Archive for January 2013

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 5.11 Review packet for Unit 5 test  Study for Unit 5 test Unit 5 testISAT PREP:  Math extended response  
Writing  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Finish revising and editing your essay.  Publish essays over weekend (single-space hand-written or double space typed).
Science(304)  Science notebook Investigations  A, B due!
 
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 90 minutes  

Parents,

There is no school on Friday, February 1st.  2nd Quarter ends this week, and I will accept assignments no later than Wednesday, January 30.

2ND NOTICE:  Please make sure your child has a weekly planner/agenda of some kind to write homework down in.  ALl students were given one at the beginning of the year, but I have noticed that students are using them less often.  I would like to see each students have one to use.

**********We are out of tissue paper, antibacterial wipes,  and hand sanitizer.  If you can make a classroom donation, it would be appreciated.

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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 focus:  Lift A Line-  Students will select important text details from their independent reading books and write about the importance/significance of the selected text in the story.

AR GOAL DEADLINE EXTENDED:  Wednesday, January 30.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week, students will continue to develop Persuasive essays.  Topics discussed:  concluding paragraph, revision of details, and improvement on drafting  Students will be required to publish final essays by week’s end.

Published essay due date:  February 4.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.3 Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

We will continue work in Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   This week , we will construct circle graphs using percent charts.  We will review for the Unit 5 test on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The Unit 5 test is planned for Thursday, January 31.

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • 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.

ROOM 304

Students will be introduced to the new science unit:  “Levers and Pulleys”

The first investigation has three parts:

  1. Introduction to Levers
  2. Lever Experiment A
  3. Lever Experiment B

Investigation 1 is due on Monday, February 4.

 

302:  Students should submit their Science Fair topic.

301:  Science Fair packets will be handed out  and discussed.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 5.9  Math Journal pages 154-155 Study Link 5.10  ISAT Prep:  Extended Response
Writing  Complete at least one body paragraph  Finish all body paragraphs  Complete concluding paragraph
Science(301)  Finish Investigation H  Finish Investigation I  Unit assessment

Investigations H-I due

 
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 60 minutes over the weekend!

Parents,

Please make sure your child has a weekly planner/agenda of some kind to write homework down in.  ALl students were given one at the beginning of the year, but I have noticed that students are using them less often.  I would like to see each students have one to use.

We are out of tissue paper, antibacterial wipes,  and hand sanitizer.  If you can make a classroom donation, it would be appreciated.

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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 focus:  Leaning In-  Students will collect text details in the story where they can visualize what happening.  Then, they will write down the details that they  infer to add to the text detail.

AR GOAL DEADLINE:  Monday, January 28.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week, students will continue to develop Persuasive essays.  Topics discussed:  introductory paragraph, topic sentence and details, concluding paragraph.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.3 Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

We will continue work in Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   This week we will practice using a percent circle to interpret data in a circle graph.  Then, we will construct circle graphs using percent charts.  On Friday we will review for the Unit 5 test.  The Unit 5 test is planned for Monday, January 28.

Science- “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.

ROOM 301

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 observe brine shrimp under a mocroscope and identify parts of the organism.

Students in room 301 will take a Microworlds Unit assessment on Thursday, January 24.

 

*****Investigation H-I are due for grading on Friday*****

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 5.7 Math Journal pages 147-149  Study Link 5.8 MJ page 152  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Complete Persuasion Map for essay.  Complete Introductory and concluding paragraphs.  
Science(301)  Finish Investigation F/G  Finish Investigation G/H  Science notebook Investigations  F-H due.Microworlds Unit Test
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 MINIMUM 90 minutes over the weekend!
Dear Parents,

Thank you to the families who are bringing students on time to school.  It is appreciated so much!  Please remember that next Monday, January 21 is a day off from school in observance of Martin Luther King.

 

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 focus:  Quick Questions-  Students will collect “thin” and “thick” questions as they are reading in their IR books.  Thin questions are questions that can be answered in the text; thick questions are questions that an answer is not available, but can be inferred from the text.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.1 Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

This week, student partners will develop and present Persuasive essays to the class to win a secret prize package.  Then, individuals will begin prewriting work for Persuasive essays.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.3 Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

We will continue work in Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   This week we will  rename fractions as decimals and as percents.  Then we will practice using a percent circle to interpret data in a pie chart.

Science- “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.

ROOM 301

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.

Students in room 301 will take a Microworlds Unit assessment on Friday, January 18.

 

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

Room 302

Students in Room 302 will meet for one session this week.  Fifth Grade Science Fair project packets will be distributed and discussed.  Students will be given a timeline of due dates for Science Fair projects.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 5.3 Study Link 5.4  Math Journal pages Study Link 5.5 Study Link 5.6
Writing Complete “Check The Strategies” sheet using a persuasive ad or commercial.  Writer’s Notebook:  Your parents are sending you to a new school. Persuade them not to send you.  Present clear reasoning!
Science  Finish Investigation D (301)  Finish Investigation: Field OF View  Complete Investigation E  Begin Investigation 
F(301)
 
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 MINIMUM over the weekend.
Dear Parents,
I sent home a revised schedule for 2013 on Friday.  I hope you got it.  If not, just ask your child for the bright pink schedule I handed out.  As you can see, we have made the revisions necessary for students to still rotate classrooms for Science, Social Studies, and Civics/Speech.  The schedule has allowed some flexibility for us to have interactions with all classes on a weekly basis!  This is exciting stuff.
In addition, students now have a designated Writer’s Workshop time.  In the past, Writer’s workshop always seemed to be compromised by schedule changes, half days, and just general business.  Now, students will be guaranteed Writing block time daily.  This will allow us to do more group and partner projects, which make writing more interesting than just writing essays all the time 🙂

And one more time, please remember that school begins at 8:45.  Students who are not here at that time will be marked tardy.  Please make sure students arrive on time.  Thank you!

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.

Reading Skill focus:  Tune Into Interesting Words-  Students will identify unknown or interesting words in their independent Reading books.  Then, students will use a dictionary to define the words.  Finally students will create new sentences that show understanding of the word’s meaning.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

This week, students will continue writing activities for the next essay format:  Persuasive essay.  Student partners will develop and present Persuasive essays to the class to win a secret prize package.

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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

We will continue work in Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   This week we will continue finding equivalent fractions, as well as simplifying fractions.  We will also rename fractions as decimals and review rounding decimals.

Science- “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.

There will be a short review on lenses, and students will take a quiz over what they have learned about lenses.

ROOM 301

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

Investigation E:  Students will practice using a microscope

Investigation F:  Students will practice preparing different kinds of slides

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



Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Math Journal pages  Checking Progress Quiz (?)

Study Link 5.3

Writing  Write your weekend letter!
Science(301)  Complete investigation D
 Investigation A, B, C, and D are due for grading today!
Reading   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read 60 minutes minimum over the weekend!

Happy New Year 2013!

I hope everyone had a relaxing and exciting Winter recess.  Mine was filled with family, fun, and food!  As we return to normal this week, I wanted to remind you all that with the new year comes new changes in our daily schedule.  This week will be our first schedule without Ray University.   This schedule will look and feel more like years past.  The schedule that was sent home before break will be altered to accommodate departmentalization  in Science, Social Studies, and Speech and Civics.  Please look for an updated schedule to go home sometime early next week.

Finally, a reminder:  school begins at 8:45.  Students who are not here at that time will be marked tardy.  Please make sure students arrive on time.  Thank you!

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.

Reading Skill focus:  Tune Into Interesting Words-  Students will identify unknown or interesting words in their independent Reading books.  Then, students will use a dictionary to define the words.  Finally students will create new sentences that show understanding of the word’s meaning.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Due to the shortened week, students will not meet in Guided Reading group this week.

CEREAL BOX BOOK REPORTS!

These will be given on  Thursday, 3 and Friday, 4 that we return from break.  Make sure students are rehearsed in their presentations.

Students who were not here to receive the assignment will have until Monday, January 7 to complete it.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.4 Report on a topic or text or present an opinion, sequencing ideas logically and using appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details to support main ideas or themes; speak clearly at an understandable pace.

This week, students will begin pre-writing activities for the next essay format:  Persuasive essay.  In addition, students will share Picture Prompt essays aloud to peers.

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.

We will continue work in Unit 5:  Fractions, Decimals, Percents.   This week we will review content learned before break, practice ordering fractions, and learn strategies to find equivalent fractions.

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.

There will be a short review on lenses, and students will take a quiz over what they have learned about lenses.

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

*****Investigation D is due for grading on Friday*****