Archive for September 2012

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math MJ page 23 and Factors worksheet  Study Link 1.9 Factor Strings and Prime Factorization  Unit 1 Review Unit 1 Test
 
Writing     Timelines due at end of Writer’s Workshop  today.Write Long off a Jot:  Timeline moment    Write your weekend letter to your parent/guardian
Science      Begin tracking the moon phases (do this for the next 4 weeks)   Investigation 3 due tomorrow.  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch to Stretch  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch to Stretch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch to Stretch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch to Stretch  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

The Class fee is $85.  This covers materials such as workbooks, art supplies, paper, and other materials we use daily.  Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing the first Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week,  students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a Timeline of major events in their lives.  Then, they will select one of these moments to complete a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process– prewriting and drafting– this week.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Students will complete Unit 1 on Monday.  On Tuessday, we will review Unit 1.  On Wednesday, student will take a Unit 1 test.  On Thursday and Friday students will begin Unit 2 with an estimation review as well as Partial-sums Addition.

Science-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

This week students will explore several ways to keep track of time:  students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and future, students will explore moon phases and how to use them to keep track of time, students will make waterclocks using variables in construction to help them keep track of time, and  students will construct pendulums to see if they might be more reliable in keeping track of time.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.6 Prime and Composite numbers MJ pages 16-17  Study Link 1.7 Square Numbers MJ page 22  Study Link 1.9Prime Factorization

Checking Progress Quiz

Writing  Complete lists for poems, include descriptive words.  Finish poem rough drafts Complete Final poems.  Complete your publishing.Bring an aimportant memory/object tomorrow.  Write your weekend letter to your parent/guardian
Social Studies/Science       Complete investigations 2 in your notebook to hand in for a grade.  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Hello all,

Here are some details from the week ahead:

Reading

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Students will learn how to respond to reading this week, as I model how to write the weekly Reader’s Letter.  Students will practice writing one this week.  Please see the Reader’s Response rubric in the RUBRICS TAB to see how I will assess letters.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.

Students will explore Prime and Composite numbers, Square Numbers, and Prime Factorization this week.  We will continue practicing Time tables and take another Multiplication/Checking progress  quiz on Friday.  In addition, I anticipate we will review Unit 1 on Friday and take the Unit 1 assessment next Monday.

Writing-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week we will work through the writing process of Prewriting/Drafting/Publishing for our “I’m From” poems.  These poems are due on Thursday.

Then, students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.

Social Studies-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.2 Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

Students will learn how to locate the absolute location of places in the world based on latitude and longitude.  Students will take notes on Lesson 2, “The Land”.  Finally, we have out first vocabulary quiz on Friday over Lesson 1 and 2.

Science-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Sunclocks!  Students will experiment with keeping track of time this week with their sunclocks.  Then, we will experiment further in the classroom with our sunclocks— creating a “sun” with flashlights.  Students will submit investigation 2/3 for a grade on Thursday.

 

Hello parents and students,

I am THRILLED to be back at it.  I hope you are well.

The important forms that need to be submitted from most students still are:

  1. Emergency Contact form
  2. Media Consent form
  3. Free and Reduced Lunch form
  4. Field trip Request form (I will be sending this form home with your student this Thursday)

The Class fee is $85.  Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.

 

This week in Readers Workshop, students will practice new skills that make up the Daily Five.  These are:  Read To Self, Listen to Reading, and Read With Someone.  In addition, students will be introduced to using Thinkmarks as they read so that they may keep track of their thinking as readers.  Finally, I will introduce and model the Reader’s Letter to students.  As I stated at Curriculum night, this is a weekly assignment students will submit to me for a grade.  I will write back to each student and communicate new challenges and suggestions for letters.  Reader’s letters are graded using a rubric.  If you look under the “Rubrics” tab, you can view the Reader’s Response rubric I use.  Thanks!

In Writer’s Workshop, students will be using jot lists to create poems titled, “I’m From”.  

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will increase our number sense knowledge in identifying factors, learn divisibility rules for numbers.  We will have a Checking Progress quiz Friday.

In Social Studies, students will explore landform regions of the United States.  Students should re-read Chapter 1, Lesson 1 at home to become more familiar with the dense material.  Student will have questions to answer in thier notebooks and a workbook page to do.

Science has begun, and last week students were introduced to the Science notebook.  Students will write down all investigations and submit their notebooks for grading purposes weekly.  This week, we will be creating sunclocks and measuring time based on the sun’s positioning in the sky.

Please see the homework chart below, and remember that I update any changes throughout the week on the chart.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math      Study Link 1.3-1.4   Study Link 1.5 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing     Complete Jot Lists in preparation for I’m From poem.    Write your weekend letter to your future self.
Social Studies/Science       Complete Workbook   page 1  
Reading     Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

This is our first week of the school year, and we will be working on our classroom routines and beginning our curriculum in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Curriculum Night for Ray School is September 6th.  Please join us in the auditorium at 6 pm.  I look forward to meeting all parents and guardians that I have not been acquainted with yet.

 

ReadingWe will begin to learn the elements of our Reader’s Workshop routines this week (Daily 5, Accelerated Reader, how to check out books from the classroom library, book genres).  Students should be reading a chapter book at home at least 30 minutes nightly.  Students should choose books to read at home that are part of the Accelerated Reader program.

Writing:   We will begin to practice the elements of our Writer’s Workshop this week.  Students will learn how to create Jot Lists and practice writing them for homework.  Over the weekend students will write a “Dear Parent” letter for you to sign and return to me on Monday.

Math:  We will be spending time this week warming up our mathematical brains with a variety of math games and math drills.  Students will begin Unit 1 which requires a recall of basic multiplication facts.  Therefore, please practice multiplication facts at home.  Students will be taking multiplication drills every day to brush up skills.  There will be a timed practice quiz on Friday.

Science:  We will begin our Measuring Time unit this week.  Stay tuned for more information.

Social Studies:  This year we will be studying the History of the United States.  We will begin with an introduction this week, concentrating on Geographic terms and mapping North America and the United States, specifically.  Students will create fictional islands that include geographic landforms (5 terms minimum)– due Monday.

 

:::::Reminders:::::

The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP.  I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom.  Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change.  I do not have any at school.

 

If you are applying for the free/reduced lunch program, please submit your paperwork immediately.  This is very important to do so that your child can receive this benefit.

 

Don’t forget the join the PTA!  Ray’s PTA is such a vital part of our school culture.  Please support it.  There is a registration form in the information packet that you received if you came to Meet, Greet, and Find Your Seat last week.

 

Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room are:  Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, and Hand Sanitizer.  Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk.  Thank you!

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math    Study Link 1.1  Study Link 1.2  Math Journal pages 6-7 Multiplication quiz (timed)
Writing    Personalize your Writer’s Journal Create two jot lists in your journal.  Bring in an important object for Thursday.  Write a new Jot List:  Top 10 Important Events In My Life  Write your weekend letter.
Social Studies/Science          Complete Sketches for Geography–due Monday.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book