Archive for October 2012

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 2.10 MJ pages 64-65   Study Link 3.3 Checking Progress Quiz Study Link 3.4
Writing    Narrative Essay:Write two closers on looseleaf paper.  Circle the one you will use.    Narrative Essay:  Add your Lean In to your essay to show a part of the story, Narrative Essay:Publish it over the weekend bu handwriting it neatly (single-spaced) or typing it (double spaced)

DUE MONDAY

Science(302)       Science notebook Investigations 3,4 and 5 due!  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Make Connections  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Make Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Make Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:   Make Connections  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

****This Wednesday, October 31, our class will attend a film screening of a program titled “Inside Out” at the new Logan Center For The Arts.    I still need 1-2 chaperones to assist me on this day.  You will need to be available roughly from 9 am-noon.  There is no additional cost for you, and this is a free field trip for students, as well.

About Halloween:  Since we are going on a field trip Wednesday, our classroom will not be having a Halloween party.  We will use the afternoon to work on story mapping an episode of the Twilight Zone 🙂

Also, please….no candy. 

The Class fee is $85.    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.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Reading Skill of the week:  Making Connections-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Make Connections” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select a text detail from the story where they make a connection.  Then they will identify whether it is a text-self, text-text, or text-world connection.  Finally, they will elaborate by explaining their connection to the story in words.

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework.  AR goals are up and students should be working towards meeting their goal.

Students will meet in their Guided Reading group this week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • 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 work on revision of drafts this week by adding rich details and sensory descriptions.  Students  will develop Closers and add additional sensory details to one place in their essays as they prepare for the final steps of revision.  Published essays are due Friday, November 2.

Math-

CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

This week students will take the Unit 2 test on Monday.Then, students will begin Unit 3:  Geometry.  This week students will determine angle rules for regular polygons, measure angles using a protractor, and draw line segments using a compass and ruler.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES by Wednesday.

 

Science-(Room 301)

  • 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.

Investigation 3:  Students will create Sunclocks.  Students will experiment with keeping track of time with their sunclocks.  We will experiment further in the classroom with our sunclocks— creating a “sun” with flashlights.

Investigation 4:  Students will be challenged to develop a sinking water clock that effectively keeps time.

Investigation 5:  Students will be introduced to variables in sinking water clocks.   Students will be challenged to create a sinking water clock using variables that effectively keep time.

Investigation 3, 4, and 5 are due for grading on Friday.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  SRB p.19, Check Your Understanding problems Study Link 2.8  MJ pages 54-56 Study Link 2.9 Checking Progress QuizUnit 2 test Monday.

 Complete Unit 2 review.

Writing  Rewrite your Rough draft  Narrative Essay:  write two more introductory paragraphs to your essay  Narrative Essay:  Write three introductory paragraphs on looseleaf paper and circle your final choice.  Re-write your rough draft to include all revisions Publish your Personal Narrative this weekend.
Science(302)       Science notebook Investigations 1 and 2 due!Finish your Calendars.    
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:   Leaning In  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, October 31, our class will attend a film screening of a program titled “Inside Out” at the new Logan Center For The Arts.    I am looking for 1-2 chaperones to assist me on this day.  You will need to be available roughly from 9 am-noon.  There is no additional cost for you, and this is a free field trip for students, as well.

The Class fee is $85.    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.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Reading Skill of the week:  Leaning In-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Lean In” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can infer and describe details that they visualize as they read.

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework.  AR goals are up and students should be working towards meeting their goal.

Students will meet in their Guided Reading group this week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  • 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 work on revision of drafts this week by adding rich details and sensory descriptions.  Students will develop Grabber Leads and Closers for their essays as they prepare for the final steps of revision.

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.B7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

This week students will practice the Partial Products algorithm and the Lattice Method algorithm for multiplying whole numbers and decimals.  Unit 2 test is estimated for Monday, October 28.

Science-(Room 301)

  • 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.

Investigation 1:  Students will begin the week with an introduction to the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will learn about course requirements, including the Science notebook and grading.  Finally, students will be given a challenge to complete in pairs:  can you estimate one minute without the use of a clock?

Investigation 2:  Students will create Sunclocks.  Students will experiment with keeping track of time with their sunclocks.  We will experiment further in the classroom with our sunclocks— creating a “sun” with flashlights.

Investigation 3:  Students will learn about the Phases of the moon.  Students will simulate the moon phases in class and record observations.

At the end of the week, students will explore another way to keep track of time:  the calendar system.  Students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and make predictions into the future.

 

Investigation 1, 2, and 3 are due for grading on Friday.

Students should write their 3 Grabber Leads in the comment section.

Students should respond with only their FIRST NAME

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math   Study Link 2.4 Number Stories Study Link 2.6 Probability meter Study Link 2.7 Magnitude Estimate Checking Progress Quiz

 

Writing Writer’s notebook:  Make Jot lists of awesome adjectives to replace boring words “good” and “bad”  Narrative Essay:  Revise your essay by changing boring adjectives and verbs for better ones. Write an at-home observation   Add sensory language and observations to your personal narrative.

Write your weekend letter to your parent/guardian

Science

(302)

 Complete investigation 2 and 3 for submission on Tuesday.    Finish your Calendars. Complete investigation  6 for submission on Friday.  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift a Line  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift a Line Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift a Line Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:   Lift a Line  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, October 31, our class will be attending a special film screening of a program titled “Inside Out” at the new Logan Center For The Arts.  This is part of the the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.   I am looking for 1-2 chaperones to assist me on this day.  You will need to be available roughly from 9 am-noon.  There is no additional cost for you, and this is a free field trip for students, as well.

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.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter 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.

In addition, students will be meeting in their Guided Reading group this week.  GR groups will meet weekly, with assignment tasks and additional reading work given each week.  GR groups are formed based on the MAP assessment data I receive, which informs me which areas individual students need to focus on.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  Books should not be transported home.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  • 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 work on revision of drafts this week by examining word choice, adding rich details and descriptions, and including sensory language.  Students will develop Grabber Leads and Closers for their essays as they prepare for the final steps of revision.

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.B7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

This week students will practice finding the Landmarks in Data Sets.  Students will investigate Probability of Chance Events, and students will practice the Partial Products algorithm for multiplying whole numbers and decimals.

Science-(Room 302)

  • 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.

Monday, students will complete their  Sunclock observations (investigation 2) outdoors.  Then, we will experiment further in the classroom with our sunclocks— simulating a “sun” with flashlights (investigation 3).  Students will submit investigation 2 and 3 for a grade on Tuesday.

Tuesday, students will explore another way to keep track of time:  the calendar system (investigation 4).  Students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and make predictions into the future.  This investigation does not require a notebook submission.

Wednesday will be spent practicing how the moon’s phases can help you keep track of time (investigation 5).  Students will create moon phase simulations in the classroom.

Thursday, students will be given a challenge:  create a clock that can measure time using a container of water, tin foil, and weights (investigation 6).

Investigation 5 and 6 are due for grading on Friday.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 2.2 Study Link 2.3   SRB page 36:  “Check Your Understanding” problems Study Link 2.4 Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 2.5
Writing    Work on your Rough Draft Complete your Personal Narrative First Draft  Revisions:  Change your boring verbs and adjectives in your Narrative   Write your weekend letter to your parent/guardian
Science(302)    Complete your practice Sum-It-Up in your notebook.    Investigation 2 due tomorrow. Complete your Sum-It-Up in your notebook.  
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:  Lift A Line  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

This week, 5th grade classrooms will make a switch for afternoon learning—–students from room 304 will spend the next three weeks studying Social Studies in Mr. Kerney’s room 301.  After three weeks, they will rotate to Mr. Cusick’s room 302 to study Speech and Civics/Government.  Then, students will transfer back to Room 304 to study Science again and to begin the rotation cycle all over again.  This change was made to help prepare students for the Middle School expectations and all the responsibilities associated with it.  We hope this will create a stronger sense of community among all 5th grade classes, which will enhance the wellness of the school environment as a whole.

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.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter 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.

In addition, students will be assigned to a Guided Reading Group this week.  GR groups will meet weekly, with assignment tasks and additional reading work given each week.  GR groups are formed based on the MAP assessment data I receive, which informs me which areas individual students need to focus on.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  • 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  draft their first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will then work on revision of drafts this week by examining word choice, adding rich details and descriptions, and including sensory language.

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.B7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

This week students will review the algorithm for partial-sums addition and partial-differences addition.  These algorithms are important to assess student’s understanding of place value.  As a result, students will be expected to perform the algorithm to solve problems with whole numbers and with decimals.

Science-(Room 302)

  • 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.

Students will begin the week with an introduction to the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will learn about course requirements, including the Science notebook and grading.  Finally, students will be given a challenge to complete in pairs:  can you estimate one minute without the use of a clock?

Next, students will create Sunclocks.  Students will experiment with keeping track of time 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.

At the end of the week, students will explore another way to keep track of time:  the calendar system.  Students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and make predictions into the future.