Homework for the Week of May 29 – June 1


Explorer Scratch projects – Ms Zammarano has now put all the projects in one. Take some time to look through your friends’ projects and learn about their explorer. Share your own Scratch project with your parents. Find them in here: http://scratch.mit.edu/galleries/view/161183

LITERACY – Writing

At school you have started a piece of writing about your explorer. It is now time to get that piece finished. Remember the genre is historic fiction – you may invent some events in your explorer’s life but they have to fall along the lines of his/her life. Use the facts that you know about his/her life and fill in the gaps with events that could have happened to him/her according to all the knowledge you have gained.

First finish your draft. You may write it on computer straight away if it helps you. Then edit it and share it with your parents. If they give you ideas how to revise your writing, please do that. Then finally type up a nice copy of your final piece. Bring the nice copy to school on Friday.

Dedicate about two nights for the draft and one night for the final nice copy.


Problem-Solving Skill: Analyze Visual problems – Start with the page 420 and then go to p. 419.


Homework for the Week of April 16-20

We have decided as a class that we want to save paper and thus contribute positively to preserving our environment ; therefore the homework instructions  won’t be distributed in hard copy anymore  but can be read from this blog from now on.

 LITERACY – Spelling and Word Study/Typing
1. This week you are getting a new list of spelling words to practice. Practice all the words from 1-20 of them by writing the words on the list with your neatest handwriting! Then practice them by writing in two different colors and alternating the colors in every letter so that every second letter is the different color. Of course, do first LOOK-COVER-SAY-WRITE before you write them in your homework book.
2. Practice typing the words on computer. If you want to print it out, you can glue it in your homework book.
 LITERACY – Reading
1. While reading this week, make some story notes. Notice the setting, pay attention to characters and focus on the problem the story is built around.
2. Make detailed notes on the most interesting parts of the story, maybe some special things in it (i.e. special language) and then think what is the overall message the story has (theme). What is the author trying to tell you?

MATH Practice Fractions:
1. Finding the least Common Denominator.
2. Using number lines to find equivalent fractions.
1. Click on the link


And figure out how to crack the code of longitudes and latitudes. All the instructions are on the page. Click on the links to find the clues.

2. Now do the Family X-Files’ task for Older Xpeditioners: finding out where your birthday is located in the world!

J4R Homework for the Week of March 19 – 23


  1. Problem-Solving Strategy: Draw a picture (Reteach 7-5)
  2. Use drawing as a strategy to solve problems (Practice 7-5)


LITERACY – Reading and Writing and HUMANITIES

You should be well on your way in your research of the chosen explorer. Make sure you have made an attempt to find information about each of the topic on the story board. Now it is time to focus on presenting your findings in your chosen format:  it could be an information report (written text just like your biography), a power point presentation, a poster or an interview. Whichever format you choose, please make sure that it includes pictures, maps, and illustrations to further explain your writing.

The project is due this Friday March 23.

Homework for the Week of March 12 – 16


  1. Fractions: representing them in drawing and writing.
  2. Pizza Shop: word problems on fractions.


LITERACY – Reading and Writing and HUMANITIES

We have been getting ready to start our project on exploration. In class we have studied Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus and now it is time for you to choose an explorer whose discoveries you would like to EXPLORE more! Most of you have already done some research of websites and books about your chosen explorer. Please make sure you include in your report:

1)      Timeline and life story of your explorer

2)      Sponsors for the exploration

3)      Challenges and hardships that the explorer encountered

4)      Maps of routes taken

5)      When: When did this occur?

Where: Where did the explorer go?

Why: Why did s/he start the journey?

6)      Changes in the country explored

7)      New and Unusual things that s/he brought back to sponsor country

8)      Impact of the exploration on the world

You can choose how you want to present your report: it could be an information report (written text just like your biography), a power point presentation, a poster or an interview. Whichever format you choose, please make sure that it includes all the important information outlined in the storyboard, plus pictures, maps, and illustrations to further explain your writing. Please note that depending on your chosen explorer you might not have information on every question (e.g. space and underwater explorers).

The project is due on Friday March 23. I suggest you spend this week finding all the needed information and the following week putting it all together in your chosen format. Please use the Explorer Profile as well as the information collected in class using the UNIS Encyclopedias.

Enjoy your exploration of the explorers!

J4R Homework for the Week of March 5 – 9

LITERACY – Spelling and Word Study/Writing

  1. This week you are getting a new list of spelling words to practice. Practice all the words from 1-20 of them by writing the words on the list with your neatest handwriting!
  2. Practice spelling your words using rainbow writing! It means that you tape three or four color pencils together and write the words on your book with the colors of the rainbow! Do not copy the words, but write them out of your memory.

LITERACY – Reading

  1. In class we are focusing on the reading comprehension strategy of Asking Questions. Asking questions about your reading before, during and after makes you think more about what you just read. Before reading your home reading of 15 minutes of your chosen Just Right Book, write down some of your before reading questions. You are probably in the middle of a book and know the characters, so you can make predictions and theories what might happen next.
  2. Read your 15 minutes of home reading but stop during the reading to think of your during reading questions. Write them down on sticky notes or in your homework notebook.
  3. Read your 15 minutes of home reading and at the end of the 15 minutes, think of after reading questions and write them down on your notebook. They might be answered the next time you are reading the same book.


  1. 1. Practice Division playing these fun games on http://www.fun4thebrain.com/division.html. On the website you can choose what you are interested in and have a game of Division about that topic! When starting, choose first a fact family that is between 1-6.
  2. 2. Now that you are more familiar with the games, choose a fact family in between 7-12. Try to be as fast as you can! Have fun!


  1. In class we are preparing ourselves to start an information report on an explorer. At home try to fill the Explorer Profile and see how much you already know of the explorer you have chosen. Please try to find information to cover every point.



J4R Homework for the Week of February 27 – March 2: Welcome back after February Break!

LITERACY – Reading and Writing

I hope you are well on your way with your ancestor biography. This week it is time to start typing/writing it up and inserting pictures, timelines, maps etc. in it. The project is due on Friday so make sure you are working towards that date. Please make sure your work includes a nice cover page and it is edited carefully and overall it looks like a beautiful, final copy!

LITERACY – Spelling and Word Study

  1. Do the words on your list no 13. Make sure you copy them with LOOK-COVER-SAY-WRITE method. Make sure you also write all the 20 with your neatest handwriting!
  2. Now write up the words using colorful bubble letters into your homework book!


  1. Division! Let’s see where we are at with the Test Preps. Read the tasks carefully to avoid unnecessary mistakes!
  2. Continue to see how well you are doing with Division with the Test Prep p. 245

Homework for the Week of February 13 – 16

LITERACY – Reading and Writing

We will start a project of writing a biography of our ancestors. Please see the additional instructions for it in the previous post. This project will be due on Friday March 2, so plan carefully with your family when you are going to work on it. Your parents might have to act as resources of information so please negotiate with them the best timetable for all of you. Maybe this week you can start by filling the timeline and deciding on which questions you will focus on. You might want to create your own questions to best fit your person.

Suggested timeline for the work:

Week of February 13-16: Preparation of questions, filling in timeline, setting an interview time, looking for pictures or other primary sources

Week of February 20 – 24: Interviewing

Week of February 27 – March 2: Writing up the biography


  1. Division! Use your multiplication fact knowledge to solve the division problems.
  2. Division Word Problems. Read the problems carefully! Use the space to work on your problem, include drawings if necessary.


We are going to be working on independent Explorer report very soon. You have learnt about the explorations of Marco Polo and Christopher Columbus. You have also looked at Think Quest to learn more about other explorers. You might already have someone in mind that you would like to work on. Now spend some time looking for information on your explorer on Internet. See if there is enough information that you understand on him. If not, you might want to rethink your choice. Ask your parents help/permission to search on the Internet. Make some notes of websites that might be useful for your study.