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Homework for February 13, 2019, D2 Day


INFINITE CAMPUS IS YOUR FRIEND.  Your children are acclimating nicely to the team, and we will be moving out of the "orientation" portion of September soon.  Therefore, we want to take a minute to remind you of how useful Infinite Campus is.  PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER FOR EMAIL COMMUNICATION VIA INFINITE CAMPUS.  Infinite Campus is not just about "checking your child's grades".  This tool also allows teachers to send detailed communications to families pertaining to classroom learning, and in some cases like Mrs. Kuvalanka's classes, it allows you to access resources via your child's account.  If you do not register for Infinite Campus emails, you will miss valuable team announcements and classroom information.  If you need assistance registering, please contact Jennifer Berchielli at ELMS (860-739-4491).

Language Arts


Grade 5:

Read 20 minutes

DPE week 16 Monday

Spelling page 60


Grade 6:

Read 30 minutes

DPE week 16 Monday

Spelling page 60


Lost your Reading Log for LA?  Print one here:



5th: Riddle 7 and 8

6th: Study for test being taken this Wednesday. Use study guide, study island, or other worksheets.

Social StudiesStudents need to spend time each night between 2/14-2/19 finishing improving and adding facts/evidence to their Explorers System Map.  Maps are due 2/22.  Students are encouraged to work at home should their current map not reflect the level of learning they would like.  The remaining social studies classes will focus on the following areas:

2/14:  Improving the specificity of evidence.  As a general guideline (this has been on the classroom board for weeks), students should have 3-5 different explorers with each explorer having 3-5 detailed pieces of evidence about various aspects of exploration.  The more varied and specific the evidence, the better -- in theory.

2/15:  Improving the specificity of evidence and beginning to think about relationships on the map.  Relationships or connections are places where a student can show a cause and effect relationship between two different areas.  For example, if Columbus held a certain belief it may have effected his behavior -- world view (beliefs or religion effects economy -- who does what kind of work).  

2/20:  Continue to work on adding connections 

2/21:  Edit map for spelling, capitalization, and punctuation

2/22:  One last check over, students self-assess on rubric, and maps are shared via lucidchart


The first link below provides a SAMPLE of what a completed note card should look like and what kind of information it could contain.  The card is completed using information on Christopher Columbus.  Please excuse the small font in some of the fields, but it is the only way to all the screen shot to show most of the information.


The second link below provides a GENERAL SAMPLE that defines the type of information in each section of the note card.


This link provides a partial sample of a systems map for our learning on explorers


Follow this link for a copy of the Exploration Systems Map Rubric


CALLING MARINER MUSICIANS:  See email sent via Infinite Campus regarding video performances of student instrumental pieces for social studies mindfulness "sessions".

Students are advised to bring personal headphones or earbuds to school as a way ensure that they have the option to view any video learning resources.  Both text and video resources will be available (not of the same resource), but if a child wants to select a video from which to take notes, he/she will need to have a listening device.  ELMS does not have enough in the school, so many students bring their own.  Some choose to do so for hygienic reasons as well:)

Personal devices in social studies:  As the SS Technology Expectations outlines, students are allowed to use personal devices to listen to music from time to time while conducting research.  Many students have expressed that listening to music increases their productivity and enjoyment while learning, so as long as the device is used solely for music, the student has headphones, and parents allow the child to bring said device to school, it is allowed at times in class.

Science: None