Ms. Wejman

November 30th, 2011

Week of November 28th homework

November 28, 2011

This week for homework, read Children of the Midnight Sun by Tricia Brown.  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.

Ask five questions in response to the Stop and Think on page 253.

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

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 246-247 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

Copy and complete the chart on page 249.  Compare and contrast the different groups in the story. Answer the Stop and Think found on page 256.  Please answer in five complete sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 259 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 narrative nonfiction story.  Your letter must have at least five sentences.

 

 

November 28th, 2011

Electronic Records

 

 

 

Hello Room 512 parents.  Updated parent information electronically is needed. Please  follow the link and enter your information. This will ensure updated information from CPS.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dGsxTm5zZnZWV3hld3VfUjVJZUFScXc6MQ#gid=0

November 28th, 2011

Fiction Rubric

  5 4 3 2 1
Characterization The writer writes the fiction story with a character that has five external and internal characteristics. The writer writes the fiction story with a character that has four external and internal characteristics. The writer writes the fiction story with a character that has three external and internal characteristics. The writer writes the fiction story with a character that has two external and internal characteristics. The writer writes the fiction story with a character that has one external and internal characterics.
Dialogue The writer uses five examples of dialogue. The writer uses four examples of dialogue. The writer uses three examples of dialogue. The writer uses two examples of dialogue. The write uses one example of dialogue.
Plot The fiction story has a rising action that leads to a climax, and a resolution. The fiction story follows a plot. The fiction story is missing a rising action, climax, or resolution. The fiction story is missing two of the essential elements for a plot. There is no plot in the story.
Paragraphing The writer has divided their fiction story into appropriate paragraphs. The fiction story writing has paragraph breaks. Most of the paragraph breaks are appropriate. The paragraph breaks do not come at the appropriate time in the writing. The writer has not divided their writing into paragraphs.
Conventions Every sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with the correct punctuation.  All words are correctly spelled. Every sentence begins with a capital letter and ends with the correct punctuation.  Most words are correctly spelled. Most sentences begin with a capital letter and end with the correct punctuation.  Most words are correctly spelled. Some sentences begin with a capital letter and end with the correct punctuation.    Many words are spelled incorrectly. There are many errors in capitalization, punctuation, and spelling.
November 22nd, 2011

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 28th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 28th-December 2nd

Reader’s Workshop

The readers of sixth grade will be using a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast stories, characters, and settings.  They will be practicing this as they work on their Bingo sheet and participate in their guided reading.

Writer’s Workshop

The students will be working on their fiction final drafts.  They will work with a partner to promote peer editing to help the writers with revision.  The fiction final draft will be due on Friday, December 2nd for Room 512 and Thursday, December 1st for Room 503.

Social Studies

As the students are learning about Nubia and Kush, they will outline the lesson using proper outlining format.  In addition to learning about these civilizations, they will also be assessed on the identification of the countries ofEurope.  Room 503 will be assessed on Tuesday and Room 512 will be assessed on Wednesday.

Sixth Grade Musical

On Thursday, February 2nd, the sixth graders will be kicking off African-American history month for the Ray School community with a musical entitled Dreams.  The musical illustrates the importance of dreams in the lives of four icons in African-American history (Harriet Tubman, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, and President Barack Obama). To prepare for the musical, the students will be involved with learning the music, set and costume design, script writing, and computer research. Each sixth grader was given his or her first or second choice of song/time period.  The sixth graders will be in their second rotations of the musical.  Every day they spend thirty minutes in a station rotating daily.

November 16th, 2011

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Assignment

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Art Assignment

Research

Correct symbols

Art

4

The sixth grader has included the bibliography in proper MLA format of where he or she found the hieroglyphic alphabet.  The bibliography is on the back side of the hieroglyphic name.

According to the heiroglyhpic alphabet, every letter is written correctly with the corresponding symbol.  (If there is not a symbol for a specific letter in your name, be creative or omit the letter).

Every symbol is illustrated neatly and colorful.

3

The sixth grader has included the bibliography of where he or she found the hieroglyphic alphabet.

Most of the symbols are correct.

Every symbol is neat.

2

The source is cited.

Few of the symbols are correct.

Some symbols are neat.

1

There is no bibliography

None of the symbols are correct.

The symbols are illustrated sloppily.

Room 512 – Due Monday, November 28th

Room 503 – Due Tuesday, November 29th

November 16th, 2011

November 21st ~ Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 21st-23rd

Reader’s Workshop

Because of the two short weeks, the homework, reading comprehension skill, and Bingo Sheet are combined.  All homework is due on Wednesday.  The students will continue to practice cause and effect as they are reading their guided reading, reader’s workshop, and independent books.

Writer’s Workshop

The writers in sixth grade will receive their fiction writing rubric.  They will be graded on their characterization, dialogue, plot, paragraphing, and conventions.  Fiction writing final drafts will be due on Friday, December 2nd.

Social Studies

The students will be learning about the dynasties of Ancient Egypt.  To further learn about the Ancient Egyptian culture, the students will be assigned their first project of the quarter.  Using books or the Internet, the students will locate the Ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphic alphabet.  Using the alphabet that they find, they will draw their first and last name in Hieroglyphic.  Every student will receive a rubric pertaining to the assignment.  The Heiroglyphic name will be due on Monday, November 28th for Room 512 and Tuesday, November 29th for Room 503.

November 8th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 14th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 14th-17th

Reader’s Workshop

Because of the two upcoming short weeks, there will be one tic tac toe assignment due for the next two weeks.  The first reading homework assignment for the second quarter will be due on Wednesday, November 23rd.  The students will have the two weeks to complete their Bingo Sheet as well.  The comprehension strategy for the two weeks will be cause and effect.  Since it is the new quarter, the students will also be practicing comprehension and reading strategies pertaining to their score on the Map Test. 

Writer’s Workshop

As the students are generating ideas for their fiction writing, they will be drawing on their own personal experiences.  When writers use their own experiences to write fiction, they are able to write with more detail.  All of the entries in the writers’ notebooks will be due on Thursday to be graded. 

Social Studies

Chapter 4 focuses on the NileValley.  To begin this chapter, the students will preview the vocabulary of lesson 1.  They will write what they already know about the word.  After their predicting, they will read the lesson and define each vocabulary word. 

November 8th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of November 14th

 

November 14, 2011

This week for homework, read Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  By Wednesday, November 23rd, 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 231 in three 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 222-223 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Copy and complete the chart on page 225.  Please identify three effects of three causes. 

Answer the Essential Question on page 227.  Please answer the question in five sentences specific to the castaways in the story. 

Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 235 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. 

 

 

 

November 2nd, 2011

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 7th

 

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 7th-9th

Reader’s Workshop

The students will be assessed on the comprehension skills this week (Monday – 512 and Tuesday – 503).  Because the students will be answering comprehension questions on passages, the students cannot study for the test.  The best way to prepare for the comprehension test is to read at all times.  Students should be reading thirty minutes every night at home.  Since it is a short week, the students will not be learning a new comprehension skill therefore homework will NOT be assigned.  All late homework is due on Wednesday, November 9th. 

Writer’s Workshop

The students will continue to brainstorm ideas in their writer’s notebook pertaining to fiction writing.  Mini-lessons this week will focus on the students practicing writing in the first and third person. 

Social Studies

Since the quarter is ending, the students will be assessed on Chapter 3 (Tuesday – 512 and Wednesday – 503).  For this test, it is recommended that the students prepare and study by reviewing vocabulary words and re-reading the text.  The extended response portion of the test will be: “The Code of Hammurabi is known as one of the most important set of laws in Babylonian Empire.  Write a paragraph describing this set of laws.”  They should also be prepared to identify the innovations that helped the Sumerians and the innovations that the Babylonian kings invented. 

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