Settings, Visualizations, and Turkey Math

This week , in the Gentleness Fruit Stand, we learned a great deal about using vivid verbs adjectives to help readers transport themselves into the setting of a story or book.  Check out our oil pastel drawings for the depiction of the scene we began last week in Chapter 2 of Amos Fortune, Free Man.  Even though our pictures were all very different, they shared similar characteristics.  This showed us that as readers, we use our own imaginations to visualize settings from the author’s description.

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We are exploring the world of “Multiple Step Word Problems Involving Whole Numbers With Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication and Division”.  We used the “Sleepy E Method” to diagram a lengthy word problem and discern the correct operations to use to answer the final question.  We decided that the use of Turkeys and Popular Characters would be cool.  Check out some of our pictures from this week.

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A “Plethora” of “Pictures”…” From A to V”

The fifth graders of the Gentleness Fruit Stand have been working hard this week on everything from A to V. Yes… Acrostics to Visualizations and Veterans! We celebrated Veterans Day by reading about the origin of the day, and found that it was originally called Armistice Day. We talked about World War I, President Woodrow Wilson, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and the War in Iraq and Afghanistan. We completed Veteran Acrostics, and we prayed for the safety of our military. We also thanked God for our veterans and for our country.

During our reading of chapter 2 of the novel Amos Fortune, Free man, we visualized the authors use of vivid vocabulary to begin illustrating a scene from the chapter in which slaves were being transported down the river through the African jungle. The students were astonished and horrified by some of the things we read, however the vivid descriptions in the chapter are making them more aware everyday of how “Gentleness” was not taking place, and hopefully, how “Gentleness” will be “Reformed”. That is our theme for the quarter- “Gentleness Reformed”. Enjoy some of our  pictures…. Narnia, Guided Reading with Kindles, Art/ Visualization Projects, etc…

Emily's VETERAN Acrostic
Emily’s VETERAN Acrostic
Scarlett's Veteran
Scarlett’s Veteran
Donuts before Trunk or Treat Night
Donuts before Trunk or Treat Night
Guided Reading Group with Kindles-  "Ships of Discovery"
Guided Reading Group with Kindles- “Ships of Discovery”
Welcome to Narnia
Welcome to Narnia
The Characters Came Out of the Wardrobe
The Characters Came Out of the Wardrobe
We enjoyed "Turkish Delight"
We enjoyed “Turkish Delight”
Zachary's Project-  Edmund Entering the Castle
Zachary’s Project- Edmund Entering the Castle
Emily's project- Cair Paravel
Emily’s project- Cair Paravel
Ciara's project- The White Witch and her Sledge
Ciara’s project- The White Witch and her Sledge
Savannah's project- Lucy at the Lamp Post
Savannah’s project- Lucy at the Lamp Post
Scarlett's project- The Witch's Castle
Scarlett’s project- The Witch’s Castle
K. J.'s project-  Edmund Walking up to the Castle
K. J.’s project- Edmund Walking up to the Castle
Jonathan's project- The Final Battle
Jonathan’s project- The Final Battle

From Narnia… to… Amos Fortune

Oh my goodness……. The fifth graders in the Gentleness Fruit Stand have been so busy getting back into “reality mode”.  We are sad that we must leave the fantasy world of Narnia, but we are also excited to begin our new novel, Amos Fortune- Free Man.  We have entered the world of the At-mun-shi people of Africa in the year 1725. Our writer, Elizabeth Yates, has described, in vivid detail, the horrible events surrounding the capture of people from this tribe and the beginning of the European slave trade of the 1700s.  Our theme for this second quarter is “Gentleness Reformed”.  We will also begin to study more European history and the Reformation of the Church.

The Fifth Grade Saints are excited to begin our new units of study!  We have not yet been able to  include pictures from our literacy event, “Gentleness Reborn” in which we transported our parents and visitors to the land of “Narnia”.  Hopefully, technical difficulties with the teacher’s iPhone will be resolved on Monday.