conclusions.


    For powerpoint click here. 

    After the powerpoint, students practice making inferences while watching Pixar short films. These can be found doing a quick youtube search. 

    The Pixar shorts used are:

    One Man Band

    For the Birds

    Pigeon Impossible

    Geri's Game



    Assignment linked here. 

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  • informative writing process Do What to rough draft.

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 2/21/2019

    attached is a video of the informative writing process from understanding the prompt to writing a rough draft. https://youtu.be/4utX7uyFEt0

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  • Mahalia Jackson and Rap support

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 2/18/2019



    Here is the powerpoint I have been using for Mahalia Jackson. The link to rap background music is included on the pages! 

    Mahalia Jackson PPT

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  • Perfect Verb Tense

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 1/23/2019

    Students focus heavily on verbs in 5th grade. They move beyond simple verb tense and learn about perfect verb tense. This powerpoint shows the different tenses. 


    Perfect Verb Tense powerpoint click here

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  • Informational text

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 1/14/2019

    The following is a powerpoint to help support student's understanding of  writing informational text.


    Informational text powerpoint 

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  • Point of View standard 5.RL.6

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 1/13/2019

    This powerpoint is not my own creation but is very helpful in helping students understand point of view. 


    Point of View Powerpoint click here

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  • Figurative language

    Posted by Katherine Brown on 11/28/2018 7:00:00 AM

    This is a little late in coming so I am sorry. The powerpoint can also be found on the google classroom for students. This is just a quick review of figurative language. Students took notes from this powerpoint right before Thanksgiving break. 

    Figurative Language Powerpoint 

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