Newsletter Week of 6.6.16

Dear Families,

The students looked very nice today for the prom and they had a blast! It was great to all the parents there as well 🙂

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: Monday, June 6, 2016-Friday, June 10, 2016.

Next week, the class will continue 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 occurrences. 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. pulmonary- having to do with the lungs.
2. obscurity- something vague, unclear, or not well known.
3. commemorate- to honor, to remember.
4. kamikaze- Japanese fighter pilots on suicide missions.
5. profound- being intellectual or thoughtful.
6. reluctant- lacking eagerness or enthusiasm.
7. deprivation- a state or act of denying needed things.
8. panorama- a wide, vast view.
9. complacent- self-satisfied or overly content.
10. exposure- subjecting to the influence of something.

Next week, students will continue the math unit 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 continue working on their 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. The Kite Festival- Due to a forecast of rain this Sunday, the Kite Festival date has been moved to Sunday, June 12th.

2. TADA/Materials for the Arts- On Monday, June 6th, at 11:00am, the 5th grade students will be performing the songs they have learned in TADA! in the auditorium. Their artistic talents will also be on display through the sets and costumes they have created for the show with the help of Materials for the Arts! A letter has been sent home with details about what students should be wearing.

3. Attendance Award Picnic- For the second year in a row, class 5-306 has earned a field day at Forest Park for having one of the top 5 attendance percentages in the school! The trip is on Tuesday, June June 7th.

4. Senior Trip- The senior trip to Adventure Land is on Wednesday, June 8th. Please bring plenty of water and dress in something comfortable.

5. Non-Attendance Days -Thursday, June 9th and Tuesday, June 14th are non-attendance days for students.

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, June 6, 2016
1. Math-complete problem set.
2. Spelling/Vocabulary- copy down the spelling/vocabulary words in ABC order and write down the definitions. 3. Bring in permission slips for the attendance award picnic tomorrow.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
1. Spelling/Vocabulary- write each word in a sentence.
2. Complete 1 Reading Response

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
1. Spelling/Vocabulary- complete 1 word work option. Please use the new word work option list! 2. Social Studies-work on Westward Expansion project.

Thursday, June 9, 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. Reading-complete 1 reading response.
4. Social Studies-continue to work on Westward Expansion project. All published projects are due 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.