Newsletter Week of 1.25.16

Dear Families,

I hope you were able to stay indoors during the snow storm this weekend and enjoy some hot chocolate!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of January 25, 2016-January 29, 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.

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 continue 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 for the week have been selected from the book Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl. Some children have had trouble logging on to the Spelling City website at home, so I will include them in the newsletter as well. But the words can also be accessed on spelling city. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

1. astonish- to surprise or impress someone greatly.
2. haul-to pull or drag forcibly.
3. inquisitive-curious, questioning, eager to know.
4. manifest-show or display.
5. noble-showing or possessing an elevated character.
6. spite-a malicious urge to hurt or humiliate.
7. tact-the ability to speak or act without offending.
8. tolerant-very accepting, open-minded, liberal.
9. attentive-mindful of others or of what is occurring.
10. bliss-overwhelming and sublime happiness.

During our fourth math unit, the students have been studying Fractions. Over the past several weeks, the children have been extending their current understanding of adding and subtracting fractions. This week we will complete our study of addition and subtraction of fractions, and begin working on multiplying and dividing fractions. We will be using materials from EngageNy Module 4: Multiplication and Division of Fractions and Decimal Fractions, as well as materials from Go Math and Singapore Math to enrich our daily lessons.
Our learning next week will focus on the following 5th grade MATH Common Core Standards:

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.

Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.

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. Progress Reports were sent home with each student last Friday, January 15th. If you have not reviewed this with your child and sent it back with your signature, please send this back to school as soon as possible.

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
This week’s spelling words and definitions have been posted in the weekly newsletter as well as on the spelling city website!

Monday, January 25th
1. Math- complete fraction problems.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-
Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions.
3. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. April 27, 1943 through July 13, 1943 (p.78-88)

Tuesday, January 26th
1. Math- complete fraction problems.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write down each of your spelling words in a sentence.
3. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. July 16, 1943 through August 5, 1943 (p.89-99)

Wednesday, January 27th

1. Math- complete fraction problems. Addition and subtraction of fractions quiz tomorrow.

2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 work work option.
3. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
August 9, 1943 through November 8 , 1943 (p.100-115)

Thursday, January 28th

1. Math- complete fraction problems.

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.

November 9, 1943 through January 2 , 1944 (p.115-128)

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.)