Homework and Happenings 11-16-17

Class News: 











 Spelling Pre-Test

Ecology Club-8 a.m.


Late Start



4-7 p.m.

1. Mahdi

2. Hadi

3. Mahmoud

4. Nadine

5. Issa

6. Ali

7. Sosan

8. Rukaya

9. Entsar


Canned Food Drive



4-7 p.m.

1. Ahood

2. Dania

3. Basel

4. Saadi

5. Hussam


Canned Food Drive

Pajama Day

Spelling Test

Reading List Due

Cursive Handwriting Due

Movie Night

4-5:30 p.m.


  • My email is habhabn@dearbornschools.org
  • Please bring in some canned food this week. All donated food will go to needy families in the community.
  • Tomorrow, Friday, November 17th is pajama day! Pay only $1 to wear pajamas all day.
  • Also, tomorrow Friday, November 17th is Family Movie Night from 4:00-5:30 p.m.. All students must be with an adult. The cost is $2 a person and includes a bag of popcorn.
  • We only have 2 days of school next week: Monday and Tuesday. We will be off for Thanksgiving break starting Wednesday, November 22nd.
  • We are up to 30 minutes for Read to Self in Daily 5 and 20 minutes in Work on Writing. We are practicing Read to Someone everyday and Listen to Reading too.
  • Please bring a refillable water bottle everyday to school.



Ms. Habhab’s 40 Book Challenge


Why Read 20 Minutes at Home?

Student A Reads

Student B Reads

Student C Reads

 20 minutes per day

 5 minutes per day

 1 minute per day

 3,600 minutes per school year

 900 minutes per school year

180 minutes per school year

1,800,000 words per year

 282,000 words per year

 8,000 words per year

Scores in the 90th percentile on standardized tests.

Scores in the 50th percentile on standardized tests.

Scores in the 10th percentile on standardized tests.

If they start reading for 20 minutes per night in Kindergarten, by the end of 6th grade, Student A will have read for the equivalent of 60 school days, Student B will have read for 12 school days, and Student C will have read for 3. (Nagy and Herman, 1987.)

Want to be a better reader? Simply, read!

Why read for 20 min.?

  • All 5th graders in Ms. Habhab’s class will be expected to read at least 40 books this year during independent reading at home.
  • You will be reading 40 (or more) books this year (beginning 9/7/17) and keeping track of the titles and genres on your Reading List sheet.
  • You will be reading from a variety of genres in order to explore books you might not ordinarily read, and to develop an understanding of literary elements, text features, and text structures.
  • Books that have been read (or will be read) in class cannot count, even if the student re-reads the book.
  • Students may ask the teacher, librarian, classmates, or their families for recommendations, but there are no specific title requirements
  • Any book with more than 200 pages will count as 2 books.
  • All books are selected by the student.
  • Select good fit books at your reading level. Use your DRA book graph as your guide and NWEA reading RIT score.
  • Use your Reading notebook to respond to your reading.
  • Each quarter you will be asked to present a “book talk” in front of the class for a grade.
  • Each week I will ask you about what you are reading, which books you have added to your list, which books you abandoned, and which ones you plan to read next.
  • Every Friday, you will turn in a completed Reading List.
  1. You must read for 30 minutes independently outside of class. Read for 15 minutes and list the books read in your reading list. Reading list is due on Friday. Also, read for 15 minutes on MyOn everyday. I will be checking your minutes weekly.
  2. Math-Do 30 minutes on Khan Academy using your new RIT score and practice on iLearn for the math-a-thon.
  3. Writing– Complete your opinion piece and send it to me.

Spelling List:

  1. demonstrate
  2. vanishing
  3. prevent
  4. protest
  5. define
  6. bonus
  7. moment
  8. defending
  9. devoted
  10. punishment
  11. teachable
  12. believe
  13. trophy
  14. column
  15. heritage

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