5th/6th Grade Humanities
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Welcome! Step into my classroom and it becomes obvious what my passion is: Reading! When not doing that, I am playing with my dogs or exploring Colorado with my husband. As a former journalist, I love to help students with their communication skills and to express themselves in writing. An avid reader since childhood, I welcome book suggestions and donations from students and parents. Thank you for partnering with me! 

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Units of Study:

5th Grade Humanities - Quarter 2  

Reading: 

In Quarter 2, we will continue our study of Core Knowledge novel, "Don Quixote." We will also read books with peers for our Adventure and Survival book clubs. Nightly reading to support the Book Ad and Oral Book Review assignments will also continue. At the end of November and into December, we will start our study of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream." This play is part of the fifth grade Core Knowledge curriculum, and is also the basis of the musical version the fifth grade will put on this spring. 

Writing: 

Our focus this quarter will be on personal narrative writing and on using our writing program The Write Tools, to help us with essay writing. We will also be working on generating more ideas for our nightly journals. In grammar, we will continue to work on editing skills and on being able to correctly label nouns and adjectives, verbs and adverbs in sentences.

Social Studies:  

This year, with the opportunity to attend Young AmeriTowne, our Social Studies focus for the first part of the quarter will be related to the concepts the students need to be successful in running their own town. We will learn about the history of banking, and the more practical steps of writing checks and deposit slips. We will also look at investments and which ones have more risk. After our day at Young AmeriTowne on November 8th, we will turn back to our Core Knowledge curriculum, diving into the world of the Renaissance. 

6th Grade Humanities - Quarter 2

Reading: In the second quarter, we will continue to review our Signpost/Close Reading strategies from Notice and Note. Students will also be asked to be independently reading books outside of class for Oral Book Reviews and shorter in-class assignments. We will have an Immigration/Empathy book club 

Writing: We will focus this year on our mastery of essay writing, in particular being able to write a strong compare and contrast essay. We will use the Write to Learn software (access included in student fees) to hone our essay writing and particular skills within that writing (voice, sentence structure, word choice). We will be writing essays in both English and History. Students will also continue to maintain nightly writing journals. 

Social Studies: We have a number of thoughtful historical areas we will delve into this year, including the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome, the Enlightenment, and Immigration. In the second quarter, we will finish up our look at the origins of Judaism and Christianity, per the Core Knowledge curriculum, and also look at the ancient civilizations of the Maya, Aztec, and Inca.


News and Notes:

Homework:

5th Grade: 

Writing: 
Writing Journal, week of 12/12/16: Students are not required to write the week of 12/12. They can write over break at least four times for a week's worth of extra credit in Quarter 3. 


5th Grade:  On Monday, Aug. 15th, students were given the assignment to respond to a letter we read together from Ms. C. We glued a copy of the letter into our Writing Journals (composition notebooks). This assignment launches the nightly writing assignment to write for 10 minutes each night. Students are to write each night, Monday-Thursday, and to turn their journals in on Friday. I look forward to reading what they write! 

Fifth grade students should now be writing 10 minutes each night, Monday through Thursday, in their journals on topics of their choosing.Journals are turned in each Friday for grading. 


Journaling, week of 11/28: Winter Holidays ideas (for a writing project we will do in class next week)

Monday, 11/28: Brainstorm what you like most about the winter holidays, then choose your three favorites. Students are welcome to write about those, or continue their 10 minutes with other writing (they can also go back and do this if they were absent or forgot). 

Tuesday, 11/29: Pick one of the Winter Holiday favorites chosen on Monday and make a list of three things about that (memories, family traditions, what you think is fun about it). After the list, students are welcome to write more about that same subject, or a different subject for the rest of their 10 minutes. 

Wednesday, 11/30: Pick another on of the Winter Holiday favorites chosen on Monday and make a list of three things about that (memories, family traditions, what you think is fun about it). After the list, students are welcome to write more about that same subject, or a different subject for the rest of their 10 minutes. 

Thursday, 12/1: Choose the last of the Winter Holiday favorites chosen on Monday and make a list of three things about that (memories, family traditions, what you think is fun about it). After the list, students are welcome to write more about that same subject, or a different subject for the rest of their 10 minutes. 


Spelling: 

5th Grade Spelling: Test on Friday, Jan. 27
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 5th grade students were given a list of words to be studying for a test on Friday, Jan. 27.  Students will only need to know how to spell the following words: 
1.absurd
2.accomplish
3. ascend
4. dense
5. experiment
6. flimsy
7. heroic
8. lumber
9. mimic
10. significant
11. soar
12. spectator
13. suspend
14. terminate
15. unwieldy

Spelling Activity: Read and respond to questions: Due Friday, Jan. 27
On Thursday, Jan. 19, students were assigned a reading activity that relates to their spelling test. They need to read a passage and answer questions. The assignment is due on Friday, Jan. 27.


Reading: 
5th grade: Students were asked on Monday, Aug. 15th to start reading for 20-30 minutes per night. Next week we will start our nightly pages homework, which will count toward their grade. 


Book Club Week 5 work: Due Tuesday, Nov. 29 - Students who did not complete their Book Club need to finish it as homework and turn it in by Tuesday. 

Poetry Recitation: Due before the end of Quarter 3 .On Wednesday, Jan. 11, students were given photocopies of poems from our Core Knowledge poetry anthology that they chose to recite.The grading rubric is stapled to the poem and needs to be brought back to school on the day the student presents the poem. We have been watching age-appropriate examples of how to perform a poem from the competition website poetryoutloud.org. Students will be graded this quarter on the acting/dialogue/gestures section of their rubric and the grade will be a summative (weighted more heavily) rather than a formative grade. 

Oral Book Review: As of 11/4/16, this project has been assigned to 5th graders. (Quarterly project that is presented and graded on a rolling basis throughout each quarter): 

This is an oral presentation, 3-5 minutes, with a visual aid created at home to be included in the presentation and enhance it. The assignment is on a pale green sheet, which explains the requirements and offers an example of the rubric the students will be graded on. Students were also given a sheet with book review definitions to use. Students need to have their books approved by me. No written review is required, but I have asked students to submit story maps to me, so I can help with their understanding of plot elements. Please ask your students about their presentation dates and what they are doing to prepare for this assignment. 

Here are the links to the assignment: 





Social Studies/History:

Geosearch: Due, Wednesday, Jan. 11
On Friday, Jan. 6, students were given a Geosearch that is due on Wednesday, Jan.11. Many of the students started this assignment in class. Students will need their atlases to complete the assignment.

Explorer Book Assignment: Due Wednesday, Jan. 18th
On Wednesday, Jan. 3, students were given an assignment to go to the library and choose a chapter book about an explorer of their choosing from any era. Students also need to complete an Explorer Choice Sheet, which was handed out on Wednesday, Jan. 3. Students do not need to begin reading the book, but do need to bring the book and the Choice Sheet to class on or before Jan. 18th. 

Renaissance Test: Wednesday, Dec. 14th
On Thursday, Dec.8, students were given a study guide to help them prepare for the test that is on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Students need to be working on the study guide at home. We will go over the answers in class.

Geosearch: Due, Tuesday, Dec. 2
On Monday, Nov. 28, students were given a Geosearch that is due on Friday, Dec.2. The students will need their atlases to complete the assignment.

Geosearch: Due, Tuesday, Nov. 15
On Thursday, Nov. 10, students were given a Geosearch that is due on Tuesday, Nov. 15th. The students will need their atlases to complete the assignment. 

5th Grade Geography test: 50 States and Capitals, Thursday, Nov. 3
On Thursday, Oct. 20th, I shared with students that our final test over all 50 states and capitals will be on Thursday, Nov. 3. A good study tool is this online review site: www.Seterra.com

5th Grade Geography test: West Coast Region + Two, Thursday, Oct. 20
On Wednesday, Oct.12, students located the 3 states in the West Coast Region plus Alaska and Hawaii and will be tested over the states and their capitals on Thursday, Oct. 20. Students need to locate the states and spell the state names correctly. Names of capitals will be provided, but students still need to be able to put them with the correct state. Although there are many different versions of the West Coast Region, we are using the one from the Core Knowledge textbook. The region includes these states and capitals: 
West Coast Region:
1. Washington (Olympia)
2. Oregon (Salem)
3. California (Sacramento)

Plus Two: 
4. Alaska (Juneau)
5. Hawaii (Honolulu)

5th Grade Geography test: Great Plains Region Wednesday, Oct. 12
On Thursday,Oct. 6, students located the 5 states in the Rocky Mountain Region the 4 states in the Southwest Region and will be tested over the states and their capitals on Wednesday, Oct. 12. Students need to locate the states and spell the state names correctly. Names of capitals will be provided, but students still need to be able to put them with the correct state. Although there are many different versions of the Rocky Mountain and Southwest Regions, we are using the ones from the Core Knowledge textbook. The regions include these states and capitals: 
Rocky Mountain:
1. Colorado (Denver)
2. Wyoming (Cheyenne)
3. Montana (Helena)
4. Idaho (Boise)
5. Utah (Salt Lake City)

Southwest Region:
1.Nevada (Carson City)
2.New Mexico (Santa Fe)
3.Arizona (Phoenix)
4.Texas (Austin)




6th Grade: 

Writing:
Writing Journal, week of 12/12/16: Students are not required to write the week of 12/12. They can write over break at least four times for a week's worth of extra credit in Quarter 3. 

On Monday, Aug 15th, students were asked to respond to this prompt to launch their nightly writing journals: Tell me how your thinking about reading and writing have changed over the summer? Whether there was a change or not, what are your goals for this year in each subject?

On Tuesday, Aug. 16th, 6th graders brainstormed about topics they could write about in their journal. The expectation is that they are writing a full page in their journals (composition notebooks) each night. 

Sixth grade students should now be writing a full page in their journals each night, Monday through Thursday. Journals are turned in each Friday for grading. 

Vocabulary/Spelling: Test Friday, Jan. 27
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 6th grade students were given a list of words to be studying for a test on Friday, Jan. 27. Students will need to know how to spell the words and to demonstrate understanding of the meaning of each word. Here is the list: 

1. dumbfound
2. ensue
3. era
4. flourish
5. garrison
6. grievous
7. hoard
8. inundate
9. invincible
10. nomad
11. placate
12. principal
13. recede
14. ruthless
15. sacrifice

6th grade Spelling Activity: Read and respond to questions: Due Friday,1/27
On Thursday, Jan. 19, 6th grade students were assigned a reading activity that relates to their spelling test on Friday. They need to read a passage and answer questions.The assignment is due on Friday, Jan. 27.

Reading:

6th grade: Students were asked on Monday, Aug. 15th, to start reading for 20-30 minutes per night. Next week, we will start our nightly pages homework, which will count toward their grade. 

Greek gods quiz: Friday, January 20
On Tuesday, Jan. 10, students were assigned a test over the 12 major Greek gods from our notes in class. They will need to know the Greek and Roman names for the gods, and the title and symbol of each god.  

The Trojan War/Iliad Reading: 

1/9/17: Pgs. 5-19 of The Trojan War; make chart of Characters
1/10/17 Pgs. 20-31 of The Trojan War, continue chart; reread first pages of Iliad (handout) and see if your questions are answered or understandings are changed.
1/11/17: Pgs 32-38 of The Trojan War; Pg. 4-19 of Iliad; work on characterization of either Achilles or Agamemnon; 
1/17/17 Pgs 39-44 of The Trojan War; Pgs. 20-33 of the Iliad; continue characterization and list of how the gods interfered. 
1/18/17 Pgs. 34-47 of the Iliad; continue characterization and list of how the gods interfered.
1/19/17 Pgs. 48-61 of the Iliad; continue characterization and list of how the gods interfered
1/23/17 Pgs. 83-96 of the Iliad; continue list of how the gods interfered

Poetry Recitation: Due before the end of Quarter 3. On Wednesday, Jan. 11, students were given photocopies of poems from our Core Knowledge poetry anthology that they chose to recite.The grading rubric is stapled to the poem and needs to be brought back to school on the day the student presents the poem. We have been watching age-appropriate examples of how to perform a poem from the competition website poetryoutloud.org. Students will be graded on a number of elements, including their presentation (acting/dialogue/gestures).

Oral Book Review (Quarterly project that is presented and graded on a rolling basis throughout each quarter): 

This is an oral presentation, 3-5 minutes, with a visual aid created at home to be included in the presentation and enhance it. The assignment is on a pale green sheet, which explains the requirements and offers an example of the rubric the students will be graded on. Students were also given a sheet with book review definitions to use. Students need to have their books approved by me. No written review is required, but I have asked students to submit story maps to me, so I can help with their understanding of plot elements. Please ask your students about their presentation dates and what they are doing to prepare for this assignment.  

Here are the links to the assignment: 






History/Geography:

Athens/Sparta Debate preparation: By Friday, January 27
On Monday, Jan. 23, students were asked to use their notes from History class to prepare for a debate about which city-state was better. Students have been assigned to one city-state or the other, and are to be well informed on the government, education, and life philosophy of their assigned city. 


Inauguration Research: By Friday, January 20
On Thursday, Jan. 19, students were asked to research one interesting fact about inaugurations and bring it to share on Friday, Jan. 20.

6th Grade: Maya/Aztec/Inca test: Tuesday, Dec. 13
On Thursday, Dec.8, the next History test was announced. It will be on Tuesday, Dec.13. Students received a study guide for the Ancient Civilizations of the Maya, Inca, and Aztec, which we will go over in class on Monday, Dec. 12. 

Geosearch: Due, Friday, Nov. 11
On Thursday, Nov. 10, students were given a Geosearch that is due on Friday, Nov. 11th. The students will need their atlases to complete the assignment.

6th Grade: Judaism and Christianity test: Wednesday, Nov. 2
On Monday, Oct. 24th, the next History test was announced. It will be on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Students will be given a study guide on Tuesday, Oct. 25th, and other online resources. 


6th Grade: Middle East Geography test: Wednesday, Oct. 5
On Monday, Sept. 26th, students were given a map of the Middle East and asked to label the countries and capitals on the map and study them for a test the following week.This geography ties in with our study of Judaism and Christianity.(Spelling will count for country names.A good resource for reviewing where the countries are located can be found at: online.seterra.net/en/vgp/3049) 



Events: 

Scholastic (for 5th/6th Humanities classrooms): Next due date: Friday, 1/27/17
Students are welcome to order from Scholastic throughout the year. Online orders can be made using this website and class code: 

www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

Class code: GYTZB        

My birthday gift to homeroom students is to get each of them a book from Scholastic worth up to $5. Students can bring a flyer in with their book choice circled (or find a title online) and I will get those orders in. 

Birthdays (6th only): 
We enjoy celebrating birthdays in class and in 6th grade will do so usually during the last 10-15 minutes of our class before lunch. Treats are welcome, but optional. Students celebrating will be appreciated by each student in the class, and then we will hand out treats on the way to lunch. Parents are invited and encouraged to attend! Please let Ms. Campbell know a day or two in advance if you plan to attend and/or bring treats. 



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