Archive for November 2015

Parents,

It’s a quick week here at Ray.  I wanted to take a moment to to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am most thankful for the amazing class of students I have to teach this year.  What are you thankful for?
Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–

This week, students will abandon their typical Daily Five format to spend the two days of school reading independently and voraciously. I will introduce a class novel to the students and we will preview the novel.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will complete Writers conferences with me and publish their fictional narrative.  All narratives are due on Monday, November 30.

Math-

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3: Fractions. Wewill estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences. 3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies- We will create brochures of a chosen city in the world.  This brochure will be finished over Thanksgiving break and handed in on Monday, November 30.

Science- This week, Room 314 will test standard water clocks.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up” in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, math journal page 84

Tuesday/Thanksgiving break:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, publish narrative essay, complete travel brochure.

 

  • Parent-teacher conferences are this week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets were sent home last week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.  I will do my best to get as close to your preferred times as I can.
  • If you do not have a scheduled conference you may come to pick up your child’s report card and we can schedule a conference at a later time.
  • There will be no conferences from 3-4 pm.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  The next PTA meeting is this Thursday at 6 pm.

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 for 30 minutes minimum 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 and infer predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  story diagram, grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will compare fractions on a number line, play a version of Fraction Top-it game and discuss strategies to develop larger fractions, and estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences.  3.4-3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies-  We will continue Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 4 will tell the story of other nations exploring during the early exploration of the Americas.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will devise water clocks to calculate a 15 second interval.  Students will perform multiple trials to test the reliability of their clocks and draw conclusions about the stability of their new timekeepers.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up”  in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 77-78 Home Link 3.4  Home Link 3.5  Home Link 3.6
Writing  Complete your Story diagram in your notebook.  Work on revisions Work on revisions  Publish Essay.Weekend Page in Writer’s notebook
Social Studies  Study Chapter 3 vocabulary.  “Other Nations Explore” 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.

 

  •  We have a rather quick week!  Please check the homework chart for updates throughout the week.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are next week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets will be sent home this week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.
  • 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, create character sketches of main characters in the story, and make predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will connect division to fractions and interpre the remainders as fractions.  We will cover lessons 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 3 will center on the Spanish claims on the new world.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will graph our sunshadow lengths on a chart to determine relationships between the shadow length and the time of day.  Then, students will complete calendars.  If time permits, we will identify the main phases of the moon.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 71, Home Link 3.1 MJ pages 74-75, Home Link 3.2  Home Link 3.3
Writing Write an Evening Page reflection about your first quarter in 5th grade.
Social Studies “Spanish 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,

  •  We have a field trip scheduled for Thursday, November 5.  Students should bring a bag lunch.  If needed, students can get a bag lunch from the cafeteria.  Please let me know ahead of time.
  • 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, create character sketches of main characters in the story, and make inferences about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin work on their new essay:  Fictional Narrative.  Students will write Seed stories based on a work of art in the classroom.  Students will select one seed to write out long in draft form.  Then, students will work on areas of revision:  grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.  We will have an Author’s Chair on Monday to celebrate our first published work.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 2.  Lessons 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.  Then we will review for Unit 2 assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students will take Unit 2 assessment on Thursday and Friday.

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 2 will cover the changing landscape of the world, after Columbus’ discovery of a new continent.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will work with 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 2.13 Multiplication Review  Division Review
Writing  Finish Draft 1 of Fictional Narrative  Complete revisions for Fictional Narrative
Social Studies  Lesson 2 review questions (even- numbered only)  “Changing World” worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log

Complete SCOPE vocabulary worksheet

 

 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.