Ms. Wejman

December 14th, 2009

Homework Week of December 14th

This week for homework, read The Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong (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.

Illustrate a picture of your favorite part. Write a sentence explaining why it is your favorite part. Write another sentence explaining the picture.

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: hamlet, cultivate, passion, mythology, and karate 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 180. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this science fiction story. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 191. Please answer in complete sentences.

Who is your favorite character? Explain in three sentences why this character is your favorite.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 191. You must answer the bullet point in one sentence.

December 14th, 2009

Week of December 14th Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 14th-18th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers in fifth grade will continue to meet in guided reading groups once a week. During the group meeting, they are required to answer a reader’s response question. These will be graded using the ISAT reader’s response rubric. Students have been given copies of these rubrics to help them in answering their questions. Before they meet in their group each week, they are responsible for reading their assigned reading and completing reading work in their red reader’s folder. This work accounts for 30% of their reading grade. If students do not finish this work during reader’s workshop, they can finish their work at home. Please ask your child what book they are reading in reader’s workshop.

Writer’s workshop

This week, the writers of fifth grade will be writing the final drafts of their persuasive essays. As they are writing their final drafts, they will be concentrating on word choice, sentence fluency, and editing.

Social Studies

The students will be using the social studies text to answer reader’s response questions. The questions will focus on how the people of America, both Loyalists and Patriots reacted to life in a new independent country.

December 4th, 2009

Week of December 7th Homework

This week for homework, read The Book that Saved the Earth by Claire Boiko(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: historian, salutation, transcribe, desist, and pantomime 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 166. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this science fiction story. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 177. Please answer in complete sentences.

Who is your favorite character? Explain in three sentences why this character is your favorite.

Answer the two bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 177. You must answer the bullet point in one sentence.

December 4th, 2009

December 7th Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 7th-11th

Reader’s Workshop

Last week, the fifth graders were introduced to their guided reading book. This week, they will share what they read with their group. They will also answer an extended response question to prepare them for the ISAT. Every week, the students will be introduced to this type of questioning. To help them formulate their answers, the fifth graders will be given the ISAT rubric that will be used to grade their response each week.

Writer’s Workshop

Today the students were given the rubric that will be used to grade their persuasive essays. This week, they will be drafting their essays. Every essay will be four paragraphs (introduction, two supporting, and a conclusion). The writers will be graded on each paragraph. Please ask your child their argument and audience for their persuasive essay.

Social Studies

The students will complete their time lines of the events that led to America receiving independence from Great Britain. On Thursday, the fifth graders will be presenting their time lines to the class.

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