Newsletter Week of 4.18.16

Dear Families,

I hope you are enjoying your week. The kids worked very hard on their ELA and Math tests over the past two weeks and I am so proud of them. They have earned some well-deserved time off this weekend!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: April 18, 2016-April 22, 2016

Next 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.

Next week, we will continue working on our Persuasive writing unit! During this unit, the students will pick out real world topics that they are concerned about and work on writing an essay that will persuade others of their viewpoint. 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. exotic- from another place, excitingly different.
2. sepia- shades of brown, used to color old photos.
3. mutant-an organism that has altered traits.
4. diverse-having variety; or assorted.
5. immerse-to place under water.
6. incident- a specific event or occurrence.
7. plague-epidemic of an infectious disease or pests.
8. dramatic- something that is theatrical or stunning.
9. sympathetic- looking upon with favor or feeling for.
10. obvious- clear or easy to understand.

Next week, students will draw two-dimensional shapes to analyze their attributes, and then use those attributes to classify them. Familiar figures, such as parallelograms, rhombuses, squares, and trapezoids, were defined in earlier grades. Grade 5 extends this understanding through an in-depth analysis of the properties and defining attributes of quadrilaterals.

5.G.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

5.G.4 Classify two-dimensional figures in a hierarchy based on properties.

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

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. Monday 4/18-School bake sale to raise funds for those who have amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

2. Tuesday 4/19-walking trip for Design class at 1:00pm.

3. Tuesday 4/19, Wednesday 4/20- Scholastic book fair in the auditorium.

4. Wednesday 4/20-class trip to Queens College at 9:30am to learn about Ellis Island.

5. Monday 4/25-Friday 4/29- School closed for Spring Recess.

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, April 18 2016
1. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.103-108 and complete comprehension questions.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. Reminder: Walking trip tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 19 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet.
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.109-117 and complete comprehension questions. 3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.
Reminder: Trip to Queens College tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 20 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet.
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.118-120 and complete comprehension questions. 3. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.

Thursday, April 21 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet.
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.121-126 and complete comprehension questions.
3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Complete 1 word work option or spend 20 minutes on a spelling city review activity. Reminder: School will be closed next week for Spring Recess.

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.)