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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Room 37 LOVES Puzzles


Enjoy just one of the many puzzles the students of Room 37 love to work on.  

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Early Dismissal




Remember, this week we have early dismissals and parent/teacher conferences.  Hope to see you there!  Rafe Esquith's new book, Lighting Their Fires: How Parents and teachers Can Raise Extraordinary Kids in a Mixed-Up, Muddled-Up, Shook-Up World will be raffled off to one lucky parent in both Mrs. Caputo's class AND Ms. Garagliano's class!  We love sharing good book titles!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving

The Caputo Family wishes you all a healthy and happy Thanksgiving.  The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade has long been an important part of our family tradition since I was a little girl.  I never missed a parade.  My favorite spot to watch the parade is from my couch in our home, drinking some nice hot chocolate with hazelnut creamer and whipped cream.  I have since passed that tradition on to our children.

The tradition has grown even bigger with Mr. Caputo and his family now being a part of the parade as balloon handlers and characters on floats.  I still enjoy watching from home and have no intention of being a part of the mayhem in the city .  Sometimes, Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are a part of our morning and they certainly can't be eaten on a sidewalk in New York.

Every year,  Mr. Caputo and his brother, cousins, and friends (Drew and his cousins too, before they all enlisted) are assigned a new balloon.  This year, they held the very last balloon in the parade by Santa! Santa, is without a doubt, my favorite part of the parade.  I cry every time I see him!  Believe....Believe...Believe!!!!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Kachina Dolls

Our Native American unit is underway!  We will  be studying the culture by regions: Southwest, Woodlands, Plains, and the West.  Each week we study a new region.  The days are broken up with reading and note-taking, a Discovery Education video to support the reading with note-taking, tribal map identification, and finally a day of fun facts and/or a craft.

For our first week, we studied Native Americans of the Southwest and the Hopi tribe.  The Hopi are know for their kachina ceremonies, which are an important part of the Hopi religion.  The Hopi kachinas are spirits who can visit Hopi villages for half of every year. They are believed to bring rain and help crops grow.  They also show people how to live and behave (Our Nation p.58).

Students had the choice to make a traditional kachina or a personal one, which metaphorically represents them in some way.  Enjoy the kachinas that were made this week and see if you can tell if the kachinas are traditional or personal.













Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Parent Visitation

It was another fun day today in Room 37 as parents came to share in the learning process.  Our focus today: finding textual evidence to support visualizations for one of two settings in our class novel, Scat, by Carl Hiaasen.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Essay Boot Camp

Columbia University's Reading Writing Project of Teachers College provided an amazing day of professional development for the fifth grade ELA teachers.  Essay Boot Camp was one of the many exciting strategies that came out of our day, along with Literary Debate.

The children have been working spectacularly on thesis and claims, supporting details, textual evidence, and explanations.  They are designing essay introductions and learning the art of "hooks". Next on the list.....conclusions.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Dia de los Muertos

To culminate our study on Mesoamerica in Social Studies, the class has completed a webquest on Dia de los Muertos.  The celebration originated with the Aztecs and continues today in the Mexican culture.