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Parents,

It’s a quick week here at Ray.  I wanted to take a moment to to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am most thankful for the amazing class of students I have to teach this year.  What are you thankful for?
Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–

This week, students will abandon their typical Daily Five format to spend the two days of school reading independently and voraciously. I will introduce a class novel to the students and we will preview the novel.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will complete Writers conferences with me and publish their fictional narrative.  All narratives are due on Monday, November 30.

Math-

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3: Fractions. Wewill estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences. 3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies- We will create brochures of a chosen city in the world.  This brochure will be finished over Thanksgiving break and handed in on Monday, November 30.

Science- This week, Room 314 will test standard water clocks.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up” in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, math journal page 84

Tuesday/Thanksgiving break:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, publish narrative essay, complete travel brochure.

 

  • Parent-teacher conferences are this week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets were sent home last week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.  I will do my best to get as close to your preferred times as I can.
  • If you do not have a scheduled conference you may come to pick up your child’s report card and we can schedule a conference at a later time.
  • There will be no conferences from 3-4 pm.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  The next PTA meeting is this Thursday at 6 pm.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly for 30 minutes minimum from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and infer predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  story diagram, grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will compare fractions on a number line, play a version of Fraction Top-it game and discuss strategies to develop larger fractions, and estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences.  3.4-3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies-  We will continue Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 4 will tell the story of other nations exploring during the early exploration of the Americas.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will devise water clocks to calculate a 15 second interval.  Students will perform multiple trials to test the reliability of their clocks and draw conclusions about the stability of their new timekeepers.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up”  in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 77-78 Home Link 3.4  Home Link 3.5  Home Link 3.6
Writing  Complete your Story diagram in your notebook.  Work on revisions Work on revisions  Publish Essay.Weekend Page in Writer’s notebook
Social Studies  Study Chapter 3 vocabulary.  “Other Nations Explore” worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

 

  •  We have a rather quick week!  Please check the homework chart for updates throughout the week.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are next week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets will be sent home this week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, create character sketches of main characters in the story, and make predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will connect division to fractions and interpre the remainders as fractions.  We will cover lessons 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 3 will center on the Spanish claims on the new world.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will graph our sunshadow lengths on a chart to determine relationships between the shadow length and the time of day.  Then, students will complete calendars.  If time permits, we will identify the main phases of the moon.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 71, Home Link 3.1 MJ pages 74-75, Home Link 3.2  Home Link 3.3
Writing Write an Evening Page reflection about your first quarter in 5th grade.
Social Studies “Spanish Exploration” worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Our first research project was sent home on Friday.  The “Famous Dead People Project” is an assignment that will be completed at home and ready to present on Friday, October 30.  Students should come dressed as their dead person and have props, posters, and notecards with their speech on it.  We will present throughout the day, as we have a field trip to the Logan Center Of The Arts during that day.  Therefore, I expect presentations to take place throughout the day.
  • I still have not received all Progress Report slips.  Please send back the bottom portion of the CPS progress report so that I know you have received it.
  • Sign up for Gradebook online.  This tool allows you to view student progress, subject averages, and you can even set alerts when grade percentages drop below an acceptable amount.  For further details please inquire in the office.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, make connections to the text as they read, and make inferences about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will finish revisions for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   The revision tasks we will complete are:

  • Zooming In -students will select a place in their story to “zoom into” by adding more details and expression as they describe the scene.
  • Word Choice- students will replace basic words for more sophisticated synonyms

Students will publish essays this week.  The rubric for the published essays is available to view under the “Rubrics” tab on the blog.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.6-2.9 will be covered.    We will practice converting units of measure, use the traditional multiplication algorithm to multiply more complex multi-digit numbers, and develop and apply estimation strategies to determine the length of time it would take to make one million taps on a surface.

Social Studies-  Students will take the Chapter 2 test about Native Americans.  Then, as a culminating project, students will create Lakota Dreamcatchers and write legends about how the dreamcatcher came to be.

Science-

This week, Room 314 will complete and present their Survior Biome projects to the class.  Then, we will explore concepts of time in our Measuring Time unit. Students will create sunclocks, record time using the clocks, and make observations about the shadow length and its relationship to the time of day.  Then, students will graph their results.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.6 Home Link 2.7  Home Link  2.8  Home Link 2.9
Writing  Work on Narrative  Revisions  Finish writing Draft 2 with revisions.  Publish Narrative Essay- due Monday
Social Studies  Chapter 2 Review for test  Chapter 2 test  Complete your Dream catcher
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  Students in my room will present their Ecology projects about Biomes.    The students will differentiate between a biome and an ecosystem, and they will explore the factors that determine an ecosystem.
  • October 8 is the Ray School Open House.  It will take place from 4:30-6:00 pm.  I hope you can make it out to see the classroom and learn more about 5th grade.
  • October 9 is Picture Day.  Please send your student to school with the picture day order form, if you are not paying online.  All students will take pictures, regardless of whether they have an order form or not.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This allows students to explore comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in a supported structure.  The first groups have been determined based on first interviews with students, MAP testing results, and observation of individual need.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will work on revisions for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   The revision tasks we will complete are:

  • Grabber Lead -students will rewrite the introduction to their story to create a beginning that really “grabs” the reader’s attention
  • Zooming In -students will select a place in their story to “zoom into” by adding more details and expression as they describe the scene.

Math:  

In Math, students will take the Unit 1 test on Monday and Tuesday.  Then, students will begin Unit 2.  Lessons 2.1 and 2.2 will be covered.  We will explore place value and concepts of exponentational notation in a base ten set.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 will presnt their Survior Biome projects to the class.  Then, we will explore differences and similarities of a biome and an ecosystem.  We will identify the biotic and abiotic factors within an ecosystem.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 1 assessment  Math Boxes page 36  Study Link 2.1  Study Link 2.2  
Writing Work on Narrative  Revisions  Work on Narrative  Revisions
Social Studies  Plains worksheet  Southwest and West worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach a project-based Science class to room 315 this week.  The students will be researching biomes that exist around the world and presenting their findings to the class.  Room 314 will go to Science Theory with Ms. Lemberis.  There, they will study Life Science.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • October 8 is the Ray School Open House.  It will take place from 4:30-6:00 pm.  I hope you can make it out to see the classroom and learn more about 5th grade.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Ray’s first PTA meeting is September 24 at 6 pm.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!
  • We will have a make-up day this week for NWEA Map testing for Reading 

 

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose their first Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess letters.  Students will also be working on 4 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, Word Work, and Work On Writing.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a timeline of major events in their lives.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of thir timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will explore concepts of volume this week.  Lessons 1.5-1.8 will be covered.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 will be introduced to the project-based work we will do throughout the year in my science room.  The theme for the year is Ecology, and students will explore aspects of this theme beginning with a world-wide scope and eventually narrowing down to explore the ecology in their own backyards.  The first project will be:  Survivor Biomes.  Small groups will “crash” land in different biomes around the world.  They will research how they will survive in the biome, what foods they will eat, how they will get fresh water, what type of shelter they will create, to name a few.  Students will present their projects at the end of the week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.5  Study Link 1.6  Study Link 1.7  Study Link 1.8  
Writing Write a seed story from your top ten list  Write a seed story from your top ten list
Social Studies  Eastern Woodlands Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Dear Parents,

  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms were sent home  last week.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Ray’s first PTA meeting is September 24 at 6 pm.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

 

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose a practice Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I will assess future letters.

Students will also practice 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 5 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use each word in a sentence.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will draft, revise and publish their poems, “I’m From”.  Then, students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a timeline of major events in their lives.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of their timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will find areas of rectangles with fractional side-lengths.  Students will work on solving real-world area problems by exploring the area of a quilt.

Science:

This week students will begin investigations in the Science Unit, Measuring Time.  Students will explore the importance of time by estimating time to determine accuracy of this method, as well as using a sunclock to measure time by the tracking of shadows  Science work will be graded using a Science Notebook rubric.  You can locate and review the rubric under the Rubrics tab on our classroom blog homepage.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.2  Study Link 1.3  Study Link 1.4
Writing  Complete poem revisions of you did not do so in class.  Writer’s Notebook:  Make A “Top Ten Most Memorable Moments Of My Life” list.
Social Studies Complete World Map  Early People Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

 

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Kazi S-T.                        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Kazi demonstrates a compassionate helpfulness throughout the class.  He helps others throughout the day to promote the Common Good of the classroom climate  You are appreciated for your kindness, Kazi!”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 312 this week.  Room 314 will be in Civics.  Please check Ms. Jack’s blog for work details.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

This week, students will begin work in Guided Reading groups.  Students will work in small groups to read a novel and work on comprehension skills that are deficient.    Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities:  Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission to listen to reading online.  READERS’  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Shared Reading in Scholastic SCOPE:  Students will annotate the text of the story, “Malala The Powerful” , andswer close reading questions, and respond to a writing prompt about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week,  students will finish revising first narrative essays and publish essays.    Then, they will begin prewriting a new narrative:  Connecting Art to Writing.  Students will view a large art print in class and write what they think the story is about in their notebooks.

Math:  

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will practice writing addition and subtraction number sentences for story problems, calculate data landmarks for an experiment on reaction time, identify terms for chance events, and estimate products.  We will cover lessons 2.4-2.7

Science (room 312)

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

This week, Room 312 will review Science lab procedures and expectations,  Then, students will work in pairs to experiment with sunclocks and learn about the moon phases sequence in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Investigation C:  Moon Phases

Science notebooks are due on Monday 10/6

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 312 his week and room 314 will go to Civics with Ms. Jack.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms were sent home  last week.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Ray School’s Open House is schedules for September 17 from 5-7.  Please come and see where your child is learning this year and meet the 5th grade team!
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  I will have PTA registration forms at Open House.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

 

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing the first Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Students will also be working on 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read TO Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 10 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use it in a sentence.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week,  students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a Timeline of major events in their lives.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of thir timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process, prewriting and possibly drafting, this week.

Math:  

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will increase our number sense knowledge in identifying factors, learn divisibility rules for numbers, and identifying composite and prime numbers.  We will have a Checking Progress quiz over Lessons 1.2-1.6 on Friday.

Science (room 312)

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

This week, Room 315 will learn the Science lab procedures, practice an introductory experiment about Time, and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations/Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.3  Study Link 1.4

Math Journal page 12

 Study Link 1.5  Study Link 1.6 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing    Writer’s Notebook:  Make A “Top Ten Most Memorable Moments Of My Life” list.  Complete Timeline sketches on your Writer’s notebooks.  Make sure you include a month and year for each event.  Work on Personal Timeline if you did not finish in class. FINAL Personal Timelines due today.Write a weekend letter to your family about your week at school.  Make sure they read and sign it.
Science (312)  Team-building day  Team-building wrap-up/Begin Investigation A  Complete Investigation A in your Science notebook/prep for Investigation B No Science today  (in-class) Complete Investigation B Science notebooks due
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Reading Log is due Monday.

 

 

Hello parents and students,

I am THRILLED to be back at it.  I hope you are well.

The important forms that need to be submitted from most students still are:

  1. Emergency Contact form
  2. Media Consent form
  3. Free and Reduced Lunch form
  4. Field trip Request form (I will be sending this form home with your student this Thursday)

The Class fee is $85.  Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.

 

This week in Readers Workshop, students will practice new skills that make up the Daily Five.  These are:  Read To Self, Listen to Reading, and Read With Someone.  In addition, students will be introduced to using Thinkmarks as they read so that they may keep track of their thinking as readers.  Finally, I will introduce and model the Reader’s Letter to students.  As I stated at Curriculum night, this is a weekly assignment students will submit to me for a grade.  I will write back to each student and communicate new challenges and suggestions for letters.  Reader’s letters are graded using a rubric.  If you look under the “Rubrics” tab, you can view the Reader’s Response rubric I use.  Thanks!

In Writer’s Workshop, students will be using jot lists to create poems titled, “I’m From”.  

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will increase our number sense knowledge in identifying factors, learn divisibility rules for numbers.  We will have a Checking Progress quiz Friday.

In Social Studies, students will explore landform regions of the United States.  Students should re-read Chapter 1, Lesson 1 at home to become more familiar with the dense material.  Student will have questions to answer in thier notebooks and a workbook page to do.

Science has begun, and last week students were introduced to the Science notebook.  Students will write down all investigations and submit their notebooks for grading purposes weekly.  This week, we will be creating sunclocks and measuring time based on the sun’s positioning in the sky.

Please see the homework chart below, and remember that I update any changes throughout the week on the chart.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math      Study Link 1.3-1.4   Study Link 1.5 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing     Complete Jot Lists in preparation for I’m From poem.    Write your weekend letter to your future self.
Social Studies/Science       Complete Workbook   page 1  
Reading     Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

This is our first week of the school year, and we will be working on our classroom routines and beginning our curriculum in Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.  Curriculum Night for Ray School is September 6th.  Please join us in the auditorium at 6 pm.  I look forward to meeting all parents and guardians that I have not been acquainted with yet.

 

ReadingWe will begin to learn the elements of our Reader’s Workshop routines this week (Daily 5, Accelerated Reader, how to check out books from the classroom library, book genres).  Students should be reading a chapter book at home at least 30 minutes nightly.  Students should choose books to read at home that are part of the Accelerated Reader program.

Writing:   We will begin to practice the elements of our Writer’s Workshop this week.  Students will learn how to create Jot Lists and practice writing them for homework.  Over the weekend students will write a “Dear Parent” letter for you to sign and return to me on Monday.

Math:  We will be spending time this week warming up our mathematical brains with a variety of math games and math drills.  Students will begin Unit 1 which requires a recall of basic multiplication facts.  Therefore, please practice multiplication facts at home.  Students will be taking multiplication drills every day to brush up skills.  There will be a timed practice quiz on Friday.

Science:  We will begin our Measuring Time unit this week.  Stay tuned for more information.

Social Studies:  This year we will be studying the History of the United States.  We will begin with an introduction this week, concentrating on Geographic terms and mapping North America and the United States, specifically.  Students will create fictional islands that include geographic landforms (5 terms minimum)– due Monday.

 

:::::Reminders:::::

The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP.  I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom.  Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change.  I do not have any at school.

 

If you are applying for the free/reduced lunch program, please submit your paperwork immediately.  This is very important to do so that your child can receive this benefit.

 

Don’t forget the join the PTA!  Ray’s PTA is such a vital part of our school culture.  Please support it.  There is a registration form in the information packet that you received if you came to Meet, Greet, and Find Your Seat last week.

 

Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room are:  Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, and Hand Sanitizer.  Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk.  Thank you!

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math    Study Link 1.1  Study Link 1.2  Math Journal pages 6-7 Multiplication quiz (timed)
Writing    Personalize your Writer’s Journal Create two jot lists in your journal.  Bring in an important object for Thursday.  Write a new Jot List:  Top 10 Important Events In My Life  Write your weekend letter.
Social Studies/Science          Complete Sketches for Geography–due Monday.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book Read for a minimum of 30 minutes in your Independent Reading book  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Greeting parents and students,

This is our last full week of school, and we have some hard deadlines for assignments:

Wednesday, June 6:  Memoirs are due.  This includes:  Introductory paragraph, 2 memoirs, concluding paragraph, and Top 10 lists, memos, and artwork.

Thursday June 7:  Current Events reports are due.  Students should type or handwrite VERY NEATLY a report on their chosen current event to report to the class.  Reports will be given on Thursday and Friday.  This will count as a Social Studies grade and as a Speaking grade.

Friday:  Unit 9 test:  Math

 

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 9.9      Study Link 9.10 Unit 9 test
Writing      Memoirs are due    “Letter to a 5th grader”Weekend letter- to Ms. Krecik
Social Studies/Science      SS Workbook page 66 Current Events reports are due  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Reader’s choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Reader’s choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark: Reader’s choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark: Reader’s choice  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book