Archive for April 2015

Dear Parents,

  • Students will take PARCC tests on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings.  These are last PARCC tests of the school year.  Students who opted out last time will be honored this time, as well.
  • Book Recommendation #3 is due on Monday, May 4.
  • Room 314 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation. Please see our blog for details.

*****Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ minutes nightly to ensure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

This week, students will work in Guided Reading groups to read informational text and work on comprehension skills that are deficient. Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities: Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission, to listen to reading online. READERS’ LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

SCOPE:  Students will read a nonfiction article about Anne Frank, annotate the text, answer close reading questions about the text, and response to the text in writing.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue Poetry Workshop. This week students  will compose a poem usinbg the poetic devices they have learned.  Then, students will create poems with formats:  free verse and ode.

Math:

This week students will continue Unit 9.  Students will  use the formula l*w to calculate the area of rectangles and 1/2(l*w) to calculate the area of triangles.  Lessons 8.5-8.8  will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will work on Chapter 6, Lesson 4 in their Social Studies books. Students will study the Declaration of Independence.  They will have homework on Wednesday and Friday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 314 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever.  Then students will learn about class-2 levers and determine the advantage of using this type of lever.  On Wednesday Jacob’s mom, a scientist at the U of C, will conduct a unique and special experiment to determine the effectiveness of hand sanitizer.

Investigation D: Class 2 Levers

Investigation E:  How Effective is Hand Sanitizer?

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion). Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric. This counts for 40% of their overall grade. Science notebooks are due on Friday

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 9.5 Study Link 9.6  Study Link 9.7
Writing  Publish your cinquain poem
Social Studies  SS worksheet:  Road To War  SS worksheet:  Declaring Independence
Reading Read for a minimum of 40 minutes

Complete Reading Log

Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR bookReading Log is due Monday 

Dear Parents,

  • If you were unable to meet for parent-teacher conferences last week, please email me to set up a time to meet.
  • Room 315 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation. Please see our blog for details.
  • Room 314 will have Ms. Jack for Civics.

*****Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ minutes nightly to ensure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

This week, students will work in Guided Reading groups to read informational text and work on comprehension skills that are deficient. Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities: Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission, to listen to reading online. READERS’ LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Thinkcereca:   Students will read a poem on Thinkcerca, annotate the text, and form an arguement based on some aspect of the poem.   (On hold until next week)

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue Poetry Workshop. This week students  will compose a poem usinbg the poetic devices they have learned.  Then, students will create poems with formats:  limerick, cinquain, and haiku.

Math:

This week students will begin Unit 9.  Students will plot points on a coordinate grid and use transformations to create flips, rotations, and translations on grids.  Finally, students will use the formula l*w to calculate the area of rectangles.  Lessons 8.1-8.4  will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will work on Chapter 6, Lesson 4 in their Social Studies books. Students will learn about the Second Continental Congress, The Battle Of Bunker Hill, and the Olive Branch Petition.  They will have homework on Tuesday and Friday.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will begin work in the Science unit: Levers and Pulleys. Students will be introduced to the Unit, practice creating a class-1 lever, and define the parts of a lever.  Then students will run a controlled experiment to test the advantages of levers.

Investigation A: Levers Introduction

Investigation B: Finding the Advantage

Investigation C: Finding The Advantage 2

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion). Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric. This counts for 40% of their overall grade. Science notebooks are due on Friday

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 9.1 Study Link 9.2 Study Link 9.3  Study Link 9.4
Writing Finish drafting your poetic devices poem in your notebook.  Finish your limerick poem in your notebook  Publish your limerick poem

Finish your haiku poem in your notebook

 Publish your haiku poem   Publish your cinquain poem
Social Studies  “Disagreeements Grow”  worksheet  Chapter 6 Lesson 3 review questions 1-4
Reading Read for a minimum of 40 minutes

.Complete Reading Log

Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 40 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book

Reading Log is due Monday 

Dear Parents,

  • Just a reminder:  parent/teacher conferences are this Thursday, April 16 from 12-6.  I will send home sign-up forms today.  Please either send it back with three preferred times or email me your three requested times.  All conferences will be 15 minutes long.  There are no conferences from 3-4.
  • Room 312 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation. Please see our blog for details.
  • Room 314 will have Ms. Jack for Civics.

*****Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ minutes nightly to ensure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

This week, students will work in Guided Reading groups to read informational text and work on comprehension skills that are deficient. Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities: Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission, to listen to reading online. READERS’ LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Thinkcereca:   Students will read a poem on Thinkcerca, annotate the text, and form an arguement based on some aspect of the poem.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue Poetry Workshop. This week students  will compose poems using metaphor and simile.

Math:

This week students will complete Unit 8. This week students will convert mixed numbers into percents and find perecentages of a whole  then, students will learn to divide fractions.  We will review Unit 8 on Wednesday.  Students will take a Unit 8 test on Friday.  We will coverlessons 8.9

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 6, Lesson 3 in their Social Studies books. Students will learn about the Boston Tea Party, The Coercive Acts, as well as the first battle of the Revolutionary War.  They will have homework on Monday and Wednesday.  There will be a vocabualry quiz over lesson 1-3 vocabulary on Wednesday.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 students will begin work in the Science unit: Levers and Pulleys. Students will be introduced to the Unit, practice creating a class-1 lever, and define the parts of a lever.  Then studetns will run a controlled experiment to test the advantages of levers.

Investigation A: Levers

Investigation D: Finding the Advantage

Investigation E: Finding The Advantage 2

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion). Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric. This counts for 40% of their overall grade. Science notebooks are due on Friday

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 8.9 Study Link 8.11 Study Link 8.12  Unit 8 test
Writing Finish drafting your metaphor poem poem in your notebook.  Finish publishing your metaphor poem  Finish drafting your simile poem  in your notebook.   Finish publishing your simile poem
Social Studies  “Colonists Speak Out” worksheet  Chapter 6 Lesson 3 review questions 1-4
Reading Read for a minimum of 35 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR bookReading Log is due Monday 

The 14th Colony Brochure

 

Due: April 13, 2015 (no exceptions)

Your very wealthy family has given you some land in the New World. The problem is, no one wants to move there!

Assignment: Create a travel brochure to convince people to move to your colony. It is your task to provide travelers with information and pictures that tell and show them what they can expect if they move. Use your Social Studies book and your imagination to create a new colony. Reflect on the 13 colonies we have studied. Think about what they did to establish their colony. How would you do things differently? The same?

Guidelines:

  •  Front Cover: (5 points)
    • Picture and catchy colony title to hook the potential colonist
  • Inside: (20 points)
    • Map of the area (Hand drawn)- Add some new land onto the East Coast or create an island!{
    • Illustrations and descriptions should show climate and geography, points of interest, economy, type of government, and laws.
    • Summary of the colony’s leader and his/her accomplishments (example: planted cash crops, made peace with the natives)
    • Things to do in your colony
  • Back Cover: (10 points)
    • Include any fun facts you may have found or any other interesting information that might attract a new colonist
  • Spelling and Grammar (5 points)
  • Presentation of brochure (Is it neat?) (5 points)
  • All parts complete and in on time (5 points)

 

  • TOTAL POINTS: 50 45-50:A 40-44:B 35-39:C 30-34:D Below 30:F