Run Swiftly

We’re wrapping up things for the year in class this week.  Fifth graders are becoming middle schoolers, and our fourth graders are looking forward to their final year of elementary school next year.

This will be my last year here at Imagine, as my family is moving to North Carolina this summer.  I’ve spent some amazing years at this school, and will dearly miss my students and co-workers.  Working at imagine has been a dream come true, and I’m grateful to have been part of your children’s lives.

To my students, I have loved being your teacher these past years and will miss all of you.  My last assignment to you is to have an amazing summer and try something new.

“. . .wonder about the past, run swiftly in the present, and have high hopes for the future.”

Ray Bradbury

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If you need to get a hold of me for any reason, please feel free to either comment here or shoot me an email at sometimesteaching@gmail.com as my imagine email won’t work after the summer.

 

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Weekend Update

Announcements:

  • FAIR letters sent home today
  • No school Monday
  • Moving Up day (5th grade) Tuesday
  • 3rd & 4th Quarter awards ceremony Tuesday (I’ll email who will be receiving an award this weekend)
  • 5th Promotion Wednesday
  • 5th grade leaves on their Sea World field trip Thursday

Embracing Our Differences

Both grades went to Marina Jack park in Sarasota and had a great time at the Embracing Our Differences art exhibit (even though I lost my voice!).

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History Fair

This week both grades presented their history fair projects to visiting classes.  I was SO impressed by both the projects and how students were able to answer questions and discuss their topics.  Check out our amazing projects below or click here to download.

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One more week to go!

Mr. Thompson

Weekend Update

Announcements:

  • Embracing Our Differences field trip is Wednesday (May 21st)
  • 5th grade History Fair is Thursday (May 22nd)
  • 4th grade History Fair is Friday (May 23rd)
  • Any late work (Reading Responses, Memoirs, Poetry Books) must be EMAILED to me by Sunday evening

Reading & Writing

This week students have been using their class time to wrap up some of our final projects for quarter four, including 4th grade’s Poetry Books and 5th grade’s memoirs.

Social Studies

Both classes worked this week to put the finishing touches on their History Fair exhibits that will display all the cool stuff they’ve learned and made for this project.  Students from other classes will be signing up to visit our classroom museum and see all their exhibits on the 22nd & 23rd.

In Other News. . .

Please take a moment to check CrossPointe over the weekend, as all grades are now current.  I will be out Monday, so I can’t accept late work Monday morning.  That means that any late assignments done at home over the weekend need to be emailed to me at jeremy.thompson@imagineschools.com by Sunday night.

There are directions posted for most assignments on the Resources page.  Shoot me an email if you run into any trouble.  Thanks and have a great weekend!

Mr. Thompson

Crunch Time!

As the end of quarter four draws near it’s crunch time for grades.  I highly recommend you check CrossPointe over the weekend to see if your child has any missing work.  Monday morning is the absolute latest I can accept any late assignments.

If you have any questions about what an assignment is please don’t hesitate to send me an email at Jeremy.thompson@imagineschools.com.

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This won’t get you extra credit.

 

Weekend Update

Announcements:

  • SAT 10 starts next week
  • Field trip forms for Embracing Our Differences going home
  • History Fair menu projects due Monday
  • History Fair exhibits due Friday

Reading & Writing

Both fourth and fifth grade wrapped up their reading units last week.  Because of SAT 10 testing coming up this week we’re not planning on starting a new reading unit.  Instead, students will be working to wrap up History Fair and writing projects.

In fourth grade writing we finally completed our thirteenth and final type of poetry!  Students will be continuing to work on publishing their own poems to create a poetry book by the end of the week for a final assessment.

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Poetry Book guidelines

 

Fifth grade continued to work on their memoirs – working to revise and draft the second draft of their personal memoir.  Final drafts will be due next week.

Social Studies

History Fair is rolling along and two huge due dates are coming up fast!  First, students menu projects are due this Monday.  It’s vital that these projects be wrapped up on time so that students can use their class time this week to work on their exhibits, which are due by Friday, May 16th.  This is a chance for students to be the teacher and help others learn more about their chosen topic!  Remember, if you have questions about history fair you can find the answers to just about everything at our History Fair website: www.isnphistory.blogspot.com.

Field Trips

Our fourth graders had a fantastic time at MOSI on Thursday!  Thank you to everyone who worked to make that trip possible; you can see some pictures from the trip here.

We will be going on our final field trip of the year on Wednesday, May 21st, to the Embracing Our Differences art exhibit at Marina Jack’s park in Sarasota.  Forms for this field trip should be coming home Monday and are due back by Wednesday.  This is a free field trip, but students will need to bring their own lunches.  If you’re interested in chaperoning please shoot me an email (4th grade parents only please – 5th grade parents should contact Ms. Yurschak).

Extra Credit

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This Week’s Articles:

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Thompson

Weekend Update

Announcements:

  • Quarter four progress reports went home today
  • History fair research notes and bibliographies due today
  • All history fair menu projects due May 12th
  • 4th grade field trip to MOSI is this Thursday (May 8)
  • Reading quizzes for both grades Friday of next week (May 9)

Reading & Writing

This week fourth grade has been learning about how to read poetry by slowing down and paying special attention to things like a poem’s title, how lines are organized into stanzas, how an author uses punctuation, and how to look at the nouns to envision the setting.  In writing fourth grade continued learning about different forms of poetry including Haiku (for those who were absent that day), Limericks, and “If I were. . .” poems.

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Fifth grade spent the week in reading working on how to take apart complex non-fiction texts and jot down important details.  This is an especially important area for students as they worked to research their history fair projects.  Students also worked to complete the first drafts of their memoir writing projects.

Social Studies

Students continued work on their epic history fair projects this week.  All students turned in their research notes for me to check today and both classes went to the computer lab where we worked on our bibliographies.  If your child didn’t get theirs done in class, they can work on it over the weekend by clicking here:  History Fair – Bibliography.

Extra Credit

If you haven’t signed up for a NewsELA account to work on extra credit articles you’re missing out!  Visit our Extra Credit page to find out how (it literally takes two minutes).  Sign up, log in, read the articles in your binder, answer questions about them and get extra credit every week!

This week’s article (4th & 5th):

Have a great weekend!

Mr. Thompson

 

 

Weekend Update

Announcements:

  • Both classes started History Fair last week
  • 5th Grade FCAT Math starts Monday

Writing

In writing this week 4th grade worked to complete three more types of poetry:  Build-A-Poems, Haiku, and Concrete Poems.  After learning about the rules for each type of poetry, students wrote their own poems and also worked to publish one example of each poem for their poetry books.

Fifth grade has started planning and writing memoirs.  Whereas last week students worked to create six word memoirs about an event or experience that changed them in some significant way, this week students are taking those ideas and starting to expand them into full memoirs.  Our goal is to be completed with second draft by the end of next week.

History Fair

This week both classes began work on their history fair projects. Students pick a topic either from Florida history (4th) or U.S. history (5th), research their topic, and use that research to create a museum exhibit. Over the next several weeks, students will be given 30-45 minutes each day to work on their project. Students are encouraged to do extra research at home. I’ve attached a blog that explains the History Fair project http://www.isnphistory.blogspot.com. It even has a calendar providing due dates. Let me know if you have any questions.

Extra Credit

If you haven’t yet signed up for a NewsELA account to do extra credit, visit our Extra Credit page to find out how!  Here are this week’s articles:

Have a great weekend!

 

Mr. Thompson