Archive for October 2015

Dear Parents,

  •  The “Famous Dead People Project” is an assignment that will be completed at home and ready to present on Friday, October 30.  Students should come dressed as their dead person and have props, posters, and notecards with their speech on it.  We will present throughout the day, as we have a field trip to the Logan Center Of The Arts during that day.
  • I still have not received all Progress Report slips.  Please send back the bottom portion of the CPS progress report so that I know you have received it.
  • First Quarter is coming to a quick close!  Sign up for Gradebook online.  This tool allows you to view student progress, subject averages, and you can even set alerts when grade percentages drop below an acceptable amount.  For further details please inquire in the office.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, make connections to the text as they read, and make inferences about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will finish publishing essays.  We will have an Author’s Chair on Thursday to celebrate our first published work.  The rubric for the published essays is available to view under the “Rubrics” tab on the blog.  Students will begin writing Seed stories for our next Narrative:  Fictional Narrative.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.10-2.13 will be covered. We will practice using the partial-quotients algorithm to solve division problems, make estimations, and determine what to do with remainders.

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 1 will cover technology of the Renaissance, Christopher Columbus, and the European desire to find a route to Asia.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will create sunclocks and calendars to keep track of time.  We will graph our sunshadow lengths on a chart to determine relationships between the shadow length and the time of day.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.10 Home Link 2.11  Home Link  2.12  Math Journal pages 66-67
Writing  Publish Narrative Essay Publish Narrative Essay  Write a Seed story
Social Studies  Famous Dead People  Famous Dead People  Famous Dead People  Famous Dead People  Exploration worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Our first research project was sent home on Friday.  The “Famous Dead People Project” is an assignment that will be completed at home and ready to present on Friday, October 30.  Students should come dressed as their dead person and have props, posters, and notecards with their speech on it.  We will present throughout the day, as we have a field trip to the Logan Center Of The Arts during that day.  Therefore, I expect presentations to take place throughout the day.
  • I still have not received all Progress Report slips.  Please send back the bottom portion of the CPS progress report so that I know you have received it.
  • Sign up for Gradebook online.  This tool allows you to view student progress, subject averages, and you can even set alerts when grade percentages drop below an acceptable amount.  For further details please inquire in the office.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, make connections to the text as they read, and make inferences about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will finish revisions for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   The revision tasks we will complete are:

  • Zooming In -students will select a place in their story to “zoom into” by adding more details and expression as they describe the scene.
  • Word Choice- students will replace basic words for more sophisticated synonyms

Students will publish essays this week.  The rubric for the published essays is available to view under the “Rubrics” tab on the blog.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.6-2.9 will be covered.    We will practice converting units of measure, use the traditional multiplication algorithm to multiply more complex multi-digit numbers, and develop and apply estimation strategies to determine the length of time it would take to make one million taps on a surface.

Social Studies-  Students will take the Chapter 2 test about Native Americans.  Then, as a culminating project, students will create Lakota Dreamcatchers and write legends about how the dreamcatcher came to be.

Science-

This week, Room 314 will complete and present their Survior Biome projects to the class.  Then, we will explore concepts of time in our Measuring Time unit. Students will create sunclocks, record time using the clocks, and make observations about the shadow length and its relationship to the time of day.  Then, students will graph their results.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.6 Home Link 2.7  Home Link  2.8  Home Link 2.9
Writing  Work on Narrative  Revisions  Finish writing Draft 2 with revisions.  Publish Narrative Essay- due Monday
Social Studies  Chapter 2 Review for test  Chapter 2 test  Complete your Dream catcher
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Due to a challenging afternoon schedule, the fifth grade team has decided to suspend Science departmentalization until further notice.
  • Please send back the bottom portion of the CPS progress report so that I know you have received it.
  • Sign up for Gradebook online.  This tool allows you to view student progress, subject averages, and you can even set alerts when grade percentages drop below an acceptable amount.  For further details please inquire in the office.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This allows students to explore comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in a supported structure.  The first groups have been determined based on first interviews with students, MAP testing results, and observation of individual need.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will finish revisions for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   The revision tasks we will complete are:

  • Grabber Lead -students will rewrite the introduction to their story to create a beginning that really “grabs” the reader’s attention
  • Zooming In -students will select a place in their story to “zoom into” by adding more details and expression as they describe the scene.

Students will publish essays this week.  The rubric for the published essays is available to view under the “Rubrics” tab on the blog.

Math:  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.3-2.5 will be covered.    We will practice estimation using powers of ten, use the traditional multiplication algorithm to multiply multi-digit numbers, and convert measurements, focusing on conversions such as miles to feet.

Science 

This week, Room 314 will complete and present their Survior Biome projects to the class.  Then, we will explore concepts of time in our Measuring Time unit. Students will create sunclocks, record time using the clocks, and make observations about the shadow length and its relationship to the time of day.  Then, students will graph their results.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 2.3Revise Open Responses  Home Link  2.4  Home Link 2.5  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Work on Narrative  Revisions
Social Studies  Study for vocabulary quiz  Complete Northwest Graphic Organizer  Northwest and Arctic worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  Students in my room will present their Ecology projects about Biomes.    The students will differentiate between a biome and an ecosystem, and they will explore the factors that determine an ecosystem.
  • October 8 is the Ray School Open House.  It will take place from 4:30-6:00 pm.  I hope you can make it out to see the classroom and learn more about 5th grade.
  • October 9 is Picture Day.  Please send your student to school with the picture day order form, if you are not paying online.  All students will take pictures, regardless of whether they have an order form or not.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This allows students to explore comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in a supported structure.  The first groups have been determined based on first interviews with students, MAP testing results, and observation of individual need.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will work on revisions for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   The revision tasks we will complete are:

  • Grabber Lead -students will rewrite the introduction to their story to create a beginning that really “grabs” the reader’s attention
  • Zooming In -students will select a place in their story to “zoom into” by adding more details and expression as they describe the scene.

Math:  

In Math, students will take the Unit 1 test on Monday and Tuesday.  Then, students will begin Unit 2.  Lessons 2.1 and 2.2 will be covered.  We will explore place value and concepts of exponentational notation in a base ten set.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 will presnt their Survior Biome projects to the class.  Then, we will explore differences and similarities of a biome and an ecosystem.  We will identify the biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 1 assessment  Math Boxes page 36  Study Link 2.1  Study Link 2.2  
Writing Work on Narrative  Revisions  Work on Narrative  Revisions
Social Studies  Plains worksheet  Southwest and West worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.