Archive for September 2014

Important Notes:
1.) Your child was given a Compass Learning Login on Curriculum Night.  There has been a change with Compass Learning Logins.  The password is the same as your Child’s Login ID. (i.e. Login: EGJones / Password: EGJones)Please also make sure that you change school from Odyssey to Lenart. Please email me if you are still unable to log on. The website is https://www.thelearningodyssey.com/
 
2.) Please return all Wednesday folders after checking your child’s papers and signing the folder.
 
3.) Walk-a-Thon is on Friday (October 3, 2014) at 1:00 PM. Let’s all raise funds for our school by participating.
 
4.) Bus Evacuation Drill is Tuesday, September 30, 2014
 
5.) If you missed curriculum night, the welcome letter and course syllabus is attached for both 4th and 5th grade.
 
6.) Here are a few websites to assist students with practicing summarizing texts, writing conventions, etc. 
 
4th Grade
Content: Author’s purpose, synonyms and antonyms, comparing/contrasting individuals, notetaking strategies, creating timelines, and forming opinions with reasons and concluding statements.
 
Assessments: Vocabulary Unit 2 test is on Friday, October 3, 2014. “Gandhi” selection test is on Friday, October 3, 2014. 
 
Homework
Monday (9/29/14)-ELA-Unit 2 vocabulary (complete the unit)
 
Tuesday (9/30/14)-SS-reading selection about Rosa Parks (add annotations-at least 3); ELA-study for Unit 2 vocabulary test
 
Wednesday (10/01/14) -SS-reading selection about Gandhi;  ELA-study for Unit 2 vocabulary test
 
Thursday 10/02/14)-ELA-study for Unit 2 vocabulary test and complete the unit. Re-read “Gandhi” (test on Friday for “Gandhi and Unit 2 vocabulary)
 
Friday (10/03/14)-No homework; have an excellent weekend!!! Test for Unit 2 and “Gandhi”
 
5th grade
Content: quoting accurately from texts, demonstrating command of Standard English when writing and presenting, understanding author’s persepective, forming an opinion with supporting reasons, using research skills to summarize or paraphrase texts
 
Assessments: ELA-Unit 2 Vocabulary test is on Friday, Oct. 3rd. ELA-“Toward a Rainbow Nation” text selection test is on Tuesday, October 7th. Social Studies culture project (test grade) is due on Tuesday, Sept. 30th.
 
Homework
Monday 9/29/14-SS-complete culture project; ELA-Unit 2 vocabulary should be completed by Wednesday, Oct. 1st.
 
Tuesday 9/30/14-ELA-study for Unit 2 Vocabulary Workshop test (test is Friday, Oct. 3rd) SS culture project is due today!
 
Wednesday 10/01/14 -SS-Jr. Scholastic pages 6-9 (Sept. 15th edition) complete the questions on page 9 (national story “All Alone.”) ELA-complete all questions for “Toward a Rainbow Nation” after completing the selection on pages 555-558. Page 559 questions: Respond and Think Critically, Vocabulary, and Academic Vocabulary.
 
Thursday 10/02/14-SS-Jr. Scholastic pages 16-19 (Sept. 15th edition) and complete the questions on page 19 (international story “The Un-United Kingdom”); study for Unit 2 test and complete Vocabulary Workshop.
 
Friday 10/03/14-No homework; have an excellent weekend!!! Vocabulary test for Unit 2 is today.
 
 

IMPORTANT REMINDER: CURRICULUM NIGHT IS THURSDAY, SEPT. 25TH AT 5:30PM.  HOPE TO SEE YOU THURSDAY!!!

5th Grade

Content: Reading and responding to text, finding textual evidence, understanding internal and external conflict, using persuasive language, using vivid language, connecting to characters, understanding cultural differences

Monday-ELA-Read Amigo Brothers and complete comprehension questions p. 34 1-6. SS-work on cultural project.

Tuesday-ELA-(due on Thursday) design a poster advertising the fight between Antonio and Felix (make sure it is uses persuasive language and covers the following-date, time, location, event, etc.

SS-work on cultural project–date is extended to Tuesday, Sept. 30.

Wednesday-ELA-design a poster advertising the fight between Antonio and Felix (due Thursday) and complete Read and Write Questions in workbook.. SS-work on cultural project. (date is extended to Tuesday, Sept. 30.)

Thursday-ELA-Complete Read and Write Questions in workbook pg. 4-18. SS-work on cultural project. (date is extended to Tuesday, Sept. 30.)

Friday-Assessment on Amigo Brothers. No homework: Have a spectacular weekend!

4th Grade

Content: Understanding author’s purpose, finding textual evidence, presenting in front of peers, summarizing, comparing and contrasting protests, understanding protests/boycotts

Monday-ELA-complete pages 24-28 in Vocabulary Workshop; complete final draft essay (A Time I Was in a Pickle). Present final project in the following order: cover page, final draft, 2nd rough draft, 1st rough draft, peer editing checklist, and graphic organizer.

Tuesday-ELA-Reading Response Notebooks (Your opinion about Gandhi)

Wednesday-SS-Rosa Parks comprehension questions; ELA-page 73 comprehension questions.

Thursday-SS-“Gandhi” write 5 open-ended interview questions, ELA-complete pages Vocabulary Workshop 24-28, and reread “Gandhi”

Friday-Assessment on Gandhi.  Quiz on Rosa Parks. No homework: Have a spectacular weekend!

5th Grade

Content: Writing narrative essay (A Time You Had Butterflies-using idioms), cultural traditions, using textual evidence, understanding the writing process, internal and external conflict, using sensory language

Assessments: Fish Cheeks test is Thursday and Unit 1 Vocabulary is on Friday. NWEA testing is on Wednesday (Reading)

Monday-ELA: complete Readers Response Notebook (Fish Cheeks-How would Robert describe the meal if the story were written in his point of view?), Use peer editing checklist to complete 2nd rough draft of narrative essay “A Time I Had Butterflies in My Stomach”

Tuesday-ELA: Use peer editing checklist to complete final draft of narrative essay “A Time I Had Butterflies in My Stomach” (due on Thursday, Sept. 18th presented in the following order: decorated cover page, final draft, rough draft #2, rough draft #1, and peer editing checklist); visualization illustration from Fish Cheeks

Wednesday-ELA: Use peer editing checklist to complete final draft of narrative essay “A Time I Had Butterflies in My Stomach” (due on Thursday, Sept. 18th presented in the following order: decorated cover page, final draft, rough draft #2, rough draft #1, and peer editing checklist)

SS: Take Two Teenagers: East and West (Reply to Fumiko and Danny. Write a blog about what you do on a typical day.

Thursday-ELA: final draft of narrative essay is due “A Time I Had Butterflies in My Stomach,” study for Unit 1 Vocabulary test

SS: Write a short article about extreme fashion in your country

Friday-Unit 1 Vocabulary Test. No homework! Have an eventful weekend!!

4th Grade

Content: Writing narrative essays with idioms, The Writing Process, Taking a Stand For a Cause (protests), using textual evidence, comprehension strategies

Assessments: Unit 1 Vocabulary test is on Friday and Pretty Pennies Picket test is on Wednesday. NWEA test is on Monday (Reading)

Monday-ELA- complete unit 1 Vocabulary words, complete idioms picture and meaning chart, and complete Beginning/Middle/End graphic organizer for narrative (A Time You Were in a Pickle)

Tuesday-ELA-Readers Response Notebook and complete first draft narrative  (A Time You Were in a Pickle)

SS-Complete KWL chart on Rosa Parks

Wednesday-ELA-complete second rough draft using peer editing checklist

Thursday-SS-comprehension questions on Rosa Parks. Your final draft (A Time You Were in a Pickle) is due Tuesday, Sept. 23

Friday-Unit 1 Vocabulary Test. No homework! Have an eventful weekend!!

This week’s Notes:

1. Great job, students, on the PBIS Assembly Monday!!!

2. Please submit the following forms if they have not been turned in: media consent, waiver, school fees $100, school oral-based health program, and emergency forms.

3. All books should be covered by Friday. All folders and notebooks should be labeled by Friday.

4. Bring the following to class daily: Readers Response Notebook, Vocabulary Workshop, Reading book, independent reading book, Social Studies book, folders for each subject, notebooks for each subject, notebook paper, erasable pens or pencils, and homework.

5th Grade

Monday

SS: complete Coat of Arms project (due on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014).

ELA: complete pages 14-17 in Vocabulary Workshop (Vocabulary test is Friday, Sept. 19th)

Tuesday

SS: complete Coat of Arms project (due on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014).

ELA: Readers Response Notebook-complete one page after reading “Amigo Brothers”

Wednesday

SS: Coat of Arms project is due; Research a cultural tradition and bring notes/documents to school on Thursday to work in groups.

ELA: Readers Response Notebook (entry #2)

Thursday

SS: complete cultural tradition chart

ELA: Page 6 (1-4) Literature After You Read Questions and complete Unit 1 (test is on Friday, Sept.19)

Friday: No homework!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

4th Grade

Monday

SS-Taking a Stand (Write a paragraph about what it means to take a stand against something)

ELA-Vocabulary Workshop pages 14-17

Tuesday

SS-research a protest from the internet and take notes on what the protest was about, what happened, who was involved, the outcome, etc. (time period does not matter). Feel free to print out the article

ELA-Vocabulary Workshop 18 and 19

Wednesday

SS-Jr. Scholastic pages 8-13

ELA-Readers Response Notebook (Entry #2)

Thursday

SS-Jr. Scholastic pgs. 18/19

ELA-work on ELA Unit 1 Vocabulary (test is Friday, Sept. 19th)

“Pretty Pennies Picket” test is on Wednesday, Sept. 17

Friday: No homework!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!

 

Welcome Back Students and Parents!!!

I sincerely hope everyone had an exciting, relaxing, and safe summer vacation. Here’s to an eventful 2014/2015 school year!!!

Please note that we will switch classes starting Thursday. Our first couple of days will focus on community building, getting to know each other, and classroom procedures.

5th Grade

Tuesday, September 2, 2014-Please complete the following forms and submit them  by this Friday (Sept. 5th): Emergency forms, Media Consent, and CPS Waiver form. The  CP S waiver forms need to be completed even if your child will not receive hot lunch. Please just write  your child’s name, add DNA (Does Not Apply), and sign the bottom portion.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014-The forms listed above are all due on/before Friday, September 5th. Also, your summer packet and notebook are due on/before Friday, September 5th. Tonight-Develop ideas for your coat of arms project (rubric attached below).

 Thursday, September 3, 2014-Complete the coat of arms planning page. (due on Friday, Sept. 5th). The project is due Wednesday, Sept. 10th. Reminder that emergency, media, CPS waiver forms are due on Friday. The summer packet and notebook are also due on Friday.

Friday, September 4, 2014-Have an amazing weekend!!!

5th grade assembly PBIS song (playground):

group 1-At the playground–that’s where you’ll find me. Breaking the rules is now way behind me.

group 2-The words I use are always kind. That’s why my friends are by my side.

group 3- Safety first, that’s what I heard! Taking equipment is for the birds.

group 4-Following the rules the first time is a must. If not everyone is gone, and you’re left in the dust.

group 5-You’ll see me lining up when the whistle blows. I’m paying attention when my class goes.

Coat of Arms Project.doc

4th Grade

Thursday, Sept. 4th-No homework

Friday, Sept. 5th-No homework-Have an amazing weekend!!!