Archive for April 2013

Our field trip request was lost but FOUND and approved by Dr. Hill!  We will be going on our field trip to the Robie House tomorrow from 10 am-11:00 to learn about Frank Lloyd Wright and the art of architecture.

Chaperones-  please be at the school by 9:30 to walk over.  We will return by 11:30 am.  Students will be back for lunch.

All parents-make sure students wear appropriate attire and comfortable walking shoes.

Can’t wait.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 7 test  Study Link 8.1  MJ pages 251  MJ pages 252-253  Study Link 8.2
Writing  Exquisite Corpse writing (mystery) Exquisite Corpse writing (fantasy) Select a Seed story.
Science(304)  (304)Science Fair presentations  (301)Science Fair presentations  Science Fair presentations 304
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch  Write  Book recommend-ation (dueMonday) Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • HELP!  We are desperate for classroom supplies!  Topping our list is tissue and hand sanitizer.  In addition, paper towel and looseleaf paper would be appreciated.  Thanks!
  •  We will continue presenting Science Fair exhibits in the classrooms.  As soon as we are finished, I will send the top 5 boards from each classroom to present to the 6th grade student panel of judges that Ms. Drew has assembled.  Winners will be chosen for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

 

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

Reading Skill focus:  Character Sketch-  Students will  select one character from their IR book to focus on this week.  As they are reading, they will assign characteristics to the character, identifying text details that provide evidence to support their word choice.

This week we will continue reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and create Character Sketches.

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.5.4 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.)


Students did a great job developing, revising and editing their expository essays.  We will celebrate with an Author’s Chair to hear what our peers have to say in their essays.

This week we will begin pre-writing for creative narratives based on the “Exquisite Corpses” students drew last week in groups.  This week, they will work on pre-writing stories, developing fiction “seed stories”  in different genres (e.g. fairy tale, myth, science fiction…).  In addition, they will partner-write one seed story with another student.  By the end of the week, students will select one seed story from the pre-writing activities to develop into a full work of fiction.

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. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.2 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.

Students will take the Unit 7 test on Monday April 29.  They should study this weekend!

Next Tuesday we will begin Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We will begin with a fraction review.  Then students will begin work on adding and subtraction mixed numbers.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

  • 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 302-Science Fair presentations

ROOM 301- Science Fair presentations

Room 304-  New Unit:   “Solar Energy”

This week students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.  Then, students will set up an investigation to find out what happens when the Sun shines on four earth materials.  They will monitor temps and organize and analyze the data on a chart.

Intro to unit/Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade

Investigation B:   Heating Earth Materials

 

Notebooks are due Friday.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 7.9  Study Packet  MJ pages 245-246  Unit 7 ReviewStudy Link 7.10 review for Unit test on Monday!
Writing  Rewrite Draft 2 (with revisions) Exquisite Corpse drawing/ rewrite draft 2  Exquisite Corpse drawing Publish Expository Essays   Expository essays dueExquisite Corpse   writing.
Science(304)  Science Fair presentations  Science Fair presentations  Science Fair presentations  Science Fair presentations  Science Fair presentations
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • We are so desperate for classroom supplies!  Topping our list is tissue and hand sanitizer.  In addition, paper towel and looseleaf paper would be appreciated.  Thanks!
  •  We are still presenting Science Fair exhibits in the classrooms.  As soon as we are finished, I will send the top 5 boards from each classroom to present to the 6th grade student panel of judges that Ms. Drew has assembled.  Winners will be chosen for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.

(In my book, they are all winners because they completed a huuuuuge assignment, so praise them!)

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

Reading Skill:  Making Predictions- Students will make predictions as they are reading and use evidence from the story to support the prediction they made from the text.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

This week, students will complete work on Expository essay structures.  Students will  revise essays to improve word choice and publish essays.  A rubric will be distributed to students and discussed in class.  Published essays are due Thursday, April 25.

Math-

  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students  will continue working with negative numbers this week– focusing on subtraction.  Students will review all concepts, and there will be a Unit 7 test on Monday, April 29.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

  • 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 302-Science Fair presentations

ROOM 301- Science Fair presentations

Room 304-  New Unit:   “Solar Energy”

Science Fair presentations

Intro to unit/Investigation A:  Shadow Play

Investigation B:   Shadow tracking

 

Notebooks are due Friday.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages 233-234  Study Link 7.8  Integer addition worksheet.  Checking Progress Quiz
Math Journal pages 238-239
Writing  Work on revisions  Work on revisions  Work on revisions Work on revisions: (Body para 1:  add details to improve)  Work on revisions:  Body para 2 & 3: add details)
Science(304)  Science Fair Display boards are due (all classes)  
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 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • Report Card conferences are on Wednesday, April 17 from 12 pm- 6pm.  I have sent home a sign-up form. Please specify your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for conferences times.  You may email me your times as well.
  •  Science Fair Exhibits are due this Monday, April 15, 2013.  Please make sure you have met all requirements.  Here is an image of what your TRI-FOLD PROJECT BOARD (required) should look like.
  • Science Fair will be held soon.  I do not have a specific date, but stay tuned!
  • Our new interim principal is Dr. Hill.  Please say hello when you come to school on Wednesday.

 

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

Reading Skill:  Quick Questions- Students will make “thick” questions as they are reading and attempt to infer an answer,  using evidence to support the answer to the question they made from the text.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

This week, students will continue work on Expository essay structures.  Students will  revise essays to improve word choice and publish essays.  A rubric will be distributed to students and discussed in class.  Published essays are due Monday, April 22.

Math-

  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students  will continue working with negative numbers– comparing, adding and subtracting.

 

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 302-Science Fair presentations

ROOM 301- Science Fair presentations

Room 304-  New Unit:   “Solar Energy”

Science Fair presentations

Intro to unit/Investigation A:  Shadow Play

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages229-230  Study Link 7.7  Study Link 7.6

MJ pages 224-227

 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Work on revisions  Work on revisions Work on revisions  Rough drafts due
Science(301)  Investigation C  Investigation D  Investigation E Notebooks are due  All Science Fair exhibits are due Monday April 15.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • This is the last week of the 3rd Quarter.   Any late assignments, Science Fair reports, or extra credit must be handed in by Wednesday April 10, 2013.
  • We will be engaged in workshops with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.   These workshops connect with the shared reading book, Wright 3.
  • This week, ALL 5th grade students should be creating their Science Fair exhibit boards.  Science Fair Exhibits are due on April 15, 2013.  Please make sure you have met all requirements.  Here is an image of what your TRI-FOLD PROJECT BOARD (required) should look like.
  • Friday April 12 is a half-day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.

 

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

Reading Skill:  Making Predictions- Students will make predictions as they are reading and provide evidence to support the prediction they made from the text.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

This week, students will continue work on Expository essay structures.  Students will drafting their essays, revise essays to improve word choice, and publish essays.  A rubric will be distributed to students and discussed in class.

Math-

  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students  will practice order of operations and begin working with negative numbers.

 

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.

 

Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

 

ROOM 301-  ”Levers and Pulleys”

  1. Lever Lift 2
  2. One-Pulley Systems
  3. What’s the Advantage?

Notebooks are due on Thursday.

 

Format Examples

 

Books

 

Format:
Author’s last name, first name. Book title. Additional information. City of publication: Publishing company, publication date.

Examples:

Allen, Thomas B. Vanishing Wildlife of North America. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic Society, 1974.

Boorstin, Daniel J. The Creators: A History of the Heroes of the Imagination. New York: Random, 1992.

Hall, Donald, ed. The Oxford Book of American Literacy Anecdotes. New York: Oxford UP, 1981.

Searles, Baird, and Martin Last. A Reader’s Guide to Science Fiction. New York: Facts on File, Inc., 1979.

Toomer, Jean. Cane. Ed. Darwin T. Turner. New York: Norton, 1988.

 

Encyclopedia & Dictionary

Format:
Author’s last name, first name. “Title of Article.” Title of Encyclopedia. Date.

Note: If the dictionary or encyclopedia arranges articles alphabetically, you may omit volume and page numbers.

Examples:

“Azimuthal Equidistant Projection.” Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary. 10th ed. 1993.

Pettingill, Olin Sewall, Jr. “Falcon and Falconry.” World Book Encyclopedia. 1980.

Tobias, Richard. “Thurber, James.” Encyclopedia Americana. 1991 ed.

 

Magazine & Newspaper Articles

Format:
Author’s last name, first name. “Article title.” Periodical title Volume # Date: inclusive pages.

Note: If an edition is named on the masthead, add a comma after the date and specify the edition.

Examples:

Hall, Trish. “IQ Scores Are Up, and Psychologists Wonder Why.” New York Times 24 Feb. 1998, late ed.: F1+.

Kalette, Denise. “California Town Counts Down to Big Quake.” USA Today 9 21 July 1986: sec. A: 1.

Kanfer, Stefan. “Heard Any Good Books Lately?” Time 113 21 July 1986: 71-72.

Trillin, Calvin. “Culture Shopping.” New Yorker 15 Feb. 1993: 48-51.

Website or Webpage

Format:
Author’s last name, first name (if available). “Title of work within a project or database.” Title of site, project, or database. Editor (if available). Electronic publication information (Date of publication or of the latest update, and name of any sponsoring institution or organization). Date of access and <full URL>.

Note: If you cannot find some of this information, cite what is available.

Examples:

Devitt, Terry. “Lightning injures four at music festival.” The Why? Files. 2 Aug. 2001. 23 Jan. 2002 <http://whyfiles.org/137lightning/index.html>.

Dove, Rita. “Lady Freedom among Us.” The Electronic Text Center. Ed. David Seaman. 1998. Alderman Lib., U of Virginia. 19 June 1998 <http://etext.lib.virginia.edu/subjects/afam.html>.

Lancashire, Ian. Homepage. 28 Mar. 2002. 15 May 2002 <http://www.chass.utoronto.ca:8080/~ian/>.

Levy, Steven. “Great Minds, Great Ideas.” Newsweek 27 May 2002. 10 June 2002 <http://www.msnbc.com/news/754336.asp>.