Ms. Wejman

September 23rd, 2011

Homework ~ Week of September 26th

 

September 26, 2011

This week for homework, read The Fruit Bowl Project by Sarah Durkee.  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.

 

Did you like this story?  Write three sentences explaining why you like this story or not.

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

Before reading this story, preview the story.  Write three sentences predicting what you think this story will be about. 

Use all eight vocabulary words found on pages 66-67 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Identify three text features, indicate the page number, and explain the purpose for each one. 

Which student’s writing assignment do you like the best?  Why do you like this one the best?  Write three sentences explaining why you like this writing the best. 

There is a haiku on page 72.  Write three of your own haikus. 

On page 75, Brendan used the feature of listing.  Using the list format, write twenty words that make you think of this story. 

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

 

 

 

September 23rd, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 26th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 26th-30th

 

Reader’s Workshop

As the students are reading their reader’s workshop and guided reading books, they will be practicing using text features to aid in their comprehension.  A text feature can be identified as the use of italics, bold words, charts, pictures and charts. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Sixth grade narratives are due this Friday.  This week, the students will be editing their writing to correct misspelled words with the use of the dictionary.  They will also re-read their writing to make sure that capitalization and punctuation is all correct. 

 

Library/Research

The sixth graders will watch a video that discusses how and why to avoid plagiarism in research.  They will also practice paraphrasing. 

 

Poetry

The sixth graders begin language arts every morning reading a poem and responding to it.  The purpose of this activity is to review a type of figurative language or literary device to the students.  This week, the students will read poems using personification. 

 

Social Studies

The students will be assessed on the countries of North America this week (Room 512- Wednesday and Room 503 – Friday).  They will continue to learn about the early people this week focusing on early farming communities.  The reading strategy of identifying text features and their purposes will be utilized in the social studies text.  Homework in the

September 15th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 19th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 19th-22nd

 

Reader’s Workshop

The students will continue to become acclimated to the reader’s workshop schedule.  The reading comprehension skill that will be emphasized this week is author’s purpose. The student will be able to identify three text details to support what they think the author’s purpose is. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

This week, the students will receive a rubric of the narrative writing piece that will be due at the end of the month.  They will use the writer’s notebook to begin the drafting of their narrative writing.  The rubric will be used to guide writing instruction. 

 

Poetry

Every day at the beginning of the language arts block, the students will pick a poem from the poetry pile.  The poem of the day will be used to teach a figurative language skill.  So far in the year the sixth graders have reviewed metaphors and similes. 

 

Library /Research

The students will be able to differentiate between primary and secondary sources.  They will be introduced to the difference using media clips.  Then, they will go to the computer lab to be assessed on knowing the difference. 

 

Curriculum Night

Please join RaySchool for the annual curriculum night in the auditorium at 6:30PM.  After the welcome, all sixth grade parents are invited to join Mr. Stachowiac and Miss Wejman for a curriculum overview in the library. 

September 15th, 2011

Language Arts Homework ~ Week of September 19th

 

September 19, 2011

This week for homework, read Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli.  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 a sports poem. 

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

Before reading this story, preview the story.  Write three sentences predicting what you think this story will be about. 

Use all eight vocabulary words found on pages 42-43 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight sentences. 

 

Identify three details that explain the author’s purpose for writing this autobiography.  What is Jerry Spinelli’s purpose? 

Read the sports poems found on pages 59-60.  Which poem is your favorite?  Why is it your favorite?  You must include three sentences about why it is your favorite. 

Answer the Share Your Thoughts question found on page 57. 

Write your answers to the Turn and Talk questions on page 57 in your homework notebook. 

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

 

 

 

September 9th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of September 12th

 

September 12, 2011

This week for homework, read The School Story by Andrew Clements.  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. Now you are in sixth grade the expectations for homework are higher.  As you complete your work, you need to put more thought into writing your answers.

 

How would you describe Zoe’s personality? Use three text details as evidence to explain how you would describe Zoe’s personality. 

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

Before reading this story, preview the story.  Write three sentences predicting what you think this story will be about. 

Use all eight vocabulary words found on pages 18-19 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight sentences. 

 

Create three lists of words with a prefix of dis-, inter-, and ex-.  Each list must have at least ten words. 

Write the answer to the question of Building Character on page 33. 

Answer the Share Your Opinion question on page 33. 

How would you describe Natalie’s personality?  Use three text details as evidence to explain how you would describe Natalie’s personality. 

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

September 9th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of September 12th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 12th-16th

 

Every week I will post a peek at the upcoming week on my blog.  If you would like a hard copy of the Peek at the Week, please let me know and I will be sure to make sure that your child takes home a copy.  In addition to posting the Peek at the Week on the blog, I will also be posting the language arts homework. 

 

Reader’s Workshop

The sixth graders did an excellent job of acclimating to the routines of the reader’s workshop.  During the reader’s workshop, the sixth graders will be working on completing a Bingo sheet.  It is their job to make a Bingo through completing different activities using the skills taught in class.  They will be practicing the different reading skills through their guided reading book, reader’s workshop book, and independent book.  During the reader’s workshop, I will meet with different guided reading groups.  At this time, we will practice the reading strategy through participation.  The work that we do in guided reading will account for 30% of the reading grade.  Since it will be strictly participation, this grade will also count for the speaking grade.  This week the strategy taught will be character personality.  As the students are identifying the character’s personality, they will find specific evidence in the text that supports their description of the character’s personality. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Last week, the students started to brainstorm possible narrative topics of events from their summer.  This week, they will continue to use their writer’s notebook to collect ideas.  Mini-lessons will focus on writing a specific topic and using supporting details. 

 

Library

This year, the sixth graders will have the opportunity to integrate the curriculum in the library and computer lab from 12:30-1:30 every day.  During the first quarter, the fifth graders will be working on science fair research.  The work that they do will count as their research grade.  This week, the students will focus on writing a hypothesis.   

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