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Weekly Newsletter 2.29.16

Dear Families,

I was so impressed with all of the great “Crazy Hats” the students brought in on Friday! Our walk/visit to Joe Lentol’s office was great. The kids even got to sit in his office and ask him questions!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: February 29, 2016- March 4, 2016.

Reading
This week, the class will finish 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 :
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.5.2
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.

Writing
This week, the students will be writing their final drafts and publishing their Response to Literature essays. During this unit, students practiced writing essays in which they stated a position or thesis, used evidence from the text to support their thesis, and organized 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
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week, as we have covered all of the vocabulary from Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl and will be concluding the book early this week. Please review words from the previous weeks on spelling city. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
During our fourth math unit, the students have been studying Fractions. This week we will continue working on multiplying and dividing fractions. The students will be also be completing their end of unit task, which poses students with a challenging, real world problem that requires them to use all of their knowledge of fractions and math to solve.

Our learning will focus on the following 5th grade MATH Common Core Standards:

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF.B.4
Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF.B.6
Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem.

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.NF.B.7
Apply and extend previous understandings of division to divide unit fractions by whole numbers and whole numbers by unit fractions.

Social Studies
This week, we will continue to discuss the Holocaust and World War II in the context of The Diary of Anne Frank. Students will also continue presenting their State Tourism Director projects and learning all about the 50 states. 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 current unit of science, we will continue 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. Wednesday, March 2-

• Read Across America Day!! Students should wear their pajamas to school and bring in their favorite book!

• Pajama Party- The 5th grade has earned a “Pajama party” in the auditorium from 1:00-2:30 in the afternoon! The 5th grade team is looking for small donations from parents of snacks or beverages, such as cookies, chips, soda, water, or fruit drinks. If you could send these in with your child before Wednesday it would be greatly appreciated!
3. Thursday, March 3- Parent Teacher Conferences from 12:30-2:30pm and 5:00-7:30pm. If you have sent in the slip with your preferred time, I will send it back on Monday.

Sincerely,

Mr. Tramonte
P.S. 132 Name___________________________
Class 5-306 Date_____________________________

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

Monday, February 29th
1. Math-weekly review sheet.
2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
June 27, 1944 through July 8, 1944 (p.253-259)
3. Complete 1 reading response based on what you have read in Anne Frank. 4. Writing- Work on Response to Literature if necessary.

Tuesday, March 1st
1. Math- 1) fraction problem set 2)weekly review sheet.
2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
July 15, 1944 through August 1, 1944 (p.259-268)
3. Writing- Work on Response to Literature if necessary.

Reminder- don’t forget to bring in your favorite book and wear pajamas for Read Across America day tomorrow!

Wednesday, March 2nd
1. Math- 1) complete fractions review packet 2)weekly review sheet. 2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
Afterword I (p.269-275)
3. Complete 1 reading response based on what you have read in Anne Frank.

Thursday, March 3rd
1. Math- A) complete fractions review packet- tentative fractions test tomorrow! B)complete weekly review sheet. 2. Reading- Please read Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl.
Afterword II and III (p.275-283)