Weekly Overview October 28-November 2

Dear Parents,

****This 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 still need 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.

About Halloween:  Since we are going on a field trip Wednesday, our classroom will not be having a Halloween party.  We will use the afternoon to work on story mapping an episode of the Twilight Zone 🙂

Also, please….no candy. 

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:  Making Connections-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Make Connections” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select a text detail from the story where they make a connection.  Then they will identify whether it is a text-self, text-text, or text-world connection.  Finally, they will elaborate by explaining their connection to the story in words.

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.5.5 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 Closers and add additional sensory details to one place in their essays as they prepare for the final steps of revision.  Published essays are due Friday, November 2.


CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

This week students will take the Unit 2 test on Monday.Then, students will begin Unit 3:  Geometry.  This week students will determine angle rules for regular polygons, measure angles using a protractor, and draw line segments using a compass and ruler.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES by Wednesday.


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 3:  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 4:  Students will be challenged to develop a sinking water clock that effectively keeps time.

Investigation 5:  Students will be introduced to variables in sinking water clocks.   Students will be challenged to create a sinking water clock using variables that effectively keep time.

Investigation 3, 4, and 5 are due for grading on Friday.

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