Can you believe October is upon us? Wow, this year is flying by! We have a jam-packed week, so let's check it out.
Mon, 9/30 My homeroom starts Global Read Aloud! We're so excited! We'll be connecting with Mrs. Weiser's and Ms. Denly's classes as well as other classes around the world! We are reading Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Tues, 10/1 FalCan Food Drive begins; My homeroom library visit
Wed, 10/2 Walk to School Day (meet at Rock Creek Park as usual)
Thurs, 10/3 Talent Show Tryouts during Activity (must have permission slip turned in); Mrs. May's Class "Changing Nation" test in Social Studies
Fri, 10/4 Chick-Fil-A $2.50; POW due (all language arts classes); Chapter 7 Shurley English test (my LA class only); Mrs. May's class presents their family trees
(Mrs. May's homeroom)
Check out the social studies website to view resources and download notes! www.5socialstudies.weebly.com
This is Mrs. May's homeroom's last week with me; next, my class comes back to learn about WWI!
We are finishing our Changing Nation unit. To read more about the standards, click the "Social Studies" page at the top and look for SS5H3.
BIG HOMEWORK PROJECT: Students will create a family tree to share with our classes THIS Friday. Students received the assignment last Monday. This is a great time to share with your child about your family's history. We'd like to know any countries from which your family originated. For instance, I have family history in Scotland and Germany, even in a Native American tribe! Every year, students enjoy learning these things about their families. Feel free to go back as far as you and your child can go. Your child should make his project as simple or elaborate as you see fit. We can't wait to see them on Friday!
Monday: CCRPI session with Mr. Williamson in computer lab (college and careers); SS5H3.c Explain how William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt expanded America's role in the world. Learn about the Spanish American War and the building of the Panama Canal (and the story of the teddy bear!)
Tuesday: SS5H3.b Describe the impact of inventors on American society. Learn about the Wright Brothers, George Washington Carver, Thomas Edison, and Alexander Graham Bell.
Wednesday: Play SPACE RACE to study for tomorrow's test! Work on study guide. We'll practice standards SS5H3.a, b, c, d, e.
Thursday: Changing Nation Test. 13 multiple choice questions on Socrative.com, plus 4 essay questions.
Friday: Students will present their family trees!
Test: THIS Thursday, October 3.
POW Topic: One food I really don't like...
Tuesday: Detail sentences.
Wednesday: Topic and concluding sentences.
Thursday: Final Copy.
Shurley English: Chapter 7
Grammar: Direct Objects, Verb-transitives (Mom bakes cakes. Mom bakes what? Cakes (direct object). Makes (verb transitive). (Standard 5.L.c)
Skills: Past and present participles, principal verb parts, tenses of helping verbs (Standards 5.L.b and c)
Monday: Chapter 7, Lesson 1; begin Lesson 2
Tuesday: Finish Lesson 7; Classroom Practice #32 (finish for homework if needed)
Wednesday: Chapter 7, Lesson 3; Classroom Practice #33 (finish for homework if needed)
Thursday: Chapter 7, Lesson 4; Classroom Practice #34; Start Chapter Checkup #35 (definitely finish for homework)
Friday: Chapter 7 Test
HOMEWORK: Read 30 minutes every day.
Why do we compare characters, settings, and events in fiction texts?
Common Core ELA Standards for Reading 1 and Reading 2
RL.5.3. Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
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.
Gifted Standards for Reading 1
ACS1. The student uses written, spoken, and technological media to convey new learning.
ACS2. The student produces written and/or oral work, including products and presentations, that is complex, purposeful, organized, and that synthesizes information appropriately.
ACS3. The student participates in small group discussions and supports and defends his/her own opinions while respecting the opinion of others.
HOCTS2. The student responds to questions with supporting information that reflects in-depth knowledge of a topic.
CPS2. The student uses brainstorming and other idea-generating techniques to solve problems or create new products.
CPS4. The student independently or through collaboration with classmates clarifies, illustrates, or elaborates on an idea.
Monday: Whole Group
Read text, "A Game is a Game - Or Is It?" Compare and contrast the protagonist and antagonist. Create a whole-class written response.
*Reading 1: In small groups, use SCAMPER method to change the story.
Standards: RL.3, ACS1, ACS2, CPS2
*Reading 2: Independently, students will write about character, setting, plot, conflict, and theme.
Standards: RL.3, RL.2, W.5.9, W.5.4
Instructional Conversation, or IC
Read two literary (fiction) texts, "Becoming New Neighbors" and "The New Boy in Class." Compare and contrast the plot events and conflicts in the two texts. Write a written response. Then read two poems, "The Wind" and "The Storm." Compare and contrast the settings, then write a written response.
Standards: RL.3, W.5.4, W.5.9, ACS1, ACS3
Finish the book. For students who have already finished, there are 3 project options:
- Turn the story into a play (drama)
- Turn the story into a comic strip (full color, full sentences)
- Rewrite the ending, and rewrite the last 2-3 chapters.
Assignment #1: Star Reading Test (find directions on Edmodo)
Assignment #2: Edmodo article - read to compare and contrast
Standards: RL.1, RL.3, ACS1, HOCTS2
Read a nonfiction article from Scholastic News and create a main idea table.
(Review of Standard RI.2)
Read & Respond
Learn how to write a letter to Mrs. Thompson about the book you're reading.
(Review of Standard RL.2)
Compare & Contrast Assessment
THIS Friday, October 4