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June 1 - 5

 

Novel Study: The Phantom Tollbooth (Chapters 1 - 4)

 

Monday - Novel Study Overview and Chapter 1

Tuesday - Chapter 2

Wednesday - Chapter 3

Thursday - Chapter 4 and Vocabulary Quiz

Friday - Chap. 1 - 4 Comprehension Quiz

 

 

 

 

May 27 - 29

 

Dear Parents and Students,

 

My paternity leave has ended and I am ready to resume teaching Reading until the end of this year. My sincere thanks to all of you who remained patient and completed all of your assignments properly over the past three months. Ms. Bennet did an outstanding job, and I hope you will extend your thanks to her for being so dedicated.

 

Moving forward, it is important to note that THE YEAR IS NOT OVER. Instruction is still taking place, and grades will continue to be entered. 

I expect all assignments to be completed on time, the day they are due.

 

Starting next week, I will conduct weekly Zoom calls for each homeroom. These calls will be optional, but I would like to see as many students as possible participate.  

 

An outline of each week's lesson plan will be posted on the top of this page at the start of each week, so that students and parents can see what is happening ahead of time. In addition, check the website Calendar for all assignment/quiz/test dates.

 

DAILY ASSIGNMENTS WILL CONTINUE TO BE POSTED EACH MORNING AT 8:00 AM ON GOOGLE CLASSROOM. All assignments are expected to be completed with proper effort and handed in on time. Plagiarism or other forms of cheating will result in an automatic zero. 

 

This Week:

 

Weds. 5/27 

Mr. D will post a welcome back video explaining IN DETAIL what the instruction plan will be from now until the end of the year. All students and parents are required to watch this video.

 

Thurs. 5/28 

Students will take Part 1 of the Pearson End-of-Year Reading Test.

This part contains 60 multiple choice questions and is due by 11:59 PM.

 

Friday 5/29

Students will take Part 2 of the Pearson End-of-Year Reading Test.

This part contains 24 multiple choice questions and is due by 11:59 PM.

 

We will not use Pearson for instruction in June.

 

Next Week (June 1 - 5)

WE ARE DOING A NOVEL STUDY!

Yes, that's right. For the rest of the year, we will read, complete assignments, and take quizzes on The Phantom Tollbooth! Starting next week, we will cover Chapters 1 - 4 on Mon. - Thurs, with a quiz on Friday.

 

More details will follow shortly, but here are some key points:

 

  • This novel study is to be taken seriously, and students are expected to read each chapter on the day it is assigned.
  • I will provide a link to the entire novel for students to read the text online.
  • I will record myself reading each chapter and explaining it the way I would in class.
  • Students will read the text as they listen to me read the novel aloud in each video. 
  • Videos will be prerecorded so that students can watch and read any time that day. 
  • Some classwork assignments will be given during each week that students will be required to complete and hand in.
  • Students are expected to use the information I provide in each video to study for the quiz at the end of each week. Study notes will not be provided.
  • If the school year runs out and we do not have time to finish the novel, students will be able to finish the novel on their own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Break Update 4/14 ~ Mr. D's Homemade Haircut

 

4/6 ~ Video Update: A Day in the Life

 

 

4/2/2020

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

FOR PARENTS AND STUDENTS

 

As we approach the third week of online instruction, the Golden Door administrative team  has issued the following policy: Students have until the end of Quarter 3 (Tues., April 7) to make up any assignments (and tests that were missing) that were not submitted on the due date.

 

As of today, Ms. Bennet (my Paternity Leave replacement) has a spreadsheet with approximately 40 students from all three 5th grade homerooms who have (in some cases multiple) Reading assignments that have not been turned in, despite her efforts to directly e-mail each student asking them to submit their work. 

 

The administration has further instructed all teachers to contact every single parent to notify them of their child's missing work. Ms. Bennet is keeping a detailed record of who has been contacted, how many times she has attempted contact, what missing assignments were discussed, and who has so far been unreachable either by phone or e-mail. 

 

From this point until further notice, ALL communication should go through Ms. Bennet, and not Mr. D'Ambrose, as she is the presiding Reading teacher until Mr. D's paternity leave ends in May.

 

Ms. Bennet can be reached by your students through Google Classroom. Parents must e-mail her directly at kbennett@goldendoorschool.org. Ms. Bennet has diligently responded to any and all communication from students/parents in the last month, and she has contacted students multiple times regarding missing assignments.

 

By the end of this week, Ms. Bennet will have contacted everyone on the missing assignment list either by phone or e-mail. She will state exactly what assignments your child needs to make up before April 6. From that point on, she will have done everything in her power to allow students the opportunity to make up their work, and there will be no further warning before April 7. Any assignment not completed after Ms. Bennet has made direct communication must recieve a 0. 

 

 

After April 7 there will be no further opportunity to make up work in Quarter 3At that point the Gradebook closes for printing of report cards, and teachers cannot make changes.

 

Our sincere gratitude to all students and parents who have consistently completed and submitted all assignments on time, with proper effort and quality. Thank you for your constant integrity.

  

 

3/31 ~ Video Update from Mr. D

 

March 30 - April 3

Online Home Instruction (Week 3)

 

Unit 4 Week 5 ~ Why do people try to change or improve themselves?

SPELLING: Negative Prefixes im-, in-, ir-

VOCABULARY: Suffixes -ion (turns words into nouns); -ish (kind of, like)

GRAMMAR: Who vs. Whom (watch/study all videos in playlist)

COMPREHENSION: Drawing Conclusions

U4W5 READING TEST ~ FRIDAY 4/3

 

 

View Calendar for all assignments, quiz, and test due dates.

Daily assignments are posted/submitted on Google Classroom.

 

 

 

 

March 23 - 27

Online Home Instruction (Week 2)

 

Unit 4 Week 4 ~ How do people adapt to new places?

SPELLING: Suffixes -able, -ible

VOCAB: Prefixes com- (with; together) ~ pro- (forward; in support of) ~ epi- (over; upon)

COMPREHENSION: Generalizations (watch/study all videos in playlist)

GRAMMAR: Indefinite & Reflexive Pronouns (watch/study all videos in playlist)

 

CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE and READING TEST

WILL TAKE PLACE ON THURSDAY.

THERE WILL BE NO INSTRUCTION ON FRIDAY.

 

View Calendar for all assignments, quiz, and test due dates.

 

Daily assignments are posted below AND on Google Classroom.

 

 

Thursday 3/26

 

1) DO NOW: Open Reading Textbook to the story The Stormi Giovanni Club, and login to Pearson Realize. Write a one sentence message to Ms. Bennet confirming that 1) You are logged into Pearson. 2) You see the U4W4 Reading Test. 3) You see the Constructed Response assignment below. 4) You are ready to begin.

Example:

Ms. Bennet, I am logged in, see the test and the constructed response question, so I'm ready to begin.

2) Complete the following assignment:


U4W4 CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE

Based on the information in The Stormi Giovanni Club, write 1 - 2 paragraphs that describe Stormi's lunch with Ajitha, Hannah, and Joseph. 

  • Introduce the topic and then develop it using details from the text.
  • Hint: Make a few generalizations about the characters and their behavior at lunch.
  • Conclude with a sentence that sums up the description.
  • Hand in immediately when finished.
  • DUE BY 11:59 PM 3/26 (tonight)

 

 

3) Login to Pearson, and complete the 'Unit 4 Week 4 Reading Test.'

 

  • The test becomes available at 7:30 AM on Thurs. 3/26.
  • No other open tabs except Google Classroom and Pearson. 
  • Student should be monitored by a parent throughout the duration of the test.
  • Student should receive no assistance from family members.
  • Student should have no communication with classmates over social media.
  • You may pause the test at any time, and take multiple breaks.
  • RE-READ and CHECK YOUR ANSWERS.
  • Write a word in the text box for #6 BEFORE you submit your answers.
  • SUBMIT the TEST by 11:59 PM 3/26 (TONIGHT)

 

 

Wednesday 3/25

 

 

1) DO NOW: Without looking at the story first, take a guess if the main character, Stormi Giovanni, is a boy or a girl. Write your answer and why you think that.

 

2) Read the story The Stormi Giovanni Club.
There are three ways you can choose to read the story:

 

  • Use your Reading Textbook (pg. 110)
  • Click here to listen and read along. (Use full screen mode.)
  • Login to Pearson. Locate your Assignments. Click the story title.       

                                  

3) Complete the following assignment:

U4W4 THINK CRITICALLY QUIZ 
(You are answering question #3.) 
Make a generalization suggested by the play about newcomers. 
Then look for details in the text that support that generalization.

  • Type a response that is a minimum of two paragraphs or more, 5 - 7 sentences each. 
  • Use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation.
  • Re-read, edit, and revise your piece, then submit on Google Classroom.
  • DUE BY 11:59 PM 3/25 (tonight)

 

 

Tuesday 3/24

 

 

1) DO NOW: Hand in the Spelling Homework assignment. 

  • Then, look up the meaning of the following prefixes: com-pro-, and epi-.
  • Write what the prefixes mean, and give an example word for each prefix.

2) On Google Classroom, complete the U4W4 VOCABULARY Assignment

DUE BY 11:59 PM 3/24 (tonight)

3) Go to Mr. D's website.

4) Click GENERALIZATIONS, and watch every video in the playlist.

5) Next, click GRAMMAR, and watch every video in the playlist.

6) On Google Classroom, complete the U4W4 GRAMMAR Assignment.

DUE BY 11:59 PM 3/24 (tonight)

 

Monday 3/23

 

Have the following tabs open before class starts:
Google Classroom, Mr. D's website, and Pearson Realize (login to Pearson.)

1) DO NOW: What does the word adapt mean? In one or two paragraphs, explain how you have been adapting to being at home all the time. List some ways you have adapted that have been positive for you, and list the ways it has been difficult or challenging for you to adapt. 
2) Read the information on Mr. D's website.
3) Login to Pearson, and go to your Assignments. 

  • Watch the Concept Talk Video. (Do NOT do the journal part at end.)

4) Go back to Mr. D's website, and click the VOCAB link to open up Quizlet. 

  • Read the words and definitions out loud.

5) Go back to Mr. D's website. Click the SPELLING link to open up Quizlet.

  • Scroll down and read all the spelling words.
  • Throughout this week, use the STUDY menu on left to study spelling and vocab words.

6) Go to Google Classroom, and open the U4W4 SPELLING HOMEWORK Assignment. You will type all 25 words in original, complete sentences, USING THE WORD CORRECTLY, with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. 

DUE at the start of Do Now on 3/24 (tomorrow morning)

 

 

A Note to Parents

3/20/2020

 

We have now completed one week of online instruction. This was a challenging transition for students, parents, and teachers. Almost the entire 5th grade has done an excellent job of being present every day, having the required materials, and reading the directions carefully. We are so grateful for your patience during Mr. D's paternity leave, combined with the recent switch to online instruction.

 

This message is for those students/parents who are still having difficulty adjusting. While we continue to make every effort to address all of your concerns, please note the following expectations moving forward:

 

  • From this point on, all resources for Reading instruction are posted online and easily accessbile. By now, all students should have the required materials for class, including LOGIN INFO, textbooks, workbooks, etc. All of these items were taken home before school closed, and/or provided at the start of online instruction two weeks ago. 
  • We are holding students to the same rigorous standards as we do during regular, in-school instruction. Device/connectivity issues should not be a REGULAR excuse for failing to submit assignments online. Teachers assign an average of 30 - 60 mins. worth of online instruction for each major subject, for a total average of 3 - 4 hours of work each day. While we understand that issues may occur, students are given from approx. 8:00 AM to 11:59 PM (16 hours) each day to complete assignments. Teachers should not be receiving e-mails asking for extensions. Completing assignments and submitting them on time is required throughout the duration of online instruction. This is a fundamental expectation throughout the entire education system, as well as a critical life skill.
  • Going forward, starting next week, students will receive a 0 for any assignment not handed in at the stated due date/timeIf there is a legitimate reason why an assignment cannot be completed on time, it is the responsbility of the student/parent to contact the teacher before or on the day the assignment is due, not after the fact.
  • After one week of online instruction, students should now know how to locate assignments and read all the directions for completing them. All students have been properly trained on how to use Google Classroom to complete their DO NOWs and Daily Assignments. Students may also contact their fellow classmates for clarification on these matters, and/or send a personal e-mail to Ms. Bennet. 
  • Everything needed for Reading will be posted daily by Ms. Bennet on Google Classroom AND Mr. D's Website. The online instruction that students are receiving is a modified version of what they have been doing all year in class. They should already know how to complete specific assignments like Spelling Homework or Think Critically, and they should already know how to take a Pearson test. ALL information you need for Reading will always be located here on Mr. D's website.
  • Grading of all assignments is completed by Ms. Bennet, and entered into the gradebook by Mr. D. Please be patient as Ms. Bennet adjusts to the high volume of grading multiple assignments for 70 students. 

 

Thank you for your continued support. Despite all that is going on, your child needs to maintain a consistent learning routine--now more than ever. Please remember that the information and skills they learn today will provide them with the intellectual and emotional tools they will need to navigate this changing world.

 

Kind Regards,

Mr. D'Ambrose

 

ONLINE INSTRUCTION 3/16 - 3/20

 

Unit 4 Week 3 ~ How do animals adapt to survive?

SPELLING: Homophones (Same pronunciation, different spellings.)

  • (There are 26 words this week!)

VOCABULARY: Using synonyms as context clues

COMPREHENSION: Graphic Sources (Images that contain information.)

GRAMMAR: Possessive Pronouns

STORY LINKS:

Exploding Ants Read-Aloud (Read on Weds.)

Yummy Honey Ants!

Exploding Malaysian Ant

The Amazing Ant

Owl Facts

The Art of Mimicry (Read on Thurs.)

 

 

View Calendar for all assignment due dates.

 

FRIDAY 3/20

 

1) DO NOW: 

  • What is the meaning of defenestrate?
  • What do you remember about the etymology of this word?

2) Open Reading Textbook to the story The Art of Mimicry on pg. 98.
3) Login to Pearson Realize, find the Unit 4 Week 3 Reading Test, and begin.

  • The test becomes available at 7:30 AM.
  • No other open tabs except Google Classroom and Pearson. 
  • Student should be monitored by a parent throughout the duration of the test.
  • Student should receive no assistance from family members.
  • Student should have no communication with classmates over social media.
  • This test is longer than usual. You will be reading multiple passages. 
  • You may pause the test at any time, and take multiple breaks.
  • RE-READ and CHECK YOUR ANSWERS.
  • Write a word in the text box for #7 BEFORE you submit your answers.
  • Submit the test by 11:59 PM today.

 

 

THURSDAY 3/19

 

1) DO NOW: Type 1 - 2 facts from  ‘Exploding Ants’ that interested or suprised you.

2) Open Reading Textbook to pg. 98. Listen and read along carefully by clicking here:
        The Art of Mimicry

3) On Google Classroom, complete the CONSTRUCTED RESPONSE assignment. 
4) To prepare for tomorrow's test, use the links on Mr. D’s website to study possessive pronouns, spelling, vocabulary, and graphic sources.

 

PARENTS PLEASE NOTE: Tomorrow's test will be much longer than usual. While it will take the students longer to complete, having more questions reduces the amount of points per question, thus increasing the chances of a better grade. Please have your child start as early as possible. You should be prepared to continually visually monitor your child (in the same room) throughout the duration of the exam, making sure that they have no other open tabs besides Pearson and Google Classroom. They should not receive any assistance from you, your family members, or other classmates via phone/social media. Students should re-read and check all of their answers before submitting the test. Your personal integrity in following the above test conditions is greatly appreciated, and provides a good character model that your child will respect. As stated in the online instruction policy, students technically have until 11:59 PM on Friday to submit their test. Your child may pause the test at any point and take multiple breaks if necessary. Given these guidelines, I feel that the test will accurately measure student's mastery of the concepts covered this week.

 

 

WEDNESDAY 3/18

  

1) DO NOW:

  • Write something disgusting that our bodies do in order to live/survive.
  • When you say that something is disgusting, is that a fact or an opinion? Explain. 

2) Read the story ' Exploding Ants.' There are three ways you can read the story:

  • Use your Reading Textbook. 
  • Click here to listen and read along. (Use full screen mode.)
  • Login to Pearson and click your Assignments. Open the story and read it.

       (Click the hippo for a narrator to read the story aloud while you read along.)

3) After reading the story, watch the Story Links at the top of Mr. D's website.

4) After reading the story and watching the videos, go to Google Classroom.

Open the THINK CRITICALLY QUIZ.  Type a response that is a minimum of two paragraphs or more, 5 - 7 sentences each. Use proper spelling, grammar, capitalization, and punctuation. Re-read, edit, and revise your piece, then submit on Google Classroom. Due by 11:59 PM 3/18.

 

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 3/17

 

 

1) DO NOW: Hand in the Spelling Homework assignment.

Then, write as many examples of graphic sources that you can remember.
2) On Google Classroom, complete the EXPLODING ANTS VOCABULARY assignment. 
(Reader's and Writer's Notebook pg. 271 – Classwork Grade, Rubric 1 - 12)

3) On Mr. D’s website, click GRAPHIC SOURCES, and watch the video that comes up.

4) Next, click POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS link.

Watch the video that comes up AND the next video in the playlist.

5) On Google Classroom, complete the POSSESSIVE PRONOUNS assignment. 

(Reader's and Writer's Notebook pgs. 272 + 279 – Classwork Grade, Rubric 1- 10)

 

 

MONDAY 3/16

 

CLICK TO WATCH UPDATE FROM MR. D

 

Have the following tabs open before class starts:
Google Classroom - Mr. D's website - Pearson Realize (login to Pearson.)

 

1) DO NOW: Pick one of your favorite animals, and explain what physical features it has that allows it survive. 
(Example: A cat has strong hearing and smell for hunting, claws and sharp teeth for killing and eating prey, fur to keep warm and scare off predators, spring-like legs that allow it to jump high, etc.)
2) Read the info for U4W3 on Mr. D's website, and click the link to watch his update.
3) Go to your Pearson Assignments (where you would click to take a test.)

  • Watch the Concept Talk video (do NOT do the journal part at end.)
  • Next, watch the Graphic Sources video.

4) Go back to Mr. D's website, and click the VOCABULARY link to open up Quizlet. 

  • Read the vocabulary words and definitions out loud.

5) Go back to Mr. D's website. Click the SPELLING link to open up Quizlet.

  • Scroll down, read all spelling words and definitions (compare/contrast homophones.)

6) Next, click the HOMOPHONES link. Watch the video that comes up PLUS the next video after in the playlist.

  • Throughout this week, use Quizlet's STUDY tools (on left) to study both Spelling and Vocabulary words UNTIL YOU KNOW THEM.

7) Go to Google Classroom, and open the Spelling Homework Assignment. In a Google Doc, you will type all 26 words in original, complete sentences, USING THE WORD CORRECTLY, with proper capitalization, spelling, and punctuation. Hand in the assignment at the start of Tuesday morning's class.
Spelling will be modified as a Homework Grade(100 pts. = 4 points per word: 2 pts – word used correctly in the sentence; 1 pt – word spelled correctly; 1 pt – proper capitalization/punctuation.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday, 3/14, 5:55 PM

Greetings Students and Parents ~ This is an update from Mr. D.

 

I hope you are all doing well. I am of course aware of the coronovirus situation as it unfolds. It's affecting everyone's lives, and whatever happens in the near future, I hope that you and your families remain healthy, safe, and secure. I miss the students very much.

 

I am in close communication with Ms. Bennet regarding the school closing and online instruction. I am very proud to hear that the staff and students did so well with training and preparing for this unprecedented situation. You will be doing a modified version of Pearson U4W3, and everything will be ready for Monday when you are required to be present for instruction. Please continue to check this website along with Google Classroom, as you will be using BOTH in the next two weeks. You will also be logging into your Pearson accounts to access the story and the Reading Test on Friday. If you do not have your Pearson login info, e-mail me immediately and I will provide it. Everything else you need to know will be posted here on this website AND on Google Classroom by Monday morning.

 

Take this time to READ! You have no better opportunity. Take a half hour to an hour each day and go somewhere quiet to read. 

  

Believe it or not, I have been very busy, and the days speed by in a blur. Yesterday, Vero slept on my yoga sheepskin for four hours, listening to this entire Phil Collins concert, and then this entire Peter Gabriel concert! 

 

Here's a short slideshow video of Vero's first 10 days as a human...enjoy!

 

All Love,

 

Mr. D'Ambrose

 

 

 

 

March 9 - 13

 

Mon. - U4W1 Reading Test

Tues. - Generalizations; CATES Tutoring

Weds. - PreviLearn (Quiz Grade); Fresh Read ~ Fluency Quiz

Thurs.Fresh Read ~ Comprehension Quiz; CATES Tutoring

FridayTBD

 

CATES Math Reflection Sheet

 

 

 

 

Thurs. 3/5 - 10:33 PM

Greetings My Pupils ~ This is an update from Mr. D. 

 

I hope your first week went relatively well. Mine has been the craziest week ever! Nevertheless, I have been keeping in touch with Ms. Bennet every day. I hope to make a quick visit sometime next week. Hopefully, I will not have to defenestrate anyone!

 

OK, getting serious now, on Monday 3/9, you are taking your first Reading Test in a long while. I have provided Ms. Bennet with DETAILED instructions on how to conduct the test. Therefore, I expect each and every one of you to be prepared with your Pearson logins, and do exactly what you would do if I was there. This is your first test of Quarter 3, so make it a good one! If you know fellow students who may not read this message because they don't check the website, spread the word ASAP! Next week, you will be taking Fresh Reads, working on PreviLearn, and more FUN adventures in Reading.  I will attempt to make a video over the weekend to start of your week on Monday.

 

Let me finally add that an hour ago, Vero turned 3 days old. Earlier this evening, Devon was already reading out loud to him from her own personal book. That's how dedicated we are to Reading, and should serve as a reminder that you should still be dedicating time to reading your personal book every night.

 

Right now though, we are all tired out, but safe and happy.

 

 

~ ALL LOVE ~

 

 

 

 

Vero Alasdair D'Ambrose

 

Born March 2, 9:23 PM, 7 lb., 20 in.

 

 

 

March 2 - 6

 

Important Letter Re: Mr. D's Upcoming Paternity Leave.docx

 

Half Day Dismissal Wednesday

 

U4W1 ~ How do people adapt to different situations?

SPELLINGWords from Many Cultures (Homework DUE THURS.)

VOCABULARY: Etymology (Greek and Latin Roots)

GRAMMAR: Subject and Object Pronouns

COMPREHENSION: Drawing Conclusions

 

Reader's and Writer's Notebook - DUE THURS.

Green Circles: 249, 250, 251, 256

Orange Triangles: 249, 250, 251, 256, 257

Blue Squares: 249, 250, 251, 254, 255, 257

 

Monday - Spelling Pretest + Vocabulary + Grammar

Tuesday - Read Aloud: Westlandia + Fresh Read: Fluency Quiz

Wednesday - U4W1 Constructed Response + Fresh Reads (continued)

Thursday - Grammar Review + Fresh Read: Comprehension Quiz

Friday - Spelling Quiz + Reading Test

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 24 - 28

 

 

BizTown Field Trip Permission Slip due ASAP

 

Biz Town

Mon.Unit 3: Work Readiness | Lesson 1: Interests and Skills

Tues.Unit 3: Work Readiness | Lesson 2: Applying for a Job

Wed. - Unit 3 Assessment

Thurs.Unit 4: Business Management | Lesson 3: Visit Preparation

Friday - Film Study

February 29

Why do we have Leap Years?

Why is there a Leap Day?

Quantum Leap (Comic Con 2012) ~ Part 1 ~ Part 2

 

 

There will be graded classwork this week, but no written homework.

Instead, all students are hereby challenged and encouraged to

LIMIT OR ELIMINATE TV/DEVICE TIME AFTER SCHOOL.  

ALLOW 30 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT IN BED TO READ A 

GRADE-LEVEL APPROPRIATE CHAPTER BOOK OR NON-FICTION BOOK

READING WITH A PARENT OR TRUSTED SIBLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

 

 

February 18 - 21

 

 

BizTown Field Trip Permission Slip due ASAP 

 

Novel Study: The Cay (Chapters 12 - 19)

  • Making Inferences, Drawing Conclusions
  • Plot Elements: Climax and Denoument
  • Point of View
  • Vocabulary
  • Theme

 

There will be graded classwork this week, but no written homework.

Instead, all students are hereby challenged and encouraged to

LIMIT OR ELIMINATE TV/DEVICE TIME AFTER SCHOOL.  

ALLOW 30 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT IN BED TO READ A GRADE-LEVEL APPROPRIATE CHAPTER BOOK OR NON-FICTION BOOK. READING WITH A PARENT OR TRUSTED SIBLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

 

  • STRUGGLING READERS SHOULD BE READING SOFTLY OUT LOUD.
  • WHEN DONE READING, DO NOT WATCH TV OR USE A DEVICE. TURN OUT THE LIGHT(S).  
  • IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP, BREATHE DEEPLY AND SLOWLY TO HELP YOU.
  • TAKE NOTES ON ANY CHANGES YOU NOTICE TO YOUR MOOD OR ENERGY LEVEL.
  • YOU MAY SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE START OF EACH CLASS.

 

 

February 10 - 14

 

Monday - Thursday: Novel Study: The Cay (Chapters 7 - 10)

FridayGreek Philosophy (Different Forms of Love) & The Origins of Valentine's Day

 

There will be graded classwork this week, but no written homework.

Instead, all students are hereby challenged and encouraged to

LIMIT OR ELIMINATE TV/DEVICE TIME AFTER SCHOOL.  

ALLOW 30 MINUTES EVERY NIGHT IN BED TO READ A GRADE-LEVEL APPROPRIATE CHAPTER BOOK OR NON-FICTION BOOK. READING WITH A PARENT OR TRUSTED SIBLING IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED.

 

  • STRUGGLING READERS SHOULD BE READING SOFTLY OUT LOUD.
  • ONCE YOU ARE DONE READING, DO NOT WATCH TV OR USE A DEVICE. 
  • TURN OUT THE LIGHT(S) AND GO TO SLEEP. IF YOU ARE HAVING TROUBLE FALLING ASLEEP, BREATHE DEEPLY AND SLOWLY TO HELP YOU.
  • TAKE NOTES ON ANY CHANGES YOU NOTICE TO YOUR MOOD OR ENERGY LEVEL.
  • YOU MAY SHARE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE START OF EACH CLASS.

 

 

 

 

January 27 - 31

 

 

Monday - Wednesday

Quarter 2 Makeups

Persuasive Ad Project Presentations

Persuasive Ad Project Grading Rubric.docx 

 

Thursday - End of Quarter 2

PreviLearn ~ Form B - Informational Text (Quiz Grade)

 

Friday - Begin Quarter 3

Quarter 2 Makeups

Choose Your Own Adventure and/or Film Study

 

 

 

January 21 - 24

 

Monday

Watch: THE BEST OF TIMES IS NOW!

Watch: Danger Mouse + Genesis ~ Inside and Out

 

Tuesday

Inventors and Inventions

Elements of Persuasive Advertising

 

'Make Things' Commercial

Persuasive Advertisement Project Directions.docx 

Persuasive Ad Project Grading Rubric.docx 

 

Wednesday

PreviLearn Review: Form A - Informational Text

Novel Study: The Cay (Compare/Contrast Character Traits)

 

Thursday

Novel Study: The Cay (Geology, Inferencing, Sensory Details)

 

Friday

Substitute Teacher ~ Graded Classwork

 

January 13 - 17

 

 

Unit 3 Week 5 - How do artists create special effects to entertain us?

SPELLING: Prefixes un-, de-, dis- (Homework due Weds.)

VOCABULARYPrefixes pre-, re-

GRAMMAR: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases

COMPREHENSION: Graphic Sources

RESEARCH & INQUIRY: Special Effects in Film & Televison

Read 'Special Effects in Film & Television'  (pg. 454 - 463) (by Weds.)  

Reader's and Writer's Notebook (Due Thursday)

  • Green Circles: 222, 224, 225, 226, 231
  • Orange Triangles: 222, 224, 225, 226, 231
  • Blue Squares: 222, 225, 226, 229-230, 232

U3W5 Constructed Response (Thursday)

Spelling QUIZ & Reading TEST (Friday) (Last Reading Test before Quarter 2 ends.)

 

 

NEXT WEEK (1/21 - 1/23)

'My Invention' Persuasive Advertisement Project

Novel Study: The Cay

 

 

January 6 - 10

 

  • Mon. 1/6 ~ Yoga Class 3:30 - 5:00
  • Wed. 1/8 ~ Half Day  12:15 Dismissal
  • Fri. 1/10 ~ $1.00 NUT Card Fundraiser

5B Homeroom Only:

    • Students who are not consistently in proper uniform will not be allowed to dress down.
    • Teacher will donate $1 to fundraiser for any student who is not allowed to dress down.

 

Unit 3 Week 1 ~ How do inventors inspire our imaginations? 

SPELLING: Words with schwa (Homework due Weds.) 

VOCABULARY: Multiple-Meaning Words; Context Clues 

GRAMMAR: Past, Present, and Future Tenses 

COMPREHENSION: Sequence; Summarizing 

RESEARCH & INQUIRY: Famous Inventors and Inventions

CENTERS: RWN Pages (Complete in class and/or at home.)

(5A & 5C > Due Thursday; 5B > Due Friday)

(Students will be assigned to reading groups on Monday.)

  • Green Circles:  178, 181, 182, 187, 188                
  • Orange Triangles: 178, 181, 182, 184, 187, 188
  • Blue Squares:  178, 181, 184, 185, 186, 188

5A & 5C > Constructed Response on Thurs.; Spelling Quiz + Reading Test on Fri.

5B > Spelling Quiz + Reading Test on Thursday; Constructed Response on Friday.

 

 

 

 

January 2 - 3

 

Thursday

Fresh Read ~ Fluency Quiz

Rules and Procedures Review Quiz 2020.docx 

Homework: Continue working on review quiz.

Friday

Finish review quiz. (20 mins.)

Discuss quiz and share answers. (30 mins)

Fresh Read ~ Comprehension Quiz (30 mins)

 

 

 

 

2019


My heartfelt thanks for all of your wonderful gifts! 

Devon and I had a fun time opening all of them! 

In all my years of teaching, these presents were some of

the most unique and thoughtful that I've ever received. 

I truly appreciate the gift cards, hand-drawn messages,

mugs, coffee, chocolate, Star Wars merch, socks, and shirts!

 

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