Currently in the Classroom (class blog)

A Silly Moment in Reading

posted Sep 11, 2013, 5:18 PM by Kari Hildreth   [ updated Sep 11, 2013, 5:21 PM ]

The school year has gotten off to a great start, and we've already worked through our first learning target and selection in Reading. Today, students listened as a portion of Because of Winn-Dixie was read aloud. We discussed visualizing the story as an effective strategy while reading. When asked what part of the story was easy to picture mentally, students in each class were quick to cite the scene in which a young Miss Franny Block encounters a bear in her library. During an in-depth discussion of this scene, students were asked to show how Miss Franny might appear upon first noticing the bear. These hilarious images capture this moment in class today: 

Welcome to Fourth Grade!

posted Aug 21, 2013, 1:01 PM by Kari Hildreth

I am so thrilled to be starting the new school year as a fourth grade teacher at Pemberville Elementary! My first full-time teaching position was in a fourth grade classroom, and it's an age that I feel is really significant when it comes to developing literacy skills. I'll be doing my best this year to help your student learn to love reading and writing!

Letters are being sent home regarding this website, and this letter includes an area in which I request your permission for your student and/or his or her work to appear on this page. Students last year loved the ability to see videos and/or photos of their work online, and enjoyed being able to share class progress with far-away relatives. 

Watch this space as the year continues. I hope to post classroom updates on a weekly basis!

Wings for the King

posted Feb 3, 2013, 3:37 PM by Kari Hildreth   [ updated Feb 3, 2013, 3:38 PM ]

In the past week, students really enjoyed working with a short play called Wings for the King. Mrs. Hildreth's and Mrs. Wank's homerooms were able to divide the two-scene play up into four parts, and every student was given a role in one of the parts. 

While Mrs. Downs' homeroom didn't have time to officially perform the entire play, students still enjoyed acting out the scenes in small groups. Anthony W won the class "Oscar" for his role as the King. 

New Year, New Learning Targets!

posted Jan 6, 2013, 4:13 PM by Kari Hildreth

While winter break was lovely, I'm looking forward to hitting the ground running in Reading and Language Arts. In Reading, we'll be focusing on identifying facts (and false facts) and opinions. With the wealth of information (both trustworthy and otherwise) available via digital media, this is a skill I feel is particularly important for our 21st century learners. 

We'll also be taking a look at how prefixes, roots, and suffixes all work together to form word meanings. This will cross over into our work in Language Arts, as we'll begin a series of six spelling units focused around understanding and using common prefixes, roots, and suffixes. We'll take spelling tests as normal, and we'll also be taking weekly vocabulary quick checks to monitor understanding of prefix/root/suffix meanings. 

In Language Arts, we'll also spend some time working with nouns and their roles in sentences. Students will learn about common and proper nouns, plural nouns, possessive nouns, and pronouns. Students will be provided with multiple opportunities to practice these concepts while honing their skills as writers. 

Finally, starting the week of January 7th, you'll start to see a change in our Nightly Reading routine. Depending on the week, students will either be provided with the new style of reading log or will be given Study Island online assignments to complete. Students, please do not complete Study Island topics ahead of when they are assigned!

The style of reading log can be viewed/printed here: Nightly Reading Log (summary version)

Where does the time go!?

posted Dec 6, 2012, 6:06 AM by Kari Hildreth

It's hard to believe we're already two weeks away from our holiday vacation! It seems like only yesterday we were starting out the year!

Students are finally putting the finishing touches on their personal memoirs (our largest writing project of the year). Students have made fabulous progress in their writing; I'm so proud to see so many complete, descriptive sentences!

Our new writing project will focus around writing persuasive letters while following business letter format. Students will choose a topic about which they feel strongly, and will attempt to convince their readers to agree with their viewpoints. 

In Reading, we just completed a mini-study of World War II using the inspirational story Passage to Freedom. Students were quick to make the connection that the theme of this story connects directly with Eastwood's Eagle Way (specifically, "Treat others the way you want to be treated").

In the next few weeks, our work in reading will touch on a variety of skills (compare and contrast, identifying character traits, identifying theme, to name a few). We'll also try to wrap up our exciting read-aloud (Among the Hidden) before break.  

Happy Halloween!

posted Nov 2, 2012, 6:03 AM by Kari Hildreth

Happy Halloween from Mrs. Hildreth's homeroom!


posted Oct 24, 2012, 4:30 AM by Kari Hildreth

Students in my reading classes recently completed a timeline mini-project. Students used multiple print and digital resources to research significant events in the life of Satchel Paige. 

posted Oct 15, 2012, 3:07 PM by Kari Hildreth   [ updated Oct 15, 2012, 3:10 PM ]

Last Friday, fifth grade students were treated to a morning of educational fun provided by local firefighters and policemen. Students got a first-hand look into these important professions, and had a blast trying on and passing around gear. 

Back in the classroom, we're on to new learning targets in both Reading and Language Arts. In Reading, we're working on sequencing with a biography on Satchel Paige. Check out the Reading Street Unit link for more information on this Hall-of-Fame pitcher. In Language Arts, we're now focusing our efforts on completing the first draft of our personal memoirs. 

Mental Checklist Song!

posted Oct 5, 2012, 9:40 AM by Kari Hildreth

Students in my fifth grade reading classes learn to rely on a "mental checklist" when answering extended response questions. This mental checklist allows students to check their work after they're finished working to make sure they've done everything they possibly can to ensure a successful grade. 

Students in Mrs. Hildreth's homeroom turned this checklist into a song, and they are eager to share their vocal talents with the world!

Cause and Effect

posted Oct 4, 2012, 5:37 PM by Kari Hildreth   [ updated Oct 4, 2012, 5:56 PM ]

Our current learning target in reading focuses on finding and understanding cause and effect relationships in various texts. To further understanding of this learning target, students were asked to create skits showing at least one clear cause and effect relationship. Lewis, Darren, and Alexis did a great job showing several cause and effect relationships in this very silly skit: 

Emily, Josh, Griffin, and Mason also had a very amusing cause and effect skit: 

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