Ms. Wejman

May 28th, 2010

Homework – Week of June 1st

June 1, 2010

This week for homework, read The Story of Jumping Mouse by John Steptoe. 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 are reading, ask three questions. Please be sure to also answer the question. Also write the page number where you found the answer.

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: desert, content, dismay, encounter, exhausted, and guide 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 510. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 521. Please answer in complete sentences.

Identify the rising action, climax, and resolution of the story.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 521. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

May 28th, 2010

Peek at the Week – June 1st

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of June 1st-4th

Reader’s Workshop

This week, the fifth graders will be assessed on their word identification, fluency, and comprehension skills. Because the fifth graders are ending their year, the text that will be used is at the sixth grade level. These tests account for 10% of the student’s final grade. While each student is being assessed, the other students should be reading, responding to the reader’s response letter, or completing their book recommendation.

Writer’s Workshop

Mini-lessons this week include grammar skills and writing sentences that are of varying lengths. On Friday, the fifth graders will be given a rubric that will be used to grade their fiction stories. These stories will be due on Friday, June 11th.

Social Studies

The students will continue to research their Civil War battles and work with their groups to present their projects to the class.

May 21st, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of May 24th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of May 24th-28th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to ask questions as they are reading. This week, the readers will focus on asking On my Own questions. These are questions that the answer has to do with the text but solely has to do with the reader’s opinion.

Writer’s Workshop

As the writers of fifth grade continue to write their fiction stories, mini-lessons will focus on writing leads that cut right to the most important part. They will also review ending their stories with a question and humor.

Social Studies

The fifth graders will continue to work with their groups to research their Civil War Battle. In their research, they are responsible for gathering information regarding both the Confederacy and Union in this battle.

Art

All are welcome to attend Room 301’s special art presentation at the SMART Museum on Monday, May 24th from 6-8PM. Hopefully, everyone is able to attend to see the fabulous fifth graders as experts of a particular art piece.

May 21st, 2010

Homework – Week of May 24th

May 24, 2010

This week for homework, read McBroom the Rainmaker by Sid Fleischman. 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 are reading, ask three On My Own Questions (questions that the answer has to do with the text but solely has to do with reader’s opinion). Please be sure to also answer the question. Also write the page number where you found the answer.

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: regard, parched, drought, genuine, and prarie 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 496. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 507. Please answer in complete sentences.

Write about the setting of this story. How does the setting affect the tall tale?

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 495. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

May 17th, 2010

Homework – Week of May 17th

May 17, 2010

This week for homework, read Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy by Andrea D. Pinkney. 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 are reading, ask three Writer and Me Questions (questions that the answer can be found in the text but require more of a search). Please be sure to also answer the question. Also write the page number where you found the answer.

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: trek, ravage, brazen, challenge, feisty and adventure 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 474. 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 495. Please answer in complete sentences.

How would you describe Bill Pickett? Write three sentences that describe the kind of person that he is.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 495. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

May 17th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of May 17th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of May 17th-21st

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to work with their guided reading groups to generate questions. This week, they will be generating Writer and Me questions. This type of question entails the reader using the text and forming their own opinions to answer the questions.

Writer’s Workshop

The writers of fifth grade will continue to write fiction. Writing mini-lessons will focus on character development, creating suspense, and using different structures to create a plot in writing. To demonstrate different writing structures, the teacher will be reading a variety of picture books.

Social Studies

The fifth graders will continue to work on their Civil War Battle Projects. Every group of fifth graders chose a battle from the Civil War to research. They are creating a poster and will present their information to the class when their research is complete. In addition to researching a specific Civil War battle, they are also learning about the Civil War through the book Bull Run by Paul Fleischman. Every chapter of this historical fiction book documents the life of one person who was affected by the Civil War.

Art

The artists of fifth grade will go on their final trip to the SMART museum on Tuesday. During this final trip, they will prepare for their presentations on Monday, May 24th. All parents are invited to the SMART museum on Monday, May 24th from 6-8PM. If you plan on attending, please RSVP.

May 7th, 2010

Homework – Week of May 10th

May 10, 2010

This week for homework, read Old Yeller and the Bear by Fred Gibson. 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 are reading, ask three Think and Search Questions (questions that the answer can be found in the text but require more of a search). Please be sure to also answer the question. Also write the page number where you found the answer.

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: spooked, tangled-up, whopper, yarns, and frantic 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 462. Answers should be written in complete sentences.

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

Answer the Within the Selection questions found on page 473. Please answer in complete sentences.

How would you describe Travis? Write three sentences that describe the kind of person that he is.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 473. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

May 7th, 2010

Peek at the Week – Week of May 10th

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of May10th-14th

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of fifth grade will continue to practice questioning strategies through the Question-Answer Relationship. This week, the readers will focus on Think and Search Questions. These questions are not always Right There and require the reader to search a little more for the correct answer.

Writer’s Workshop

During the first week of May, the writers of fifth grade were extremely excited to write fiction. Because of their excitement, they did a fabulous job of writing the fiction strategies that were taught to them. This week, the writers will practice writing in the first, second, and third person.

Social Studies

Last week, the students learned the causes of the Civil War. To learn about the Civil War, they will work with their groups and research a specific battle in the Civil War. They will present the battle that they learned to the class.

Learning First Benchmark Assessment

This week, the students at Ray School will be taking the Learning First Benchmark Assessment to monitor each student’s progress throughout the course of the year.

Art

On Monday, the fifth graders will go to the Hyde Park Art Center. At the center, the students will be creating self portraits. The fifth graders will go back to the SMART museum on Tuesday. At the SMART museum, they are preparing to become curators for their final presentation on May 24th from 6-8PM. Please complete the permission form if you plan on attending this event.

May 3rd, 2010

May 3rd – Homework

May 3, 2010

This week for homework, read The Coming of Long Knives by Scott O’Dell. 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 are reading, ask three Right There Questions (questions that the answer can be found in the text). Please be sure to also answer the question. Also write the page number where you found the answer.

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: hogan, abandon, deserted, secure, and captivity 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 446. 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 461. Please answer in complete sentences.

How would you describe Tall Boy? Write three sentences that describe the kind of person that he is.

Answer the bullet points found in the Across Selections on page 461. You must answer the bullet point in two sentences.

May 3rd, 2010

May 3rd – Peek at the Week

Room 301

Peek at the Week

Week of May 3rd-7th

Reader’s Workshop

During the month of May, the readers in fifth grade will be introduced to the Question-Answer Relationship. Through this reading strategy, readers formulate their own questions as they are reading the text. As the readers reading the text, they learn to formulate different types of questions. This week, the readers will be focusing on asking questions that can be found directly in the text. Because of the nature of this type of questioning, these questions are called “Right There” questions. The fifth graders will be practicing these questions while in their guided reading groups. At home, please have your fifth grader generate these questions as they are reading.

Writer’s Workshop

The fifth graders will begin their fiction writing unit this week. To start the unit off, the writers will be generating ideas in their writer’s notebook. Before they begin to write their stories, they will learn about what it means to embellish a true story. In addition to embellishment, they will also learn about external and internal conflict in characters. The teacher will read My Rotten Red Headed Older Brother by Patricia Polacco as an example of a story with a character that has external conflict.

Social Studies

This month, we will learn about the Civil War. We will begin the unit with learning the causes of this war. This week, the fifth graders will complete an anticipatory guide activating prior knowledge of what they know about the causes of the Civil War. After they complete the anticipatory guide, they will use the text to correct or confirm their answers. They will be graded on how they used the text to correctly answer the questions.

Art

This week, Room 301 will go on their second visit to the SMART Museum. The first visit was a great success. Next week, we will go to the SMART Museum on Tuesday, May 11th. On Monday, May 10th, the fifth graders will go to the Hyde Park Art Center. Today a permission slip was sent home about this field trip. Please save the date for Monday, May 24th. On this date, the fifth graders will present their final projects to parents and friends from 6-8PM at the SMART Museum.

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