Ms. Wejman

December 21st, 2012

Miss Wejman’s Peek at the Week ~ Week of January 3rd-11th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of January 3rd-11th

 

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. 

Because of the short week, all reading work will be due on Friday, January 11th.  Guided reading groups will discuss theme.  Bingo Sheet activities will focus on plot. As your sixth grader is reading his or her independent book ask where the plot is on “Plot Mountain.” The Plot Mountain is a visual tool used to describe the elements of a plot.  The sixth graders have all been introduced to the different terms involving plot.

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Conduct short research projects to answer a question, drawing on several sources and refocusing the inquiry when appropriate.

January’s writer’s workshop focus will be on working on the independent projects that were started in Ray University.  During this first week, every sixth grader will focus on identifying the questions that they had about the topic.  They will identify the sources that they have previously used and identify what additional references they may need.  When identifying sources, the sixth graders will be instructed on how to use the correct APA format.  Throughout the month, the majority of class time will be spent on providing research writing instruction. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Describe how a text presents information

During the month of January, the sixth graders will be learning about the ancient civilizations of the Asia and the Americas as presented in Chapter 5 of the social studies text.  The students will be introduced to the text through completing an anticipatory guide which will activate prior knowledge as well as provide a purpose for learning about these ancient civilizations.  They will preview the text by identifying the purpose of the text features.   

 

 

 

December 21st, 2012

Homework~ Due January 11th

January 3, 2013

This week for homework, read Onward by Dolores Johnson.  By Friday January 11th, 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 14th, 2012

Peek at the Week ~ Week of December 17th

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 17th-21st

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Analyze how a particular sentence, chapter, scene, or stanza fits into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. 

Conversations in our guided reading groups will focus on the theme of the text.  Every reader will have the opportunity to identify the theme with specific text evidence.  At home, you may want to ask your child the theme of his or her book. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Provide a concluding statement or section that follows from the argument presented. 

All persuasive essays are due on Thursday, December 20th.  Throughout the last week, the students have been drafting their persuasive essays.  As always, I will do my best to meet with every sixth grader to conference with them about their writing.  I will gladly conference with students before or after school as well. 

 

Social Studies

Common Core Standard: Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources. 

All of the sixth graders will take the social studies test on Friday, December 21st during the regular scheduled language arts time.  As usual, the test will consist of ten multiple choice questions, five vocabulary questions, and an essay question.  The essay question will be: “Discuss how the Nile River was important to the ancient Egyptians.” The answer to the essay needs to have a topic sentence, three supporting sentences, and a concluding sentence.  In addition to the usual parts of the test, the student will also have to read about a modern day problem.  They will then have to identify the needs and come up with a solution to the problem. Finally, the students will have to read a statement about ancient Egypt.  They will then draw a conclusion based on the statement and from what they previously know.  We will practice drawing conclusions in class.   

December 14th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of December 17th

December 17, 2012

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.  Elaborate on it in five or more sentences. 
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 12th, 2012

Persuasive Essay ~ Due Thursday, December 20th

  5 4 3 2 1
Introduction The introduction states the problem with the idea to be persuaded and includes two arguments.  The introduction ends with the idea to be persuaded.    Four elements are included in the introduction.  Three elements are included in the introduction.  Two elements are included in the introduction.  One element is included in the introduction. 
1st Body Paragraph The first argument is stated including two supporting details and a concluding sentence.  Three elements are included in the first body paragraph.  Two elements are included in the first body paragraph.  One element is included in the first body paragraph.  The essay does not include a first body paragraph. 
2nd Body Paragraph The second argument is stated including two supporting details and a concluding sentence. Three elements are included in the first body paragraph.  Two elements are included in the first body paragraph.  One element is included in the first body paragraph.  The essay does not include a second body paragraph. 
Conclusion The conclusion re-states the writer’s position of what needs to be persuaded with the two arguments using different wording.     The conclusion re-states the writer’s position of what needs to be persuaded with the two arguments.  The conclusion re-states the writer’s position of what needs to be persuaded with one argument.  The conclusion re-states the writer’s position of what needs to be persuaded.  The essay does not have a conclusion.
Sentence Fluency The writer uses at least five different transitional words in the essay.  The writer uses four different transitional words in the essay.  The writer uses three different transitional words in the essay.  The writer uses two different transitional words in the essay.  The writer uses one transitional word in the persuasive essay. 

 

December 10th, 2012

Morning Fitness

Every morning students are expected to be at school at 8:45 for morning fitness.  To ensure that every student is at school on time, each student will have to check in with his or her homeroom teacher.  Students who check in with the teacher after 8:45 will be marked tardy. Participation in morning fitness is part of each student’s physical education grade assessed by the homeroom teacher.  If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about morning fitness, please talk to your child’s homeroom teacher.

December 7th, 2012

Homework ~ Week of Decmeber 10th

December 10, 2012

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 using text evidence. 

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. 

 

 

 

December 7th, 2012

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

Miss Wejman’s

Peek at the Week

Week of December 10th-14th

 

Reader’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced in a text. 

When the students meet in their guided reading group, they will each identify when an event or character is first mentioned in the story.  Through the identification, they will then elaborate on its significance to the plot. 

 

Writer’s Workshop

Common Core Standard: Support claim with clear reasons and relevant evidence using credible sources and demonstrating an understanding of the topic or text. 

Writers’ Notebooks will be collected and graded on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, the students will receive the rubric stating the requirements of the persuasive essay.  The essay will be due on Thursday, December 20th

 

Social Studies

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

As the students are reading about the Nubians and Kushites, they will use the text features to enhance their learning of this culture.  The student will answer the question: “Which picture in Lesson 3 (pages 132-137) best helps you to understand the Nubian or Kushite culture?  Why do you think this? Write a paragraph explaining your thoughts.”  I will use a picture from Lesson 2 to model this essay writing experience.  All three social studies groups will take the test on Friday, December 21st during reading.  More information regarding the test will be available in next week’s blog. 

 

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December 7th, 2012

Field Trip Information

To conclude our unit on Ancient Egypt, the sixth graders will go on a field trip to the Field Museum on Monday, January 14th.  We will leave Ray School at 9:30AM.  Both classes will take a guided tour of the Ancient Egyptian exhibit (Room 512-10:30 and Room 503-11:30).  While one class is on the guided tour, the other class will take a self-guided tour of the gems to complement what is being taught in science. 

Five chaperones are needed to help make our field trip a success.  If you are able to chaperone, please complete the bottom portion of this letter.  We will return to Ray School at 1PM.  Upon arrival back to Ray, we will eat lunch in the classroom.  For this reason, students are to bring a lunch from home on this day. To cover the bus expense, every student needs to pay $4.25.  This money is due before Friday, December 21st so that we can submit the payment to the office before winter break.   Please let us know if you have any specific questions regarding the field trip.

_____ I am able to chaperone for the field trip.  _____ I am not able to chaperone.

Parent Name: _________________________ Student Name: _________________________

Parent email: __________________________

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