Archive for February 2010

Dear Parents,

This week in Room 304, we will complete our ISAT test preparation.  Students will complete final Black History projects.  In addition, we will listen to Blues music and explore its connection to Black history.  On Friday, we will walk over to the Museum of Science and Industry to view the exhibit, Black Creativity exhibition, Taking Charge of YOU! Because this is a walking field trip, I could use several parent chaperones.  I will be sending home a permission slip on Monday. If you have any questions, please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will continue to identify poetic devices in poetry, and we will create our own original poetry using poetic devices.    In addition, we will investigate the poetry of Langston Hughes and its connection to Blues music.  Students will make their own Blues poems in the style of Hughes.  As always, students should be reading AR books at home nightly.  AR is 10% of the overall reading grade.

Writing: Students will be completing Black history essays/projects.  This week, we will begin to explore fractured fairy tales.  Then, we will begin planning and writing original stories in class.

Math: This week, we will focus on lessons in our ISAT Coach books.  We will focus on measurement, geometric shapes, and algebraic expressions.  Students will respond to an extended response question for Monday and Wednesday homework.  We will play Math Jeopardy to review concepts we have learned throughout the year.

Science: This week we will learn how to prepare different slides for our microscopes and determine appropriate slides for specimens.  Students will have Sum It Up pages to write in their notebooks for Tuesday homework.

Social Studies: We will continue our study of the Middle Colonies this week.  Students will examine the differences between the New England colonies and the Middle colonies.    Monday homework:  define key vocabulary and focus questions.  Wednesday homework:  define key vocabulary and focus questions.  Thursday homework:  Using details from the reading, students will write letters to colonists in the New England colonies describing the differences.  There will be a Social Studies assessment on Friday that covers Chapter 7.

Spelling: Because of the important work we are doing in class for ISAT prep, we are suspending spelling until after ISATs are complete.  We will resume weekly spelling in March.

Reminders!!!!!  There will be no school Monday, March 1.  Please try your best to get your child to school on time!  With ISAT testing fast approaching, we want to ensure all students get into a routine that will have them at school on time, awake, and well-rested.  Thank you!

Dear Parents,

This week in Room 304, we will concentrate on ISAT test preparation.  Students will continue to write and refine expository essays.  In addition, we will continue to focus on extended response writing in Math and Reading to prepare for ISAT testing.  If you have any questions, please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will continue to investigate the elements of a story this week, focusing on point of view and characterization.  In addition, we will identify poetic devices in poetry, and we will create our own original poetry using poetic devices.  Students should be reading AR books at home nightly.  AR is 10% of the overall reading grade.

Writing: Students will write expository essays on important African-Americans.  This will be the centerpiece of their Black History project.  Essays are due, final and complete on Monday, February 22.

Math: This week, we will focus on lessons in our ISAT Coach books.  We will focus on decimals/percents/fractions and estimation to prepare for ISATs.  In addition, students will work on an extended response problem this week.  We will examine each other’s problems and grade them in class against the ISAT rubric.

Science: This week we will examine objects in microscopes and determine our “Field of View”, or how much do we see in a microscope.  Students will learn how to prepare a slide.

Social Studies: We will begin our study of the Middle Colonies this week.  Students will examine the differences between the New England colonies and the Middle colonies.  Using details from the reading, students will write letters to colonists in the New England colonies describing the differences.

Spelling: Because of the important work we are doing in class for ISAT prep, we are suspending spelling until after ISATs are complete.  We will resume weekly spelling in March.

Reminder!!!!!  Please try your best to get your child to school on time!  With ISAT testing fast approaching, we want to ensure all students get into a routine that will have them at school on time, awake, and well-rested.  Thank you!

Dear Parents,

This week in Room 304, we will continue to concentrate on writing expository essays as part of our ISAT practice.  In 5th grade, students are required to write an expository essay during ISATs.  In addition, we will begin to focus on extended response writing in Math and Reading to prepare for ISAT testing.  I am available for conferencing most mornings between 8:30 and 9.   Please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: In addition to students’ daily responsibilities in Reader’s Workshop, we will focus on identifying the elements of a fairy tale.  Students will work in guided reading groups to compare/contrast two versions of the same fairy tale.   We will work in our ISAT prep books during the week and students will have ISAT prep work over the long weekend.  Students will receive their new AR goal this week.  Make sure that your child is reading an AR book at home.  AR is 10% of the overall reading grade.

Writing: Students will continue to improve writing practice for expository essays.  We will focus on Varying Sentence Structure this week.

Math: This week, we will cover lessons 5.5 and 5.6 this week.  Students will be converting fractions to decimals to percents.  Expect students to have math homework every night this week.  In addition, we will continue developing our short and extended responses in class.  Students will take a short quiz on Wednesday.

Science: This week we will make our own magnifiers and develop hypotheses on what makes a good magnifier.

Social Studies: We will complete our study of the New England Colonies this week and take a test over Chapter 6 on Wednesday.   Students will be able to use their notes for the test.    In class, students will be writing a fictional letter to a relative back in England describing life in a New England colony.

Spelling: Because of the important work we are doing in class for ISAT prep, we are suspending spelling until after ISATs are complete.  We will resume weekly spelling in March.

Reminder!!!!!  There will be no school from 2/11-15

DON’T FORGET TO BRING A SACK LUNCH WITH YOU!!!!!!!!!!!