Sep
2017

Week of September 18, 2017

This week in 5th grade we will be learning…

Language Arts: This week students will learning about informational/expository writing. While, they are reading each student will focus on a specific reading strategy (main idea, story elements, sequence of events, and parts of speech).  During Daily 5 students will continue practicing Daily 5 procedures and focus on learning about various strategies that will help make them better readers.  We will be focusing on QAR strategies to help them answer comprehension questions.  In writing we will be focusing on writing an informational piece about their personal goals.  Students will have to read an informational article set to their level on Frontrowed.com (same login and password as the math) with guided reading questions everyday.

Vocabulary Words- vocabularyworkshop.com Unit 2

Apples- Red book 

Bananas-Purple book

Carrots, Dragon Fruit, & Eggplants- Blue Book

Spelling Words-

  1. Apples group-Wag, six, if, had, bad, around, their, sleep, wash, before (-cvc-short and long vowel sounds)
  2. Bananas group-Polite, cane, spin, kick, ice, around, their, sleep, wash, before (cvc-short and long a & i vowel sounds)
  3. Carrots, Dragon Fruit, & Eggplants-Restless, sentence, increase, spectacular, speaker, succeed, defeat, hockey, concede, disease  (cvc-short and long e vowel sounds)

Math: This week we will be learning about Unit 1 Reviewing basic math facts.  Everday students should go on frontrowed.com for extra math practice.  They log in using their first name and their last name.  The class code is chams5.

Science: We will be learning about Physical Science focusing on structure and properties of matter mixtures and the scientific method.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

  1. What is matter?
  2. What has matter?
  3. What is the scienctific method?
  4. Why do scientists use the scientific method?

Social Studies: We will begin learning about our country’s government.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

  1. What is a Constitution?
  2. Why do countries have governments?

Important Dates

 

 Important Reminders

Please send a healthy snack with your child every day we have a late lunch.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime (chamsef@dearbornschools.org).

Thank you,

Fatima Chamseddine

Sep
2017

Team Work Challenge

Today we worked in groups and tried to build the tallest freestanding tower. The challenge was to work as a team to build the tallest freestanding tower. Students were only allowed to use 20 sticks of spaghetti, 1 yard of tape, 1 yard of string, and 1 cotton ball.  Look below and see how much fun the students were having and how well they were working together.

 

Sep
2017

Week of September 11, 2017

This week in 5th grade we will be learning…

Language Arts: This week students will learning about informational/expository writing. While, they are reading each student will focus on a specific reading strategy (main idea, story elements, sequence of events, and parts of speech).  During Daily 5 students will continue practicing Daily 5 procedures and focus on learning about various strategies that will help make them better readers.  We will be focusing on QAR strategies to help them answer comprehension questions.  In writing we will be focusing on writing an informational piece about their personal goals.  Students will have to read an informational article set to their level on Frontrowed.com (same login and password as the math) with guided reading questions everyday.

Vocabulary Words- vocabularyworkshop.com Unit 1

Apples- Red book 

Bananas-Purple book

Carrots, Dragon Fruit, & Eggplants- Blue Book

Spelling Words-

  1. Apples group– has, sat, will, fix, him, live, would, very, your, its (-cvc-short and long vowel sounds)
  2. Bananas group- lane, stick, trap, brick, cape, would, live, very, its, your  (cvc-short and long vowel sounds)
  3. Carrots, Dragon Fruit, & Eggplants- advance, grateful, debate, transplant, bandstand, handbag, debate, ransack, happened, napkin  (cvc-short and long vowel sounds)

Math: This week we will begin learning about Unit 1 Reviewing basic math facts.  Everday students should go on frontrowed.com for extra math practice.  They log in using their first name and their last name.  The class code is chams5.

Science: We will begin learning about Physical Science focusing on force and motion.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

  1. What is force and motion?
  2. What are Newton’s Laws of Motion?

Social Studies: We will begin learning about our country’s government.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

  1. What is a Constitution?
  2. Why do countries have governments?

Important Dates

9/13/17 Open house from 6:00-7:30

 Important Reminders

Please send a healthy snack with your child every day we have a late lunch.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime (chamsef@dearbornschools.org).

Thank you,

Fatima Chamseddine

Sep
2017

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL & WELCOME TO 5TH GRADE

Welcome back everyone!

I’m so excited for this new year with your beautiful faces.  Thank you for sharing your children with me they are so precious and amazing.  If you have any questions or concerns please feel free contact me at any time.

You may contact me through email- chamsef@dearbornschools.org

You may also send me a letter and place it in your child’s purple home folder and I will write back.

You may also call me at 313-827-1800 ext. 22414

Looking forward to creating great memories and experience with each other.

Important Dates

9/13/17 Open House 3:00-4:30

Jun
2017

Important Dates to Remember

Important Dates

June 7 Wax Museum at 1:00 pm in the cafeteria (everyone is welcome)

June 15th Graduation at 9:00 am 

Please make sure you come and see your son or daughter graduate.  Students will be going home right after graduation.  

May
2017

Week of May 1, 2017

Hello All!

It has been a busy couple of months with testing.  Students finished M-STEP testing 2 weeks ago and we started NWEA testing this week.  They have been working hard and improving in all their assessments.  Way to go 5th grade, I’m so proud of you!!

5th grade went to Chicago today and will be there till tomorrow.  Zeinab, Amir, Abdulaziz, Yousif, and Mohamad we miss you all and hope you’re having a great time.

Our class has a busy month please refer to the important dates section for upcoming events.

I need chaperones for both field trips.  Please sign up to be a chaperone parents I need your support.  Thank you!!

Important Dates

May 10th Cleanup Parade @ 9:30

May 15th Greenfield Village Field Trip

May 16th Toledo Zoo Field Trip

May 17th Late Start

May 23rd Class picnic

May 26 & 29 No School

June 15th Graduation 

Important Reminders

Please send a healthy snack with your child.  Also please make sure your child is wearing a jacket every morning, it’s still really cold outside.

We are in need of tissue boxes, it’s that time of the year where noses will run.  Please send them in with your kids.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime (chamsef@dearbornschools.org).

Thank you,

Fatima Chamseddine

 

Mar
2017

Week of March 20, 2017

This week in 5th grade we will be learning…

Language Arts: This week students will continue learning about theme and making connections in reading. While, they are reading each student will focus on a specific reading strategy (main idea, story elements, sequence of events, and parts of speech).  During Daily 5 students will continue practicing Daily 5 procedures and focus on learning about various strategies that will help make them better readers.  We will be focusing on QAR strategies to help them answer comprehension questions.  In writing we will be focusing on opinion writing.  Students will have to read an informational article set to their level on Frontrowed.com (same login and password as the math) with guided reading questions everyday.

Vocabulary Words–  

Peoples of the Nation and World

  1. Adapt – to change in order to fit new environmental conditions.
  2. Community – all the people who live in a particular area; a group of people who have similar qualities or interests.
  3. Conflict – a fight or strong disagreement.
  4. Cooperate/cooperation – to work together to get something done.
  5. Cultural characteristics – typical traits of a society, including customs, clothing, religion, arts, language, education, government, and family.
  6. Culture – the language, traditions, beliefs, clothing, and activities of a group of people.
  7. Custom – something that has been done for a long time and is widely accepted .
  8. Diversity – variety.
  9. Environment – the geographic characteristics that surround and affect the way people live.
  10. Interaction – the act of doing something with others or having influence with others.
  11. Interdependence/interdependent – the act of needing each other for help or support.
  12. Migrate/migration/immigration – to move from one country or region to another with the intent of staying at that place for a long period of time.
  13. Modify – to change the surrounding environment to meet the needs of people.
  14. Tradition – a custom or belief that is handed down from generation to generation.

For Vocabulary practice create a quizlet account and input all these vocabulary words to help you study.  You will find the link below.

https://quizlet.com/

Spelling Words-

Apples:Vowel long u sound 

  1. dune
  2. cube
  3. flute
  4. use
  5. huge
  6. dude

Dolch words: find   was

Bananas, Carrots, egg plants, dragon fruits:Week 27: Altered sound- tial and -cial

Explanation: Spell with “cial” after a vowel as in “social” and with “tial” after a consonant as in “essential.”

essential, racial, influential, residential, special, confidential, commercial, artificial

Spelling Activities

Math: This week we will continue learning about and reviewing lessons from the beginning of the year.  Everyday students should go on frontrowed.com for extra math practice.  They log in using their first name and their last name.  The class code is k9kyvt.

Science: We will continue learning about Life Science Survival of Organisms.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

1.) How are the traits of species influenced by genetics and the environment?
2.) How do the behavioral and physical characteristics of organisms help them survive in their environment?
3.) How do we distinguish between inherited and acquired traits?
4.) How do fossils provide evidence about how species and environmental conditions have changed?
5.) How can species extinction be related to catastrophic events and environmental change?
6.) How do the similarities in traits help us classify organisms? 

Social Studies: We will begin learning about the American Revolution.  Research with your child about how and why different colonial regions developed in North America and find out these questions…

  1. How did economic issues and political experiences and ideas affect the relationship between Great Britain and the colonies?
  2. Why were some colonists unhappy with British rule after the French and Indian War?
  3. How and why did people in different colonial regions unite against Great Britain?

Important Dates
Card Ma
rking Ends March 24 

Spring Break April 3-7

Late Start April 12

No School April 14

Important Reminders

Please send a healthy snack with your child.  Also please make sure your child is wearing a jacket every morning, it’s still really cold outside.

We are in need of tissue boxes, it’s that time of the year where noses will run.  Please send them in with your kids.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime (chamsef@dearbornschools.org).

Thank you,

Fatima Chamseddine

Mar
2017

Week Of March 13, 2017

This week in 5th grade we will be learning…

Language Arts: This week students will continue learning about theme and making connections in reading. While, they are reading each student will focus on a specific reading strategy (main idea, story elements, sequence of events, and parts of speech).  During Daily 5 students will continue practicing Daily 5 procedures and focus on learning about various strategies that will help make them better readers.  We will be focusing on QAR strategies to help them answer comprehension questions.  In writing we will be focusing on informational writing.  Students will have to read an informational article set to their level on Frontrowed.com (same login and password as the math) with guided reading questions everyday.

Vocabulary Words–  

Political Systems

  1. Authority – the right to use power to control the behaviors of others.
  2. Legislative Branch – the branch of government that makes the laws.
  3. Executive Branch – the branch of government that enforces the laws made by the legislative branch.
  4. Judicial Branch – the branch of government that interprets the laws and settles disputes.
  5. Citizen – a person who is a member of a town, city, state, or country.
  6. Civic participation – engaging in activities that contribute to the well-being of a community, i.e. obeying rules and laws, voting, getting a good education.
  7. Community improvement – working to make the community better.
  8. Compromise – a way to settle conflict by all sides agreeing to give up part of what they want.
  9. Conflict – a disagreement among people or organizations.
  10. Democracy – a form of government in which power is held by the people. The people exercise their power either directly or through elected representatives.
  11. Government – a group of people who work together to bring order to a community, state, or nation. The main jobs of a government are to make and enforce laws.
  12. Justice – the act of being fair and honest Landmark – 1) a familiar object at a place that people easily know as a part of that community; 2) an important object that reminds people of an important event or person. Independence Hall is a landmark in Philadelphia.
  13. Maintain order – to keep the community clean, safe, and organized for the good of all citizens.
  14. Participate – to take part in an activity.
  15. Participation – taking part in or sharing in the activities of a group or organization.
  16. Patriotism – great loyalty to one’s country.
  17. Petition – a formal written request for something made to a person in authority.
  18. Political process – the system of citizens electing representatives or leaders to make decisions for people. The political process can also refer to steps of forming policy or making, enforcing, and interpreting laws.
  19. Political system – a set of democratic principles and ideas that citizens follow.
  20. Principles – the democratic ideas and values in American government including privacy, authority, power, justice/fairness, responsibility, patriotism, tolerance, and respect for the rights of others.
  21. Privacy – the state of being alone or not being interfered with.
  22. Respect – to be thoughtful of and caring of another person.
  23. Rights and responsibilities – Rights are freedoms granted to American citizens that allow them to make their own choices. For example, American have the right to an education, to express ideas, and to vote for leaders. Responsibilities are duties that citizens have.
  24. Rule – something you must or must not do.
  25. Rule of Law – the belief that every citizen must follow the laws. Even the President must follow the laws of the country.
  26. Social institution – a group or organization with a special purpose in a society or culture. Examples are family, local government, school, or a club.
  27. Symbol – a drawing or object that stands for something else. The Statue of Liberty symbolizes equality and justice. The Bald Eagle symbolizes freedom and independence.
  28. Tolerance – being willing to let others have their own beliefs and ways of behaving, even though it may be different from your own belief.

For Vocabulary practice create a quizlet account and input all these vocabulary words to help you study.  You will find the link below.

https://quizlet.com/

Spelling Words-

Apples:Vowel long e sound 

  1. week
  2. feel
  3. seed
  4. sleep
  5. greet
  6. see

Dolch words:  have   out

Bananas, Carrots, egg plants, dragon fruits: Week 25: Vowel alternation

flammable (flame)

production (produce)

provision (provide)

television (televise)

consumption (consume)

dividend (divide)

composition (compose)

admiration (admire)

Math: This week we will continue learning about and reviewing lessons from the beginning of the year.  Everyday students should go on frontrowed.com for extra math practice.  They log in using their first name and their last name.  The class code is k9kyvt.

Science: We will continue learning about Life Science Survival of Organisms.  Research with your child about the Solar system and find out these questions…

1.) How are the traits of species influenced by genetics and the environment?
2.) How do the behavioral and physical characteristics of organisms help them survive in their environment?
3.) How do we distinguish between inherited and acquired traits?
4.) How do fossils provide evidence about how species and environmental conditions have changed?
5.) How can species extinction be related to catastrophic events and environmental change?
6.) How do the similarities in traits help us classify organisms? 

Social Studies: We will begin learning about the American Revolution.  Research with your child about how and why different colonial regions developed in North America and find out these questions…

  1. How did economic issues and political experiences and ideas affect the relationship between Great Britain and the colonies?
  2. Why were some colonists unhappy with British rule after the French and Indian War?
  3. How and why did people in different colonial regions unite against Great Britain?

Important Dates

Late Start March 15 school starts at 9:00
Card Ma
rking Ends March 24 

Spring Break April 3-7

Late Start April 12

No School April 14

Important Reminders

Please send a healthy snack with your child.

We are in need of tissue boxes, it’s that time of the year where noses will run.  Please send them in with your kids.

If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at anytime (chamsef@dearbornschools.org).

Thank you,

Fatima Chamseddine