INSPIRED by Norman Borlaug

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

A little Late But Not Forgotten...

5B continues to have more and more fabulous, hard-working days!  Between Preschool visits, joint-writing activities with New York (and Texas for 5D), Socratic Seminars, iMovie trailers, and all of our regular reading and writing activities, our literacy time just FLIES by! I'm loving the cooperation and respect I'm seeing during the main idea/movie trailer project between partners.  These should be neat to see when they are finished.

Tomorrow will be QUITE the busy day with reading our Readers Theater scripts, finishing "The Graveyard Boogie" (oh, ask your families if they can think of other well known singers to add to our story!), Skyping with NY 5B to share our stories (and just chat with them about Halloween plans), finish our iMovie trailers, and doing a little math game/activity from Mrs. Suckow.  Then it will be a short switch for social studies in after recess, and we'll get ready for our Book-It Kick Off with Families!!

Remind your families they should bring a snack/drink for BOTH of you.  Also, if there's a fun book your family is reading at home and even blankets/comfy pillows!  This should be a relaxing, enjoyable reading experience!  I'm excited to see you snuggling up with families while enjoying reading!  Maybe I will even ask you "What is Reading?" in front of your families!  You think we'll scare them?  Hey, it IS Halloween, right?  It's about treats and tricks!

Don't forget to return your report card envelopes ASAP:)

It's a busy night at our house, so I'll let you go.  I'll know checked the blog if you come in the room, check out the little pumpkin game I brought in of Isaiah's, then tell me which hole you will try to aim for when it's your turn to toss the bean bags!  If you get it in that hole, you'll get a little treat!  (Since you had to do a trick!)  There's a picture of the game below (it's backwards though).

Happy Halloween Eve!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Missed Last Night... Won't Happen 2 Days in a Row...

The biggest news in 5th grade today was that REPORT CARDS came home!  Yeehaw, baby!  I love report card time and conferences because it's cause for celebration of learning!  When you go over your report cards with your families, be sure to explain the scoring of the 4, 3, 2, 1 as I did in class this morning.  Here are some visuals as reminders!

4 Means....

This is VERY RARE!  You should have fireworks and "Hallelujah" choruses singing in your heads.  The is SO FAR ABOVE what I would expect at 5th grade!  Not many 4's are given out, especially during 1st Quarter!

3 Means...
You are doing EXACTLY what I would hope you can and should do.  You should be feeling
pretty darn good about yourself.  Proud, proud, proud is how you should feel and give yourself a nice pat on the back for a "job well done."

2 Means...
You have good days with this skill and you have some "not so good" days with this skill.  Sometimes you do it, and sometimes you don't.  It could be that you're not putting in 100% effort, or it could be you don't understand it very well yet.  You're getting there though. 

1 Means...
Something needs to change.  This should be a conversation you have with parents, teachers and most importantly, yourself.  Are you not trying at all?  Are you not learning from mistakes?  Or is this a truly challenging skill that you want to improve on and will do what you need to for some progress.  

Overall, I feel like several 3's and even 4's (that's pretty amazing) were earned during the 1st quarter.  I'm excited for you to chat more at conferences.  Be sure your parents see that orange note in the envelopes, too.  Also, be sure they see that YOU are included in our conferences coming up in about 3 weeks.  Remember, it's pretty silly to have a conference about YOU without.... hmmm?  YOU!  Right?

I'll know you checked the blog tonight if you read what NYC 5B has done to our story, "The Graveyard Boogie."  Read it and tell me in the morning what you liked BEST about their middle section and what SURPRISED you the most! I was shocked at where the story went.  

This first line was from us....
Then, they saw HIM...   a singing, dancing skeleton doing the graveyard boogie!

Suddenly the skeleton decided to stop and grabbed one of the teenagers and started to waltz. 1...2..3…… 1...2...3…… 1….2….3. Then the skeleton spun the girl around and around in a never ending spiral. As she was twirling, her skin dissolved slowly exposing her white skull and little by little the rest of her skeletal structure. Once all her flesh was removed from her body and they could only see her bright white bones, she started to grab her friend to spin him around and around. She and the other skeletons kept on spinning whoever they could grab onto. The last person left human, Jeffery, started bolting up the sides of the hole to climb out of the grave. As he escaped, the grave closed just like the gates to the cemetery closed when they first walked in, sending a shiver down his spine.
Jeffery ran to the closest store to buy a flashlight, a pack of AA batteries, and some beef jerky because he was starving. He was worried about how long it would take him to get back into the graveyard, through the gate, into the grave, and onto the dancefloor to hopefully twirl his friends the opposite direction, bringing them back into the world of mortality. As he went down the battery aisle, he heard a voice talking to him.
“Hi! How can I help you sir?”
Jerfery looked up and gasped. Behind the counter was a real live talking, moving skelton. Then he realized.  “Great costume!”, he complimented the store worker.
“You must be mistaken. We sell Halloween costumes in aisle 13, but I’m not wearing one,” replied the store worker.
Jeffrey sprinted out of the store dropping everything, including the beef jerky.  The skeleton attendant followed him.
The skeleton picked up everything, including the beef jerky and decided to eat a sliver. As Jeffrey continued running towards the graveyard, he looked behind him and saw that the skeleton was slowly growing flesh back on it’s bones. Jeffrey realizes that the skeleton was now almost human again. He thought to himself, “It must have been the beef jerky.” Jeffrey decided he had to get the beef jerky to his friends in the grave with the help of the store worker.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Busy, Crazy Day...but WAY AMAZING!

Your post tonight is full of jokes/riddles.  Your job is to read the questions and write down what YOU think the answers are on a piece of paper for each of the riddles below.  Bring it with you to class on Tuesday.  We'll go through them as a class and see how many you get right!  

1. What's a ghost's favorite color? 

2.  Which 2 candies do all of the "intelligent" kids want on Halloween? 

3.  How did the baby ghost get from the cemetary to the haunted house?

4.  Why did the skeleton go to the neighbor's backyard barbecue?

5.  What did the werewolf eat right after he got his teeth cleaned?  

Remember to bring BACK the book you are practicing for the preschool buddies!  Expression and fun should ALWAYS be a part of Read with Someone, right?


Sunday, October 26, 2014

Well, What a Friday Surprise We Had, Eh?!

I was REALLY disappointed right when I heard that school was going to be cancelled on Friday!  Then, about 15 minutes later... I got over it!  I actually came to school and worked for about 3 hours, spent some time at home (working on activities for school) and then relaxed a bit.  Isaiah and I went to Dolphin Tale 2 that night.  It was a nice little surprise to start the weekend!

Hopefully you enjoyed your surprise day as well.  I was thinking.  It would have been fun to see what people are up to on days like those.  So, the next time we have a cancelled day of school (most likely it will be due to snow, not fog again), I'll put up a TodaysMeet to see what everyone is up to!  You can just go check it anytime during the day (if you have access to Internet) and see what your 5B Family is doing:)  I did this the last 2 years with my homerooms.  We often didn't miss a SINGLE day of contact with each other because of it!  See how technology keeps us all CONNECTED (fist bump, fist bump!)

Well, with one LESS day last week, that means we're going to have to work out tails off this week!  We have a lot of projects and activities planned, and I'm thinking the ONLY way to accomplish them is FOCUS, EFFICIENT, and RESPONSIBLE 5B students!  Since last week was Character Counts week, let's see how often we can still catch each other showing Cadet Pride!

Here's our week...
Group Band
Library (picking out a book to read with Pre-K buddies for our visit - a book on the topic your buddy enjoys:  kittens, snakes, tractors, dogs, camping, turtles, etc.)
Story with NYC 5B "I'm Right Behind You"  (I got it from Matt!  It's a SUPER beginning!)
Movie Trailers for Halloween stories
Preparing for Socratic Seminars

One for the Murphys - NEED TO READ!
Visit to Pre-School Building - We'll be walking, so think about the chilly mornings.
Story with NYC 5B "I'm Right Behind You"
Movie Trailers for Halloween stories
Preparing for Socratic Seminars

One for the Murphys - NEED TO READ!
Movie Trailers for Halloween stories
Get "Graveyard Boogie" back and finish its ending!
Preparing for Socratic Seminars

Group Band
Movie Trailers for Halloween stories
Get "Graveyard Boogie" back and finish its ending!
Socratic Seminar #3! Topic:  Halloween!

Friday - Halloween!
Skype with NYC 5B to share each story!  Socialize also!
Share Movie Trailers for Halloween stories!
Book-It Kick Off!  Parents coming in, reading, eating!
Go get ready for trick-or-treating!

See how busy we will be?  The ONLY way it's possible is to have an absolutely 100% Effort Filled Week!  Can we do it?  You know the answer!!

Ok, I'll know you checked the blog if tell me as you come in "I'm going to the circus tent table to find my new spot!"  I'll say, "Sounds good!" Look for your name on a post-it note.  It will say your name at the top and "to _________" at the bottom.  That means you move to the other person's home!  

We have band RIGHT away (grrrr...Mondays and Band - don't get me wrong... I'm glad you're in band...just not first thing on Monday mornings).  So please check out your NEW JOBS, too!  Let's kick off this week with some HOOT and HOLLERS!  

Now stop reading... and get outside and enjoy the fresh, fall air!

I mean it...

Stop reading....   


Why are you still reading?  Don't you listen?

Um... hello?  Go away now!   I'm not kidding....

Wow, you're stubborn!  Ok.. See you Monday morning!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Not Sure Why... But Seems Like a Long Week...

Good Evening, 5B...
I'm thinking we were a bit "squirrelly" today.  I'm thinking we may just need a good laugh.  So, I found a fun website to make up a story.  It is a type of MadLib. You choose words to place in blanks, and you don't know where they'll show up in the story.  Here are the words I chose...
When you click, Build Story, you'll see what your story looks like when these words are inserted!  I thought mine was pretty funny when I read it.

Your blog proof tonight will be to visit the website.  Put in your OWN word choices.  Please just make sure they are school appropriate, and BUILD a STORY.  The biggest prove will be to either take a screenshot of the finished story, copy it down or copy and paste it into an email TO YOURSELF.  I'll know you checked the blog if you either show me the paper your wrote it on or go grab your iPad when you get to school and show me the email you sent.  We will share them with the class in the morning.

I'll share mine with the class in the morning, too!  I was curious to see what Jordan and Jacy had to do with underwear, a bumble bee and Cheetos!  (And I'm the one who chose the words?)

Have fun with it!  Click Here!

Also, I'm excited to see what "I'm Behind You" starts out like from our NY 5B classmates!  This should be a good one to continue!  I'm sure they'll enjoy ours as well!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Wacky but Wonderfully Filled Day of Learning!

5B really did

I can't believe how much I learned and how interesting YOUR passions were to me as I listen to you present!  Obviously, your classmates were equally interested based on all of their comments, super discussions, questions and compliments!
They aren't all posted, but here are a few from today!

Emily - Why am I (or people) so short?

Jason- What's the longest flight for a paper air plane?

Landen - How did wrestling begin (and was there one person who invented it)?

Brady, Carter and Tyler all did a super job today as well.  Tomorrow we'll hear/see from Noah and Cameron.  Keep those passions coming!  What else doing you wonder about?  

5B's question on the webinar with Steven Johnson (author and creator of PBS TV show "Where Are We Now?") DID GET ANSWERED!!!!!  Yeehaw!!  I was taking a bite of a sandwich and the host said, "And here's a question from a class in Iowa..."  I dropped my sandwich, ran to get my phone and started recording.  I didn't get to record the part where we repeated our question because my phone was across the the room, but I managed to get the majority of his answer!  

I'll know you checked the blog if you watch the video clip below and answer this question:
What did author Steven Johnson compare coding to in his answer?  

Reminders for Thursday....
Group Band
Dress Up Day - Job Day! 
 Doctor?  Inventor?  Hair stylist?  Biologist?  Coder? Teacher? Mom? Big Bird? 
(The sky is the limit!)

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Short But Sweet, Can't Be Beat!

Meetings after school = VERY SHORT BLOG!

Tomorrow will be WAY busy...another day of barely seeing you.  We start the day with a Bus Evacuation Drill.  This is a TRUE test of serious, responsible students who are being challenged with a real scenario of danger.  I'd love to brag about how quickly, quietly and respectfully you listened to the bus driver who is giving instructions.

Let's make the best day EVER with Cadet Pride from your "walk in the door" to your "walk out at dismissal" time! 

Okey, dokey, artichokeys?

Oh, here's what you do to prove you checked the blog.
Visit this link and tell me what the picture is.  Click Here

If for some reason you don't recognize it, look in the address bar for a word that should spark your memory.  You could also ask someone near you (an adult or if at school, Mrs. Vandervort).

Remember to tell your families about the Book-It Kick Off on Halloween from 2:40 - 3:10!  The more the merrier!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sorry it's late...

This is what the Sorensons have been up to...
Isaiah wanted a "spooky skeleton"!

Mom wanted something more simple!
Dad's will get done tomorrow.  I'm thinking it will be a Hawkeye one.

So, I had very little time for ANYTHING else tonight, but I knew I'd a have a bunch of you asking me, "Why wasn't there a blog?" or "You forgot the blog, Mrs. Sorenson!"  You guys are so good at it! I think we had all 20 kiddos have it checked today! I think that's a record actually.  We should celebrate that responsible behavior.  

Today was an amazing day!  And we came up with a new phrase for our 5B Family (We-Are-Family)!   Let's keep it going for the rest of the week, alrighty?!

I'll know you checked the blog if you ask me, "So, what's the special event we have planned for Halloween, Mrs. Sorenson?"  I will give you a little something (but I won't tell you the answer until we start literacy class!)

Brag to your family about what a great day of listening and Cadet Pride!  Loved all of the TEAM gear today!  I'd say Cameron went all out with his football jersey AND PADS!  Funny!  We won't make this a competition this time.  We'll just celebrate our Cadet Pride with a "Congrats, Cameron!"

Tomorrow's Character Counts dress up is to "Give a Hoot and Holler for FAIRNESS".  Lyli said she had LOTS of stuff for this.  She may bring in some extras for us if she can.  I'll have to see what I have??

Also reminder... Science test coming up.  You should be using your study guide and asking your family to quiz you.  

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Last Week Had UPs and DOWNs...

Happy Sunday, 5B!

I think we'd all agree that last week had some super, amazing moments and events (like Socratic Seminars, Skype activities, rounds in literacy, working with Luther experts, catching each other do and giving compliments secretly, sharing what's "Nutty" about us, etc.).  These were definitely our UPs!  So many wonderful things to be proud of.....

However, there were definitely some "not-so-proud" moments during last week that kind of remind us that we can't forget to T.H.I.N.K. before we act, say and do.  For example, the side comments and running around in Library, unnecessary chatting in line and other transitions, problem solving and immature actions in music class, and finally the blurting at the end of our day on Friday that resulted in no one able to see what was in the brown box for our class.  

You see how easily excitement and enthusiasm can turn into disrespect and uncaring behaviors?  I know, it has happened to me before as well, but I know I improve each time, so I don't keep making those mistakes.  

So, Goal #1:  Library
ALL 5B students prove to Mrs. Shekleton that you are trustworthy when she is not watching your every move (on iPads, while working with a partner, while looking for books in the book area, while waiting your turn, etc.).  OK?  

This week is Character Counts Week!  
Monday's Trait is RESPECT!  This is a perfect way to show yourself, Mrs. Shekleton, your parents, and me that you can make mistakes but FIX them by showing RESPECT!  Remember we are a 5B Family (a Team!) so be sure to wear clothes that show you understand RESPECT is needed when working with a TEAM towards a common goal!  (Favorite team or cheer gear)

Also, remember, these will be hanging on our door as another way to secretly catch classmates showing Cadet Pride.  You did a super job with the first set.  Keep your eyes peeled!

OK, quick reminders...
Monday:  Group Band 8:20
Wednesday:  3-hour Early Out
Thursday:  Group Band 8:20

AND... I'll know you checked the blog if you check out the Perplexus games below.  This was what was in the box on Friday.  My mom (what a sweetie) bought them for our classroom!  We have the Original and Epic.  Now we'll have 2 Epic.  But  the other 3 are new. 


Epic (we have 2 now)

Original (as you can see above:)

When you come in Monday morning, tell me which one YOU think is the coolest!  Name it for me so I know you really checked the blog!  Then go give Ethan a "high 5" because he knew what was in the box ALL day and didn't say anything to anyone!  

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Short Post.... But Long Proof that You Checked the Blog...

Great but WAY busy day today with Socratic Seminars, brainstorming ideas for our Halloween story with NYC, Skyping our Luther experts, etc.  Wow, I'm exhausted!  How about you?

Tomorrow we will Skype with 5B in NYC to share our TOP 2 ideas/titles from their brainstorms on the same Padlet we used today in class. Since we have so many things happening tomorrow:  Cadet Store shopping, Cadet Time, Skype with Pre-K Buddies at the Kessel building and Skype with NYC, we don't have much time to discuss.  So, here's your PRIVILEGE for checking the blog.  YOU get to help vote on the best ideas from the NYC's list.  Read through ONLY the NYC ideas (they'll be doing the same for us), and then choose 2 of your favorites. Know which ones you want.  When you come in, say, "Mrs. Sorenson, I'd like to make my 2 votes."  I'll hand you a copy of the Padlet to circle your 2 favorite ideas/titles.  Then hand it back to me when you're done.   I'll look through them and see if there are any in common, and we'll go with those as our choices when we Skype with NYC at 9:45.  

 Click on THIS LINK to go to the Padlet.

Have a great night....tomorrow is ALREADY FRIDAY!  Woo-hoo!  The end of our 1st quarter of school together?  Is that possible? Wow, time does fly (or seem to run away from us) when you're having fun! (oops...I said the "f" word!)