December 2

Homework for the remainder of the semester

Homework for the remainder of the semester

Writing:  I will be returning the cause and effect essay on the Spanish American War.  Many of the kids will be unhappy with their grades and are encouraged to rewrite it for a higher grade.  I will be conferencing with them about needed improvements, and they may utilize their morning work time 7:15-8:00 to work on these corrections.  This is a language and SS grade, so a good score is vital to their averages.

The compare and contrast essay on books vs. video is due Monday.  I will do my best to get these graded and returned by the end of the week so that students may rewrite and resubmit if they choose.  *Update:  The compare and contrast essays were returned Friday.

We will be beginning our research project on celebrations and traditions around the world.  The project is posted below along with due dates.  This is a partner project, but both partners need to participate fully for the project to earn a good grade.

Research Project Celebrations Around The World                                  

 

There are many wonderful traditions that enrich our lives.  Each culture has its own celebrations and traditions.  This project will help you learn about another culture and one of their celebrations.  You will work with a partner to research, write, and present about the celebration you have chosen.  The purpose of this project is to learn about other cultures and traditions.  Therefore, you may not choose a celebration or tradition that you celebrate!

Final Product:

You and your partner will submit an informational book which details the tradition’s origins and customs.  This will be a writing grade.

***Due to time constraints, I have eliminated the writing portion of this assignment.  You are now only responsible for the oral presentation.  You and your partner will give a 5-10-minute presentation about this celebration.  This should include visual aids (ppt, slides, posters, etc.).  This will be a reading grade (speaking, listening). 

Due Dates:

December 7th   Research and Note cards complete (checked by Mrs. Stanley).  All Sources documented, and each fact labeled with the source it came from.

December 14th  Rough draft of book including notations of where graphics will be placed.

December 18th  Final draft of your book is due

December 19th  Presentations

Reading:  We will be finishing our informational unit before the end of this semester.  The kids have been reading and analyzing informational texts throughout this term and will test over this material on 12-18-18.

Shakespeares were due Friday for Caged Bird.  This week, we’ll read paired texts about Civil War Battleship crews and next week we’ll read paired texts about Australia.  There will be no Shakespeare entries the week of the 17th.

Vocabulary:  We will continue with the cede/ceed root this week and test Friday.  The kids will do their stretch activity on Tuesday this week because we were unable to get to it last week.  Next week, we will study the root word vers.  There will be no vocabulary the week of the 17th.

Math:  The kids are still struggling with addition and subtraction of fractions.  Most of them understand finding a common denominator and converting each fraction to an equivalent.  They become confused, however when they are required to borrow in fraction subtraction and in converting the final answer to a mixed number in simplest form.  We are going to spend another week on this.  The few who have already mastered it, will be working on a fraction project.

Students will be given a math spiral review worksheet this week and next.  They should complete each night’s activities.

Science:  We are wrapping up our study of Classification of living things by reading and analyzing a text about plant classification.  We will finish that up by Wednesday, and test on Tuesday 12/11 Students will need to reread and study the notes in their Franklin to study for this test.

Social Studies:  We will begin reading about the events leading to World War I.

November 25

Week of November 26th!

We will begin writing a compare and contrast essay this week.  The kids will be planning, revising, editing and publishing an essay about the similarities and differences between books and video.

In reading, we will be analyzing relationships between people, events and ideas in a non-fiction text.

We will be learning about the Animal Phylum and breaking that down into classes of vertebrates and invertebrates.

Our poem this week is Caged Bird by Maya Angelou.  Constructed responses in the Shakespeare are due Friday.

Friday is our Ellis Island simulation.  The kids have been given their “role” for the day, and should dress appropriately.  They will experience a glimpse of what it was like to immigrate through Ellis Island.

Your root of the week is ceed/cess.  The words are:  accessible, accessory, concede, succeed, intercede, precede, exceed, proceed, recede, recess, successor

Homework:

Monday:  Do Monday Monday’s Math Practice and look up the words in the dictionary.

Tuesday:  Tuesday Math Work and quizlet.  https://quizlet.com/_15ydg3

Wednesday:   Do Wednesday’s math practice and stretch it.

Thursday:   Do Thursday’s math practice.  Edit and Revise essay due Friday.

 

 

 

November 13

Ellis Island

Dear families,

Due to the weather we are rescheduling our immigration day activities for Friday, November 30th. We apologize for the inconvenience. A large portion of the simulation activity takes place outdoors and we are hoping that the weather will be more cooperative that day. This will also allow students two additional weeks to work on their projects.

 

Best regards,

Lewis Elementary Fifth Grade Team

November 12

Week of November 12th

This week we are wrapping up our informational essays about imperialism and the Spanish American War.  We will be doing peer edits, revising, editing and publishing this piece.

We will also be finishing our study of main ideas in complex text.  We will test over text structure and main idea on Thursday.

We will be learning about the Animal Phylum and breaking that down into classes of vertebrates and invertebrates.

Friday is our Ellis Island simulation.  The kids have been given their “role” for the day, and should dress appropriately.  They will experience a glimpse of what it was like to immigrate through Ellis Island.

Your root of the week is scrib/script.  The words are:  describe, inscription, manuscript, postscript, prescription, scribble, scribe, script, subscription, transcribe.

Homework:

Monday:  Do Monday Monday’s Math Practice and look up the words in the dictionary.

Tuesday:  Tuesday Math Work and quizlet.  https://quizlet.com/_5lx51v

Wednesday:   Do Wednesday’s math practice and stretch it.

Thursday:   Do Thursday’s math practice.  Edit and Revise essay due Friday.

***No Shakespeare this week

****Essays are due Friday. 

 

 

November 4

Week of November 5th

This week we will be covering the four basic operations with decimals.  We’ll test Friday 

In reading, we will be covering main idea in non-fiction text. 

In writing this week we’ll be writing an informational essay about the Spanish American War. 

Turn of the Century Test is today.  We will also test over last week’s root words.  No vocab this week due to the short week, but there will be math and writing assigned each night. 

Homework: 

Monday:  Do Monday and Tuesday’s Math practice.  Work on your cause and effect essay about the Spanish American War.  Take your Shakespeare home so you can keep up with this week’s entry “Change Gonna Come.” 

Tuesday:  No school. 

Wednesday:   Do Wednesday’s math practice.  By today, you should be finished drafting your essay and begin editing/revising.  This is due Friday as a final draft. 

Thursday:   Do Thursday’s math practice.  Edit and Revise essay due Friday. 

***Shakespeare entries are due Friday but students may take them home over the weekend to polish or complete.  They must be turned in for a grade on Monday. 

****Writing will be individualized from this point, please check with your child and look in his or her agenda for assignments and due dates. 

November 1

Updates for tomorrow

Hi Friends,

As you know, I won’t be here tomorrow due to a professional development course, but there IS a sub scheduled as I’ve had this planned for quite some time.

The kids voted today and we agreed to put off the SS test until Monday.  We will also put off the Vocabulary test until Monday.   The kids will be given their stretch it activities tomorrow (which they missed yesterday).

Below you’ll find a study guide for the social studies test.  I went through our notes with the kids and highlighted things that would be on the test.

Changing Nations Study Guide-rf7q54

Have a great weekend!

October 29

Week of 10/29

This week we will be covering the four basic operations with decimals.

In reading, we will be covering main idea in non-fiction text.

In writing this week we’ll be learning how to write a descriptive paragraph and essay.

We are continuing our study of the Turn of the Century.  The PPT and notes are located in each student’s Office 365 One Note notebook.  I’ve shown them how to access this and they wrote their usernames and passwords down in their agenda last week.  We will test on this information Nov. 2nd before returning to science.

Homework:

Weekly root word (miss, mit)  transmit, intermission, mission, dismiss, submit, remit, emit, missile, omit, admit

Monday:  Look up your words in the dictionary; Finish chapter 7of Sisters Grimm a nd use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Monday’s math practice.

Tuesday:  Quizlet https://quizlet.com/_5iku3v Read through p. 183 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Tuesday’s math practice.

Wednesday:  Stretch It; Finish chapter 8 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Wednesday’s math practice.

Thursday:  Study with a family member; Read through p. 219 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Thursday’s math practice.

***Shakespeare entries are due Friday but students may take them home over the weekend to polish or complete.  They must be turned in for a grade on Monday.

****Writing will be individualized from this point, please check with your child and look in his or her agenda for assignments and due dates.

 

 

 

October 26

Information

 

We’ve had a few kids out this week with different illnesses.  The nurse communicated with us some helpful information.  Below is a chart to help you make the decison of whether to send your child to school if they are ill.

October 22

Week of 10/22

This week we will be covering the four basic operations with decimals.

In reading, we are moving into Non-Fiction text and will begin by discussing the basic structures.

In writing this week we’ll be learning how to write a descriptive paragraph and essay.

We are continuing our study of the Turn of the Century.  The PPT and notes are located in each student’s Office 365 One Note notebook.  I’ve shown them how to access this and they wrote their usernames and passwords down in their agenda last week.  We will test on this information Nov. 2nd before returning to science.

Homework:

Weekly root word (ben, bene):  benefit, benefactor, benediction, benign, benevolent, beneficiary, bona fide, bonus, bon-voyage, beneficial.

Monday:  Look up your words in the dictionary; Finish chapter 5 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Monday’s math practice.

Tuesday:  Quizlet https://quizlet.com/330667145/vocab-ben-bene-flash-cards/  Finish chapter 6 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Tuesday’s math practice.

Wednesday:  Stretch It; Finish chapter 7 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Wednesday’s math practice.

Thursday:  Study with a family member; Finish chapter 8 of Sisters Grimm and use sticky notes to make inferences about characters or events.  Do Thursday’s math practice.

***Shakespeare entries are due Friday but students may take them home over the weekend to polish or complete.  They must be turned in for a grade on Monday.

****A final draft of the descriptive essay will be due on Friday.  If not finished and turned in, students will need to polish and publish it at home and turn in Monday.