Newsletter Week of 2.9.16

Dear Families,

I hope you enjoyed the long weekend. Happy Chinese New Year to all!

Here is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming school week of February 9, 2016- February 12, 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 covered include : CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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 will continue working on their Responses 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
Due to the shortened school week, there will be no new vocabulary words. Please have your child review the past vocabulary words on spelling city: http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/

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 continue 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:

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

Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.

Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.

Social Studies
This week, the students will complete the unit on Early Civilizations in the Americas. In Early Civilizations in the Americas, students learned how people first arrived in the Western Hemisphere. They also studied about what led to the rise of early civilizations in the Americas. In addition, they learned 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. The following students will be presenting this week:
February 9th – Kristian/Zoe
February 10th – Wolfie/Emily
February 11th – Rebecca
February 12th – Adrian

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 Reminders/Announcements
1. Senior Dues- The Senior Dues are $150. You may send in 3 payments of $50 each (1 for January, 1 for February, and 1 for March) or $150. The deadline is March 31st.

2. The class will be going to see “African Songs and Dance” this Friday 2/12 in celebration of Black History Month. The trip is $10 and trip slips along with payments are due on Tuesday 2/9. Please submit this if you have not done so already.

3. P.S. 132 will be celebrating Respect for All Week beginning Tuesday, 2/9. All students should have brought home a letter with the list of the week’s activities. If you did not get one or have any questions, please let me know.

4. Monday, February 15th through Friday, February 19th- Mid-winter Break-No school

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me. Sincerely,
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 visit spelling city to review the past weeks’ words.

Tuesday, February 9th
1. Math- a)fraction problems b)weekly review sheet.
2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
March 7 ,1944 through March 23, 1944 (p.168-187)

Wednesday, February 10th
1. Math- a) fraction problems b)weekly review sheet.
2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
March 27,1944 through April 4, 1944 (p.187-198)
3. Reading Response-complete 1 response based on assigned reading.

Reminder 1- wear BLUE tomorrow in honor of Bullying Awareness. Reminder 2- bring in favorite read aloud for Secret Story Time Buddy.

Thursday, February 11th
1. Math- a) complete fraction problems b)weekly review sheet. 2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
April 6, 1944 through April 11, 1944 (p.198-208)
3. Reading Response-complete 1 response based on assigned reading.

Reminder 1- wear Superhero shirt or costume tomorrow to celebrate the OmegaMan Superhero assembly program.
Reminder 2- trip to see “African Songs and Dance” at Queens College tomorrow. All trip slips and money must be brought in to attend trip.

Friday, February 12th
There will be no school Monday, 2/15 through Friday, 2/19.
Please complete all assignments included in the provided packet:

• Math fraction project

• 100th day of school dress-up project

• Optional Math and ELA review

• Crazy Hat day project