Archive for April 2010

April 26, 2010

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Our classroom has a wonderful opportunity to participate in the smART Explorers program at the smART museum in Hyde Park.  The smART program is described on their website (http://smartmuseum.uchicago.edu/education/explorers.shtml) :

smART Explorers is a multi-visit tour program. Through weekly classroom discussions and museum visits, art-making activities, writing, sketching, and gallery talks, students explore art and build their critical thinking capacities and communication skills. The program culminates with a final event during which students discuss their selected artwork in the Museum’s galleries with an audience of classmates and family members.

In order to participate in this exciting opportunity, I will need two parent volunteers for each visit.  Please look at the dates listed below, and consider becoming one of the parent/guardian volunteers for this exciting experience.  Just leave me a comment here or write me a note telling me what date you are available and return with your student.  I will confirm your participation after I receive notice.

Thank you,

Ms. Krecik

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I can chaperone!  Here are my available day(s):

Date

Thursday, May 6 (visit 1 Smart Museum) 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 13 (visit 2 Smart Museum) 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Hyde Park Art Center studio visit MAY 18, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Thursday, May 20 (visit 3 Smart Museum) 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 27 (visit 4 Smart Museum) 1:15-2:45 p.m.

Dear Parents,

This week is full of fun and academically challenging tasks for students to complete in and out of class.  Most importantly, we will have a Social Studies test on Wednesday and a Math test on Friday. I have several report cards still in my possession.  If you cannot schedule a conference, please send a note with your child requesting the report card, and I will send it home for you to view.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will continue analyzing food labels, looking for nutritional information and examining serving size.  Guided Reading groups will continue studying different topics related to health and nutrition.  As a class, we will examine food advertisements, and determine what strategies are used to sell products.

Writing: We will continue to create different types of poems to include in poetry books.  These are:  Color, Creature Alliteration, and Concrete.  Students will be writing poetry as homework assignments throughout the week.  Students will be given time to type and illustrate poems in computer lab.  The completed project will be graded based on book requirements and a rubric.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 7.  Specifically, students will continue adding and subtracting positive and negative numbers.  We will cover lessons 7.9,  7.10, and 7.11.  We will review on Thursday, and students will take the Unit test on Friday.

Science: Last week we were unable to begin our new Science unit, so this week we will begin Levers and Pulleys.  Students will construct a class-1 lever.  Students will identify the fulcrum and lever arm, and students will determine the best position of each.

Social Studies: We will complete our study of the events leading up to the Revolutionary war in Chapter 10 this week.  We will take notes on the Battle of Bunker Hill on Monday.  Students will create timelines of the major events that led to the war in cooperative groups.  These will be completed in class and sue on Wednesday.  We will take our unit test on Wednesday.  Students, as usual, can use their notes to complete the test.

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

Dear Parents,

This week, our class will be attending a classical concert at Mendel Hall on Monday afternoon.  We will be leaving after lunch, so students do not need to pack a lunch.  In addition, Parent-Teacher conferences are on Wednesday, April 21.  There is a sign-up sheet for conferences on the bulletin board at the front entrance.  Please sign up for a time and do your best to be prompt.  Conferences are only 10 minutes long, but if we discover we need more time, we can schedule a future conference.  Finally, we are in dire need of classroom essentials:  paper towel, Kleenex, and hand sanitizer.  Please help our classroom to replenish these supplies!

Reading: We have begun our Guided Reading groups, studying Science issues related to plants, health, nutrition, and the human body.  Students should in food labels from three different food groups on Tuesday. We will analyze food labels and discuss nutrition information and serving size.

Writing: Postcard stories are due Monday.  We will begin creating several types of poems to include in their books.  These are:  Acrostic, Alphabet Alliteration, and Cinquain.  The completed project will be graded based on book requirements and a rubric.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 7.  Specifically, students will continue comparing positive and negative numbers, add positive and negative numbers, and subtract positive and negative numbers.  We will complete lesson 7.7 and cover lessons 7.8, 7.9, and 7.10.  There will be a short Checking Progress quiz on Friday.

Science: This week we will begin a new Science unit:  Levers and Pulleys.  Students will construct a class-1 lever.  Students will identify the fulcrum and lever arm, and students will determine the best position of each.

Social Studies: We will complete our study of the events leading up to the Revolutionary war in Chapter 10 this week.  We will discuss the First Continental Congress, and students will participate in a mock Congress, preparing statements of key issues that concerned the colonists.  We will take notes on the first battles at Lexington and Concord and students will listen to John Henry’s famous “Give me liberty…” speech.

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

Dear Parents,

I hope you have been enjoying the wonderful spring weather thus far.  As the season changes, students begin to think of summertime.  Please remind your child how important it is to remain focused and end the school year strong.  Today is the beginning of our 4th quarter.  Parent-Teacher conferences will be next week.  I look forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress.  Please contact me via email with any questions:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: Our first week back was a week of establishing routines again.  Therefore this week we will begin our integrated Reading/Health unit on nutrition.  We will analyze the food groups, assign attributes to each food group, and students will create their own food pyramids.  Please have students bring in food labels from all the food groups to analyze in class.

Writing: Students will complete their Postcard fiction stories this Tuesday.  Then, we will begin exploring different types of Poetry in our Poetry book unit.  Students will be creating several types of poems to include in their books.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 7.  Specifically, students will learn and practice parentheses in number sentences and order of operations.  Students will also create line graphs for a given set of data and learn to order positive and negative numbers.  We will cover lessons 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 7.7 and 7.8.  There will be a short Checking Progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will look at brine shrimp with microscopes.  Students will prepare well slides for viewing, and students will answer questions in their science notebooks about brine shrimp.

Social Studies: We will continue to study the events leading up to the Revolutionary war in Chapter 10 this week.  We will discuss the Boston Tea Party and the first Continental Congress.

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

Dear Parents,

I hope everyone had a lovely Spring Break.  I just got in from San Francisco tonight, so this overview will remain short and to the point.  Remember that there will be no school on Friday for Professional Development for staff.  Please contact me via email with any questions:  agkrecik@cps.edu.

Reading: We will begin exploring the world of nutrition this week.  We will analyze the food groups, and students will create their own food pyramids.  Please have students bring in food labels from all the food groups to analyze in class.

Writing: Students will begin the week by creating fiction stories based on postcard prompts.  By the end of the week, we will begin exploring different types of poetry to begin our Poetry book unit.  Students will be learning about and creating several types of poems to include in their books.

Math: This week students will begin lessons from Unit 7.  Specifically, students will learn and practice exponential notation and scientific notation.  Students will also practice order of operations in number sentences.  We will cover lessons 7.1, 7.2, 7.3, and 7.4.  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 a radish and a celery cell.  We will prepare wet mount slides to examine cells on student-prepared slides.

Social Studies: We will continue to study the events leading up to the Revolutionary war in Chapter 10 this week.  We will create a class timeline to highlight the important events leading up to the Revolutionary War.

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