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HW 8/29/14 – Tuesday= F Day – Art & Music

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night & enter on Log (Click here for the Book Log).

Writing:  None.

Word Study:  None (WORD STUDYCoverpage 2013-2014 & WORD STUDY GUIDELINES).

Math: 10 Minutes practicing Multiplication Facts (especially 6-9) per night.

Science: Be ready to observe the moon if you see it and record on your observation sheet (Click here for: Table of Contents for Earth in Space Unitmoon observation sheetWord BankCritical Concepts SheetTFK Phases of the Moon SheetEarth in Space Slideshow).

History: None.

Other:  None.

Reminders: No School Monday, 9/1.

HW 8/28/14 – Friday= E Day – GYM

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night & enter on Log (Click here for the Book Log); BE READY TO PRESENT 2-3 minute Summer Reading Book Talk tomorrow (pick 1 of the 3 you did this summer).

Writing:  Writer’s Notebook: Think about whether your Small Moment will be told as a Memory or as Re-living a memory with flashbacks.

Word Study:  None (WORD STUDYCoverpage 2013-2014 & WORD STUDY GUIDELINES).

Math: 10 Minutes practicing Multiplication Facts (especially 6-9) per night; Finish Packet and SB p. 5-7 if needed.

Science: Be ready to observe the moon if you see it and record on your observation sheet (Click here for: Table of Contents for Earth in Space Unitmoon observation sheetWord BankCritical Concepts SheetTFK Phases of the Moon SheetEarth in Space Slideshow).

History: None.

Other:  None.

Reminders: No School Monday, 9/1.

HW 8/27/14 – Thursday= D Day – Spanish

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night & enter on Log (Click here for the Book Log); BE READY TO PRESENT 2-3 minute Summer Reading Book Talk on Friday (pick 1 of the 3 you did this summer).

Writing:  Writer’s Notebook: Pick 3 of your most stand-out memories in your notebook and explain the story to a friend, sibling or parent.

Word Study:  None (WORD STUDYCoverpage 2013-2014 & WORD STUDY GUIDELINES).

Math: 10 Minutes practicing Multiplication Facts (especially 6-9) per night; Finish SB p. 1-4 if needed.

Science: Be ready to observe the moon if you see it and record on your observation sheet (Click here for: Table of Contents for Earth in Space Unitmoon observation sheetWord BankCritical Concepts SheetTFK Phases of the Moon SheetEarth in Space Slideshow).

History: None.

Other:  Finish Handwriting p. 3-4 if needed.

Reminders: No School Monday, 9/1.

HW 8/26/14 – Wednesday= C Day – GYM

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night & enter on Log (Click here for the Book Log); BE READY TO PRESENT 2-3 minute Summer Reading Book Talk on Friday (pick 1 of the 3 you did this summer).

Writing:  Writer’s Notebook: Make a list of 5-10 important events from your life (when you felt strong emotions).

Word Study:  None (WORD STUDYCoverpage 2013-2014 & WORD STUDY GUIDELINES).

Math: 10 Minutes practicing Multiplication Facts (especially 6-9) per night; Math Fact Sheet.

Science: Write down a way to remember the 8 planets due tomorrow.

History: None.

Other:  Finish Writing/Reading Inventory and Handwriting p. 1-2 if needed; Bring in all missing supplies/paperwork/money.

Reminders: No School Monday, 9/1.

HW 8/25/14 – Tuesday= B Day – Music

Reading: DIRT 30 minutes each night & enter on Log (Click here for the Book Log).

Writing:  Decorate Writer’s, Math and Reader’s notebooks.

Word Study:  None (WORD STUDYCoverpage 2013-2014 & WORD STUDY GUIDELINES).

Math: 10 Minutes practicing Multiplication Facts (especially 6-9) per night; Math Fact Sheet.

Science: None.

History: None.

Other:  Bring in all missing supplies/paperwork/money, NEW Emergency Closing Sheet.

Reminders: No School Monday, 9/1.

Welcome New 5th Graders!

Please Click here to view the 5B supply list.

Please Click here for the 5th Grade Summer Reading/Math Notice and Click here for the 4th to 5th grade Math Packet

Have a great summer and see you in August!

Mr. Basta

MMS Summer Reading/Math Info

SUMMER READING for MMS:

Summer is a time to break out of usual reading patterns and explore new interests, ideas, and authors. Reading should be viewed as a portal to lifelong learning. It is not a chore, but a mechanism to help students discover themselves through literature. Reading can also bring a lifetime of pleasure and enlightenment. Research strongly suggests that reading, like most skills, improves with practice and decreases when we don’t engage in it for even a short time, so we encourage students to read over the summer from a variety of genres.

To connect this philosophy to the English curriculum at Middlesex, incoming students are asked to read at least three books over the summer of their choice. In selecting these books we ask that each book be from a different genre. Some ideas of genres are science fiction, historical fiction, realistic fiction (includes sports fiction, romance, etc.), fantasy, mystery, non-fiction (biography, autobiography, informational), and adventure/suspense novels.  Parents may help students select books by referring to the resources located on the DPS Parent Curriculum Wiki @ http://dpsk-5parents.wikispaces.com/Literacy.

Upon completion of each book, students must write a review of the book. To help students develop their book reviews, we have included a set of suggestions that may help guide their thinking. These reviews should include the title, author, genre, and total pages.

In a book review, it is helpful to…
  • begin with a brief summary of the book.
  • be clear about why you liked or did not like the book. Talk about something specific from the book.
  • give a rating.
  • talk about what type of reader/person  would like this book and why.
  • compare the book to another book or movie.

Students should complete their review prior to September as sixth grade teachers will be expecting them to bring hard copies on the FIRST DAY of school.

 

SUMMER MATH for MMS:

 

As a way to assist your child in transitioning to the middle school, the Middlesex Math Department

in collaboration with their elementary school colleagues, has created a Grade 5‐6 Summer Math

Packet. To access the packet, please visit the MMS website at http://www.darienps.org/middlesex and

look for the link. The purpose of the packet is threefold, to:

 

  • Reinforce skills that are deemed secure for all exiting fifth graders
  • Identify areas of relative weakness for review that can be revisited independently
  • Reduce the need for extensive review at the beginning of the school year, so new concepts

can move forward

 

All concepts and skills reflected in the Math Packet have been previously taught and reviewed.

There should be no need for specialized instruction – just time, space, and occasional guidance. An

answer key has been provided to assist as well.

 

If you find that your child could use some additional practice and reinforcement, there are a number

of websites available that your child will be familiar with from elementary school.

 

The first two sites are links to Fall 4 Math.

 

These other websites are more interactive in nature.

 

Although this packet is not a requirement, we feel it can help ease the transition to middle school and

help students reinforce their skills prior to the start of 6thgrade.  Don’t wait till August to start your Summer Reading/Math.  Good luck at MMS and have a great summer!

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