Newsletter Week of 1.4.16

Dear Families,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable vacation!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the week of January 4, 2016-January 8, 2016.

This week, the class will begin reading The Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank. This book contains writing from the diary kept by Anne Frank while she was in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. The diary contains entries beginning on June 14, 1942 and ending on August 1, 1944.

During this unit, the students will continue to 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. 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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.10
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

The students did a great job on their autobiographies and their published pieces will be displayed in the writing bulletin board this week! The new writing unit will be Response to Literature. During this unit, students will practice writing essays in which they state a position or thesis, use evidence from the text to support their thesis, and organize their writing into proper format.

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 new vocabulary words this week have been selected from the book The Diary of a Young Girl. Please have your children login to spelling city to study and review the vocabulary words http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

1. ardent-intensely devoted or enthusiastic.
2. superfluous-more than what is needed, unnecessary.
3. trivial-of little importance, irrelevant.
4. obstinate-stubborn or difficult to control.
5. gaudy-extremely bright or garish.
6. rations-set allowances of food, supplies, etc.
7. ludicrous-foolish or unreasonable.
8. melancholy-sad, gloomy, or depressed.
9. fascism-political belief promoting nationalism and racism. 10. fate-a destined outcome or end result.

During our fourth math unit, the students will be studying Fractions. The children will extend their current understanding of adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions. A large portion of the work we will do will be based on EngageNy Module 3: Addition and Subtraction of Fractions and EngageNy Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions. We will be also using materials from Go Math and Singapore Math to enrich our daily lessons.

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

Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators. For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.).

Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2. Social Studies
This week, we will continue working on Chapter 2 of Unit 1, Early Civilizations in the Americas. 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.
The students will also continue doing research and preparing for the State Tourism Director project.

This week, we will be completing the “Listen to Your Heart Lab”. Students will investigate the heart and how it pumps blood to the cells of the body. They will learn how to measure heart beats per minute and how hard the heart works when it’s put under stress.

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

Mr. Tramonte

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5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments
You can review and study the vocabulary words at http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

1. ardent 2. superfluous 3. trivial 4. obstinate 5. gaudy

6. rations 7. ludicrous 8. melancholy 9. fascism 10. fate

Monday, January 4th

1. Math- complete fractions 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, January 5th
1. Math- complete fractions 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. 4. Reading- complete Boy-Tales of Childhood book project.

Wednesday, January 6th

1. Math- complete fractions worksheet.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.
3. Reading-please read for at least 30 minutes.

Thursday, January 7th

1. Math- complete Fractions 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-please read for at least 30 minutes

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.)