Ms. Wejman

February 26th, 2010

March 2nd – Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 2nd-5th

ISAT Testing

Because of ISAT testing, students should come to school every day well rested having eaten a well balanced breakfast. To help the students relax at home, homework will not be assigned this week. During testing, students should be encouraged to do their best. The schedule of the week is as follows:

Tuesday, March 2nd ~ Reading – Multiple Choice, Expository Writing

Wednesday, March 3rd ~ Math – Multiple Choice

Thursday, March 4th ~ Reading – Multiple Choice and Extended Response

Friday, March 5th ~ Math – Multiple Choice and Extended Response

Social Studies

During break time, the fifth graders will work on Social Studies Projects. Students will choose a group of four students to present an event in US History that happened from 1820-1860. Using their social studies book, they will collect facts and illustrate what they have learned on a poster board

February 22nd, 2010

February 22nd – Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 22nd

Reader’s Workshop

In this last week before the ISAT, we will continue to practice reading strategies that will be assessed next week. Reading strategies that we will focus on include main idea and supporting details, character development and characteristics, as well as point of view. On Monday, the fifth graders will take a practice test. They will be taking the test booklets home on Tuesday to review errors. On Friday, all fifth graders will be allowed to take their ISAT practice books home with them. They will be able to take any tests that we did not do in class to make up for another test. It is my hope that the fifth graders will take advantage of this extra credit opportunity.

Writer’s Workshop

During the last three weeks, the fifth graders have been learning how to write an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion for the ISAT expository essay. This week, they will take what they have learned and put it into practice in more prompts.

Social Studies

Because of ISAT practice, we have not had time to begin learning about the 1812. It is my hope that we will begin this week.

February 22nd, 2010

Homework – Week of February 22nd

This week for homework, read The Declaration of Independence by Conrad Stein. 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 three facts that you learned about the Declaration of Independence from reading this Expository Text.

Ask three questions that you still have about the Declaration of Independence.

Before you read, preview three pictures and captions. 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: hesitancy, considerably, endowed, philosophers, and laboriously 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 332. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 347. Please answer in complete sentences.

On page 335, there are three men featured in pictures. Which of these men do you think is the most important? Why do you think this? Please explain your answer.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 347. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

February 16th, 2010

Homework – Week of February 16th

This week for homework, read The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. 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 three facts that you learned about Paul Revere’s ride from reading this poem.

What is your favorite part of Paul Revere’s ride? Please describe your favorite part 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: moorings, spar, sentinels, gilded, and aghast 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 316. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 331. Please answer in complete sentences.

Draw a picture of your favorite part of the poem. Write a caption underneath the picture. Describe in one sentence why it is your favorite part.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 331. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

February 16th, 2010

Peek at the Week – February 16th-19th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of February 16th-19th

Reader’s Workshop

As we continue to practice for the ISAT during the month of February, the fifth graders will work on extended response questions. Every day the fifth graders will be given a new passage and question to read and respond. While the student is answering the question, he or she is responsible for using evidence from the text. The more evidence that is included in the response, the better the student will do. Every day this week the students will learn a new strategy to help them answer extended response questions.

Writer’s Workshop

After writing an introduction and three body paragraphs of their expository essays, the fifth graders will finish their compositions with a strong conclusion. This week, they will also be given a rubric that corresponds with the ISAT rubric. In addition to the essays being displayed in the hallway, the students will also illustrate a portrait of the subject of their expository essays.

Social Studies

Last week, the students used their prior knowledge to explain the War of 1812. This week, the students will use the social studies text to identify key events and causes of this war. To learn about this historical event, the students will use a quiz to guide their work. The purpose of the use of the quiz is to give multiple choice practice to the fifth graders in preparation for the ISAT.

February 8th, 2010

Peek at the Week – February 8th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of February 8th-10th

Reader’s Workshop

The students will continue to work on ISAT preparation. This week, cause and effect, plot, and making inferences will be taught to the class. Every day after the lesson is taught; the students will read a passage and take an eight question test on the skill taught.

Writer’s Workshop

After learning about how to write a good expository introduction last week, the students will learn how to write a strong body paragraph this week. Every day the students will work on writing body paragraphs. Every body paragraph will begin with a transitional word, describe each detail in four sentences, and each sentence will begin in a different way. They will be writing body paragraphs about their expository essay describing which African-American they think is the most interesting.

Social Studies

Before learning about the War of 1812, the students will write down their previous knowledge that they have about this event on an index card. They will then read the social studies book to learn about the War of 1812. Additionally, they will take a quiz that corresponds with the pages in the book. They will be able to use the book to help them find the answers. One of the purposes of learning through the use of a test is also to help them practice for ISAT testing.

February 8th, 2010

Homework – Week of February 8th

This week for homework, read If You Lived at the Time of the American Revolution by Kay Moore. 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 three facts that you learned about the Revolutionary War from reading this informational text.

In this story, there are many patriots’ names in bold. Which patriot do you think is the most interesting? Why do you think that this patriot is the most interesting?

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: Loyalists, Patriots, neutral, Minuteman, and inflation 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 288. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 307. Please answer in complete sentences.

Which section was the most interesting to you? Identify the question of the section and answer the question subtitle.

Answer the bullet point found in the Across Selections on page 307. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

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