Archive for March 2010

Dear Parents,

Happy Spring!  This is our last week before Spring Break, so we are finishing up our Fractured Fairy tale work in Reading and Writing with a movie viewing of the film, Hoodwinked,  on Friday.  I will provide popcorn and drinks for the students. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference to discuss your child’s progress, please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will complete our PowerPoint presentations this week, and students will submit completed PowerPoint presentations to me no later than Friday, March 26.  Students will work in table groups to practice and perform fractured fairy tale scripts this week.

Writing: Students will complete final drafts of original Fractured Fairytales.  Final drafts are due no later than Friday, March 26th.  Students will be allowed to illustrate and publish these stories for their Young Authors books. Other writing options for Young Author books will be discussed this week, and students will be given a deadline for all submissions for Young Authors books.

Math: This week students will complete lessons from Unit 6.  Specifically, students will analyze data and create stem and leaf plots for data.  Students will also practice adding and subtracting more fractions.  We will cover lessons 6.1, 6.3, 6.6, and 6.8.  There will be a short Checking Progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will develop predictions and organize information in our notebooks for observing an onion.  We will prepare slide three different ways to observe the outer skin to a longitudinal section to a cross section.  The observation will end with an examination of cells on student-prepared slides.

Social Studies: We will study the events leading up to the Revolutionary war in Chapter 9 this week.  Students will take notes in preparation for the test on Thursday.  They can use these notes to help them answer questions for the test.

Spelling: We will continue spelling practice this week.  Please study with your child the spelling words.  The spelling test will be Friday.

Enjoy Spring!

Dear Parents,

Before I forget, I wanted to send a great big thank you to Mr. Jackson for stepping in at the last moment to assist in our field trip.  It was a great help.  In addition, I wanted to thank the Hernandez family and the Begin family for your donations to the classroom.  We could still use tissue, hand sanitizer, and reams of loose-leaf paper for the classroom.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference to discuss your child’s progress, please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will begin to develop our PowerPoint presentations for our Guided Reading comparisons this week.  Students practiced using PowerPoint in computers last week and seemed to really enjoy the application.  They will be using a checklist to assist them, and I will be grading them based on a rubric.

Writing: Students will continue writing their own fractured fairy tales this week.  We will focus on Varying Sentences and Show, Don’t Tell in minilesson this week to help students improve their writing.

Math: This week students will finish studying Unit 5.  We will complete lessons 5.9, 5.10 and 5.11 which focus on making and reading circle graphs.  Students will review all of Unit 5 on Thursday and students will take the Unit 5 test on Friday.  Please look for the Study Packet, and review it with your child in preparation for this week’s test.

Science: This week we will prepare different slides for our microscopes and determine appropriate slides for specimens.  Then, we will begin our investigation of an onion.  Science has been neglected during ISAT testing, but I predict we will pick up and breeze through the next few investigations.

Social Studies: We will complete our study of the Southern Colonies this week.  Students will take notes in preparation for the test on Thursday.  They can use these notes to help them answer questions for the test.  Students will be given a review assignment on Tuesday to help them prepare for the test.

Spelling: We will resume spelling practice this week.  Please study with your child the spelling words.  The spelling test will be Friday.

Enjoy Spring!

Dear Parents,

This week in Room 304, we will complete our ISAT testing on Tuesday.  On Wednesday we will resume with our regular schedule again. On Wednesday, I will hand out Five week Progress reports.  Remember that the grades reflected provide students and parents with feedback and an opportunity to work towards bettering the grade over the next five weeks. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a conference to discuss your child’s progress, please contact me via email:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will begin working in partnerships to develop PowerPoint presentations of our findings in Guided Reading groups.  Students have been examining two different versions of the same fairy tale and comparing/contrasting.  Now it is their opportunity to present their findings to the class in a multimedia project.  I will be collaborating with Ms. Zivko, our computer teacher, to complete this assignment.

Writing: Students will begin writing their own fractured fairy tales towards the end of the week.  I will provide guidance by demonstrating how to use a story map organizer to “map out” their story.  Students will complete their own before beginning their rough drafts.

Math: This week, we will resume our regular schedule on Wednesday and will continue studying Unit 5.  This week we plan to cover lessons 5.5 – 5.8, which focus on converting fractions to decimals and percents. There will NOT be a quiz this week.

Science: This week we will complete our investigation on preparing different slides for our microscopes and determine appropriate slides for specimens.  Students will have a Sum It Up page to write in their notebooks for Tuesday homework.

Social Studies: We will begin our study of the Southern Colonies this week.  Students will examine the differences between the Middle colonies and the Southern colonies.    Wednesday homework:  define key vocabulary  Friday homework:  focus questions.

In addition, we will read about Ben Franklin in class.  Students will be responsible for identifying one important invention/discovery and write one paragraph describing the importance of this contribution.  We will then place these paragraphs in a Ben Franklin timeline.  I will distribute a handout and rubric for this assignment on Friday.

Spelling: We will resume spelling practice next week.

HELP!  We could really use some classroom contributions of Kleenex, paper towel, hand sanitizer, and loose-leaf paper.  If you are able to donate any of these items, we would greatly appreciate it.