<![CDATA[Ms. Stringfellow's Classroom - Old Class Blog]]>Sun, 21 Feb 2016 18:05:24 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Welcome to 5th Grade]]>Fri, 22 Aug 2014 03:02:38 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/welcome-to-5th-gradePictureBack 2 School. Digital image. Web. 20 Aug. 2014.
Today is the first day of school!  Welcome to all of my new 5th graders.  You'll learn many new things in the next few days about your teachers, classes, and life in the middle school.  What are your expectations for this year?  What are you excited about?  What are you nervous about?  I'd love to hear.

For homework, answer the questions above in a comment to this blog post. What was your first day like?

<![CDATA[Global Read Aloud]]>Tue, 12 Nov 2013 03:55:06 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/global-read-aloudPicture
Posted by 5th grade Communication Assistants

The 5th grade just finished a program called the Global Read Aloud. This was a very fun reading program that we all were in. This program was fun and also interesting. It was interesting because we all got to read the same book all together and we also paired up with partners from all around the country. It was really fun to Skype with these guys and share ideas. I hope you all enjoyed it.  Did all you guys think that Out of My Mind was a good choice? We paired up with the Mars Centennial School in Pennsylvania.  

You can check out our blog for the Global Read Aloud here.

2013 Global Read Aloud - Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Skyping with our blog partners at Mars Centennial
<![CDATA[Welcome to Middle School!]]>Thu, 22 Aug 2013 03:11:33 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/welcome-to-middle-schoolPicture
Today is the first day of school!  Welcome to all of my new 5th graders.  You'll learn many new things in the next few days about your teachers, classes, and life in the middle school.  What are your expectations for this year?  What are you excited about?  What are you nervous about?  I'd love to hear.

<![CDATA[NaNoWrapUp]]>Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:13:04 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/nanowrapupPicture
Participating in NaNoWriMo for the first time this year was a blast for the 5th grade and we learned many things about the writing process, time management, and goal setting.

57 Fifth graders "won" NaNoWrimo and met their word count goal, the biggest goal being 40,000 words (about 120 book pages).  Our next step is to begin work on revision and editing.  

We plan to continue our collaboration with other classes we met through the Word Wars in NaNoWriMo and will encourage each other in the revising and editing process.  The goal is to have all students wanting to publish their stories ready to submit after Spring Break.

All students that were official winners, were given a code to receive five free paperback copies of their stories from CreateSpace.com.

More updates will be shared as we get closer to publishing.

<![CDATA[Book Day Rocks!]]>Sun, 18 Nov 2012 01:11:48 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/book-day-rocksPicture
Yesterday ended National Young Readers Week and we celebrated by hosting the middle school's first Book Day.  Students and teachers dressed like their favorite book characters or wore outfits that celebrated reading.  Students paid $1 to dress down (or dress up) and we raised a total of $55 for Dare to Care.

Our own Middle School Director Dan Ceaser accepted our Book It! Principal's Challenge and wore a Cat in the Hat costume all day (even to administrative meetings) and came to all four 5th grade Language and Literacies classes to read us his favorite Dr. Seuss book The Sneetches.  The fifth graders loved it and enjoyed seeing our principal in a new way.

Thanks to Mr. Ceaser for showing us how much fun reading and loving books can be!  Check out our slideshow for more images from our first Book Day.

<![CDATA[Slow and Steady Wins the Race]]>Fri, 16 Nov 2012 00:31:04 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/slow-and-steady-wins-the-racePicture
Our NaNoWriMo progress charts are filling up!
It's Week 3 of NaNoWriMo and I'm happy to report that almost half of the 5th grade has reached the 50% word count milestone and eight students have actually reached 100% of their word count goal.

In conferencing with students this week I'm hearing about the ups and downs of storytelling and have tried to give feedback to help keep the creative juices flowing and get stories back on the plot tracks students mapped out.

Right now we are 5% behind our friends at Browns River Middle School in Vermont and are hoping to make up ground over the Thanksgiving break.  Let's keep writing!

<![CDATA[Ready, Set, Write!!!]]>Sat, 03 Nov 2012 01:42:24 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/ready-set-writePicture
NaNoWrimo stands for National Novel Writing Month and the 5th graders this year are participating in the Young Writers Program.  All 73 5th graders will attempt to complete a novel within 30 days!  

All the students established a personal goal with 4000 being the minimum word count.  Our goals range from 4,000 all the way up to 50,000, which is the goal for adults participating in NaNoWriMo.

We will use most of our class time in November to write and will post progress updates throughout the month here on the class blog.  

Today students submitted a 4-6 sentence synopsis of their stories. Below are some of their story ideas.

<![CDATA[Read Every Day with Taylor Swift]]>Thu, 25 Oct 2012 01:10:08 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/read-every-day-with-taylor-swiftPicture
On Wednesday, October 24th, students in Section 3 of Language & Literacies were able to participate in a live webcast with Taylor Swift.  The webcast was hosted by Scholastic and included students from all over the country.  The broadcast included questions submitted by classrooms to Scholastic's website and students on location in New York were also able to ask questions of the singer.

After answering questions and talking about how reading and writing have impacted her life and work, Taylor performed her single "We Are Never Getting Back Together."  The fifth graders in our classroom loved it and sang along with the singer

The recording of the broadcast is available here.

<![CDATA[Hooked on Books]]>Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:19:42 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/hooked-on-booksPicture
This week, students spent some class time browsing at the Scholastic Book Fair.  The book fair was held in the lobby of the Fine Arts building.

Each class got to spend about 20-25 minutes looking at all of the great book choices and making purchases.

<![CDATA[Earth Day at Fox Hollow Farms]]>Sat, 28 Apr 2012 17:25:25 GMThttp://www.msstringfellow.com/old-class-blog/earth-day-at-fox-hollow-farmsOn Monday, April 23rd, the 5th grade celebrated Earth Day by visiting Fox Hollow Farm.  They learned about biodynamic farming and visited stations that showed how the farm operates in an enviromentally sustainable way.  We also visited Tinseltown to watch the DisneyNature movie Chimpanzee.  It was a fun and educational day for us!