Archive for May 2015

Dear Parents,

  • There are three weeks left of school.  Students are expected to meet their AR Goal in reading.  Failure to meet the AR goal will impact their end-of-quarter Reading grade.
  • The Volume Project is due on Monday, June 8.  This project will count towards a Math and Science grade for Q4.
  • Ray School Olympics are on Wednesday, June 3.  Students should wear a white t-shirt with their Olympic number easily identifiable on the front and back of it.  If any parent would like to donate healthy snacks for our classroom after Olympics, please do!
  • Last week I sent home a permission slip form for our last field trip for the year— the Brookfield Zoo.  Please sign this form and return with your student ASAP.
  • We have gone on some great trips this year, and we have created some great 5th grade memories.  If any parent has pictures from any of the trips that they can share, I would greatly appreciate it!  Please email me.

*****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 literature 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: This week students will read an article about competitive eating. They will apply the knowledge they have learned from the article to write an arguement essay either defending competitive eating or going against it.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue their fiction writing unit this week. This week students will finish revising their Fractured Fairy Tale (FFT).  Students will rewrite their drafts with all revisions and meet with me for final editing.  Then, students will publish their FFT.  FFT publish dates will be determined on a one-on-one basis afer meeting with me.

Math-

Students will continue Unit 11 this week.  Students will find the volume of cylinders, cones, and pyramids and calculate the surface area of 3-d figures.  Lessons 11.3-11.7 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies we will discuss the major battles of the war, how the French helped the Americans at the Battle Of Yorktown,  and how the Americans won the American Revolution.  Students will design and manufacture a medal of honor for a famous hero of the war.  Students will have homework on Wednesday and Friday.

 

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever. Then students will learn about single pulley systems and duble pulley suystems and the advantage of each.

Investigation F: Single Pulley Systems

Investigation G: Double Pulley Systems

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 11.3 Study Link 11.4  Olympics Day 🙂 Study Link 11.7
Writing  Rewrite your FFT draft  Publish your FFT  Publish your FFT Publish your FFT Publish your FFT
Social Studies SS worksheet  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,

  • There are four weeks left of school.  Students are expected to mee their AR Goal in reading.  If students are not completing tests to meet their AR goal. this will impact their end-of-quarter grade.
  • Book Recommendation #4 is due Monday, June 1.

*****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 literature 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: This week students will read an article about stuttering. They will apply the knowledge they have learned from the article to write a response to the prompt:  Write an article to a local newspaper to help others understand stuttering as well as how they can be helpful to someone who stutters.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue their fiction writing unit this week. This week students will begin revising their Fractured Fairy Tale (FFT).  Students will work on revisions throughout the week, including adding humor and showing, not telling.

Math-

Students will review and test on Unit 10 this week.  Students will take the Unit 10 test on Wednesday.  Thursday, students will identify three-dimensional objects.  Homework will include a Unit 10 review on Tuesday and Study Link 11.1 and 11.2 on Wednesday and Thursday.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies we will compare the American and Bristish armies, discuss the early battles of the revolution, mark the turning point of the war, and determine contributions from other nations.

There will be a vocabulary quiz over Lesson 1 and 2 words on Wednesday.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever. Then students will learn about class-2 and class-3 levers and determine the advantage of using this type of lever.

Investigation F: Single Pulley Systems

Investigation G: Double Pulley Systems

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 Unit 10 Review Unit 10 Test Study Link 11.1
Writing  Work on your FFTrevisions Work on your FFT revisions Complete you FFT revisions
Social Studies SS worksheet
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 Tuesday

Dear Parents,

  • There is a Spanish field trip on Friday from 9-12:30.  Students are requird to attend for a Spanish grade.  Please contact Mr. Walter if you are interested in chaperoning.  His email is:  wlwalter@cps.edu
  • Progress reports were sent home on Friday. Please review and sign the bottom portion to return to me.

*****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 literature 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: This week students will read an article about stuttering They will apply the knowledge they have learned from the article to write a response to the prompt:  Write an article to a local newspaper to help others understand stuttering as well as how they can be helpful to someone who stutters.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue their fiction writing unit this week. This week students will begin drafting their Fractured Fairy Tale (FFT).  Students will work on revisions throughout the week, including character and setting development, adding humor, and creating a moral to their story.

Math-

Students will continue work in Unit 10 this week.  Students will graph rates, apply formulas to calculate data, and interpret data in a graph.  Lessons 10.4-10.7 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies we will compare the American and Bristish armies, discuss the early battles of the revolution, mark the turning point of the war, and determine contributions from other nations.

There will be a vocabulary quiz over Lesson 1 and 2 words on Thursday.

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 and class-3 levers and determine the advantage of using this type of lever.

Investigation D: Class 2 Levers/Class-3 Levers

Investigation E: Levers At Work

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 10.4 Study Link 10.5 Study Link 10.6 Unit 10 Review packet  Study Link 10.7
Writing Work on your FFT beginning Work on your FFT middle Complete you FFT draft
Social Studies SS worksheet:Venn Diagram only
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 Tuesday

Dear Parents,

  • I wanted to thank you, parents, for donating new books to our classroom library.  I do not know who our secret shoppers were, but we are so excited to read some more new literature.  Thank you, thank you, thank you.
  • Progress reports will be sent home on Friday.  Please review and sign the bottom portion to return to me.

*****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 literature 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.

ThinkCERCA:  This week students will read a Cerca about Benjamin Franklin.  They will apply the knowledge they have learned in Social Studies, along with the article, to respond to the question, ”

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue their fiction writing unit this week. This week students  will select a fairy tale or fable to “fracture”.  This means they will alter some story elements of the story to create a different version of the story.  Students will begin diagramming their plot, as well as develop the setting and protagonist in the story.

Math-

Students will begin the week with the Unit 9 math assessment.  Then, we will dive into Unit 10, which will focus on algebraic expressions, data, and circumference.   We will cover 10.1-10.3 this week.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will take an open-book test on Chapter 6 on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will begin Chapter 7, The American Revolution.  This week we will discuss the personal and economic hardships colonists faced, as well as the contributions of women, African-Americans, and Native Americans to the war effort.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever.  Then students will learn about class-2 and class-3 levers and determine the advantage of using this type of lever.

Investigation D:  Class 2 Levers

Investigaton E:  Class-3 Levers

Investigation F:  Levers At Work

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 10.1  Study Link 10.2  Study Link 10.3
Writing  Story diagram your Fractured Fairy Tale  Work on your Character Development (Protagonist)  Work on Character and Setting organizers  Work on Character and Setting organizers
Social Studies  SS worksheet  Chapter 7 Lesson 1 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,

  • Sorry for the delay in getting up the weekly post!  It’s an adjustment to being the solo teacher again!

*****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 paired texts about the story, “The Midas Touch”, annotate the text, answer close reading questions about the text, and response to the text in writing.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will begin their fiction writing unit this week. This week students  will define and translate the elements of good fiction.

Math:

This week students will complete Unit 9.  Students will  calculate the volume for 3-d objects.    We will review the unit on Wednesday and we will test over the unit on Monday.  Lessons 9.8-9.10 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will complete 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 312)

This week, Room 314 students will review class-1 levers, and define the parts of a lever.  Then students will learn about class-2 and class-3 levers and determine the advantage of using this type of lever.

Investigation D:  Class 2 Levers

Investigaton E:  Class-3 Levers

Investigation F:  Levers At Work

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 9.8 Study Link 9.9  Study Link 9.10  Study for Unit 9 test
Writing  Write a BME story  Analyze your IR book for the 5 elements of a story SCOPE:   “Identifying Theme” worksheet
Social Studies  SS worksheet:  Declaring Independence  Chapter 6 Review worksheet
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