Monday- all assignments given (vocabulary sentences, vocabulary assignment on Edmodo, grammar packet)
Tuesday- vocabulary sentences due on Edmodo
Thursday- vocabulary assignment on Edmodo due, grammar packet due
Friday- vocabulary and grammar quizzes
Resources to review can be found in the folder on our Edmodo class page or by clicking here. If your student needs help keeping track of these due dates, remember to reference this weekly schedule and suggested plan.
We’re back to social studies! We began studying the constitution and branches of government this past week. A test over chapter 14 is currently scheduled for Friday, January 18. Resources to review will be posted to Edmodo or can be found here.
Students with numbers 1-12 have their next reading response letters due on Friday, January 18.
Students with numbers 13-24 have their next Vlog due on Friday, January 18. The directions, topic choices, and rubric for assessing them can be found here.
As a reminder, due dates and assignments for novel groups can be found inside students’ novel folders or here.
Students will be bringing home a report card assessment sheet for the fiction unit test in this week’s Friday folder. This sheet highlights your student’s’ progress on standards assessed on the fiction unit test. We reviewed the answers together in class and talked further about strategies for crafting extended response essays. This assessment is just one measure of students’ progress against the standards. If your student was not meeting standards on this assessment, he/she will have other opportunities to show understanding of those skills.
Sometime next week we should begin Chapter 5 in math. As per district standards and guidelines, we do an abbreviated version of the chapter, so we will move through this chapter rather quickly. If you sometimes feel like you are unsure how to best help your child with their math homework, and are not sure about some of the Math in Focus strategies, you can click here to visit the link from the district website page that has Parent Resources for Math in Focus. Instructional videos for each of the lessons can be found on the “Math Videos” website of our class website or by clicking here.
At the end of February, 5th Grade will have the annual Erin’s Law Presentations. These will be given by our wonderful social worker, Mrs. Judy Thompson. Each 5th grade class is scheduled sometime throughout the week of February 25th. If you would like any further information about Erin’s Law, our district website has some resources you can explore.
This week we started our nonfiction reading unit. In correlation with this unit, we also started the book, Freedom Walkers by Russell Freedman. This book is about the impact of Jim Crow Laws in the south and how they led to the Montgomery Bus Boycott, and consequently the Civil Rights Movement. The students have already been so engaged and thoughtful about what we have read and have been asking deep, meaningful questions. We are having rich conversations about the text and time period. Later this month we will also begin reading a historical fiction book, The Liberation of Gabriel King, by KL Going. This book is set in the south in 1976, shortly after schools are integrated. It follows 2 friends of different races as they tackle fears and pressures from the world around them. The word “nigger” is used in context in these two texts. We will be having very direct conversation with the students about the severity of this word and being very clear that while we want them to understand how and why it was used, that it is unacceptable for them to use. In years past, students have all taken this topic very seriously and been very mature about it. We encourage you to continue these conversations at home. Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
I also want to pass along some info that Mrs. Oversmith shared with me about an event that Buffalo Grove High School is hosting next Wednesday about Freedom Riders, which ties in well with our unit on the Civil Rights Movement:
In 1961, 400 black and white Americans now known as the Freedom Riders risked their lives traveling on buses and trains through the Deep South to fight segregation -- encountering in the process arresting police and violent protestors.
On Wednesday, January 16, we invite you to join us for a firsthand account of that harrowing experience -- viewing powerful photos and news coverage and hearing from an original Freedom Rider who now makes his home in Naperville.
The Freedom Riders event is sponsored by the District 214 Education Foundation in partnership with Buffalo Grove High School. It is free and open to all.
The event will begin with a 6 p.m. viewing of the nationally traveling Freedom Riders exhibit in the BGHS library. At 6:30 p.m., Freedom Rider Thomas Armstrong will join Robert Allare, Harper College history professor, for a public conversation with English Teacher Ami Relf about civil rights and the Freedom Riders' role in history.
Armstrong's book, "Autobiography of a Freedom Rider: My Life as a Foot Soldier for Civil Rights," will be for sale beginning at 6 p.m. Audience questions will be taken.
Seating is limited. Secure your spot at https://bit.ly/2rPW4GE.
The national traveling Freedom Riders exhibit tells the story from the perspectives of the Riders, the Kennedy administration and the international community. It was developed by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History in partnership with AMERICAN EXPERIENCE. Major funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The District 214 Education Foundation supports innovative education, lifelong learning and student success beyond the limits of conventional support for public education. To learn more, visit www.214foundation.org.
For questions, contact me directly, or Jill Maraldo at BGHS, (847) 718-4014.
Hope to see you there! Please spread the word!
Have a great weekend!