Newsletter Week of 12.14.15

Dear Families,

I hope you had a pleasant week and are enjoying the holiday season!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the week of December 14th-December 18th.

This week, class 5-306 will finish reading 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. 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.
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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.7
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.

This week, students will be working diligently on their Autobiographies. Our class goal is to be published by this Friday. They will be working on their pieces daily, both in class and at home. Your support is greatly appreciated!

This unit is part of a school-wide effort to write informative pieces of writing. In constructing their autobiographies, students have learned to increase their stamina as writers, to research formally and informally, and to reflect on their own life experiences in a meaningful way.

During this unit, students have been using narrative techniques such as dialogue and description to develop experiences. Students will be revising 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.
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
There will be no new vocabulary words this week. Please have your children login to spelling city to review the vocabulary words from the past weeks at: http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

This week, students will be focusing on multiplying and dividing decimals. They will work on the final unit task, a comprehensive task that encompasses all of the skills we have been learning during the unit. The unit test on Decimals will be on Monday, December 21st.

During our third math unit, we have been focusing on Decimals. A large portion of the work we have been doing is based on EngageNy Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions. This Module is aligned with Go Math Chapters 3, 4, and 5, and we have also been using materials from Go Math to enrich our daily lessons. The module materials we have been working with can be found 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
This week, we will be working on Chapter 2 of Unit 1, Early Civilizations in the Americas. The students will also continue doing research and preparing for the State Tourism Director project, which will be due when they return from the holiday break. Individual due dates will be provided to students.

In Chapter 2, 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.

On Friday, we completed the “Mining for Minerals Lab”! The students sharpened their skills at weighing grams, multiplying, and analyzing data. They also learned what it is like to try to make a profit!

During “The Rock Cycle!” unit, students have learned what a mineral is and classified minerals based on their properties. They have also identified properties of rocks and learned about different types of rocks. Students have also learned about the different stages of the rock cycle.

Special Announcements/Upcoming Events
1. Friday, December 18th will be our class trip to Brooklyn College to see the play “Scrooge.” Please send in the signed trip slips and fees by Thursday.

2. Monday, December 21st, the P.S. 132 band will be playing a concert at school at 9:00am in the Performing Arts space.

3. Tuesday, December 22nd, the 5th grade will be going to IS 318 to see their band perform a concert.

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

Mr. Tramonte

P.S. 132 Name___________________________
Class 5-306 Date_____________________________

5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments
There will be no new vocabulary words this week. Please review the words from the previous weeks on spelling city. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

Monday, December 14th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.
2. Writing- Finish elementary school years and reflection of your life sections of autobiography draft. 3. Bring in “Scrooge” trip slip by Thursday.

Tuesday, December 15th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.
2. Writing- Finish short term and long-term goals section, as well as conclusion of autobiography draft.

Wednesday, December 16th

1. Math- complete Decimals worksheet.

2. Writing- Finish publishing the elementary school years section of your autobiography. You may type your writing piece out if you prefer.

3. “Scrooge” Trip Slip Due Tomorrow.

Thursday, December 17th

1. Math- complete Decimals task.

2. Writing- Finish publishing the rest of your autobiography. Published piece is due tomorrow, December 18th.

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.)