Archive for May 2017

IMPORTANT:  MAP testing is this Tuesday and Wednesday

Ray School Olympics is coming up on May 30.  On that day, students will participate in a number of athletic competitions.  Make sure your child wears a plain white t-shirt with their Olympic number proudly displayed on it.  Students who had shirts made can write or tape their number on it.

Here’s what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop: Guided Reading groups are still reading fractured fairytales to inspire them in writing their own.  Tic-Tac-Toes are due this week.  . This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also read from the class novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, students will complete story mapping their FFT plot.  Students will spend the week drafting and revising their drafts to include descriptive details in the story.

Math: In Math, students will continue Unit 8.  Students will work on Lessons 8-9- to 8-10 this week.

Science: This week, students will continue work on a  unit of study, Solar Energy.  Students will begin Investigation C- Solar Houses.

Social Studies: Students will complete work in Chapter 7.  A test over Lesson 3 and 4 will be on Wednesday.  Then, students will learn about the first Constitutional Convention.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

 

Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Create a Facebook page for your main character in the story.  Include information that is central to the character.  Illustrate and color the page.
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 sentences.
Write a letter to your teacher about your favorite character in the story and explain why you like this character using text details. 3-5 sentences. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Khan Academy   Khan Academy Home Link 8-9 Khan Academy
Writing  Complete Plot Diagram Complete Draft
Social Studies/ Science  SS 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/Tic Tac Toe is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

Last week I sent a Dojo message to you about signing up for the school Walk-A-Thon.  Please sign your child up ASAP.  If our classroom has 100% participation they will get a special incentive prize from me.

Here’s what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop: Guided Reading groups are still reading fractured fairytales in preparation for writing their own.  Tic-Tac-Toes are due this week.  . This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also read from the class novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, students will complete prewriting for their fractured fairy tales.  Work includes a fairy tale graphic organizer, writing long in their notebooks, and story mapping the plot.  Time will be given in class, but late finishers will be required to spend time at home to finish up.

Math: In Math, students will continue Unit 8.  Students will work on Lessons 8-6 to 8-8 this week.

Science: This week, students will continue work on a new unit of study, Solar Energy.  Students will finish investigation B:  Testing Earth Materials.

Social Studies: Students will complete work in Chapter 7.  Students will read about the effects of the war, suck as the abolitionist movement, founding of the Northwest Territory, and conflicts with Native Americans,  A quiz over Chapter 7, Lesson 3 and 4 will be early next week.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

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Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Create a Facebook page for your main character in the story.  Include information that is central to the character.  Illustrate and color the page.
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 sentences.
Write a letter to your teacher about your favorite character in the story and explain why you like this character using text details. 3-5 sentences. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 8-6 Home Link 8-7 Khan Academy Home Link 8-8 Khan Academy Khan Academy
Writing  Complete Graphic Organizer Complete  Writing Long
Social Studies/ Science  Revise Sun and Weather worksheet  SS 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/Tic Tac Toe is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

Dear Parents,

Next week, Thursday May 18 is our field trip with the Licoln Park Zoo ChES program to the zoo!  Make sure your child has a sack lunch, long pants and shirt, and closed-toed shoes.

Also, I sent a Dojo message to you about signing up for the school Walk-A-Thon.  Please sign your child up ASAP.  If our classroom has 100% participation they will get a special incentive prize from me.

Here’s what’s going on in our classroom this week:

Reader’s Workshop: Guided Reading groups are reading fractured fairytales in preparation for writing their own.  Tic-Tac-Toes are due this week.  . This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also read from the class novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, students will complete their publishing and submit all work for an assessment grade in writing.  It will be graded via a rubric, which we have discussed throughout.

Math: In Math, students will continueUnit 8.  Students will work on Lessons 8-4-8-5 this week.

Science: This week, students will continue work on a new unit of study, Solar Energy.  Students will develop hypotheses and test them, using thermometers to test earth materials’ temperatures in the sun and shade this week.

Social Studies: Students will continue work in Chapter 7.  Students will read about the heroes of the war, the Battle Of Yorktown, and the Treaty of Paris this week.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

Rewrite the last chapter you read in your IR book from another character’s P.O.V.  Sketch To Stretch- Sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Draw a cartoon strip that illustrates an important part of the book you are reading.  Include at least 4 frames, provide captions and speech bubbles and color it.
Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Create a Crossword Puzzle that includes the names of important characters, places and events in the book you are reading.  Then solve it! Lift a Line- Select a sentence or two from the story you are reading.  Then, write down your own thoughts, feelings, and reactions to the sentences.
Write a letter to  about the book you are reading.  Include reasons why they would enjoy the book, citing specific details from the story. What “gift” would you buy for your main character in the book you are reading?  How would it help them in the stry?  Explain and be specific!!! (3-5 sentences) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book and define them.  Write three synonyms and three antonyms for each word.  

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 8-4  Khan Academy Home Link 8-5 Khan Academy Khan Academy
Writing  Publish Personification  Poem Complete Poetry book. Study for Spelling test
Social Studies/ Science  SS 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/Tic Tac Toe is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

DEear Parents,

  • We are still running very low on Kleenex and hand sanitizer.  Please consider purchasing additional Kleenex/sanitizer for the classroom.

Here are highlights for the week:

Reader’s Workshop: Students will receive 4th Quarter Reading goals this week.  Make sure your child is reading 30-45 minutes nightly, otherwise it will be difficult for them to achieve their Reading goal. Reading goals will be graded on the points that they earn towrds their goal for the Quarter. Students earn points by taking reading quizzes after they finish any IR or GR book. This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will alsobegin a new class novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond.

In Lieu of Tic Tac Toes this week, students will create Word Collages based their current IR book.  Here is an example:

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Writer’s Workshop: This week, students will publish their simile poems and create and publish their metaphor poems.

Math: In Math, students will begin Unit 8.  Students will work on Lessons 8-1 to 8-3 this week.

Science: This week, students will begin a new unit of study, Solar Energy.  Students will develop hypotheses and test them, using thermometers to earth materials’ temperatures in the sun and shade this week.

Social Studies: Students will continue work in Chapter 7.  Students will read about major battles of the war, and how the winter at Valley Forge impacted the Continental Army.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 8-1 Complete Athletic Center in notebook. Khan Academy Khan Academy Home Link 8-2 Khan Academy  Home Link 8-3
Writing  Publish Simile Poem  Publish Metaphor poem Study for Spelling test
Social Studies/ Science
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Word Collage  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Word Collage Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Word Collage Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Word Collage  Reading Log/Word Collage is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.