Archive for November 2013

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Math Journal lesson 5.3  Study Link 5.3  Study Link 5.4  Study Link 5.5  Study Link 5.6
Writing  Write a poem using alliteration.  25 words.  Add alliteration to two appetizers.  Write a weekend letter to your parents about your week at school.
Science (315)  Investigation C:  Exploring Different Lenses

Complete 7-10 sentence conclusion of experiment.

 Investigation D:  Learning to Use a Microscope

Complete 7-10 sentence conclusion of experiment.

 Investigation D:  Learning To Use A Microscope Part 2

Complete 7-10 sentence conclusion of experiment.

 
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 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s Choice  Read for a minimum of 90 minutes and work in reading log:  Reader’s Choice

Reading Logs due Monday

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 5.2
Writing  complete graphic organizer  Complete Turkey Terror Story
Science (315)  Investigation C:  Exploring Different Lenses  
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 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,

  • Happy Thanksgiving!  Remember that there is no school November 27-29.
  • We are still out of Kleenex.  We could also use paper towel, antibacterial wipes, looseleaf paper, and hand sanitizer.
  • November Book Reports are due Tuesday, November 26.
  • 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.
  • 5th grade classes will rotate this week.  I will teach science to room 314.

 

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 fiction novels.  Skills we will work on include:  using context clues, drawing conclusions, and summarizing with main idea/details of text.

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:  Making Connections -Students will keep notes in their reading log this week and “Make Connections” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can make text-self, text-text or text-world connections.

Scholastic S.C.O.P.E.- This week we will synthesize key ideas from texts and video about homelessness in America.  We will view a short video about homelessness in America and respond to a writing prompt that will ask us to synthesize key information about the article and the video.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

 

This week, students will continue to work on their Poetic Devices unit called:  “The Poetic Menu”.  Students will revise descriptions for 3 food items to include the poetic devices:   alliteration and metaphor.

G.U.M.-  In grammar, usage, and mechanics we will identify prepositional phrases in a sentence.

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.)

This week we will focus on Lesson 5.2.  This lesson models what a mixed number is.  Students will have hands-on experience creating mixed number models with pattern blocks.  Then, they will turn to paper and pencil to convert improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

Lesson 5.2 will be covered.

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 continue work in our unit:  Microworlds.  learn how a magnifier works and learn how to use a microscope.

Investigation C:  Students will practice using different kinds of lenses to magnify objects.

Investigation D:  Learning TO Use A Microscope

 

Dear Parents,

  • We are out of Kleenex.  We could also use paper towel, antibacterial wipes, looseleaf paper, and hand sanitizer.
  • November Book Reports are due Tuesday, November 26.
  • 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.
  • 5th grade classes will rotate this week.  I will teach science to room 315.  Room 314 will see Ms. Lemberis for Civics.

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 and fiction novels.  Skills we will work on include:  using context clues, drawing conclusions, and summarizing with main idea/details of text.

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:  Leaning In-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Lean In” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can infer and describe details that they visualize as they read.

Scholastic S.C.O.P.E.- This week we will synthesize key ideas from texts and video about homelessness in America.  We will annotate the article, answer close-reading questions in small groups, and respond to a writing prompt about the materials.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

 

This week, students will continue to work on their Poetic Devices unit called:  “The Poetic Menu”.  Students will revise descriptions for 3 food items to include the poetic devices:  simile, alliteration, and metaphor.

G.U.M.-  In grammar, usage, and mechanics we will identify prepositional phrases in a sentence.

Math-

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.

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.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.)

This week we will complete and test for  Unit 4:  Division.  Students will practice solving for variables in math sentences.  Then we will review for the test on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will take Unit 4 test.  Thursday and Friday we will begin Unit 5:  Fractions.

Lessons 4.7 and – 5.1-5.2 will be covered.

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 315 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 4.7 Unit 4 Review  Unit 3 test Study Link 5.1  Study Link 5.2
Writing  Revise food descriptions to include examples of simile. Write a poem that includes several examples of alliteration. Revise food descriptions to include examples of alliteration. Write a poem that includes several examples of metaphor.
Science (315)  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 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,

  • We need supplies for the classroom: Kleenex, paper towel, antibacterial wipes, looseleaf paper, and hand sanitizer.
  • There is no school Monday, November 11.  Happy Veterans Day.
  • Parent/Teacher conferences are Tuesday, November 12.  If you have not received a confirmation from me, please email me with your requested hour timeframe and I will do my best to accommodate you.  There will be no conferences between 3 and 4pm.
  • 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.

 

  • 5th grade classes will remain the same this week.  I will teach science to room 312 again 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 and fiction novels.  Skills we will work on include:  using context clues, drawing conclusions, and summarizing with main idea/details of text.

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 synthesize key ideas from texts and video about homelessness in America.  We will annotate the article, answer close-reading questions in small groups, and respond to a writing prompt about the materials.

 

 

Writer’s Workshop-

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.10 Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

 

This week, students will begin work on their Poetic Devices unit called:  “The Poetic Menu”.  Students will write descriptions for 8 food items and use simile in the description.

G.U.M.-  In grammar, usage, and mechanics we will identify prepositional phrases in a sentence.

Math-

  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.

  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.

This week we will continue Unit 4:  Division.  Students will continue practicing the Partial-Quotients algorithm to solve division problems with and without decimals.  We will make magnitude estimates to help with placing decimals.  Students will interpret the remainders in division story problems.

Lessons 4.5- 4.6 will be covered.

 

 

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.
  • 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 312 will have Science.  We will continue work in our unit:  Microworlds.  Students will identify what elements are needed to magnify this week.

Investigation C:  Students will use various objects to determine whether they are effective magnifiers.  We will identify the properties of a magnifier.

 

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Journal pages 109-110 Study Link 4.5  Study Link 4.6
Writing  Bring in take-out menus to use in class. Write 3 food item descriptions like they were in a restaurant menu.  Write a poem about one thing (anything!) and include 5 similes. Underline the 5 similes.
Science (312)  Investigation C:  Exploring Different Lenses  Science Assessment   Science 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 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,

  • Report Card conference notices were sent home last Thursday.  Please send me your preferred times of day.  I can send you back an exact time notice or email the time to you.  If you would like an email confirmation, please write down your email on the request form.
  • 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 continue working in Guided Reading groups reading non-fiction Science texts and fiction novels.  Skills we will work on include:  using context clues, drawing conclusions, and summarizing with main idea/details of text.   

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 read and analyze paired texts and video about Hurricane Sandy.  We will annotate the article, answer close-reading questions in small groups, and compare/contrast third person and first person points of view.

 

 

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

This week, students will publish essays.  Essays should be typed, double-space, 12 pt. font or handwritten, single-space, on looseleaf paper.  Essays are due on Thursday, November 7.  On Friday, students should bring in take-out menus to share with class.  We will be analyzing descriptive language in preparation for Writing Unit:  Make A Menu.

G.U.M.-  In grammar, usage, and mechanics we will identify prepositional phrases in a sentence.

Math-

  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.

  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.

This week we will continue Unit 4:  Division.  Students will continue practicing the Partial-Products algorithm to solve division problems with and without decimals.  We will make magnitude estimates to help with placing decimals.  Students will also use a scale-model measurement to find distances on a map. 

Lessons 4.3- 4.5 will be covered. 

 

 

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.
  • 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 312 will have Science.

 We will be introduced to a new unit:  Microworlds.  Students will make observations on a penny, make detailed sketches and observations on objects,  and learn how a magnifier works

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

HOMEWORK CHART

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study link 4.4 Study Link 4.5  Study Link 4.3
Writing Publish essay:  Typed, double spaced, indented, 12 pt font OR
hand-written, single-spaced, indented.
 Bring in take-out menus
Science (314) Investigaton A:  Observing A Penny  Investigation B:  Making Observations   Investigation C:  Exploring Different Lenses
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 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