Newsletter Week of 3.28.16

Dear Families,

I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. Class 5-306 did a great job at the Senior Olympics and I was very proud of the way they worked together as a team!!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: March 28, 2016-April 1, 2016.

This week, the class will continue 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 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 state ELA exams.

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 spelling/vocabulary words this week have been selected from the book Wonder that the class is currently reading. The words and definitions can be found on the spelling city website!

1. schlep-to haul or carry something heavy or awkward.
2. scrunch-to crumple or crunch.
3. precept-a rule regulating behavior or thought.
4. contagious-easily spread from one person to another
5. coincidence-an accident or unplanned occurrence.
6. phobia- an intense, often irrational fear.
7. aversion-extreme dislike.
8. cosmos-the universe as a whole.
9. alignment-arrangement in a straight line.
10. incredible- hard to believe, untrustworthy, very unusual.

This week, students will extend their understanding of area as they use rulers and right angle templates to construct and measure rectangles with fractional side lengths and find their areas. They will apply their extensive knowledge of fraction multiplication to interpret areas of rectangles with fractional side lengths (5.NF.4b) and solve real world problems involving these figures (5.NF.6). 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:

5.NF.4b Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
b. Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths.
5.NF.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. Social Studies
Next week, students will continue the unit 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.

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 was Thursday, March 31st. If you have not send in the full balance of the dues, please be sure to send them in this week.

2. Tuesday, March 29, 2016- The class will be taking a trip to Symphony Space to listen to “American Orchestral Music”.

3. Friday, April 1, 2016- Holocaust survivor Irving Roth will be visiting P.S. 132 on Friday at 10am. He will be speaking to the 5th grade classes in the auditorium about his experiences in the Holocaust. He will also be discussing his book “Bondi’s Brother.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Parents of 5th grade students are welcome to attend!!!

3. 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.

4. Test preparation homework- We will be completing a small amount of test sophistication in class in preparation for the upcoming state exams over the next few weeks. Homework may be assigned in the test preparation books, depending on what we are able to complete in class. If you would like your child to do more work in the books, you are welcome to have him/her complete extra work at your discretion.

Please let me know of any questions or concerns about the 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 28 2016
1. Math-a) weekly review sheet
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.35-42 and complete comprehension questions.
3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 4. Reminder: Trip to Symphony Space is tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 29 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet b)complete worksheet
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.43-50 and complete comprehension questions. 3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.

Wednesday, March 30 2016
1. Math- weekly review sheet b)complete worksheet
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.51-60 and complete comprehension questions. 3. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.

Thursday, March 31 2016
1. Math- a) weekly review sheet b)complete worksheet
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.61-65 and complete comprehension questions.
3. 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.

Friday, April 1 2016
1. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.66-72 and complete comprehension questions. 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.)