Back to a busy 5-day week for us! We are back in our homerooms for science or social studies, which means I have my homeroom for the next two weeks for our Changing Nation unit. See the Social Studies section below for that. (Also note that I have switched the order of the website: I have put social studies first, then language arts, then reading.)
A special thanks to people who have sent in supplies for our 9/11 Day Project. We are completing those care packages THIS WEDNESDAY. If you want to contribute, there is still time! We need the following items by Wednesday morning: beef jerky, packaged cookies, sunflower seeds, sunscreen, travel size toiletry items, or playing cards.
Our project was mentioned in the local news! Click HERE to read about it.
We are continuing to raise money for CURE for Childhood Cancer. Thanks to everyone who participated last week on Hat Day! Centennial raised over $300!
We are also participating in the School Mall Fundraiser. You'll notice the packet coming home in this week's Tuesday folder. Below is some information:
Keep your eyes open for a booklet of postcards that your child will bring home with a picture of the Smiley Face prize shirt on the cover. By completing this booklet, you will be helping our school. Our school will receive $2.25 per completed booklet and up to 50% on all paid orders. You will also find details on how your child can receive a Smiley Face prize shirt and how your family could win a vacation to Orlando, Florida. Thank you for your support of our school!
Mantenga sus ojos abiertos para un folleto de postales que su hijo llevara a casa con una camiseta que tiene una cara feliz de premio en la portada. Completando este folleto, ustedes ayudarán a nuestra escuela. Nuestra escuela recibirá $2.25 por cada folleto completado y hasta un 50% en todos los pedidos pagados. También encontrará detalles sobre cómo su hijo puede recibir una camiseta de premio de la cara feliz y cómo su familia podría ganar unas vacaciones
Tues, 9/10 My homeroom library visit
Wed, 9/11 Packing boxes for care packages for 9/11 Project - 12:10 - 1:30
Thurs, 9/12 Pajama Day for CURE ($1 or any donation)
Fri, 9/6 POW due (all language arts classes); Ch5 Shurley test (my LA class only); GHS home game (hopefully a winner!)
We are beginning our Changing Nation unit. To read more about the standards, click the "Social Studies" page at the top and look for SS5H3.
BIG NEWS: We now have a website with ALL of the resources we will use in class for social studies. This means that you can download the PowerPoints and notes used in each unit, as well as view the resources your child will be using for every unit. This should help students see even more success in their social studies work! Visit www.5socialstudies.weebly.com!
BIG HOMEWORK PROJECT: Students will create a family tree to share with our classes next Friday. Students will receive the assignment on Monday, and it is due next Friday (9/20). 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 next week!
Monday: Learn about cowboys, cattle trails, and western movement!
Tuesday: Research and make a western movement collage.
Wednesday: Pack 9/11 boxes! Hooray!
Thursday: Learn about immigration.
Friday: Watch Story of US DVD (History Channel)
Next week: learn about inventors and improve an invention
Test: Thursday, September 19.
POW Topic: The best birthday gift
Tuesday: Detail sentences.
Wednesday: Topic and concluding sentences.
Thursday: Final Copy.
*POW time is from 7:25 - 7:45 each morning. If your child is not in homeroom during this time (or comes in later than 7:25), then he or she likely misses time to work on the POW. It is highly recommended that if a student misses work time on any day of the week, he or she should complete that particular day's assignment for homework. This ensures that those students don't have to complete the entire packet on Thursday night. (We know that's no fun!)
Shurley English: Chapter 5 - this chapter has a LOT of information in it! However, most of it is review from last year, but it does encompass a lot.
- Possessive Pronoun Adjectives (his truck, my homework, their dog)
- Inverted order sentences (the adverb or prepositional phrase modifying the predicate comes before the subject - "Today, I finished my homework early; On the ride home, I ate my sandwich." Both "today" and "on the way home" modify when the action is occurring. It doesn't modify the subject, when "I" am being myself.)
- Compound sentences (uses a comma and a conjuction to combine two independent clauses)
- Contractions; when to use a/an
Monday: Chapter 5, lesson 1 and part of lesson 2
Tuesday: Chapter 5, lesson 2 and Classroom Practice #21 (finish for homework if needed)
Wednesday: Chapter 5, lesson 3, Classroom Practice #22 (finish for homework if needed)
Thursday: Chapter 5, lesson 4, Classroom Practice #23 (*Definite Homework: Chapter 5 Checkup)
Friday: Chapter 5 Test
HOMEWORK: Read 30 minutes every day.
*This week, Reading 1 and Reading 2 are working on different standards. Find your child's reading class to see what he or she will be working on specifically. ALL STUDENTS in both Reading 1 and Reading 2 will have the same assignments for Computer, Independent Work, and Read & Respond. The only differences in Reading 1 and Reading 2 are the standards, whole group lessons, and ICs.
READING 1: In this class, we are moving on from theme and starting an introduction to poetry with the poems "Jabberwocky" and "William Beau Dare," as well as using a critical thinking strategy called "SCAMPER." Students will be stretching their thinking while analyzing two of my favorite poems.
RL.5.5. Explain how a series of chapters, scenes, or stanzas fits together to provide the overall structure of a particular story, drama, or poem.
Monday: Whole Group
Review poetry. Analyze the purpose of stanzas; use poem entitled, "A Lady" and put its stanzas in the correct order. Discuss why this is important. Next, students will try to put the poem "Jabberwocky" in the correct order. Read the finished poem. Discuss at tables - what sounds and visualizations did the author create? Introduce SCAMPER. Use this method to change the poem into your own creation.
Instructional Conversation, or IC
Students will read another one of my favorite poems, "William Beau Dare." This is about a Civil War Confederate deserter. Students learned in our social studies unit what would happen if a deserter was caught. (They'd be hung!) Students will analyze the format of the poem. It's a beautiful poem, with the poet asking very tough questions about why the soldier, William Beau Dare, deserted the war, and he answers back. It's quite lyrical and rhythmic, and students will have the opportunity to understand the horrors of war from a soldier's point of view. Again, students will also use SCAMPER to change the poem if time allows.
READING 2: In this class, we are continuing our discussion of theme. Students will get another week of practice, and they will test this Friday.
RL.2 Determine a theme of a story from details in the text, including how characters in a story respond to challenges; summarize the text.
Monday: Whole Group
Theme Practice: Read fables, turn the "moral of the story" into the theme.
Instructional Conversation, or IC
Read story, "Football." Use close-reading strategies to read the text multiple times in order to determine the theme, one step at a time.
*Close Reading requires students to read a text 3 times and answer questions after each reading.
After the 1st read: What are the main events or challenges in the story? How does the main character respond to challenges?
After the 2nd read: What lesson or theme is being conveyed through the story? What lesson can can a reader take away from the story?
After the 3rd read: How did the author develop the theme of the text? What details or words were used to support the theme?
READING 1 AND READING 2
Determine a secondary theme of the text you are reading in Lit Circles
Assignment #1: Edmodo - Theme quiz #2 (3 short stories, determine theme)
Assignment #2: Kidblog - read a TweenTribune article and blog about it
Theme story, "Swim" - find two themes in the story and support it with evidence
Read & Respond
Complete a DEAR for their independent reading books