Welcome to Miss Taylor’s Class
Our St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser is THIS SATURDAY, March 25! If you haven’t purchased a ticket to attend this event, please consider doing so. The fundraiser is a great way to support our school while enjoying the company of the St. Mary community. There are so many great auction items, including bowling with the 4th and 5th grade teachers and seeing Beauty and the Beast in theaters with Miss Ivansek & Miss Taylor!
March in Reading & Writing
4th Grade: This week, we are continuing our space study by reading The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon, the nonfiction story of Michael Collins’ trip to the moon. Our skill this week is graphic sources, and we will be working on this throughout the week. There will be a test this week, and you can click Here to play vocabulary games or use words for your homework. 4th graders are continuing to work on a unit on formal letter writing this week. We have also started leveled literature circle studies. These literature circle groups will meet once a week to discuss and work on reading skills. Students are responsible for completing reading and their literature circle job prior to their meeting day. Literature circle schedules can be found on our Google calendar.
5th Grade: This week, 5th grade is continuing to study the sinking of the Titanic. Last week, we explored digital texts and websites, and this week we will research using books. Students are practicing their research skills and working on citing sources by exploring different types of text sources. We will have a test of writing skills and Titanic information from our story, The Unsinkable Wreck of the RMS Titanic. You can click Here to play vocabulary games or use words for your homework. We will also be finishing our unit on Idioms & Proverbs, and continuing to study figurative language by starting to write poetry this week–National Poetry Month is just around the corner in April!
We had a great time on our trip to Garfield Park Conservatory! We were able to see all kinds of plants and explore different environments for plant growth.
A big thank you to Mrs. Prangle for coming to share Marc Chagall with our students, who created cubism inspired pictures of Riverside!
Red Ribbon Week 2016
5th Grade Book Reports
5th Grade did a great job on their first book report! Here are a few of our projects!
We had a beautiful day for our Walkathon! Thanks to all our sponsors for their support!
Meet Your Teacher
Welcome to my class!
My name is Miss Taylor. This is my third year teaching at St. Mary School, and it is my fifth year teaching in Catholic schools. I hold a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from The University of Illinois, as well as an LBS1 endorsement from Lewis University. This year, I am teaching reading and writing to the 4th and 5th grade students. Students will be learning reading skills and strategies, working with short stories, novels, and poetry, as well as crafting the skills necessary to excel as a writer. It will be a great year!
Email: [email protected]
To Practice Reading at an Individualized Level on FrontRow
For Informational Text Reading
Freedom Flix (social studies books)
TrueFlix (science books)
To Practice Greek/Latin Roots
Games to Practice Reading Skills
Room Recess (Play Main Idea, Fact or Opinion, Cause & Effect, Comprehension Crain, Splash the Sub)
Specials Schedule for 2016-2017
Wednesday: Gym (wear gym uniform on Wednesdays)
Links to Grammar Websites
Titanic Interactive: http://www.history.com/interactives/titanic-interactive
Titanic: By the Numbers http://www.history.com/topics/titanic/infographics/titanic-by-the-numbers
Shel Silverstein Poem: http://hellopoetry.com/shel-silverstein/
Jack Prelutsky Poems: http://jackprelutsky.com/jacks-poems/
Poems for Kids: http://www.poetry4kids.com
English Grammar 101: http://lessons.englishgrammar101.com/EnglishGrammar101/Module1/Overview1.aspx
Pronouns (Subjective, Objective, Possessive): http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/safari/index.html
Adverb Millions: http://www.quia.com/rr/62022.html
Voyages Grammar Games: http://www.loyolapress.com/voyages-in-english-2011-grade-5-student-games.htm
Shape Writing: http://www.festisite.com/text-layout/
Spelling City: http://www.spellingcity.com/misstaylorstmary/
Wacky Web Tales: This website has online ‘mad lib’ style activities that reinforce parts of speech in a fun and creative way! http://www.eduplace.com/tales/
Room Recess: This website has great reading, grammar, and math games that reinforce skills in a fun way!