Welcome to Miss Taylor’s Class
Field Day Fun
5-16 had a great time on Field Day! We’re so grateful for all our parent volunteers who organized the games and prepared our picnic hotdog lunch. What a fun way to spend time with our whole school community!
May & June in Reading & Writing
4th Grade: This week, we are reading To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers, a biography about the famous brothers. Our skill this week is generalization, and there will be a test WEDNESDAY, May 31st. Click Here to study vocabulary for this story. 4th grade has been working on persuasive writing. We have finished our drafts and are working on edits and final copies this week. Typed final copies of 4th grade persuasive pieces are due Thursday, May 25th. Students need to bring a printed copy of their persuasive to class on this day, as well as type their final copy in Google Classroom. To finish out the year, 4th grade will be working in groups to demonstrate understanding of plot and theme through the creation & performance of a written script.
5th Grade: This week, 5th grade is finishing their novel studies this week. Students will receive a study guide for their novel test on Tuesday of this week. Novel tests will be Tuesday, May 30th. This week, we are exploring the myth of King Midas, reading a classic version, as well as comparing and contrasting with modern depictions of this myth. Students will also be working in groups to turn the myth into their own reader’s theater, using vocabulary and quotes from the original myth in their work. There will not be a test on this story.
5th Grade Architecture Walking Trip
We had beautiful weather for our annual cultural arts walking trip. Our students explored several Chicago architectural landmarks before ending with a trip to Millennium Park. Thank you to our wonderful parent chaperones who made this trip successful!
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!