Mr. Greggerson's English and Social Studies Homework and Reminders

Friday, September 13, 2019: Students are responsible for bringing home their new spelling list as well as a parent/guardian signature acknowledging that their student has a spelling test this Friday, 9/20/19, on the following words. Students will be required to be able to both spell and use each word accurately in a complete, grammatically correct sentence.

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Welcome 5th Grade Class of 2019/2020!

Your homework this week is to be KIND! :)

May 20, 2019: These are the vocab for this week. We will have an assessment on Friday on these words. Reading logs are also due on Friday.

Paul Revere- Express rider and silversmith from Boston known for his Boston Massacre etching as well as his famous ride to warn Patriots that the British were coming

Battle of Lexington and Concord- “The shot heard around the world,” this is the first official battle of the Revolutionary War, very few Patriots are killed but the British army suffer many losses on their march back to Boston.

Fort Ticonderoga- Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys take force the British to surrender and capture important cannons for the Continental Army.

Battle of Bunker Hill- Costly victory for British troops over the Patriots in Charlestown, Massachusetts. “Don’t shoot until you see the whites of their eyes.”

Trenton- The city where German mercenaries were surprise-attacked on Christmas by George Washington and his army. “Washington crosses the Delaware”

Battle of Saratoga- American Continental Army victory over the British that is considered the turning point in the war, and inspires France to send support for the Patriots

Valley Forge- The location where George Washington and his soldiers suffered a long, cold winter, just outside Philadelphia which had been captured by the British.

Common Sense- A pamphlet written by Thomas Paine using simple writing to explain why Americans should break away from Britain.

Yorktown- The city where George Washington and the Continental Army with the help of the French Army and Navy, were able to trap the British Army and force them to surrender

Charles Cornwallis- Commanding General of the British Army who ends up losing the war for Britain.

Treaty of Paris- Treaty signed in 1783 that officially ended the American Revolution where Britain recognizes the United States as an independent country


Thursday, May 9, 2019: These are the new Social Studies Vocabulary words we will be working with today into next week. There will be an assessment on Thursday next week on these words, as well as the words from last week. Students should be creating flashcards and studying these words at home.

Second Continental Congress- Congress of American leaders that first met in 1775, declared independence in 1776, and helped lead the United States during the Revolution


Olive Branch Petition- Letter sent by the Second Continental Congress to King George III in 1775 in an attempt to avoid war


Continental Army- Army formed in 1775 by the Second Continental Congress led by General George Washington.


Declaration of Independence- Document declaring the 13 American colonies independent of Great Britain, written mainly by Thomas Jefferson and adopted on July 4, 1776, by the Second Continental Congress


Thomas Jefferson- Member of the Continental Congress and main writer of the Declaration of Independence. At the time he was very young to be a delegate.


Traitor- a person who works against his or her country


Philadelphia- The city where the Continental Congress met, the largest city of the colonies during this time, and home to Benjamin Franklin


Benedict Arnold- Successful American general during the Revolution who turned traitor in 1780 and joined the British cause


Mercenaries- Soldiers from one country who are paid to fight for another country


Green Mountain Boys- Group of Vermont soldiers who captured Fort Ticonderoga


Thursday, May 2, 2019: We have been working hard to finish Native American tribe research papers. We have gone over the new Social Studies vocabulary words and students are expected to create flashcards to study for the assessment on Monday, 5/6.

The words and definitions are below:

Parliament- Britain's law-making assembly

Patrick Henry- Virginia Patriot and lawyer known for his bold speeches in the support of American independence

Repeal- to cancel

Sons of Liberty- Group of Patriots who worked to oppose British rule before the American Revolution

Boycott- Organized refusal to buy goods

Propaganda- the spreading of information in support of a cause. (usually negative)

Stamp Act- law that placed a tax on printed materials in the colonies

Committee of Correspondence- Groups of colonists formed in the 1770s to spread news quickly about the protests against British rule

Continental Congress- a meeting of delegates from each of the thirteen American colonies. These delegates served as the government during the Revolutionary War. George Washington was part of the first one in Philadelphia

Patriots- Colonists who opposed British rule

Loyalists- Colonists who remained loyal to King George and the British government

Intolerable Acts- Laws passed by British Parliament to punish the people of Boston after the Boston Tea Party

Militia- volunteer army

Minuteman- Colonial militia groups that could be ready to fight at a minute's notice

Flashcards are due tomorrow, Tuesday, 4/9, sentences are due Wednesday 4/10, and there will be a quiz on Thuersday, 4/11 on the following words.

READING LOGS ARE ALSO DUE THIS WEEK ON FRIDAY WITH AT LEAST 60 MINUTES OF INITIALED READING.

Aroma: A distinctive, typically pleasant smell.


Murmur: A soft, indistinct sound made by a person or group of people speaking quietly or at a distance.

Territory: An area of land under the jurisdiction of a ruler or state.


Fragrant: Having a pleasant or sweet smell or aroma.


Hearth: The floor of a fireplace


Devoured: Eat food or prey hungrily or quickly.


Discarded: get rid of someone or something as no longer useful or desirable.


Summoned: Authoritatively or urgently call on someone to be present, to call someone over


Mended: Repair something that is broken or damaged


Solemnly: In a formal and dignified manner, often with a sad tone or feeling


Tuesday, April 2, 2019: Due to ELA MCAS this week on Wednesday and Thursday, there will be no reading log or vocabulary this week! Get a good night sleep and come in ready to do your best all day!


Monday, March 25, 2019: Students have flashcards to complete for the ten new vocabulary words from Birchbark House this week. The flashcards are due for homework tomorrow, Tuesday the 26th. Wednesday sentences are due for each of the ten words. The sentences need to have information in them that allow the reader to understand what the vocabulary word means. There will be an assessment on these ten words on Thursday, the 28th. READING LOGS ARE DUE ON FRIDAY with at LEAST 60 minutes of INITIALED reading from a parent, guardian, trusted adult.

Vocabulary words and definitions for this week:

Interior- the inner or indoor part of something, especially a building; the inside

Gloating- bragging or boasting

Kindled- set something on fire, to begin to burn

Bleak- offering little or no hope or bare, dreary

Tentative- hesitant or not certain

Bitter- having a sharp, pungent taste or smell, not sweet

Vicious- deliberately cruel or violent

Frenzy- a state or period of uncontrolled excitement or wild behavior

Partake- to take part, or participate in doing something

Inevitable- certain to happen; unavoidable

March 11, 2019: Reading logs are due on Thursday with at least 60 minutes of initialed reading. On the lined paper provided, students are responsible for coming up with a synonym and antonym for each of the vocabulary words as well as their flashcards that they worked on in class, both due Tuesday, the 12th. Due Wednesday, the 13th are well written vocabulary sentences for the words. There will also be a vocabulary quiz on Thursday, March 14th along with the reading log.

The Birchbark House Vocabulary and definitions:

Seize- to take possession of by or as if by force

Arrange- to move and organize things into a particular order or position

Betray- to hurt someone who trusts you, such as a friend or relative by not giving help or by doing something morally wrong

Endure- to put up with something trying or painful

Delicate- fragile, easily broken and often quite beautiful

Motive- the reason for the action

Entice- to persuade with promises of something

Route- an open way for travel or transportation

Imitate- to make or do something the same way as someone or something else

Content- to be happy or satisfied with an outcome


March 4, 2019: Social Studies Vocabulary this week is defined below. Students are expected to create flashcards and study these words at home in preparation for the assessment on Thursday. READING LOGS are also due on Friday with AT LEAST 60 minutes of initialed reading.

Apprentice- a young person who learns a skill from a more experienced person

Middle Passage- the second leg of a three-part voyage

Great Awakening- a religious movement that revived many colonists' interest in religion

Triangular Trade Routes- routes shaped like giant triangles

Almanac- reference book with facts and figures

Self-Sufficient- people who rely on themselves for most of what they need

Town Common- an open space where sheep and cattle could graze

Artisan- a skilled worker who makes things by hand

Stono Rebellion- fight between enslaved people and owners near a river in South Carolina

Monday, Feb. 25, 2019: Reading logs are due on Friday. 60 minutes or more of initialed reading is the expectation.

Monday, Feb. 11, 2019: This week will be a review of the 31 vocabulary words from the previous four weeks. On Friday, 2/15, students will take a matching vocabulary word to definition assessment. All of the words and definitions are posted in the text boxes below. Reading logs are due on Friday as well! Enjoy your vacation!

Birchbark House Vocabulary Week #4


Flashcards are due Tuesday, Feb. 5, sentences are due Wednesday, Feb. 6, and there is a quiz on all ten words Thursday, Feb. 7. Reading logs are also due Friday!


Preen: straighten and clean its feathers with its beak

Stifle: restrain (a reaction) or stop oneself acting on (an emotion)

Stealth: avoiding detection by moving carefully

Immediately: at once; instantly

Intensity: extreme degree of strength, force, energy, or feeling

Resume: begin to do or pursue (something) again after a pause or interruption

Interpretation: the action of explaining the meaning of something

Distinct: something that is easily identifiable or set apart from others of its kind

Vigilance: the action or state of keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties

Sustain: undergo or suffer (something unpleasant, especially an injury)


January 28, 2019- A special Patriots reading log is due on Friday. There are also 10 Birchbark House vocabulary words this week. Tomorrow, Tuesday the 29th, students need to have their flashcards made. Wednesday their sentences are due and must be submitted on my google classroom. Friday will be a quiz on all ten words.



tuft

(noun)

small bunch of feathers, hairs, grass, etc., that grow close together


Emily decided to plant tufts of violets from her garden in small pots as gifts for her friends.


resentful (adjective)

having or showing a feeling of anger or displeasure about something unfair


Isaiah narrowed his eyebrows and resentfully turned off his TV after his favorite show was canceled.



precious (adjective)

greatly loved, valued, or important


Alyssa wore the precious jewel around her neck in fear she may lose it.


encounter (noun/verb )

a meeting that is not planned or expected


Bryce was going to sit alone until his surprising encounter with Dylan and they decide to sit together in the cafeteria.



scaffold (noun)

a platform or framework on which a person stands or sits while working


During the dress rehearsal, Aiden stood on a tall scaffold to practice his speech.


descend

(verb)

to go downward: to go or move from a higher to a lower place or level


The hikers discovered that descending the mountain was just as dangerous as the climb to the top.


abrupt

(adjective)

  1. very sudden and not expected
  2. to talk to someone in a rude, brief or, unfriendly way


The class abruptly ended when the bell unexpectedly rang.


impetuous (adjective)

acting quickly without thinking about the consequences


The impetuous children did not think about how cold they would be after going outside for recess without their jackets on.

brandish

(verb)

to wave or swing (something, such as a weapon) in a threatening or excited manner


While playing fetch, Paige brandished the stick at the dog before throwing it.

peculiar

(adjective)

odd, different, unusual

Kiara thought it was very peculiar that Mrs. Pimental allowed her students to eat ice cream in class.

January 22, 2019: Reading logs are due on Friday. There will be a Birchbark House Vocabulary quiz on Friday the 25th of January. Completed flashcards are due tomorrow, Weds. the 23rd. A well written sentence for each of the five words is due on Thursday. The sentences need to include information that demonstrates you understand the definition of the word. Sentences need to be completed on a google doc and submitted on my google classroom. The words and definitions are:

Vanquish- To overcome, defeat in any contest or conflict; to be victorious over

Solitary- One or alone

Enigma-Something or someone who is hard to understand

Falter- To begin to fail, weaken; become less strong or skilled

Grimace- A facial expression showing disapproval or pain

January 14, 2019- Reading logs are due on Friday. There will be a Birchbark House Vocabulary quiz on Thursday the 17th of January. The words and definitions are:

Nimble- quick or light in movement, agile

Shrewd- piercingly cold (usually weather)

Despair- no hope, sadness

Luscious- sweet taste or thickly grown

Intimidate- to make timid or fearful

Spiteful- having or showing a desire to harm, anger, or defeat someone

January 7, 2019: There will be a normal reading log due on Friday before our field trip to the Boston Museum of Science. Students need to have their permission slip signed and $5 for their fee by this Wednesday at the ABSOLUTE LATEST.

Social Studies Vocabulary (Matching word to definition quiz this Thursday, the 10th):

  • charter-document that permitted colonists to settle on land claimed by their ruler
  • stock- shares in a company often sold to raise money for the company
  • cash crop- crop grown for money
  • indentured servant- a person who agreed to work for someone for a certain amount of time in exchange for the cost of the ocean voyage to North America
  • House of Burgesses- The first law-making assembly in an English colony
  • Northwest Passage- Waterway connecting the Atlantic and the Pacific Ocean (it didn't exist before we dug the Panama Canal)
  • Pilgrim- person who journeys for religious reasons
  • Separatist- person who wanted to separate from the Church of England
  • persecution- unjust treatment to a person because of his or her beliefs
  • Mayflower Compact- Pilgrims' written plan of government for their colony
  • Puritan- Group from England who wanted to purify, or reform, the Church of England
  • dissenter- a person whose views differ from others'
  • proprietor- owner
  • debtor- person who owes money

January 2, 2019: Happy New Year ladies and gentlemen! Due to the shortened week, there will be NO READING LOG this week. We have finished our book "Wonder" and will be transitioning into more of a Social Studies driven ELA unit. Vocabulary will be assigned on Monday, similar to that of the vocabulary from Wonder.

Friday, Dec 14, 2018: Report cards are coming home today. Please make sure the envelopes are signed and returned to school.

Monday, December 17, 2018: Students have their normal reading logs due this week with a minimum of 60 minutes as the expected amount initialed for Friday. Students should also be reviewing their Wonder vocabulary through the google doc they created with their group/team. The vocabulary assessment will be on Thursday, December 20, and will be on ALL of the words we have used and (hopefully) studied over the past three months of school!

Dear Parents/Guardians,

I am writing to inform you that Parent/Teacher Conferences are taking place this Thursday, November 29th, and Monday, December 3rd. Please use the following link to sign up for an available time slot to conference about your student with me.

https://goo.gl/igy8GE

I look forward to meeting with you!

Bob Greggerson


Monday, November 26, 2018: Students have 10 new Wonder vocabulary words they need to study this week. Sentences for these words are due tomorrow, Tuesday November 27th, either shared with me via google doc or brought in on the piece of paper I provided. The words this week are:

Unstable: disposed to psychological variability

Insist: be emphatic or resolute and refuse to budge

Bungalow: a small house with a single story

Entitled: qualified for by right according to law

Mutter: talk indistinctly; usually in a low voice

Restrain: hold back

Mayhem: violent and needless disturbance

Euphoric: characterized by a feeling of well-being or elation

Detached: no longer connected or joined

Mangle: destroy or injure severely

There will be a quiz on these words and their meaning on Friday, November 30th.

Students also have their normal reading logs due this Friday, November 30th.

Thanksgiving Break Reading Logs:

With the holiday break coming up, I am asking students to read an extra 15 minutes more than the required hour of reading for the week. Reading logs went home on Friday November 16, so students have roughly ten days to get seventy five or more minutes of logged reading initialed by a parent or guardian due Monday, Nov. 26.

Thursday, November 15, 2018: Students have a spelling test on Tuesday, 11/20 on the following ten words:

  • because
  • officer
  • when
  • terrible
  • actually
  • probably
  • excellent
  • curious
  • attempt

Monday, November 5, 2018: Students have been given their week #5 Wonder Vocabulary, definitions and example sentences. This week, students are required to write a well written sentence for each of the ten words, due WEDNESDAY Nov. 7 submitted on my google classroom. Students are also required to create their own quiz/assessment this week that is due on Thursday that tests all ten of the vocabulary words in some way. Sentences need to be completed and submitted on my google classroom, and assessments should be shared with me from the google doc. Please title the assessment Wonder Vocab Week 5 (Your first name). Students should be studying at home for their quiz on Friday.

The Words This Week:

stringent

phony

organic

empathy

scold

Expel

Warrant

Neutral

Exceptional

Quiver

READING LOGS: Reading logs should be getting filled out and signed off on again this week. They are due on Friday. Please do not worry about the the Whoosreading activities and quiz this week.

Dear Parents/Guardians: This is the first week of official reading logs being assigned. The expectation is that your student will read for a minimum of 10-15 minutes four to five times a week. I ask that you sign off on the reading your student does each night, and I will collect the filled out logs every Friday. This is just as much a responsibility assignment as it is an academic reading assignment. If the sheet gets lost, a signed note from you will suffice, but I would prefer the official log and I will only accept a note once per student. Students can access Whoosreading.org to complete the quiz and questions each week. If internet is unavailable at home, students will be given the opportunity to complete them here at school, but it will be their responsibility. Please help support the progression of your student's reading by encouraging as much reading at home as possible. Here is a quote from Mrs. O'Brien's post on reading:

"Students who read just 14.2 minutes per day are exposed to 1 million more words per year than the student who reads 1.8 minutes per day. When those printed words become familiar and automatic there is a greater capacity to comprehend what you are reading. On average, those students who read 15 minutes per day are scoring in the 80th percentile vs in the 30th percentile for students reading under 2 minutes daily. Daily reading time is an investment in student success. Building vocabulary and reading skills supports ALL content areas."



Monday, October 15, 2018- Define Wonder vocab, due Tuesday. Sentences for each vocab word is due Wednesday. There will be a quiz Friday on the vocabulary words. The words are:

  • Oath
  • Perceptive
  • Insensitive
  • Essential
  • Inkling
  • Protocol
  • Hypocrite
  • Immaculate
  • Pathetic
  • Incident

Tuesday, October 9, 2018- Define Wonder vocab and write sentences for each vocab word, due Wednesday. There will be a quiz Friday on the vocabulary words. The words are:

  • Plague
  • Artifact
  • Merge
  • Immediate
  • Morph
  • Relieve
  • Casual
  • Consider
  • Exhibit
  • Illuminate

Monday, October 1, 2018- Define Wonder vocab, due Tuesday. Sentences for each vocab word is due Wednesday. There will be a quiz Friday (postponed until next Tuesday Oct. 9th because there is no school this Friday or Monday) on the vocabulary words. The words are:

  • coincidence
  • deed
  • hysterical
  • fraction
  • contagious
  • literally
  • classify
  • suspect
  • mortal
  • aversion

Monday, September 17, 2018- Define Wonder vocab, due Tuesday. Sentences for each vocab word is due Wednesday. There will be a quiz Friday on the vocabulary words. The words are:

  • ordinary
  • precept
  • monument
  • accommodate
  • defect
  • illuminate
  • genetics
  • reality
  • elective
  • verge

Thursday, September 13, 2018- Students in Mr. Greggerson's homeroom need to write TWO COMPLETE sentences for each of the following types of figurative language: Simile, Metaphor, Hyperbole, Personification, Onomatopoeia, Alliteration, and Idiom. Students may write their sentences on a google doc and share them with me at rgreggerson@mpspk12.org or they may write them on lined paper with pencil or erasable ink. There will be a quiz Wednesday (Sept 19th) on the seven types of figurative language we have been learning about.

Whenever you describe something by comparing it with something else, you are using figurative language.

Simile: A simile uses the words “like” or “as” to compare one object or idea with another to suggest they are alike.

Example: busy as a bee

Metaphor: The metaphor states a fact or draws a verbal picture by the use of comparison. A simile would say you are like something; a metaphor is more positive - it says you are something.

Example: You are what you eat.

Personification: A figure of speech in which human characteristics are given to an animal or an object.

Example: My teddy bear gave me a hug.

Alliteration: The repetition of the same initial letter, sound, or group of sounds in a series of words. Alliteration includes tongue twisters.

Example: She sells seashells by the seashore.

Onomatopoeia: The use of a word to describe or imitate a natural sound or the sound made by an object or an action.

Example: snap crackle pop

Hyperbole: An exaggeration that is so dramatic that no one would believe the statement is true. Tall tales are hyperboles.

Example: He was so hungry, he ate that whole cornfield for lunch, stalks and all.

Idioms: According to Webster's Dictionary, an idiom is defined as: peculiar to itself either grammatically (as no, it wasn't me) or in having a meaning that cannot be derived from the conjoined meanings of its elements.

Example: The cat is out of the bag. (Someone has ruined the surprise)


Tuesday, May 22, 2018- Students in Mr. Greggerson's homeroom have their quiz on their 20 vocabulary words tomorrow, Wednesday the 23rd. The quiz will be fill in the blank with a word bank. This does not mean the quiz should be taken lightly! Students should have been studying over the weekend and last night in preparation for the quiz tomorrow.

Thursday, May 17, 2018- Students in Mr. Greggerson's homeroom need to finish defining their Chapter 8 Social Studies vocabulary in their JOURNALS.

Please define the following 20 vocabulary words into your journal to study. Make sure you leave a space between each definition. There will be a quiz on Wednesday, May 23, on all 20 words.

Parliament, Stamp Act, repeal, Sons of Liberty, Townshend Acts, tariff, boycott, Daughters of Liberty, Boston Massacre, Committee of Correspondence, Tea Act, Boston Tea Party, Intolerable Acts, Patriot, Loyalist, First Continental Congress, militia, minutemen, American Revolution, Battle of Bunker Hill. Use your social studies glossary to find the definitions starting on page R76.

MCAS Have officially concluded for both Mrs. Mayen's and my homeroom classes! With the completion of these assessments, you can expect to see a continuation of rigorous work until our final day of school! There will be a journal entry due every Wednesday and Friday for the remainder of the year.

Due to MCAS approaching, there will only be one journal entry due each Friday. The journal entry should be well written and should include a reflection about a feeling or thought.

Monday, March 12, 2018: Mr. Greggerson's homeroom has their Columbian Exchange open responses due tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018: Mrs. Mayen's homeroom class has their Birchbark House vocabulary SENTENCES for WEEK 2 due tomorrow, Wednesday the 7th. The week 2 vocabulary quiz that goes along with these words will be on Friday the 9th. Sentences can be on lined paper or a google doc, however, if you write them on paper it will be YOUR RESPONSIBILITY to get them typed and submitted during your free time, NOT my class time! Please be aware of this! Be sure, as always, you are submitting your finalized sentences on my google classroom for review.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018: Mrs. Mayen's homeroom class has their Birchbark House vocabulary quiz tomorrow, Wednesday Jan 31st. Be sure to study the guide that was so generously provided. If I see any students being irresponsible about their study habits, they will lose the privilege of getting one!

Monday, January 29, 2018: Mrs. Mayen's homeroom has Birchbark house sentences due tomorrow, Tuesday the 30th. There will be a quiz on the 10 words this Wednesday the 31st.

Mr. Greggerson's homeroom has Native American Tribe Rough Draft research papers due. Please share them with me for review.

Native American Research Paper

To clarify, the "packet" that the outline is referring to is simply the folder that students will be keeping all of their materials and resources in. I have provided students with an organizer for information, a checklist for editing paragraphs, the MCAS grading rubric, and the outline itself with all due dates on it.

Mrs. Mayen's Homeroom Class Due Dates:

  • Thursday, January 25th- Research complete. Six topics need to be chosen from the "Culture Wheel" to research. They are heritage/traditions, hunting/gathering, farming/agriculture, art/music, inventions/contributions, location, housing, language, location, government, family structure, or clothing. Students need to have a minimum of 3 credible resources to prove where they got their information from, one of which is a book. All of this information needs to be written down on the research organizer worksheets that have been provided in the packet.
  • Tuesday, January 30th- Rough Draft Due. It needs to be shared with me on a google Doc with the student's first and last name and the tribe's name as the title of the document.
  • Thursday, February 1st- Finalized Bibliography complete. We will be working on these in class.
  • Final Paper Due: February 6th

Mr. Greggerson's Homeroom Due Dates:

  • Tuesday January 30th- Rough Draft Due.
  • Thursday, February 1st- Finalized Bibliography complete. We will be working on these in class.
  • Final Paper Due: February 6th

Monday, January 22, 2017: Both Mr. Greggerson and Mrs. Mayen's class have now concluded the South American Ancient Civilizations Unit. We have now moved into our new Unit on the North American Native People that coincides with our ELA book Birchbark House. Students will be responsible for an expository research paper as well as a presentation on their specific tribe. An outline and due dates will be coming home this week.

Thursday, December 21, 2017: Thanks to the generosity of the Osterville Rotary Club, all 5th graders received their own personal journal. For the remainder of this year, students will be responsible for three journal entries a week to be completed at home or during free time. The expectation is that students will write three thoughtful, well written, organized, edited reflections every week. I stressed to the students that these journal entries are to be REFLECTIONS, NOT a play-by-play of how something happened. These reflections should include self-analysis where students address how they were feeling emotionally and WHY. All reflections must have the complete DATE and TIME at the TOP of the journal entry. Students are aware of what the subject of the weekly entries must be, and that they must be a MINIMUM of FIVE sentences unless the student has spoken with me personally about writing less. They are as follows:

Due EVERY Tuesday: A reflection on something that happened at HOME or OUTSIDE OF SCHOOL. This can be anything that happened from Friday afternoon all the way through Monday evening.

Due EVERY Thursday: A reflection on something that happened at SCHOOL. This can be anything that happened from Monday morning all the way to Wednesday afternoon here at SCHOOL.

Due EVERY Friday: A reflection on something you LEARNED in the past seven days. This can be something you learned about in school or outside of school. You are not limited to academics here, you can write about learning a new gymnastics move or football play, something you learned about yourself or someone else, the possibilities are ENDLESS!

Tuesday, December 19, 2017: Students in both classes have a quiz tomorrow on Reference Sources. All students have been provided a study guide with the definitions they need to look over. If you do not have the study guide for whatever reason, you can find it posted on my google classroom.

Monday, December 4, 2017: Mrs. Mayen's homeroom class has a homework assignment tonight. They should read an article of their choice on the ancient civilization they have been assigned to research. I am expecting a 2-3 sentence summary on the important information they got from the article.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Students have been working collaboratively in my homeroom class on their Ancient Civilization Presentations. Students have been working on individual presentations about themselves in Mrs. Mayen's homeroom class. I would like students from both classes to practice presenting their information to an adult in the household tonight. As always, all students are expected to be silent reading for a minimum of fifteen minutes each night for homework.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Students from Mrs. Mayen's class who have not finished their "Wonder: My Own Chapter" google classroom assignment need to finish it tonight for homework.

Monday, November 13, 2017: All students have been sent home with a "Unplug" worksheet that explains that this week students should challenge themselves and their families to unplug their smart phones, devices, tv's, video games, and computers for two hours each night and instead, spend that time with their family and friends. Each night that they successfully do this, they can bring in the ticket that proves they participated in the unplugged exercise and that ticket will be entered into a drawing each night for one lucky family to win a game that will be provided by the school.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017: I have sent home a parent/guardian "Homework Reminder" flier that needs to be signed and returned for tomorrow. Please read through it and make sure both the student and parent/guardian has signed it.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017: Students who need to retake their Wonder Vocab quiz need to study and be prepared to retake it tomorrow, Wednesday Nov 1. Students who did not finish their persuasive letter need to have that submitted to me by tomorrow morning as well. Also, students who did not finish their Wonder Comprehension questions need to do so as well. All of these assignments need to be completed by tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 24, 2017: Students from Mrs. Mayen's class who still have not completed their two column Viking Notes on the five News ELA articles need to finish them tonight. Besides the News ELA articles, I have also included on my google classroom the two videos we watched in class. With these seven resources there is MORE than enough information to complete the notes. We have been working in class reading the articles and taking notes for the past two classes and can no longer use class time to complete the notes. Be sure to reference my grading rubric on the Persuasive viking letter as well to make sure you have the number of facts needed to "Meet" (3) the 5th grade standards (The notes are an organizer that will be used to write the persuasive letter). ****REMINDER THAT WONDER VOCAB SENTENCES ARE DUE TOMORROW, AND THE QUIZ WILL BE THIS THURSDAY.

Monday, October 23, 2017: Wonder Vocabulary Part 3 Sentences are due Wednesday, the 25th. Please do your best to include context clues within your sentences to explain what the vocabulary words mean. Sentences should be numbered and submitted on my google classroom. If you do not have access to the internet or a device at home, you may write them on lined paper. ***REMINDER*** There will be a fill-in-the-blank quiz on Thursday for these 10 words. Make sure you are studying/reviewing each night!

Tuesday, October 17, 2017: ELA Please read a story or article of your choice at home for homework tonight. Be prepared to discuss what you read with the class for tomorrow, Wednesday the 18th.

Monday, October 16, 2017: ELA Read for 15 minutes (your homework every night) and write a paragraph summary about what you read on the yellow lined paper I provided. REMEMBER, summaries are a brief overview of the major points/key ideas of someone's writing in SEQUENTIAL order. Please include the title of what ever it is that you read. I will make this an EVERYDAY assignment if I continue to get the feeling that a lot of students are forgetting to do their 15 minutes of reading each night. For those of you who HAVE been doing your reading, nice job :) Keep up the great work! It doesn't go unnoticed! Below is an excerpt from Mrs. O'Brien's weekly newsletter that supports this assignment:

"Students who read just 14.2 minutes per day are exposed to 1 million more words per year than the student who reads 1.8 minutes per day. When those printed words become familiar and automatic there is a greater capacity to comprehend what you are reading. On average, those students who read 15 minutes per day are scoring in the 80th percentile vs in the 30th percentile for students reading under 2 minutes daily. Daily reading time is an investment in student success. Building vocabulary and reading skills supports ALL content areas."

Tuesday, October 11, 2017: ELA students need to study their Wonder Vocabulary tonight for homework, in preparation for the quiz tomorrow (Thursday). If students need to, they can go back to my google classroom to access both Week 1 Wonder Vocab and Week 2 Wonder vocab. There are 20 words total you will be being assessed on.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017: ELA students have their first spelling test tomorrow, Thursday the 5th so they need to be studying. Students in Mrs. Mayen's class who did not finish their spelling packet need to finish those for homework tonight and return them to me tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017: ELA Spelling Sentences are due tomorrow, Weds the 4th. Please refer to my google classroom for the word list! These should be QUALITY 5th grade sentences.

Monday, October 2, 2017: Mr. Greggerson's HOMEROOM class has spelling 5x each homework to complete tonight. All information is on my google classroom. Due to the field trip today, Mrs. Mayen's class will be working on their 5x each tomorrow in class. A friendly reminder that all students should be reading an average of 15 minutes per night at home! :)

Thursday, September 27, 2017: ELA Please complete the personification worksheet from class. Students who did not finish their opinion essay on School Start time need to finish them for homework as well. They are due Friday, the 28th, and need to be submitted on my google classroom.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017: ELA Please complete Daily Language Review Week 2 Day 3. Wonder vocabulary sentences are due tomorrow, Thursday the 28th. They should be well written on a google doc. Lined paper and pencil are okay, although google doc is preferred.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017: ELA Please complete Daily Language Review Week 2 Day 2. Wonder Vocabulary week 2 has been posted on my google classroom. Students are expected to have their 10 sentences completed by Thursday, the 28th.

Monday, September 25, 2017: ELA Please complete Daily Language Review Week 2 Day 1. Also, a reminder that all 5th grade students should be reading at least 15 minutes every day for homework.

Thursday, September 21, 2017: ELA Students who did not finish their Opinion writing assignment on fidget spinners needs to complete them tonight for homework. This is also a reminder that students should be reading an average of 15 minutes or more each weeknight. If it is apparent that students are not doing this, I will be forced to start assigning reading logs which I'd rather not have to do.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017: ELA- Please write a detailed, complete 5th grade sentence for each of the 10 vocabulary words from Part 1 of Wonder found on my google classroom. These can either be written on lined paper or on a google doc. They are due tomorrow, (Weds 9/20)

Monday, September 18, 2017: ELA- Please have a grade appropriate silent reading book ready to go for tomorrow. It should be a CHAPTER book :)


Welcome back, ladies and gentlemen! Here you can always check in to make sure you know what's due for homework or assignments coming up. You can also use this site to access my, as well as Mrs. Mayen's Google Classroom by clicking the link in the top right hand corner of this page.


Summer Reading Link: You are required to read two of the books from the list provided below. https://goo.gl/590nh5

Monday, June 19, 2017: Students are finishing up their essays on festivals in South America. They should have their completed drafts ready for edits/revisions tomorrow, Tuesday the 20th. On Wednesday, students will have the opportunity to talk about the festival they wrote about. Wednesday is also the day that students will be allowed to bring in a South American food for the class to try. This is NOT a requirement by any means. Anything that students bring in for food will be greatly appreciated!

Monday, June 5, 2017: Students need to be finishing their European Countries group presentations this week. They are due on Wednesday, June 7th. Any groups who do no have it finished by the end of class on Tuesday will be responsible for finishing it for homework. Students are expected to work collaboratively with their group members to decide who is responsible for completing what slides.

REMINDER: Students who have a roll in the court field trip should be reviewing/rereading their lines from the script at home in preparation for their performance on Friday, June 9th.

Thursday, May 25, 2017: REMINDER- Asian Research Papers are due by 8:15 tomorrow morning (Friday the 26th). Students should copy and paste their paper from their google doc into my google classroom and submit it. IT MUST BE SUBMITTED TO MY GOOGLE CLASSROOM BY 8:15. WHAT EVER IS SUBMITTED IS WHAT I WILL BE GRADING OVER THE WEEKEND, NO EXCUSES OR LATE SUBMISSIONS (aside from students sick/family emergency etc)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017: Students need to prepare for their final assessment on Asian Major Bodies of water, as well as the countries for tomorrow, Thursday, May 25. You need to be able to identify the Ganges River, Mekong River, Indus River, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Lake Baikal, Aral Sea, East China Sea, South China Sea, Sea of Japan, and the Bay of Bengal. If you got an 84% or less on the last quiz you will be allowed a word bank. All other students will be expected to be able to identify without a word bank. Spelling will NOT count, as long as it is reasonably close and I can understand what the word is you are trying to spell.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017: Today we reviewed our first quiz on Asian countries. Students should continue to study and use the sheppard software in preparation for their final assessment on the Asian countries and major bodies of water which will be Thursday, May 25. I have included the links on my google classroom for the major bodies of water activities and tutorials. There will be a word bank provided for students who did not get a 3 on their first quiz.

*** Students began researching their assigned Asian country on Friday. They are expected to have their completed research paper done for Friday's class. On Friday we have "Career Day", so I will be just checking to see they are completed and submitted on my google classroom. Students who do not have it completed will be expected to finish it over the weekend, and there will be points lost for it being late. This is a major unit grade that is meant to be a fairly easy assignment for 6th graders at the end of the year. PLEASE, see me if you are having difficulty with anything about this assignment.

Thursday, May 18, 2017: REMINDER! Asian Countries Quiz tomorrow, Friday the 19th. The following countries will need to be identified on a map (Word Bank will be provided) Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Vietnam, North Korea, India, Pakistan, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Mongolia, and Japan. The following two links are great resources to study/prepare for tomorrow's quiz: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_Asia_G0_click.html

http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_Asia_GL_Click.html

Wednesday, May 17, 2017: Students need to calculate the densities of all 10 items we measured in the lab during our science experiment today. Remember! Mass divided by Volume equals Density. All recorded data and observations should be on the same piece of paper.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017: Today students began our density activity. They need to have the correct density calculated for all 9 items of the activity submitted to my google classroom for tomorrow's class if they did not finish during the lesson. http://www.glencoe.com/sites/common_assets/science/virtual_labs/CT01/CT01.html

***REMINDER: On Friday, May 19, there will be the first quiz on the identification of Asian Countries. The link below is a great resource to use as a study guide. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/country_Asia_GL_Click.html

Thursday, May 11, 2017: Students should review their 11 science vocabulary words in preparation for a quick "matching" quiz tomorrow, Friday the 12th. The words are atom, proton, neutron, electron, nucleus, atomic number, element, compound, metal, nonmetal, and periodic table. You should also be comfortable drawing basic atoms with the use of a periodic table.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017: Students should have the following vocab words written and defined in their notes from our new unit in Science completed for homework and will be checked tomorrow Thursday, May 4. The words are atom, proton, neutron, electron, nucleus, atomic number, and element. There will be a matching word to definition quiz this Friday, May 5, 2017. Students should begin studying them tonight and tomorrow night in preparation for Friday's assessment. Students are expected to keep these safe in their notebook or Science/Social Studies folder. No excuses for lost/misplaced vocabulary!

Thursday, April 11, 2017: With MCAS being taken this week, and students feeling overwhelmed with assessments, I have postponed our scheduled Middle East Test from tomorrow, to Wednesday, April 26, after we have returned from break. Students should review their notes and reread any articles or assignments to stay fresh on the material. We will be reviewing both Monday and Tuesday in preparation for the test.

This is the review powerpoint on the Middle East that will be very helpful for the test on Wednesday:

https://docs.google.com/a/mpspk12.org/presentation/d/1Ld18Fhfk04a9jkOR5R0oc6V0E61kYKjiDiy3ZUuxRFs/edit?usp=sharing


Wednesday, April 5, 2017: Finish Eggs-periment graph (colored) as well as your conclusion on google classroom. It should be a paragraph and well written.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017: Complete the writing prompt on my google classroom titled "Early Civilizations". It should be between 3 and 5 sentences, and well written. After the number of people who forgot to do the reading for homework last night, the completion of this assignment will be worth a QUIZ GRADE. Do NOT forget to do this easy assignment!


Monday, April 3, 2017: Please read the News ELA article "The First Civilizations Emerge on the World Stage" and be ready for a quick question (assessment) to make sure you did your reading. The link to the article is https://newsela.com/articles/BHP-U7-2-agrarian-civilizations-intro/id/3824/#

Tuesday, March 28, 2017: Students have their Final Cell Test tomorrow, Wednesday March 29. They should be looking over all hand outs, notes, and completed assessments from this unit in preparation for this test.

Monday, March 27, 2017: Students are taking home their report cards today. Report cards can stay at home, HOWEVER, the report card ENVELOPE must be SIGNED and RETURNED by a parent or guardian for homework tonight. Students should also be preparing for their Cell Test that will be on Wednesday this week. Organelles and their functions, the difference between plant and animal cells, how organisms are organized (cells>tissues>organs>organ system>organism), as well as organ systems and their functions (For example, Digestive system>consists of mouth, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, colon> break down food in order for it to be absorbed into the body to use)

Friday, March 24, 2017: Students should make sure they have edited and revised their domesticated plant and animal open responses on my google classroom. Whatever is submitted to me by the end of the day on Friday is what I will be grading over the weekend. REFERENCES with citations are absolutely necessary in order to get a "3", so make sure you are referencing both scholarly articles from my google classroom.

Thursday, March 23, 2017: Tonight students should complete their plant and animal cell models/illustrations for homework. These should be neat, colorful, and drawn to the best of the students' abilities. They should remember to include a key on the back of the plant or animal cell that includes a small, colored drawing of each organelle, its name, and its function (what it does for the cell). The nine are cytoplasm, mitochondria, vacuoles, nucleus, nuclear membrane, cell membrane, chromosomes, and CHLOROPLASTS AND CELL WALL. Chloroplasts and cell wall are specific only to plant cells. Students should also make sure they have edited and revised their domesticated plant and animal open responses on my google classroom. Whatever is submitted to me by the end of the day on Friday is what I will be grading over the weekend.

Monday, March 20, 2017: Tonight for homework students should complete a timeline of the domestication of plants and animals in the Middle East. Your timeline should start at 10,000 BCE and go all the way through to 100 AD. This assignment should not take long! You are to place the Paleolithic, Epipaleolithic, Pre-Pottery Neolithic A, and Pre-Pottery Neolithic B time periods on the timeline. You should also include a 1-2 sentence summary of the major characteristics or changes for each of the time periods. The link below will be very helpful for you to complete this assignment. http://teachmiddleeast.lib.uchicago.edu/foundations/origins-of-civilization/essay/essay-02.html