Weekly Overview October 22-26

Dear Parents,

On Wednesday, October 31, our class will attend a film screening of a program titled “Inside Out” at the new Logan Center For The Arts.    I am looking for 1-2 chaperones to assist me on this day.  You will need to be available roughly from 9 am-noon.  There is no additional cost for you, and this is a free field trip for students, as well.

The Class fee is $85.    Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thank you.

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.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

Reading Skill of the week:  Leaning In-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Lean In” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can infer and describe details that they visualize as they read.

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework.  AR goals are up and students should be working towards meeting their goal.

Students will meet in their Guided Reading group this week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.


Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3d Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3b Use narrative techniques, such as dialogue, description, and pacing, to develop experiences and events or show the responses of characters to situations.
  • 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 work on revision of drafts this week by adding rich details and sensory descriptions.  Students will develop Grabber Leads and Closers for their essays as they prepare for the final steps of revision.


  • 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.B7 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

This week students will practice the Partial Products algorithm and the Lattice Method algorithm for multiplying whole numbers and decimals.  Unit 2 test is estimated for Monday, October 28.

Science-(Room 301)

  • 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.

Investigation 1:  Students will begin the week with an introduction to the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will learn about course requirements, including the Science notebook and grading.  Finally, students will be given a challenge to complete in pairs:  can you estimate one minute without the use of a clock?

Investigation 2:  Students will create Sunclocks.  Students will experiment with keeping track of time with their sunclocks.  We will experiment further in the classroom with our sunclocks— creating a “sun” with flashlights.

Investigation 3:  Students will learn about the Phases of the moon.  Students will simulate the moon phases in class and record observations.

At the end of the week, students will explore another way to keep track of time:  the calendar system.  Students will construct calendars to keep track of events in the past, present, and make predictions into the future.


Investigation 1, 2, and 3 are due for grading on Friday.

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