Welcome to 5th Grade!

Ms. Williams's Class

Updates

Week of 11/12/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will finish our unit on Nonfiction texts this week. We will review how to choose the best summary from different choices, and also review inferring. Our test over Nonfiction will be this Wednesday, November 14.
  • Writing: This week we will continue our unit on expository essays. We will finish the rough drafts of our essays, and then begin exploring how to turn our essays into an expository graphic novel. Because we have two tests this week we will NOT have a word study quiz on Friday.
  • Social Studies: We will finish our unit on the American Revolution. This week we will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of both sides, the different strategies used during the war, and the Treaty of Paris. Our test for this unit will be on Thursday, November 15. Students have a review sheet to complete for homework.

Other announcements:

November 5-15- Student Council Book Drive

November 13- Thanksgiving Lunch (in cafeteria during regular lunch times)

November 19-23- Thanksgiving Break

November 30- Pasport to Sommer


Week of 11/5/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will continue our unit on Nonfiction texts this week. We will review how to infer the main idea of paragraphs/sections of text. We will also learn how to write nonfiction summaries and how to choose the best summary from several different choices.
  • Writing: This week we will continue our unit on expository essays. We will plan out the structure of our essays and then begin writing our rough drafts.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on the American Revolution. This week we will learn about the Declaration of Independence, the Founding Fathers, and the song Yankee Doodle.

Other announcements:

November 5-15- Student Council Book Drive

November 8- TAG Referral Information Meeting 5:30pm

November 9- Veteran's Day Assembly 7:40am


Week of 10/22/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will start our unit on Nonfiction texts this week. We will start by learning about the different text structures used in Nonfiction. We will then learn about Nonfiction text features and how to use them when reading Nonfiction texts.
  • Writing: This week, after finishing up our Persuasive final drafts, we will start our unit on Expository writing. We will read example expository essays as mentor texts, and then start brainstorming topics for our own essays.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on the American Revolution. We will continue learning about the causes of the Revolution this week, such as the various Acts that taxed the colonists, and the Boston Mssacre.

Other announcements:

  • This week is Red Ribbon Week! Here is what students can wear each day:
    • Monday - "Follow your dreams" - Don't do drugs!" - Students and staff are encouraged to wear PJs to school.
    • Tuesday - "SOCK it to drugs!" - Students and staff are encouraged to wear crazy socks.
    • Wednesday - "TEAM up against drugs!" - Students and staff are encouraged to wear their favorite SPORTS shirt or Sommer t-shirt.
    • Thursday - I have the "POWER" to be drug free! - Students and staff are encouraged to wear SUPERHERO attire.
    • Friday - Living a Drug-Free Life is "No Sweat"! - Students and staff are encouraged to wear SWEATS to school.
  • October 25- Vision and Hearing Screenings
  • October 26- Kona Ice
  • October 31- Book Fair begins



Week of 10/15/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will have a very short 1 week unit on Origin Myths this week. We will read some myths as a class, with a partner, and independently, and discuss the natural phenomena they attempt to explain. Then we will write our own origin myth. We will not have a test after this unit, but we will include an origin myth on the test after our next unit.
  • Writing: This week we will finish, revise, and edit our persuasive letters or brochures. Their typed final drafts will be due on Monday. Our word study quiz this week will be over the affix "sect."
  • Social Studies: We will present our colonization projects to 4th grade students on Monday. On Tuesday we will start our unit on the American Revolution, starting with the French and Indian War and the Proclamation of 1763.

Other announcements:

  • October 19-Kona Ice
  • October 25- Vision and Hearing Screenings


Week of 10/10/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their four day weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will finish our unit on persuasive texts this week by learning about the different points of view of commercials, and learning about formal and informal language in persuasive texts. Our test for this unit will be this Friday, October 12. It will cover both persuasive and fiction texts.
  • Writing: This week we will start drafting our persuasive letters or brochures (students can choose between the formats). We will NOT have a word study quiz this week because of the shortened week.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on colonization. This week we will finish creating our group persuasive presentation and prepare to present to younger students on Monday, October 15.

Other announcements:

  • Thank you to everyone who donated to our Stuff the Boot fundraiser! Our class won the BIG trophy!! =)
  • October 12- Written Spelling Bee (done in class, everyone participates)
  • October 19-Kona Ice
  • October 25- Vision and Hearing Screenings


Week of 10/1/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will continue our unit on Persuasive texts this week. We will learn about three different types of persuasive arguments (parallelism, comparison, and causality) and persuasive statements (exaggerated, contradictory, and misleading statements). We will then start learning about persuasive techniques used in media, with a concentration on print and TV commercials.
  • Writing: This week we will finish up taking notes on a colony, using the note-taking techniques we learned last week. We will then learn how to format a persuasive letter and brochure, choose one format, and begin planning our rough drafts.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on colonization. This week we will finish up our research on a colony. Then students will begin working on their persuasive presentation with their colony group.

Other announcements:

  • Thank you to everyone who donated has donated to our Stuff the Boot fundraiser! This week is the last week to donate.
  • October 3- Student Council Forms due
  • October 8 &9- Student Holidays
  • October 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • October 12- Written Spelling Bee


Week of 9/24/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We start our unit on Persuasive texts this week. We will learn about the basic elements of all persuasive texts (author's viewpoint, arguments, evidence) and practice identifying these elements in a variety of persuasive books and articles. We will also learn how to draw conclusions to identify the author's viewpoint and practice distinguing the different purposes of texts (persuade, inform, and entertain).
  • Writing: This week we will finish up our Personal Narratives and then start learning about researching and writing Persuasive texts. We will review how to take notes, how to avoid plagerism, and how to format persuasive writing.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on colonization. This week we will start our first PBL (project based learning) unit that will incorporate Reading, Writing, and Social Studies. Students will be researching an assigned colony and then creating a persuasive text and a persuasive presentation to convince younger students to move to their colony. Our focus this week will be setting up the project and starting our research.

Other announcements:

  • My homeroom class won the grade level highest amount for the Stuff the Boot Fundraiser last week! The class received a small tropy and I received a Sonic drink. =) Thank you to everyone who donated! Please continue sending in donations until October 5.
  • September 25- Flu Clinic
  • September 28- Picture Day
  • October 8 &9- Student Holidays
  • October 9- Parent/Teacher Conferences (more information coming soon!)


Week of 9/17/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will finish our unit on Fiction this week. We will learn about the different types of point of view in stories: 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person limited and 3rd person omniscient. We will also learn about sensory language in fiction and practice using context clues to figure out unknown words. Our assessment for this unit will be this Thursday, September 20.
  • Writing: This week we will continue our unit on Personal Narratives. We will continue drafting and then revise and edit our rough drafts. We will also continue our study of affixes, this week with the affix "spec." We will have a word study quiz on Friday.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on colonization. We will learn about the first encounters between Europeans and Native Americans. We will also learn about the early English colonies of Roanoke, Jamestown, and Plymouth.

Other announcements:

  • September 17- Stuff the Boot Fundraiser begins
  • September 25- Flu Clinic
  • September 28- Picture Day


Week of 9/10/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will continue our unit on Fiction this week. We will learn about theme in fiction and compare and contrast themes from different stories. We will also learn about the different types of point of view in stories: 1st person, 2nd person, 3rd person limited and 3rd person omniscient.
  • Writing: This week we will continue our unit on Personal Narratives. We will continue planning and then begin drafting our Personal Narratives. We will also continue our study of affixes, this week with the affix man/manu. We will have a word study quiz on Friday.
  • Social Studies: We will continue our unit on colonization. We will work in groups to "build" our own colony and learn about the first encounters between Europeans and Native Americans. We will also have a short, age-appropriate lesson about September 11 on Tuesday.

Other announcements:

  • Club Night is September 13
  • September 17- Stuff the Boot Fundraiser begins


Week of 9/3/18

I hope everyone enjoyed their Labor Day holiday! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will continue our unit on Fiction this week. We will learn about fiction summaries (using the Somebody-Wanted-But-So-Then strategy), inferences, and theme.
  • Writing: This week we will start our unit on Personal Narratives. We will begin by reading some example Personal Narratives and discussing what we notice. We will then start brainstorming topics and planning our narratives. We will NOT have a word study quiz this week because of the shortened week.
  • Social Studies: We will finish up and present our Regions projects. Then we will start our unit on colonization.

Other announcements:

  • Club Night is September 13
  • September 17- Stuff the Boot Fundraiser begins


Week of 8/27/18

I hope everyone had a great weekend! Here's what we will be learning this week:

  • Reading: We will start our unit on Fiction this week. We will learn about the parts of a plot line (exposition, conflict, rising action, climax, falling actions, resolution), foreshadowing and suspense.
  • Writing: We will spend a few days learning how to write reading responses using depth and complexity. Then we will start our unit on Personal Narratives. We will also begin our weekly word study lessons this week. We will study an affix each week and have an open-note quiz each Friday. This week we will study the affix "ped."
  • Social Studies: We will divide into groups to research and present a different United States Region to the class.

Other announcements:

  • 5th grade Parent Night is this Thursday, August 30. We will be meeting in either my room or Ms. Frost's room. We will send out an email with the room information before Thursday. Please do not worry if you cannot attend; we will email out the slides.
  • Monday, September 3 is a student and staff holiday. Enjoy! =)