Ms. Wejman

September 28th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of October 1st

October 1, 2012

This week for homework, read Knots in My Yo-Yo String by Jerry Spinelli.  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.

 

Write a sports poem. 

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

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

Use all eight vocabulary words found on pages 42-43 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight sentences. 

 

Identify three details that explain the author’s purpose for writing this autobiography.  What is Jerry Spinelli’s purpose?  Read the sports poems found on pages 59-60.  Which poem is your favorite?  Why is it your favorite?  You must include five sentences about why it is your favorite. 
Answer the Share Your Thoughts question found on page 57 in five or more sentences.  Write your answers to the Turn and Talk questions on page 57 in your homework notebook in five or more sentences.  Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this autobiography.  Your letter must have at least five sentences. 

 

 

September 28th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of October 1st

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of October 1st-5th

 

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, they will be instructed to be cognizant of the speaker of the text.  They will identify the text as being in the first person or the third person.  In guided reading groups, they will discuss how the plot is affected written in the third or first person. This week, they will also be given the workbook Wordly Wise.  They will be given the opportunity to do activities in these workbooks on their Bingo Sheet.  The activities in this workbook pertain to vocabulary, Latin and Greek roots, prefixes and suffixes. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Use narrative techniques such as dialogue, pacing, and description to develop experiences, events, and/or characters. 

This week, the students will be given the rubric that will be given to grade their narrative.  All narratives will be due on Tuesday, October 9th.  They will have this week in class to write their narratives.  If they are not done in class, they will be able to finish their narratives at home.  The categories that they will be graded on include topic, detail, word choice, paragraphing, and conventions. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Integrate visual information graphs, photographs, videos, or maps with other information in print and digital text.

Ziggurat projects are due in the upcoming week: Group 2: Tuesday, October 2nd, Group 1: Thursday, October 4th, and Group 3: Tuesday, October 9th.  Students should bring the project to social studies on the date assigned.  The students will have an opportunity to view their classmates’ projects and identify additional information that they learned from their classmates.  In class, they will also read parallel timelines.  In the next cycle of social studies, they will be given the Chapter 2 Social Studies test.  They will review for the test and be given instructions on how to study for the first social studies test of the year.  Homework pages include pages 21 and 25. 

 

 

September 24th, 2012

APA Format Reference for Ziggurat Bibliography

 

APA Format Reference

For each source listed, begin first line at margin and indent each line that follows.

Underline or use italics for titles of books, periodicals and software. Titles of articles are enclosed in quotation marks.

Note punctuation and follow exactly.

If required information, such as author or place of publication, is not available, just leave it out.

Arrange all sources in one list, alphabetically by first word, which will generally be either the author’s last name or the first important word of the title.

 

One author of a book:

Author. Title of book.(underlined) City of publication: Publisher, date of publication.

Anderson, Dale.  A Soldier’s Life in the Civil War.  Milwaukee

    WI:  World Almanac Library, 2004.

 

 

World Wide Web:

Author (if known). “Title of article.” Title of complete work. (if relevant, underlined) date of visit

<full http address>. (enclosed in angle brackets)

 Norton, R.J. “An Overview of John Wilkes Booth’s Assassination of

       President Abraham Lincoln.” Abraham Lincoln Research Site.

       28 November 2005 <http://home.att.net/~rjnorton/Lincoln75.html>.

 

All information cited from:

Aroldi, Susan, “Sixth Grade Bibliography.” Oradell Public Schools.        

                20 September 2012 http://www.hobbyhorsebooks.com/bibliography6.html.

September 21st, 2012

Ziggurat Rubric

The ziggurat is a stepped tower that was found in the city ofUr.  To help you understand more about the culture ofUrin 3000 B.C, you are to build a model of a ziggurat.  Your model could be 3 or 2 dimensional.  Be creative in how you decide to design your ziggurat. 

The ziggurat will be due on Group 2: Tuesday, October 2nd, Group 3: Thursday, October 4th, Group 1: Tuesday October 9th  

  4 3 2 1
Tiers The ziggurat model has at least four tiers.   The ziggurat model has at least three tiers. The ziggurat model has at least two tiers.  The ziggurat model has one tier. 
Model The model is completed in a neat and creative way to illustrate the ziggurat in the Mesopotamian culture.  The model is completed in a neat and clear way.  The model is complete.  The model is incomplete. 
Paragraph The ziggurat includes a paragraph with three facts about it.  The ziggurat includes a paragraph with two facts about it.  The ziggurat includes a paragraph with one fact about it.  The ziggurat includes a paragraph. 
Research The student has written the facts without plagiarizing.  The student has included the bibliography in correctAPAformat.  The student has written facts without plagiarizing.  The student has included the bibliography with one of the missing elements missing. The student has written facts without plagiarizing.  The student has included the bibliography with two of the missing elements missing. The student has plagiarized and there are many errors in the bibliography. 
September 19th, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week September 19th-28th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 19th-28th

Note about the schedule and the strike:

We will continue on with the common core standards that were supposed to be taught during the strike.  Because of the short week, we will combine the two weeks together. 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds as the character changes and moves toward a resolution.

This week, the sixth graders will become acclimated to the routines of reader’s workshop.  As stated at curriculum night, the students will be reading three different books: a reader’s workshop book, a guided reading book, and an independent book.  Assignments will be completed for all three books on a Bingo Sheet.  These activities account for 30% of the reading grade.  Bingo Sheets (the students complete five activities to make a Bingo) are due every Friday and will be completed in a reader’s notebook.  While the students are working on their Bingo Sheets and reading, I will be meeting with guided reading groups.  Reading activities are all pertaining to the week’s common core standard.  The students will receive homework in the form of a Tic Tac Toe sheet. It will be posted on my blog. Homework will be due on Friday.  It is preferred that homework assignments be completed in a homework notebook. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event that unfolds naturally or logically. 

The students will begin to generate ideas in their writer’s notebook.  During the month of September, the students will be learning strategies that will help them to write a narrative.  To help in the collection of ideas for this writing, the students will be compiling authority lists of possible topics to write. In the book, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish, Esme Raji Codell shares memoirs of her Fifth Grade life.  The students will use the book as an inspiration to help them write personal memoirs of events that took place in fifth grade or over the summer. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information.

To help the sixth graders learn about the early hunters and gathers, they will write first person narratives as a hunter or a gatherer.  They will be required to use examples of social studies vocabulary in their writing.  Additionally, they will identify text features (pictures, charts, graphs, maps) and identify the significance of it in learning about the early people.  Finally, they will work in groups, to summarize each subtitle of the text. Homework for this week will be pages 18 and 19 in the social studies activity book and will be due the next time we have social studies (please refer to the monthly schedule).

 

Poetry

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

In addition to reading and writing, the students will also have poetry during the language arts ninety minutes.  Each week, a new literary device will be introduced to the class.  The students will put the poem in their poetry notebook and the class will discuss the poem and identify the literary device. 

September 7th, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week~ Week of September 10th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of September 10th -14th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Describe how a particular story’s or drama’s plot unfolds as the character changes and moves toward a resolution.

This week, the sixth graders will become acclimated to the routines of reader’s workshop.  As stated at curriculum night, the students will be reading three different books: a reader’s workshop book, a guided reading book, and an independent book.  Assignments will be completed for all three books on a Bingo Sheet.  These activities account for 30% of the reading grade.  Bingo Sheets (the students complete five activities to make a Bingo) are due every Friday and will be completed in a reader’s notebook.  While the students are working on their Bingo Sheets and reading, I will be meeting with guided reading groups.  Reading activities are all pertaining to the week’s common core standard.  The students will receive homework in the form of a Tic Tac Toe sheet. It will be posted on my blog. Homework will be due on Friday.  It is preferred that homework assignments be completed in a homework notebook. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Engage and orient the reader by establishing a context and introducing a narrator and/or characters, organize an event that unfolds naturally or logically. 

The students will begin to generate ideas in their writer’s notebook.  During the month of September, the students will be learning strategies that will help them to write a narrative.  To help in the collection of ideas for this writing, the students will be compiling authority lists of possible topics to write. In the book, Sing a Song of Tuna Fish, Esme Raji Codell shares memoirs of her Fifth Grade life.  The students will use the book as an inspiration to help them write personal memoirs of events that took place in fifth grade or over the summer. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information.

To help the sixth graders learn about the early hunters and gathers, they will write first person narratives as a hunter or a gatherer.  They will be required to use examples of social studies vocabulary in their writing.  Additionally, they will identify text features (pictures, charts, graphs, maps) and identify the significance of it in learning about the early people.  Finally, they will work in groups, to summarize each subtitle of the text. Homework for this week will be pages 18 and 19 in the social studies activity book and will be due the next time we have social studies (please refer to the monthly schedule).

 

Poetry

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

In addition to reading and writing, the students will also have poetry during the language arts ninety minutes.  Each week, a new literary device will be introduced to the class.  The students will put the poem in their poetry notebook and the class will discuss the poem and identify the literary device. 

September 7th, 2012

Revised Sixth Grade Supply List

Revised Sixth Grade Supply List

24 #2 pencils

2 packs loose-leaf notebook paper

3 folders

1” binder with dividers

1 box of colored pencils

2 large glue sticks

1 see-through protractor

1 metric see-through ruler

1 scissors

2 large pink erasers

Kleenex

paper towels

red pens

2 different color highlighters

Glue

6 notebooks or composition notebooks

September 6th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of September 10th

September 10, 2012

This week for homework, read The School Story by Andrew Clements.  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. If you neglect to do this, .5 will be subtracted from your grade. 

How would you describe Zoe’s personality? Use three text details as evidence to explain how you would describe Zoe’s personality. 

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 eight vocabulary words found on pages 18-19 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

Create three lists of words with a prefix of dis-, inter-, and ex-.  Each list must have at least ten words.  Write the answer to the question of Building Character on page 33 in five or more sentences. 
Answer the Share Your Opinion question on page 33 in five or more sentences.  How would you describe Natalie’s personality?  Use three text details as evidence to explain how you would describe Natalie’s personality.  Write a letter to Miss Wejman about this realistic fiction story.  Your letter must have at least five sentences. 

 

 

 

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