Ms. Wejman

April 27th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 30th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 30th-May 4th

 

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 sixth graders continue to read informational text, they will make inferences based on the facts from the book and their own prior knowledge. 

 

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. 

All final drafts of poems are due on Tuesday, May 1st.  With the new month, we will begin the new genre of article writing.  Obviously, this genre coincides with the work on the yearbook.  Every sixth grader is paired with a partner to write an article about a class or activity in the school.  This week, the writers will be responsible for generating questions to ask people about their article topic. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Identify key steps in a text’s description of a process related to history/social studies

In relation to the Athenian government, the sixth graders will learn about the importance of acting as a responsible citizen. They will use these skills and make a connection to how Socrates acted like a responsible citizen on the Chapter 8 test.   Room 503 will be taking the Chapter 8 test on Friday, May 4th.  Room 512 will be taking the Chapter 8 test on Monday, May 7th.   The essay question will be: The leader Alexander the Great is known for his many accomplishments.  Describe his accomplishments.   On the test, the students will also be identifying cause and effect in relation to the Golden Age of Greece.  As always, the students will have ten multiple choice questons and five vocabulary questions.   

 

Art

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

In this unit, students will consider and create art that transforms and activates transitional spaces in the school through the medium of cut/folded/manipulated paper.  Installation art challenges boundaries, transforms environments and sparks dialogue between a space, its contents and viewers.  Working collaboratively, students will consider the elements of time, space, scale and change through their projects.  They will reflect on their work at various stages through poetic response.

April 26th, 2012

Poetry Rubric

Poems are due Tuesday, May 1st.

 

  Presentation Image Rhythm Figurative Language Line Break
5 The poem is typed and there are no spelling errors. The poem has five examples of sensory images. The poem uses alliteration and repetition to create a rhythm. The poet uses an example of a simile, metaphor, and personification in the poem. The poet has consciously decided how to use line breaks throughout the poem.
4 There are no spelling errors and the poem is written neatly. The poem has four examples of sensory images. The poem uses alliteration or repetition to create a rhythm. The poet uses three examples of figurative language. The poet uses line breaks.
3 There are no spelling errors. The poem has three examples of sensory images. There is evidence of rhythm throughout the poem. The poet uses two examples of figurative language. Some lines have specific line breaks.
2 There are few spelling errors. The poem has two examples of sensory images. There is some evidence of rhythm in the poem. The poet uses one example of figurative language. Few lines have specific line breaks.
1 There are some spelling errors. The poem has one example of a sensory image. There is no evidence of rhythm in the poem. There is no evidence of figurative language. The poem has no evidence of line breaks.

 

April 20th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 23rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 23rd-27th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text. 

This week the readers of sixth grade will take a break from their Bingo Sheet activities and will be reading a memoir.  They will be reading and re-reading the passage answering questions that go along with the text read. Ms. Garcia and I will be team teaching this lesson. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

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

This week, the writers in sixth grade will be given a rubric of the expectations of their final poem.  All poems will be due at the end of the week. 

 

 

Social Studies

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

As the students are reading about Greece’s Golden Age, they will be summarizing each section.   The students will also be given a map test of Southeast Asia and the South Pacific. 

 

Yearbook

Common Core Standard: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content. 

The students will all be assigned a topic to write an article for the yearbook.  They will be responsible for collecting quotes and facts about the class or activity at Ray School. 

April 13th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of April 16th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of April 16th-20th

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Determine a central idea of a text and how it is conveyed through particular details; provide a summary of the text distinct from personal opinions or judgments.

During the fourth quarter, the sixth graders will be reading informational text.  They will be able to identify the main idea supporting it with three text details.

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 student will continue to practice writing poetry.  Mini-lessons will focus on using repetition and appropriate line breaks.

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

The students will use a dictionary to look up the meanings of each vocabulary word.  They will write the definition and also identify the origin.

Yearbook

Common Core Standard: With some guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing.

During the fourth quarter, the sixth graders will be publishing a Ray School yearbook.  They will have the opportunity to write the text and then design the layout of certain pages.  This week, we will begin to plan the organization of the yearbook.

Poetry

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

The students will be reading poems that use allegory.

Journeys Anthology

Last week, the students finished the Journeys Anthology.  Every sixth grader should return his or her Journeys book as soon as possible.  If the student does not return it before May 1st, there will be a $65 fine.

Report Card Pickup

As you know, Wednesday is report card pick up.  Last week, all of the students received a note to identify the preferred time.  I did not my best to accommodate your preferred time.

Field Trip

On Friday, the students in Room 512 will walk to the Oriental Institute.  On the field trip, they will take part in archaeological dig.  Lunches have been cancelled on this day.  Every sixth grader needs to pack a lunch.  We will eat our lunches upon arrival to Ray. 

April 13th, 2012

4th Quarter Homework

Name:

Since we are done with the Journey’s book, the sixth grade reading homework will change.  The students will be responsible for documenting their independent reading at home twice a week.  Every Friday, the sheet will be due.  The sixth grader will be responsible for reading thirty minutes twice a week and completing the activities on this sheet. This will always be posted on the blog in case the hard copy is lost.  Homework will still be ten percent of the final reading grade. 

Date:

Book read:

Author:

Genre:

Before reading: What do you predict is going to happen in the book that you read?

 

First page read:

Start time:

Pick an unfamiliar word that you read in the text:

Use a dictionary to define the meaning:

 

Last page read:

End time:

Write a three sentence summary to summarize what you read.

 

 

Was your prediction correct?

If yes, how was it correct? If no, how was it not correct? 

 

Date:

Book read:

Author:

Genre:

Before reading: What do you predict is going to happen in the book that you read?

First page read:

Start time:

Pick an unfamiliar word that you read in the text:

Use a dictionary to define the meaning:

 

Last page read:

End time:

Write a three sentence summary of what you read.

 

 

Was your prediction correct?

If yes, how was it correct?  If no, how was it not correct? 

 

 

Adult signature:

April 3rd, 2012

Festival Volunteer Opportunity

IMPORTANT – RAY FESTIVAL NEEDS MORE VOLUNTEERS!

 

 
There’s only a short time left ’til Festival on Thursday, April 12th, but we still need tons more help!   Please sign-up today to help ensure Festival’s success this year.
  
Shifts:  
1st shift – 5:00 to 6:45 pm
2nd shift – 6:30 to 8:30 pm
 
Jobs: Security, Ticket Sales, Admissions, Food and Beverage Sales, Popcorn Sales
 
Sign up by emailing Jill Tarby at jillt@pmainc.com – just specify your shift availability and job assignment.
 
You can also sign up at our online volunteer site at http://tinyurl.com/rayfestival2012
 
Sponsored by Ray School PTA.  Thank you for supporting Ray School!
 

 

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