Ms. Wejman

December 22nd, 2011

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 9th-13th

Reader’s Workshop

As the students are reading, they will be thinking of the author’s purpose of writing the book.  They will use text evidence to support their ideas.

Writer’s Workshop

During the month of January, the students will be writing expository text.  In their writer’s notebook, they will generate a list an “expert list.” An expert list is a list of topics that the students know a lot of information about so that they would be able to write an expository essay.  As they begin to generate ideas, the writers will also practice writing with voice.

Social Studies

After learning about the ancient civilization of theIndusValleyin present dayIndiabefore break, the students will now be learning about the Zhou and Shang Dynasties in The Huang He Valley of present dayChina.  To enhance their learning about the Chinese dynasties, the students will compare and contrast the first leader with the last king.  This week, the students will also be given a map of Central andSouthwest Asia.  The students will be assessed on this map at the end of January.

Musical

The students will begin to practice their acts in the play in the auditorium.  Please save Thursday, February 2nd for the date of the performance to kick off Black History Month at Ray Elementary.

December 22nd, 2011

Homework week of January 9th

January 9, 2012

This week for homework, read Any Small Goodness by Tony Johnston.  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 in paragraph form explaining why you like this story or not.

Answer the Stop and Think on page 359.  Identify an example of hyperbole in paragraph six and write five sentences of how it adds to the text.

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 350-351 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

Copy and complete the chart on page 353.  In the chart, identify the author’s purpose supporting it with details from the text. Answer the Essential Question found on page 355 in five or more sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think found on page 361 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 at least five sentences.

 

 

December 19th, 2011

Geography Bee Information

 

December 19th, 2011

 

Dear 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Geography Scholars,

 

You have 24 days until the Ray School Geography Bee.

 

During your winter break, you are encouraged to:

 

  1. Study the World Atlas daily.  Perhaps break down the world by continent.  Look over and note major land features and land forms, major bodies of water, cities and capitols.

 

  1. Use the sites listed below to familiarize your self with the sorts of questions you could be asked during the classroom and school Geo Bees.  Explore the www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee website.  Many useful links and information here.

 

  1. Use blank world maps.  Practice filling them in by memory.  This is a great way to review and improve what you know.

 

 

 

This site offers advice and tips about how to prepare for the coming GeoBee.

 

 

www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/study-corner/

 

 

Sample questions, just like those asked in the preliminary and final rounds of the competition.

 

 

www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/sample-questions/

 

 

An on-line quiz to stay fresh on your geography facts.

 

 

www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee/quiz/today/

 

 

 

Happy Winter Break and Please Review!

December 16th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of December 19th

December 19, 2011

This week for homework, read Onward by Dolores Johnson.  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 on page 335.  Identify an example of jargon and write five sentences of how it adds to the text.

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 326-327 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

Copy and complete the chart on page 329.  In the chart, identify the main idea supporting it with four details from the text. Write a Place Poem. Follow the directions found on page 344.
Read the three examples of geography in poetry found on pages 342-344.  Which poem is your favorite?  Answer why it is your favorite poem in three sentences.  Illustrate your favorite part of the story.  Write a caption underneath the illustration. Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this Narrative Non-fiction story.  Your letter must have at least five sentences.

 

December 16th, 2011

Week of December 19th~ Peek at the Week

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 19th-23rd

Reader’s Workshop

As the students are reading, they will be identifying the main idea of the text.  They will support the main idea with specific text details.

Writer’s Workshop

Persuasive essays are due on Friday, December 23rd.  Mini-lessons will focus on writing details to support the conclusion and writing a conclusion.

Social Studies

The Africa geography test will be this week (Tuesday-503 and Wednesday-512).  The students will also begin learning about the concepts presented in Chapter 5.  As the students are learning about theIndusValley, they will use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the eastern and western sections ofMohenjo-Daro.

Musical

The scripts for the musical will be finalized.  Students will begin to read for parts and practice for their specific parts in the play.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will be distributed on Monday, December 19th.  Please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns regarding your child’s progress in the second quarter.

December 8th, 2011

Homework ~ Week of December 12th

December 12, 2011

This week for homework, read Airborn by Kenneth Oppel.  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 on page 306 in five or more sentences.

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 298-299 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

Copy and complete the chart on page 301.  In the chart, identify the important story elements in Airborn. Identify the personification mentioned in the Stop and Think found on page 309.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 313 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 fantasy story.  Your letter must have at least five sentences.

 

 

December 8th, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 12th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 12th-16th

Reader’s Workshop

The students will be summarizing the text through identifying the characters, setting, and plot.  In some of their books, they will be identifying the protagonist and antagonist.  As they are reading, they will also be able to identify the theme of the text.  The readers will be able to support the theme with text evidence.  The students will take a comprehension test this week (Room 512- Monday and Room 503 – Tuesday).

Writer’s Workshop

The student received the rubric for their persuasive essay.  Mini-lessons will be focused on writing an effective introduction and using transitional words.

Social Studies

After the field trip to theFieldMuseum, the students will reflect on the experience and identify primary sources that helped their learning of Ancient Egypt.  The students will be assessed on Chapter 4 (Room 512- Wednesday Room 503- Thursday).  For the test, the students should review the text in Chapter 4 and study the vocabulary.  The students will have to draw a conclusion on why the Egyptians wanted to controlNubia’s trade routes and how the pharaohs maintained their power.  In the essay question, the students will have to identify three reasons why theNileRiverwas important to the ancient Egyptians.

Musical

The students will work as a group to finalize the script for their scene.  For the past few weeks, they have been writing their scripts individually connecting what the characters are saying to the song that they are singing.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports will go home on Monday, December 19th.  Therefore, all grades are due Thursday, December 15th at 5PM.  Because of this deadline, all late work must be turned in no later that Thursday, December 15th.

December 2nd, 2011

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 5th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 5th-9th

Reader’s Workshop

From text details about the character’s actions, words, or thoughts, the student will be able to identify the character’s personality.  As the students are reading their guided reading, independent, and reader’s workshop books, they will be able to identify how a character changes as the plot changes.

Writer’s Workshop

With the new month, the students will begin writing the persuasive genre.  This week, they will begin to generate possible audiences.  They will also be identifying different arguments that they would like to persuade the particular audience to believe.

Social Studies

To prepare for Friday’s field trip, the students will identify primary sources in the social studies book pertaining to Ancient Egypt.  On the field trip, they will be responsible for identifying the most interesting primary source on the field trip.  In their explanation, they will have to identify the primary source’s significance to Ancient Egypt.

Field Trip

On Friday, all of the sixth graders at Ray Elementary will be taking a field trip to theFieldMuseum.  We will leave after breakfast and a bathroom break.  The buses will leave promptly at9:30.  At10:30, Room 512 will have a one hour guided tour through the Ancient Egyptian exhibit.   Room 503 will take the tour at11:30.  Both classes will depart from the museum at12:30.  Upon arrival to Ray, the students will eat their lunches in the classroom.  School lunches for the students have been cancelled on that day.  All students should bring a lunch from home.

 

December 2nd, 2011

Homework ~ Week of December 5th

December 5, 2011

This week for homework, read Star in the Storm

By John Hiatt Harlow.  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 Essential Question on page 279 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 274-275 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

Copy and complete the chart on page 277.  Identify Maggie’s thoughts, actions, and words from the story to describe her personality. Answer the Stop and Think found on page 280.  Identify the example of figurative language and explain the literal meaning in five sentences.
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 285 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 historical fiction story.  Your letter must have at least five sentences.

 

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