Welcome to Miss Taylor’s Class
*Easter/Spring break begins on Holy Thursday, April 13th. School resumes again Monday, April 24th. We hope everyone enjoys a restful, blessed time off with your family!
*Aspire tests will take place April 24th-April 28th. Please encourage your child to read over break, as well as practice timed writing at least once (time allowed is 45 minutes). Students will receive an example prompt to complete over spring break.
April in Reading & Writing
4th Grade: This week, we are continuing to study poetry, as we continue our unit on poetry in April. We will be learning about stanzas, quatrains, couplets, and rhyme patterns. This week, we will work on our own quatrains to make a ‘poetry book’. 4th grade received directions for their 3rd trimester book report. You can click here to view directions. Students must have chosen a book by Wednesday, April 12th. The finished project is due Monday, May 15th.
We are continuing our 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 celebrate National Poetry Month! We will be looking at new forms of poetry, including blackout poetry, as well as practicing our writing skills for Aspire. We will spend time analyzing poetry as well, in preparation for students choosing their own poem to present to the class. 5th grade received directions for their Poetry Month Book Report. Students will be creating a Google Slides presentation analyzing a chosen poem. This is due May 1st. Students must choose a poem prior to spring break. Directions & presentations are available in Google Classroom. Please spend some time on your project over spring break!
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!