Ms. Wejman

March 26th, 2010

Homework – Week of April 5th

This week for homework, read We, the People of the United States by Milton Meltzer. 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 three facts that you learned from reading this Expository Text.

Ask three questions that you still have about the Constitution.

Preview three text features from this expository text. From each preview, make a prediction. Then enhance your prediction by summarizing the text.

Find the words:tariffs, preamble, ratification, sects, and despotism 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 380. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 387. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write the three most interesting facts about Benjamin Franklin.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 387 . You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

March 26th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of April 5th

Fifth Grade

Peek at the Week

Week of April 5th-8th

Reader’s Workshop

The students have been divided into guided reading groups. Please ask your fifth grader which book he or she is reading. While the readers are reading this particular guided reading book, they will be focusing on character development. The student will be able to identify events, language, and traits that describe who the character is and how the character adds to the plot of the story. While the teacher is reading with the guided reading groups, the other students should be independently reading, working on extra credit letters, or completing their book recommendations. Because the end of the quarter is on Friday, April 9th, all work is due on Thursday, April 8th. Everything not turned in on Thursday will receive a 0 for the quarter.

Writer’s Workshop

All Young Author Books are due on Monday, April 5th. The two winning books in both Room 301 and Room 309 will be submitted to the language arts committee on Tuesday, April 6th. The students are aware of the criteria for each genre for this exciting writing project. Now that it is April, it means that we are in Poetry Month. Throughout the month, the poets of fifth grade will be introduced to and practice a variety of poetic devices. This week, writing mini-lessons will entail using imagery, emotion, music, metaphors, and a double focus in a poem.

Social Studies

In the next few weeks, the fifth graders will be learning about the Western Movement of the people of the United States during the 1800’s. In learning about the people of the western United States, the students will learn about the Texas and Mexican War. After learning about this war, the students will identify themselves as newspaper editorialists and write their opinion in support or in criticism of the Texas and Mexican War.

Author Visit

On Wednesday, March 17th, Room 301 met author Jana Laiz. During her presentation, the fifth graders asked excellent questions asking the writer for advice in their own pursuits to be writers. Currently, our class read aloud is a book written by Jana Laiz entitled “A Free Woman On God’s Earth.”

March 19th, 2010

Homework – Week of March 22nd

This week for homework, read Shh! We’re Writing the Constitution by Jean Fritz. 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 from reading this Expository Text.

Ask three questions that you still have about the Constitution.

Draw a picture of the men writing the Constitution. Please include a caption with your picture.

Find the words: nation, confederation, convention, constitution, and federal 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 366. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 379. Please answer in complete sentences.

This expository text features many important figures in United States History. Which individual do you think is the most interesting? Please explain why you think this person is interesting.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 365. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

March 19th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of March 22nd

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of March 22nd-26th

Reader’s Workshop

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment will conclude this week. When assessment is complete, the students will be grouped according to their comprehension abilities. While I am assessing the students, the readers of fifth grade are encouraged to read independent books. They are also able to respond to their reader’s response letters. During the third quarter, these letters will be added as extra credit to the reading grade. Please encourage your fifth grader to write a letter to receive extra credit. Students also know that their book recommendations are due on Thursday, April 8th (the students’ last day of the quarter).

Writer’s Workshop

During the month of March, the fifth graders are busy writing their Young Author books. Even though the writers are able to write in their choice of genre, every writing period will begin with the same mini-lesson. The mini-lessons this week will emphasize focus, varying the length of the sentence, and word choice. Please ask your fifth grader what their genre and topic of their book is.

Social Studies

After working on their 1800’s project for three weeks, the students will present what they have learned to the rest of the class. In addition to their presentation, they were also responsible for creating a test question. This test question will be a part of a test that the whole class will be taking. Each group will be responsible for how well the rest of the class answered their question. This will hold the group responsible for teaching the class about their topic in their presentation.

March 12th, 2010

Homework for the week of March 15th

This week for homework, read The Master Spy of Yorktown by Burke Davis. 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 from reading this Expository Text.

Ask three questions that you still have about the master spy of Yorktown.

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: legislature, headquarters, campaign, petition, and procure 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 350. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 365. Please answer in complete sentences.

This expository text features many important figures in United States History. Which individual do you think is the most interesting? Please explain why you think this person is interesting.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 365. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

March 12th, 2010

March 15th – Peek at the Week

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of March 15th

Reader’s Workshop

Fountas and Pinnell Benchmark Assessment will continue this week. Students will be assessed on their word identification, fluency, and comprehension. This assessment accounts for 10% of their final grade. In addition to the assessment, the students will be able to work on their book recommendations and extra credit reader’s response letters.

Writer’s Workshop

The fifth grade writers will continue to work on their Young Author books. Every day writer’s workshop will begin with a mini-lesson. The mini-lessons this week will focus on word choice and sentence structure. After the ten minute mini-lesson, the writers will have time to write their Young Author books. Writer’s Workshop will conclude with a writer sharing his or her writing. Again, all Young Author books will be due the day that we get back from spring break (April 5th).

Social Studies

The fifth graders will continue to work on their 1800’s project. When all groups are complete, they will present their projects to the class. Please ask your fifth grader which 1800’s topic that he or she is researching.

March 4th, 2010

March 8th – Peek at the Week

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of March 8th

ISAT Testing

ISAT Testing will continue on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday morning, the students will be assessed on reading (multiple choice and extended response). The ISAT will end on Tuesday, with the completion of two math extended response questions. Because the ISAT extends into this week, there will be no Tic Tac Toe Activities due on Friday. Homework will resume next week.

Reader’s Workshop

Starting Wednesday, the students will be assessed on their reading level. The teacher will administer a book to assess every student’s word identification, fluency, and comprehension skills. This assessment accounts for 10% of the final grade. (As stated at the beginning of the quarter, the third quarter reading grade is measured by 50% ISAT Prep, 10% Behavior, 10% Homework, 10% Book Recommendation, 10% ISAT practice on the computer, and 10% Running Record). While I am assessing a student, the other students have the responsibility to be reading, writing book recommendations, or completing extra credit work. Every student has been informed that they have the opportunity to earn extra credit points by responding to a letter written by Miss Wejman.

Writer’s Workshop

The fifth graders will be introduced to the city wide Young Author’s Competition on Wednesday. Every writer has a choice to write poetry, a fiction story, a narrative, or an informational story. Each writer’s workshop period in March will be devoted to the student working on their writing. Their published writing needs to be turned in on the day that we come back from Spring Break (April 5th). The writing will be graded through the appropriate rubric that the student will receive this week (each genre of writing has a different rubric). Their published work will account for 20% percent of their third quarter grade.

Social Studies

To learn about all of the different changes that took place during the 1800’s, every group of fifth graders will be researching a change that occurred in the United States. Such changes include: the anti-slavery movement, the women’s suffrage movement, Native American removal, immigration and city life, steamboats, canals, and trains, and cotton and slavery. Ask your fifth grader which change they are studying.

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