Reminders and Announcements:
- If you have not returned your paperwork from the binder, please do so ASAP. I am still missing a few students. It would be greatly appreciated. 🙂
- We have decided that it will be easier for students to only take home their homework folder instead of the whole binder. They will need to bring this everyday with their Math homework and then Reading log will be due every Monday.
- No School next Monday, Sept. 2nd in observance of Labor Day. Enjoy the extra long weekend with your families! 🙂
5th grade Writing: Students will be taking the MAPS Language test on Tuesday this week. Students will review the three different types of writing: narrative, informative/explanatory and opinion writing. (We didn’t get to our notes last week) Our first writing piece, titled “Did you know that….?” will be short but focus on descriptive words and phrases. Students will illustrate various aspects of their lives and then write a few descriptive sentences about each of those facets. For example some sentences could read, “Did you know that Mrs de Leon/Mrs. Hyde loves to cook? Her favorite dish to prepare for her family is tacos. They make a delicious meal that she and her family devour. Some of her favorite toppings are spicy salsa, fresh cilantro, and warm crispy taco shells.” We want students to work on drafting sentences that are descriptive and vary in sentence structure. This will be due at the end of the week, along with a drawing that will go along with the writing piece.
5th grade Reading: In Reading, the MAPS test will be given to students on Monday. 5th graders will also continue reading the book Wonder by RJ Palacio. We hope to read to page 80. Along with our study of this novel, students will learn how to cite text evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly as well as when drawing inferences from the text. We had an assessment last week on this and it proved to be challenging for most students. We will continue to work on these standards. In addition, students will be exploring various themes throughout the book, how characters respond to challenges in the plot, and how to summarize various points of view throughout the text.
5th grade Projects: This week we will be gaining background information and introducing our first project on Matter and its Interactions. Students will be given vocabulary words to study. They can study at home to reinforce the words. Here is the quizlet link: https://quizlet.com/285945435/matter-vocabulary-flash-cards/ Students will learn about atoms and the Periodic Table of Elements and then move onto properties and states of matter.
6th grade Reading: In Reading, 6th graders will take the MAPS reading test on Monday and Language MAPS on Tuesday. We will continue reading Maze Runner to chapter 8 this week. Students will cite text evidence when explaining what the text says explicitly as well as drawing inferences from the text. For the culminating project for this book, students will create their own map of the Glade. They will begin working on gathering quotes to show location and items in that area so they can make a realistic replica of the Glade. We will be working on CAFE strategies and introducing them as we are reading.
6th grade Writing: 6th grade writers will continue and finish creating their bio poem, writing about different aspects of themselves in a poem form and finish this project this week. In grammar, students will begin figurative language this week. Our first area we will focus on is idioms.