Newsletter 3.14.16

Dear Parents,

I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather last week!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: March 14, 2016-March 18, 2016.

This week, the class will begin reading the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. This book is about a boy named August Pullman who has been homeschooled due to some complicated health issues related to a facial deformity and the rigorous surgery schedule that comes with it. But his parents realize that it is important for August to learn to socialize with others, so they enroll him in a new school starting in 5th grade. Throughout the book, August struggles to be accepted by his peers. This book contains many great lessons for children, such as the importance of accepting people for who they are and not being afraid to stand up for yourself.

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.

This week, we will continue working on our new Persuasive writing unit! The students will be picking out real world topics that they are concerned about and work on writing an essay that will persuade others of their viewpoint. 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.5.1
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons and information.

Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which ideas are logically grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

Vocabulary/Spelling Homework Contracts
The new spelling/vocabulary words this week were selected from the new book we will be reading, Wonder. The words can be reviewed and studied on spelling city. http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/. 1. petrified- paralyzed with fear.
2. cleft palate- a split at the roof or lip of the mouth.
3. anomaly- something that is different than usual.
4. hysterical- being uncontrollably upset or excited.
5. hind-sight- understanding a situation only after it has happened. 6. groggy- dazed, weak from sleep, a blow or illness.
7. smirk- a smug or sly smile.
8. diva- a woman regarded as temperamental.
9. sarcastic- using irony to mock or convey contempt.
10. obnoxious- highly irritating or even objectionable.
This week, we will begin a new unit in which we work on understanding different concepts of Volume. Volume will be introduced to students through concrete exploration of cubic units and will culminate with the development of the volume formula for right rectangular prisms. We will also be preparing for the upcoming state Math examinations next month.

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

Recognize volume as an attribute of solid figures and understand concepts of volume measurement.

Measure volumes by counting unit cubes, using cubic cm, cubic in, cubic ft, and improvised units.

Relate volume to the operations of multiplication and addition and solve real world and mathematical problems involving volume.

Social Studies
This week, students will begin a new unit titled A Time of Change. Topics we will read about and discuss include:

• Why Native Americans in the United States were forced to move west

• The ways the Industrial Revolution improved people’s lives

• Westward Expansion in the 1800’s

• The Oregon Trail

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 to send in the full balance of the dues is March 31st.

2. March 16, 2016- There will be a PTA meeting at 7:40am.

3. March 29, 2016- The class will be taking a trip to Symphony Space. The trip slip and fees are due by March 22.

4. Graduation video- If you have pictures or video of your child from their time at P.S. 132, please send them in on a flash drive.

Please let me know of any questions or concerns about the upcoming week.


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 14 2016
1. Math-a) weekly review sheet
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 3. Reading- Complete 1 reading response.
4. Reminder: Bring in trip slip and money for trip to Symphony Space on March 29.

Tuesday, March 15 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet b)volume worksheet
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.
3. ELA- complete performance coach lesson.

Wednesday, March 16 2016
1. Math- weekly review sheet b)volume worksheet
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.
3. Reading- Complete 1 reading response.

Thursday, March 17 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet b)volume worksheet
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. ELA- complete performance coach lesson.

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.)