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Week of January 22nd

Posted on Jan 18, 2019

5th grade Math

Tuesday is Accelerated Math and a new 2 week math packet will be passed out.

Wednesday we will review for Thursday’s test on Exponents.  A study guide should have come home on Tuesday detailing what will be on this test. 

Friday, we will begin the chapter on “Order of Operations.”

 

6th grade Math

Tuesday is Accelerated Math. 

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will wrap up the chapter on the 4 operations with decimal numbers by covering dividing with decimals.  The test will be sometime next week.

Social Studies:

5th grade:

  • Unit 4 The Struggle for North America
  • We will learn about the French in Louisiana and the French and Indian War this week.

6th grade: 

  • Study guides were to be submitted via Google Classroom so that they can be corrected and returned for studying.
  • Review game Tuesday, Ch 5 test Wednesday
  • Thursday we will begin our travels into Ancient India.
  • No current events this week, last groups will present next Friday.

Week of January 14 - 18

Posted on Jan 11, 2019

Math

5th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue our study of exponents and if time allows move into order of operations.

There is quite a bit of terminology that goes with both of these topics, so the kids will be taking notes.  I will remind the kids as often as possible to look over their notes; any additional study time you can give your child will certainly help.

As you know, exponents are based solely on multiplication and with the large number of 5th graders who have yet to master these facts; this could be a very challenging concept.  Please continue to practice with your child as often as possible; thank you :).

 

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back next Friday.

This week, we will review adding/subtracting decimals numbers and move into multiplying them.

For the test on “The 4 Operations with Decimal Numbers,” the kids will be expected to explain the rule for each operation and also explain why this rule is followed.  They are taking notes and being encouraged to look these over as often as possible.  Any additional study time you can provide your child will surely benefit them come test time.

We will also continue our study on polygons.  This week, we will cover the 4 angle measurements of all quadrilaterals and begin area and perimeter of squares and rectangles with measurements that are both mixed numbers and decimal numbers.

Religion

The fifth graders will be reading and discussing Chapter 7 "Grace - A Gift of Strength".  They will be learning the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit as well as the Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit. We will also be completing a project on the "Seven Gifts" which will be done during class.

The sixth graders will continue to work on their Old Testament Games.  

6th Language Arts

Just a reminder: On February 15th, students will need to have accumulated 18 Accelerated Reader points for the second trimester. Most students are well on their way to achieving this goal. However, during our book conferences today, some students had to be "encouraged" to get moving! Please check in with your 6th grader to determine their progress. We want students reading independently every chance they get. 

This week students will continue to gain confidence deciphering the differences (and similarities) between metaphors, similes and allusions. Many students are now finding examples of figurative language in novels on their own. 

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Figurative vs. Literal

Science

5th Grade-

We will continue to discuss Energy Efficiency. This week we will discuss different forms of energy, renewable, and non-renewable natural resources. At the end of the week, we will be completing an activity, we will need 18 small 8 oz glass jars (6 per class). If anyone has baby food jars at home can you please bring them in before Friday? Thank you

6th grade- We will continue our unit on Weather and Climate. We will take a look at some weather forecasts, different models a Meteorologist uses to report the weather and the different climates on Earth. 

Social Studies:

5th grade:

  • This week we will explore the economies in the colonies and colonial governments.
  • There will be a quiz Friday on colonial economies and governments pages 131-141

6th grade:

  • We will read about the wheel and how archaeologists believe its origin is in Mesopotamia and we will also talk about cause and effect and how this comes into play in historical discoveries.
  • We will explore the beginnings of Judaism, Israel and exile to Babylonia.
  • Current Events due Friday
  • Chapter 5 test will be Wednesday, Jan. 23.  Study guide will be posted to Classroom.  We will have review game on Tuesday, Jan. 22.

5th Grade ELA:

Our Writing Week

Each night, I will ask for  your help.

Please help your child in revising and editing their work for their biography.  Each class day, the students will write a portion of their biography paper with the use of ideas from their writing folders.  The goal is to use a variety of sentence starters, transitions words and vivid verbs as they create their paper about their famous person.

You will need to sign each night’s work to show that someone helped to revise and edit their paper with them.  

We will write a final copy on Friday, in class.

 

The biography bottles are beginning to arrive.  Please find the link to the assignment here: Biography Bottle and Directions

There are also a variety of ideas as you search the web for biography bottles.

 

The bottle and paper are due on Tuesday.  

I understand that this is a major project.  Hopefully, with planning, nothing will need to be completed over the three day weekend.  We will write their speech, IN CLASS, on Tuesday, January 23rd.  They will practice the speech on Wednesday, January 24th  and start delivering their presentations on Thursday, January 25th, of next week.

 

We have begun our nonfiction unit. I asked the kids to find a high interest nonfiction book to accompany their reading this week.

 

The vocabulary review unit test is Friday. This test covers the last three chapters we have completed. The kids created flashcards for each unit and should be reviewing them each night.

 

Twelve accelerated reading points are required for the second trimester. Most students are at the halfway amount of points toward their goal.

 

Week of January 7th - 11th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!!!  Hope everyone had a great break. Many thanks for the generous Christmas gifts.  

This week in fifth grade we will be reading and discussing Chapter 6 "Baptism and Confirmation".   We will be having a test on Thursday.

The sixth graders will be reading and discussing "Revelation and Response" in Chapter 1.  On Tuesday we will begin working on their Old Testament games.  This will take several days and will be completed during class. 

6th Language Arts

Happy New Year! 

This week we jump into our figurative language unit which leads into our Narrative Writing unit (later this month). Students will identify and analyze figurative language in novels, short stories and poetry. After they are able to identify and analyze independently, students will begin using figurative language in their own writing. This is a necessary skill when we begin writing narratives later this month.

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Allusion

Week of January 7th

Posted on Dec 20, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent preparing for Thursday’s test on the Coordinate Plane.  A study guide was passed out to each child on Monday detailing what will be covered on this test.

Friday, we will begin the chapter on Exponents and Order of Operations.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out.

Tuesday, we begin the second chapter on decimals which covers adding and subtracting decimal numbers.  The children will be required to know both the rule for these operations and why we must follow the rule.  Rule - line up the decimal when adding and subtracting.  Why? Because then the numbers are lined up according to their place value.

Since the second chapter on decimals is such an easy chapter, we will be simultaneously working on the second Geometry chapter.  This chapter covers regular and irregular polygons.  The children will be expected to identify the 3 types of triangles (isosceles, scalene and equilateral) and memorize that all 3 angles of a triangle add up to 180 degrees.  Identify the quadrilaterals (square, rectangle, trapezoid, and rhombus) and know that all 4 angles add up to 360 degrees.  They will also need to be able to identify both regular and irregular pentagons, hexagons, heptagons and octagons.  This chapter has so much information in it, so as a class we will review as often as possible.  Any extra time you can spend reviewing your child’s notes with them, will help immensely.

5th grade Social Studies:

*Please have your student check in with each teacher after an absence to collect any work that is missing, missing work from absences are due within a two days of returning for a day missed, students will be given more time for longer absences.*

  • We will continue working with Colonial America, students this week will make their interactive notebook pages for the Southern Colonies.  There will be a map quiz on Friday.

6th grade Social Studies:

  • Current events will be presented on Friday.  I have posted a review of this assignment on my blog.  Current Event comments will be due Jan. 14.  This assignment is posted and submitted on Google Classroom.
  • We will continue our journey through ancient Mesopotamia.  Students started to learn about the geography of this region before break, we will briefly review and then continue our travels.

 

Science

I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break! We had some great weather and it was so nice to take time to relax and refresh! 

So many people make New Years Resolutions and within a few weeks, they break them. We are going to spend a couple of days working on the #oneword2019 movement. We will take some time to look at different words and find one that we will individually focus on this year. 

At the end of the week: 

5th grade will start to focus on ComEd and Peoples Gas Super Savers Program. This program is designed to educate 5th graders about using water and energy sources wisely. 

6th grade will move into the Earth Science part of the year. We will start discussing the weather and weather patterns. 

5th grade ELA:

 

Welcome back! What a wonderful break!

The week ahead looks like this:

This will be an exciting reunion tomorrow!

The kids will be fired up to share the information they read over their break.

Each student chose a biography about someone that they wanted to learn more about.  

The kids annotated their way through the book. There was a list of information the kids researched  as they read their nonfiction biography book.

Each post-it should be placed in the spot where the information was gathered.

With this information, they will develop a rough draft. (I have handouts to use to make the writing process easy for them.) During the rough draft, the kids will learn to write a strong introduction and develop a strong middle of the paper.  The middle means developing a perfect paragraph, sentence variety, transition words, sequence ideas, use subheading and create powerful endings. We will work on this in school.

Once the rough draft is developed the students will then revise and edit.  This will hopefully be done over the weekend. From there, the kids will create a good copy for their biography report.  From this information, the students will write a speech to deliver to the class about their person of interest.

In the meantime, the biography bottle will be designed to represent their person. ( I am asking that the biography bottle be completed at home. Due to the use of materials, it will be easier to complete this portion of the project at home.)

We discussed the biography bottle after Thanksgiving break.

The biography bottle, report and speech will be due on January 22nd.  

The kids will also design a file folder poster to set up behind the biography bottle.  The mini poster will reflect the setting of their person’s life. (We will complete this in school.)

Biography Bottle Directions and Examples

 

We will also be working on our vocabulary this week with a vocabulary test on Friday.

Your child should still be reading every night. They have a free choice of reading this week.

Next week, we will start our next Lucy Calkins book which is Tackling Complexity: Moving Up Levels of Nonfiction.

The kids will need a high interest nonfiction book starting next week.  We will discuss book ideas toward the end of the week before they go to the school library.

Week of Dec. 17th - 21st

Posted on Dec 13, 2018

Religion:

The students will be having cookies and a drink on Friday, 12/22.  If your child did not order any they are welcomed to bring their own that day.  They may also bring in a Christmas treat to share but this is optional.  Dismissal is 12:30 so they may also bring a snack or lunch to be eaten in the classroom.

This week the fifth graders watched the movie "Nativity Story".  It really helped the children to understand the events that led up to the birth of Jesus.They will be reading and discussing Chapter 17 "Jesus Establishes His Church", but they will not be having a test.

The sixth graders will read the story "The Three Trees" which is a folktale about three little trees and what they dream of becoming when they grow up.  Their wishes come true in a surprising way!  They will be completing a project relating to this story.

Enjoy the weekend!

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue to practice division with 2 digit divisors.  This topic does seem to be getting easier for most of the 5th grade; however some are still struggling.  If you have time, please practice with your child to see where he or she is at.

We will also continue working on the coordinate plane. 

6th grade Math

The sixth grade will not receive a new math packet until after the holiday break :).

The first decimals test will be on Wednesday, 12/19; a review sheet detailing this test was passed out last Friday.  Monday and Tuesday will be spent preparing for this test.

Thursday the kids will review the coordinate plane by completing a holiday picture on the coordinate plane.

Social Studies:

Students will have cookies and milk on Friday morning, if they ordered.  We do have our grab bag gift exchange Friday morning as well.  If your student would like to participate they should bring in a wrapped $5 gift, girls exchange with girls, boys with the boys.  We have a 12:30 PM dismissal on Friday, your student may bring a snack to eat during our movie.  Sunday best please.

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and  Blessed New Year!

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with the 13 colonies.  Students have been working with ipads/chrome books to look up information about each colony and filling in their interactive notebook pages.
  • Tuesday we will begin the Southern Colonies.
  • Wednesday, quiz on labeling the New England and Middle colonies.  Students have already completed maps that are pasted into their notebooks, last week I posted several colony matching games to Google Classroom for studying.

6th Grade:

  • Students finished Ancient Egypt last week, this week will start learning about Mesopotamia.  I have posted a link to a video about Mesopotamia for any students who were not in school on Monday.
  • We will begin learning about the geography of this region Tuesday and Wednesday. 
  • Thursday is current events.  If your student is signed up to present, it will be marked missing if they do not have it.  The final due date for this set of events is Jan. 25.

6th Language Arts

We did it! Another novel completed!

This week, students have been working on plot structure and character development. In addition, they have been working hard determining theme (with text evidence). One of their favorite activities is visualization! Your children are wonderful artists who recreate pivotal scenes from the novel. The final assessment for the novel will be Wednesday, 12/19. 

Finally, I need to thank the many parents who have emailed and sent letters the past few weeks. Your kind words have touched my heart! It's a gift to be able to teach. It's a blessing to teach at St. John Fisher!

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a peaceful New Year from my family to yours!  

5th grade ELA:

What an exciting week to be with our St John Fisher kids!

The week ahead:

Vocabulary and Annotations are our main topic this week.

If Santa is looking for a great gift to place under the tree or in the stocking, we are using the book, The Boy Who Invented The Popsicles by Don L Wulffson. The kids are loving the stories. We are using this book to help learn how to annotate while reading.

(Also, Post-It notes are a popular stocking stuffer!)

Vocabulary this week continues with the words that deal with motion. We had so much fun writing questions for our sports press conference. The kids acted out their roles as sports legends being questioned by the media while using vocabulary to ask and answer their questions.

This week, I am asking the kids to memorize a few Latin roots to help understand the meaning of words. There is a pop quiz on the Latin terms Wednesday and a vocabulary test on Thursday.

 

Our homeroom will be enjoying a Christmas Brunch on Friday. The kids have a sign up sheet for things that they are bringing to share.

We will also have a Christmas Grab bag. The cost for that gift is $5.  We will have the gift exchange at our party on Friday.

 

Week of December 10th-14

Posted on Dec 06, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; it will be due back on Friday, December 21st.

Tuesday through Friday, we will continue to work on division problems that have 2 digit divisors.  This is a very challenging topic for many 5th graders so any additional help or practice you can give your child will surely help to alleviate some of the frustration.  Also, any 5th grader may come in on Monday or Wednesday morning (7:30) to practice these problems at the board.

We are also working on the coordinate plane as well and will continue to do so all week. 

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The current homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.  The 6th grade will not receive a new packet until after break.

Tuesday – Friday will be spent on the final section of the first chapter on Decimal Numbers.  The topic we will be working on is changing fractions to decimal numbers when the division never ends.  The skills we will be focusing on are following the given directions on how to write the answer correctly and also how to show the answer as a repeating decimal number. 

The test on the first chapter will be sometime next week.

Social Studies:

I want to thank all of the 5/6th graders who took the time to make festive cards to send to those serving our country over seas.  The kids took this project seriously and ran with it.  I was overwhelmed by the amount of items the kids collected and brought in.  I shipped two boxes to Col. Ellen Ball on Saturday.  The items I could not ship will be donated to the Hines VA, they have a Fisher House there that collects donations to help families out while their loved ones are in the hospital.  Again, I thank you all for your generosity and dedication to service.  I know the cards and goodies will bring a smile to their faces.

~Ms. Deering

5th Grade:

  • We will finish lesson 1; New England.  
  • The Middle Colonies will start this week, we will discuss New Netherland, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware.
  • We will work on the reasons for different colonies being established and the people who were instrumental in these colonies being established.
  • Notes for this unit are posted on Google Classroom.  
  • There will be a quiz on Wed. Dec 19 on the 13 colonies.  Students have made interactive notebook with the 13 colonies and I have posted many websites on Google Classroom that are related to the colonies as well as map quiz games.  Students will have to label the 13 colonies on their quiz, there will be a blank map and a word bank.

6th Grade:

  • Students will have ch 4 test, Egypt on Wednesday, Dec 12
  • We will have a review game on Tuesday.  Any extra credit from Egypt will be applied to either their essay or test.
  • We will begin Chapter 4 on Thursday.  There will be a short quiz on Thursday, Dec. 20 covering vocab from the first lesson in Mesopotamia.

Religion:

The fifth graders will be reading and discussing Chapter 17 "Jesus Establishes His Church" this week.  They will be learning more about the leadership of the Catholic Church and the roles of the Pope and other bishops of the Church.  They will have a quiz on Thursday 12/13.

The sixth graders will have a timeline test on Old Testament stories, Monday 12/10. They have been working very hard and have made note cards to help study.  They will read and discuss about "Toys for Tots" and "Salvation Army".  These are two of my favorite charitable organizations especially this time of year!

Have a good week!

5th Grade ELA

Fifth Grade ELA Week of December 10th

 

Vocabulary week :

Part 1-Movement Page 28

Today we used only context clues to work on the meanings of the words in the story about Bob Beamon’s Olympic record jump.

Flashcards are for homework tonight.

Part 1 test is Friday.

On Tuesday, the students will write a self reflection of their experience in the first book club.

We will also continue on to finish the Interpretation of Theme Unit before we leave for Christmas Break.

Next week, please look for details about the upcoming project: Biography Bottles!!

 

6th Language Arts

 

It’s hard to believe there are two weeks until Christmas break!


This is an exciting week because we finish reading our novel, Hatchet. Yet, there is still much to discover from the novel. Students will be determining theme, analyzing character development, and understanding literary elements. In addition, the sixth graders will be preparing for the Hatchet final assessment scheduled for Wednesday, December 19th. The Christmas season is upon us!

 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Epilogue

 

Science-

5th grade- We will finish up our unit on Matter- We will have a test on Thursday. I will hand out a study guide on Monday for students to start studying.

6th grade- We will be working on a Seasons project. Students will have a number of project options and will choose which one they will complete.  

Have a great week! 

Week of 12/3 Math

Posted on Nov 30, 2018

5th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back on Thursday of this week.

On Tuesday, 12/4 there will be a test on adding and subtracting mixed numbers.  A study guide which details exactly what will be on the test was given to each child on Friday.

On Tuesday, we begin dividing with 2 digit divisors.  I have learned from past experience that this is one of the most frustrating topics for many children.  To alleviate some of the frustration, we will work concurrently on the coordinate plane.  Each class period will be split in half with the first half being dedicated to 2 digit divisors and the second half being spent on the coordinate plane (because it’s fun and everyone will leave math happyJ)

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on 12/14.

This week, we will continue our study of decimal numbers.  We are currently working on converting a fraction to a decimal number when the division terminates and equivalent fractions may be used. 

There will be a quiz sometime this week on comparing and ordering decimals as well as converting fractions to decimals when the division terminates.

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • 5th Graders will finish making Christmas cards for troops, I have posted on my blog page the details.  I hope to have the package mailed by Wednesday this week.
  • We will be starting Unit 3 this week, Colonial America.  

6th Grade:

  • We will continue current events this week.  
  • Our journey through ancient Egypt is coming to an end, we will finish this week learning about how the society of Egypt was structured and the roles of children in Egypt.  
  • We will have our Chapter 4 test on Wednesday, Dec. 12.  There will be a chapter review/study guide assignment and we will play a review game in class on the Tuesday before the test.

5th Grade ELA:

Dear Parents, 
My first blog is in regards to a newsletter sent out by Jim Fornaciari.
All veteran teachers at SJF have formally been evaluated throughout our tenure as teachers. All documentation is found in our files that are located in the school office. 
Next, our school and teachers have also been evaluated and accredited by both the Archdiocese of Chicago and the State of Illinois Board of Education.  These evaluations were completed by selection committees and direct teacher evaluations were part of this process.
2. For the importance of improving ourselves as educators, we understand that the new evaluation, introduced to us during this current school year, is part of our own growing professionally in our classroom. We, as a staff, are dedicated to improving our craft. We look forward to understanding the Danielson evaluations.
 I was asked to be on the first team to be evaluated so that I would then assist other teachers in uploading all needed documentation. 
I am half way through my evaluations and have embraced the opportunity to learn more about myself as an educator. 
I hope that this helps to clarify any information that may have been previously presented to you.

Week of December 3rd - 7th

Posted on Nov 29, 2018

6th Grade Language Arts

I have to begin with another gratitude blog! THANK YOU 5th and 6th graders and their families who generously donated travel sized items for the service men and women overseas. In addition, students crafted wonderful cards and letters to brighten soldiers' spirits during the Christmas season. 

Mrs. Deering and I just "threw the message out there" in hopes that a few chapsticks or lotions could be sent overseas at Christmastime. We are overwhelmed by your thoughtfulness. We have BOXES of travel sized items to mail!

For so many reasons, I'm proud to call SJF home. It's families like yours that go above and beyond for those in need. What a beautiful demonstration of all the good we can put into the world! 

Religion

This week the fifth graders will be discussing and completing activities on Advent and Christmas.  They will have a quiz on Thursday, Dec. 6th.

The sixth graders will be reviewing the timeline of all the Old Testament stories.  They have been making note cards to help study for the test.  The test will be on Monday, Dec. 10th.

Just a reminder that there is no school on Friday, Dec. 7th. The teachers have a Religious Institute day.

Have a great week!

Week of November 26th

Posted on Nov 20, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday will be Accelearted Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Friday December 7th.

This week, we will look at adding/subtracting mixed numbers. This is the final section of the chapter and unit on fractions J.  The test is scheduled Tuesday, December 4th

 

6th grade Math

Monday will be Accelearted Math and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Friday December 14th.

This week, we will look at comparing and ordering decimals and if time allows begin rounding decimal numbers to the given place value.

Social Studies:

5th and 6th graders will be making Christmas cards to send to the troops stationed in the Middle East this week, I have add more details to my blog.  Please feel free to email me with any questions.

5th Grade:

  • Monday we will start going over the Unit 2 review in class, Unit 2 review was posted on Google Classroom.  Students should complete the review on a piece of paper.
  • Tuesday we will have a review game, Unit 2 test is Wednesday.  The test will cover the vocabulary terms from Unit 2 and the concepts from lessons 4-7, exploration in the New World.  Due to the snow day, the test will be on Thursday.  Students should have their reviews started, if not completed by Tuesday.  

6th Grade:

  • We will be finishing our video on Egypt's Lost Queen, Hatshepsut.  Students learned about her role as a pharaoh in Egypt and the expeditions that she led to Punt.  This video gives us more background into who she was and why people tried to erase her from history.  Students will complete a short answer response from the video.
  • This week we will explore how Egyptian society was set up, what daily life was like and how this civilization continued to grow.
  • I have been working on the Egyptian projects, packet grades will be entered first, 95 points possible.  The essays will be entered next a possibility of 25 points for the essay.

ELA Grade Five

Week of November 26th

Thank you for a wonderful parent/teacher conference. It was so nice to spend time talking about our favorite subject!

This week in Reading and Writing:

Our interpretation of theme novel is complete!

From our book discussions, the students enjoyed their choice novel.

This week, we will work on our group project for their evaluation.  Each group will work together and individually to create a project for their novel.  

There are certain requirements that are expected with some free choice involved also.  

When the students complete the project, they will present their work to the class.

They may bring prompts/costumes to help tell their story through their book talk.  

They will also be able to bring in a treat that represents their novel.  (Because of Winn Dixie readers may think about bringing in “dump punch” or lozenges.)

We will also be doing the next chapter in our vocabulary unit.

Remember that the students do not have school next Friday, Dec 7!

 

 

6th Grade Language Arts

Welcome back!

Thank you to all the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences. It’s wonderful to connect with parents to set goals for students and talk about their progress. Knowing the parent-school connection is strong helps students succeed!

The time between Thanksgiving and Christmas always seems to move quickly at school. We have much to accomplish in ELA.

This week we get one step closer to finishing our novel, Hatchet. This is a pivotal time for the main character, Brian. Many issues that face students today carry over from our novel. Good discussions and thought-provoking arguments are happening daily as a result of our reading.

I am also impressed with the students’ work ethic to improve their writing skills. Editing can be a tedious process, but students are becoming conscious of their errors and working hard to correct them.

Reading vocabulary term of the week: TONE

Science

5th- This week we will finish up Chemical and Physical changes in Matter. We will start talking about Mixtures and Solutions. On Friday, we will meet up with our STEM partners in 1st grade. We will have a test on Elements, physical and chemical changes, mixtures and solutions on Thursday, December 6th. We will then start on a Free Conserving Energy Program through ComEd and Peoples Gas. 

6th- Our test on the Lunar Cycle is on Wednesday, Nov 28th.  We will start on Season and Tides after the test. We should have a final test on that before the Christmas Break. 

 

 

 

Week of November 19th - Math

Posted on Nov 18, 2018

6th grade

I will only see the sixth grade on Monday and we will look at comparing decimals.

The kids will not receive a new math packet until after break.

 

5th grade

The current math packet is due back on Tuesday.

Period 1 and 2 - (Tuesday) - We will begin adding/subtracting mixed numbers.

Period 3 - add/subtract word problems

Week of November 26th - 30th

Posted on Nov 16, 2018

The fifth graders will have a test on Chapter 5, Wednesday, 11/28th.  They will be given a "Family Tree" project on Tuesday, 11/26, and this will be due Friday, 11/30.

Week of Thanksgiving

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!! 

I thought you might enjoy this Thanksgiving prayer.  Enjoy your family and friends during this holiday.  Mrs. Burns

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer

Lord, so often times, as any other day
When we sit down to our meal and pray

We hurry along and make fast the blessing
Thanks, amen. Now please pass the dressing

We're slaves to the olfactory overload
We must rush our prayer before the food gets cold

But Lord, I'd like to take a few minute more
To really give thanks to what I'm thankful for

For my family, my health, a nice soft bed
My friends, my freedom, a roof over my head

I'm thankful right now to be surrounded by those
Whose lives touch me more than they'll ever possibly know

Thankful Lord, that You've blessed me beyond measure
Thankful that in my heart lives life's greatest treasure

That You, dear Jesus, reside in that place
And I'm ever so grateful for Your unending grace

So please, heavenly Father, bless this food You've provided
And bless each and every person invited

Amen!

Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • Quizlet will be posted to Google Classroom Monday.  There will be test on Unit 2, early explorers on Tuesday, November 27. There will be a study guide posted to Classroom.
  • We will have a review game on Monday, November 26.

6th Grade: 

  • We will finish our video Egypt's Lost Queen, Hatshepsut.

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

 

 

Dress Code

Posted on Nov 13, 2018

With the cold weather starting to set in, please review our SJF dress code. 

Girls: 

  • Grades 4 – 8,   Plaid skirt and white blouse/polo
  • Grades K – 8,    Sweater (solid white, navy or hunter green) or St. John Fisher fleece, vest.,SJF gym sweatshirt (school issued only) 
  • Socks or tights (white, navy or hunter green) 
  • Pants (navy slacks may be worn Oct. 1 to May 1)

 

General Guidelines for Girls:

  •        Only single, small earrings may be worn.
  •        Sweatpants, pants, and flannel pants may not be worn under a uniform skirt or jumper during class hours.
  •        Excessive jewelry, chokers and necklaces are not appropriate and will be considered out of uniform.
  •        Blouses and shirts should always be neatly tucked into skirts.

 

Boys:

  •        Grade K – 8,   Navy dress pants. White or light blue polo shirt

             SJF gym sweatshirt or school fleece vest (school issued only)

 

General Guidelines for Boys:

  •        Boys are to wear belts to help provide a neat appearance.
  •        Shirts must always be neatly tucked into pants.

Shoes:

  •  Loafers, buckle or tie oxfords, or clean gym shoes are allowed as part of the school uniform.
  •   Sandals, moccasins, clogs, “Crocs”, “flip-flops,” and boots are not permitted during the school day.

 

Week of November 12th -

Posted on Nov 09, 2018

5th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Tuesday, November 20th.

Periods 1 and 2 – We will continue to work on adding and subtracting fractions this week.

Period 3 – We will begin adding/subtracting fractions on Monday. Many of the children in period 3 are not fluent with their math facts and as a result, everything we are working on with fractions is very frustrating for them.  Please practice as often as you can with your child in order to ease the frustration and allow for success in math.

 

6th grade Math

The current math packet is due back on Friday of this week.

Monday we will begin the long unit on decimals.  The first chapter will cover understanding the connection between fractions and decimals, place value, rounding, comparing, ordering decimal numbers, and terminating and repeating decimal numbers.

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • This week we will be learning about the Northwest Passage.
  • The French Colonies and the First English Colonies will be explored by the 5th graders this week.
  • We will have a test on Unit 2 on Tuesday, November 27th.  There will be a quizlet posted on Google Classroom on November. 20 so that students can start studying.  We will have a review game on Monday, November 26.

6th Grade:

  • Egypt projects are due on Monday, Nov. 12.  Packets will be collected along with students printed five paragraph essays and their completed sarcophagus.  
  • We will move along our journey of ancient Egypt this week and learn about the social pyramid and economy of Egypt.
  • Current events will resume this Friday.  Thoughtful reflections will be due on Monday, Nov. 19.

Sixth grade did a fantastic job with the Veterans Day prayer service.  Please see my blog, Erin Deering for pictures.  I was also able to get some videos of our speakers that I will try to share as well.  Thank you to our panel of Veterans who took time from their days to come and talk with us and celebrate with us.  It truly was a wonderful day.

Science

5th grade- This week we will finish up Physical Properties. We will begin to discuss mixtures and solutions then move on to chemical changes. 

6th grade- We will continue the Lunar Cycle. The students are really starting to grasp the different stages of the Lunar Cycle but we need to spend more time on it. I don't want to rush them through the unit and try and test before Thanksgiving, so we will continue our unit and have a test the Tuesday we return from Thanksgiving break. Our Lunar Cycle test will be on Tuesday, November 27th. Please make sure all 6th graders have 9 Oreo cookies for Tuesday 11/13 (8 for the activity and 1 to snack on). 

Have a good week

6th Language Arts

I want to begin another blog with a huge THANK YOU, but this time it's for our Veterans! Happy Veterans Day! We had a wonderful panel of Veterans visit the 5th and 6th graders this past Friday. After which we held a moving prayer service. The sixth graders showed just how truly amazing they are! They spoke with reverence and clarity. I, along with the entire school, am proud of their efforts!

This week things aren't looking so good for our main character, Brian, in the novel Hatchet. Students will be busy predicting, visualizing, analyzing text, and making inferences. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Personification

Week of November 5th

Posted on Oct 31, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The fifth grade will not receive another math packet until Monday, November 12th.  This will be the first 2 week math packet but due to Thanksgiving break, it will only contain 5 pages as opposed to 8 pages.

Wednesday of this week will be the fractions 3 test for period 1 and 2; it will cover GCF, simplifying fractions, and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  A review sheet will be given out on Tuesday and should come home to help your child prepare for the test.

On Thursday, we begin the last chapter on fractions J.  This chapter covers adding/subtracting fractions and mixed numbers.

Period 3 – This week, we will review converting improper fractions to mixed numbers and also cover writing mixed numbers as improper fractions.  The fractions 3 test will be on Friday of this week and it will cover GCF, simplifying fractions, and changing mixed numbers to improper fractions.  A review sheet will be given out on Thursday and it should come home to help your child prepare for the test.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

The current homework packet is due back on Friday, November 16th.  This is a very challenging packet so please encourage your child not to wait until the last minute to begin it.

The test on dividing fractions and mixed numbers will be on Friday of this week.  We will use Tuesday – Thursday to prepare for this test.

Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with early European explorers to the Americas. 
  • There will be a quiz Tuesday, the quiz will cover any vocabulary terms and ideas from the lessons 1-3 in Unit 2 on our early explorers.

6th Grade:

  • Students have been working well on their Egypt projects.  Last Thursday they started working on sketching out their sarcophagus.  
  • We will work Monday and Tuesday on making sure they have all of their sources and we will type the works cited list together in class. The due date will be Monday, November 12
  • No current events this week.

5th grade ELA:

 

Due Monday (November 5th)

For ELA 8:00 am class and 9:30 am class

What is one decision the main character makes that you disagree with in your novel?

Please use a writing prompt and evidence taken directly from the story to support your answer.

  1. Explain the decision (Rewrite the question as your statement)

  2. Why you think this way

  3. Use a writing prompt

  4. Show evidence from the novel

  5. Restate my topic sentence



 

Matilda Readers

Compare and Contrast Matilda the novel vs Matilda the movie.

List (analytical thinking) specific ways that the novel was different from the movie.

 

Week of November 5th

Fifth Grade ELA

Launch of Book Clubs!

 

“One of the most powerful ways to teach children to think is to teach them to engage in thoughtful discussions and especially discussions that incorporate thinking under, between and around texts.  Social relationships are crucial to a reading workshop. Conversations are especially crucial because data suggests that few American students are growing up to be thoughtfully literate.”

(Lucy Calkins)

We launch our book club this week. Each club selected their novel after examining many choices in their Book Cafe day.  The selections support the goal which is Interpretation of Themes. The group will set up rules and guidelines for their club.  The students will know to read well since they will write about their reading selection. The children will learn to make claims that are grounded in their text, to supply evidence for those claims, to talk between the example and the claim, to uncover assumptions and to explore ramifications.  They will develop conversations about topics. They will guide each other to discover what the text is really about as they read.

 

The week ahead:  This is the week for Word Wisdom Vocabulary-Interesting set of words! Homework each night. Test on Friday.

Monday

Introduction of Interpretation of theme

Interpretation of theme book club introduction

Tuesday

Finding meaning in the midst of struggle

Character study

Exploring theme

Wednesday

Seeing a text through the eyes of other readers

Learning from each others ideas about their reading

Learning how to be passionate about their interpretation

Linking ideas to build larger theories and interpretation

Thursday

Reading with Interpretation in mind

Examining thought prompts to help us grow complet ideas

Friday

Debating to prompt rich book conversation

Examining suggestions for generating provocative debatable ideas about text

Book debate

 

Religion

 

THANKS FOR ALL THE BIRTHDAY WISHES AND THE THOUGHTFUL CARD, FLOWERS, AND BALLOONS!

The fifth graders will begin Chapter 5 on "Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist".  We will learn about Dorothy Day, a woman who started the Catholic Worker Movement in Chicago during the Great Depression.  Her outstanding dedication to the poor still exists today.  They will have a Chapter 5 test on Friday, 11/9.

The sixth graders did an outstanding job with the All Saints Day Mass.  I was very proud of their participation in the Mass responses and songs!  We will continue to read and discuss the books of Joshua and the Judges in the Old Testament.  We will also begin to read about the many Kings that ruled the Israelites.  

On Friday afternoon, 11/9, we will be having a Veteran's Day Prayer Service.

Science

5th grade- This week we will talk about physical and chemical changes. Our essential question will be, What happens to the amount of matter when it changes state?

Vocab- boiling point, freezing point, physical change, conservation of mass, and melting point

6th grade- This week we will talk about the  Lunar Cycle or the Phases of the Moon. Students will be able to demonstrate and predict the sequence of events in the lunar cycle. ***** We will be doing a Moon Phase activity either Friday or Monday- Please have students bring in 8 Oreo cookies, not cracked (generic is fine) by Thursday.

 

6th Language Arts

Hatchet has the 6th graders ready for more! The main character, who is 13-years old, is surviving the Canadian North Woods alone! Students are eager to find out what happens next. 

This week we will continue to listen/read, predict, and delve into literary devices found in the novel while we discuss why the author would use such a device.

In addition, the 6th graders will be preparing for the Veterans Day prayer service on Friday at 1:15. All are welcome!

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Repetition 

Week of Oct. 29th - Nov. 2nd

Posted on Oct 25, 2018

We have a busy week ahead !!!  Halloween is Wednesday and the fifth and sixth graders are out of uniform.  They can wear orange and black but no costumes.  There is no official party but they may bring treats. 

Religion

The sixth graders will be hosting the All Saints Day Mass on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 1:00 p.m.  They have been very cooperative and hardworking.  If you have the opportunity please join us. You will not want to miss this special mass. 

The fifth graders will be reviewing for their Unit 1 test which will be on Thursday, Nov. 1st.  It will include chapters 1-4.  I will send home a study guide for the short essay questions.

Enjoy the weekend!!

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • We will continue learning about early European Explorers this week. Students will finish up an interactive notebook page tracing the routes and important details of Dias, da Gama and Columbus.
  • Students will read about Ponce de Leon and Vasco da Gama and complete a packet.

6th Grade:

  • Students will continue working on their research projects, we have worked in time during class for students to research and ask for any help or guidance they may need in class. 
  • Please check with your student to make sure they are on track, our due date for the packet and paper is Nov. 7.  All information that is needed is included in the packet that students were given.  Please see my individual blog for the Egypt extra credit.
  • We will continue our travels in Ancient Egypt this week learning about their system of writing, papyrus and the Rosetta Stone and why it is so important to understanding Egyptian language.
  • Students will learn about the construction of the pyramids this week, as well as boats.

6th Language Arts 

I have to begin with a huge THANK YOU to the Olsen and Murphy families who generously donated boxes of books to our classroom library. Your generosity with help hundreds of kids enjoy new opportunities to READ! We are all so grateful!

Onto a new novel, Hatchet! Students are ready to begin a new class novel. We are in the midst of doing our pre-reading work: predictions, mapping, discussions, and vocabulary. 

I truly hope students enjoy this Newbery Award-winning novel which has themes about isolation, survival, and coming of age. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Foreshadowing

 

5th Grade ELA

 

The Main Characters

 

Who is the main character? How is she or he involved in the mystery.

Explain what is the mystery.

Is the text narrated in first or third person? How might this affect the story? Use a writing prompt and evidence from your novel to support that the mystery was written in either first or third person.

 

The Suspects

Who are the major suspects in your novel?

Suspects full name

Motive?

Alibi?

What evidence supports these characters as being suspects?(Take from the novel)

Be prepared to create a police drawing of your major suspect.

Make sure your character log has detailed character descriptions.

 

The Clues

List the three most important clues in order of importance. Explain why these clues were important to the mystery.

What is one clue you believe the author used as a RED HERRING?

 

Setting

Using the diagram in class, draw and identify the microsetting and macro setting. (Use the circle inside the circle diagram)

 

Crime Scene

Location, Date, Time

Well written description of the crime scene with evidence from the novel to support your description.

 

 

Mystery Book Review

Explain how the mystery is solved.  What important events led to the conclusion and the culprit. Use evidence from your novel to support your answer.

What part of the novel did you find most suspenseful (vocabulary word)? Use a writing prompt and evidence to support your thinking.

What would you add (or take away) from this mystery to make it more intriguing?  Why would it make this mystery more intriguing?

Recommendation

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or Why not?

The Main Characters

 

Who is the main character? How is she or he involved in the mystery.

Explain what is the mystery.

Is the text narrated in first or third person? How might this affect the story? Use a writing prompt and evidence from your novel to support that the mystery was written in either first or third person.

 

The Suspects

Who are the major suspects in your novel?

Suspects full name

Motive?

Alibi?

What evidence supports these characters as being suspects?(Take from the novel)

Be prepared to create a police drawing of your major suspect.

Make sure your character log has detailed character descriptions.

 

The Clues

List the three most important clues in order of importance. Explain why these clues were important to the mystery.

What is one clue you believe the author used as a RED HERRING?

 

Setting

Using the diagram in class, draw and identify the microsetting and macro setting. (Use the circle inside the circle diagram)

 

Crime Scene

Location, Date, Time

Well written description of the crime scene with evidence from the novel to support your description.

 

 

Mystery Book Review

Explain how the mystery is solved.  What important events led to the conclusion and the culprit. Use evidence from your novel to support your answer.

What part of the novel did you find most suspenseful (vocabulary word)? Use a writing prompt and evidence to support your thinking.

What would you add (or take away) from this mystery to make it more intriguing?  Why would it make this mystery more intriguing?

Recommendation

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or Why not?

 

 

Science

5th grade- We will continue to take notes about the periodic table and discuss the properties of metals, nonmetals and metalloids.

6th grade- We will read a couple articles this week about Mars and the Exploration of Mars. We will discuss whether we think scientists will be able to colonize Mars and if we would ever go there. We will write an essay on our thoughts when we are finished discussing. 

 

Week of October 22nd

Posted on Oct 19, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out.

This week, we will continue to review LCM and GCF and also begin reducing or simplifying fractions.  To reduce a fraction easily, a child must be fluent in the division facts; for many 5th graders this will be a very frustrating topic.  Please practice as often as you can with your child and also send him/her in early when possible for additional practice.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  The current homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.

6th periods 1 and 3 - We will work on dividing with fractions in word problems this week and also begin dividing mixed numbers at the end of the week.

6th periods 2 - We will continue to work on dividing with fractions in word problems this week and also begin dividing mixed numbers.

 

The test on dividing fractions and mixed numbers will be sometime next week.

6th Language Arts

On Tuesday, students will take a test on the story, Mother Fletcher's Gift. I've been very pleased with the students' response to critical thinking questions. While it's difficult at first, students are rising to the challenge. 

In addition, students are writing to support their claims using text evidence. We will continue to focus on understanding the prompts/questions given and then writing a response with purpose. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Theme

 

Fifth Grade ELA  Week of October 22nd

Fifth Grade ELA  Week of October 22nd

 

October is mystery novel month. At this point, the students should be “almost” finished with their novel.  

On Monday, we will work on our police file that the student’s are working on to complete their writing on the detective, suspects, motives, and evidence that was presented in their reading.  Next Tuesday and Wednesday (October 30 and 31st) the students will present their police file book report to the class. They will also have a brown bag of evidence that was found in their mystery novel.

 

On Tuesday, we will introduce the idea of THEMES for our next novel.  We will launch our Interpretation of Book Clubs. For this bend of the Lucy Calkins Reading Program, we will study interpretation by reading great literature in small book clubs that will last for the rest of this unit.  By studying the skills and strategies of interpretation while reading, writing and talking together, book club members will come to identify themes that are important in their books, trace the progression of themes as the book progresses, and eventually think across books with their clubs.  Fifth graders need to be able to see multiple themes in a story, to select supportive evidence for each, and to see the craft as well as the content of a story as evidence for a theme. (Lucy Calkins)


 

Wednesday, Dr Michael Stritch will lead the fifth graders on our adventure around the city tracing history through the Our Lady of Angels fire.  Accelerated Reader points are due by the end of the school day.

 

On Thursday, we will “host” a book tasting.  Their new tables will be set for a tasting of novels that represent our Interpretation of Themes Unit.  The book club will “sample” different books to see which novel that their group would like to read. Each student will then need a copy of that book by NOVEMBER 1st.  Our St John Fisher library, public library,and our class library will be a wonderful resource. If not enough copies are available, it will be the student’s responsibility to obtain a copy of the novel by November 1st.


 

Friday will be a vocabulary test for this weeks vocabulary words from our Word Wisdom book.  Each student will have vocabulary homework each night this week.  

 

Our Reading class has been enjoying our read aloud novel, Home of the Brave.  I hope that your child has talked to you about this book.  This book has been a wonderful source to teach the kids how to think deeply as they read a novel.  The question, “What’s this story really about?” is often asked as we read the chapters aloud.

Your child offers beautiful insights in class discussions to help understand all that our main character deals with in order to make a new life in America.  

Ask your child about Kek and his family.  We finished the first section last week.

 

 

Social Studies

5th grade:

  • We finished our unit on early native tribes. 
  • This week we will begin our studies on early explorers and the lands and routes that they encountered and explores.

6th grade:

  • We will continue working our way through ancient Egypt, we will focus in on government and continue learning about their religion.
  • students will get their packets this week for their research projects. Please see my blog for details.

 

Religion

 

The fifth graders will be discussing and reviewing sacramentals for their test on Thursday, October 25th. We read about several Saints this week in preparation for All Saints Day on November 1st.

The sixth graders begin to read and discuss the Books of Joshua and Judges in the Old Testament.  We will be discussing and reading about the leaders of the Israelites and their entry into the land of Canaan.  They will also start preparing for the November 1st All Saints Day mass which the 6th graders will host.

 

Science

I am really proud of the presentations that we had last week! Students did a great job!

5th- We will take a look at the organization of the periodic table. We will take a look at Metals, Metalloids, and Non-metals.  On Friday, we will do  a STEM activity with the 1st graders. We will be pairing up with our 1st grade friends once a month to complete a STEM activity together. 

6th- We will finish up our study of the planets with an open note test on Monday. Wednesday we will test our knowledge with an Escape Room. The students love this activity, as they all try to make it to the "Escape Room Hall of Fame." We will finish up the week starting our next lesson on the Lunar Cycle. 

Week of October 15th - Oct 19th

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

6th grade Math

Periods 1 and 3 – We will review for Tuesday’s test on Monday of this week.  A study guide was handed out to each child last Thursday.

Wednesday, we will begin the chapter on dividing fractions and mixed numbers.

 

Period 2 – We will continue the chapter on dividing fractions and mixed numbers this week.

 

5th grade Math

Period 1 and 2 – A review sheet will be passed out on Monday to help each child prepare for Tuesday’s test.

Wednesday, we will begin the 3rd chapter on fractions which covers LCM, GCF, simplifying or reducing fractions, improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

 

Period 3 – Monday and Tuesday will be spent preparing for Wednesday’s test.  A review sheet should come home on Tuesday with your child.

Thursday, we will begin the 3rd chapter on fractions which covers LCM, GCF, simplifying or reducing fractions, improper fractions to mixed numbers and vice versa.

Social Studies:

Picture day Oct. 16, please do not wear green.

Please make sure your student checks in with each teacher after an absence to get any work that is missed.

5th Grade

  • We will finish our studies of Native Tribes of North America.  This week will be studying the people of the Eastern Woodlands.
  • There will be a test on Thursday covering the following tribes; Inuit, Tlingit, Pueblos, Navajo, Plains tribes, Creek and Iroquois Tribes.  I will have a review posted to Google Classroom on Monday.

6th Grade

  •  We will continue our travels through Ancient Egypt, we will learn about Menes, the government, religion, and economy of Egypt. 
  • This week students will be receiving their Egypt project packet.
  • Current events will continue, please see my individual blog for an example from last week.

Religion

The fifth graders will be discussing Chapter 4 "Sacramentals" and reading about Saints. They are doing a great job finding and discussing Bible passages!

The sixth graders will be working on a "Saints" activity.  They will be given two saints and will need to write about the similarities and differences between them. We will be working on this assignment during class time but needs to be completed by Thursday, Oct. 18th.  We also have a Ten Commandments activity that will be completed during class time.  Enjoy our "cool weather"!!!!

Science

Hooray! It finally cooled down on the 3rd floor! We have school pictures Tuesday 10/16. On Friday, we will have a school mass at 1:00 where we will sit with our prayer partners. 

5th grade- We will start our first project this week! This week we will research an element on the periodic table. Students will create a poster for the element they researched. The guidelines and rubric are available on Google Classroom. 

6th grade- We will continue to work on our "Teach a Planet" project. Each group was given a planet to research and create a poster or Google Slides on the information they found. They will present that information to the class. Each student will take notes on the information and on Monday (tentatively) they will complete an open note content-based test on the information they received. 

6th Grade Language Arts

Critical thinking is all the buzz in 6th Grade ELA. Students are uncomfortable, and that's just the way it should be! Let me explain...

Students are being moved out of their comfort zones and pushed to think more critically about what they are reading. Very rarely will students be given questions with one word answers anymore. Answers will now have to be written thoughtfully and include evidence. Sometimes, an answer to a question isn't clearly stated and students will have to infer. These are not easy tasks for many students!

The good news is that the students are excited about the challenge! Keep them reading and critically thinking--that's the goal :) 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: 3rd Person Omniscient

5th Grade Language Arts

October is mystery genre book month! What a wonderful selection of novels the kids picked for themselves!  Of course, the amount of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy mysteries had a tug at nostalgia for me.

 

We are taking a break from the Reader's Workshop this week.  We will focus on our mystery novels and exploring developing a crime folder on the novel we are reading.  This is a fun project where the students will act like detectives as they read their novel. You should see them with a fistful of Post-it notes as they search their story for clues, Red herrings, alibi’s and motives!  We have a vocabulary list of words that work with our genre that the kids will use this week.

 

The mystery unit will draw attention to the power mysteries have to spark interest in reading and inspire critical thinking for our students.

 

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 05, 2018

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.  There will not be a homework packet this week; please use this extra time to practice multiplication and division flash cards with your child.

We did not get near as far in the second chapter on fractions as I had anticipated last week. 

5th period 1 and 2 will review comparing fractions and begin ordering fractions this week.  The test is tentatively scheduled for next Tuesday, October 16th.

5th period 3 will begin comparing fractions and later in the week begin ordering fractions; the test is tentatively scheduled for next Wednesday, October 17th.

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new math packet will be passed out; this packet will be due back on Friday, October 26th.

6th periods 1 and 3 – We did not get as far as I wanted to last week so this week we will cover multiplying mixed numbers by whole numbers and also by mixed numbers.  We will also work on solving more word problems.  The test will be sometime next week.

6th period 2 – We completed the chapter on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers on Friday.  Wednesday we will review for the test which will be on Thursday.  A study guide should come home with your child on Tuesday.

I have been so impressed with the math skills this year.  All 6th graders are working hard and are quick to catch on to new concepts and also to apply what they have learned to solve some very challenging problems.

 

5th grade social studies:

We will have a quiz on Wednesday.  This quiz will cover the Native Tribes we have studied so far.  Please have your students review their notes, hardcover books and also the slides on Google Classroom.  The quiz will include the following tribes:

Inuit

Tlingit

Navajo

Pueblo Tribes

The quiz will cover vocab words from these tribes as well as what kind of houses they lived in, what their homes were made of and their religious beliefs.  There will be matching and short answer essay on the quiz.  Students need to be sure they are restating the question and answering in complete sentences for their short essay questions.

This week we will learn about the Native people of the plains states, and the east coast tribes.

If your student is having troubles with any of the concepts we are learning, please encourage them to see me for help.  I am at school early every morning. 

Please be sure that if your student is absent, that they see each teacher to get any missed work.  Work after an absence is still due, and due within a day or two of returning to school. 

6th grade social studies:

We finished chapter three last week, and this week we will move on to Ancient Egypt.  This chapter will move a little slower than the past three, we will be covering a lot of content and there is a research project in this chapter.  Students will be given their packets in about a week or so.  This packet must be kept, it contains all of their graphic organizers and directions for the project.  Students will need to bring this with them every day, they will have the opportunity to work on their research during any free time we may have in class.  The packet must be turned in, as there are pages that are part of the grade in it.  Please check my individual blog starting next week where I will post more details and dates.

  • We will start with exploring the geography of Ancient Egypt.  We will watch a video about the geography of this area and the importance of the Nile River.  
  • Current Events 2 will start this week and be presented Friday.  Please see my individual blog for the instructions.

I want to share how proud I am of our students during the events of Friday.  Our kids did exactly what we asked of them and they did so without questions.  I am proud of them for being strong during that time.

Religion

The fifth graders will begin Chapter 19 "Living as Christians".  They will be learning how love is the greatest and highest virtue.  They will have a quiz on Thursday, 10/11.

The sixth graders will be finishing "The Book of Exodus".  On Thursday, 10/11, they will have a test on all the stories we have read and discussed in class.  They will also be given a word bank to help them study.

Enjoy the 3-day weekend!!!!

Science

This week in 5th grade, we will continue our study of atoms, element, molecules, and compounds. We will look at the periodic table and learn why it is arranged the way it is. We will learn what a metal, nonmetal, and metalloid are. 

This week in 6th grade, we will finish up our study of the planets with an in-class project. Students will have to research a planet and create a presentation. 

5th grade ELA

One of the joys of being an ELA teacher is to enjoy the writings of our students.  This weekend I had the pleasure of reading their personal narratives that pertained to a place that mattered to them. The kids thought of small moments that occurred in that place and wrote about one.  The following are a few excerpts from fifth grade writers!!

“The forgotten cabinet is just a cabinet in the corner that nobody goes to because nobody can reach it!  I climbed onto the counter and I opened the cabinet. My eyes started to glow when I saw a whole supply of s’mores waiting to be roasted!” Gavin U.

“Everyone has a bucket list and I got to cross one off mine on spring break!: Grace C.

“We went into the elevator and right before anyone pressed anything, something bad happened.  My brother pulled the fire alarm! We ran out of the elevator. We went down the stairs. We weren’t scared because we knew there wasn’t a fire.  When we got downstairs, everyone was in the pool and no one even noticed the fire alarm going off. We walked out the door to get to the beach. I guess the lifeguards knew because they were speeding on their four wheelers.  We went in the water and acted like it wasn’t us.” Owen L.

 

This week the students will be turning another small moment narrative.  We examined the style of author Robert McCloskey. He is a great resource to demonstrate how he turned one small moment and turned the story into a Newbery Award book that sold over millions of copies.   

 

VOCABULARY

We will use the workbook, Word Wisdom, this school year. It’s important to develop both their vocabulary and spelling.  For the first trimester, we will focus on developing their vocabulary by completing a chapter in the workbook each week. The students will have a vocabulary test every Friday.  We began the first chapter last week so the first test will be this Friday.

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. What a delight to see the fall colors appearing for our enjoyment!

 

6th Grade Language Arts

I want to begin the week saying how PROUD I am of SJF students and teaching staff who really rallied together during our first "soft lockdown". Students, teachers and parents made things run smoothly. There is always room for improvement, but our first run was successful. Thank you!

For the next few weeks, the 6th graders will be immersed in the Realistic Fiction Genre. We will read several short stories, including some paired passages, and our next novel will be also be a work of realistic fiction. We will continue working on Plot Structure and Point of View with these stories. Finally, we will add a new skill to our reading plan: tracking a character's development in a story. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Idiom

 

Week of October 1st

Posted on Sep 28, 2018

5th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Friday.

This week, we will continue in Chapter 2 on fractions covering both comparing and ordering fractions.  The math test on this chapter will be sometime next week.


6th grade Math

All 3 periods will have the open notebook Geometry test on Tuesday.

Periods 1 and 3 – This week, we will cover using the shortcut or cross-cancelling method to multiply fractions and begin multiplying mixed numbers by mixed numbers.  The test on multiplying fractions should be sometime late next week.

Period 2 – We will wrap up the chapter on multiplying fractions this week, covering multiplying mixed numbers.  The test will be sometime early next week.

6th grade Social Studies:

  • Students will start chapter 3 this week, in chapter 3 we will start discovering how ancient civilizations progress over time.  We will learn about the importance of farming and how farming helped these civilizations grow.
  • We will not have Current Events this week, we will start our second set of current events next week.

5th grade Social Studies:

  • Students finished learning about Pacific Northwest Tribes, we read an article together in class on the Tlingit tribe and the returning of artifacts that were taken during the 1899 Harriman Expedition.  We annotated the article and discussed the importance of the artifacts to the tribe.  Students will complete an assignment Monday reviewing the important facts from these finds.
  • We will continue learning about the Native Tribes of America.  This week we will learn about the Southwest Tribes and Plains Tribes.

* Students should be checking in with each teacher after an absence to make sure that they find out what assignments and readings they missed while out.  Assignments after an absence are due within a day or two of return, for longer absences there will be more time given. *

Religion

The fifth graders will be praying a decade of the Rosary each morning and learning the Mysteries of the Blessed Mother Mary.  By praying the rosary we show our love for Mary, the Mother of Jesus.  Each student will need a rosary starting Monday morning.  They will have a quiz on the "Beatitudes" on Tuesday, 10/2 and a Chapter 3 test on Thursday, 10/4

The sixth graders continue to read about Moses and his journey through the desert to the land of Canaan.  They will need a rosary starting Monday because we will be praying a decade of the rosary in honor of Our Mother Mary.

Science

We had a great week last week. We brought a lot of technology into our classroom. 5th grade got to use our new Smartboard to review for their test, the 6th grade used our new school set of Google cardboard viewers to go on a Virtual Field Trip to the Solar System. Check out some pictures on our classroom Instagram @sciencewithoshea. 

School pictures have been rescheduled. We will have a new date soon. 

Wednesday is special lunch from Barracos

This week

5th grade will be discussing the particles in matter. We will look at new vocabulary words such as element, atom, compound, and molecule. We will take a look at the Periodic Table. 

6th grade will discuss out Virtual Field Trip and start to look at each planet separately. We will discuss how mass and distance of the planets affect the force of gravity.

6th Language Arts

We did it! We have finished our first class novel. Students have given some truly valuable feedback on Number the Stars

"I loved the cliffhangers between chapters and how we made predictions. I always wanted to read another chapter!"

"I learned so much about the Resistance fighters, rationing, and other challenges people faced during WWII"

"It showed the strong bond that both Christian and Jewish families showed during the German occupation" 

"I think in some ways the author played it safe; I wanted the risk!" 

Your children were genuinely engaged in the novel. I'm thrilled! Onto our next novel in just a few weeks. 

This week we will watch a movie Miracle at Midnight based on WWII in Copenhagen. Students will be comparing and contrasting the novel and movie. Once that's done, they will write a reaction paper based on the movie. 

On Friday, I will have my second conference with students to review their personal goals for reading during the first trimester. Keep encouraging your children to read! 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Point of View

5th Grade ELA

The week ahead:

Reading

We have begun the Interpretation Book Club Unit 1 of Lucy Calkins which will develop themes. During Bend 1, the fiction that your child will read during this unit will be more complex.  The texts they are reading also tend to be more complex structurally. The fact that your child’s texts are becoming more difficult has implications for the intellectual work they will be completing across this unit.

“As this unit opens, the students will be challenged to rise to the occasion of fifth grade by choosing to read novels that are worthy of series, thoughtful reading.”-Calkins  Up to this point, we have used post it notes to show our writing about reading. Now, we will spotlight the importance of writing about reading right from the start of this unit.  We will also be reading, Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate as the demonstration text for this unit of study. Each child should be reading at home every night. This will increase their reading speed along with reading fluency.  Check out their reading log to offer encouragement of this task.

Writing

During our first unit of the Narrative Craft, the students will crystallize their images of strong narratives, self assess using student-facing rubrics, and set goals that accelerate their achievements.

Bend 1 in this unit will be concentrated on Generating Personal Narratives. We will generate strategies for personal narrative writing ideas. Your child’s writing notebook will be a wonderful insight to themselves.  Ask them to share some of their writing with you. They have embraced this writing unit. Watch as your child’s writing develops through the next few weeks. Offer them support for their progress!

 

 

Week of September 24th -

Posted on Sep 20, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math and a new homework packet will be passed out.

The rest of the week, we will continue in the 2nd chapter on fractions by reviewing how to write the next 3 equivalent fractions for a given fraction and moving on to using “cross products” to check for equivalency and solving for “n” in a pair of equivalent fractions.

For a child to be successful in working with equivalent fractions they must have a good mastery of their multiplication and division facts.  Please continue to practice with your child as often as you can.  Thank you!

 

6th grade Math

Monday is Accelerated Math.

Period 1 and 3 – We will cover multiplying whole numbers by fractions and vice versa this week.  We will be looking at how to solve these problems mathematically but also focusing on understanding conceptually what these problems represent.  We will also spend more time this week on fraction word problemsJ

Period 2 – We will review multiplying whole numbers by fractions and vice versa and move on to multiplying mixed numbers this week.  Many word problems will be mixed in throughout the week.

 

Geometry – All 3 periods will be working on naming angles using the correct symbol and letters and also on complementary and supplementary angles.  The first Geometry test will be next week; this will be an open notebook test.

Religion

In fifth grade, we will continue to learn the Beatitudes in Chapter 3.  We are discussing how this beautiful gift from God will help us to be good, kind, and sensitive people.  Serving God and others first should be our goal in life and taking care of ourselves last.  This is a difficult concept for 10 and 11 year olds to understand.  If we demonstrate these acts of service at home and school we are showing our children how to live each day.  I have been encouraging the children to go to mass each weekend and experience the joy and comfort of spending time with God and partaking in the Holy Eucharist.  

In sixth grade, we will have a test on Genesis part 2 on Tuesday, 9/25.  We will continue to read about Moses and his journey through the desert to the land of Canaan.

5th and 6th graders need a rosary for Monday, Oct. 1st.  We will be praying a decade each day during the month of October.  The fifth graders have been assigned prayer partners with the first graders and the sixth graders with third graders.  There will be several activities during the year in which we will be together.

Special lunch forms for Oct. 3rd are due no later than Wednesday, 9/26.

Have a great weekend!

Science

I hope everyone had a great weekend. It was absolutely beautiful! Picture day is October 2nd. Homecoming is this weekend and we will have our Pep Rally on Friday at 1:30. Dress in your Fisher Blue to show your school spirit! Also, don't forget to checkout our 5th and 6th grade Instagram @sciencewithoshea

This week in Science:

5th grade will be continue to discuss Structure of Matter- We will use this week to review and understand the various structures of matter, how particles are arranged, and different physical properties of Matter. Our first test will be on Friday, September 28th.

6th grade- We will discuss Earth's Place in the Universe (MS-ESS1) and Gravity in our solar system. On Thursday and Friday, I am hoping to use the Google Cardboard viewers to complete a Google Expedition of our Solar System. I will send out more information as the week goes on. 

Social Studies:

5th Grade:

  • We will continue working with Native Tribes in North America.  Students will be working on their interactive notebooks this week to fill in their notes.
  • We will start learning about native peoples of the Southwest and Plains this week.
  • Please be sure to check PowerSchool to check for missing assignments.  Per our homework policy, students are to check in with each teacher after an absence to collect any work that they missed and turn in completed absent work with in a day or two of returning to school.  Missing assignments are graded as a 0 two days after due date.

6th Grade:

  • We finished chapter  2 with the Iceman.  Students were engaged and inquisitive during our studies.  We learned about some great scientific advancements that have given us so many answers about this ancient man.
  • There will be a quiz on Wednesday for Ch. 2, students should be reviewing their notes and power point to help them study.  We will review on Tuesday.
  • Thursday we will begin learning about some ancient civilizations that grew from their agricultural skills.  We will look at early formations of religions, and societies.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

6th Language Arts 

This week students will be learning about two important topics that will be used throughout the year: Plot Structure and Reaction vs. Summary Essays.

We will "break down" the plot structure of the novel, Number the Stars, highlighting character development based on the events in the story. On Tuesday, we will finish reading the story. 

In addition, there will be a brief test on the novel on Friday. 

Just a reminder, we want students reading everyday. I had a conference with each student on Friday about what they were currently reading and helping them develop goals for reading. Let's all work together to ensure students have opportunities to read!

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Dynamic and Static Characters

Week of September 17th

Posted on Sep 14, 2018

Math

5th grade Math

A new math packet will be passed out on Monday and it is due back on Friday; the entire packet is based on Aspire type test questions.

Periods 1, 2, and 3 will continue to work on solving for fraction of a whole number by solving many, many word problems this week J.  The first fractions test will be on Thursday, a review sheet will be given to each child on Wednesday.  This review sheet will be completed in school and should be brought home for further study.  It is due back on Thursday and does count as a grade.

I am available all week if you would like to send your child in before school for additional practice.

Friday we will begin chapter 2 on fractions which covers: equivalent fractions, comparing fractions and ordering fractions.  These 3 topics were covered in 4th grade so I am hoping to be able to do a quick review and move forward.

 

6th grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Monday and it will be due back on Friday, October 5th.

Periods 1 and 3 – We will begin the chapter on multiplying fractions and mixed numbers this week.  In Geometry, we will cover naming lines and angles.  The Geometry test will be early next week; this will be an open notebook test.

Period 2 – We will continue working on multiplying fractions covering multiplying fractions by a whole number and vice versa and we will also cover using cross canceling to make multiplication of fractions problems easier to solve.

The kids will also be solving many word problems throughout this chapter. 

Social Studies:

I have posted pictures of our Veteran's Wall to my blog page.  Students have been bringing in pictures of family members and I am so proud of what we are creating!  I would love for this to stay up all year, please let me know if you need your pictures back sooner.  Also, please look at my blog page to see some samples of the kids paragraphs about 9-11, I am so proud of the work that they did.

5th Grade:

  • We will continue working through native tribes of America.  Students learned about South Western Native Tribes and also Midwestern Tribes.
  • We will have a quiz on Thursday this week.  This quiz will cover all vocab that we have covered so far in class.  The quiz will also cover any main ideas we talked about.  The quiz will not have anything from Ch 1, this is only on what we have studied from Ch 2 so far.
  • There will be a quizlet posted on Tuesday, students will have the opportunity to study their vocab in class and also at home for the quiz.

6th Grade:

  • We will start learning about the Ice Man of the Alps this week.  Students learned about primary and secondary sources last week and we will continue to work with these throughout the year.  
  • During our studies of the Ice Man we will continue to discuss the process of archaeology and what tools are used to unlock the past.  
  • We will watch a video about Utzi together in class.  This video has updated information about this find and what scientists continue to learn from this man.  We will also look at the museum dedicated to this man.

Religion

The fifth graders will be starting Chapter 3 "Beatitudes" on Monday.  These prayers teach us all how to live and treat others with love.  We will be using the Bible to complete our "Beatitude" activities.

The sixth graders will continue to read and discuss the stories in Genesis.  We will also be watching the video "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat".  It's a great video and I am hoping the kids will enjoy the music!!!

Enjoy the weekend and FISHER FEST!!!!!!

Science

What a great weekend! I hope everyone enjoyed the weather and had fun at Fisherfest! 

This week:

5th grade- We will continue to talk about Matter and its structure. We will also begin to talk about Properties of Matter. 

6th grade- We will continue to discuss different galaxies. We will use different activities to review these galaxies for our test on Friday, September 21, covering  Galaxies and Light Years

6th Language Arts

The sixth graders have been multi-tasking very well these last few weeks. We have been reading and listening to a story while working on expanding our reading vocabulary and making inferences in the novel. Great discussions are occurring! I'm hoping to make it to Chapter 15 this week in the novel. 

Students will be reviewing parts of a presentation (i.e. posture, voice, etc.) and delivering a group presentation based on their research of a "Helper" during World War II. 

Last week time ran out, and we were unable to learn the difference between a reaction and summary paper. That will be moved to next week. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Allegory

 

Fifth Grade ELA Blog for the Week of September 17th.

 

The goal of our daily mini lesson is designed to add to the reader’s repertoire of skills and strategies so the reader then has more to draw upon from that day forward.  In a mini lesson, a strategy is demonstrated and then the kids use that strategy. The students will use that strategy during independent reading. The new strategy will become part of the readers’ toolkits to be drawn upon as needed.

 

 

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 07, 2018

5th grade Math

5 – periods 1 and 2:  Monday will be our second Accelerated Math class and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Thursday of this week.

Tuesday, we will continue working with the ruler and making exact measurements only this week, we will be focusing on measuring in centimeters instead of inches.  Wednesday and Thursday we will begin the next part of the chapter on fractions which cover “fraction of a whole” and “fraction of a set or group.”  Both topics should be a review from 4th grade, so I don’t anticipate spending much time on either.  The focus of these 2 sections will be on including the correct unit with every fractional answer.  Example – 2/3 of the pieces not just 2/3.

5 – period 3: Monday will be our second Accelerated Math class and a new homework packet will be passed out; this will be due back on Thursday of this week.

This week, we will work on “fraction of a number” which can be a very difficult concept for many kids.  If you feel your child would benefit from some extra practice please send them in early.  Most times, the reason for the frustration is lack of mastery of the division and multiplication facts.  In order for this concept to be easy, a child must be fluent with these facts.

 

6th grade Math

6 – periods 1 and 3: Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be spent on subtracting fractions and mixed numbers from whole numbers.  There is a short quiz planned for Thursday that will cover add/subtract mixed numbers, subtract mixed numbers with regrouping, and subtract mixed numbers and fractions from whole numbers.  A review sheet will be passed out to each student on Tuesday which states in detail what will be on this quiz.

6 – period 2:  Monday is Accelerated Math.

Tuesday through Thursday, we will begin the chapter on multiplying fractions.  The kids will also work with protractors to draw various angles.

5th Grade Social Studies:

  • We started learning about early tribes of Mexico, the Olmec and Mayans.  Students had questions to answer Friday about our readings on pages 22-23.
  • This week we will continue working with Native Tribes of North America.
  • There is a quiz on Wednesday, the quiz will cover the vocabulary we have covered from last week till Tuesday.  Students should review their notes and the slides we use in class are also posted to Google Classroom if your student was absent they can catch up on missed notes.

6th Grade Social Studies:

  • 6th grade is off to a great start.  They are getting more familiar with how to write their current events and are doing great!  
  • We will continue this week working with how historians uncover the past and we will be moving on to the Ice Man of the Alps this week.
  • Students will learn how this discovery was so important and what clues told archaeologists that this was indeed, an ancient man.  Students will learn about some of the different tools and scientific tests used to unlock his past.
  • We will watch a clip about this discovery as well as look at the museum that is dedicated to Otzi.
  • Our Veteran's Wall is starting to gain members!  I will post pictures to my individual blog, please check my page to see pictures and updates.  Please feel free to send in a picture of a veteran from your family, or neighborhood.  Please also include their name, rank and you may also include their jobs, or deployments.  

Religion

The fifth graders will be having a quiz on the "Seven Sacraments" on Tues. 9-11.  They need to know how to spell these Sacraments.  Since we do not have school on Friday, they will have Music Friday on Thursday.  The children seem to be enjoying these inspirational/good feeling songs.  Please review these videos to make sure they are appropriate for viewing.  Their Chapter 2 test will be on Wednesday, 9-12.

The sixth graders will continue to read and discuss the stories in Genesis.  They will have a test on Part 1 of Genesis on Wednesday, 9-12.  

Enjoy the weekend!!!

6th Language Arts

This week our novel Number the Stars really starts to heat up! Students are making predictions and recognizing literary elements in the novel, such as Dramatic Irony. 

In addition to our novel study, students will watch videos and learn about some of the "helpers" during World War II. We will also learn the difference between a summary and reaction paper. 

Just a reminder to encourage your child to find a novel that really captures their interest. Students should read (at least) 20 minutes a night. 

Reading vocabulary terms of the week: Protagonist, Antagonist

 

ELA 5th Grade:

FIsher Fest Week!! Woo Hoo!

Have you taken a look at your son/daughter’s reading log? The fifth graders are reading at alarming rates!!!!! I wish you could see their excitement when a new book order from Amazon appears in our classroom! I wish I could share the minutes when I send them off from our mini lesson and they go off to read. I wish I could have you experience the one on one conversations that I experience with your child as they explain, tell, retell their moments in their novel. I wish you could hear how they take our mini lessons and see that work in their reading life.

In class this week, MaryKate had no idea she was analyzing text to understand the complexities of the protagonist in her novel!

We are still in the beginning book of “Building a Reading Life” in the many series of Lucy Calkins. By the end of next week, we will move into “Interpretation Book Clubs-Analyzing Themes”.  

I found the following information in some of Lucy Calkins writings and wanted to share her thoughts.

“The studies showed that the single most important way to support comprehension is to provide children with more access to interesting texts.  The next most important intervention involves giving kids more choice in books.” The reading continues, “And we need to keep in mind that a book is just right, not only because a child can read it with accuracy, fluency, and comprehension but also because a child can read it with empathy and engagement, laughter, and, yes, tears, too”. Ask your child about the curmudgeon that wanted to show up in our reading life!

Next week, (not Monday after Fisher Fest) we will officially launch our writers workshop. More details to come!! Have  a great week! See you at Fisher Fest!

 

Science

I hope everyone had a good weekend! What a nice relief from the heat! This week:

5th- Last week we enjoyed our graphing Skittles activity. We will start to talk about Matter, Structure of Matter, and comparing the mass of objects.

6th- This week we will start talking about space. We will discuss the various types of galaxies and what a light year is. 

Have a good week! Don't forget Tuesday is a dress down day, wear your patriotic colors! We will never forget! 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 01, 2018

Math

5th Grade Math

A new homework packet will be passed out on Tuesday and it will be due back on Friday.

Period 1 and 2 – We will continue working with fractions on the number lines on Tuesday and Wednesday.  The children will be reading number lines and learning to draw their own correctly.  On Thursday we will begin “fraction of a number.”

Period 3 – This week will be spent reviewing fraction of a whole and working on fraction of a group.

 

6th grade Math

The current homework packet is due back next Thursday.

All 3 6th grade classes will be working with protractors this week.  The children will be learning to accurately measure angles and use the protractor to draw angles.

Period 1 – We will continue to work on subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping this week.

Period 2 – This week, we will finish up the review of adding and subtracting mixed numbers with and without regrouping.  We will also cover subtracting fractions and mixed numbers from whole numbers.  There will be a short quiz on Friday that covers all of these topics.

Period 3 – We will continue to work on subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping this week.

Religion-

Despite the very warm weather, the students are happily getting into their routine. The fifth graders are learning how to be more prayerful and listen to God every day.  We have learned how to find Bible verses and I was impressed by how fast they caught on!!  They will have their first test on Chapter 1 on Tuesday, Sept.4th.  We have reviewed for the test and they are prepared.  They will start Chapter 2 on the "Seven Sacraments" and learn about Miguel Pro who was a martyr for our faith.

The sixth graders have learned the parts of the Bible and we will begin to read and discuss the Old Testament stories in the book of Genesis.

Thanks again for joining us on "Back to School Night"!!!  Enjoy the holiday weekend!!

Science-

5th and 6th - This week we will take a look at graphing data. We will also read data tables and create graphs. We will discuss dependent and independent variables. Can each student please bring in a bag of skittles by Tuesday? We will use them to graph a bag of skittles. 

By the end of the week, 5th will be ready to move on to Matter and 6th grade will be ready to move on to Earth and the Solar System. 

6th Language Arts

This week students will be listening and reading along with the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Students are already engaged in this wonderful historical fiction story. In addition, a list of books based on WWII was distributed to students last week. Encourage your child to read one (or several) of the books on that list. 

Along with the novel, students will be reviewing the major components of a compare and contrast essay. 

Reading vocabulary term of the week: Dramatic Irony

5th Social Studies:

  • We will begin our studies on the Native Tribes and the regions they live in.  Students will discuss how the regions they live in impacts the way they live.
  • There will be a quiz  on Sept. 13 covering the vocabulary that we have covered from Sept. 5-Sept. 11.

6th Social Studies:

  • Ch 1 quiz will be on Sept. 5, we played a Kahoot to review the vocabulary words.  There will be some plotting of cities using coordinates. 
  • We will begin Ch 2 this week, we will start working with primary and secondary sources.  Students will also start exploring how archaeologist and historians work to uncover the past.
  • Current Events 1 will continue this week, 5 students will present their event on Friday.  Students that do not present will be responsible for writing a thoughtful reflection about one of the presentations they heard.  Each should be one paragraph.  All directions are on Google Classroom, must be turned in via Classroom.
  • We will be creating a Veteran's Wall in my classroom.  Students are invited to bring in a picture of a Vet that they know, this can be a family member or a neighbor.  If they do not have a picture, I will have little cards that they can fill out with the Veteran's name, their military title and what branch they served in.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions about this project.

?5th Grade ELA:

  • Extended Response from class today. Please finish for homework if you did not complete in class.

  •  Explain your “HUH” moment in your novel.  Write only 2 to 3 sentences.

  • Explain what strategy  you used in order to understand your “Huh?” moment.

  • Write your “talk to text” moment and why you felt this was necessary.

 

 

Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 24, 2018

Open House "Back to school Curriculum Nights" is this Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Tovey- Math Week 2

5th grade Math

Monday will be our first Accelerated Math class and the first homework packet will be passed out; this homework packet is due back on Friday of this week.  Both of these topics are discussed in detail in my first blog; if you have additional questions on either please feel free to email me them.

Tuesday – Friday: We will spend the first part of each math period reviewing all whole number operations and the second part working on the Introduction to Fractions chapter.  Fractions are a very difficult concept for many fifth graders, so if you find that your child is frustrated or not understanding something, please send them to my room at 7:30 for additional help or practice.

6th grade Math

Monday will be our first Accelerated Math class and the first homework packet will be passed out; this homework packet is due back on Thursday, September 13.  Both of these topics are discussed in detail in my first blog; if you have additional questions on either please feel free to email me them.

Math – 1st and 3rd class period:  We will continue to review previously taught fraction concepts and begin subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping or borrowing this week.

Math – 2nd period:  We will finish up subtracting mixed numbers with regrouping or borrowing and there will be a short quiz on this concept later in the week.  Please check your child’s assignment notebook for the actual date of this quiz.

Fifth Grade ELA   Week of August 27th

This week, we will continue our examination of developing strategies to make reading the best that it can be for you! We will continue our focus on building a reading life. The concepts of stamina, fluency and engagement continue to be our focus.

 

We will reflect back on topics from last week and look forward to our minilessons that will include:

-Examining ways to read faster, stronger and longer

-Improving our comprehension so that as we read, we are reading in a way to let the words matter

-Improving our skills to at reading for detail

-Making choices in our reading selection/choosing text that matter.

 

During all your reading sessions, please keep track of your reading log. This information will help us gage your reading and stamina!

 

Our writing workshop began today. I will share the results of our first writing piece at open house on Wednesday. Our first unit will be four to six weeks in length and will be crafting their narrative story.  Look for wonderful writing examples in the writer's notebook. Please refer to the back to school letter for suggestion to help in your child’s progress.

 

And, of course, remembering our wonderful pastor and friend, Fr Tom Purtell.

 

Mrs. O'Shea- Science

This week 5th and 6th grade will begin to look at Scientific Investigation. We will review the steps scientists take to "figure out" a problem. We will conduct a few quick labs during the week. I would ask that on Friday, each student bring two pennies for their lab. 

6th Grade LA Mrs. Schiller

Students will be finishing up their first annotations of Aesop’s fable “The Golden Axe”. Our goal in writing this year is to “Prove It!” by citing lines in a poem, paragraphs in a story, or websites in an essay.

 

In class, we are also doing background research on World War II in preparation for the novel Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. New reading vocabulary word for the week: Infer

 

5th & 6th grade Social Studies:

5th Grade: 

  • We will continue working with map skills, students have added their first page into their interactive notebook.  They color coded a map of the United States by the five regions and then used an atlas to help them label different bodies of water as well as two mountain ranges.
  • We will finish up our introduction by talking about the different types of sources that historians use to help uncover the past.
  • Unit 1: Settling the Americas.  We will start our journey to the first settlers of North America, the Native Americans.  While we work through unit 1, students will use their mapping skills to map the movements of the native tribes in the United States.
  • We will have our first quiz on Thursday, Sept. 6.  This quiz will cover any vocabulary and key ideas we have studied.

6th Grade:

  • We have been working hard with using latitude and longitude on a global grid to help pin point cities across the world.  Students will complete a plotting worksheet and we talked about how we can use maps in our books and our atlas to help us with these measurements.  Students were each given coordinates and will work to locate the city and we will be making a sign with each of these coordinates.
  • Students will continue to add to these map skills throughout the school year.
  • Our first current events presentation, assignment is due this Friday.  I have gone over the requirements of this assignment with each group of students as to what the expectations are.  I will also have the assignment requirements posted to Google Classroom.  If your student has any questions, please have them see me and I will be glad to go over their questions.  

Week of August 21st

Posted on Aug 18, 2018

Welcome to 5th and 6th Grade!

Math

5th grade Math

Dear Parents:

          This year, I will be teaching your son or daughter Math.  I have a total of 22 years experience teaching math from grades 4-8, and I am very much looking forward to teaching your child.  My goal is for each student to be fully prepared for a challenging fifth grade math curriculum.  I believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to consistently bring back previously taught concepts.  Therefore, the children will not be receiving nightly homework in math, but rather they will be receiving a homework packet that reviews previously taught material. Nothing is more frustrating for a child or a parent than when homework is assigned on a concept that is not yet fully understood.  My job will be to make sure that the current concepts are taught and understood so that the math packets will not frustrate any child. However, if at any time your child needs help on the math packet, please send him/her into school at 7:30AM.  Your child should try to complete one page per night so as to not fall too far behind. 

The format for the fifth grade math packets is as follows:

Trimester 1 – Weekly packets.  These will be passed out on Monday and are due back on Friday of the same week.  (first math packet will be passed out on Monday August, 27th)

Trimester 2 – Two week packets.  These will be passed out on Monday and will be due back on the Friday of the following week.

Trimester 3 – Three week packets.

          The children will be using the Accelerated Math Program this year.  They will work on Accelerated Math every other Monday and the test grade will count as 10% of their math grade.  This program is an excellent program in that it allows the children to work at a pace that is comfortable for them and also allows for continual review of previously taught concepts. If you would like more information on this program please feel free to email me.

The concepts that will be covered in Math this year are: a review of multiplication and division from 4th grade, estimating products and quotients, double and triple digit divisors, exponents and order of operations, fractions (introduction, on the number line, compare, order, equivalent, and add and subtract), statistics (stem and leaf, line plots, mean, median, mode, and range, graphing), and basic geometry on the coordinate plane.  If time allows, we will begin multiplying fractions and mixed numbers.

         Category Weights:

          Tests – 35%

          Homework – 20%

          Class work – 35%

          Accelerated Math – 10%

Finally, if at any time you find your child struggling in Math, please feel free to call or email me so that we can set up a time before school for some extra help.

                                                                             Sincerely,

                                                                             Miss Tovey

 

6th grade Math

Dear Parents:

          This year, I will once again be teaching your son or daughter Math.   My goal is for each student to be fully prepared for a challenging junior high math curriculum.  I believe that the best way to achieve this goal is to consistently bring back previously taught concepts.  Therefore, the children will not be receiving nightly homework in math, but again they will be receiving a homework packet that reviews previously taught material. Nothing is more frustrating for a child or a parent than when homework is assigned on a concept that is not yet fully understood.  My job will be to make sure that the current concepts are taught and understood so that the math packets will not frustrate any child. However, if at any time your child needs help on the math packet, please send him/her into school at 7:30AM.  So as to not fall too far behind with their work, your child should try to complete one page per night; most packets will be 3 week packets.

          The children will once again be using the Accelerated Math Program.  They will work on Accelerated Math every other Monday and the test grade will count as 10% of their math grade.  Accelerated Math is an excellent program in that it allows the children to work at a pace that is comfortable for them and also allows for continual review of previously taught concepts. If you would like more information on this program please feel free to email me.

The concepts that will be covered in Math this year are:

1. Review of Fractions – compare, order, simplify, add and subtract

2. Multiply/Divide Fractions

3. Number Theory

4. Geometry (quite extensive – this unit will be broken down into 3 separate chapters)

5. Decimals – place value, rounding, all operations with decimals, and changing fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions

6. Percents, Ratios, and Proportions

7. Integers (if time allows)

Category Weights:

          Tests – 30%

          Quizzes – 10%

          Homework – 20%

          Class work – 30%

          Accelerated Math (test score) – 10%

Finally, if at any time you find your child struggling in Math, please feel free to call or email me so that we can set up a time before school for some extra help.

                                                                             Sincerely,

                                                                             Miss Tovey

6th Grade Language Arts (ELA)

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome back! What an exciting time to be at St. John Fisher! Besides welcoming a new Principal, your child will have new opportunities to have fun and find success in the classroom.

 

I am eager to begin my 20th year at SJF getting students interested in one of my favorite pastimes, READING! Some of my goals this year are to get students making connections and finding relevance in text and developing a love of reading--not just reading to take tests!

 

Your child will be challenged to analyze a variety of fiction and non-fiction sources, which will hopefully expand their appreciation for different genres and make them WANT to read independently.

 

In addition, students will have opportunities to write narrative (storyteller), persuasive (debater) and expository (reporter) essays based on their reading. Our greatest objectives are to write with purpose and clarity and to format papers and cite sources in the MLA (Modern Language Association) format.

 

Grading

  • Homework: 10%

  • Independent Reading (AR): 10%

  • Classwork (including Bellringers and Literacy Centers): 30%

  • Projects and Essays: 30%

  • Tests and Quizzes: 20%

 

Accelerated Reader

This year student will be responsible for earning a set number of AR points per trimester. Points are assigned based on a book’s word count and complexity. The goal is to facilitate strong independent reading and a nightly reading habit (instead of Fortnite!). Although there are no restrictions on the books students may select to read independently,  students should plan accordingly and be reading throughout the trimester (not panicking a week before the end of the trimester!) Extra credit may awarded to students who exceed a trimester’s point total.

 

After an AR quiz is taken, students should submit the report to me within two days of taking the quiz. Reports that are not submitted will not be counted toward a student’s point total.

 

First Trimester

10 points

Second Trimester

12 points

Third Trimester

15 points

 

Students are welcome to come in any morning after 7:20 a.m. if they have a question or concern.  I can also be reached at: aschiller@sjfschool.net.

 

Even if your child has felt reading wasn’t his or her strong-suit in the past, it’s never too late to begin a life-long love of reading. I’m here to help!

 

I look forward to a successful and fun year in class. Welcome back, Falcons!

 

Best,

 

Mrs. Amy Schiller

 

 

Religion

 

Welcome to Grade 6th Religion Class 2018 -2019

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our class!  This year I will have a sixth grade homeroom and will be teaching Sixth Grade Religion.  We start each class with prayer and daily Gospel readings. We use the textbook "Blest Are We".  This year we will focus on the Old Testament. We will explore the Bible and the history of salvation as it is celebrated in the Scripture readings.  Our book is divided into five units.  We will begin with the roots of God's covenant, from Creation through the giving of the Ten Commandments.  We will also look at how God's people kept the idea of the kingdom alive through their years in the Promised Land. We will also look closely at the Scriptures written about Jesus and how He has saved us and will come again to bring the fullness of the Kingdom. On Fridays, we will start with a musical inspiration.  Each child will have the opportunity during the school year to present a song on "UTube" that has impacted their lives and will share it with the class.  This musical selection needs to be reviewed by a parent before their class presentation. 

Students are to come to class prepared each day.  All work is to be done in blue or black ink.  Assignments done in pencil or any other color ink will not be accepted.

Supplies:                                                                                         

Blue/black pens & 2 red pens

1 spiral notebook labeled RELIGION

Loose leaf paper   3x5 index cards

Weighing of Grades:  Classwork/Participation  15%

                                   Homework  15%

                                   Projects    15%

                                   Quizzes  25%

                                    Tests     30%

Please check Power School regularly to check your child's grades and missing assignments.  Also, check my blog each week for further updates.

I appreciate all your efforts and interests. Any questions or concerns please email me anytime.

Looking forward to a successful year!

Mrs. Gail Burns

gburns@sjfschool.net

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Welcome to Grade 5 Religion Class

2018-2019

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to our class!  This year I will have a sixth grade homeroom and will be teaching Fifth Grade Religion.  In Religion we will focus on the sacraments and the teaching of Catholicism.  The students will learn many areas of our religion including beliefs, ritual, rites, and our own personal roles in the study of our faith.  We will spend time on Bible readings and discussions so the students become more familiar with many aspects of this holy book.  The students will learn how to look up readings in the New Testament and we will learn about the meaning of these Sacred writings and how they impact us in our everyday lives.  I hope to make the Religion program thought provoking through learning about our Catholic traditions. On Fridays, we will start with a musical inspiration.  Each child will have the opportunity during the school year to present a song on "UTube" that has impacted their lives and will share it with the class.  This musical selection needs to be reviewed by a parent before their class presentation. 

Students are to come to class prepared each day.  All work is to be done in blue or black ink. 

 

Supplies:                                                                                         

Blue/black pens & 2 red pens

1 spiral notebook labeled RELIGION

Loose leaf paper & 3x5 index cards

                                                                     

Weighing of Grades:  Classwork/Participation  15%

                                      Homework 15%

                                      Projects  15%

                                      Quizzes   25%

                                      Tests   30%

Assignments done in pencil or any other color ink will not be accepted.

Please check Power School regularly to check your child's grades and missing assignments.  Also, check my blog each week for further updates.

I appreciate all your efforts and interests. Any questions or concerns please email me anytime.

Looking forward to a successful year!

Mrs. Gail Burns

Science

Welcome to 5th and 6th Science. Thank you for taking the time out to review the Welcome brochure with your child. I believe that it is essential for teachers and parents to be on the same page in order for students to reach their full potential. I look forward to a great year! I will post a linkk to the brochure for future reference

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Mrs. O'Shea

Social Studies:

Welcome to 5th grade Social Studies!  Throughout the year your student will be learning about mapping skills, geography of North America, early explorers, Native American Tribes, Revolutionary War, The Constitution of the United States, The Civil War and Reconstruction.  

My expectations for your students are that they come to class prepared every day.  This includes having their notebook and a pen.  We will be taking notes on a regular, if not daily basis.  Students may use colored pens in their notebooks, but for assignments that are turned in they need to use blue or black pen only.  We will go over the Google Classroom sign in so that they can "join" my class.  On Classroom I will always have the power points posted.  Students should use this anytime they need to catch up on notes, if they were absent or if they want to make sure they didn't miss anything.

Grading:

  • Homework: 10%
  • Classwork: 15%
  • Tests:          30%
  • Quizzes:     15%
  • Projects:     30%

Week 1-2:

  • We will start with some vocabulary on geography and mapping terms.  
  • Students will be making an interactive notebook, so they will need glue sticks and scissors.
  • We will talk about the different regions of the United States and we will look at the Native American tribes and track their movements using our mapping skills.

6th Grade Social Studies:

Welcome to Ancient Civilizations!  During this year your 6th grader will be learning about ancient civilizations from around the world.  Students will learn about Mesopotamia, Egypt, China, India, Greece, Rome, and the Ancient Americas.  During our studies, we will watch some video clips that will always link to our lessons.  There are some great videos with a host named Arizona Smith that we will watch at the beginning of many of our chapters.  These videos give a great overview of the civilization that we will be studying and helps students to often build off of some background knowledge they may have about a location and not realize it.

Current Events:  Every week we will present five current events.  These events are chosen by the five student volunteers of the week.  Students will see examples in class and we will go over directions.  These will always be due the last day of the week, and the students who do not present will have their reflection due the following Monday.  These will be assigned and turned in via Google Classroom, I will go over directions with students.

Grading:

  • Homework: 10%
  • Classwork: 15%
  • Tests:          30%
  • Quizzes:     15%
  • Projects:     30%

I look forward to an exciting year exploring our countries past, as well as ancient civilizations with your students.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if your student needs some extra help, or if you have any questions.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Erin Deering

edeering@sjfschool.net

 

5th Grade ELA:

Welcome Back to School!

Fifth Grade Language Arts Program

Sherry Hughes shughes@sjfschool.net

 

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.-Maya Angelou

 

Welcome to fifth grade ELA!!! This year, we will be combining reading and writing to create an ELA curriculum.  Our fifth graders will be taught in a block schedule for our class.

I’m very excited to be able to share our new reading and writing curriculum with fifth grade students this year.  This new curriculum adheres to Common Core State Standards, and is based on 35 years of research and development made by the Teachers College at Columbia University, and spearheaded by Lucy Calkins.  I know that the fifth grade students at St John Fisher School are really going to enjoy becoming better writers and readers, and I look forward to facilitating their progress!

 

The Teachers College Writing workshop model allows students to have the “last” word by allowing students to take something commonplace in his/her life and give it meaning.  Students learn that their lives are worth writing about, and that they should care about what they write. Using the foundations of the curriculum, students will see that writing is a craft, and they will enjoy learning how to become better writers through hard work and practice.  Writing will happen every day, and students will write in a variety of ways that touch on several different genres. Students will not be assigned specific topics, but will have flexibility to choose to write about what matters to them, within the guidelines of the specific genres of study.

 

What does Writing Workshop look like in the classroom?

Writing workshop begins with a mini lesson that teaches a new strategy. A sample of writing  that is specific to the unit or genre being studied is demonstrated.

Helpful charts are on display in the classroom.  These charts are visual reminders that reinforce writing strategies; they may help with dialogue, structure, elaboration or conventions.  

Ideas are generated and students practice telling their story to a partner.  Storytelling is a rehearsal for writing; students develop ideas. Students possibly create a timeline and identify their feelings at each point of the timeline.

Nurturing and growing the seed idea comes next through rehearsal; students are encourage to re-read their entry and think about the big, important events in this moment, what are they thinking/feeling at each point, how did they change as the story unfolds.  Students learn to make a writing plan. Some ways to make a writing plan are:

-create a timeline that tracks our stories and emotion

-take small moments and break them into a beginning, middle and end

-make a story booklet with illustrations of four major events (this forces students to remember and start thinking about major themes)

-students then tell their story to their writing partner

-drafting is the next step in the process

-revision occurs next

-we will use a mentor text for examples of dialogue

-publishing process will allow students to publish their writing where it will be enjoyed not solely by the teacher but by their peers.  It will be a big celebration!!

Grade 5 Writing Curriculum

By the end of fifth grade, students are more skilled at writing in various genres.

Unit 1: Raising the Level of Personal Narrative/Memoir

Unit 2: The Interpretive Essay

Unit 3: Informational writing

Unit 4: Research based argument essay

Unit 5: Literary and comparative Essays

Unit 6:  Historical fiction/Mixed Genre Writing

Unit 7: Writing in the Content Area/Research based informational writing/Fantasy Writing

Unit 8: Poetry

 

How Parents can help:

Encourage your child to carry their writer’s notebook with them, paying attention to details and thinking, “ I could write a true story about this.”

Think of strong feeling, and then list “small moment” stories pertaining to that feeling.  Choose one to write about.

Think of stories that your family tells and retells.  Write about one of those.

Keep an ongoing list of story ideas in your writer’s notebook.

Think of a subject, or a person, place or thing that matters to you, then list small moments you remember.  Choose one to sketch and then write the accompany story.

You can make a T chart of small moments. Think about people in our lives that are important to us.  Think of a specific person and memories;make a list and generate ideas. Then talk to someone at home about it.

 

Think of first times, last times, or important times in your life.  Write about one of those moments.

You can make an Issues/People?Moments chart: focus on the ordinary, everyday tension filled moments; or think of a person that matters to you, then think of small moments spent with that person.  From these moments, choose one to write about. Or think of an issue and do the same thing.

Diagram places of memory and label the pictures with individual words.

Use a book and look at the moments and relationships and see what you connect to and may want to examine in your own life.

Take small moments and break them into beginning, middle and end.

Develop the tension and the problem.  Tell the story using the boxes. Draw pictures and label them with words.   Adding words helps form a foundation for formulating stories.

Encourage your child to “ show, don’t tell.”

 

The Reading Workshop is not like traditional literacy programs. We will not be using textbooks, workbooks, or whole class texts.  The workshop model is founded on the following beliefs, which are rooted in literacy research:

-Learners need opportunities to read high interest, accessible  books of their own choosing

-Learners need long stretches of time to read

-Learners need teachers to read aloud

-Learners need assessment based instruction, including feedback that is tailored to specifically them.  Strugglers especially need instruction that is tailored specifically toward their specific strengths and needs, as well as extra time and help.

-Learners need a balanced approach to language arts, one that includes a responsible approach to the teaching of writing as well as reading.

-Learners need explicit instruction in the skills of proficient readers.

-Learners need opportunities to talk and write in response to texts.

 

What does Reading Workshop look like?

A reading workshop classroom relies on teacher-led instruction in the form of a mini lesson which aims to teach a specific reading skill or strategy.  The mini lesson is intended to take ten minutes. A more significant block of time (30 minutes) is devoted to independent practice, where students read self-selected books and practice the skill taught in the mini lesson.  During this time, I confer with individuals or small groups. This is the most valuable part of the workshop, as I will target the needs of each student throughout the week. The third portion of Reading Workshop includes time for students to share what they read and how they applied the mini lesson to their reading.  The share will be either small group or whole class. The above structure will be CONSISTENT every day. Other elements of Reading Workshop include interactive read alouds, book clubs, guided reading and shared reading.

 

How will my child be assessed?

Assessment in the RWW is ongoing.  I confer with individual students and groups of students, keeping records of the progress of the student.  I will be taking notes on our conferences and periodically take a “running record” of a student’s reading. Student progress is measured against grade level rubrics for fluency, comprehension, written responses and participation in workshops.

(Accelerated readers will be part of the curriculum. See information below for that requirement.)

 

Reading Logs

I will expect the students to keep a reading log journal. This should be an honest reflection of their reading each day. I will use this as a tool to monitor their progress. Please make sure that is a true reflection of their reading accomplishments.

I will use these logs to understand their reading progress.  (Momentum, holes in reading list?, trends if not finishing a book, avoiding certain genres, is the student stalled?)



 

Accelerated reading

Since this is a program that is implemented in our SJF curriculum, I will ask the students to participate. The following are the requirements for fifth grade:

First trimester: 6 points

Second Trimester: 8 points

Third Trimester: 10 points

 

From my reading about reading this summer, here are some thoughts I found:

Kids motivation and interest in reading is higher when they have the opportunity to read in school.

Researcher Stephen Krashen found that students in free reading programs performed better than or equal to students in any other reading program.

Providing students the opportunity to choose their own books to read enpowers and encourages them. This strengthens their self confidence, rewards their interest, and promotes a positive attitude toward reading by valuing the reader and giving them a level of control.  Readers without the power to make their own choices can become unmotivated.

Direct reading instruction allows time to apply what they learn in the context of real reading events.

Give approval of their reading choice no matter what their reading choice because this is far preferable to their deciding not to read at all.

 

Weights:

Accelerated/Homework 10%

Classwork 50%

Essay/Extended Responses 40%

 
 
 

 

 
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