5306

Newsletter Week of 6.20.16

Dear Families,

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the week of:
Monday, June 20, 2016-Friday, June 24, 2016.

This will be the last newsletter of the school year. Thank you for all of your parental support over the last two years. Teaching your children has truly been a great experience for me and I wish them all the best in the future. I look forward to seeing you all at the end of the year party and graduation!

* Please note- Class 5-306 was awarded a prize of no homework again this week for staying focused and continuing to work hard throughout all of the exciting senior events we have had at school!!!

Reading
This 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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
Students will engage in “free-choice” writing, in which they write in their journals about topics of their choice that interest them!

Vocabulary/Spelling Homework Contracts
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week. Please have your child review the words and definitions from past weeks on the spelling city website!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3
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
This week, students will share their completed Westward Expansion projects! They had 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!

Science
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. Class 5-306 End of the Year Celebration- On Wednesday, June 22nd at 10:45am, we will have an end of the year celebration. Students are encouraged to bring in different dishes that represent their culture and we will have a “potluck” lunch. Students are also encouraged to bring a t-shirt of their choice (such as the pink senior t-shirt) to have all of their classmates sign with a fabric marker. Please contact Elaine Budd for questions about the party. I hope to see you there!

2. 5th grade graduation- Graduation will take place on Monday, June 27th in the P.S. 132 auditorium. All tickets as well graduation caps and gowns will be sent home on Friday, 6/24.

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Tramonte

5306

Newsletter Week of 6.13.16

Dear Families,

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the week of:
Monday, June 13, 2016-Friday, June 17, 2016.

I hope you had a great weekend and were able to attend P.S. 132’s annual Kite Festival yesterday. Also, a special congratulations is in order for all of the class 5-306 band members, who performed in their last annual spring concert Friday in the P.S. 132 courtyard!

* Please note- Class 5-306 was awarded a prize of no homework this week for staying focused and continuing to work hard throughout all of the exciting senior events we have had at school!!! However, please have your child continue to work on his/her Westward Expansion project if they have not completed it yet; I have given an extension until this Friday to hand it in.

English Language Arts
This 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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
This week, the students will be writing How-To essays about achieving an individual goal as part of their procedural writing unit.

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

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week. Please have your child review the words and definitions from past weeks on the spelling city website!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3
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
This 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!

Science
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. Senior Trip- The senior picnic at McCarren Park is on Wednesday, June 15th. Please have your child bring plenty of water and dress in something comfortable. Chaperones are encouraged to join us. Please email me in advance if you would like to attend.

2. Non-Attendance Day – Tuesday, June 14th is a non-attendance day for students.

3. Attendance Award Breakfast- The attendance breakfast is on Friday, June 17th. A letter and tickets were sent home with your child today.

4. 5th grade graduation- Graduation will take place on Monday, June 27th in the P.S. 132 auditorium. Stay tuned for more details!

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Tramonte

5306

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.

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/. 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.

Math
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3
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!

Science
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.

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

5306

Newsletter Week of 5.31.16

Dear Families,

I hope you have a fun and restful Memorial Day weekend!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: Tuesday, May 31, 2016-Friday, June 3, 2016.

Reading
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 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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words next week. Please have your child review the words and definitions from previous weeks on the spelling city website!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3
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!

Science
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, June 3, 2016- Fifth grade senior prom in the auditorium. Ladies are encouraged to wear prom dresses and gentlemen are encouraged to wear formal attire. Also, donations of sweet treats for our dessert table are welcome 🙂

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Tramonte

P.S.132 Name___________________________

Class 5-306 Date____________________________

5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words next week. Please review the words and definitions from previous weeks on the spelling city website!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
1. Reading-complete 1 reading response.
2. Social Studies-work on Westward Expansion project.
3. Have May progress reports signed.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Social Studies-work on Westward Expansion project.

Thursday, June 2, 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading-complete 1 reading response.
3. Social Studies-continue to work on Westward Expansion project. All published projects are due tomorrow! Reminder: The senior prom is tomorrow.

5306

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.

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

Math
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.
CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.OA.B.3
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!

Science
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.

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

5306

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.

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

Math
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

Science
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.

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

5306

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

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

Math
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.

Science
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.

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.)

5306

Newsletter Week of 5.2.16

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great spring break!

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the current week of: May 2, 2016-May 6, 2016

Reading
This 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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
This week, the students will be working towards completing their first drafts of their Persuasive writing essays! During this unit, the students have picked out real world topics that they are concerned about and are working 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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week. Please have your child review the words and definitions from previous weeks on the spelling city website!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
This 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
This 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

Science
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 May 12, 2016- Parent teacher conferences. More details will be sent home soon.

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

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Monday, May 2 2016
Welcome back to school! Please complete any unfinished spring break homework or make revisions.

Tuesday, May 3 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through page 169 and complete even numbered comprehension questions. 3. Writing-finish persuasive essay draft through body paragraph 2.

Wednesday, May 4 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through p.204 and complete even numbered comprehension questions. 3. Writing-finish persuasive essay draft through body paragraph 3.

Thursday, May 5 2016
1. Math- complete problem set.
2. Reading- finish reading Wonder through p.234 and complete even numbered comprehension questions. 3. Writing-finish persuasive essay draft through counterargument.

Friday, May 6 2016
1. Reading- finish reading Wonder through p.262 and complete even numbered comprehension questions. 2. Writing-finish persuasive essay draft.

5306

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

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.

Math
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.

Science
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.

Sincerely,

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!
http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

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.)

5306

Newsletter Week of 4.11.16

Dear Families,

I hope you had a great week. The kids worked hard on their ELA tests this week and I am very proud of them. One test down, one to go! They will be taking their state Math tests next week on April 13, 14th , and 15th.

Below is the Class 5-306 newsletter for the upcoming week of: April 11, 2016-April 15, 2016.

Reading
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:
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.5.1
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.

Writing
Next week, we will continue working on our Persuasive writing unit! The students will be picking out real world topics that they are concerned about and work on writing an essay that will persuade others of their viewpoint. We will also be practicing writing short and extended responses in preparation for the state ELA exams.

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.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.5.1.A
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
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week due to the state math tests. Please have your child review past words and definitions on the spelling city website! http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Math
Next week, students will continue to extend their understanding of area as they use rulers and right angle templates to construct and measure rectangles with fractional side lengths and find their areas. They will also continue to apply their extensive knowledge of fraction multiplication to interpret areas of rectangles with fractional side lengths (5.NF.4b) and solve real world problems involving these figures (5.NF.6). We will also continue reviewing shapes, metric conversions, and volume in preparation for the upcoming state tests.

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

5.NF.4b Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction.
b. Find the area of a rectangle with fractional side lengths by tiling it with unit squares of the appropriate unit fraction side lengths, and show that the area is the same as would be found by multiplying the side lengths.
5.NF.6 Solve real world problems involving multiplication of fractions and mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. 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.

Science
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. Math State Tests- Wednesday, April 13th- Friday, April 15th Please ensure:

• Your child brings in several sharpened #2 pencils.

• Gets plenty of rest

• Eats a good breakfast the morning of the exam

• Comes to school ON TIME!
If your child is ill the day of the exam, please call the school immediately and request to speak to Ms. Napoli, our Testing Coordinator.

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

Sincerely,

Mr. Tramonte

P.S. 132 Name____________________________

Class 5-306 Date_____________________________

5-306 Weekly Homework Assignments
There will be no new spelling/vocabulary words this week due to the state math tests. Please have your child review past words and definitions on the spelling city website! http://www.spellingcity.com/teacher5306/.

Monday, April 11 2016
1. Math-complete worksheet(s).
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.82-84 and complete comprehension questions.

Tuesday, April 12 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet(s).
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.85-92 and complete comprehension questions.
**Math Day 1 Test tomorrow- Bring in sharpened #2 pencils. Eat a good breakfast and get plenty of rest.

Wednesday, April 13 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet.
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.93-96 and complete comprehension questions.
**Math Day 2 Test tomorrow. Bring in sharpened #2 pencils. Eat a good breakfast and get plenty of rest.

Thursday, April 14 2016
1. Math- complete worksheet.
2. Reading- Finish reading Wonder p.97-102 and complete comprehension questions.
**Math Day 3 Test tomorrow. Bring in sharpened #2 pencils. Eat a good breakfast and get plenty of rest.