Archive for October 2009

Dear Parents,

I hope this finds you well.  As a second reminder, please make sure to send back the bottom portion of your child’s progress report signed.  If you have already done so, thank you very much.  If you would like to schedule a conference with me, please email me so we may set up a time.  My email address is agkrecik@cps.edu.

Last week, we did not get to accomplish as much work as I anticipated due to the assessments we took on Tuesday and Wednesday.  This week, we plan on playing some catch-up.  Friday is Ray School’s annual Literacy Parade.  If your child plans on dressing up for the day, have your child connect the costume to a character from a favorite book.  Masks and accessories will not be allowed. In addition, if your child would like to pass out candy, make sure that they have enough for all 27 students.

Finally, a letter is being sent out this week requesting classroom fees.  The classroom fee is $85.  Classroom fees support Room 304 directly.  They are used to furnish supplies, as well as pay for class field trips.  Our classroom is in need of funding.  Please do your best to help.  Thank you to all parents who have paid classroom fees this year.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing their letters to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students should continue to work towards their 5 week AR goal.  AR is worth 10% of the overall reading grade.  We will continue to read Maniac Magee, by Jerry Spinelli, as a class.  In addition, Guided reading groups will be assigned this week.  Students will be working on identifying text features in nonfiction texts.

Writing: We will continue to explore sensory detail in our own writing this week.  We will discuss simile and metaphor, and apply these techniques to enhance our writing.  Students will be expected to write at home in their Writer’s journals on Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Math: Homework: Study links 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7.  Students will have a short quiz on Friday to review what they have learned.

Science: This week, students will work in small groups to construct and regulate sinking water clocks and plan and conduct an experiment with them. Students will also read about the history of water clocks.  Students should find 3 resources for Science fair by the end of the week.  They should cite the information and begin writing the research portion of their science project.  I will send home information about this on Monday.

Social Studies: Students will continue their group work this week to research an assigned Native American tribe. Tuesday homework: Study and review for Unit 2 exam.

Spelling: Students should study the spelling list of words attached to this overview nightly.  This week’s spelling test will be Friday.

Dear Parents,

This week please make sure to send back the bottom portion of your child’s progress report signed.  If you requested a conference, I will be contacting you in the next few days to solidify a meet-up time, if one has not been set up already.  If you would still like to meet, please email me to set up an appointment.  My email address is agkrecik@cps.edu.

This week, students will be completing a beginning-of-the year benchmark assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students will repeat this assessment later in the school year to chart their annual growth.  There is no school this Friday, October 23.  If you would like to place a Scholastic Book order, please do so by Thursday.

Reminders:

Our classroom is always in need of Kleenex, hand sanitizer, and paper towel.  Please contribute to our classroom when you can.

Reading: This week during Reader’s Workshop, students will be responsible for completing one letter to me about the book they are reading in their Reader’s journal.  Students should continue to work towards their 5 week AR goal.  AR is worth 10% of the overall reading grade.  In addition, as a class, we will begin a shared reading of Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli this week.

Writing: Students are continuing to work on their rough drafts this week.  We will be discussing how to include sensory details in their writing.  Students will be expected to write at home in their Writer’s journals on Tuesday and Thursday evening.

Math: Homework: Study links 2.4, 2.5, 2.6. Students will have a short quiz on Thursday to review what they have learned.

Science: This week, students will work in small groups to simulate the moon’s phases.  Because of the shortened week, we were unable to complete the moon mythology.  This week, we shall.   Monday Homework:  Write your own original myth about the sun and moon. Students must develop their hypothesis this week and find 3 resources (either in the public library or on the internet) to support their experiment.

Social Studies: Students will be working in groups this week to research an assigned Native American tribe. Tuesday homework: Read pp. 58-63 and answer questions 2 and 3 on page 63.

Spelling: Students should study the spelling list of words attached to this overview nightly.  This week’s spelling test will be Thursday.