Newsletter Week of 5.16.16

Dear Families,

Hopefully the rain will go away and we will have some sunny weather this weekend 🙂

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of May 16, 2016-May 20, 2016.

This week, the class finished reading the book Wonder, by R.J. Palacio. I was very impressed with their reading projects for the book! Next week, the class will begin a new book titled Within Reach: My Everest Story, by Mark Pfetzer and Jack Galvin. This book is a memoir about a teenager named Mark Pfetzer who goes on the life changing journey of climbing Mount Everest. On his expedition on Mount Everest he encounters numerous fateful occurences. Throughout the memoir Mark describes the brutal challenge of climbing Everest. Mark and his team are faced with numerous hardships including death. When the expedition of climbing Mount Everest is over Mark experiences a revelation. He realizes that he takes life for granted and should be more respectful of the things he has.

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, the class finished publishing their Persuasive essays! Next week, the students will begin a Procedural writing unit. In this unit, the students will be writing How-To essays about achieving an individual goal.

5th grade ELA common core writing standards we will focus on include:

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. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.4
Write clear and understandable pieces that are appropriate to my task, purpose, and audience.

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. refuge- a place of safety.
2. visa-authorization to enter a country.
3. rappel- to descend on a rope from a vertical object.
4. monastery- a residence for devout religious people.
5. ascent- act of rising upward physically or socially.
6. trek-a long, exhausting journey.
7. Himalayas- a mountain range between India and Tibet.
8. anchored- stuck something in place, especially with a weight. 9. titanium- low-density metallic element with the symbol Ti. 10. intricate- elaborate or complex in detail.

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

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 5/16-Class 5-306 will put on their Ballroom Dance performance in the auditorium at 9am. Please make sure the students dress nicely 🙂

2. Wednesday 5/18- Trip to I.S. 318 to see the band perform their Spring Show at 9:30am. Please send back permission slips by Tuesday 5/17.

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 16 2016
1. Spelling/Vocabulary-Copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 2. Math- complete problem set.
3. Permission slip for I.S. 318 due tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 17 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- complete 1 reading response.
3. Spelling/Vocabulary-Write each word in a sentence.

Wednesday, May 18 2016
1. Math- review for Quadrilaterals test tomorrow!
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- Complete 1 word work option. Please use the new word work option list!

Thursday, May 19 2016
1. Reading- complete 1 reading response.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Complete 1 word work option. Please use the new word work option list! Review words for quiz tomorrow.

Word Work Options
1. Cursive Handwriting: Neatly write each spelling word in cursive two times each.
2. Buy This! Use at least 8 spelling words and write a creative advertisement for a real or imaginary product or highlight each spelling word. Try to include a picture of your product as well.
3. Dear Mr. Austin: Write a friendly letter to your teacher using at least eight spelling words. Underline or highlight the spelling words and be sure to follow the friendly letter format.
4. What’s the Story? Write a great short story using at least eight of your spelling words. Underline or highlight the spelling words.
5. Rhyme Time: Write a rhyming or non-rhyming poem about a topic of your choice using at least eight spelling words. Underline the spelling words.
6. Extra! Extra! Read All About it! Write a creative newspaper article using all of your spelling words. Be sure your article answers who, what, were, when, and why or how. Underline or highlight the spelling words.
7. Crossword Puzzle: Create a crossword puzzle using all of your words. Be sure to write interesting clues! Turn in a blank copy and an answer key.
8. Comic Strip: Create a comic strip with illustrations using at least 8 of your spelling words.
9. Inspired By: Find a picture in a magazine or newspaper or a photo you took. Write a short story using all of your spelling words that explains what is happening in the picture. Underline the spelling words. Attach the picture.
10. That’s What YOU Think: Write your opinion about a topic using at least ten of your spelling words. Argue why something is good or bad, right or wrong, or necessary or unnecessary. Underline or highlight the spelling words.
11. It Takes Two: Write a conversation between two people using all of your spelling words. This dialogue should be properly formatted (indent every time a new speaker talks) and should be properly punctuated (use quotation marks). Underline spelling words.
12. Let’s Hear it! Write a song, cheer, or a rap using all of your spelling words. Underline the spelling words.