This Week in Room 120

Week of September 16, 2013


This flyer will be sent to you on a weekly basis. The goal is to keep you updated on what we will be working on throughout the week. I will include information about school happenings also. I hope that you find it helpful!

The 5th Grade has a website where the students will be blogging daily about school from their perspective:

Keep an eye out for your child's thoughts!

Reader's Workshop

Reader's Workshop is the time of day where students learn new reading strategies, practice them with the teacher's help, and then practice them independently within their independent reading books.

This week we will be discussing

  • How readers must think while they are reading
  • How to summarize
  • How readers predict and infer while reading
  • How readers make connections to themselves, to other books, to the world, and to media while reading

On TUESDAY, we will be taking the STAR Reading assessment during Reader's Workshop. I will be using this assessment data to direct my instruction during Reader's Workshop.

Writer's Workshop

Writer's Workshop is the part of the day when the students learn new writing strategies, practice them with the teacher, and then apply them independently in their own writing.

This week we will be continuing our study of poetry.

On Monday and Tuesday, we will be reading poems, choosing one aspect of a poem (rhyming words, certain number of stanzas, shape poem, etc.) that we connect with, and then write our own original poem that mirrors that selected aspect.

On Wednesday, we will be thinking about the things that are close to our heart. This will serve as a source of writing inspiration throughout the rest of the year.

On Thursday and Friday, we will be writing our own original poems.

Word Study

Word Study is the study of words and how they relate to other words. It is a time to learn new principles about words and to study word parts. Each week will bring a new spelling principle to learn. The students will be given a list of possible words to study throughout the week. Each student will choose words from the list in order to create his/her unique spelling words.

We will follow a weekly routine:

  • Monday - Learn the new spelling principle & choose own words
  • Tuesday - Look, Say, Cover, Write, Check (a way to practice the words)
  • Wednesday - Buddy Check (a practice test with immediate feedback from a peer)
  • Thursday - Making Connections (how our weekly words relate to other words)
  • Friday - Buddy Test (spelling test)

This week we will be studying homophones, words that sound the same but have different spellings and meanings. The students will be responsible for choosing homophones to study for the week following the routine above.


This week we will be learning a 5-Step Strategy for solving word problems.

Step 1 - What are the facts?

Step 2 - What is the question?

Step 3 - Is there extra information?

Step 4 - Choose a strategy and then solve the problem.

Step 5 - Does my answer make sense?

The strategies that will be focusing on this week:

  • creating an organized list
  • guessing and checking
  • using logical reasoning
  • working backward
  • drawing a picture