Welcome to ASTRA Class
Achieving Success Through Reading and Arithmetic



ASTRA 5 syllabus:
ASTRA 6 syllabus:


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Extension Activity:
You can complete any one of the activities when assigned extension activities for HW-


Reading Log:
Remember, this is due on Mondays! You must get your reading log signed by your parents Monday-Thursday


Websites to Practice Vocabulary

Vocabulary.com (play)
SpellingCity.com
VisualThesaurus.com
Prefix Practice
Root Word Practice 1
Root Practice 2
Suffix Practice

Websites for Dictionaries and Thesauri

Word Hippo
Vocabulary.com
GraphWords.com


ASTRA Reading: Ms. Lee-Bey (Monday-Wednesday)
Date
Classwork
Homework
1/10
  • Academic Paragraph writing (5th)
  • Creative Writing (5th)
  • Type draft of "Who Is Important" Essay (6th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes (note: parents must sign to indicate you read for 20 minutes; form is due on Monday, 1/15/2018)
  • Extension activity with word sort words (due 1/15)
1/9
  • Finish Echo and Narcissus (5th)
  • Echo and Narcissus KWL (6th)
  • Sort and Record word sort
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes (note: parents must sign to indicate you read for 20 minutes; form is due on Monday, 1/15/2018)
  • Extension activity with word sort words (due 1/10)
1/8
  • Word Study (new sorts)
  • Mal word riddles (5th)
  • Revamp Your Vocab Activity (6th)

  • Reading independently for 20 minutes (note: parents must sign to indicate you read for 20 minutes; form is due on Monday, 1/15/2018)
  • Extension activity with word sort words (due 1/9)
1/3
  • Finish Echo and Narcissus (6th)
  • Start reading Echo and Narcissus (5th)

  • Reading independently for 20 minutes (note: parents must sign to indicate you read for 20 minutes; form is due on Monday, 1/8/2018)
1/2
  • Independent Reading
  • Start reading Narcissus and Echo (6th)
  • Mal word practice (5th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes (note: parents must sign to indicate you read for 20 minutes; form is due on Monday, 1/8/2018)
12/13
  • Work on Essay (6th)
  • Complete vocabulary activities
  • Reading comprehension practice
  • Read independently for 20 minutes
12/12
  • Mal words (5th)
  • Spec words (5th)
  • Read independently for 20 minutes
12/11
  • Mal words (5th)
  • Spec words (6th)
  • Read independently for 20 minutes
12/6
  • Ben vocab word sort (5th)
  • Ben Vocab Bingo (5th)
  • Essay writing- planning (6th)
  • Read independently for 20 minutes
12/5
  • DRTA: Echo and Narcissus
  • Vocabulary Practice (5th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Complete one extension activity with vocabulary words (5th)
  • Study for vocabulary test (5th)
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12/4
  • DRTA: Reading, Writing can help people feel better and heal
  • Spelling Test (6th)
  • Vocabulary Practice
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • One extension activity with vocabulary words: benefactor, beneficial, benefit (v.), benefit (n.), bon voyage, and benevolent. (5th)
  • Study for vocabulary test (5th)
11/27-29
  • DRTA: Reading, Writing can help people feel better and heal
  • Spelling Test (5th)
  • Completed Main Idea practice
11/15
  • Independent Reading (5th)
  • Main Idea: General-Specific (5th)
  • Speed Sort (5th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Complete four extension activities and turn in the word study contract with parent signatures (due 11/20)
11/14
  • Independent Reading (6th)
  • Word Sort + Record (6th)
  • Main Idea: General and Specific (6th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Complete four extension activities and turn in the word study contract with parent signatures (due 11/20)
11/13
  • Independent Reading
  • Read Aloud for Fluency (6th)
  • Word Sort + Activity (5th)
  • Spelling Test #5 (6th)
  • Main Idea Instruction (5th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Complete four extension activities and turn in the word study contract with parent signatures (due 11/20)
11/8
  • Read independently
  • Read Aloud: Finding the Green Stone (6th)
  • Word Sort + Record (5th)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Sort and complete an extension activity (11/13)
11/7
  • Main Idea Mini-Lesson
  • Word Sort + Extension Activity
  • Baltimore Chess Champion Quiz (5th)

  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • Sort and complete an extension activity (11/8)
11/6
  • Sort words (5th)
  • Complete spelling assessment (5th)
  • Reading Chess Champion article (5th)
  • Sort and complete an extension activity (6th)
  • Read Aloud: Finding the Green Stone by Alice Walker (6th)
    • Establish background knowledge
    • Read and make predictions/answer questions
  • Sort and complete an extension activity (11/7)
  • Turn in Halloween story (or use vocab to write a story) for partial credit (6th)
10/31
  • Sort your words and select one Extension Activity (due 11/1)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
  • You can use the online sort to practice at home as well!!
10/30
  • Sort and Record (6th)
  • Sort and Extension Activity (5th)
  • IRLA/Independent Reading
  • Sort your words and select one Extension Activity (due 11/1)
  • Reading independently for 20 minutes
10/17 (T)
  • Class Reset!
  • Practice your sort 4-5 times and record your score on the Speed Sort Graph
  • Read independently
10/16 (M)
  • Root Word: spect; vis/vid
  • Independent Reading
  • Spell Check
  • Word Sort #4
10/11 (W)
  • Reading Comprehension Passage (6th)
  • Spelling Test #3 (6th)
  • Sort and Record (6th)
  • Columbus Article: preview, predict, read (6th)
  • Columbus Academic Paragraph planning (6th)
  • Practice your sort- speed sort 4x and record your score on the Speed Sort Recorder
10/10 (T)
  • Independent Reading
  • Prep for English vocabulary quiz (6th)
  • Word Hunt (5th)
  • Spelling Test #2 (5th)
  • Finish Pigs Can Read article (5th)
  • You all need to make sure I have the following by Wednesday (6th)
    • Sumo Article Preview and Prediction
    • Sumo Article quiz
    • Fidget Spinner Preview and Prediction
  • Read independently
  • Pigs Can Read Quiz (5th)
10/4 (W)
  • Independent Reading
  • Sort and pick an extension activity
  • Review Sumo Babies
  • Vocabulary Activities
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Prepare for Spelling Test Sort #3 on Tuesday (10/10)
10/3 (T)
  • Independent Reading
  • Sort and Record new words
  • Complete Sumo Babies prediction handout
  • Practice sorting your words
10/2 (M)
  • Independent Reading
  • Spelling Test 2 (5th)
  • Spelling Test 3 (6th)
  • New Sort (6th)
  • Reading independently
  • Practice sorting your words
9/27 (W)
  • Independent Reading (5th)
  • Preview and Prediction Handout (5th)
  • Speed Sort (6th)
  • Returned Spelling Test 1 (6th)
  • Reading independently
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Prep for Spelling Test Sort #2 on Monday (10/2)
  • Come to tutorial if you need to fix your notebook; notebook check on Monday (10/2)
9/26 (T)
  • Independent Reading (5th)
  • Preview and Prediction Lesson and Handout
  • Setting Up Reading Comprehension Notebook (5th)
  • Organizing Word Study Notebook (6th)
  • Reading independently
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Record your sorted words (6th)
9/25 (M)
  • Spelling Test #1 (6th)
  • Introduce New word sort (6th)
  • Sort Words and Speed Sort (6th)
  • Reading independently; practice your sort
  • Remember to bring Fidget Spinner quiz (6th)
9/21 (R)
  • Independent Reading- 6th grade
  • Review Pigs Can Read Article (5th)
  • Began Pigs Can Read Quiz (5th)
  • Read independently; practice your sort
  • Complete Pigs Can Read Quiz
  • Prep for Spelling Test Sort #1: Re-Take
9/20 (W)
  • Word Study: Sort, Record, and Summarize- 6th grade
  • Independent Reading- 6th grade

  • Word Study: Sort, Record, and Word Hunt- 5th grade
  • Previewing Notes- 5th grade
  • Previewing Handout- 5th grade
  • Pigs Can Read Article- 5th grade
  • Read independently; practice your sort
9/19 (T)
  • Spelling Assessment-6th grade
  • Complete Previewing Handout- 6th grade
  • Independent Reading (IRLA)- 6th grade

  • Spell Check/Spelling Assessment- 5th grade
  • Independent Reading- 5th grade
  • Read independently; practice your sort
9/18 (M)
  • Previewing Notes
  • Previewing Handout (began)
  • Independent Reading (IRLA)
  • 5th grade: Reading independently; practice your sort (see 9/13)
    • Some students will be tested on their sort on Tuesday; others will be tested on Thursday
  • 6th grade: Reading independently; practice your sort (see 9/13)
    • Be prepared to complete the spelling assessment on 9/18
9/13 (W)
  • Long vs Short Vowel Game
  • Independent Reading (IRLA)
  • SPELLING TEST ON MONDAY, 9/18-SIXTH GRADE ONLY

Here are the sorts:

6th:
5th:
9/12 (T)
  • Reading Warm Up
  • IRLA
  • Word Study
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Reading for 20 minutes
9/11 (M)
  • Prefix/Root word: Re
  • IRLA
  • Word Study
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Reading for 20 minutes
9/6 (W)
  • Reading assessment
  • Writing Assessment
  • Word Study (introduce and sort)
  • IRLA
  • Read Aloud: Finding the Green Stone (Walker)
  • Practice sorting your words
  • Reading for 20 minutes
  • Letter to Ms. Lee-Bey (students and parents)- (rescheduled for Back-to-School-Night)
9/5 (T)
  • Reading Assessment
  • Notebook Set-up
  • Independent Reading (IRLA)
8/30 (W)
  • Complete word sort extension activities
  • Sort words
  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Prepare for a writing sort assessment (6)
8/29 (T)
  • Notebook Setup
  • Sort and record practice word sort
  • Sort words
  • Read for 20 minutes
  • Record your sort in your notebook (5)
8/28 (M)
  • Root Word Card (astra, stella)
  • Open and Closed Sorts
  • Sort your words
8/23 (W)
  • Begin "All About Me" WS
  • Complete "All About Me" WS (due 8/28)


ASTRA Math: Ms. Oran (Thursday - Friday)

Quarter 1

Students will be working on using mathematical modeling, story-telling, and questioning to develop a deeper understanding of math concepts. Students will also review grade-level content through lesson starters to support their current math class.

Please see the ASTRA lesson packet to review (and preview) the lessons that students will be reviewing to deepen their understanding of place value and number sense!



Date

Assignment

8/24 - 8/25

(Thursday and Friday)

ASTRA Math Entrance Exam

8/31 - 9/1

(Thursday and Friday)

Place Value

9/7 - 9/8

(Thursday and Friday)

Rounding to the nearest 10

Introduction to Math Journals


9/14 - 9/15

(Thursday and Friday)

Positive and Negative Integers



9/21 - 9/22

(Thursday and Friday)


Students will review 512 Ants on Sullivan street to discuss patterns and multiplicative comparison. We will relate these topics to place value and estimation.
512 Ants on Sullivan Street

9/28 - 9/29

(Thursday and Friday)

5th graders will be working on decimal place value, as well as rounding to the nearest hundred. The activity will focus on comparing and ordering the weights of animals at the zoo :)




6th graders will be working on academic support work for both their math and Civics classes this week!
Additionally, 6th graders will be revisiting positive and negative integer awareness.
October 5 and October 6
Students will be working on a grade-level review through a game called Balloon Pop!


October 12th and October 13th
Students will be creating their own math abacus (using marshmallows, Cheerios, and toothpicks!) and using it to discuss/analyze place value in a variety of situations.
  • Lesson 1.5 Rounding Top-It



Students are reviewing area and perimeter (6th) or powers of ten and place value with multi-digit whole numbers to work on past material while supporting what students are working on in their grade level courses.
Students will be completing review notes and then completing task cards through a math game!


October 19th and October 20th
Students will be reviewing long division and division word problems while discussing equal grouping.



On Friday, students will be reading the One Hundred Hungry Ants and making multiplicative comparisons of the grouping the ants. Afterwards, students will be making a variety of arrays to represent a number through real life word problems!

November 2nd
Washington Latin has purchased DreamBox Learning's Math Program, an online, Intelligent Adaptive Learning(tm) program that helps all students achieve better, faster math proficiency.

Your student can access DreamBox Learning from any computer, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week using this link:

https://play.dreambox.com/login/e632/argt

DreamBox is an online program - there's no software to download! All you need is a high-speed Internet connection and Adobe Flash. Adobe Flash is free and is included with many Internet browsers.
To access DreamBox on iPad, go to http://www.dreambox.com/ipad, or search for "DreamBox Math" in the App Store. Download DreamBox Math Green and DreamBox Math Blue to ensure your student has access to the full catalog of DreamBox Learning Math lessons. When prompted in the app, use this School Code:

e632/argt

Review your student's academic progress with a DreamBox Parent Account. Please follow these steps to create your free Parent Account:

1. Go to https://play.dreambox.com/login/e632/argt

2. Have your student login to their profile just as they would at school.

3. Click Setup Parent Access at the bottom of the page.

4. Follow instructions to create a new login and password.

5. Read Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

6. Click "Submit".

Log into your home account after set up:
1. Go to http://play.dreambox.com

2. Enter your email address and password.

3. To see student progress, click the "Family Dashboard" button.
November 16th and November 17th
Students in 5th grade ASTRA will be working on key words and word problems/substitution in real world scenarios.

Students in 6th grade ASTRA will be working on standard algorithm multiplication and area model model, along with furthering their understanding of place value and base ten.




January 11th and 12th
5th grade students will review exponents, exponent operations, and square roots through a game of jeopardy!
6th grade students will review evaluating expressions using the order of operations involving more complex operations.