Nuts, Bolts and Rivets

Mr. Rivet's Fifth Grade Class

2/ 8, 2018,

We have finished reading a whole class book titled, "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Munoz Ryan. We have held in depth discussions on the characters, social issues, and reading skills including figurative language. We have also had a series of comprehension tests. Now we have begun a time management project which has a set of deadlines on "Esperanza Rising."

Students completed their fifth reading workbook (1/13). Now, they have begun their sixth workbook. Once again, they will be working on comprehension, word work, and grammar skills in a cooperative setting. We have added a new piece to our reading group work called a "Reading Group Word Work Log." We have found that identifying certain skills, at home while reading, results in a more efficient use of our time in the computer lab. Additionally, each night, Students are assigned fluency reading practice and Greek and Latin roots work. In math we are multiplying and dividing fractions.


As always, PLEASE email me with any thoughts. questions, or concerns.

HOMEWORK: Please refer to your child's agenda book for up-to-date assignments. Each night, Reading their novel, studying their word work, and practicing their fluency is expected. They may also have other assignments.

Upcoming word work quiz: 25 questions covering #'s 150-175 during the week of 2/12/18


When students are working on a Language Arts Workbook, they are expected to complete three sections of word work (Ten examples of each with sentences and page numbers).

First, they will need to create a list of ten different Greek and Latin Roots explaining what each word means according to the roots. They will need to copy their word in its original sentence and cite their page number.

Second, Vocabulary Words which are higher level words that their group believes each fifth grade student should learn (explain, sentence, page number).

Third, Domain Words which are vocabulary words relating to the topics in their book, For example, a book about sailing would contain nautical terms (again with their meaning, sentences, and cited page number).