Ms. Wejman

March 30th, 2012

Tic Tac Toe ~ Week of April 9th

April 9, 2012

This week for homework, read Robotics by Helena Domaine.  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.

 

Which robot were you most impressed with?  Write your answer in at least five sentences.

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

Answer the Essential Question of page 633 in five or more sentences.

Answer the Stop and Think on page 635 in five or more sentences.

Copy and complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 631 sequencing three main events. Answer the Stop and Think on page 642 in five or more sentences.

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 628-629 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

 

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

 

 

March 30th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 9th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 9th-12th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward a resolution. 

The readers of sixth grade will be sequencing the events of the text that they are reading.   With the end of the third quarter this week, they will also take the Unit 5 reading test (Room 512 on Wednesday and Room 503 on Thursday). 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings. 

April is poetry month.  To celebrate this genre, the sixth graders will be exploring with writing poetry.  This week, the writers will be turning a story into a poem and they will practice writing metaphors. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information. 

As the sixth graders are learning about Early Greece, they will be summarizing the text.  They will do this by turning each subtitle into a question and reading the text to find the answer. 

 

Research

Common Core Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources. 

The students will complete their museum boxes this week.  From the given rubric, the sixth graders know the necessary requirements.   

March 23rd, 2012

Homework ~ Week of March 26th

March 26, 2012

This week for homework, read The Voice That Challenged a Nation by Russell Freedman.  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.

 

Read the poems on pages 620-622.  Which poem is your favorite poem?  Answer in five sentences why it is your favorite poem.

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

Answer the Essential Question of page 609 in five or more sentences.

Answer the Stop and Think on page 610 in five or more sentences.

Copy and complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 607 identifying the author’s purpose and three supporting details. Answer the Stop and Think on page 617 in five or more sentences.

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 604-605 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

 

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

 

 

March 23rd, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 29th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 26th-30th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Explain how an author develops the point of view of the narrator or speaker in a text. 

As the students are reading their individual texts, they will be able to identify the author’s purpose for writing the text.  In addition to identifying the author’s purpose, the students will be able to identify specific text to support the view point. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 

Students should have their young author’s book complete and ready to be bound.  The students will be binding their pages in art (503-Tuesday and 512-Wednesday).  Since presentation is an important part of the young author’s project, the students will automatically lose a point for not typing their stories.  After the students have bound their books, they will spend the rest of the week illustrating their book.  The finished books must be turned in on Tuesday, April 10th.  If students finish before Spring Break, they are able to turn in their books in early if they wish.  Please note, if a student does not bind their books as presented in art, they will not receive full credit for art and they will lose three points in their young author’s book.  They will also not be qualified to win the young author’s contest. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. 

The students will be assessed on Chapter 7 (512 on Monday and 503 on Thursday).  The test will consist of 10 multiple choice questions, five true/false, two questions pertaining to reading a telescoping timeline, two inferential questions, and an essay question.  The essay question will be as follows: Ashoka became known as the “the greatest and noblest ruler India has known.” Explain why he was a great leader and how he became a great leader.  The answer must be written in five sentences.  The students will have been instructed on how to write their paragraphs.  The students will also be assessed on the Central and Northern Asia test (512 on Wednesday and 503 on Friday).   

   

Museum Boxes

Common Core Standard: Use technology, including the Internet to produce and publish writing as well as to interact and collaborate with others. 

This week, the students will receive a rubric of how the final museum box will be graded. 

 

Poetry

Common Core Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.   The students will be identifying clichés in poetry. 

March 16th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of March 19th

March 19, 2012

This week for homework, read Number the Stars by Lois Lowry.  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.

 

Read Number the Stars-A book review.  Write your own five sentence book review

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

Complete the Stop and Think of page 586.

On page 598, there is an interview of Lois Lowry the author of Number the Stars.  What five questions would you ask Lois Lowry?

Copy and complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 583 identifying the cause and effect. Read the Stop and Think on page 589 in five or more sentences.

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 580-581 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

 

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

 

 

March 16th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 19th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 19th-23rd

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds in a series of episodes as well as how the characters respond or change as the plot moves toward the resolution. 

As the students are reading their books, they will be identifying cause and effect.  They will also be able to identify how a character changes as the plot changes. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. 

Today the students received a rubric that will be used to grade their young author’s book.  The students know that their final drafts are due next week (Tuesday, March 27th for 503 and Wednesday, March 28th for Room 512).  On these days, the students will bind their final drafts into books in  art.  The students will continue to draft their stories in accordance with the rubric that was given to them. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions. 

The students will learn about China’s Great Dynasties – Zhou, Qin, and Han.  To document the facts about these dynasties, they will complete a chart identifying the dates, government/political systems, and achievements of these dynasties. 

 

Research

Common Core Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources; assess the credibility of each source; and quote or paraphrase the data and conclusions of others while avoiding plagiarism and providing basic bibliographic information for sources. 

The students will continue to apply their research to creating their museum boxes. 

 

Poetry

Common Core Standard: Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

The students will identify the mood of the poetry that they are reading. 

March 13th, 2012

Social Studies Project – Due Tuesday, March 20th

Confucius was one of China’s most important philosophers that lived during the Zhou dynasty.  He had a lot of thoughts regarding respecting and honoring family.  The ancient Chinese called this respect towards family as filial piety.  To learn about this Zhou dynasty tradition, the sixth graders will be practicing filial piety at home.  Every day the students will identify one way how they are respectful to their parents.  The completed table will account for the project portion of the social studies grade. 

 

Date How did I complete Filial Piety today?  How did I respect my parents’ wishes? How was I respectful towards my parents?  Parents initials
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

 
   

 

 

 

 

March 9th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of March 12th

March 12, 2012

This week for homework, read First to Fly by Peter Busby.  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.

 

Read Young Pilot Sets Record.  Write a five sentence summary about this narrative nonfiction text. 

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

Write your answer for the Stop and Think found on page 565 in five or more sentences.

Complete the Design a Feature on page 571.

Copy and complete the Graphic Organizer on Page 557 identifying three details to make a conclusion/generalization. Read the Stop and Think on page 566 in five or more sentences.

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 554-555 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words.

 

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

 

 

March 9th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 12th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 12th-16th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

As the students are reading their text, they will be able to make inferences.  They will be able to cite explicit text evidence to support their own inferences.

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.

The students will continue to draft ideas for their Young Author’s Book.  All final drafts will be due the week before Spring Break.  The students will be binding their final drafts in art (Tuesday, March 27th for Room 503 and Wednesday, March 28th for Room 512).

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a presents information (e.g., sequentially, comparatively, casually).

As the students continue to learn about the ancient Indian civilizations, they will be comparing and contrasting two emperors, Chandragupta and Ashoka.

Poetry

Common Core Standard: Demonstrate understanding of figurative language, word relationships, and nuances in word meanings.

The students will be identifying oxymoron in poetry.

Research

Common Core Standard: Gather relevant information from multiple authoritative print and digital sources, using advanced searches effectively; assess the usefulness of each source in answering the research question; integrate information into the text selectively to maintain the flow of ideas, avoiding plagiarism and following a standard format for citation.

The students will use their research to create their museum boxes.

March 2nd, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of March 6th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of March 6th-9th

 

This week the students in grades 3rd-6th grade will take the ISAT test.  Because of the tests, there will be no homework.  Before the students come to the room each day, they are encouraged to use the bathroom.  They will have plenty of time to eat their school breakfast.  If a student wishes to bring his or her own breakfast from home, this is also fine. Students will have regular scheduled lunch and brain boost. 

The testing schedule is as follows:

Tuesday – 9:30-10:25 (Reading Multiple Choice)

1:30-2:25 (Math Multiple Choice)

Wednesday – 9:30-10:25 (Reading Multiple Choice and 1 extended-response)

1:30-2:25 (Math Multiple Choice and 3 Short Response Items)

Thursday – 9:30-10:25 (Reading Multiple Choice and 1 extended-response)

1:30-2:25 (Math 2 extended response items)

 

Museum Boxes

During the month of March, the students researched their ancient civilization.  Now that their research is complete, they will begin to create their museum boxes.  Students will spend time in the computer lab from 12:30-1 twice a week. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Throughout the week, the students will begin the brainstorming of their Young Authors’ books.  They will spend approximately thirty minutes every day writing ideas in their writers’ notebooks.  Traditionally, this has been a good project during the month of March because the students are able to have fun writing any topic that they choose. Final drafts of their young authors’ book will be due during the week of Monday, March 26th.  In art, the students will bind their books. CPS has cancelled this program this year.  However, the Ray Language Arts Vision committee will be sponsoring a contest in April. 

 

Black History Month

Julie Vassilatos, a Ray School parent, captured the spirit of Black History Month of Ray in her blog.  Her entry includes pictures of the students’ quilt and a poem that was shared at the Poetry Slam by sixth grader, Reshma Zadda.  http://www.chicagonow.com/cooks-county-urban-stories-food-life/2012/03/sharing-the-table-a-grade-school-black-history-month-celebration/

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