Weekly Overview October 1-5

Dear Parents,

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

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing the first Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week,  students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a Timeline of major events in their lives.  Then, they will select one of these moments to complete a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process– prewriting and drafting– this week.


  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

Students will complete Unit 1 on Monday.  On Tuessday, we will review Unit 1.  On Wednesday, student will take a Unit 1 test.  On Thursday and Friday students will begin Unit 2 with an estimation review as well as Partial-sums Addition.


  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

This week students will explore several ways to keep track of time:  students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and future, students will explore moon phases and how to use them to keep track of time, students will make waterclocks using variables in construction to help them keep track of time, and  students will construct pendulums to see if they might be more reliable in keeping track of time.


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