Ms. Wejman

November 30th, 2009

November 30th Homework

This week for homework, read Stars by Seymour Simon(found in Open Court Reading). By Thursday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook. At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Write four facts of what you learned from this informational text. Please write each fact in complete sentence.

What do you think was the author’s purpose writing this story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

Before you read, preview the text. Please list three text features of what you previewed. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: atmosphere, geologist, interplanetary, meteorite, and organic in the story. Use each word in your own sentence. If you do not know what the word means look up the word in the glossary. Each sentence must have eight words.

Complete the three Focus Questions on page 140. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a paragraph summarizing what you learned about this selection from reading this informational selection. Please summarize the text in your own words.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 137. Please answer in complete sentences.

Three Page Summaries:

Write a sentence summarizing every three pages.

Pages 140-142, Pages 143-145, Pages 146-148, and Pages 149-151

Answer the one bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 137. You must answer the bullet point in one sentence.

November 30th, 2009

November 30th Peek at the Week

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Peek at the Week

Week of November 30th-December 3rd

Reader’s Workshop

December’s comprehension skill of the month is summarizing fiction text. To embark on this comprehension strategy, every fifth grader will be given a book to read for the month. They will meet with their groups once a week. Between meetings, they will be responsible for completing their assigned reading and summarizing the text that they have read. The readers will be given time during reader’s workshop to complete their assignments. If they do not complete their work during reader’s workshop, they will have to complete this work at home.

Writer’s Workshop

During the month of December, the students will be writing persuasive essays. This week, they will identify an audience and what they would want to persuade that audience to think or feel. Mini-lessons this week will concentrate on generating ideas, audience, transitional words and phrases, and writing a strong lead.

Social Studies

After learning about early Colonial America, the fifth graders will now learn the events that lead to the United States becoming its own country through the Revolutionary War. To do this, every group of fifth graders will be given a time line highlighting the events that led to the Revolutionary War. In their groups, the fifth graders will be responsible for illustrating and writing facts on the timeline.

November 20th, 2009

Homework Week of November 23rd

This week for homework, read The Mystery of Mars by Sally Ride and Tom O’Shaughnessy (found in Open Court Reading). By Wednesday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook. At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Write four facts of what you learned from this informational text. Please write each fact in complete sentence.

What do you think was the author’s purpose writing this story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

Before you read, preview the text. Please list three text features of what you previewed. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: atmosphere, geologist, interplanetary, meteorite, and organic in the story. Use each word in your own sentence. If you do not know what the word means look up the word in the glossary. Each sentence must have eight words.

Complete the three Focus Questions on page 140. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a paragraph summarizing what you learned about this selection from reading this informational selection. Please summarize the text in your own words.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 137. Please answer in complete sentences.

Three Page Summaries:

Write a sentence summarizing every three pages.

Pages 140-142, Pages 143-145, Pages 146-148, and Pages 149-151

Answer the one bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 137. You must answer the bullet point in one sentence.

November 20th, 2009

November 23rd Peek at the Week

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Peek at the Week

Week of November 23rd -25th

Reader’s Workshop

As the readers of fifth grade are summarizing non-fiction text, they will be identifying the most important facts in the book. In addition to identifying the most important facts, they will also be responsible for paraphrasing the facts to avoid the use of plagiarism. When students are working on homework, please encourage the use of paraphrasing instead of copying directly from the text.

Writer’s Workshop

The writers of fifth grade will be publishing their expository writing this week. Last week, they received a rubric stating the requirements of their expository writing. Mini-lessons this week will focus on using commas to list ideas, using the ellipsis, and avoiding passive verbs.

Social Studies

The fifth graders will continue to write their historical fiction books. These stories should represent living in Colonial America during the 17th century. To help them write their stories, they should use their social studies books so that their books use appropriate vocabulary words. Every student received a rubric to help them write their stories. The students will have Tuesday and Wednesday to finish their books. What they don’t finish in class, they should complete over the weekend. The historical fiction books are due on Monday, November 30th.

November 13th, 2009

Homework Week of November 16th

This week for homework, read Circles, Squares, and Daggers by Elsa Marston (found in Open Court Reading). By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook. At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Write four facts of what you learned from this informational text. Please write each fact in complete sentence.

What do you think was the author’s purpose writing this story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

Before you read, preview the text. Please list three text features of what you previewed. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: reconstruction, observatories, equinox, tribute, and vertical in the story. Use each word in your own sentence. If you do not know what the word means look up the word in the glossary Each sentence must have eight words.

Complete the two Focus Questions on page 128. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Change each subtitle into a question and answer the question. Please write answers in complete sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 137. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write four connections that you have with this story. Please write each connection in a complete sentence.

Answer the two bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 137. You must answer each bullet point in two or more sentences.

November 13th, 2009

November 16th Peek at the Week

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Peek at the Week

Week of November 16th-20th

Reader’s Workshop

This week, the students will continue to summarize non-fiction text. While reading non-fiction books, they will be changing each subtitle into a question. Using the question as a guide, the readers will be able to summarize the text with the answer to the question. During the week, the readers of fifth grade are also responsible for responding to their reader’s response letter, writing book recommendations and reading their independent reading books. Since it is the beginning of the quarter, I am also in the process of assessing their reading through a benchmark assessment. During this assessment, the readers are being assessed on their fluency, word identification, and comprehension skills. This results in 10% of their final grade.

Writer’s Workshop

For the last two weeks, the writers of fifth grade have been writing expository pieces. Every day after the taught mini-lesson, the writers have an opportunity to practice the skill taught while writing the topic of their choice. This week, the writers will begin to draft a topic that they will publish next week. Today, the students were given a rubric that will be used to grade their writing. Mini-lessons taught to the writers this week include writing appropriate leads for an expository text, using transitions, and making comparisons.

Social Studies

Last week, the students were introduced to their social studies project of the month. Because the students are learning about Colonial America, every fifth grader will write their own historical fiction book taking place in Colonial America. Last week, they chose the colony of the setting of their story. They also identified facts about their colony. This week, they will continue to write their book. Corresponding with Colonial America, The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare is being read to the students. This book is an historical fiction book that accounts a Puritan community in Connecticut in the 17th century.

November 9th, 2009

Week of November 9th Homework

This week for homework, read Telescopes by David Macaulay (found in Open Court Reading). By Friday, you should complete three tic-tac-toe activities in your homework notebook. At the top of each page, you should write the date and title of the story.

Write four facts of what you learned from this informational text. Please write each fact in complete sentence.

What do you think was the author’s purpose writing this story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

Before you read, preview the text. Please list three text features of what you previewed. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: astronomical, galaxy, optical, universe, and telescope in the story. Use each word in your own sentence. If you do not know what the word means look up the word in the glossary Each sentence must have eight words.

Complete the two Focus Questions on page 114. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Change each subtitle into a question and answer the question. Please write answers in complete sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 119. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write four connections that you have with this story. Please write each connection in a complete sentence.

Answer the two bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 127. You must answer each bullet point in two or more sentences.

November 9th, 2009

Week of October 26th

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Peek at the Week

Week of October 26th-30th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to preview the text, make predictions, and enhance their predictions after reading. All of these reading strategies will be taught and practiced in book club groups. During independent reading, the readers will finish their book club tasks, read their own independent reading books, and will be responding to the reader’s response letter that was written to them. Everyday please ask your child what he or she did during reader’s workshop. Fifth graders should be responsible for completing the work that is assigned to them.

Writer’s Workshop

On Friday, every fifth grader will turn in a published narrative writing piece to be assessed. Last week, the fifth graders were given the rubric to help them in their drafting. I will use this same rubric to assess their narrative writing piece. Mini-lessons taught this week will be on varying sentence leads, breaking a text into paragraphs, avoiding run-on sentences, using consistent verb tense and using parentheses to add information. All of these mini-lessons will help the writers publish their narrative writing piece.

Social Studies

Last week, the fifth graders worked in groups to create a game board representing the path of an explorer. They created the games for another group to play their game and learn about their explorer. This week, the students will work independently to learn about an explorer. Tomorrow every fifth grader will be assigned an explorer. The fifth grader will complete the explorer using the social studies book. On Thursday, they will present their information to the class acting as the explorer.

November 9th, 2009

Week of November 9th

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Peek at the Week

Week of November 9th-13th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to summarize non-fiction text. To be specific in their summarizing, they will summarize each subtitle of their guided reading book. As a before reading activity, the readers turned the subtitles into a question. Each summary should answer the subtitle.

Writer’s Workshop

The writers of fifth grade will continue to write expository text. Mini-lessons will focus on using specific vocabulary, authentic detail, the appropriate voice, and subtitles to organize writing.

Social Studies

As the students are learning about colonial America, they will narrate their own historical fiction book picturing themselves as an early American. In their writing, they will have to choose a colony that they would like to live in and include authentic details that pertain to the daily life of living in the colony of choice. The students will be given a rubric and a full explanation and requirements of the book tomorrow.

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