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 4
Reading: In Quarter 4, we will be finishing our historical fiction book club work and turning our attention to another of the books from the Core Knowledge curriculum, The Secret Garden. Nightly reading to support the Book Ad and Oral Book Review assignments will also continue.
Writing: We will continue our poetry writing from last quarter and also work on fiction writing, with a focus on creating good character development and driving the plot with solid problem for the main character to solve.
Social Studies: Westward Expansion will start us off this quarter, with an in-class project focused on the geography and trails from the era. We will then move on to the Civil War, including its causes and major battles. The recitation for this quarter will be the Gettyburgh Address.
6th Grade Humanities - Quarter 4
Reading: In Quarter 4, we continue our journey with Homer and his characters by finishing our reading of the Odyssey. We will also work on upgrading our short written Book Ads to lengthier Book Reviews, modeled after reviews that are found on reading blogs.Students will also maintain nightly reading to complete a book for their Oral Book Review.
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 are finishing our argument essays and will also be revisiting our poetry writing to complete what we started last quarter.
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 fourth quarter we will be looking at the impact the Enlightenment had on the French Revolution, and will also be Industrialism/Capitalism/Socialism, and Immigration.
News and Notes:
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.
No 5th grade spelling during PARCC testing; Next test will be on Thurs. 4/27; New words given on Wednesday, 4/19.
5th Grade Spelling: Test on April 27
On Wednesday, April 19, 5th grade students were given a list of words to be studying for a test on Thursday, April 27. Students will only need to know how to spell the following words:
Spelling Activity: Read and respond to questions: Due Thursday, April 27
On Wednesday, April 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 Thursday, April 27.
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.
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:
Recitation: The Gettysburg Address: Rolling deadline through Thursday, May 18
On Tuesday, April 25, students were given a copy of the Gettysburg Address with a rubric that will be used to grade them on their recitation of the speech. Students need to memorize and know well the first two paragraphs (From "Four score and seven years ago...." through "...It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.") They need to try as much of the third paragraph (which begins, "But, in a larger sense...") as they can. Students are signing up in class for dates to present, but are welcome to share their recitation sooner if they choose to.
Short Geography Quiz: Thursday, May 4
On Monday, April 24, students were asked to study these landforms for a quiz on Thursday, May 4:
Mountain Ranges: Rocky Mountains and Appalachian Mountains
Rivers: Ohio River; Mississippi River; Missouri River; Rio Grande
Students will need to be able to identify them on a map and spell them correctly. They have a notes page to study from.
Geosearch #10: Due Wednesday, 4/12/17
On Friday, April 7, students were given a Geosearch that is due on Wednesday, April 12. Students need their atlases to work on this, and were able to start the work in class. Some finished, but some will need to complete the assignment as homework.
Westward Expansion: Trail research. Due Friday, 4/7.
On Tuesday, April 4, students were given an assignment to research one of these three trails: California, Santa Fe, or Mormon. They need to provide details about the trails on the assignment sheet, and also draw or printout a picture of the trail (which they will then use on an in-class assignment).
Explorer Costume and Prop: Due at school on Friday, 3/17, for Explorer Expo from 2:30-3:30 (All are invited!)
On Tuesday, March 7, students were asked to prepare a costume, prop, and memorize some facts for the Expo. The Explorer Expo is a science fair-style format, with individual students at desks around the room where visitors can come and talk with them about what they know. Here are the items students will be graded on having with them and presenting that day:
a) a costume that represents the explorer in their paper (created from items at home rather than bought or rented)
b) a prop (a tool the explorer uses, or was influenced by; the prop needs to fit on the top of a desk)
c) at least three facts to share about their explorer, including his/her accomplishments
We want to encourage the students to use their creativity to come up with what they need from materials they have at home, rather than buying them. If they already have a store-bought costume or find an item or two to buy at a thrift store that will supplement their homemade creations, that will still meet the requirement. Students are welcome to run ideas by Ms. C. for help.
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, April 21
On Wednesday, April 12, 6th grade students were given a list of words to be studying for a test on Friday, April 21. Students will need to know how to spell the words and to demonstrate understanding of the meaning of each word. Here is the list:
6th grade Spelling Activity: Read and respond to questions: Due Friday, 4/21
On Wednesday, April 12, 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, April 21.
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.
Odyssey Homework Reading:
3/14/17: Pgs. 1-10, plus annotate
3/15/17 Pgs. 11-20, plus annotate
3/20/17: Pgs. 29-38, plus annotate and identify at least on simile. Be prepared to write a summary in class on Tuesday.
3/21/17: Pgs. 40-53 plus annotate; think of 1-2 questions you have while reading
3/22/17: Pgs.58-70 plus annotate
3/23/17: Pgs. 71-78 plus annotate
4/3/17: Pgs. 79-89 plus annotate and story chart
4/4/17: Pgs. 90-100 plus annotate and story chart
4/5/17: Pgs. 101-111 plus annotate and story chart
4/6/17: Pgs. 115-126 plus annotate and story chart
4/10/17: Pgs. 133-140
4/11/17: Pgs. 141-151
4/1717 Pgs. 151-161
4/18/17 Pgs. 161-171
4/19/17 Pgs. 172-181
4/20/17 Pgs. 184-198
4/24/17 Pgs. 198-208
4/25/17 Pgs. 208-221
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 need to have their books approved by me. No written review is required, but 6th grade students do need to complete story maps to guide their presentations.
Here are the links to the assignment:
Geosearch: Due Thursday, 4/27
On Monday, April 24, 6th grade students were assigned a geography activity related to the French Revolution that they will need their atlases to complete. They are welcome to complete the assignment as homework, or during our daily warm ups in class.
Students are welcome to order from Scholastic throughout the year. Online orders can be made using this website and class code:
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.