Week of 12.7.15

Dear Families,

I hope you are having a nice weekend and are enjoying the holiday season!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the week of December 7th-December 11th.

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! The unit will culminate with a final project and a comprehensive assessment of the book.

During this unit, the students will work in groups and engage in reciprocal teaching. The students will have the opportunity to take on the following roles: leader, predictor, questioner, facilitator, and summarizer. This encourages collaborative learning and helps the students construct meaning in increasingly complex texts. Students will also be reading informational articles weekly to supplement the literature they are reading.

5th grade ELA common core Literature standards:
Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
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.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.

5th grade ELA common core Informational Text standards:
Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.
Draw on information from multiple print or digital sources, demonstrating the ability to locate an answer to a question quickly or to solve a problem efficiently.

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:
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.
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 spelling words this week will come from the book Boy, by Roald Dahl. Please have your children login to spelling city to review the vocabulary words. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

1. perpetual- repeating and never ending.
2. sufficient- enough or adequate.
3. competent- qualified and able.
4. taunt- to insult by mockery or criticism.
5. prolong- extend the duration of something.
6. corrugated- having a rippled or ridged shape.
7. dais- a raised platform (as in a large room).
8. precinct- a district of a city or town as defined for police purposes. 9. excruciating- agonizingly painful or intense.
10. inevitable- unavoidable or certain to happen.

For our third math unit, we will be focusing on Decimals. A large portion of the work we will be doing will be based on EngageNy Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions. This Module is aligned with Go Math Chapters 3, 4, and 5, and I will be using materials from Go Math to enrich our daily lessons. You can find the module materials I will be working with on the following website: https://www.engageny.org/resource/grade-5-mathematics-module-1 Feel free to download the module and preview what your child will be learning in the upcoming weeks.

Our learning this week will focus on the following 5th grade MATH Common Core Standard:

Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

Social Studies
Chapter 2 of Unit 1 is Early Civilizations in the Americas. Students will learn how people first arrived in the Western Hemisphere. They will also study about what led to the rise of early civilizations in the Americas. In addition, they will learn about the Mayans, the Aztecs, and the Incas.
The students will also continue doing research and preparing for the State Tourism Director project.

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. There will be a PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 9 from 7:40am-8:40am.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Mr. Tramonte

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments
Please see weekly newsletter and Spelling City for a list of this week’s spelling/vocabulary words!

Monday, December 7th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.
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.

Tuesday, December 8th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Write down each of your spelling words in a sentence. 3. Reading response-please write a response of 5-10 sentences.

Wednesday, December 9th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.

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

Thursday, December 10th

1. Math- complete Decimals task.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option or spend 15-20 minutes on spelling city. Study for spelling/vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

3. Reading response-please write a response of 5-10 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.)