I cnduo’t bvleiee taht I culod aulaclty uesdtannrd waht I was rdnaieg. Unisg the icndeblire pweor of the hmuan mnid, aocdcrnig to rseecrah at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno’t mttaer in waht oderr the lterets in a wrod are, the olny irpoamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rhgit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whoutit a pboerlm. Tihs is bucseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey ltteer by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Aaznmig, huh? (Links to an external site.)

This Month’s Student Password
English Digital Magazine: CARIBOU

rdruleHow to find books in our classroom library:

1. Go to

2. ID: gdifiore Password: mrdclass

3. Tap on “Students”, tap on your name, and put in your usual password, and tap on “Checkout & Read”

4. You may either do a search or browse the many titles

5. Be sure to tap on the book for it to flip over and reveal the reading level (AR) and how many pages the book is.

6. Tap on “Checkout” to use it for three weeks. Only one book at a time!


Reading Skills – 5th Grade


Literacy Menu


We use:

Core Knowledge Language Arts Curriculum

Mr. D’s Class Reading Skills iBook


Notice & Note

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eSpark Learning

Physical Movements for the Signposts

Contrasts & Contradictions Cross your arms, forming an “X” and then form the letter “C” with your hands.

Again & Again Make a rolling motion with both forearms. They should be moving one around the other.

Words of the Wiser Make a “W” with the three center fingers on each hand and move your hands.

Aha Moment – Point your finger in the air like you have just made a discovery.

Memory Moment Place your hands on your temples like you are thinking really hard and remember something from the past.

Tough Questions Pretend you are lifting something heavy from your shoulders. Like in “Raise the Roof”.


What kind of reader are you?





    Your Response Journal in Kidblog

As you read, write your personal response in your Response Journal. Be sure to always write the date. You also need to edit, so that we are able to understand your responses.

State your feelings, thoughts, reactions, and questions about situations, ideas, actions, characters, settings, symbols, plot, theme, and any other elements of the book. You can’t be wrong in your responses, so take some risks and be honest. Write about what you like or dislike, what seems confusing or unusual to you. Tell what you think something means. Make predictions about what might happen later. Relate your personal experiences which connect with the plot, characters, or setting. Don’t just summarize the plot. Let me hear your voice.

Be sure to fully explain!

1. I wonder what this means…

2. I really don’t understand this part…

3. I really like/dislike this idea because…

4. This character reminds me of somebody I know because…

5. This character reminds me of myself because…

6. This character is like (name of character) in (title of book) because…

7. I think this setting is important because…

8. This scene reminds me of a similar scene in (title of book) because…

9. I like/dislike this writing because….

10. This part is very realistic/unrealistic because….

11. I think the relationship between ______and ______ is interesting because…

12. This section makes me think about, because…

13. I like/dislike (name of character) because…

14. This situation reminds me of a similar situation in my own life. It happened when…

15. The character I most admire is ________ because…

16. If I were (name of character) at this point, I would..

17. I really wish that….

(Thanks to reading for this)

Novel Reading Kidblog Posts

Silver Ch. 2 Kidblog post: (Title it: Silver Chapter Two)Our chapter told us some ways in which Rachel’s family is very different from a lot of our families. How is it different? Please give some examples from this chapter.

Silver Ch. 4

What did Mom do when she realized that Rachel was giving part of her food to Silver? What does that say about her character?

Silver Ch. 5

Explain in detail what Rachel found in the cave under the tree.

Balto and the Great Race Ch. 2

Why don’t the people just send the antitoxin serum by train?

Balto Ch. 5

The author tells us about another danger that mushers could face on a race. It was a thing that ice can do. Explain in detail what it is.

Bloomability Ch. 4 (Title it: Bloomability Chapter 4)Guthrie had told Dinnie a story about two prisoners. What do you think he meant by it and why did he tell it to Dinnie?

Bloomability Ch. 7

Why do you think Dinnie got so annoyed when Lila said, “Oh, hi, stranger!”?

Bloomability Ch. 12

Dinnie tells us at least four reasons why she likes the Swiss school. What were three of her reasons? Prove it by writing down the pages numbers.

Bloomability Ch. 24
How has Guthrie’s view on life changed?
Bloomability Ch. 25
In your opinion will the Air Force be a good opportunity or not for Crick? Explain your reasoning.
Bloomability Ch. 37-40
How did Lila’s mother react to the accident? Explain how this relates to Lila’s personality and behavior.

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett

Chapter 1
Three people receive a mysterious letter. They were told not to show the letter to anyone. They were also told not to show the letter to the police or their life would be in danger. What would you have done?
Chapter 2
Make a prediction where you think this story’s plot is headed.
Who is Jack referring to in this riddle:Brothers and sisters have I none. But this man’s father is my father’s son.
Email Mr. D the answer and win a prize! Please don’t tell anyone about this puzzle, let them find it themselves.


    Your Book Reviews

Book Review Examples

Before writing a book review, you need to have your parent sign an Independent Reading Slip.  You can either print it off or just write down the same information on lined paper.

Indep Reading slip




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