Ms. Wejman

October 25th, 2011

Social Studies Project Rubric

 

NinevehorBabylonTravel Brochure

Due Date: Friday, November 4th

You are a travel agent in the year 650 BC.  As a travel agent, you want to persuade people to either visit the agent city of Nineveh or Babylon.  Follow the directions of the rubric to make a travel brochure.  The brochures will account for the project portion of your grade. 

Format

Design

Persuasion

Facts

4

All six rectangles have at least a picture or text. 

The brochure is creative, decorative, organized, and colorful. 

The travel agent has given specific information that would make people want to come to visit either Ninevehor Babylon. 

The travel agent has included at least four facts about either Ninevehor Babylon. 

3

Five of the rectangles have a picture or text. 

The brochure is organized and colorful. 

The travel agent has given information that would make people want to come to visit either Ninevehor Babylon. 

The travel agent has included at least three facts about either Ninevehor Babylon. 

2

Four of the rectangles have a picture or text. 

The brochure is organized but is lacking color. 

There is some information that would make the person want to visit Ninevehor Babylon. 

The travel agent has included at least two facts about either Ninevehor Babylon. 

1

Three of the rectangles have a picture or text. 

The brochure is sloppy. 

There is no persuasion that would make the person want to visit the cities. 

The travel agent has included one fact about either Ninevehor Babylon. 

October 25th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of October 31st

 

October 31, 2011

This week for homework, read Science Friction by David Lubar.  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 five sentences explaining why you like this story or not.

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 202 in five or more sentences. 

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

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 196-197 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Sequence the five main events of the story in the order that they happened. 

Answer the Essential Question on page 201.  Please answer the question in five or more sentences. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 205 in five or more sentences.    

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

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

 

 

 

October 25th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 31st-November 4th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 31st-November 4th

Reader’s Workshop

The students will be sequencing events of the story that they are reading.  They are also working on word analysis skills based on the results of their NWEA test results. 

Writer’s Workshop

All research papers are due on Monday and Tuesday.  As we begin a new month, the students will begin a new writing genre.  The sixth grade writers will be happy to be starting the fiction genre.  Writing mini-lessons will focus on using plot, place, and character and embellishing the truth in writing fiction. 

Social Studies

The sixth graders will continue to learn about the empires of Mesopotamia.  As the students are learning about the empires, they will be writing facts that they have learned.  In addition to the facts that they are learning, they will add personal response to incorporate analysis and interpretation which is important element of the reader’s response of the ISAT.  Last week, the students were given the assignment of being an ancient civilization travel agent.  They were given a rubric that explains the travel brochure that they have to make to inform people about either Nineveh or Babylon.  Brochures are due on Friday, November 4th.   The brochure will count as the project portion of their grade. 

October 20th, 2011

Research Writing Rubric

Research Papers will be due on Monday, October 31st.

 

 

5

4

3

2

1

Body Paragraphs

Every body paragraph includes a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. 

Two body paragraphs include a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. 

One body paragraph includes a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. 

None of the paragraphs include a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence. 

There are no body paragraphs. 

Information

All of the information included in the research paper is relevant to the topic.     

Most of the information included in the research paper is relevant to the topic

Some of the information included in the research paper is relevant to the topic. 

A little of the information included in the research paper is relevant to the topic. 

None of the information included in the research paper is relevant to the topic. 

References

The references are properly included in the research and the reference list is included written using the MLA format. 

The references are included in the research and the reference list is included written using the MLA format. 

Some of the references are not included in the research.  The reference list is not written in MLA format. 

References are not included in the research.  The reference is not written in MLA format. 

References are not included in the research paper. A reference list is not included in the

Organization

The research paper includes a Title Page presented the correct way.  The research paper starts with an effective introduction and ends with a solid conclusion.  Every body paragraph begins with a subtitle. 

The research paper includes a Title Page written the correct way. The research paper starts with an introduction and ends with a conclusion.  Every body paragraph begins with a subtitle. 

One of the organization requirements are missing. 

Two of the organization requirements are missing. 

Three of the organization requirements are missing. 

Spelling/Mechanics

Good grammar and spelling are evident.  The research report is typed

Good grammar and spelling are evident. 

There are some grammar and spelling errors. 

There are many grammar and spelling errors. 

There are several grammar and spelling errors. 

 

October 20th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 24th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 24th-27th

                                                                                                  

Reader’s Workshop

As the sixth graders are reading, they will be able to identify author’s persuasion or purpose.  They will be supporting the author’s purpose with supporting details from the text. 

Writer’s Workshop

This is the last week that the sixth graders will be able to work on their research papers in class.  All research papers will be due on Monday, October 31st.  In class, writing mini-lessons will focus on writing body paragraphs and a conclusion. 

Social Studies

As the sixth graders are learning about the civilization in Sumer, they will learn about the leaders and wars.  They will be summarizing each section as they learn about this civilization.  On Thursday, Room 503 will be assessed on identifying the countries of South America.  Room 512 will be assessed on Monday, October 31st. 

October 20th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of October 24th

 

October 24, 2011

This week for homework, read Dancing Kane by George Ancona.  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.

 

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

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 178 in five or more sentences. 

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

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 172-173 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

What was George Ancona’s goal for writing Dancing Kane?  Please write two details explaining why you think this was his goal in writing the text. 

Answer the Essential Question on page 177.  Please answer the question in five sentences. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 181 in five or more sentences.    

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

Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this non-fiction story.  Your letter must have five sentences. 

 

 

 

October 17th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of October 17th

 

October 17, 2011

 

This week for homework, read The Boy Who Saved Baseball by John H. Ritter.  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 five sentences explaining why you like this story or not with specific details from the story.

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 159 in five or more sentences. 

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

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 146-147 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

After reading The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what conclusion did you make?  Support this conclusion with three details. 

Answer the Essential Question on page 151.  Please answer the question in five sentences. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 155 in five or more sentences.    

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

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

 

 

 

October 17th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 17th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 17th-21st

Reader’s Workshop

In addition to working in guided reading groups, the students are also being divided into differentiated groups based on scores from the NWEA assessment.During the first quarter, the sixth graders are working on word analysis skills.This week, the students received a goal sheet with the results of their NWEA assessment.They also received the skills that they will be working on that pertain to the scores that they received.Please let me know if you have any specific questions regarding the skills that are being taught.

In guided reading groups, the students will be making a generalization of what is being read based on text evidence.

Writer’s Workshop

This week, the students will receive a rubric of the science fair research report. The research paper must include an introduction, three body paragraphs, and a conclusion.Skills taught this week include writing the introduction, body paragraphs, and conclusion.

Social Studies

The sixth graders will be introduced to the Civilization in Sumer.They will be able to identify the vocabulary as pertaining to the government, farming, writing, and social structure.As the students are reading about this civilization, they will be summarizing sections of the text.Homework this week will be page 26 and 29.

October 6th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 11th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 11th-14th

 

Reader’s Workshop

The readers will be differentiating between fact and opinion in the text.  Since most of the students have fiction guided reading books, they will be identifying character’s opinions and facts about the characters. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

After a week of research, the students will begin to outline their research papers.  They will learn the proper outline format and then create their own outlines.  Writer’s notebooks will be collected at the end of the week. 

 

Social Studies

The students will be assessed on Chapter 2 this week (Room 503- Thursday and Room 512 – Friday).  To prepare for the test, they will complete page 25 in their activity books for homework.  In class to review for the test, the students will practice making generalizations based on the early people.  The last portion of the test will include an essay.  The students will have to answer the question: How did the domestication of plants and animals change societies? 

 

Art

Throughout the year, the sixth graders will have weekly art instruction (Room 503- Tuesday and Room 512 – Wednesday from 1:45-2:45) implemented by the Hyde ParkArtCenter.  As the students are working on identity/place they will be using sketchbooks to document/explore everyday experiences. 

October 6th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of October 11th

 

October 11, 2011

This week for homework, read The Myers Family by Leonard S. Marcus.  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 ten vocabulary words found on pages 120-121 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Identify three opinions and three facts in this biography. 

Answer the Stop and Think found on page 130.  Your answer must have three sentences. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 127. 

Answer the personal response found on page 133. 

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

 

 

 

October 3rd, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 3rd

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 3rd-7th

Reader’s Workshop

The reader’s will be summarizing the stories that they are reading this week.They will be able to identify the characters, setting, and plot of the story.  The students will be assessed on their comprehensions skills on Friday.  The test will account for their 30% of the progress report grade.

Writer’s Workshop

As we begin a new month, the sixth grade writers will begin a new genre.During the month of October, the sixth graders will be writing research papers to support their science fair projects.This week, the students will be introduced to the purpose of writing a thesis statement.They will be practicing writing thesis statements in their writer’s notebook.They will use webs to identify topics and subtopics that support their thesis.

Social Studies

The students will learn about three early settlements – Jericho, Catal Huyuk, and Ur.They will identify important facts about each city.The students will learn about the ziggurat, a tower in the middle of the city of Ur.After reading about the ziggurat, the students will be assigned their first project in social studies of the year.They will be designing either a 2 dimensional or 3 dimensional ziggurat at home.A rubric will be sent home with this student.

Research

The students will begin to research their science fair topics in the computer lab with Mr. Stachowiak.In library, they will be creating folders to help them organize their information.They will also learn the proper format for bibliography and review paraphrasing facts.The students will be recording research on their index cards.All index cards will be kept in an envelope in their folder.Students are encouraged to research at home and bring in their index cards to help them write their research.

Art

This week, art instruction from the Hyde ParkArtCenter will begin.Meredith Eastburn from the art center will begin a theme of identity/place.

October 3rd, 2011

Homework~ Week of October 3rd

 

October 3, 2011

This week for homework, read The Aces Phone by Jeanne DuPrau.  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 ten vocabulary words found on pages 94-95 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Write three sentences explaining the plot of this story. 

Identify three problems that Martin has.    

Answer the essential question found on page 99 of the story in three sentences. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 101.  Please answer the question using three sentences. 

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

 

 

 

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