Gallery Walk: Writing About our Reading

In reading, we have been working on a number of strategies and tools to deepen our understanding of our texts. The past week, we have been exploring how we can show evidence from our reading when we write. In order to help us continue to grow as readers, we did a gallery walk with our reading responses. Students put a reading response on their table, and had the opportunity to walk around reading others’ reading responses. This allowed us to not only see the different ways that we are all using evidence to support our ideas, but also to get compliments and feedback about how we can improve our ideas.


After the gallery walk, students had a chance to reflect about what they had read and the feedback they had received. They used this to set a goal for the next day about how to take their writing about reading to the next level.

Panda Book Awards

The 2016 – 2017 Panda Book Award titles have been selected! Below are the books that have been chosen. Please feel free to read as many as you wish. Voting for your favorite in each category will take place during the first two weeks of February.

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Punctuation Police

Today, 5A turned into detectives, aimed at finding how commas are used in writing. Our goal was to find different ways that we can use commas in our writing, and to come up with rules that we can follow when using commas. Together, we explored what we noticed about the comma in the sentence below:

fullsizerender-20We noticed that it was separating two ideas. We realized that each idea could be a sentence, and that the ideas were connected by the word “and.” We wanted to find more examples of the pattern, so we went on a scavenger hunt to find more sentences where a comma connected two complete ideas. We ended up finding these examples:

img_1988img_1989img_1991From these examples, we realized we could also use “but” and “or” to separate the ideas.

Students then went off on their own to find patterns they noticed with commas. We will continue to put together our patterns, and create our rules we notice for using commas. These rules will help us as we deepen our understanding of how to make our ideas clear. Below are pictures of students looking for commas in different texts.


Visiting Author: David Schwartz

SIS is lucky enough to have David Schwartz visiting us for a couple of days to share his joy of reading and writing, mixed with math and science. Below are some pictures of his visit with 4th and 5th grade this morning. He shared with us a lot of the inspirations that he got for the stories he’s written. Such as the time when he was a kid watching frogs hop, and he started to wonder how far frogs can jump compared to the size of their body. After doing some hands on investigation, he found that frogs jump about 20 times longer than their body, and that if he could jump as far as a frog, he would jump 90 feet.

5th Grade Assembly

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Today was the big day! 5th grade has been working hard over the last 2 weeks to put together the first assembly of the year…and it was a huge success. Students worked to show how SIS is full of complex thinkers. They created a song, a poem and two skits to demonstrate how complex thinking […]