Weekly Newsletter 3.7.16

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure meeting with all of you this week for parent teacher conferences to discuss your child’s progress!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: March 7, 2016-March 11, 2016.

This week, the class finished reading Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl.
Next week the students will take a test based on the book. They will also finish working on their book projects and present them to the class.

In conjunction with discussing the Anne Frank’s diary, we discussed and learned about the Holocaust as well as World War II. During this unit, the students worked in groups to discuss their nightly reading assignments and answer questions based on what they have read. They also worked daily on projects they created based on their own interests, such as film, drama, building, writing, and art. In addition, students read informational articles to supplement the literature they read.

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.

This week, the students finished writing their final drafts and published their Response to Literature essays. They did a great job.
Next week, we will begin our new Persuasive writing unit! We will also be practicing writing short and extended responses in preparation for the ELA exams next month.

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.5.5
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 spelling/vocabulary words this week were selected from the current science unit the students are working on, which is Changes to the Earth’s Surface. The words can be reviewed and studied on spelling city. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

1. landform- a feature of the Earth’s surface.
2. topography- an area’s natural and man-made surface features. 3. glacier- a huge mass of slowly moving ice.
4. delta- the flat plain where a river deposits soil.
5. earthquake- tectonic trembling of the earth.
6. epicenter- surface point above an earthquake’s focus.
7. fault- fracture or crack in the Earth’s crust.
8. magma- hot molten rock beneath or within Earth’s crust.
9. lava- hot liquid rock flowing out of a volcano.
10. volcano- opening which vents lava, ash and gasses.

During our fourth math unit, the students have been studying Fractions. Next week, we will review what we have learned about multiplying and dividing fractions and take the end of unit test. We will also be preparing for the upcoming examinations next month.

Our learning 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, 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.

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. The deadline is March 31st.

2. Tuesday, March 8th- CookShop for Families.


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, March 7 2016
1. Math-a) weekly review sheet b)fraction review packet
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions.
3. Reading- Review Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl in preparation for test tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 8 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet b)fraction review packet
c) Multiplication and Division of Fractions exam tomorrow.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.
3. Reading- complete 1 reading response.

Wednesday, March 9 2016
1. Math- weekly review sheet.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.
3. ELA- complete performance coach lesson.

Thursday, March 10 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- a) Complete 1 word work option or spend 20 minutes on a spelling city review activity b) Study for spelling/vocabulary quiz tomorrow. 3. Reading- complete 1 reading response.

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.)