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Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 0514-05/18

posted May 14, 2018, 9:18 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated May 14, 2018, 9:18 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

Coming this week (05/14-05/18):  We will have shortened reading on Monday and Tuesday due to rehearsals for the Beatles concert.  This week will be the students last Latin/Greek Vocab test.  The will be tested over the root “rupt” on Thurdsay.  Students will also need to know parts of speech.  We will do some closing activities for Things Not Seen.  Students will learn to read Braille and complete an activity around Bobby’s character.  Their final assignment will be to bring in their favorite book and review it for the class next week.  I will give them this information on Tuesday.

Highlights from last week:  There was no literacy last week due to the science fair.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 05/07-05/11

posted May 6, 2018, 9:25 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated May 6, 2018, 9:25 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We will be starting our new, and final, novel of the year this week.  We will be reading Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Like the other novels, I encourage you to read and talk about the story with your child, but please do not let them read ahead and we will be talking a lot about predictions and foreshadowing.  Also, the book is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want spoilers as we get towards the end.

Coming this week (05/07-05/11):  There will be no writing nor reading this week due to the science fair and field day.  Students should finish Things Not Seen by Monday, 5/14.

Highlights from last week:  Students discussed and wrote about the ideas of popularity vs invisibility.  They worked in their committees and then answered questions on their own.  They also had their last vocab test of the year on Thursday, 5/3.  On Wednesday they took their reading MAPS and on Thursday and Friday they took the reading/writing 6th grade placement test.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 04/23-04/27

posted Apr 23, 2018, 5:36 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Apr 23, 2018, 5:36 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We will be starting our new, and final, novel of the year this week.  We will be reading Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Like the other novels, I encourage you to read and talk about the story with your child, but please do not let them read ahead and we will be talking a lot about predictions and foreshadowing.  Also, the book is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want spoilers as we get towards the end.

Coming this week (04/23-04/27):  There will be no new reading or vocab this week due to our field trip to the Rockies, Take Your Child to Work Day and the Adroit Expo.  Students will respond, in writing, to some of the thoughts Bobby has had or statements he has made in the book.  We will also talk about popularity vs. invisibility (given time).  Students will write BioPoems, first about themselves and a family member and then about Bobby and Alicia.

Highlights from last week:  Students read and discussed Ch. 16-19 in Things Not Seen.  They met in committee and discussed how people would interact with each other, positively and negatively, if we were all blind.  This lead to a good discussion between the groups.  Students also wrote their own level 1 questions and we played comprehension trivia.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 04/17-04/20

posted Apr 17, 2018, 12:06 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 12:06 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We will be starting our new, and final, novel of the year this week.  We will be reading Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Like the other novels, I encourage you to read and talk about the story with your child, but please do not let them read ahead and we will be talking a lot about predictions and foreshadowing.  Also, the book is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want spoilers as we get towards the end.

Coming this week (04/17-04/20):  Students need to read and by ready to discuss Ch. 16-19 in Things Not Seen by Thursday, 419.  We will be doing committee work this week involving both writing and reading.  Students will respond to some of the statements Bobby makes throughout the book.  They will also be thinking about and predicting how their life would be if they were blind.  There will be no new vocab this week.  We will also begin talking about informational writing.

Highlights from last week:  Students read through Ch. 15 in Things Not Seen and had a vocabulary quiz over new vocab.  In committees they talked about friendship and fear.  They began working on comprehension questions and will get time in class to finish them this week.  In writing they had some class time to finish up their poetry books, which were due on Friday, 4/13.

Ms. Zelinger Cohen's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 04/09-04/13

posted Apr 9, 2018, 4:56 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Apr 9, 2018, 4:56 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We will be starting our new, and final, novel of the year this week.  We will be reading Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Like the other novels, I encourage you to read and talk about the story with your child, but please do not let them read ahead and we will be talking a lot about predictions and foreshadowing.  Also, the book is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want spoilers as we get towards the end.

Coming this week (04/09-04/13):  Some of reading time will be taking up by CMAS testing this week.  Students will continue to read Things Not Seen this week, through Ch. 15 (pg. 126).  They have new words, which will they will have a quiz over on Friday, 4/13.  In committees they will be talking about how friendships have changed over the years and their fears about friendships as they enter middle school.  They will be creating a Friendship bulletin board for outside my room.  We will also discuss the chapters they read and the questions they wrote on Friday, 4/13.  Finally, their poetry books are due no later than this Friday, 4/13.  They got a little time to work on them in class today, but that may be the extent of it before they are due.

Highlights from last week:  We did not have reading on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday due to CMAS testing.  We began our new novel, Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Students read Ch. 1-7 (pgs. 1-60) and had new vocab, which was quizzed on Friday.  Students were put into committees where they will be discussing the book and doing different activities together.  They were also given time to work on their poetry books, which are due on Friday, 4/13

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 04/02-04/06

posted Apr 1, 2018, 11:10 AM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Apr 1, 2018, 11:10 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We will be starting our new, and final, novel of the year this week.  We will be reading Things Not Seen, by Andrew Clements.  Like the other novels, I encourage you to read and talk about the story with your child, but please do not let them read ahead and we will be talking a lot about predictions and foreshadowing.  Also, the book is a bit of a mystery and I don’t want spoilers as we get towards the end.

Coming this week (04/02-04/06):  Some of reading time will be taking up by CMAS testing this week.  We will be starting our new novel this week, Things Not Seen by Andrew Clements.  Students will be getting new vocabulary and will have a quiz over it on Friday, 4/6.  They will need to read through page 60 by Friday, 4/6 as well.  We will be reading the first chapter together. I will also be putting them into committees, which they will work in to discuss the book, solve the mystery and work on small activities throughout the novel.  Students will also be getting a little time to work on their poetry books.  Poetry books are due on Friday, 4/13.

Highlights from last week:  The week before spring break was filled with poetry.  Students worked on their poetry books and participated in poetry night.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 03/19-03/23

posted Mar 20, 2018, 10:20 AM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Mar 20, 2018, 10:20 AM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

Coming this week (03/19-03/23):  Poetry Night is this Wednesday, 3/21.  Students should check in with me by 6:15 pm so that we can be ready to perform at 6:30 pm.  After the performance there will be light snacks and other goods to purchase.  If your child is selling at Poetry Night, please have them arrive at 6:00 pm to set up.  The rest of the week we will spend working on our poetry books.  We will start our new novel, Things Not Seen, after spring break.

Highlights from last week:  We spent the week working on our poetry books and practicing for poetry night.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 03/05-03/09

posted Mar 5, 2018, 8:06 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Mar 5, 2018, 8:06 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

Coming this week (03/05-03/09):  We will continue our poetry study in preparation for poetry night on March 21st.  We will be doing an intense study of poems before spring break and will start our new novel after spring break.  This week I will give students the rubric for their poetry books so that they may see the requirements.  We will also discuss the power of words.

Highlights from last week:  Last week students presented their final MBS projects, which was an in-class project.  We also continued studying poetry.  We discussed if there was a need in the community that poetry could fulfill.  

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 02/21-02/23

posted Feb 20, 2018, 8:51 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Feb 20, 2018, 8:51 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

Students will be doing a majority of the reading for Mysterious Benedict Society at home for homework.  They will be given specific assignments.  Please make sure they are not reading ahead as this will affect some of the activities we do in class during our novel study.  You are more than welcome to read and reread with your student at home.  If your child has already read this book, please remind them not to give anything away.  We have already talked about this in class as well.

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

 

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

We are welcoming a French exchange student teacher for the next couple of weeks during some of our afternoons.  Her name is Marion Lachat and she will be with us from Feb. 20th thru March 9th.

Coming this week (02/21 - 02/23): Students need to finish reading MBS by Wednesday, 2/21.  We will spend the rest of the week working on in-class final projects for the book.

Highlights from last week:  Students had to read through pg. 449 by Thursday when they had a round table discussion.  They also had new vocabulary, which was tested on Friday, 2/16.  We continued looking at poetry and practiced writing couplets, triplets and haikus.  Students also used RACE(S) to analyze two different poems.

Ms. ZC's Literacy Week in Preview and Review 02/12-02/16

posted Feb 12, 2018, 9:04 PM by Lisa Zelinger Cohen   [ updated Feb 12, 2018, 9:04 PM by Laura Karstens ]

Welcome to my writing and reading class for the 2017-2018 school year!!!  I’m very excited to be working with your child this year.  Please feel free to email me with any questions at lisa.zelinger@stargateschool.org 

Students will be doing a majority of the reading for Mysterious Benedict Society at home for homework.  They will be given specific assignments.  Please make sure they are not reading ahead as this will affect some of the activities we do in class during our novel study.  You are more than welcome to read and reread with your student at home.  If your child has already read this book, please remind them not to give anything away.  We have already talked about this in class as well.

The following is a quick snapshot of what the rest of the year will look like for the 5th grade. We intend to cover these units as deep and rigorous as possible. However, please understand that each individual class dictates the order and the speed in which things are covered. In addition, keep in mind that CMAS testing, MAPs testing, end of the year testing and other activities can impact our schedule and require us to be flexible within this timeline.    

LANGUAGE ARTS - WRITING:

  • Opinion paper
  • Explanatory/Expository paper
  • Poetry
  • Comprehension questions answering using RACE method with both non-fiction and fiction text

LANGUAGE ARTS - READING

Novels

  • finish up Mysterious Benedict Society
  • Things Not Seen

Poetry

  • Poetry Night in March

LANGUAGE ARTS - GRAMMAR, PUNCTUATION, PARTS OF SPEECH, LITERARY DEVICES, OTHER

  • Continued review of conventions in writing (capitalization and punctuation)
  • Idioms, similes, metaphors, personification, alliteration
  • Nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, pronouns, prepositions
  • Plurals, possessives

Vocabulary

  • Greek and Latin root words
  • Vocab from novel studies

Coming this week (02/12 - 02/16): Students need to read pgs. 399-448 in MBS by Thursday, 2/15.  They have new vocab for these pages which will be tested on Friday, 2/16.  Students need to write a summary of pgs. 39-448 using all of their vocab words.  Their summary is due on Friday, 2/16.  We will also continue looking at poetry and incorporating RACE(S) in our analysis of poems.

Highlights from last week:  Last week we began our poetry unit.  We took notes on figurative language and discussed the elements of poetry.  Students analyzed poems for their elements.

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