Weekly Overview February 25-March 1


Next week is ISAT testing.  Students will be focusing on Extended Response in Reading and Math this week.  Wednesday is a early dismissal for students:  please make arrangements for students to be picked up at 12:15.  Our field trip is Thursday.  Thank you to Carmen, Marcelo, and Jonah’s families for chaperoning.  Please remind your child that we need to represent Ray school in the best way possible!

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.
  • 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 focus:  Character Sketch-  Students will make slect one character from their IR book to focus on this week.  As they are reading, they will assign characteristics to the character, identifying text details that provide evidence to support their word choice.

ISAT Prep:  Author’s Purpose/Extended Response

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to 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.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

This week, students will begin work that focuses on poetry performance.  Students will analyze spoken-word poetry performances.  Then, they will break up into groups to interpret and perform a poem for the class.  Finally, students will develop and perform individual poems to perform for the class.


We will continue work in Unit 9:  Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity.  This unit was chosen based on grade-level assessment of students’ needs to prepare for ISAT assessment.    This week , we will reinforce volume concepts and measure non-rectangulary volumes of 3-D shapes.  In tandem, ISAT Prep work will revolve around concepts of 3-D figures and nets.

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

ROOM 301-Students will be introduced to the new science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

The first investigation has two parts:

  1. Introduction to Levers
  2. Lever Experiment A
  3. Lever Experiment B

Room 302- Students will be introduced to Research for the Science Fair Research paper.  This Research paper is a huge part of thrd quarter grade, so care should be taken in organizing and completing the report.


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