Weekly Overview March 4-8



This Tuesday begins ISAT testing.  Please make sure that students are in school every day for the next two weeks.  Drink orange juice, take vitamins, and get plenty of sleep.  Most of all, encourage students to relax.  🙂

A HUUUUUGE thank you to the chaperones for our field trip this past week.   You guys were the best!   It was a doozy of a time, and although the event was a little unorganized, we really enjoyed it.  Students said it felt like going to a concert.  I felt like we were one of the best behaved groups there!

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

Students should be reading independently nightly.  Please encourage this as a way to “wind-down” for the day.  Daily Five and Guided Reading groups will be suspended for the week.


This week we will begin reading a shared text, The Wright Three.

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 continue work that focuses on poetry performance.  Students will continue to analyze spoken-word poetry performances.  They will practice poetry readings with small groups in class, and refine and practice their own poem aloud.


  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots.

Students will conduct, organize, and display data from survweys they have developed and created this week.  Each group will create and conduct a survey to give to a primary grade class.  Students will analyze data, create data charts and graphs, display results, and share findings with the class.


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

The first investigation has three parts:

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



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