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Language Arts-Week of October 03, 2016

Welcome families to the first full week of Fall!! Nights will be getting cooler and leaves will begin to fall off the trees!! Please make sure all students start to come to school with a sweatshirt, sweater or light jacket because we will continue to have outdoor recess everyday unless it is raining. If students want to wear their sweaters or sweatshirts in school, they MUST be NAVY BLUE. Thank you in advance.

Lessons for this week:

In Reading, students are continuing to work on making inferences about a character and understanding their character traits. I will continue to model the strategy of inferencing this week using the book Frindle. Then the students will make inferences about a main character in their independent reading book.

In CORE, students will read chapters 5-8 in the book, Firebug. Students will work on analyzing the setting. This will be done whole class with the teacher.

In Writing, students will be creating a list of their "10 favorite memories". They will then choose their favorite memory, and write an entertaining beginning. This will be the pre-writing part of their personal narrative for the 1st Marking Period.

Language Arts Homework for this week:

  • Writing Prompt (Students will write a narrative story about being a famous detective hired to investigate why the school lunches tasted so awful last week.)
  • Stories must be at least 1-2 pages.
  • The writing prompt is due on: Friday, October 07, 2016.

In Other News:

  • Monday, October 03, 2016 - NO SCHOOL (Rosh Hashanah)
  • Monday, October 10, 2016 - NO SCHOOL (Columbus Day)
  • Wednesday, October 12, 2016 - NO SCHOOL (Yom Kippur)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 2016 - Fieldtrip to Sturbridge Village (Information to follow. Keep your eyes open for information and a permission slip that will be sent out this week.) 

5TH GRADE ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!  

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Language Arts-Week of September 26, 2016

I am so excited to meet families this week during Open House! There are so many things I want to tell you about the upcoming school year! You will meet in the auditorium at 5:30 PM. Then ALL 5th and 6th grade parents will go to Ms. Doraz's room (Room 254) for a presentation at 6:00 PM.

Lessons for this week:

In Reading, students will be working on making inferences about a character and their character traits. (Making inferences means to figure out what the author is trying to tell you without actually saying it in the book.) Students will be working on figuring out about a character based on how they are acting in the text. We will notice certain character traits. I will model this with the students using the text called "Danitra Brown". Then the students will make inferences about a main character in their independent reading book.

In CORE, students will continue reading the book, Firebug. Students will work on character analysis, plot structure and will also analyze the setting. This will be done whole class with the teacher.

In Writing, students are working on creating a "wondrous" word wall in order to replace boring words with more exciting ones that they can use in their writing. Next week, students will start to brainstorm about their 1st marking writing piece. It will be a personal narrative.

Language Arts Homework for this week:

  • Read for 30 minutes each night.
  • Write a 5th grade summary each night
  • Write down at least 3 vocabulary words each night.
  • Have a parent sign the reading log each night.
  • Homework is due on Friday, September 30, 2016.

In Other News:

  • Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - Open House (5:30 - 7:00 PM)
  • Monday, October 03, 2016 - NO SCHOOL in observance of Rosh Hashanah



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Lauguage Arts - Week of September 19, 2016:

We are off to a great start in Language Arts!! Students are learning how to choose a "Just Right" book, pick a comfortable spot during independent reading, understand the procedure for "Author's Chair" and gain background knowledge about their CORE novel for this marking period ("Firebug").


In Reading this week, students are choosing a "Just Right" book and a comfortable spot for independent reading. They will also learn how to make inferences about the main character in their book. This will help them understand the characters better.

In Writing this week, students are learning the procedures for "Author's Chair" (the 5 minutes of sharing time after independent writing) and how to give students positive feedback about their writing.

In CORE this week, students are gaining background knowledge about their novel this marking period called, Firebug. Students are learning lots of information about the setting of the book (Sedona, Arizona) and the typical elements that an author uses in a Mystery Genre (the types of characters, plot elements, etc.)

Homework for the Week of September 19, 2016:  Reading Log 

  • Students must read for at least 30 minutes a night (Monday-Thursday)
  • Students must find at least 3 vocabulary words each night.
  • Students must write a 5th grade summary each night about what they read.
  • Parents must sign each night.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at: jody.perrilli@new-haven.k12.ct.us OR jodyperrilli@yahoo.com 


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I am so excited to welcome all students and families to 5th grade!! We have a very exciting year planned for all of us!! We can't wait to get started!!


There is some exciting news that everyone is eager to share. This year, students in 5th grade, will be following a "block schedule" and passing throughout classes and teachers. It will be like a true middle school. Students have schedules to follow from day to day and from week to week. Please ask your child about their schedule. If you have any questions or concerns about the schedule, please contact the teachers right away. The students in 5th grade will have the following teachers for the 2016-2017 school year:

Language Arts - Mrs. Perrilli (this subject will be taught all in English)

Math - Ms. Doraz (this subject will be taught all in English)

Social Studies - Mrs. Morales (a new teacher that took over Mr. Rosa's position. This subject will be taught all in Spanish)

Science - Mr. Johnson (this subject will be taught all in English)


The following supplies will be needed in 5th grade this year:

  • 6 Composition notebooks (1 for each subject-Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, World Language)
  • 3  2-pocket folders (any type)
  • 1 1/2" view binder
  • 4 sharpened pencils everyday (lead pencils or bring a sharpener with a lid)
  • 2 red pens
  • 2 highlighters (any color)
  • 1 package of colored pencils
  • pencil case
  • 1 personal reading book
  • Book bag


We look forward to a very fun, exciting and productive 5th grade year!!



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