Sunday, April 6, 2014

April 7 - 11

Important Dates 

Apr 7 - Report Cards
Apr 11 - Early Release Day 11:45
Apr 11 - 3rd Quarter Awards 9:30 - 10:30
Apr 12 - 21 - Spring Break

Homework
  • Monday - Lesson 1 Passage 
  • Tuesday - Lesson 2 Passage
  • Wednesday - Lesson 3 Passage
  • Roots & Vocabulary Homework due THURSDAY!

Tests/Quizzes
Thursday - Roots & Vocabulary Test

This Week...

All Classes - We will be beginning to work in the EOG workbooks this week.  Topics we will cover this week are: Generalizations, Inferences, Plot, Character, Setting, Theme, and Point of View. Students will have a reading passage from the lesson we cover in class each day.  We will check the homework the next day in class.  

Over the next several weeks, students will have opportunities to practice what we have covered using released EOG passages from previous EOG tests.  

If you would like your child to have additional practice, please click on the EOG Preparation Websites link on the right side of the page.  There are several websites listed that offer a variety of online practice options.  Anything from short passages based on one reading skill, to a collection of reading passages that are similar to what they will encounter on the EOG.  

Sunday, March 30, 2014

March 31 - April 4

Important Dates

Apr 4 - Field Trip 
Apr 4 - Report Cards
Apr 11 - Early Release Day
Apr 12 - 21 - Spring Break

Homework
  • Monday - Wednesday: Reading Passage
  • No Roots & Vocabulary this week

Tests/Quizzes
Monday - 5C - Bud, Not Buddy Novel Test
Monday - 5A - Because of Winn Dixie Novel Test
Monday - 5B - The Westing Game Novel Test

Important Information    
  • Field Trip This FRIDAY!
    • Remember to: 
      • arrive at school between 6:30 - 6:45 AM
      • bring: 
        • a change of clothes 
        • close toed shoes that you don't mind getting wet
        • a second pair of shoes to change into 
        • a bag to hold all personal items
        • a towel
        • a bag lunch

This Week...

5C - Students will take the novel test for Bud, Not Buddy on Monday.  Tuesday through Thursday, students who have been working on skits based on the novel will have time to practice.  We will also be working on a few reading passages in class when time allows. 

5A - Students will take the novel test for Because of Winn Dixie on Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday, students will be watching the movie version of Because of Winn Dixie and comparing the book and movie.  We will also be working on a few reading passages in class when time allows. 

5B - Students will take the novel test for The Westing Game on Monday.  Tuesday and Wednesday, students will watch the movie version of The Westing Game and compare the book and movie.  We will also be working on a few reading passages in class when time allows. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

March 24 - 28

Important Dates

26 - End of 3rd Quarter
28 - Early Release Day
Apr 4 - Field Trip (Leaving at 7:00AM SHARP!)
Homework
  • Roots & Vocabulary Activities due 3/28
    • Instead of Spelling words, students will be learning the meaning of root words, along with vocabulary words that use those roots.  They will receive a list of ten roots and ten vocabulary words to study each week, and must complete homework activities for them each night.  These activities are due on Fridays.  There will be a test on the roots and vocabulary words each Friday instead of a Spelling test.  
  • Monday - Thursday: A Reading Comprehension passage will be sent home each night.  Students will turn in and check over each one the next day in class.

Tests/Quizzes
Monday - 5C - Chapter 13 - 16 Quiz
Tuesday - 5A - Chapter 16 - 20 Quiz
Thursday - 5B - Chapter 23 - 30 Quiz
Friday - 5C - Chapter 17 - Afterward Quiz
Friday - 5A - Chapter 21 - 26 Quiz
Friday - All - Root & Vocabulary Test

Important Information   
 
  • Field Trip Letter - A letter was sent home Friday, March 22, that details very important information regarding the upcoming field trip to Wilmington, NC on April 4.  A copy of the letter was also emailed to parents.  Please check your child's book bag or your email inbox for this important letter.  Please email me if you have questions. 

This Week...

5C - We will be finishing the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  There will be a quiz on chapters 13 - 16 on Monday, and a quiz on the last chapters on Friday.  Students will be finishing their Character Analysis of Bud and working on EOG preparation passages later in the week. 

5A - We will be finishing the novel Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo.  There will be a quiz on chapters 16 - 20 on Tuesday, and a quiz on the last chapters of the book on Friday.  Students will be working on EOG preparation passages later in the week. 

5B - We will be finishing the novel The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  There will be a quiz on chapters 23 - 30 on Thursday.  Students will be working on EOG preparation passages later in the week. 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 17 - 21

Important Dates

17 - Spring Pictures
26 - End of 3rd Quarter
28 - Early Release Day

Homework

  • Roots & Vocabulary Activities due 3/21
    • Instead of Spelling words, students will be starting to concentrate on learning the meaning of root words, along with vocabulary words that use those roots.  They will receive a list of ten roots and ten vocabulary words to study each week, and must complete homework activities for them each night.  These activities are due on Fridays.  There will be a test on the roots and vocabulary words each Friday instead of a Spelling test.  
  • Monday - Thursday: A Reading Comprehension passage will be sent home each night.  Students will turn in and check over each one the next day in class.

Tests/Quizzes
Tuesday - 5C - Chapter 9 - 12 Quiz
Tuesday - 5B - Chapter 13 - 18 Quiz
Wednesday - 5A - Chapter 11 - 15 Quiz
Friday - 5B - Chapter 19 - 22 Quiz
Friday - All - Spelling Test

Important Information   
 
  • Spring Pictures - Portraits and Class Pictures will be taken Monday.  If you would like to purchase a portrait or class picture, please send in the order form and money with your child on Monday.  

This Week...

5C - We will continue reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  There will be a quiz on chapters 9 - 12 on Tuesday.  Students will finish up working on their character analysis of Bud.  

5A - We will continue reading the novel Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo.  There will be a quiz on chapters 11 - 15 on Wednesday.  Students will also work on EOG reading passages in class.  

5B - We will continue reading the novel The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. There will be a quiz on chapters 13 - 18 on Tuesday, and a quiz on chapters 19 - 22 on Friday. We will also work on EOG reading passages in class. 

Sunday, March 9, 2014

March 10 - 14

Important Dates

10 - 3rd Quarter Book Reviews Due
12 - Amazing Animals Assembly 2:30PM
17 - Spring Pictures
26 - End of 3rd Quarter
28 - Early Release Day

Homework

Spelling Notebook due 3/14
Monday - Thursday: A Reading Comprehension passage will be sent home each night.  Students will turn in and check over each one the next day in class.

Tests/Quizzes
Wednesday - 5C - Chapter 5 - 8 Quiz
Thursday - 5B - Chapter 8 - 12 Quiz
Thursday - 5A - Chapter 6 - 10 Quiz 
Friday - All - Spelling Test

Important Information   
 
  • Annual Auction Basket - Our class' theme is "Nothing But Fun."  The auction will take place on Friday, Mar. 21st.  If you can help us with donating items, or money to purchase items, please send those in byMarch  17.  Here are a few examples of things we can include in the basket: 
    • admission tickets to zoos, museums, movie theaters, amusement/theme parks, concerts, play/theater performances
    • gift cards
    • gift certificates to participate in experiences, i.e. mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, craft lessons, etc.

This Week...

5C - Monday, students will turn in and share their 3rd Quarter Book Projects. For the rest of the week, we will continue reading the novel Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Students will also continue working on a character analysis activity they began last week.  There will be a quiz on chapters 5 - 8 on Wednesday.  

5A Monday, students will turn in and share their 3rd Quarter Book Projects. For the rest of the week, we will continue reading the novel Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo.  There will be a quiz on chapters 6 - 10 on Thursday.  Students will also be working on EOG practice reading passages in class. 

5B Monday, students will turn in and share their 3rd Quarter Book Projects. For the rest of the week, we will continue reading the novel The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin.  There will be a quiz on chapters 8 - 12 on Wednesday.  Students will also be working on EOG practice reading passages in class. 

Sunday, March 2, 2014

March 3 - 7

Important Dates

5 - Bright Star Touring Theatre Performance - 10:00AM
10 - 3rd Quarter Book Reviews Due
12 - Amazing Animals Assembly 2:30PM
17 - Spring Pictures26 - End of 3rd Quarter
28 - Early Release Day

Homework

Spelling Notebook due 3/7
Monday - Thursday: A Reading Comprehension passage will be sent home each night.  Students will turn in and check over each one the next day in class.

Tests/Quizzes
Wednesday - 5C - Chapter 1 - 4 Quiz
Thursday - 5A - Chapter 1 - 5 Quiz 
Thursday - 5B - Chapter 1 - 7 Quiz
Friday - All - Spelling Test

Important Information   

  • Don't forget 3rd Quarter Book Reviews are due MARCH 10!  Students should choose a biography about a famous person of their choice to read.  Please click on the link on the right side of the page to learn about all the requirements for this quarter's book review.  Many students have already found a biography and are reading it now.  Please don't leave this project until the last minute!  
  • Annual Auction Basket - Our class' theme is "Nothing But Fun."  The auction will take place on Friday, Mar. 21st.  If you can help us with donating items, or money to purchase items, please send those in byMarch  17.  Here are a few examples of things we can include in the basket: 
    • admission tickets to zoos, museums, movie theaters, amusement/theme parks, concerts, play/theater performances
    • gift cards
    • gift certificates to participate in experiences, i.e. mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, craft lessons, etc.
This Week...

5C - We will be beginning our last novel of the year Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis.  Students will be given a study guide to use throughout reading the novel.  The first quiz will be Wednesday on chapters 1 - 4.  Students will be conducting a characters analysis of the main character of the novel, and beginning to work on EOG preparation passages in class. 

Remember, there will be no more Reading Logs.  Students will be completing a reading comprehension passage Monday through Thursday.  Each passage is due the following day and will be checked in class. 

Below are the vocabulary words for the novel Bud, Not Buddy
Chapter 1 – 4
Glum: silently gloomy
Provoked: to anger, enrage, exasperate, or vex
Lavatory: a bathroom
Ingratitude: the state of being ungrateful
Vermin: disgusting animals, especially those of small size and are difficult to control
Chapter 5 – 8
“On the Lam”: escaping, fleeing or hiding, especially from the police
Hypnotizing: to influence, control, or direct completely, as by personal charm, words or domination
Tetters: a skin disease
Wiry: lean and strong
Alias: a false name used to conceal one’s identity
Chapter 9 – 12
Gory: involving much bloodshed and violence
Terminally: Occurring at or forming at the end of something
Paltry: ridiculously or insultingly small
Loathsome: disgusting, revolting, or repulsive
Sully: to soil, stain, or tarnish
Chapter 13 – 16
Festering: to rot
Snaggletooth: a tooth growing out beyond or apart from others
Copasetic: fine, extremely satisfactory
Embouchure: the mouth of an instrument
Prodigy: a person, especially a child or young person, having extraordinary talent or ability
Chapter 17 – 19
Wringer: 1. a machine for squeezing liquid out of anything wet 2. A painful, difficult or tiring experience
Gigs: any job, especially one of short duration
Ornery: unpleasant or stubborn attitude
Stiffed: to cheat out of something
Ruint: to be spoiled


5A - We will begin reading the novel Because of Winn Dixie by Kate Dicamillo together as a class. Students will be given a study guide to use throughout reading the novel.  There will be a quiz on chapters 1 - 5 on Thursday.  Students will also be working on EOG preparation passages in class.  

Remember, there will be no more Reading Logs.  Students will be completing a reading comprehension passage Monday through Thursday.  Each passage is due the following day and will be checked in class. 

Below are the vocabulary words for the novel Because of Winn Dixie: 
Chapter 1 – 5
Constellation: a group of stars to which a name has been given
Missionary: a person sent by a church into an area to carry out religious work
Muttering: to speak in a low tone
Chapter 6 – 10
Peculiar: strange, odd
Shuffled: to walk without lifting the feet or with clumsy steps
Prideful: the state of having a high opinion of one’s self
Chapter 11 – 15
Ignorant: lacking in knowledge or information
Pathological: caused by or involving a disease
Whimpering: to cry with low, broken sounds
Chapter 16 – 20
Abiding: continuing without change
Lozenge: a small, flavored tablet made from sugar and syrup
Melancholy: a gloomy state of mind
Chapter 21 – 26
Complicated: difficult to understand or explain
Potions: a drink, especially one having medicinal, poisonous, or magical powers
Amuse: to entertain in an enjoyable or cheerful manner


5B - We will begin reading the last novel for this year, The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. Students will receive a study guide to complete throughout reading the novel.  There will be a quiz on chapter 1 - 7 on Thursday.  We will also be completing EOG preparation passages in class. 

Remember, there will be no more Reading Logs.  Students will be completing a reading comprehension passage Monday through Thursday.  Each passage is due the following day and will be checked in class.

Below are the vocabulary words for the novel, The Westing Game
Vigil: an act or period of watching or surveillance
Pyrotechnic: a firework
Invalid: one who is sickly or disabled
Dastardly: characterized by underhandedness or treachery
Nonsensical: describing something that has no meaning or makes no sense
Hodgepodge: a mixture of various things
Vindictiveness: disposed to seek revenge
Abstention: the act of abstaining, or denying one yourself an action or practice
Swatches: a sample piece or a collection of samples
Derelicts: something voluntarily abandoned
Meticulous: marked by extreme care in the attention to detail
Uppity: putting on an air of superiority
Stupefied: to make groggy or insensible
Extravaganza: a lavish or spectacular show or event
Heirloom: something of special value handed down from one generation to another

Sunday, February 23, 2014

February 24 - 28

Important Dates
Feb. 28 - Field Trip Money & Form Due
Feb. 28 - Scholastic Book Orders Due
Feb. 28 - ELA EOG Workbook money due ($10)

Homework

Spelling Notebook due 2/28
Reading Logs due 2/24

Tests/Quizzes

Spelling Test Friday 2/28

Important Information   

  • Don't forget 3rd Quarter Book Reviews are due MARCH 10!  Students should choose a biography about a famous person of their choice to read.  Please click on the link on the right side of the page to learn about all the requirements for this quarter's book review.  Many students have already found a biography and are reading it now.  Please don't leave this project until the last minute! 
  • Field Trip - forms and money are due February 28.  A letter was sent home recently that listed details about the cost for students and chaperones.  
  • EOG Book for Lang. Arts - $10 for the EOG book is due February 28.  A letter was sent home recently with details. 
  • Annual Auction Basket - Our class' theme is "Nothing But Fun."  The auction will take place on Friday, Mar. 21st.  If you can help us with donating items, or money to purchase items, please send those in by March  17.  Here are a few examples of things we can include in the basket: 
    • admission tickets to zoos, museums, movie theaters, amusement/theme parks, concerts, play/theater performances
    • gift cards
    • gift certificates to participate in experiences, i.e. mini golf, laser tag, pottery painting, craft lessons, etc.
This Week...

All Classes: We will be finishing up our Biography unit by learning about a selection of famous women.  Students will also be finishing up their in-class projects on a famous African American.  I hope to have their projects displayed in the hallway by the end of next week. 

We will also be completing reading comprehension passages and learning about some reading strategies students can use while answering comprehension questions.