Archive for December 2012

Please review with your child their progress in class.  Make a New Year’s plan for change.

Students-type or handwrite very neatly your Picture prompt stories.  Devote time to read and work on the Cereal Box book report and commercial presentation for class. 

Visit.

Eat.

Dream.

Repeat.

 

See you on January 3rd!

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math   Unit 4 testMath Journal page 120  Study Link 5.1 Study Link 5.2  REVISED no Math over break.
Writing  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Publish essays over Winter Recess (single-space hand-written or double space typed)
Science(301)  Finish Investigation A  Finish Investigation B  Finish Investigation C  Science notebook Investigations  A, B, C due!
 
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions  Complete Cereal Box book reports over Winter Recess!

Dear Parents,

Please remember that school starts at 8:45 am.  Students are required to check in with me at 8:45 before we begin Morning Fitness.    If students arrive after 8:45, or do not check in with me at our number on the blacktop, they will be marked tardy.  Thank you!

Students will rotate to new classrooms in the afternoon for the next three weeks.  Room 304 will be going to Mr. Cusick’s room.  I will be receiving Room 301.  Room 302 will be rotating to Mr. Kerney’s room.

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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 focus:  Drawing Conclusions-  Students will locate places to draw conclusions as they are reading nightly.  When drawing conclusions, students should locate information from the text, as well as their own knowledge to determine a conclusion.  This information should be written, shorthand, on Thinkmarks.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to 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.

HOLIDAY HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT:::::::::

Students will be required to complete a project in Reading over holiday break:  Cereal Box Book report.  The book that students report on should be a book that they have read and finished recently, NOT a book that they read months or years ago.  I will send home an instruction packet this week, so please look for it.  Also, you may print out a copy of the project from this website– just click on the Cereal Box Book Report tab above.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • 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 complete revision and editing for Postcard stories.  Please see the rubric for this assignment under the Rubrics tab above.

ALL ESSAYS ARE DUE THURSDAY DECEMBER 20.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.

This week, students will take the Unit 4 test on Monday.  Then, we will begin Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   We will begin with a review of Fractions and Mixed Numbers this week.

Science-(Room 301) “Microworlds”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Investigation A:  Students will be challenged to recall the details of a penny, observe a penny for one minute and draw it again, and finally use magnifiers to record details.

Investigation B:  Students will practice making more detailed observations and record them in sketches and writing

Investigation C:  Students will practice using different kinds of lenses to magnify objects.

 

*****Investigation A-C are due for grading on Thursday*****

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 4.4 Math Journal pages 109-110 Study Link 4.5  Math Journal pages 111-113  Study Link 4.6  Unit 4 Review
Writing Jot List:  Things I wish I did not have to do Work on Revisions for Postcard story (Post-conference only)  Writing Long Off A Jot:  I wish I did not have to….  Work On Revisions for Postcard story (Post-conference only)  Write your Weekend Letter. Finish revisions for Postcard story.
Science(302)  Finish Investigation G  Finish Investigation H  Microworlds assessment Science notebook Investigations G and H due!

Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimun 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

A few reminders for the week ahead:

This is our final week of room changes for Social Studies/Civics and Speech/Science.  Room 304 will be going to Mr. Kerney for 2 more weeks of Social Studies; Room 301 will move to Mr. Cusick for Speech and Civics; Room 302 will be investigating “Microworlds” with me in the Science lab.

Please facilitate and monitor independent reading at home.  Students have higher AR goals this quarter, and they must be reading and completing books to reach these Reading goals.Thank you for your support.

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

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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 focus:  Drawing Conclusions-  Students will locate places to draw conclusions as they are reading nightly.  When drawing conclusions, students should locate information from the text, as well as their own knowledge to determine a conclusion.  This information should be written, shorthand, on Thinkmarks.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to 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.5.5 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 practice revising and editing Postcard stories with a writing buddy.  Students will conference with me in preparation for final revisions and publishing.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6 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.

This week, students will practice division using estimation to help place decimal points in division problems.  Students will also practice interpreting remainders in story problems.  There will be a whole-class review over Unit 4 on Thursday.  The Unit 4 test will be Friday.

Science-(Room 302) “Microworlds”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Investigation G:  Students will observe mystery substances and use the observable properties to determine what it is.

Investigation H:  Students will observe onion skin under a microscope and identify cells, the cell wall, and the nucleus of the cell.

Investigation I:  Students will examine brine shrimp under a microscope and identify observable properties of the specimen.

*****Investigation G-I are due for grading on Thursday*****

There will be a Microworlds assessment on Thursday, the last day of class. 

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math MJ 101-102 Study Link 4.2  Study Link 4.3  MJ pp 106-108  
Writing    Finish making comments for the PQP worksheet.  Staple PQP and draft together.    Finish revising and  your essay.  Write your Weekend Letter
Science(302)  Finish Investigation D  Finish Investigation E    Finish Investigation F  Science notebook Investigations  D, E, F due!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Quick Questions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Quick Questions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Quick Questions   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Quick Questions  Read for a minimun 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

Here are a few reminders for the week ahead:

This is our second week of room changes for Social Studies/Civics and Speech/Science.  Room 304 will be going to Mr. Kerney for 2 more weeks of Social Studies; Room 301 will move to Mr. Cusick for Speech and Civics; Room 302 will be investigating “Microworlds” with me in the Science lab.

Wednesday is a 1/2 day with student dismissal at 12:15.

Please facilitate and monitor independent reading at home.  Students have higher AR goals this quarter, and they must be reading and completing books to reach these Reading goals.Thank you for your support.

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

Reader’s Workshop

 

  • 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 focus:  Quick Questions-  Students will create and collect questions they have throughout the week as they read independently.  On Friday, students will select two of these questions to elaborate on.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to 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.5.5 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 practice Peer-editing and revise Postcard stories with a writing buddy..  Students will practice the  PQP, where they will praise, question, and help to polish their writing buddy’s story.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6 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.

This week, students will be introduced to the Partial-Quotients algorithm.  See this link for a video that explains this method:  http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teaching-topics/computation/div-part-quot/.  Students will practice this algorithm all week, dividing large numbers with and without decimals.  Students will also investigate map scale, using measurement to estimate distance.

 

 

Science-(Room 302) “Microworlds”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Investigation D:  Students will examine the parts of and practice using a microscope.

Investigation E:  Students will practice using a microscope today, looking at newspaper and magazine print to observe pixels.

Investigation F:  Students will learn  and practice  different types of slide mounts  for a microscope.

*****Investigation D-F are due for grading on Friday*****