Ms. Torzillo's 5th Grade Class

Ms. Torzillo's 5th Grade 2013-2014
Language Arts is multifaceted; it includes Reader's Workshop, Literature Study (correlated to Social Studies units), Writer's Workshop, and Word Study. Word Study constitutes Spelling, Grammar, and Current Events. In Reader's Workshop, students are required to be reading a grade appropriate chapter book.  A great website to use as tool for studying the vocabulary words is  Simply search for the current week's root.

January 20, 2013
Word Study:
This months Greek/Latin roots are as follows...
January 21 (no spelling or vocabulary due to a shortened week)
January 27 -jur, -jus, -jud
February 3 - ben, -bene, -bon

Preliminary Persuasive Writing lessons and activities are coming next.

Social Studies
Memorizing Southeastern State & Capitals
Final Colonial Newspaper Project

Using three articles from the Scope publication, students will be reading about Future Technology progress, with artciles from the past and present.  Primary reading skills covered:
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent. (CC.5.RI.6)

Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm. (CC.5.NBT.5)
Find whole number quotients with up to four-digits dividends and two-digit divisors using various strategies.  Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.  (CC.5.NBT.6)
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using various models and strategies; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.(CC.5.NBT.6)

December 9, 2013
Word Study:
This months Greek/Latin roots are as follows...
December 9 -scribe, -script
December 16 -cred 

We are finishing the narrative piece.  Students are dropping their pieces into Utah Write, an online writing tool, which will score their writing according to the 6-traits.  Given their scores, the application will refer them to lessons to help them revise and edit again.

Reading/Social Studies
We are beginning our study of Colonial America.  We'll be using the SS text, other informational articles, and some historical fiction picture books to learn about this time period.  Some of the reading skils that will be covered are:
Determine two or more main ideas of a text, explain how they are supported by key details, and a summarize a text (CC.5.RI.2)
Explaining the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals and events in a historical text (CC.5.RI.3)
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting similarities and differences (CC.5.RI.6)

The students are forming expressions using parenthesises, brackets, and braces; and writing and interpreting numerical expressions; and using rules to make patterns, form ordered pairs, and  graph them on a coordinate plane. (CC.5.OA.1-3)

November 4, 2013
Word Study:
This months Greek/Latin roots are as follows...
November 11 -mit, -miss
November 18 -graph

We are working on one of our three large writing projects, the narrative piece.  Students are choosing they're own topics based on a personal experience and going through the writing process.  We will be focusing on the format of a 5 paragraph essay, strong leads, descriptive details, vivid verbs, and endings.

Blood On the River; we will be finishing the book this month.  We are working on character analysis, key ideas, and inferencing.

We are finishing up rounding and comparing decimals, and will test later this week.  After this we will begin multiplication and division of whole numbers and decimals.

October 4, 2013
Word Study: No spelling or vocabulary this week or next, due to shortened student days.

Writing: We are working on paragraph writing this week, particularly topic sentences with supporting details.

Reading: Blood On the River:  Chapter 7-11; Inferencing: using evidence from the text to infer meaning 

Grammar:  Pronouns, Possessive Nouns

Math: Decimal Place Value through the thousandths; Standard, Written, and Expanded notation

September 25, 2013:
Current vocabulary and spelling root: -dict, meaning to speak

September 16, 2013:
Literature Study-We will begin Blood On the River (Collier) later this week.  Blood On the River is a novel about the settling of Jamestown and the hardships associated with this time period.  Based on actual events and real characters, this book is a wonderful source for learning about American history and improving comprehension and vocabulary.
Writer's Workshop-We are working toward our first writing project, the personal narrative.  We're working on getting ideas down on paper, writing solid sentences, and writing from our own experiences.  We will be moving in the structure of a 5-paragraph essay soon.
Word Study-students are given weekly spelling and vocabulary words.  These go home each week in the homework folder.  Quizzes take place on Fridays.
Grammar-We are currently working on sentence subjects and predicates, complete and simple.  Also, many types of nouns: common, proper, plural, possessive, plural-possessive, and pronouns.

Students will received more individualized instruction in math this year through the online ST Math program.  A Blended Learning approach will be incorporated 2-3 times a week where students will be involved in computer instruction, small group instruction, and independent work.  The remaining 2-3 days a week math will be taught whole-group.  Math problem-solving "Tasks" will take place on a regular basis.

September 25, 2013
Moving along to Common Core Math Standards:

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3 Read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3a Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 × 100 + 4 × 10 + 7 × 1 + 3 × (1/10) + 9 × (1/100) + 2 × (1/1000).
    • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3b Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.4 Use place value understanding to round decimals to any place.

September 16, 2013
Currently in mathematics instruction, students are reviewing number concepts of adding & subtracting larger numbers, multiplying and dividing 2 and 3 digit whole numbers.  Students are learning to determine GCF (greatest common factor) and LCM (least common multiple), important concepts that may accelerate their understanding of fractions later this year. Students should understand not only algorithms, but math vocabulary associated with this area, and applicable problem-solving.  Math vocabulary: addend, sum, difference, factor, product, divisor, dividend, quotient, multiple, GCF, LCM.  The quiz over the mathematics review will be next week.  Students are also practicing multiplication facts x1 thru x5.  Hopefully all students will pass off on these facts this week.  

This year 5th graders will focus on United States History, Geography, and Current Events.  Students will also be responsible for cumulatively memorizing the US states and capitals.

September 25, 2013
We are studying explorers for the remainder of this week and next!  Students are working on a presentation with a partner or individually, according to their preference.  The presentation will include a poster of information and a hand drawn map of an explorers route or expedition.  As presentations are made, we will be putting marks along a class timeline.  Lastly, students will use what they've learned to write a paragraph justifiying their opinion of "Who REALLY Discovered America".

September 16, 2013
In social studies we are studying the Native American regions of North America before White Europeans inhabited this area.

5th graders attend various special classes taught by experts throughout the week. They include: Physical Education lead by Ms. Newman; Science with Ms. Dyal; Art with Mrs. Mercer and Mrs. Kitchens; Music taught by Mrs. Samuels (band), Ms. Colby (orchestra), and Ms. Bates (chorus) ; Outdoor with Ms. Riordan and Ms. England; and Library with Mrs. Dalkamp.

Specialists can be contacted as follows: