- Thursday, October 31 is the final day of the 1st quarter. There will be no school for students on Friday, November 1.
- I will be sending home a Report card sign up form on Thursday, October 31. Please fill out the form with your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd preferred times.
- The Class Fee is still needed for many in Room 314. The cost is $85. 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. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish. Please contact the office for more information.
- Field trip forms for Science camping trip are due. If your child is going please send in form and payment.
- We could use supplies for the classroom: Paper towel, antibacterial wipes, looseleaf paper, and Hand Sanitizer.
- 5th grade classes will switch again this week. I will teach science to room 314 this week.
Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:
- 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.5.2 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.
This week, students will continue working in Guided Reading groups reading non-fiction Science texts. Skills we will work on include: identifying unknown words and summarizing with main idea/details.
Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade. 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.
Please make sure students are reading independently at home. They should be doing this every night and recording information in their reading logs. Please help me by monitoring their progress and contact me with any concerns.
Reading Skill– Review of Quarter 1 Reading Skills: Students will practice reading skills from the first quarter. These include: Sketch TO Stretch, Leaning In, Making Connections, Making Predictions, and Drawing Conclusions.
Scholastic S.C.O.P.E.- This week we will analyze a shared text in the form of a drama, a primary resource, and write opinion pieces about the subject matter using text details to support our responses.
- 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.)
- 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 revise expository essays. We will cover adding details/examples and word choice. I will conference with students this week. Then students will publish essays. Essays should be typed, double-space, 12 pt. font or handwritten, single-space, on looseleaf paper.
G.U.M.- In grammar, usage, and mechanics we will identify direct and indirect objects in a sentence.
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 we will review Unit 3: Geometry on Monday. Students will test on Unit 3 on Tuesday. Then, we will begin Unit 4: Division. Students will use friendly parts of numbers to solve mental division problems. Then, we will learn the Partial-Products algorithm to solve division problems.
Lessons 4.1 and 4.2 will be covered.
Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week!
Science (room 314)
- 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.
- 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.
This week room 314 will have Science. We will be introduced to a new unit: Microworlds. Students will make observations on a penny, learn how a magnifier works, and record observations on materials using a magnifier.
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.