Tuesday, March 31, 2015

TUESDAY



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on Master and Commander, Vocabulary, and IXL.

Master and Commander

  • Where does your story take place?
  • Write 2-3 interesting details about Captain Jack Aubrey.
  • Write a quick summary of the movie thus far. Your first sentence should include director's name, Peter Weir, and the title of the movie. 
  • Write a quick letter to Captain Jack Aubrey as if you're a crew member. Think about what you've experienced onboard the ship. 
Classical Roots or Wordly Wise
  • pick 3 words from CR or WW list.
  • write each word in a sentence
IXL
  • hop on to IXL and work on Sentence Types A.1

Monday, March 30, 2015

MONDAY

Tonight you'll have an opportunity to put the final touches on your animal report and practice using IXL.

Animal Report Directions

  • Look over your Animal Report. Make sure you have everything ready for printing.
Criteria

  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapters 1 and 2 with pictures, captions and 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Chapters 3 and 4 with pictures, captions, 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Chapters 5, 6, and 7 with pictures, captions, 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Conclusion
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Bibliography 
  • All About Me
IXL 

  • Go to www.IXL.com/signin/cortemadera
  • Enter your username and password and click Sign in.

    Username    wfrederick@cortemadera

    Password    school password
  • Click on Language arts at the top of the page and navigate to your 5th grade level.
  • Select a skill to practice from the list of skills and click the link to begin. You can also place your mouse over any skill to see a sample question.
3. Boys vs. Girls Contest
a. What all do you need to do before 2:30pm, March 31st?
b. How did you contribute toward your gender while preparing for your performance?
c. If you could go back and change anything, what would it be and why?
d. How will your gender be successful tomorrow?


Sunday, March 29, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH


The zoo trip was so much fun! I hope the Fireballs enjoyed the experience. We walked, talked, and observed. I loved hearing about the different stories from the students. Thank you to all the parents that drove and watched over the children carefully. 



State Float: It's been a long tradition at CMS to have float day. Students will parade around the school on May 15th showcasing their float. It's the perfect way to end their Social Studies unit: States and Capitals. A student's float should contain some or all of the items below. Keep it movable, simple, and fun. Work on the float at home. Work on the write up in class. 

            §  The state flag
§  The state flower
§  The state bird
§  The state tree
§  The state animal
§  The state fossil
§  The state song
§  The state’s motto
§  The state’s nickname
§  The state’s major industry
§  The state’s major point of interest

ELA: Students will have an opportunity to print out their animal reports on Monday and Tuesday. All reports will be due, Tuesday 3pm. Information Animal Report - Please pay attention to the checklist below.

  • Cover Page
  • Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chapters 1 and 2 with pictures, captions and 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Chapters 3 and 4 with pictures, captions, 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Chapters 5, 6, and 7 with pictures, captions, 2-3 vocabulary words
  • Conclusion, 
  • Glossary
  • Index
  • Bibliography 
  • All About Me

Classical Roots Lesson 14(bas and pos). Words: bass, exposure, position, positive, dispose, composition, exposure, basis, and basement

Wordly Wise: Lesson 20: all of lesson 20 words.

Book Club - They'll focus on characters, setting, conflicts, point of view, and external and internal conflict. Each student will read in class and at home for at least 15-20 minutes. I'm expecting all students to keep up with the group members and really do a thorough job with their packet work Blogger will be dedicated to their book club work as well.

Master and Commander- We'll follow along with Captain Jack Aubrey and crew as he sets voyage on the high seas. The film takes places during the Napoleon years.

History: We begin Unit 6. What events led to the American Revolution? We'll focus on some major battle during the Revolution. How did other nations helped the Patriots? What role did women play during the Revolution? What was life like in the colonies during the Revolution?

Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions: Either ... orneither ... nor, and not only ... but also are all correlative conjunctions. They connect two equal grammatical items.

 
Math: Time to focus on Unit 9 which covers area, perimeter, and coordinate graphing.

Science: We will continue to study Matter.


Camp W: Summer Sessions
Session 1: July 6 - 16
Session 2: July 20 - 30


Songs to Sing and Learn
  • Fleetwood Mac "Songbird"
  • Old Crow Medicine Show "Minglewood Blues"
  • The Clash "Police on my Back"
  • Caro Emerald "Stuck"

Thursday, March 26, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT



Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on Charlotte Doyle and Uplifters and Proposals.

Charlotte Doyle
Answer these questions.
1. Web images - Find two or three internet photos or magazine pictures that would have special significance to your character. Describe them to us and write an explanation of why they would be important to your character.

2. After reading Charlotte Doyle, figure out how you would divide up the book into sections. Then select a piece of music that you think captures the feel or tone of each section. Tell us the actual songs for each section that fits the mood for each section. Make sure they're appropriate.

3. Choose a character you liked in CD and then create sentences based on the alphabet scheme that demonstrate your knowledge of the character. For example A is for the ABUSE Charlotte took at the hands of a Captain Jaggery. B is for Brave in the way Charlotte handled her behavior while climbing the royal yard.  See how many you can do.

Uplifters and Proposals
Go ahead and share your positives and proposals. I want to hear your voice.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

PART 1 - CHARLOTTE DOYLE - GRAND FINALE

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to reflect on the voyage you took with Mrs. Perlow, Miss Donna, and myself while listening to Charlotte Doyle. Here are 5 questions for tonight. Part 2 is for family blogger night.


Answer these questions about Charlotte Doyle.

1. What do you suppose is an appropriate astrology sign for Charlotte Doyle?

2. Why do you think this? Cite evidence from the book.

3. What would Charlotte be like as an adult? Cite evidence from the text.

4. From all the movies you’ve seen in the last couple of years, pick 2 you would recommend that  Charlotte see. Give a brief summary of each movie and explain why you think the character should see it.

5. "A sailor, chooses the wind that takes the ship from safe port...but winds have a mind of their own." ~Zachariah

WHAT DOES HE MEAN BY THIS?






Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TUESDAY - TOPIC SENTENCES FOR ANIMAL REPORT

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on topic and closing sentences. Think of each paragraph as a train. The topic sentence is the train's engine. It's the main idea that all the other sentences are connected to. The sentences in the body of the paragraph are the boxers. Think that the caboose is the closing sentence.

Directions.
1. Read each of your topic sentences for each paragraph in your animal report.
2. Copy and paste at least 6 of them on to Blogger. You choose.
3. Rewrite each topic sentence to make them a little more interesting.
4. Copy and past eat least 4 closing sentences.
5. Rewrite each closing sentence to make them a little more interesting.

For example:
Original topic sentence: Babysitting young kids is interesting
New topic sentence: One should always be prepared when babysitting young kids!

Original closing sentence: Always expect the unexpected while babysitting
New closing sentence: No matter how prepared you are, babysitting is a job not for the easily exhausted.

SEE THE DIFFERENCE? NOW YOU TRY.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday - Causes of the Revolution

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on the following...

Social Studies
a. There are about 12-13 important ideas from Unit 5. Can you identify them starting with Lesson 1 and ending on Lesson 4?

b. Can list some things the colonists did before resorting to fighting the British?

c. Do you think the colonists wanted to start a war? Why or why not?

d. Visit this website. Can you locate handwritten drafts of the Declaration of Independence?
What do you think of these drafts?

http://www.loc.gov/

Sunday, March 22, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH


I'm proud of the entire cast and crew for putting on a fabulous Journey Intwo Ireland play. I love how all of us came together and executed with strong precision. The play has evolved beautifully over the last few years. There's no telling where it's headed. Thank you parents for attending the show. We greatly appreciated having you as our audience.

DON'T FORGET ABOUT OUR TRIP TO THE SF ZOO ON FRIDAY. 

                                                              One of my favorite videos. EVER!

State Float: It's been a long tradition at CMS to have float day. Students will parade around the school on May 15th showcasing their float. It's the perfect way to end their Social Studies unit: States and Capitals. A student's float should contain some or all of the items below. Keep it movable, simple, and fun. Work on the float at home. Work on the write up in class. 

            §  The state flag
§  The state flower
§  The state bird
§  The state tree
§  The state animal
§  The state fossil
§  The state song
§  The state’s motto
§  The state’s nickname
§  The state’s major industry
§  The state’s major point of interest

ELA: This week The Fireballs will finish writing their Animal reports. We'll put the final touches on the book all week. Our goal is to have them completed by Thursday, March 26th. 

Classical Roots Lesson 14(bas and pos). Words: bass, exposure, position, and positive

Wordly Wise: Lesson 20 indignant, jest, mirth, moral, outskirts, resume, ridicule,

Book Club - They'll focus on characters, setting, conflicts, point of view, and external and internal conflict. Each student will read in class and at home for at least 15-20 minutes. I'm expecting all students to keep up with the group members and really do a thorough job with their packet work Blogger will be dedicated to their book club work as well.

Charlotte Doyle - We'll tackle chapters chapters 20-22. Students will work on skills such as symbolism, summary writing, character traits, writing questions, and supporting opinions. ALL COMP. BOOKS MUST BE SHARED WITH A GUARDIAN ON MONDAY NIGHT.

Information Animal Report - Please pay attention to the schedule below.

February 23 - 27 Introduction
March 2 - 6 Chapters 1 and 2 with pictures
March 9 - 13 Chapters 3 and 4 with pictures
March 16 - 20 Chapters 5, 6, and 7 with pictures
March 23 - 26 Conclusion, Bibliography, All About Me, and Cover Page
MARCH 26 - FINISH BOOK


History: We will review lessons 1-4, Unit 5. What events led to the American Revolution? How did the colonists work together?

Grammar: Correlative Conjunctions: Either ... orneither ... nor, and not only ... but also are all correlative conjunctions. They connect two equal grammatical items.

 
Math: Time to focus on Unit 9 which covers area, perimeter, and coordinate graphing.

Science: We will continue to study Matter.


Camp W: Summer Sessions
Session 1: July 6 - 16
Session 2: July 20 - 30

Character Ed. Trip - The Fireballs earned their 10K points. They received PV Board approval on Wednesday. Congratulations! If approved then we'll move into our next step which is putting all the logistics together. Right now the entire overnight would cost $110 per student; that includes admission, dinner, late night snack, breakfast. Students will try to raise $$$ to defray expenses.

We'll need 2 parent chaperones to accompany Mr. Frederick, Mrs. Perlow, and Miss Donna. You''ll have to be fingerprinted and cleared by the PV District. More overnight information to come.  Stay glued and tuned. 

Songs to Sing and Learn
  • Loretta Lynn "She's got You"
  • Young MC "Pick up the Pace"
  • Ry Cooder "Onda Callejera"
  • Midnight Oil "Blue Sky Mine"

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Family Blogger Night

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work with a guardian on a challenging topic.

Please answer the questions below. You may use your kids magazine to help you answer the questions.

What do you Know?

  • Brainstorm with your guardian on what you know about drugs. Please list. 
  • What's the definition of addiction?
  • How do you think people handle their addictions?
  • Do you think all drugs are potentially dangerous? Why?
  • Do you think drugs can have positive effects? When? How?
  • What negative effects can drugs have? 
  • Why would someone who plays sports take drugs?
  • What are some reasons people misuse or abuse drugs?
  • Who is available to assist with a drug abuse problem?
  • Why is talking to trusted people important in preventing further drug abuse?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wednesday

Social Studies

  • Read Lesson 4, Unit 5
  • Answer these questions carefully. 
a. How did Patrick Henry and Samuel Adams help spread the word and ideas about independence?
b. How were Thomas Jefferson and Ben Franklin similar?
c. Who were some other leaders in America's fight for independence.
d. What did each leader contribute?
e. How did George Washington's role change between the French and Indian War and the American Revolution?
f. Who was James Otis?

Bonus: First person to email with the answer receives 5,000pts for their gender. YOU GET ONE GUESS. 

NAME THE SONG AND BAND THAT WE USED TO GET ALL STUDENTS READY FOR THE JOURNEY INTWO IRELAND PLAY DURING PRACTICE?

Monday, March 16, 2015

MONDAY

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on the following.

Social Studies
a. Read Lesson 3
b. Answer these questions
  • What was the purpose of Thomas Paine's Common Sense book?
  • What risks were the colonists taking by drafting and signing the Declaration of Independence?
  • Do you think the colonists were right to declare their independence? Why or why not?
Historical Book Club
a. Work on your HBC packets weeks 1 and 2.

Vocabulary
a. Classical Roots/Wordly Wise
b. Pick 4 words from your list. Write 4 original sentences. 





Sunday, March 15, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH




The Fireballs are almost ready to present Journey Intwo Ireland. They'll continue to work hard on our Animal reports.  Please don't forget to turn in permission slips for Gray's Harbor and SF Zoo(donation of $8). 

Journey Intwo Ireland - The Fireballs will deliver two performances on Tuesday, 2pm(for family and CMS students only) and 6pm. The evening show will be slightly longer and a little more rambunctious. It's for family only. For the evening program please note that arrival time is 5:30pm. The students that are performing should arrive in costume. After the show we'll have some simple Irish treats, photos, and some thank yous.  Please make sure your child eats a meal before the evening show. NO HOMEWORK TUESDAY NIGHT. Monday will be heavy with homework. Parents, we hope to see you on Tuesday in full Irish spirit. Fireballs, know your lyrics please. PLEASE RSVP to the Evite. It says 2pm, but your response will apply to the 6pm showing. We need an accurate head count. Thanks. 

State Float: It's been a long tradition at CMS to have float day. Students will parade around the school on May 15th showcasing their float. It's the perfect way to end their Social Studies unit: States and Capitals. A student's float should contain some or all of the items below. Keep it movable, simple, and fun. Work on the float at home. Work on the write up in class. 

            §  The state flag
§  The state flower
§  The state bird
§  The state tree
§  The state animal
§  The state fossil
§  The state song
§  The state’s motto
§  The state’s nickname
§  The state’s major industry
§  The state’s major point of interest

ELA: This week The Fireballs will work hard on chapters 5, 6, and 7 on their own informational books. Toward the end of the month, we will be starting our PBL (Are Zoos Harmful or Helpful?) and taking a trip to the zoo. We'll continue to go deeper with Charlotte Doyle and reading comp. skills. We'll focus on skills such as Point of View and External vs. Internal Conflict, Theme, Character development, etc.

Classical Roots Lesson 14(bas and pos). Words: basement, basis, composition, and dispose

Wordly Wise: Lesson 20 ample, burden, compassion, comply, cumbersome, distress, encounter, exert

Book Club - They'll focus on characters, setting, conflicts, point of view, and external and internal conflict. Each student will read in class and at home for at least 15-20 minutes. I'm expecting all students to keep up with the group members and really do a thorough job with their packet work Blogger will be dedicated to their book club work as well.

Charlotte Doyle - We'll tackle chapters 18-22. Students will work on skills such as symbolism, summary writing, character traits, writing questions, and supporting opinions. ALL COMP. BOOKS MUST BE SHARED WITH A GUARDIAN ON MONDAY.

Information Animal Report - Please pay attention to the schedule below.

February 23 - 27 Introduction
March 2 - 6 Chapters 1 and 2 with pictures
March 9 - 13 Chapters 3 and 4 with pictures
March 16 - 20 Chapters 5, 6, and 7 with pictures
March 23 - 27 Conclusion, Bibliography, All About Me, and Cover Page
March 30 - Tidy up
March 31 - Present Animal Book

History: We begin to explore Lessons 3 and 4 this week. The students will walk away with a greater understanding of how political, religious and economic ideas brought about the Revolution. We'll look at the early committees: 1st and 2nd Continental Congress. We'll study the significance of legends such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many others. Let's not forget our Big Essential Question for the unit: What events led to the American Revolution? How did the colonists work together?

Grammar: Fireballs will work on inappropriate verb tenses and rewrite them properly.


Math: We're done with Unit 8. This unit asks the students to go deeper with fractions(multiplication and division). The assessment will be on Friday. Time to focus on Unit 9 which covers area, perimeter, and coordinate graphing.

Science: We will continue to study Matter.


Camp W: Summer Sessions
Session 1: July 6 - 16
Session 2: July 20 - 30

Character Ed. Trip - The Fireballs earned their 10K points. They received PV Board approval on Wednesday. Congratulations! If approved then we'll move into our next step which is putting all the logistics together. Right now the entire overnight would cost $110 per student; that includes admission, dinner, late night snack, breakfast. Students will try to raise $$$ to defray expenses.

We'll need 2 parent chaperones to accompany Mr. Frederick, Mrs. Perlow, and Miss Donna. You''ll have to be fingerprinted and cleared by the PV District. More overnight information to come.  Stay glued and tuned. 

Songs to Sing and Learn
  • "South Australia" by the Pogues
  • "South Australia" by the Dubliners
  • "I know my love" by The Corrs
  • "Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Sinead O' Connor
  • "Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues
  • "Muirsheen Durkin" by the Dubliners
  • "Fields of Athenry" by the Dublin

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Thursday - Family Blogger Night

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to look over all 4 chapters of your child's animal report(rough draft), ask Mr. Frederick 2-3 questions (please make the questions somewhat challenging and interesting), and tell us what you are looking forward to about the Journey Intwo Ireland play?

Look for the following in each chapter.

  • topic sentence - let's the reader know what the paragraph is going to be about
  • supporting details that support topic sentence
  • concluding sentence for that specific chapter
  • 8-10 sentences per chapter
  • rough sketch(es) with captions
  • grammar, spelling, and capitalization
  • chapter title
Answer these questions about your child's work. 
  • What are some positive comments you can make about your son or daughter's work?
  • What are some pieces of constructive feedback you can provide about your son or daughter's work?
Questions for Mr. Frederick
1. 
2. 
3. 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

HISTORICAL BOOK CLUB

Tonight you'll get to work on HBC work.

Directions

  • Read for 15-20 minutes, or what your group agreed with
  • What page are you on?
  • What's the time period of your story?
CHARACTER
  • Describe some of the actions of your character?
  • Are there external or internal conflicts with your character? Give an example. What page #?
  • What's the attitude of your main character. Give an example from the book. What page #?
  • How do others react to him/her?
  • What do you predict your character will do next?
Journey Intwo Ireland
  • How are the Fireballs coming along with the big play?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Causes of the Revolution - Unit 5 Lesson 1

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to reading Unit 5 Lesson 1 from your SS book. Write a three - paragraph informational response. 

Intro
a. compose an introductory sentence including name/title of lesson 1
b. 3-4 sentence summary of lesson 1
c. State what you think is the overall main idea of the article of lesson 1

Bulk of your writing
a. restate your main idea
b. support your main idea by giving specific reasons. 
c. Reason 1:
    Example:

d. Reason 2:
    Example:

e. Reason 3:
    Example:

Conclusion
a. Restate your main idea using different language from 1st paragraph
b. 3-4 sentences

Monday, March 9, 2015

TIME 4 KIDS

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to respond to a T4K's article.

Directions:

1.  Pick 1 of the 2 articles. Don't do both.
2.  Write a three - paragraph essay. Please include the following.

Article 1:  http://www.timeforkids.com/news/elephants%E2%80%99-next-act/221886
Article 2: http://www.timeforkids.com/news/spacewalk-remember/220386

P1: Introduction
a. compose an introductory sentence including name of the article and author.
b. 3-4 sentence summary of the article.
c. State what you think is the overall main idea of the article

P2: Body
a. restate your main idea
b. support your main idea by giving specific reasons. You may use quotes to strengthen reasons.
c. Reason 1:
    Example:

d. Reason 2:
    Example:

e. Reason 3:
    Example:

P3: Concluding Paragraph:
a. Restate your main idea using different language from 1st paragraph
b. 3-4 sentences

MAKE SURE YOU USE YOUR OWN WORDS AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE.

Off you write!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Frederick's Fireballs 

CP in Gaelic

Wow! I can't believe March is already here. We'll do some MARS testing this week and work hard on our Animal reports. I hope to return all SS assessments by Wednesday afternoon. I'd like to see the Fireballs work harder on learning their vocabulary words for the week. JII is just around the corner. All lines and work needs to be completed by Friday. Please don't forget to turn in permission slips for Gray's Harbor and SF Zoo(donation of $8). 

ELA: The Fireballs will work hard on creating their own informational books based. Toward the end of the month, we will be starting our PBL (Are Zoos Harmful or Helpful?) and taking a trip to the zoo. In reading, students continue to work on examining Charlotte Doyle. We begin the Part II on Monday. We'll focus on skills such as Point of View and External vs. Internal Conflict.

Classical Roots Lesson 13(frac, frag, and rupt). Words: interruption, rupture, fragment, and fragility.

Wordly Wise: course, depart, jubilation, navigate, nostalgia, revive, sever, and voyage

Book Club - They'll focus on characters, setting, conflicts, point of view, and external and internal conflict. Each student will read in class and at home for at least 15-20 minutes. I'm expecting all students to keep up with the group members and really do a thorough job with their packet work Blogger will be dedicated to their book club work as well.

Charlotte Doyle - We'll tackle chapters 13 - 17. Students will work on skills such as symbolism, summary writing, character traits, writing questions, and supporting opinions.

Information Animal Report - We started our books last week. I love the enthusiasm from the Fireballs. Last week, the students worked on Introduction. Here's the schedule for the rest of the book making.

February 23 - 27 Introduction
March 2 - 6 Chapters 1 and 2 with pictures
March 9 - 13 Chapters 3 and 4 with pictures
March 16 - 20 Chapters 5, 6, and 7 with pictures
March 23 - 27 Conclusion, Bibliography, All About Me, and Cover Page
March 30 - Tidy up
March 31 - Present Animal Book

History: We begin Unit 5: “Causes of the Revolution" on Monday. The students will walk away with a greater understanding of how political, religious and economic ideas brought about the Revolution. We'll look at the early committees: 1st and 2nd Continental Congress. We'll study the significance of legends such as John Adams, Ben Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington and many others. Let's not forget our Big Essential Question for the unit: What events led to the American Revolution? How did the colonists work together?

There will be a make up test for students who scored below 68% or lower on the Unit 4 assessment.

Grammar: Fireballs will work on inappropriate verb tenses and rewrite them properly.

Math: We're in the middle of Unit 8. This unit asks the students to go deeper with fractions(multiplication and division). The assessment will be on Friday. After the unit we'll then work our way through Unit 9 focusing on area, perimeter, and coordinate graphing.

Science: We will study all forms of matter beginning on Monday.


Camp W: Summer Sessions
Session 1: July 6 - 16
Session 2: July 20 - 30

Character Ed. Trip - The Fireballs earned their 10K points. They're awaiting to receive approval from the PV Board this Wednesday. If approved then we'll move into our next step which is putting all the logistics together. Right now the entire overnight would cost $110 per student; that includes admission, dinner, late night snack, breakfast. Students will try to raise $$$ to defray expenses.

We'll need 2 parent chaperones to accompany Mr. Frederick, Mrs. Perlow, and Miss Donna. More overnight information to come. Stay glued and tuned. 

Songs to Sing and Learn
  • "South Australia" by the Pogues
  • "South Australia" by the Dubliners
  • "I know my love" by The Corrs
  • "Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Sinead O' Connor
  • "Dirty Old Town" by the Pogues
  • "Muirsheen Durkin" by the Dubliners
  • "Fields of Athenry" by the Dublin