Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 12/14-12/18

Dear Parents,

  • It’s almost Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend here every day and dressed warmly as the temperature changes this week.
  • The Winter Assembly for 5-8 grade will be Monday November 14 from 11-12.  Please attend if you can.  The students will be performing a contemporary jazz version of “Deck The Halls”
  • Friday we will have a holiday party in the afternoon.  Students will have a small Secret Buddy gift exchange in the afternoon.  Please see the accompanying letter on the classblog about the party and gift exchange.

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 use questioning and analysis within the text in a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  use their graphic organizer to draft their essay:  Expository.  Students will publish essays over Winter Break.  In addition, we will look at mentor text for Winter poetry ideas.  Then, we will create our own Winter poems and art scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.


In Math, students will complete work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will practice “fraction of” problems and review the concepts of Unit 3.  Students will take a Unit 3 test on Thursday,

Social Studies-  Students will finish the Jigsaw Activity for Chapter 4 by completing  Chapter 4 posters with key information.  Each student will be given an assessment of their learning on Wednesday, responding to the lesson that they focused on in their jigsaw.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  complete the variables experiments for sinking water clocks.  Then, students will experiment with pendulums and determine the variables that exist as they prepare to develop an experiment.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3.14  Unit 3 review  Unit 3 test
Writing Draft Essay  Finish Winter Words poem  Publish essay- due January 4.
Social Studies  Study your lesson for assessment  Chapter 4 assessment
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, January 4


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