Archive for October 2013

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Unit 3 Review Unit 3 test  Study link 4.1 Study Link 4.2
Writing
Science (314)  Investigaton A:  Observing A Penny Investigation B:  Making Observations  Investigation C:  Exploring Different Lenses  Science AssessmentScience Notebooks are due.  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s Choice Read for a minimum of 90 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s ChoiceReading Logs due Monday

Dear Parents,

  • 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:

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.5.2 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.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • 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.

Math-

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.

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 3.6 Study Link 3.7  Study link 3.8 Finish tessellation projects.

Study Link 3.9

 Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 3.10
Writing Writer’s notebook:  Write a Weekend letter to your parents to communicate about your week at school. Have them sign it.
Science (315)  Investigaton D:  Using Water To Measure Time Investigaton D:  (cont.)  Investigation E:  Planning and experiment with water clocks  Investigation E (cont)  Science Notebooks are due Monday!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Drawing Conclusions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Drawing Conclusions 

 

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Drawing Conclusions

BOOK REPORTS DUE TOMORROW!!!

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Drawing Conclusions  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading bookReading Logs due Monday

Dear Parents,

  • We will celebrate our September and October birthdays on Friday October 25.  If your child’s birthday was in one of these months and you would like to send a healthy snack or beverage please let me know.  Please supply enough for 25 students.
  • 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.
  •  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 315 this week.

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.
  • 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 be working in Guided Reading groups reading non-fiction Science texts.  Skills we will work on include:  using context clues and main idea/details.   Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  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.

WARNING!  WARNING!  October Book Reports are due on Wednesday, October 23!!!!!!!!!!

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–  Drawing Conclusions:   Students will draw conclusions as they are reading and provide evidence to support the conclusion they made from the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • 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, word choice, and improving beginning and ending sentences.  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.

Math-

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 continue work in Unit 3:  Geometry.  This week we will continue exploring angles and practice using our protractors to measure angles.  Students will create congruent triangles, identify the properties of polygons, create tessellating patterns, and identify the properties of quadrangles.  There will be a Checking Progress quiz on Friday.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week!

 

 

 

Science (room 315)

  • 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.

This week room 315 will have Science.  First we will practice measuring time using water.  Then, students will be introduced to variables to construct sinking water clocks.  Student groups will devise an experiment controlling variables for a sinking water clock.  Students will read an article, “Sunclocks” and answer questions about the article in their notebooks.

Investigation D:  Creating Sinking Water Clocks

Investigation E:   An Experiment With Sinking Water Clocks

Science notebooks are due on Friday October 25.

 

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Math Journal Pages 70-71  Study link 3.4 Study Link 3.5  Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 3.6
Writing Draft essay Draft essay Weekend letter
Science (312) Investigation D:  Using Water To Measure TIme  Investigation D:  Using Water To Measure Time (cont)  Investigation E:  Planning and experiment with water clocks  Science Notebooks are due.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log: Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log: Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading bookReading Logs due Monday

Dear Parents,

  • 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.
  •  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 312 this week.

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.
  • 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 be working in Guided Reading groups reading non-fiction Science texts.  Skills we will work on include:  cause and effect, author’s purpose, using context clues, and main idea/details.   Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  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:  Reading Skill–  Drawing Conclusions:   Students will draw conclusions as they are reading and provide evidence to support the conclusion they made from the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • 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 begin drafting their expository essays.  Topics covered will include:  revising for details and word choice.

Math-

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 continue work in Unit 3:  Geometry.  This week we will continue exploring angles and practice using our protractors to measure angles.  Students will use compasses to identify the radius and diameter of a circle, to draw line segments, and to create congruent triangles.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week!

 

 

 

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.

This week room 314 will have Science.  First we will practice measuring time using water.  Then, students will be introduced to variables to construct sinking water clocks.  Student groups will devise an experiment controlling variables for a sinking water clock.  Then, students will take a Unit assessment.

Investigation D:  Using Water To Measure Time

Investigation E:  Planning An Experiment With Water Clocks

Science notebooks are due on Friday October 11.

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 2.10 Unit Review  Unit 2 assessment Math worksheet Study Link 3.3
Writing  Create Graphic ORganizer  Add supporting details to topic sentences Complete Intro paragraph Complete concluding paragraph Draft essay.
Science (314)  Investigaton D:  Using Water To Measure TIme Investigation E:  Planning and experiment with water clocks  Investigation E (cont)  Measuring Time assessment  Science Notebooks are due.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Making Connections  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Making Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Making Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Making Connections  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Reading Logs due Tuesday

Dear Parents,

  • October 14 is Columbus day.  This is a day of non-attendance for students and staff.  I will be backpacking in Door County.  Go do something amazing, too!
  • 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.
  • Don’t forget to attend the 4th/5th grade meeting this week afterschool about the overnight field trip in November!!!!
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, 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:

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.5.2 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 be working in Guided Reading groups reading non-fiction Science texts.  Skills we will work on include:  cause and effect, author’s purpose, using context clues, and main idea/details.   Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  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.

Accelerated Reader concerns:  Since we still do not have access to Accelerated Reader, I will begin an assessment for students who complete Independent Reading Books to accrue A.R. points.

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

Writer’s Workshop-

  • 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 be developing graphic organizers to begin prewriting for their expository essays.  Topics covered will include:  Thesis Statement, supporting ideas, topic sentences, and adding details to supporting ideas.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.Unit

Math-

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 2 on Monday and Tuesday.  Then, students will take the Unit 2 test on Wednesday.  On Thursday students will begin Unit 3:  Geometry.  This week students will determine angle rules for regular polygons and create polygon measures in partnerships.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES by Tuesday, October 15.

 

 

 

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.

This week room 314 will have Science.  First we will practice measuring time using water.  Then, students will be introduced to variables to construct sinking water clocks.  Student groups will devise an experiment controlling variables for a sinking water clock.  Then, students will take a Unit assessment.

Investigation D:  Using Water To Measure Time

Investigation E:  Planning An Experiment With Water Clocks

Unit Asessment:  Measuring Time

Science notebooks are due on Friday October 11.