Newsletter Week of 1.18.16

Dear Families,

I hope you have an enjoyable weekend!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of January 18, 2016-January 22, 2016.

This week, the class will continue reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. 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. In conjunction with discussing the Anne Frank’s diary, we will also be discussing and learning about the Holocaust as well as World War II.

During this unit, the students will be working in groups to discuss their nightly reading assignments and answer questions based on what they have read. They will also be working daily on projects they will create based on their own interests, such as film, drama, building, writing, and art. In addition, students will 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.
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.
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 will be working on the new writing unit, which is 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:
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
The new vocabulary words this week have been selected from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Please have your children log on to the Spelling City website to access, study and review this week’s vocabulary words http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

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 studying Early Civilizations in the Americas. In 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. Individual due dates and information about this project have been sent home. If you have any questions about the project, please let me know. Science
In our new unit of science, we will be studying Changes to the Earth’s Surface. The objectives of this unit are:

• Students will recognize landforms found on earth

• Students will understand the causes of erosion, deposition, and weathering

• Students will explain how water, wind, ice, and plants all cause landforms to change

• Students will observe how a model volcano changes the “landscape” after an eruption

Important Announcements

1. School will be closed on Monday, January 18th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The students have been given a writing assignment this weekend in which they will reflect on King’s dream of a society without prejudice. They should answer the following questions:

a. How far have we come towards equality since King was assassinated on April 4, 1968? b. Does prejudice exist in society today? If yes, how do you know? c. How can we combat prejudice in our society?

2. Picture re-take day is on Wednesday, January 20th

3. PTA Family Game Night is at 6 pm on Friday, January 22nd

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
This week’s spelling words and definitions have been posted on the spelling city website! http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

1. indifferent 2. passive 3. procure 4. cease 5. disperse

6. evoke 7. incessant 8. industrious 9. proficient 10. shudder

Tuesday, January 19th
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 Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. September 21, 1942 -October 3, 1942 (p.27-38)

Wednesday, January 20th

1. Math- complete fractions worksheet.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Write down each of your spelling words in a sentence.
3. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. October 9, 1942-November 28, 1942 (p.38-57)

Thursday, January 21st

1. Math- complete fractions task.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- a) Complete 1 word work option or spend 15 minutes on a spelling city review activity. b) Study for spelling/vocabulary quiz tomorrow.

3. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. December 7, 1942-February 27, 1943 (p.57-68)

Friday, January 22nd

1. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. March 10, 1943-April 2, 1943 (p.68-78) *Quiz on Monday on diary entries assigned this week.

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.)