Ms. Wejman

November 30th, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 3rd

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 3rd-7th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Compare and contrast one author’s presentation of events with that of another.

In guided reading group discussions, the sixth graders will compare and contrast different books that they have read thus far in the year.  In the discussion, they will look at theme, characters, setting, and language.  In addition to discussing presentation, the readers will also discuss opinions of which books they have enjoyed the most stating specific text evidence.  On Friday, the sixth graders will take a reading comprehension test that assesses the students on strategies that have been taught.  Like last quarter, the test will account for 30% of the final grade.  If you have any specific questions about this test, please let me know. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Introduce claims and organize the reasons and evidence clearly.

During the month of December, the genre of the month will be persuasion.  This week, the writers will brainstorm specific audiences and topics that they would want to persuade that audience to believe, think, or do.  Throughout the week, the writers will identify specific details of whom, what, and why they want to persuade. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.

As the sixth graders continue to learn about Ancient Egypt, they will learn about King Tut through analyzing primary sources.  In addition to learning about King Tut, they will also be identifying significant contributions of the Early Period, Old Kingdom, Middle Kingdom, and The New Kingdom.  Last week, the students received a rubric for a hieroglyphic art assignment.  For this assignment, the student has to write their name in hieroglyphics.  The student must cite the bibliography in correct APA format where he or she found the hieroglyphic alphabet to complete this assignment.  The hieroglyphics will be displayed in the hallway.  They will be due for Group 1 on Thursday, December 6th, Group 3 on Monday, December 10th, and Group 2 on Thursday, December 13th

 

 

November 30th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of December 3rd

December 3, 2012

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 what specific details you liked about the story. 

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.  Why are you making this prediction?

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 26th, 2012

Social Studies Project

Egyptian Hieroglyphic Art Assignment

 

Research

Correct symbols

Art

4

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

According to the hieroglyphic 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 is 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. 

Group 1 Due: Thursday, December 6th

Group 3 Due: Monday, December 10th

Group 2: Thursday, December 13th

 

November 21st, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 26th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 26th-30th

 

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. 

In guided reading groups, we will discuss plot.  As we discuss plot, we will focus on how the events change characters.  At home, you can ask your sixth grader about a character in his or her independent book.  For example, how would you describe the main character in your book? Is there an event that changed your character?  Our guided reading group discussions will lead to the terms protagonist and antagonist.  We will attempt to use these words as we discuss characters and plot throughout the year. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationship among ideas and concepts. 

Expository essays will be due on Friday.  Students have been drafting these essays in class since Monday, November 19th.  A typed final draft is not required but of course accepted.  The rubric to the essay is posted on the blog.  Mini lessons this week will focus on transitions between sentences.

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information.

To introduce the sixth graders to the ancient civilization of the Nile River, they will identify the purpose of specific text features (caption, subtitle, picture, chart, timeline, and map).  They will also work with a group to identify author’s purpose in the section of the text. Finally, they will read about conflict resolution and act out a skit that demonstrates how to use conflict resolution.  Homework will be pages 34, 35, and 38. 

 

November 21st, 2012

Homework ~ Week of November 26th

November 26, 2012

This week for homework, read Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.  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 question on page 231 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 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 19th, 2012

Expository Essay Rubric

  4 3 2 1
Ideas The writer displays knowledge/

authority on the subject.  The writer included authentic details to make the writing engaging to read. 

The writer displays knowledge/

authority on the subject. 

The writer displays some knowledge/

authority on the subject. 

The writer does not know about the topic. 
Introduction The writer uses an interesting introduction that lures the reader into the writing.  The writer uses an introduction that interests the reader.  The writer writes a lead.  There is no lead in the writing. The text just begins.  
Organization The writer has divided the text into appropriate paragraphs.  Every paragraph has a subtitle that tells the reader what the paragraph is going to be about.   The writer has divided the text into paragraphs.  Every paragraph has a subtitle.  The writer has divided the writing into paragraphs.  The writing is not divided into paragraphs. 
Topic The writer focuses the topic on a specific point that the he or she wants to teach the reader.  The writer focuses the topic on a point. The writer writes about a topic. The writer writes about a lot of topics. 
Presentation The writer uses the correct mechanics. The writer uses the correct mechanics most of the time.  The writer has a few mechanic errors.  The writer has many mechanic errors. 

 

 

 

November 16th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 19th

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Determine a theme or 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.

In guided reading groups, the students will be discussing the difference between theme and plot.  Because of the two short weeks, homework will be due on Wednesday, November 21st.

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Use appropriate transitions to clarify the relationship among ideas and concepts.

This week the students received a rubric of how their expository rubric will be graded.  The rubric will also be posted on the blog.  The students will receive time every day to work on their final drafts.  All drafts will be due on Friday, November 30th

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.  As we conclude to learn about the Assyrian Empire, we will begin to review for the second social studies test of the year.  Once again, there will be ten multiple choice questions and five vocabulary questions. After learning about conflict resolution, the students will read a scenario about a problem and identify a possible compromise.  The essay question will be, “The Code of Hammurabi is known as one of the most important sets of laws in the Babylonian Empire.  Write a paragraph describing the set of laws.”  Like the last test, the essays will need to be written in five sentences and be worth five points.  Another section on the test will be summarization.  The sixth graders will have to write three key innovations that the Sumerians developed and the Babylonian kings created in government.   Group 1 will take the test Monday, November 19th, Group 3 will take the test Tuesday, November 20th, and Group 2 will take the test Wednesday, November 21st.

Ray University

Please make your pledge to support Ray University when you come to school on Report Card Pick-Up Day, this Tuesday, 11/13 from 12pm to 6pm. Pledge drive committee members will be available during report card pick-up to collect pledge forms and answer questions at tables outside the main office, cafeteria, and your child’s classroom. You can make checks payable to Friends of Ray and indicate on the memo line: Ray U Pledge Drive. Please visit our new website to learn more about our pledge drive to raise funds for Ray University, Ray School’s innovative enrichment program, currently in full swing at all grade levels: http://friendsofray.cuipblogs.net/ 

November 9th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of November 14th

November 14, 2012

This week for homework, read Science Friction by David Lubar.  By Wednesday November 21st, 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.

 

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 196-197 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 202 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. 

Did you like this story?  Write five sentences explaining why you like this story or not.

 

Sequence the five main events of the story in the order that they happened.  Answer the Essential Question on page 201.  Please answer the question in five or more sentences. 
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 205 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 9th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 14th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 14th-16th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Determine a theme or 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.

In guided reading groups, the students will be discussing the difference between theme and plot.  Because of the two short weeks, homework will be due on Wednesday, November 21st

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Develop the topic with relevant facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

Since the students will be writing an expository essay in the month of November, they will take the time to outline their topic.  In the outline, they will include their three main ideas each with three supporting details.  Writer’s notebooks will be due on Friday and will account for 50% of the writing grade. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.  As we conclude to learn about the Assyrian Empire, we will begin to review for the second social studies test of the year.  Once again, there will be ten multiple choice questions and five vocabulary questions. After learning about conflict resolution, the students will read a scenario about a problem and identify a possible compromise.  The essay question will be, “The Code of Hammurabi is known as one of the most important sets of laws in the Babylonian Empire.  Write a paragraph describing the set of laws.”  Like the last test, the essays will need to be written in five sentences and be worth five points.  Another section on the test will be summarization.  The sixth graders will have to write three key innovations that the Sumerians developed and the Babylonian kings created in government.   Group 1 will take the test Monday, November 19th, Group 3 will take the test Tuesday, November 20th, and Group 2 will take the test Wednesday, November 21st. 

 

Miss Wejman’s Procedures

For the students new to my class for language arts, I require the students to use four notebooks (poetry, reading, writing, and homework). Homework (the Tic Tac Toe sheet) is usually due every Friday.  Every Monday, the students receive a Tic Tac Toe sheet which is also posted on my blog.  Homework accounts for 10% of the reading grade.  In class, the students are working on a bingo sheet pertaining to the reading strategies and vocabulary of the week.  The bingo work should be done in a reader’s notebook and will account for 30% of the grade.  Every day, I will meet with one or two guided reading groups.  Conversations pertaining to the comprehension of the text will account for an additional 30% of the reading group (and the speaking grade as well).  In writing, we spend half of the month writing in our writer’s notebooks and the other half drafting our final draft.  Please let me know if you have any specific questions regarding the language arts routines.  As you may know, I am having trouble receiving some emails on my CPS account.  I am usually quick on responding to emails.  If I do not respond to an email within twenty-four hours, please email me at jennywejman@gmail.com

November 6th, 2012

Report Card Pick up Schedule

The Room 512 Report Card Schedule is listed.  If you have not signed up for a time, please email me your preferred time.

12- Joey Doyle

12:10- Eli Clendenning

12:20-Madison Christmas

12:30-Diell Hasani

12:40 –  Jasmine Joy

12:50 – Matt Nicole Fajardo

1- Rita Sanabria

1:10 – Dallas Bahl

1:20 – Devin Foster

1:30 – Reshaun Doss

1:40- Emma Swagerty

1:50-Chance Lee

2- Cydney Kent

2:10-Anahit Yakubovich

2:20- Cate Salinas

2:30 – Julian Lester

2:40-Ben Richard

2:50 –

4- Joshua Morgan

4:10-

4:20-

4:30- Celia Benito

4:40 –

4:50 –

5 – Lauryn Kent

5:10-Joi Price

5:20 – Kira Banks

5:30 – Laquesha Clemons

5:40 – Cecilia Downey

5:50 –

6 –

6:10 – Mikayla Purvis

6:20 –

November 2nd, 2012

Homework ~ Week of November 5th

November 5, 2012

This week for homework, read Dancing Kane by George Ancona.  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 five details. about Dancing Kane

Answer the Stop and Think question on page 178 in five or more sentences. 

Before reading this story, preview the story.  Write five sentences predicting and explaining what you think the purpose for reading this story will be.  Also, include why you are making this prediction. 

Use all ten vocabulary words found on pages 172-173 in a sentence.  Each sentence must have at least eight words. 

 

What was George Ancona’s goal for writing Dancing Kane?  Please write two details explaining why you think this was his goal in writing the text.  Answer the Essential Question on page 177.  Please answer the question in five sentences. 
Answer the Stop and Think question found on page 181 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 non-fiction story.  Your letter must have five sentences. 

 

November 2nd, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of November 5th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of November 5th-9th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Trace and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, distinguishing claims that are supported by reasons and evidence from the claims that are not. 

The readers in sixth grade will be identifying the author’s intention of writing the text.  They will be able to identify the author’s argument supporting it with text evidence. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Introduce a topic, organize ideas, concepts and information using strategies such as definition, classification, comparison/contrast, and cause/effect; include formatting graphics and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension. 

All research papers are due on Tuesday, November 6th.  In this new month, the writers will begin a new writing genre.  The students will pick a topic to write an expository essay.  This week, the students will generate an expert list.  The expert list will help the students give them ideas for a topic that they can draft.  Throughout the week, the writers will brainstorm what they know about the given topic of their choice.  They will also use graphic organizers to help present their ideas on the given topic. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Integrate visual information with other information in print and digital texts.  Travel brochures are due this week (Group 2: Thursday, November 1st, Group 1: Tuesday, November 6th, and Group 3: Thursday, November 8th).  As we conclude to learn about the Assyrian Empire, we will begin to review for the second social studies test of the year.  Once again, there will be ten multiple choice questions and five vocabulary questions. After learning about conflict resolution, the students will read a scenario about a problem and identify a possible compromise.  The essay question will be, “The Code of Hammurabi is known as one of the most important sets of laws in the Babylonian Empire.  Write a paragraph describing the set of laws.”  Like the last test, the essays will need to be written in five sentences and be worth five points.  Another section on the test will be summarization.  The sixth graders will have to write three key innovations that the Sumerians developed and the Babylonian kings created in government.   Group 1 will take the test Monday, November 19th, Group 2 will take the test Tuesday, November 20th, and Group 3 will take the test Wednesday, November 21st

 

Morning Fitness

Common Core Standard: Participates regularly in physical activity.

Throughout the first quarter, the students are being graded for participation in morning fitness.  This participation will be identified in their physical education grade.  Students have been told that  everyday they have the ability to earn ten participation points.  Grades are immediately recorded in IMPACT to note the grade of the participation. 

 

 

Report Card Pick-Up schedule

Report card pick up will be Tuesday, November 13th. Today every sixth grader received a conference preference sheet.  Please complete the form and identify your preferred conference time.  Times will be allowed on a first come first serve basis.  Conferences will be ten minutes.  If you would like to discuss the progress of your child more at length, I will be happy to meet with you at another time.  I will do my best to follow the schedule that will be posted.   

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