Week of 11.16.15

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great week and looking forward to a nice weekend.
Here is the Class 5-306 weekly newsletter for the week of November 16th – November 20th.


Class 5-306 will continue to read Boy-Tales of Childhood, by Roald Dahl. This book is an autobiographical account of the early life of Roald Dahl. It goes hand in hand with our autobiography writing unit. In the book, Roald Dahl tells us about his experiences at school in England, summer holidays in Norway, and the pleasures of his favorite local sweetshop in Llandaff, Wales. These experiences influenced him to become a great storyteller!

During this reading unit, students will continue to practice working in literature circles. Additionally, they will engage in reciprocal teaching. The students will have the opportunity to take on the following roles: predictor, questioner, facilitator, and summarizer. This encourages collaborative learning and helps the students construct meaning in increasingly complex texts. The unit will culminate with a final project and a comprehensive assessment of the book.

5th grade ELA common core literacy standards we will focus on include: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.2

Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.3

Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact). CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


The second unit of writing in 5th grade is Autobiography. This unit is part of a school-wide effort to write informative pieces of writing. In constructing their autobiographies, students will learn to increase their stamina as writers, to research formally and informally, and to reflect on their own life experiences in a meaningful way. Therefore, this should be a natural transition from the personal narrative unit that was just completed.

During this unit, students will continue to use narrative techniques such as dialogue and description to develop experiences. Students will revise their writing based on teacher feedback as well as self and peer-reflection. They will also edit their writing by checking for errors in capitalization, punctuation, grammar, and spelling. Finally, they will create a published piece. 5th grade ELA common core writing standards we will focus on include: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.2

Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.3

Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.5

With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

Vocabulary/Spelling Homework Contracts

The following are vocabulary words are from the book Boy-Tales of Childhood.

1. exhort- to persuade or encourage.
2. cubicle- a small closed off work area without doors.
3. capsize- flip over or upset.
4. dauntless- courageous and not to be intimidated.
5. smithereens- many small pieces or shards.
6. desperado- a reckless and bold outlaw.
7.cauldron- a large pot for boiling over a fire.
8. jaunty- cheerful, bouncy, or stylish.
9. antibiotic- medical substance that helps the body fight germs. 10. pantomime- to act out words with only movements.


Our second math unit will focus on Division. During this unit, students will learn how to:

> Divide three and four-digit whole numbers.
> Divide by 1 digit divisors
> Divide by 2 digit divisors
> Divide whole numbers and decimals dividends by divisors with decimals
> Interpret remainders

> Check answers to division problems

> Use base ten blocks to model and understand division of whole numbers Our learning will address the following 5th grade MATH Common Core Standards:

Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.

Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division.

Social Studies

Unit 1 is Land and Early Peoples. Students will investigate how geography influenced the development of the Western Hemisphere. They will also learn about what led to the rise of early civilizations in the Americas. In addition, they will be reading about and discussing European exploration in the Western Hemisphere.


Our second unit is The Rock Cycle! Students will understand what a mineral is and classify minerals based on their properties. They will also identify properties of rocks and recognize different types of rocks. During this unit, students will also complete a “Mining for Minerals Lab!” Finally, they will describe the different stages of the rock cycle.

Special Announcements/Upcoming Events

1. The 5 day school-wide Penny Harvest begins on Monday, November 16. The school will be accepting donations of change, cash, or check. The donations will go to the World Wildlife Foundation. Please consider donating!

2. The 5th grade trip to The Historical Richmond Town to learn about colonial America will take place on Tuesday, November 24th. Please send back the permission slip and dues for the trip by Tuesday, November 17th.

3. This month’s Senior Points incentive was a field trip to McCarren Park at the end of November. I am happy to announce that class 5-306 has earned the trip to the park, which will take place on Wednesday, November 25th! More details about the trip will be sent home.

4. Middle school applications were sent home today with the students. Please fill out the application with your child and send it back to school no later than December 1st.

5. Class 5-306 has the number one attendance rate in the school. Parents and students, keep up the great work!!

6. All students were provided with Spelling City logins this week. Here is the homepage for the students to visit: http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

If you have any questions or concerns about this week’s newsletter, please let me know!

Mr. Tramonte

P.S.132 Name___________________________

Class 5306 Date_____________________________

5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments

Vocabulary/Spelling Words

1. exhort 2. cubicle 3. capsize 4. dauntless 5. smithereens

6. desperado 7. cauldron 8. jaunty 9. antibiotic 10. pantomime

Monday, November 16th

1. 1. Math- Chapter 2 packet, p.49. Study Chapter 2; math test on Wednesday.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order. Then write down the definitions. 3. Reading-Please read for at least 30 minutes.
4. Trip slips and money due tomorrow.

Tuesday, November 17th

1. Math- Chapter 2 packet, p.50. Study Chapter 2; math test tomorrow. 2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write down each of your spelling words in a sentence. 3. Reading response-please write a response of at least 5 sentences. 4. Social Studies-Study Chapter 1; test on Thursday.

Wednesday, November 18th

1. Math- review worksheet.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Complete 1 word work option

3. Reading-please read for at least 30 minutes.

4. Social Studies-Study Chapter 1; test tomorrow.

Thursday, November 19th

1. Math- review worksheet.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary – Complete 1 word work option. Study for spelling/vocabulary quiz tomorrow 3. Reading response-please write a response of at least 5 sentences.

Word Work Options

1. Write each word 5 times, using a different color each time.

2. Type your spelling words 10 times, using a different font each time.

3. Create a comic strip. Add captions that use all of your vocabulary words.

4. Divide all of your spelling words into syllables (ex. Excitement=ex/cite/ment

5. Write all of your spelling words and go over the tricky parts of each word with a pen or marker.

6. Write a TV ad for a product that uses your spelling words.

7. Find each word in the dictionary. Copy a definition for each one.

8. Cut each spelling word out of a newspaper or magazine. Glue all the words on a piece of paper.

9. Write a sentence for each spelling word, but leave out the spelling words. List all the words on the page. Ask a family member to add the correct spelling word to each sentence.

10. Write a riddle for each of your spelling words

11. Write each word in a sentence. Make pictures for 3 sentences. 12. Write your spelling words. Add a rhyming word next to each one.

13. Write a story that uses 10 spelling words.

14. Scramble each spelling word. Have a family member unscramble the words and sign your paper.

15. Spell your words with alphabet pasta. Glue them onto paper. 16. Cut out paper letters for half of the words and glue onto paper.

17. Make a word search puzzle in which you hide all of your spelling words. Give it to a family member to solve and sign.

18. For a different type of word search, draw a Boggle-type game board containing your spelling words. See if a family member can find the spelling words.

19. Make two copies of your spelling words on index cards. Use the cards to play a memory or “Concentration” game with a family member.

20. Start on the first line, write just the first letter of the word. Go to the second line, write the first two letters of the word. Continue until the word is done.

21. Write a brand-new tall tale that uses all of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your vocabulary words. 22. Write a poem using your spelling words.

23. Sort your spelling words using their parts of speech.

24. Write each word forwards and backwards.

25. Write the letters of your words in ABC order. (For example, STUDY would be DSTUY.)