Ms. Wejman

April 23rd, 2010

Homework – Week of April 26th

This week for homework, read The Journal of Wong Ming-Chung by Russell Freedman. 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.

In this selection, the text is divided into journal entries. Write a sentence summary about each date that Wong Ming-Chung writes about in the journal.

Illustrate your favorite part of the story. Write a caption underneath the illustration.

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

Find the words: claim, levee, rocker, prospect, and nugget 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 443. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 443. Please answer in complete sentences.

In your opinion, what were the three most interesting events of the story? Write the three most interesting facts that you learned from this selection.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 443. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

April 23rd, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of April 26th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of April 26th-30th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to make inferences in their guided reading books. The work that the students do in their guided reading group accounts for 30% of their reading grade. On days when the students are not working in their guided reading group, they should be responding to their reader’s response letter. These letters are 40% of their final grade. In the letters, the fifth graders know that they should write four thoughts about their independent book and four thoughts about their guided reading book. The letters are due every Friday.

Writer’s Workshop

The students will choose three poems that they will publish to be graded. Last week, the poets were given a rubric to help them know how the poems will be graded. This week, the poets will continue to be inspired by the work of other poets including Gwendolyn Brooks.

Social Studies

After learning about the Western Movement this month, the fifth graders will now learn about an important event that happened in the West in the late 1800’s ~ the Gold Rush. In addition to learning about the Gold Rush, the fifth graders will be able to identify how it changed the Western United States.

April 16th, 2010

Homework – Week of April 19th

This week for homework, read Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman. 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.

In this selection, there are great examples of art work. Which painting is the most interesting to you? Why is it the most interesting to you? Please write three sentences about the painting.

Illustrate your own illustration of a Native American on a Buffalo Hunt. Write a caption describing your picture.

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

Find the words: legendary, roamed, preserve, ceremonial, sufficient, and slaughter 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 407. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 427. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write the three most interesting facts that you learned from this selection.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 427. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

April 16th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of April 19th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of April 19th-23rd

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to practice making inferences while reading their guided reading book. In addition to sharing the inferences that they make with their guided reading groups, the readers are also encouraged to write about their inferences in their reader’s response letters. During the fourth quarter, the readers do not have to respond to their letter on a specific day, but they have to respond to their letters by the end of the week. If the student has not responded to the teacher’s letter by the end of the week, he or she will not receive credit. In their letters, the students should write one paragraph about their guided reading book and one paragraph about their independent book. Letters account for forty percent of the student’s final reading grade.

Writer’s Workshop

The poets of fifth grade have been quite successful with incorporating poetry devices into their poems. This week, they will be taught to avoid clichés and to use fragments in their poetry. On Thursday, the poets will be given a rubric of how their final poetry assignment will be graded. During poetry month, fifty percent of their grade will account for the everyday writing that they do during writer’s workshop. The remaining fifty percent will be their published poetry. On Friday, every poet will meet with another poet to share their poems.

Social Studies

The fifth graders will continue to write their historical fiction journals documenting their journey of a pioneer traveling west in the 1800’s. Last week, the students were given a rubric of how this assignment was going to be graded. To help the students write this journal, the read aloud of the month will be Facing West – A Story of the Oregon Trail by Kathleen Kudlinski.

Art

On Tuesday, Room 301 will go to the SMART museum at 5550 S. Greenwood. We will continue to go every Tuesday. On Monday, May 24th from 6-8PM, we will have a final celebration that all parents are invited to attend. Save the date!

April 12th, 2010

Homework – Week of April 12th

This week for homework, read Sacagawea’s Journey by Betty Westrom Skold. 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.

Before reading, write three facts that you already know about Sacagawea. After reading, write three facts that you learned from reading this biography.

Illustrate a picture of Sacagawea embarking on the trip. Write a caption to go along with your picture.

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

Find the words: provisions, capable, desperation, portage, and scouting 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 390. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page405. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write the three most interesting facts about Sacagawea.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 405. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

April 12th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of April 12th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of April 12th-16th

Reader’s Workshop

Now that we are in the fourth quarter, the regular grading schedule will resume. In reader’s workshop the percentages are as follow: Reader’s Response Letters – 40%, Guided Reading Work – 30%, Book Recommendation – 10%, Homework – 10%, and Running Record – 10%. Because the Reader’s Response Letters account for a large portion of the reading grade, the students are responsible for responding to the teacher’s letter once a week. The purpose of these letters is to inform the teacher what the student is thinking as he or she is reading. In addition to writing the letters, every reader will meet with the teacher at least once a week. During this time, the student will learn a skill to put into practice. This week’s skill is inference. As the students are reading, they will be making inferences.

Writer’s Workshop

Because it is poetry month, the fifth graders will continue to write poetry. This week poetry skills that they will be practicing include using line breaks, alliteration, repetition, and repetition. During the first week of poetry month, the fifth graders were quite successful with writing poetry. The poets will be publishing their poems in computer class.

Social Studies

Last week, the fifth graders were introduced to the Western Movement on the Oregon Trail. Every fifth grader will have the opportunity to reenact this time in our nation’s country through writing a historical fiction diary. In this diary, the fifth graders will take on the life of a pioneer and write about the struggles and adventures of traveling west through the United States in the 1800’s. To help the fifth graders with the research, they will be able to use their social studies text.

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