Sunday, May 31, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Top of the 9th inning. 10 more days to go, Fireballs. How are you feeling? Now that we've reached June here's what you can expect. Let's continue to be an incredible family!

                                                           Wailin Jennys - Parting Glass


Morning Cafe: This is the last time the cafe will be OPEN until next year.  Come in and enjoy some new artists(future islands, omd) and songs including an amazing and glorious anthem by Sinead O' Connor. 


Robert's Market - our visit will be on JUNE 12. Bring your singing voices!


ELA: We'll tidy up a few loose ends such as grammar, spelling, and figurative language

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 June 3

Wordly Wise:
Review of Lesson 7-9 June 3
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science:

UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON JUNE 3RD

Math: We'll focus on Unit 12 which covers prime factorization, greatest common factors, probability, ratios, and heart rate.

Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
ALL DONE

Thursday, May 28, 2015

THURSDAY - FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT - PERSONAL NARRATIVE

Tonight you'll have an opportunity to share a favorite time that you had with your family.


  • Be descriptive
  • Add dialogue
  • Pull us into that special moment
  • Talk to each other by asking questions
  • Enjoy!





Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tuesday - Social Studies

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on SS.

1. Study for your test

2. Work on States and Capitals

3. Answer this question: After the Revolutionary War, how did our nation form our government? Write as much as you'd like.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

We all have our...



I know you have quite a bit of studying to do for your SS tests, Spelling Bee, and Vocabulary. Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on something relaxing for Blogger.

Simply fill in the blanks...Talk to each other if you'd like.

  • favorite ice cream
  • favorite type of candy
  • favorite fruit
  • favorite type of breakfast
  • favorite type of lunch
  • favorite color
  • favorite holiday
  • favorite type of dinner
  • a place/restaurant you'd like to have lunch with Mr. Frederick. Why do you think I'd like the place?
  • a book or passage from a book that you'd like to read to Mr. Frederick. Why did you pick this one?
  • a board game that you'd like to play with Mr. Frederick
  • 2 types of flowers you appreciate
  • favorite movie
  • favorite place you like to relax
  • a song that you'd like to listen to with Mr. Frederick
  • 1-2 favorite lyrics from a song
  • favorite type of clothing brand
  • favorite president
  • favorite type of animal


Monday, May 25, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you had a pleasant three day weekend. We're gearing up for the final push--just 14 more school days. This is the second to last NOTM. C'mon Fireballs, let's end this year on one incredible note. I assure you that these final days are going to be so memorable. Here we go!



Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Donations - will be extended. $23.05(check) for entrance fee and rides + $10 cash for dinner barbecue food.  We're still taking donations!


Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be CLOSED this week. 


Robert's Market - our visit will be on JUNE 12. Bring your singing voices! 


ELA: We finish our persuasive unit on Wednesday. The students learned quite a bit about thesis sentences, reasons, and supporting evidence.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29

Wordly Wise:
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals
UNIT 7 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 28TH.
UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 29TH.

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 12 which covers prime factorization, greatest common factors, probability, ratios, and heart rate.

Science: We're done. Congratulations!


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Best of Friends - Palma Violets
Wonderful(the way I feel) - My Morning Jacket
Splendor in the Grass - Pink Martini

Thursday, May 21, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to be a teacher, ask your teacher a question, and listen to music.

1. Tell the Blogger community the school subject you'd like to teach if you were to become a teacher. What would you have the students do that's fun and creative? Can you think of a fun lesson or unit of study that would be appropriate for 5th graders.

8-10 sentences 

2. Ask Mr. Frederick 2-3 questions.

3. Go to your favorite music media site. Find the shuffle button. Hit play. What three songs come up? You can do this while working on Blogger. No cheating :)




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday - Constitutional realization

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on the following...

Social Studies - You don't need your SS book. You may use the internet.

1. Type down 20-25 states and capitals. You choose which ones.
2. What does the word compromise mean?
3. What's a federalist?
4. What does amendment mean?
5. Who was James Madison?
6. What does liberty mean?
7. How do you honor your liberty?
8. What's the definition of republic?


Monday, May 18, 2015

Monday - Are Zoos more Harmful than good?

Tonight you'll get an opportunity to debate your topic:  Are Zoos more Harmful than good?


Paragraph #1
  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - IN MY OPINION, I BELIEVE THAT 
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons. 

Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Reason #1 with supporting facts/examples
  • Start with "first"

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Reason #2 with supporting facts/examples
  • Start with "Secondly" "Another reason" 

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a different manner. Sum up your points
  • Call to ACTION

Provide Citations that are complete and accurate


Can't wait to see what you come up with! Let's debate. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

NEWS ON THE MARCH

Opening Words: SBAC testing is done. We're are the guinea pigs for this new assessment. We have 4 weeks left of this beautiful school year. I encourage all of the Fireballs to keep pushing and fighting until the very end. 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Donations - will be extended. $23.05(check) for entrance fee and rides + $10 cash for dinner barbecue food.   

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be OPEN this week. Bring your singing voices starting at 7:30am.

Robert's Market - our visit will be on May 20th. A quarter of the performance will be dedicated to Milan Gambhir. If you can make it(no obligation), I encourage Dress for Succes. White should be the dominant color. We'll keep it simple and sweet. Parents, hope you can make it and help honor this important member of the community. 


ELA: Hopefully you've had a chance to look at Blogger. You'll notice the quality of opinion has improved. It's great to see! The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lessons 6 - 11 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29


Wordly Wise:
Review of Lessons 4-6 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals
UNIT 7 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 28TH.
UNIT 9 TEST WILL BE ON MAY 29TH.

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We'll prepare for the assessment all this week. The test is on May 19th.


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Hamilton Leithauser - "11 O'Clock Friday Night"
Johnny Cash "Get Rhythm"
Thompson Twins "Doctor, Doctor"

Thursday, May 14, 2015

FAMILY NIGHT BLOGGER



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to share a song you and a guardian really love. Persuade the reader into thinking that the song you selected is outstanding.

Directions

  • Select a song
  • Find it on you tube. Copy and paste audio only. PLEASE NO VIDEOS for safety reasons
  • The clip will allow the reader to listen to it and form an opinion
  • Write a persuasive essay following the model below
Paragraph #1

  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - in my/our opinion, We believe that
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons 
Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Restate Reason #1 
  • Provide supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Restate Reason #2 
  • Provide with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a slightly different manner from paragraph #1. Sum up your points
  • CALL to ACTION
GOALS
  • Come out "swinging" in first paragraph
  • use transition words 
  • really provide solid evidence to support reasons to uphold thesis statement
  • CONVINCE YOUR READER, CONVINCE YOUR READER, AND CONVINCE YOUR READER

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

W- N, E, or P

Tonight you'll get another opportunity to work on personal narrative, expository, or persuasive writing. You choose based on your writing mood.


Requirements for Personal Narrative - an experience that changed you as a person

  • clear SETTING
  • CHARACTERS including yourself
  • Significance - write about an experience that mattered to you
  • Conclusion - How did it make you see life differently? How did you grow from the personal experience?
  • 3  paragraphs
Requirement for Expository - instruct or inform
  • present an IDEA/TOPIC - introductory paragraph - hook your reader, provide background on the topic
  • body paragraphs - make the points using facts as evidence. Remember your animal report
  • conclusion
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs
Requirements for Persuasive - convince others to see your viewpoint
  • pick a topic of your own
  • convince us that see your side
  • thesis statement, 2-3 reasons
  • 2-3 examples that support your reasons
  • conclusion 
  • CALL TO ACTION
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday - N, E, or P

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on personal narrative, expository, or persuasive writing. You choose based on your writing mood.

Requirements for Personal Narrative - an experience that changed you as a person

  • clear SETTING
  • CHARACTERS including yourself
  • Significance - write about an experience that mattered to you
  • Conclusion - How did it make you see life differently? How did you grow from the personal experience?
  • 3  paragraphs
Requirement for Expository - instruct or inform
  • present an IDEA/TOPIC - introductory paragraph - hook your reader, provide background on the topic
  • body paragraphs - make the points using facts as evidence. Remember your animal report
  • conclusion
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs
Requirements for Persuasive - convince others to see your viewpoint
  • pick a topic of your own
  • convince us that see your side
  • thesis statement, 2-3 reasons
  • 2-3 examples that support your reasons
  • conclusion 
  • CALL TO ACTION
  • 3 - 4 paragraphs

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday - Letter to Mr. Frederick

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

Persuasive Writing
Prompt: Dear Mr. Frederick, 
I would like to see a lot more of ??? before school gets out on June 12th. 

Provide the following in your letter.

Paragraph #1

  • An Attractive introduction
  • Thesis Statement - in my opinion
  • 2 strong reasons - state your reasons. 
Paragraph #2
  • Start with a Topic Sentence
  • Reason #1 with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #3 
  • Start with a Topic sentence
  • Reason #2 with supporting facts/examples

Paragraph #4
  • Conclusion - restate thesis in a different manner. Sum up your points
  • Call to ACTION

Can't wait to see what you come up with! Who knows, maybe you'll get what you want. 

Sunday, May 10, 2015

News on the March


SBAC - ELA. Done. Now, let's head into Monday with a good attitude toward SBAC - Math. Don't forget about the kind donation toward the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. Checks are due May 15th, 3pm.  

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be CLOSED for the week.

Robert's Market - our visit will be on May 20th. A quarter of the performance will be dedicated to Milan Gambhir. If you can make it(no obligation), I encourage Dress for Succes. White should be the dominant color. We'll keep it simple and sweet. 

SBAC Testing: We'll focus on Math this week. Student homework throughout the week will be light. 

ELA: Hopefully you've had a chance to look at Blogger. You'll notice the quality of opinion has improved. It's great to see! The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots  -
Review of Lessons 1-5 May 11 -15
Review of Lessons 6 - 11 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29


Wordly Wise:

Review of Lessons 1-3 May 11 -15

Review of Lessons 4-6 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We'll prepare for the assessment all this week. The test is on May 19th.


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Somewhere over the Rainbow/What a wonderful world by Israel Kamakawiwo'ole
Wagon Wheel by Old Medicine Crow Band



Thursday, May 7, 2015

FAMILY BLOGGER NIGHT



Tonight you'll get an opportunity to work on persuasive writing.






Topic:  Professional athletes often have salaries and bonuses in the tens of millions of dollars. Do you think these athletes deserve such high compensation? Why or why not? 

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on the issue)
  • Reasons: 2 reasons  Say "The first reason is..."  The second reason is..."

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action

Writing Learning Goals: 

  • citations are complete and accurate
  • present a strong introduction
  • make your opinion clear and simply stated
  • provide reasons that are logical 
  • provide examples from credible sources
  • check verb tense, capitalization, punctuation, and spelling

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday - PWU




Tonight you'll have the opportunity to work on Persuasive Writing. 

Topic: Many parents give children a weekly or monthly allowance regardless of their behavior because they believe an allowance teaches children to be financially responsible. Other parents only give children an allowance as a reward for completing chores or when they have behaved properly. What's your opinion? Argue constructively with your peers. 

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on the issue)
  • Reasons: 2 reasons  "The first reason is..."  The second reason is..."

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action

Writing Learning Goals: 

  • Cite your evidence
  • Present a strong introduction
  • make your opinion clear and simply stated
  • provide reasons that are logical 
  • provide examples from credible sources

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Tuesday - PRU

Topic: Zoos are more harmful than good?

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on the issue)

  • Reasons: 2 reasons

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence
Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action

Writing Learning Goals: 

  • Cite your evidence
  • Present a strong introduction
  • make your opinion clear and simply state
  • provide reasons that are logical 
  • provide examples from credible sources

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday - Persuasive Writing

Tonight you'll get the opportunity to work on persuasive writing.

Topic: Soccer players should wear headgear during games.

Paragraph #1
  • Attractive Opener: - 2 -3 sentences: start with a startling fact, quote, etc. 
  • Thesis statement: I believe that...(state your opinion on one issue)
  • Reasons: 2 reasons

Paragraph #2
  • Topic Sentence for Reasons #1
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #1- include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence

Paragraph #3
  • Topic Sentence for Reason #2
  • Example(s)/Evidence to support Reason #2 - include, facts, data, examples that aren't common knowledge
  • Concluding Sentence
Paragraph #4
  • Restate your thesis in a slightly different way. Sum up main points. 
  • Don't bring up new evidence or arguments
  • Call to action
Cite your evidence. 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

MONTH OF MAY


What a tremendous loss to the community, friends, and family! A former student, Milan Gambhir, passed away on Saturday. He was an incredible 4th grade student of mine in 2007. Most importantly, he was a major asset to the world. His gifts and contributions were endless. He's in my heart and mind. This week's songs will be dedicated to the "Big Gambino". He really enjoyed singing the first two songs in my classroom. Please see songs down below.  

He made me a better person!

Here's what we're working on during the month of May.

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be open THIS WEEK. Singers only.

SBAC Testing: We begin the new state testing on Monday. 5/4 - 5/8 is dedicated to ELA. 5/11 - 5/15 focus on Math. Student homework will be light. Blogger only. 

ELA: We started our Persuasive unit. I like what I'm seeing. The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots Lesson 16 - Review of Lessons 13, 14, and 15 (reelect, abrupt, basis, rupture, bass, conjunction, positive, fragility, disrupt, fragment, converse, reaction)

Wordly Wise: Lesson 6: harbor, inflict, loathe, meddle, monstrous, rouse, steadfast, translate

Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

 
Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We will continue to study Matter and our awesome Interview Unit.


Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30
campw.weebly.com

Songs to Sing and Learn:
"Dreamer"
"Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel
"Moving on" by James