Newsletter Week of 5.9.16

Dear Families,

I hope you had a nice week. Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s of the class. All that you do for your children is truly appreciated!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: May 9, 2016-May 13, 2016

Next week, the class will finish 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, the class will be publishing their Persuasive essays! During this unit, the students picked out real world topics that they were concerned about and work on writing an essay to 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. literally- word-for-word or exactly.
2. obsession-an often irrational fixation or compulsion.
3. elective- allowing a choice.
4. outrageous- beyond a reasonable limit.
5. pathetic- causing one to feel pity or sadness.
6. immaculate-very clean, spotless.
7. dutifully- in a way that is mindful of one’s obligations. 8. resolute- firm in a decision or opinion.
9. neutral- not favoring a side.
10. hypocrite- someone who says one thing but does another.

Next week, students will continue 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.

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

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.

Social Studies
Next week, students will continue the unit A Time of Change. Topics we will read about and discuss include:

• The Louisiana Purchase

• 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. Thursday 5/12-Individualized Student Progress Conferences from 4:30-7:30pm.

2. Students were given back their Area math test on Thursday. Please be sure to sign this test and send it back on Monday. Students should also work on making corrections to their tests.

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, May 9 2016
1. Reading- finish reading Wonder through page 301 and complete odd numbered comprehension questions.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 3. Writing-finish persuasive essay published piece through body paragraph 2.

Tuesday, May 10 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through page 331 and complete odd numbered comprehension questions. 3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.
4. Writing-finish persuasive essay published piece.

Wednesday, May 11 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through p. 364.
3. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option.

Thursday, May 12 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through the end of the book (p.404). End of unit test tomorrow!
3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Complete 1 word work option or spend 20 minutes on a spelling city review activity. Review words for quiz tomorrow.

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.)