Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 20 - 23

Important Dates
Oct 23 - Booster Bash
Oct 24 - No School
Oct 31 - Halloween

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Oct. 23 

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes and summary 
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes and summary 
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes and summary 
Thursday: None

Tests/Quizzes
None

This Week...

Monday 
Each class will begin a new novel unit this week which is set during the American Revolution.  We will begin with an introduction to this time in history and the basic causes of the revolution.  Students will also continue to work on their Halloween Narratives. 

Tuesday 
Yellow Group: Students will begin reading chapter 1 in Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen and complete the study guide questions for that chapter. They will also have time to work on their Halloween Narrative. 

Blue Group: Students will read part one of a nonfiction text about the American Revolution. They will also work in small groups in reading centers to practice reading and writing skills. 

Red Group: Students will read part one of a nonfiction text about the American Revolution. They will also work on their Halloween Narratives. 

Wednesday
Yellow Group: Students will read chapter 2 in Woods Runner and complete study guide questions for that chapter. We will discuss Imagery and complete a vocabulary activity. 

Blue Group: Students will complete part two of the nonfiction text about the American Revolution and view an introduction power point for the new novel they will be reading to gain background information about the author and events that will occur during the reading of the novel. Students will continue to work in their station groups. 

Red Group: Students will complete part two of the nonfiction text about the American Revolution.  They will also complete a vocabulary activity and work on their Halloween Narratives. 

Thursday 
Yellow Group: Students will read chapter 3 in Woods Runner and complete the study guide questions for that chapter. Students will have time to work on their Halloween Narratives. 

Blue Group: Students will begin reading chapters 1 and 2 in George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff and complete the study guide questions for those chapters. They will also have time to work on their Halloween Narratives. 

Red Group: Students will view an introduction power point for the novel George Washington's Socks by Elvira Woodruff to gain background information about the author and events that will occur during the reading.  We will read chapters 1 and 2 and complete the study guide questions for those chapters as well. Students will be able to work on their Halloween Narratives if time allows. 

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 13 - 17

Important Dates
Oct 13 - 1st Quarter Project Due
Oct 23 - Booster Bash
Oct 24 - No School
Oct 31 - Halloween

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Oct. 23 
  • 1st Quarter Project Due Monday, October 13th. 

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook pages 21
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 22
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 23
Thursday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 24

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 3 Test 

This Week...

Monday - We will have our last Discussion Seminar for Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and students will continue working their Halloween Narratives. If time allows, students will begin signing up for writing conferences with the teacher to go over their first drafts of their Halloween Narrative. The writing conferences will take place throughout this week and into next week. 

Tuesday - Students will be introduced to the culmination in-class project for Blood on the River.  Students will have class time throughout the week to complete this project that will show their knowledge and understanding of the novel we have just completed reading.  

Wednesday - Students will continue working on their culminating in-class project for Blood on the River and writing their Halloween Narrative. Some students will conference with the teacher to review what they've written.  

Thursday - Students will work on the in-class project and a Grammar lesson on using apostrophes. 

Friday - Students will finish up their in-class projects and the lesson on apostrophes that was started the day before.  There will also be a Vocabulary Test on Lesson 3. 

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 6 - 10

Important Dates
Oct 6 - Picture Day
Oct 13 - 1st Quarter Project Due
Oct 24 - No School
Oct 31 - Halloween

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Oct. 23 
  • 1st Quarter Non-Book Report Project information was sent home recently. Please encourage your child to get started as soon as possible.  Project is due October 13th. 
  • Picture Day is Monday, October 6th. 5th Grade will take their pictures starting at 11:15AM.  

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook pages 14
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 15
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 16
Thursday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 17

Tests/Quizzes
Friday - Blood on the River Chapters 19 - 27 Quiz
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 2 Test 

This Week...

Monday - Students will read chapters 21 and 22 in Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and complete the study guide questions for those chapters.  We will introduce the first in-class writing assignment for this quarter. Students will work on writing a Halloween-themed narrative throughout the month of October, and will hopefully finish by Halloween. 

Tuesday - Students will continue reading chapters 23 and 24 in our novel and work on answering the study guide questions for those chapters. We will also begin brainstorming and filling out a graphic organizer to help with planning the Halloween narrative.  

Wednesday - Students will read chapters 25 and 26 of our novel and answer the study guide questions. We will have a short review lesson on cause and effect.  Students will continue working on planning their Halloween narratives. 

Thursday - Students will finish the novel Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and finish their study guide questions. We will continue working on planning our Halloween narratives and begin writing our beginning paragraphs. 

Friday - Students will take a quiz on chapters 19 - 27 of Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and take the Lesson 2 Vocabulary Test.  We will continue to work on our Halloween narratives if time allows. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

September 29 - October 3

Important Dates
Oct 3 - Progress Reports
Oct 6 - Picture Day

Important Reminders
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Oct. 23 
  • 1st Quarter Non-Book Report Project information was sent home recently. Please encourage your child to get started as soon as possible.  Project is due October 13th. 
  • Vocabulary Workbooks have arrived! Students will be given their workbooks on Monday and begin the first lesson in it this week as well. They will have a page assigned each night for homework. This will be checked the next day in class. 

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook pages 7 - 8
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 9
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 10
Thursday: Read 30 minutes and summary & Vocabulary Workbook page 11

Tests/Quizzes
Wednesday - Blood on the River Chapters 8 - 18 Quiz
Friday - Vocabulary Lesson 1 Test 

This Week...

Monday - Students will read chapters 14 and 15 in our novel, Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and continue to work in their study guides.  We will also finish a lesson on Capitalization. 

Tuesday - We will read chapters 16 - 18 in our novel and finish the study guide questions for those chapters. We will also spend some time preparing for the quiz students will take on chapter 8 - 18 on Wednesday. 

Wednesday - Students will take a quiz on chapters 8 - 18 for our novel, Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607.  We will also work on a close reading activity using a nonfiction text related to the Jamestown Colony.  

Thursday - Students will participate in a class discussion centered around the chapters we have read for the second quiz. The discussion will aim at getting students to think deeply about character actions and motivations and the themes presented so far in our reading. We will also begin a grammar lesson on using commas in our writing. 

Friday - Students will take their first Vocabulary test based on Lesson 1.  We will also read chapters 19 and 20 in Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 and complete the study guide questions for those chapters. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

September 22 - 26

Important Dates
22 - Attraction Book Due Date 
29 - Attraction Book Due Date (Final)

Important Reminders
  • Attraction Book Fundraiser begins September 8th. Due dates: September 22nd and Sept. 29th.  Orders will be filled the same day they are turned in. 
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Sept. 26 
  • 1st Quarter Non-Book Report Project information was sent home recently. Please encourage your child to get started as soon as possible.  Project is due October 13th. 
  • Vocabulary Workbooks were ordered this past Thursday and will hopefully arrive sometime this week. 

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Thursday: Read 30 minutes & summary

This Week...

Monday - Students will be taking their first quiz for the novel, Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607, which we began reading last week. We will be completing a close reading activity with a nonfiction text about the Jamestown colony and finishing our first grammar lesson on parts of speech. 

Tuesday - We will participate in a discussion seminar using questions that will make students analyze and dig deeper into our novel. Students will also work on the second close reading activity for this unit based on the Jamestown colony

Wednesday - We will continue reading our novel and cover chapters 8 and 9. Students will also complete study guide questions for those chapters.  A mini-lesson on Fact and Opinion will be taught as well. 

Thursday - We will be covering chapters 10 and 11 during class and answering questions about those chapters in the study guide.  We will touch on cause and effect relationships. 

Friday - We will read chapters 12 and 13 and continue to complete the study guide for those chapters.  
We will hopefully be able to move on to the next lesson in Grammar during this week as time allows, which will focus on the hard and fast rules, such as: capitalization, punctuation and the use of commas and apostrophes.  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

September 15 - 19

Important Dates
8 - First Day of School
8 - Attraction Book Fundraiser begins
15 - Attraction Book Due Date #1
16 - $9 for Vocabulary Workbook due
22 - Attraction Book Due Date (FINAL)

Important Reminders
  • Attraction Book Fundraiser begins September 8th. There will be two due dates: September 15th and Sept. 22.  Orders will be filled the same day they are turned in. 
  • $9 for purchasing the Vocabulary workbook we will be using this year is due September 16th
  • Scholastic Book Orders Due Sept. 26 
  • 1st Quarter Book Report Project information was sent home on Thursday. Please encourage your child to get started as soon as possible.  Project is due October 13th. 

Homework
Monday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Tuesday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Wednesday: Read 30 minutes & summary
Thursday: Read 30 minutes & summary

This Week...
On Monday, we will finish organizing our binders and complete a writing sample. 

We will be integrating Social Studies topics into many of our literature units this year.  We will begin our first unit on Tuesday, and will be reading a novel called, Blood on the River: Jamestown 1607 by Elisa Carbone, which is takes place during American colonial times.  Students will receive a study guide to complete as we read the book. As we begin reading this week, we will discuss how character descriptions in text can help the reader identify and infer character traits and motivations.

Students will also be reviewing the parts of speech this week and responding to journal prompts in their Warm-up Journals each day.  


Saturday, September 6, 2014

September 8 - 12

Welcome Back Students and Parents!

It was so wonderful to meet all the students and parents who attended Open House on Thursday afternoon and evening.  I am looking forward to seeing all the students' smiling faces on Monday morning!

Important Dates
8 - First Day of School
8 - Attraction Book Fundraiser begins
15 - Attraction Book Due Date #1
16 - $9 for Vocabulary Workbook due
22 - Attraction Book Due Date (FINAL)
24 - Picture Day

Important Reminders

  • Please return signed Open House forms to your child's homeroom teacher. 
  • Attraction Book Fundraiser begins September 8th. There will be two due dates: September 15th and Sept. 22.  Orders will be filled the same day they are turned in. 
  • $9 for purchasing the Vocabulary workbook we will be using this year is due September 16th.  
This Week...

All Classes: 
  • We will be using the first week of school to participate in some fun activities to get to know each other, and take some time to talk about classroom expectations, routines and get our binders organized.  
  • Students will take a beginning of the year assessment this week to help determine what their academic needs are at this time.  We will complete the first half of the assessment on Wednesday and finish the last half on Friday. 
  • Information about the First Quarter Book Report will go home this Thursday. We will take class time to go over the requirements and due date.  
  • A letter about field trips that have been planned for this year will be sent home, so please be on the lookout for that in your child's Homework Folder.  We have some exciting things in the works!
  • Homework will most likely start the week of September 15th, but it will only consist of a Reading Log until Vocabulary workbooks are ordered and arrive at school. For details on the Reading Log, please click the link on the right side of this page.  Reading Logs are due on Fridays.