Monday, December 5, 2016

Visual Images

What overall feeling does this picture portray?  Explain why.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Reading Class: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Our reading class will be reading The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.  If you would like to purchase a personal copy, please send $3 by Friday.  

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Veterans Day Program

Our Veterans Day Program will held on Friday, November 11 at 9 am.  We will honor our Veterans beforehand with a reception in the teachers' lounge.  We welcome all of our Veterans to come join us for this special event.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Five Minute Friday: Eat

I love Five Minute Friday so much that I have shared it with my students.  We've been "practicing" for a couple of weeks now.  They eagerly arrive to writing class each Friday asking, "Are we going to do Five Minute Friday?" or "What's our word this week?"  It makes this teacher's heart melt that they look forward to the writing prompt each week.

So, without further adieu, here is the first ever published prompts from my writing class!  Enjoy.

Eating food like protein helps you and your body. Last night, I had beef stew, its a stew with carrots, potatoes, meat, and I think that's it. White bread taste better than wheat bread, but wheat bread is better for you. Milk helps your muscles grow strong. Cheese is a dairy, it's also good, but if you eat to much of it you can get stopped up. One of my favorite foods to eat is hamburgers with ketchup or mayonnaise.
Written by Kylie

When I eat I like to be neat because it is nasty if you eat sloppy like a one year old. I like to eat hamburgers, spaghetti, tacos, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, mozzarella sticks and more I eat like a neat 21 year old half of the time I don't want to eat because I'm not hungry because of dinner I get full.
Written By; Dariyn

Eat is a word you use for when you put something in your mouth and swallow. One time i went to eat dinner with my friend. Like to eat pizza and my mom eats salad. I eat noodles sometimes because it is good. My dad eats  tacos. My brother eats peanut butter and jelly. A cafe a is a place where you eat.
Written by; Dylan

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Figurative Language

Watch the following music video.  Identify any similes and metaphors you hear and explain their meanings.


Monday, October 17, 2016

Similes and Metaphors

10 Books Before Christmas Reading Challenge

Choose and read one book from each category below.  Record the book title and the AR score for each book.  Turn in to Mrs. Grimes on Friday, December 9. Only books tested over between October 17 and December 9 will count toward rewards. We will enjoy a fun activity for completing this challenge. All students who  complete the challenge will also be in a drawing to win a FREE book if their AVERAGE PERCENT CORRECT is 80% or higher.

o a graphic novel

o a book about an animal

o a book recommended by a friend, teacher, or parent

o a Caldecott Medal winner

o a book you can read in one day

o a biography

o a book with more than 200 pages

o a book about your favorite sport

o a Newberry Medal winner

o a Battle of the Books book

Figurative Language in Music

Thursday, October 13, 2016


Arts and Humanities: Please click


to find some links for your research.

Here is who is researching what:

Elementary Arts and Humanities

JASMINE - Elements of Music: Rhythm, timbre, melody, tempo, harmony, dynamics, etc

EVERYONE - Purposes and Styles of Music including Historical and Cultural Aspects

MEREDITH - Musical Instruments and Families

BROOKE - Famous Composers and Their Best Known Works – Emphasis on Gershwin, Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Copland, Beethoven, Schubert

LILY -  Elements of Dance, Types of dance, and Appropriate Dance Wear

LILY  -  Dancers and Choreographers

MEREDITH - Drama: Elements, Production, and Performance, Age-appropriate Broadway Plays

REECE - Visual Arts: Elements, Principles of Design, Media, Processes

REECE - Purposes, Styles, Subject Matter, Historical Aspects

BROOKE - Famous Artists and Their Best Known Works – Emphasis on Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Pollock, Michelangelo, Seurat, Cassatt

JASMINE - Cultures: West African, Native American, American Folk, Colonial American dance, drama, visual art, and music

EVERYONE - Cultural Icons 1990-present

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Class Dojo

This year, we will be using Class Dojo to monitor students' on task/off task behavior during writing class.  We've had a difficult time with getting to work and staying focused.

On Wednesday, I sent home Class Dojo information sheets for you to sign up to keep track of your child's points.  We will have cash in days where students use their points to earn prizes.

If you have any questions about Dojo, don't hesitate to let me know.  I hope this helps keep all students focused and on task during writing class.

Book Orders

Yesterday I sent home our second book order.  These are due on Monday.  You may send your order to me or order online.  CLICK HERE if you wish to order ONLINE. Your child does not have to be in my homeroom to order.

Class AR Rewards for Mrs. Grimes' Reading Class

Recently, I mentioned the AR Rewards offered by Ms. Rahm.  Below you will find the AR Rewards I offer in my reading class.  Students can earn both the library rewards and the classroom rewards.

100% of Goal - snack and a drink

10 Point Club – bookmark and pencil

25 Point Club – extra recess

50 Point Club – candy bar or coke

100 Point Club – free book ($5 maximum)

200 Point Club – free book ($10 maximum)

500 Point Club - $10 Barnes and Noble Gift Card

Students can also earn other rewards (surprises) for meeting goals or staying on track throughout the year.

Mrs. Mosley and Mrs. Tucker are also using this reward system, so students who move classes throughout the year will have a consistent reward system.

Monday, August 29, 2016

School Wide AR Rewards and Recognition

Reading teachers will communicate reading goals to students and parents.
Top 4th and 5th grade homerooms will be recognized each Monday morning. 
Students reaching 100% of their AR goals will be recognized each Monday morning. 
110% Reading Award Certificates will be presented each quarter for students who go above and beyond their goals.
Each quarter, students who earn 100% of their goals will be rewards:
1st quarter - Frosty
2nd quarter - slush
3rd quarter - sundae
4th quarter - bubble party
each quarter - drawings for various prizes

Special recognition:
Hall of Fame (display in hallway)
50 point club - bookmark
75 point club - party in the library
100 point club - lunch with principal
Again, these are school wide rewards. Each reading teacher may choose to do other rewards as well.

Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Orders

Our first book order is coming home today. These are due on Wednesday, August 31.  You should send EXACT CASH or a CHECK made payable to SCHOLASTIC.

You also have the option of shopping online at home.  Just CLICK HERE!  It's easy, and you don't have to worry about sending anything to school. When I complete the order, your items will ship directly to me. I will then give them to your child.

When you order, you help our class earn bonus points which turns into FREE STUFF for our class!  So, YES! Your order matters!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Parts of Speech Review

To write a sentence, we must have a subject and a predicate.  Our subject is the who or what (noun), and the predicate is the action (verb).

Check out these videos for a review of nouns and verbs.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Reading: Novel Study


We will be reading the book The Hundred Dresses. I am giving students the opportunity to purchase their own copy of the book.  Each copy costs $6.  Please send CASH only in the EXACT amount to school promptly so that I may get the books ordered quickly.

Any student that does not order a personal copy will be provided a school copy.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Remind Messages

This year, Ms. Bourne, Ms. Knipp, and I will be using Remind 101 to send out important messages.  I have included instructions for how to sign up on MY CLASS WEBPAGE.  We encourage you to sign up to receive important messages throughout the year.  You can receive these messages through text and email.

Click HERE to find the instructions on how to sign up!

Monday, July 25, 2016


I'm hoping that you have registered for school and you've found out you are in my class!  Please take a moment and introduce yourself in the comments section.

If you are in need of your school supply list, here it is. All fifth graders have the same list.

I look forward to seeing you at Open House.  It will be here before you know it.  You may bring your school supplies that night to leave at school.  It will make things run more smoothly on the first day.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Testing Encouragement

As you know, KPREP testing is starting next week.  We need your help in encouraging students to remain faithful in doing their best.

One way you can help is by providing snacks and drinks for our class.  We need canned/bottled drinks and individually wrapped snacks. Healthy snacks are always a good idea.

Another way you can help is by providing breakfast (donuts or biscuit sandwiches) or other special treats.  Anything to boost the students during this time is GREATLY appreciated!

Don't forget to send in your encouraging notes.  Those are due Friday.

Also, the school is having a door decorating contest.  If you would like to decorate our classroom door to encourage the class to work hard, please let me know.  Pinterest has some great ideas.

Students should NOT bring cell phones to school during testing. I will be collecting them each morning before testing and turning them into the office.  They will be returned to students by the end of the day. We can NOT risk them going off during class while we are testing.

Thank you for your help in making this a successful time during such busy time of year.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Friday, April 15, 2016

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

If you would like to purchase a copy of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas to read with the class, they are $9 each.  You can send the money to me, or click HERE to order directly from Scholastic.  If you pay me, please send the exact amount or make your check payable to SCHOLASTIC.  Orders will be taken now until Thursday, April 21.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Favorite Teacher Memory

Leave a comment telling me about your favorite teacher.

Who is it?

Why?  What makes this teacher so amazing?  Give lots of specific details.  Your memory may be included on teacher appreciation day.

Malala's United Nations Speech

To read her speech, click HERE.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Should Bullies' Parents Be Punished?

After reading the article in the Scholastic News, what do you think?  Should bullies' parents punished?  Leave your answer as a comment below. Be sure to state your opinion and support your opinion with details.  Before you click publish, be sure you have read your answer and it is written correctly and makes sense.