August 2013

Homework Chart September 2-6

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.3  Study Link 1.4  Math Journal pages Study Link 1.5 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Complete Jot Lists in preparation for I’m From poem. Work on drafting your I’m From poem.  Elaborate! FINAL I’m From poems due today.Write your weekend letter to your future self.
Science (312)  Complete Investigation A Complete Investigation B  Science notebooks due
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 a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Weekly Overview September 2-6


This is our second week of the school year, and we will continue to work on our classroom routines and begin our core curriculum in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Curriculum Night for Ray School is September 10th .  Please join us at 6 pm.  I look forward to meeting all parents and guardians that I have not been acquainted with yet.

This week, 5th grade classrooms will make a switch for afternoon learning—–students from room 314 will spend the next  week studying Social Studies in Mr. Kerney’s room 315.  After one week, they will rotate to Ms. Lemberis’ room 312 to study Speech and Civics/Government.  Then, students will transfer back to Room 314 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.


  • 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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.5.4 Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

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.  They will use the information collected on thinkmarks in weekly work.

Finally, I will introduce and model the Reader’s Letter to students.  Students will write a Reader’s letter to me this week and submit 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!

Students should be reading a chapter book at home at least 30 minutes nightly.  Students should choose “Good Fit” books.  The easiest way to determine if the book your child is reading is a “Good Fit” is to have them open to a page in the middle of the book.  Have them read the page aloud and raise a finger every time they encounter a word they do not understand.  If there are 5 or fewer, the book is a good fit.


  • 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. (Editing for conventions should demonstrate command of Language standards 1-3 up to and including grade 5 here.)

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


  • 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.

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, and identify square numbers.  We will have a Checking Progress quiz over Lessons 1.2-1.6 in their math journals on Friday.

Science (room 312)

  • 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 has begun, and last week students in 314 were introduced to the Science notebook.  Students wrote down investigations A and B and submited their notebooks for grading purposes  on Friday August 30.  This week, Room 312 will learn the Science lab procedures and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday September 6.

Social Studies:  Mr. Kerney will see Room 314 this week for Social Studies.



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.


Lunch Forms are being sent home Tuesday.  Please submit your paperwork immediately.  All students should ave a form filled out, regardless of whether they will receive lunch or not.


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,Band-aids,  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!