Weekly Overview March 18-22


Dear Parents,

This is the last week before Spring Break.  ALL students should be researching their Science Fair topic, gathering information for their experiments, and writing their research reports OVER BREAK.  All Research Reports are due on April 8, 2013.

This week we will end with a Poetry Slam competition against Mr. Kerney’s class.  Students have been working hard on their poems, so we are confident this will be a fun and exciting adventure in Spoken Word and LITERACY 🙂

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.

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.

Reading Skill:  Lift A Line- Choose an important text detail from the story, quote it, and defend your choice with an elaboration about the text detail.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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 work on a choice writing piece for our classroom writing anothology, first edition.  Students will create and publish a piece of writing to contribute to the anthology.


  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students will work on exponents with powers of 10, scientific notation, and order of operations.


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”


Investigation C:  Lever Lift 2 (The spring scale will be held constant and the load will be the variable)

Investigation D:  Lever Diagrams (learning to diagram Class 1, 2, and 3 levers)

Investigation E:  Levers In the Real World/Lever Pictures (using real levers to diagram what class they belong to)

Notebooks are due on Thursday.

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