Monday, November 21, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016

Character Book Club Projects

Students are finishing up their book club texts.  They should aim to be finished with their books by the end of this coming weekend.

As they finish, they are working on projects that demonstrate their understanding of the comprehension skills we have been focusing on.  Please see the link below to see the assignment.  Students can work on their projects during class time this week and next, and during WIN time.

Students may choose to finish part of the project at home.  If this is the case, I recommend that he/she work on the summary of the text at home first.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

In Language Arts today, we wrote a flash draft of a true story from our lives.  Here is this week's homework so far.  Happy November!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Mystery Skype

We successfully had our first Mystery Skype Session yesterday.  The teamwork was incredible!  We figured out that the other class was in Bend, Oregon in under ten questions.  The whole session when much faster than we thought it would.  We'll plan another round around Thanksgiving.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

STEAM Challenge: Bridge Building

As we get ready to visit Port Authority underneath the Casco Bay Bridge in Portland, we are evaluating and designing bridges in science class.  Today was a planning and budgeting day, tomorrow we build and test.

Check out this cool video full of amazing bridges around the world.

Top 10 Amazing Bridges

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

A Few Grade Guidelines

Reading Logs:  Due every Friday (or end of the week as per the schedule). The reading logs are scored on a 4 point scale with grade level conversions. I am attaching the rubric below.  In the event that your child is sick...I will take that into consideration when scoring...but please ask your child to write a note on the log so that I do not overlook something. Please click the link to see the current reading rubric:

Science Assignments:  I will always attempt to give your child adequate in-school time to complete assignments.  I will always give them the rubric ahead of time, and will ask them to paste the rubrics in their science journals so they do not get lost.

Quizzes:  There will be occasional quizzes, in science they will mostly be open notebook.  

All of the above may be made up or revised for a higher score.  This will likely need to happen during WIN time or at home.  A missed reading log may mean some weekend or WIN time reading for example.  

As I enter the scores into our online Grade Book, the total points are automatically converted into letter grades.  This is not my preference as it does not reflect all of the great work your child has been doing in class.  It is just a place for me to keep track of assignments and what is missing.  

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Welcome to Open House

Welcome to Open House, I hope you enjoy seeing your children's new Middle School landscape.  We've been incredibly busy here in the fifth grade!  I am so impressed with your children's enthusiasm and commitment to making the most of their learning time.  Please enjoy your evening, and don't hesitate to reach out with any questions!

Click below to watch a brief introductory video.

Open House Welcome

Monday, September 26, 2016

Today we talked about the importance of having a Growth Mindset.  Students tackled a paper folding challenge and reflected on their attitudes throughout.

This week, in science, we'll begin recording our science experiments using a scientific method template.  We also will study our results by sharing them in a google form.

Check out a song about variables.  Students will be responsible for knowing the difference between a controlled variable, a dependent variable, and an independent variable.

The Variables Song

Monday, September 12, 2016

Readers' Workshop

Here are some of the ways we are working up to robust conversations about books.  From here on out, students will be expected to read a minimum of 20 minutes nightly (I encourage even more).
Today we began our Language Arts Mentor Text: Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Great first week!
Here is a copy of our typical schedule:

Period 1:   7:55-8:41     Science

Period 2:   8:44-9:25    Social Studies
Period 2.5  9:25-9:38   Snack

Period 3:   9:38-10:18  World Language/
                            Idea Lab

Period 4: 10:21-11:07   Math  

Period 5: 11:10-11:35   Recess

Period 6: 11:39-12:04   Lunch

Period 7: 12:04-12:49   Allied Art

Period 8: 12:52-1:38     Language Arts

Period 9: 1:41-2:27      W.I.N/Chorus

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Welcome to Middle School!

Welcome to the Walsh Whaley Edlund Team!  We are in this new adventure together!  I am so excited to be teaching ELA and Science.  Starting middle school is a big step, but I promise that you are ready!  I live in Cape Elizabeth with my family.  Gus is about to start Kindergarten and Miles will have Mrs. Siegmund in the second grade.  Mr. Edlund has been building bookshelves and reading the newspaper all summer long.  I've had a great summer too.  I've travelled to Washington DC, Alabama, and the beach.  Of course, I've also been reading up a storm! I can't wait to share some of the great books I've discovered with you.   I also went to Space Camp where I built a rover, an ablative heat shield, and set off a rocket.  I hope to try some of these activities with you too!

On the first day of school, you will get your schedule and other important information for middle school. Be sure to bring a morning snack.  You can bring lunch or try a la carte for lunch.  You could even do both!  

Soon, I will be going into set up the classroom and get things ready for the school year.  I will use this blog page to update you and your families of our learning as well as important dates and events throughout the year.  You can also follow my Teacher of the Year activities on my Twitter feed.  You will find this just below the supply list.  Keep checking this page for updates, and get ready for an amazing year!

Mrs. Edlund

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

A Field Study in Robinson Woods

We completed our study of animal adaptations and animal life cycles with a walk to the pond in Robinson Woods.  Students took samples of pond water and found all kinds of creatures including damselfly nymphs, diving beetles, and mosquito larvae.  The students also learned about the balance between natural resources and animal populations playing the game Oh Deer.  
A huge thanks to the CELT educators for making this happen.  

Monday, May 23, 2016

Mystery Clubs

If you walk by our classroom, you might mistake it for a detective agency.  Do not be alarmed!  Third graders have been busy collecting different types of clues in their mystery texts.  We've been studying the facial expressions and suspicious actions of characters; we've been reading closely to notice any "slips of the tongue."  We're leaving no stone unturned as we are reading.  We've also been collecting common words in mysteries, and today, we've added evidence bags to our case files.  If you notice your child is watching you closely, it's because he or she is on the lookout!
Collecting evidence for our files

Reviewing case files with our small agencies. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Visit to the Longfellow House

We had a great morning at the Maine Historical Society and the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow House.  The exhibit at the museum focuses on who "Mainers"  really are.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Number Stories with Fractions

Today we constructed fraction lines on the floor.  Students then worked in partners to tell fraction number stories using their number lines.  As always, the class impressed me with their creative and humorous approach to mathematics.


At a recent conference, I attended a session on the importance of teaching students how to write about math.  One of my take-aways was the fact that we all remember things better when they are contextualized.  Writing about math allows students to place mathematical concepts within a story that bears relevance to their own lives.  Check out the article below to read more about this.