5th Grade
Email: nsequino@stjoeronkelem.org

Novel Selection: The Call of the Wild, by Jack London

Reading Strategies: story mapping; characterization; understanding's the author's purpose/theme; annotating text; and before-, during-, and after-reading activities.

- Unit 1:
specialty, disturbing, collapsed, squashing, numb, shifted, struggled, wobbled, staggered, and interrupting
- Unit 2: romp, checking, shouldered, bounding, wheeled, lunging, stride, strained, picturing, and frantic.
- Unit 3: cancel, distribute, blunder, myth, solitary, document, reject, temporary, continuous, fragile, scuffle, veteran
- Unit 4: limped, plodded, toil, mush, harness, revolver, tenderfeet, complaining, nonsense, mite, bundles, brutes, tuckered out, and onlooker.

Spelling Strategy: i before e, except after c; using the suffixes -ion and -tion

Grammar: Four types of sentences (declarative, interrogative, exclamatory and imperative); the formula for a complete sentence: Subjects + Predicates; and the Parts of Speech (plural nouns and collective nouns).

Upcoming Assessment: Study for your GRAMMAR TEST on possessive nouns and apostrophes; simple and complete subjects; and simple and complete predicates on THURSDAY, June 7th!

Due June 4th: Complete the handout on Subjects & Predicates for class. To be collected and graded! 

Due May 31st: Finish writing your ballad and/or your couplet, triplet, and quatrain for tomorrow's class. 

For May 31st: Complete the packet on complete and simple subjects and predicates. To be collected and graded!

Due MAY 29th: Complete Lessons 8, 9, and 10 in your Simple Solutions grammar book for a homework grade!

For May 23rd: Complete the essay on your favorite zoo animal for tomorrow's class. Make sure your writing is descriptive and detailed enough that your classmates can guess your zoo animal!

Due May 7th: Using the graphic organizer provided in class, finish writing your essay on comparing the similarities and differences in the movie, "White Fang," to the novel, The Call of the Wild. How are they similar? How are they different? Why is "White Fang" the story we wanted to happen in The Call of the Wild? Counts as a MAJOR grade for the semester.

TEST on The Call of the Wild: THURSDAY, April 26th

HOMEWORK TONIGHT, April 23rd: Complete the worksheet on The Call of the Wild to prepare for your TEST on the novel this WEDNESDAY, April 25th.

Due April 20th: Complete the plot diagram on The Call of the Wild by writing three events for the Rising Action and two events for the Falling Action on your worksheet.

Due April 19th: Complete your storyboards on Chapter 14 of The Call of the Wild. Draw and write a caption for six (6) events that occur in the chapter. Be sure to color in each of your sketches. To be collected and graded!

QUIZ Monday on the following words:

Due April 10th: Finish the essay we started in class on the character traits of your favorite character from The Call of the Wild. To count as a test grade!

Due April 9th: Finish ALL of the activities in Unit 2 in your blue Vocabulary Workshop books. Also, make sure that you have completed lessons 4, 5, 6, and 7 in your Simple Solutions grammar workbook! To count as a homework grade!

Due March 27th: Use the following link to write sentences for each of the 12 words listed on the Quizlet below:

Complete the "Character" worksheet on a character of your choice. Describe the character's appearance, feelings, personality traits, and behavior using complete sentences.

Due Thursday, March 21st: Read and annotate Chapter 12 of The Call of the Wild by: 1) writing a summary describing what happens to Buck and John Thorton in the chapter; 2) writing down any vocabulary words you don't know; and, 3) writing down any questions you have about the chapter. Counts as a homework grade!

Vocabulary QUIZ MONDAY, March 19th: Study for your quiz by using the following link: 

Due March 7th: Complete the sequencing ditto on Chapter 10 of Call of the Wild. Finish reading the chapter, and provide eight (8) events that take place in the chapter in the order that they happen. You may either write about the events using complete sentences, or you may draw them in the space provided. 

The vocabulary QUIZ on your Unit 4 words will be on MONDAY, March 5th. Please use on the following Quizlet.com link to study for your quiz: 

Due Feb. 28th: Write a sentence for each of the following vocabulary words: limped, plodded, toil, mush, harness, revolver, tenderfeet, complaining, nonsense, mite, bundles, brutes, tuckered out, and onlooker.
Due Feb. 27th: Write a paragraph explaining what you learned from reading about the Olympic athletes who won -- and lost -- in class today. What do you think these athletes are trying to tell us about their successes and their failures?

FINAL ESSAY on your favorite teacher will be collected through Google Classroom by the evening of Wednesday, Feb. 14th. Make sure you have:
          1) a topic sentence that "grabs" the reader's attention;
          2) examples, i.e., describe a time when your teacher was funny, or describe a project that you enjoyed working on; and,
          3) a closing statement that says something new and/or summarizes your paragraph. 

Due Wednesday, Feb. 7th, complete Lesson #3 in your Simple Solutions workbook.

Due Feb. 5th: Complete Lessons #1 & #2 in your Simple Solutions grammar workbook. To count as a homework grade!

Test on Jan. 26th: Use your Study Guide to review for your Test on Chapters 1-7 of The Call of the Wild.
   This Quizlet link will help you study: 

Due Jan. 22nd: Draw and color in sketches showing the MAJOR EVENTS that have occurred in Chapters 1 through 6 of The Call of the Wild. DO YOUR BEST WORK, as this will be collected and graded.

RELIGION HOMEWORK, due TUESDAY, Jan. 16th: Write a 5-sentence essay describing how reading the Holy Bible has changed your faith. Has it made it stronger? weaker? or had no change on your beliefs? TO BE GRADED!
     No ELA homework this weekend, but continue working on reading your book for your BOOK REPORT PROJECT which is due in two weeks (January 29th).

STUDY for your TEST  tomorrow, FRIDAY, Jan. 12th, on plural nouns vs. collective nouns (group, class, people, team, Yankees, Mets -- any word that indicates that there is a group of people); prefixes; and suffixes.

Due Jan. 9th: Make as many words using the prefixes and suffixes provided on the "Word Smash."

Long-Term Project DUE MONDAY, JANUARY 29th: Present your project to the class on the book you read for your BOOK REPORT PROJECT. Be sure to include your READING LOGS to show that you have read your book during the break. 

Due Dec. 19th: Complete the questions on Chapter 4 of The Call of the Wild for class. Counts as a homework grade!

Due Dec. 15th: Bring the book you've chosen to read for your OUTSIDE READING ASSIGNMENT to class tomorrow. Also, in your Reader's Notebook, complete page 87 on the use of the prefixes for tomorrow's homeroom!

Due Monday: Complete the worksheet on the Characterization of Buck in The Call of the Wild. Provide a trait for each quote and describe which method of characterization that Jack London is using in order to describe Buck.