Friday, February 10, 2017

Stuffies join Fifth Grade!

The kids earned a stuffed animal day!  They included their friends in their close reading!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Publishing Celebration! Please bring in donations on Wednesday! Thank you!!!

Ms. Downing and Mr. Guilmette’s classes are having a publishing party on Thursday, February 2!!
Wood-burning fireplace
We will be “camping out” with flashlights by a campfire (on the Smart Boards) and sharing our favorite writing pieces in small groups.

Please bring in flashlights, and your child volunteered to bring in __________________________for hot cocoa!

Thank you!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Need an idea for a new book?

 The fifth graders on Mountaineer created book trailers using iMovie.   Click here to go to the folder that contains these super exciting, engaging videos.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Friday, December 9, 2016

Crafting Supplies Needed

If you can donate any of the following so we can do some crafting.....  AWESOME!

red yarn
green yarn
gold yarn
beads--plastic, wood, anything!
felt scraps
clear contact paper!!!
thin ribbon

Thank you!!!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Congratulations to the Spelling Team!

 Theo and Jonathan helped the spelling team get to the states competition last week!  They tied for second place!!!!   Woo-Hoo!!!!!!  So proud!

Congratulations Geobee Participants!

Jonathan and Ava are participating in the Geobee here in the library on December 21!   Good luck, and we are proud of you!

Congratulations Winter Tales Poets!

 Congratulations Sophia and Landon!  Their poems were chosen from submissions across the state to be part of Winter Tales at FlynnSpace!

Sophia's Ski Boots will be performed by Vermont Stage Company (VSC) actors at FlynnSpace in Burlington on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Landon's Spread Eagle will be performed on Saturday Dec. 10 at 2 p.m.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

November Update

Our classroom is looking great these days, with a new rug, beautiful sky panels to cut down on the florescent lighting, and four "gaming chairs"  that were hand-me-downs from the library.  Olivia Brunelle recruited her grandmother to make beautiful cases for them so they look like new!  Thank you!

In reading, the kids are practicing close reading with nonfiction articles about Mt.Everest, Zoos, Extreme sports, and Ocean exploration.  They are learning to summarize and take notes from these articles.

In writing, the fourth graders are writing persuasive essays about the best teacher they have ever had, and the fifth graders are using their close reading skills to come up with a claim and put together argument essays.  Yes, I'm teaching them to argue--sorry!

Thursday Nov. 17---Geobee test at recess and a lunch bunch with me

Friday Nov. 18---Twin Day and movie in afternoon--Legends of the Guardians--PG--inspired by the Guardians of Ga'Hoole book series...If you prefer that your child not watch this, please let me know.
Anyone want to bring in popcorn???

Have a HAPPY Thanksgiving!  Enjoy your families!

Monday, November 14, 2016


Assessments are as follows:


We are using the Words Their Way spelling program.  The students work with the words by spelling them and sorting them 3 times each week.   For many of the kids, this is enough practice with the skills to reach mastery, but for some, some practice time at home would be helpful. All words should be written in the students' homework planners.  Please let me know if this is not happening.  Thank you!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Classroom Update--October

Tomorrow-Star Wars Day
Monday, Oct. 31-- Picture re-takes--We will be taking our class photo again

Mr. Guilmette's and Ms. Downing's classes are finishing up their narrative writing this week.  The kids' pieces will be on display in the hallway.  This is my favorite unit to teach kids, because these are the stories that are important to them.  I feel like I am freezing a bit of their minds in words for their families to cherish.

Last week I went to my own daughter's parent-teacher conference.  I was in awe of her writing (Richmond is using the Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop as well.)and it was exciting to see the memories, and details of those memories, that stick out to her as most important.  Reading her writing is a window into her mind.  Fascinating.  My husband loved it as much as I did.

In reading, my class is impressing me every day.  Whereas last year, I had a significant sized group who were reluctant readers, this year, the kids are into reading workshop.  They are talking about books, sharing book recommendations, and writing about books in their reading journals.
Some of the books that are on fire in my room are The One and Only Ivan and Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate and the Wings of Fire series by Tui T. Sutherland.