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October 7th-10th, 2019

October 6, 2019 by Nicole Hyde

*Please remember to check your student’s grades on Infinite Campus regularly.   ? I finally put some in…

Reminders and Announcements: 

  • Future Fest will be held on Friday, Nov. 1st 6:30pm.  Please come to the fundraiser and support our school. Mrs. deLeon and Mrs. Hyde will be putting an Outdoors Basket (ice chest)  together for the auction. Please send in any items that would be useful outdoors. Ex: sports equipment, hiking sticks, ice chest, thermos, water bottle, socks, fishing gear, hat, sunscrees, etc.. The list could go on.  Send to school with your child BY Oct. 14th. Thank you in advance for any donations!  
  • Scholastic Book Orders were sent home last week.  Please consider ordering books for your child and help our classroom also! If you order online, just go to scholastic.com and order books, put the code RGHBN in so it goes to my classroom.  🙂 The order will be submitted tomorrow- Monday. Thanks! 
  • End of quarter is almost here- look for a SignUp Genius to sign up for parent conferences. They will be held on Friday, Oct. 18th. 
  • Music Performance will be on Thursday, October 17th around 1:30pm. Please mark your calendars and more information will be sent out in the following week. 

5th grade Reading: Students will be doing a Reading Drill on Monday.  They will highlight and annotate the text as they read and then answer comprehension questions to and do a summary of the text.  We continue to read our novel Wonder by RJ Palacio. This week we will be reading to page 248. Students will have a quick little quiz after their reading on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday as well as do a summary of August.  We are getting deeper into the novel and students are having some great discussions.  

5th grade Writing: 5th grade authors will finish their setting-based narratives this week. Students will make sure they are using narrative techniques. The four narrative techniques are: meaningful dialogue, sensory detail/description, character’s thoughts, feelings, and actions, and figurative language. Students will be conferring with the teacher, using notes, referring to a mentor text (sample student narratives), as well as using a teacher created narrative modeled paragraph by paragraph, to help them as they draft, revise, and edit essays. Final products are due this week!  (We had to extend) Students will begin to create a story plot based on an idiom and then create a five frame comic strip to show the meaning of the idiom and major events of the story and finish by the end of next week. 

5th grade Projects: In projects, we are continuing in our second science unit: matter and energy in organisms and ecosystems. Students got new vocabulary which is shared with them in Google Classroom. In addition, students will be working on learning how all energy in living things begins with the Sun, what an ecosystem consists of, what an ecosystem needs to thrive, and how energy travels through ecosystems. For the final project, students will be creating travel brochures specific to a major type of biome. Students will research and record a lot of information in order to collaborate with their small groups to create and present their final products. Our goal is to have this project/unit completed on Thursday.  We have a lot of great questions and discussions and always enjoy hearing their comments. 

6th grade Reading: Students will be taking a Reading Drill on Monday. They will highlight and annotate the text as they read to ensure comprehension, then answer questions as well as summarize the text.  Sixth graders will also continue to read The Maze Runner by James Dashner, chapters 25-30. Students will be discussing how the main character’s (Thomas) actions go against the rules and order that have helped the Gladers survive thus far. Is Thomas wise or foolish for his actions? How will this affect the plot? Why? This week’s chapters will help students understand how characters’ actions influence the events later in the plot and ultimately influence other characters as well.  Students will also be taking a comprehension quiz for these chapters. Comprehension quizzes are open book and specific to the chapters we read during the week. Students may not ask a neighbor for help on theses quizzes. If they receive a failing grade, then students will have to fix the questions they got wrong and find specific text evidence from the book that supports their new answer. 

6th grade Writing: Sixth graders will write an imaginative narrative, looking back at chapters 18 and 19 in The Maze Runner,  they are to imagine that they are Thomas, and went through the situation he went through being out in the Maze. They will specifically explain three things that occurred the previous evening, two emotions (as Thomas) had in the Maze, and one prediction for what will happen to you (again still as Thomas). They will need to be thorough and try to keep their responses organized and supported as best they can. This will be due on Thursday.