Distance Learning Grades 4&5

Week of June 1, 2020

4th and 5th grade students – can you believe you have made it to the final week of library!?!

We usually spend the last few weeks in the library talking about reading plans for the summer and doing fun library activities, so I am trying to keep that going even though we are not at school!

This week you will get a few more book talks about the books that I read (or listened to) over the last week. All of them are Sasquatch award nominees!

Then I am going to challenge you to a digital breakout (similar to escape rooms)!  If you have never done something like this before, I have included a tutorial video of how I approach them, to give you an idea of how they work!  You will definitely want to watch the video before attempting the digital breakout, if you have never completed one before.

  1. Watch the video of Book Talks for the week!
  2.  Watch the tutorial on how to do a digital break-out!
  3. Try the digital break out below:

4th grade

5th grade



Week of May 25, 2020

4th and 5th grade – I am so proud of what you have been doing during our library time.  I have received poems you wrote, pictures from moms with poems and artwork they received for Mother’s day and we finished our final two lessons on digital citizenship!  You have been very busy the last 10 weeks – Thank you for all your efforts!

Now, you get to sit back and plan your summer reading by watching and listening to some really quick book talks!  I created a very short video of a few books I have read lately that I thought I would share with you and some new releases that I JUST downloaded from the Seattle Public Library and am starting to read (no reviews yet).  I also selected some other books I thought you may enjoy hearing about and created a youtube playlist of book trailers to help you find something you would enjoy reading!

Along with the videos posted I have also posted to Sasquatch Award Nominees for 2020-2021!  Two of my book talks today include nominated books and a few more from this list are coming next week!

Sasquatch Award Nominees:

Watch my quick book talks and new release video:

Watch the Youtube book talk playlist for the week:

BONUS: IF you have read a book while you have been studying at home and you really enjoyed it – you can make a quick book talk/review video and send it to me llongton@st-johnschool.org  I love to hear what you are reading and what you think of the books!  THIS IS NOT REQUIRED.

Week of May 18, 2020

New this week:


A community book cover scavenger hunt, brought to you by the Greenwood branch of the Seattle Public Library and the Phinney Neighborhood Associaton. Look for 25+ book cover posters displayed at The Greenwood Library, local business, and community windows throughout our neighborhood. Here is a link to the full directions on how you can participate! Can you find the poster at St. John?

This is our final week of Digital Citizenship lessons in the library. Follow the link below to your weekly lesson.

4th Grade Digital Citizenship Lessons

5th Grade Digital Citizenship Lessons

Week of May 11, 2020

Reminder: If anyone is keeping track of their reading for the Real Dawgs Read program your reading log is due by May 20th! The link to this is still on the library homepage near the bottom (in purple and gold).

When we left school in March we all thought school might be back in a few weeks, so I stopped the digital citizenship unit and we moved on to Poetry.  Now that school is at home for the rest of the school year, we need to go back and finish the unit on Digital Citizenship.  It is a great unit for us to be finishing up while you are spending so much time online doing your school lessons and interacting with your friends

4th Grade Digital Citizenship Lessons

5th Grade Digital Citizenship Lessons




Week of May 4, 2020

Visit the Scholastic Book Fair Online(SCROLL DOWN TO THE ORANGE SHOP NOW BUTTON)

Hello St. John students!  We are wrapping up our unit on Poetry this week! I hope you have enjoyed writing and creating your own poetry in your poetry notebooks. If you like writing poetry keep writing your own poems on your notebook and read poetry written by others!  I was SO happy to receive poems from students last week!  You are amazing poets! So creative and funny!

  1. Gather your supplies to explore and create poetry on your own. You will need your poetry notebook (you created this several weeks ago, but if you missed it just gather some papers and staple them together so you can keep your poems in one place and a pencil or pen.
  2. Read/listen to some new poems:
  3. Try reading a few Limericks and then writing a Limerick of your own in your poetry notebook . Remember these are fun/silly poems that follow the pattern of 8 syllables, 8 syllables, 5 syllables, 5 syllables, 8 syllables.  They often start with: There once was…
    • Here is my example:

There once was a baby burrito, (8 syllables)
who filled my tummy complete-o (8 syllables)
my tummy was full (5 syllables)
empty was my bowl (5 syllables)
yummy-ito baby burrito! (8 syllables)

4.Create a Found poem by using words you “find” in magazines to create a poem collage.

5. Play with magnetic poetry online.

6. Take your rough-draft of your Bio-poem written about your mom and write your final draft. If you need help you can watch my video about what it looks like when you are finished.  Ms. Kay will have an art project that you can copy your final draft on and then you can give it to your mom on Sunday, May 10th as a Mother’s Day gift!


Week of April 27, 2020

Hello St. John students!  I hope you are all doing well and enjoying having a little extra time to READ!  This week you will continue to read poetry.  You will use the Poetry notebook you created last week and add a few new styles of poetry. NEXT WEEK, Ms. Kay will have an art project you will write your Mother’s Day poem on, so keep that rough draft until next week!

Please feel free to add your own poetry to your notebook ANY TIME! Also, if you would like to share your poetry with me send me an e-mail!  (llongton@st-johnschool.org)

  1. Listen and read a few poems of your choosing at the Children’s Poetry Archive
  2. This week you are going to try writing your own poems.  The first I am almost certain you have written before. An ACROSTIC poem!  These are fun and easy to write.  Follow the guidance in the slides below and write everything in your poetry notebook.

4. Now choose a word from your BRAINSTORM and create your very own ACROSTIC masterpiece!

5. Now try writing a Haiku! Remember a Haiku a Japanese form of poetry that has 3 lines and follows the pattern of 5 syllables, 7 syllables and 5 syllables (usually about nature)

Watch this video to help you get started.

IF you are feeling frustrated, don’t worry, this is practice. You can try writing ANY form of poetry! If you get stuck think of poetry like the lyrics to a song!  Try writing a song instead (it’s amazing that sometimes changing how you look at something makes it easier).


Week of April 20, 2020

Hello St. John Students!  I hope you had a joy-filled Easter and a fun, relaxing Spring break!  I did a lot of reading and enjoyed the beautiful weather!

If you emailed me about Battle of the Books, I will be in touch with you this week about what you can expect and how we are going to change the competition this year!  Don’t worry – it will still be LOT’S of FUN!!!

Today we will start YOUR OWN poetry writing collection! Poetry is fun and unless you are writing a specific style of poem, has no rules!  You don’t need to include capital letters and punctuation. You can write in silly letters and use spacing to make things FuN! or L-O-N-G or Smaller.    See, isn’t that a fun way to see your writing?!

    1. Create a poetry notebook.  This can be an old notebook you have at your house, some papers (lined, unlined or a mix  – it is up to you) or a folder with papers in it.  Feel free to use whatever you have that will work for you – this is YOUR collection of work.
    2. You will be creating a ROUGH DRAFT for a Bio Poem written as a Mother’s Day gift for your mom, grandma or someone else special to you!
    3. Choose ONE of the graphic organizers to help you organize your poem. Print or draw the graphic organizer in your poetry notebook..           Bio poem Graphic Organizer#1       Bio poem graphic organizer #2
    4. Here is an example of the BIO Poem my children came up with for me this week:

Kind, Happy, Awesome, Funny.
Who enjoys reading, baking, books and coffee.
Who is able to make me smile.
Who feels compassion.
Who wonders when her kids will put their shoes away.
Who fears BIG spiders!
Who cares about her children and other people.
Who dreams of an always happy family and an always clean house!

4. Have FUN with this and think of how much your Mom, Grandma or someone special will love to have a poem written by YOU!

5. If you are stuck or having trouble, please email me (llongton@st-johnschool.org) and I will help you brainstorm ideas.

6. Save your rough draft in a safe place until NEXT WEEK.  We will work on a fun and creative way for you to write your FINAL DRAFT and gift it to someone special and try writing another style of poetry.


Week of April 6, 2020

Battle of the Books.  PLEASE e-mail me or have your parents send me an e-mail, if you are interested in participating .

4th and 5th grade poetry lesson for the week:   This week we are continuing to build on your understanding of poetry.  Please watch the linked video below.  You DO NOT need the printouts, just watch. (YOU CAN SKIP TO 1:50 in the video) You may want to take note of the important vocabulary listed below.

 1. Watch (You can skip to 1:50 in the video) Video – Forms of Poetry

Important Vocabulary

Limerick – a fun form of poetry that usually tells about a person or an animal and follows this pattern of line length and rhyme.

Long line (about 8 syllables)A
Long line (about 8 syllables)A
Short line (about 5 syllables)B
Short line (about 5 syllables)B
Long line (about 8 syllables)A

Free Verse – a form of poetry that does not follow a pattern of rhythm and rhyme.

Quatrain – a four line stanza that rhymes. A quatrain poem can contain any number of stanzas.

Cinquain- a form of poetry that contains five lines and follows this pattern:

One thing (noun)
2 describing words (adjectives)
3 verbs (action)
One thought (phrase)
One thing (synonym)

Haiku: a Japanese form of poetry that has 3 lines and follows this pattern

5 syllables
7 syllables
5 syllables

2. READ these poems


Week of March 30, 2020

Hello St. John Students!

A few notes about Battle of the Books.

  • IF you are on a team and still interested in participating KEEP READING!!  Take notes, quiz your team and have fun!
  • We will plan to hold the classroom competitions the 1st week of May (if we are back at school GREAT! If we are not, we will hold a “virtual” competition). More details to come as the date approaches.
  • Please send me an email to let me know you are still interested in competing (llongton@st-johnschool.org).  I will then be able to set up a group email to keep everyone informed.
  • Here are some links that will help prepare you for the competition:

4th and 5th grade poetry lesson for the week:   This week we are continuing to build on your understanding of poetry.  Please watch the linked video below.  You DO NOT need the printouts, just watch. (YOU CAN SKIP TO 2:50 in the video) You may want to take note of the important vocabulary listed below.

  1.  Watch (You can skip to 2:50 in the video)  VIDEO – Parts of a poem

Important Vocabulary:

Voice or speaker: the speaker in the poem, which can be the poet or a character created by the poet.

Line: a single line of text from left to right.

Stanza: a group of line separated by a space.

Rhyme scheme: the pattern of rhymes within the poem.

2. Read these poems

3. PLAYWord mover

4. Read!  Find a quiet, comfortable place and spend 20 minutes reading!

Week of March 23, 2020

This week we are continuing to build on your understanding of poetry.  Please watch the linked video below.  You DO NOT need the printouts, just watch.  You may want to take note of the important vocabulary listed below.

  1.  Watch the   VIDEO – Elements of Poetry

Important Vocabulary:

Rhyme: words that have the same ending sound, usually found at the end of a line.

Rhythm: the beat of the poem heard in the pattern of stressed or unstressed syllables.

Repetition: words, phrases or lines that are repeated, usually to show importance.

2. Read these poems

3. Read!  Find a quiet comfortable place and spend 20 minutes reading!


Hello Students,

We will be taking a break from our Digital Citizenship unit and jump ahead to our Unit for April which is National Poetry month!  Over the next few weeks you will be watching several videos that will explain poetry in greater detail.

Each video is about 10 minutes long and will introduce vocabulary and give different examples of poetry. You DO NOT need to have the printouts, just watch.  As the weeks progress, you will try writing  in different styles, but for now just learn new vocabulary and read a few examples of poems linked below the vocabulary!

Keep reading and feel free to email me if you have any questions about how you can get books while the library is closed, want to tell me about a great book you have read or need a recommendation!

Happy Reading! Mrs. Longton

Week of March 16th:

VIDEO – Introduction to Poetry

Important vocabulary:

Poetry:  a type of writing where words are arranged based on meaning, sound and rhythm to share ideas and feelings.

Form: the style of a poem and the way in which it is written, whether it creates sounds, tells a story, has rhythm or makes you laugh.

Figurative language: phrases and figures of speech that mean something other than what the words actually say.

Sound Devices: tools used to create sounds and mood within a poem.

Imagery: describing something in such a way that the reader feels like they can see, hear, smell, taste or feel it.

LINKS to poetry online:

Kenn Nesbitt poetry for kids

Poem #1

Poem #2