Newsletter Week of 5.23.16

Dear Families,

I hope you have a nice weekend!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of May 23, 2016-May 27, 2016.

Next week, the class will be reading 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.

Next week, the students will work on 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 Within Reach: My Everest Story that the class is currently reading. The words and definitions can be found on the spelling city website!

1. pilgrimage-journey to a sacred place or shrine
2. triumph-a success or victory.
3. acclimatization-adaptation to a new environment.
4. gauge- a measuring device; an evaluation.
5. expedition- a journey by a group with a specific goal.
6. ascend- to go or climb up.
7. hypothermia-severely low body temperature.
8. traverse- to travel across or pass over.
9. endurance- stamina, staying power, durability.
10. notarize- to sign by an authorized person as a witness.

Next week, students will begin a new math unit titled Problem Solving with the Coordinate Plane. During this unit, students will develop a coordinate system for the first quadrant of the coordinate plane and use it to solve problems. Students will also use the number line as an introduction to the idea of a coordinate and construct two perpendicular number lines to create a coordinate system on the plane. They will see that the plane’s coordinate system can be used to locate and plot points using two coordinates. They will then use the coordinate system to explore relationships between points, ordered pairs, patterns, lines and, more abstractly, the rules that generate them. This study will culminate in an exploration of the coordinate plane in real world applications.

Our learning will focus on the following 5th grade MATH Common Core Standards:
Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems. CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.1
Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate). CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.A.2
Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation. Analyze patterns and relationships.
Generate two numerical patterns using two given rules. Identify apparent relationships between corresponding terms. Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns, and graph the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.

Social Studies
Next week, students will be working on a Westward Expansion project! They will have several options of projects to choose from, such as creating a scrapbook to show what it was like to travel to the west, creating a new invention to help pioneers traveling west, or recording a song or skit about Westward Expansion!

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. Friday 5/27-Class 5-306 will be taking a trip to Alley Pond park for the Festival of Cultures! Please be sure to send in trip slips and fees by Wednesday, 5/25.

2. If you have not sent in the permission slips for Adventureland, the Senior Picnic, or the Prom, please be sure to send these in as soon as possible.

3. Class 5-306 has run out of looseleaf 😦 If you have any extra packs of looseleaf that you can donate to the class, it would be greatly appreciated!

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


Mr. Tramonte

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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 23 2016
1. Spelling/Vocabulary-copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 2. Reading-complete 1 reading response.
3. Permission slip for Alley Pond Park trip is due by Wednesday!

Tuesday, May 24 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-write each word in a sentence.
3. Social Studies-work on Westward Expansion project.

Wednesday, May 25 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- complete 1 word work option. Please use the new word work option list! 3. Reading-complete 1 reading response.

Thursday, May 26 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary-Complete 1 word work option. Please use the new word work option list! Review words for quiz tomorrow.
3. Social Studies-continue to work on Westward Expansion project. All projects are due tomorrow! Reminder: Alley Pond Park trip is 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.