Ms. Wejman

January 29th, 2010

Homework – Week of February 1st

This week for homework, read Parmele by Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little. 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.

As you read, ask three questions that you have Eloise Greenfield.

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

Before you read, preview three pictures. Please list the pictures that you previewed. From previewing the pictures, what do you predict this story to be about? After reading, please enhance your prediction.

Find the words: sharecropper, collards, patchwork, commence, and hovering 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 279. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this autobiography. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 285. Please answer in complete sentences.

Make three connections with this story.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 285. You must answer the two bullet point in two sentences.

January 29th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of February 1st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 1st-5th

Reader’s Workshop

During the month of February, the fifth graders will practice for the ISAT using the ISAT practice books that the school purchased. Each day, the students will be taught a strategy to help them with the ISAT. This week, all strategies will focus on vocabulary. For example, Monday’s lesson will be centered on prefixes, suffixes, and root words. During the remainder of the week the students will review using synonyms, antonyms, analogies, and idioms to identify unfamiliar words. After each lesson, the students will be given a practice test. Since we will be involved with this every day during the month of February, these practice tests will account for fifty percent of their reading grade. Students will not be required to respond to letters during the third quarter. However, I will accept and respond to letters. These letters will count towards extra credit.

Writer’s Workshop

The writing genre of the month will be writing the expository essay for the ISAT. This week the students will practice writing strong introductions. On Monday, the students were instructed that every introduction needs a strong “grabber” lead, the topic sentence, and a preview of the essay. A strong grabber lead can be a question, dialogue, use of description, or onomatopoeia. The topic sentence answers the question and the preview states the three specific details that support the answer. Every day this week, the fifth graders will be given a writing prompt and write an introduction.

Computer ISAT Prep

In addition to practicing for the ISAT during reader’s and writer’s workshop, the students will be practicing taking the test during computer. The scores that the students receive in computer will count for 10% of their reading grade and 10% of their writing grade. Students can also practice these tests at home. The tests are available on Ms. Zivko’s blog. The students are all familiar with the program. If students want to practice at home, they must print out the first page of the results so that I know their grade. I will average the scores for their final computer reading and writing grades.

Social Studies

To further practice for ISAT, the fifth graders will use the social studies book as a practice text. They will be given questions to answer. In addition to answering multiple choice questions, they will also answer an extended response question.

New Grading Scale

Because of the changes in the quarter, the grading percentages will also change.

Reader’s Workshop

50% ISAT Practice

10% Homework

10% Behavior

10% Book Recommendation

10% Computer ISAT Test

10% Running Record

Writer’s Workshop

50% ISAT Practice

10% Homework

10% Behavior

10% Computer ISAT Test

20% March Writing Work

January 25th, 2010

Homework – Week of January 25th

This week for homework, read The Night Journey by Kathryn Lasky. 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.

How do you think the setting affects the events of the story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

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

Before you read, preview three pictures. Please list the pictures that you previewed. From previewing the pictures, what do you predict this story to be about? After reading, please enhance your prediction.

Find the words: din, lambent, inexorable, ample, and obliterated 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 277. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this memoir. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 277. Please answer in complete sentences.

Make three connections with this story.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 277. You must answer the two bullet point in two sentences.

January 25th, 2010

January 25th – Peek at the Week

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Reader’s Workshop

Since it is the last week of the quarter, the readers of fifth grade will be busy finishing up work. Every student should have his or her book recommendation complete. Additionally, students will be working with guided reading groups. Reader’s response questions will focus on making different connections whether it is text-to-text, text-to-self, or text-to world. During guided reading, students will also share what they have read with their group members.

Writer’s Workshop

On Friday, every fifth grader will have turned in his or her narrative. These narratives will be graded on the idea, lead, ending, and conventions. The fifth graders have quite a talent for capturing small moments that have happened to them. This week’s mini-lessons focus on language and punctuation.

Social Studies

Last week, the fifth graders started making their own Bill of Rights book. In this book, every fifth grader will be writing each of the first ten amendments and illustrating each of them.

End of the Quarter

Because Thursday is the last day of the quarter, every fifth grader will be responsible for completing all of their work. Please e-mail me if you have any questions regarding missing work.

January 19th, 2010

Homework – Week of January 19th

This week for homework, read Love as Strong as Ginger by Lenore Cook. 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.

How do you think the setting affects the events of the story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

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

Before you read, preview the glossary on page 228. From looking at the Glossary, what do you predict this story to be about? Please enhance your prediction.

Find the words: bamboo, flounder, chives, mallet, and scallion 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 228. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this memoir. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 245. Please answer in complete sentences.

Make three connections with this story.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 245. You must answer the bullet point in three sentences.

January 19th, 2010

Peek at the Week – January 19th-January 22nd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 18th-22nd

Reader’s Workshop

The readers will continue to make connections while they are reading their guided reading books. Connecting important ideas to the reader’s ideas and experiences is one of the criteria used in grading the reading extended-response portion of the ISAT. Making connections is important for the readers of fifth graders. As your fifth grader is reading at home, ask if he or she can make any text-to-text or text-to-self connections.

Writer’s Workshop

On Tuesday, the writers will be introduced to the rubric that will be used to grade their January narratives. This month, the writers will be assessed on writing a small moment that has happened to them with detail, writing an interesting lead, ending the narrative in an appropriate way, and using the correct punctuation and capitalization in their writing. This week, the mini-lessons will focus on writing an appropriate ending. Different ways that the writers can end their writing include ending with a question, with humor, or with a strong line.

Social Studies

The students will continue to learn about the Constitution. Now, that they have finished reading the book Shhhhh! We’re Writing the Constitution, they will learn about the Bill of Rights. To do this, every fifth grader will be given a book of the Bill of Rights and they will illustrate each amendment.

January 8th, 2010

Week of January 11th – Homework

This week for homework, read The West Side by Peggy Mann. 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.

How do you think the setting affects the events of the story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

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

Before you read, preview three pictures. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: jabbering, scowled, manager, embarrassed, and impressed 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 212. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this memoir. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 225. Please answer in complete sentences.

Make three connections with this story.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 225. You must answer the bullet point in three sentences.

January 8th, 2010

Peek at the Week – January 11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Reader’s Workshop

The fifth graders are continuing to read their guided reading books. Every week, they are responsible for reading their assigned reading task and completing activities in their red reading folder. The activities are focused on making connections while reading.

Writer’s Workshop

On Monday, the fifth graders will be administered an ISAT practice expository essay. The purpose of this essay is to determine what writing work needs to be practiced in preparation for the ISAT. Further writing practice for the ISAT will take place during the month of February. For the remainder of the week, the writers of fifth grade will be writing narrative entries in their writer’s notebook. Mini-lessons will focus on writing effective leads to lure the reader into the writing.

Social Studies

The students will continue to read the book Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution. Every fifth grader has a partner and is answering questions about the constitution before, during, and after the reading of the book.

Benchmark Assessment

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the fifth graders will be taking the CPS Benchmark Assessment. Reading will take place on Tuesday and math will take place on Wednesday. The purpose of the test is to track the student’s progress in math and reading.

Art

Last week, the fifth graders took part in a project through the Art Institute of Chicago. In December, a student found a red cube in our classroom. The red cube was 1 of 500 cubes scattered throughout Chicago. Upon finding our cube, we logged on to http://www.500-ways.com/ and found out that our task was to draw a picture of the cube. The artists of fifth grade were quite successful. To see our work, log onto http://www.500-ways.com/ and view cube #315.

January 4th, 2010

Homework Week of January 4th

This week for homework, read In Two Worlds by Aylette Jenness and Alice Rivers (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.

How do you think the setting affects the events of the story? Please answer the question in three sentences.

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 (pictures, subtitles, maps, etc.) of what you previewed. From previewing, make a prediction. After you read, enhance your prediction.

Find the words: intricate, traditional, secluded, precarious, and resource 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 209. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this memoir. Your letter must have five sentences.

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 209. Please answer in complete sentences.

Would you be interested in living the life of an Eskimo? Explain in three sentences why you would or would not.

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

January 4th, 2010

Week of January 4th – Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 4th-8th

Reader’s Workshop

The fifth grade readers will continue to work in their guided reading groups. This month’s comprehension strategy is making connections. As the students are reading their guided reading books, they will be making connections. On the extended response portion of the ISAT, they will be graded on connecting important ideas in the text to their own ideas and experiences. Every week, the readers will have an opportunity to practice this.

Writer’s Workshop

In January, the fifth graders will be writing another narrative essay. This week, they will be drafting ideas in their writer’s notebook. Writing mini-lessons include writing with detail and dialogue.

Social Studies

During the month of January, the fifth graders will be learning about the Constitution. This week, they will be reading Shhh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz with a partner. As they are reading this book, they will answer questions about the book.

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