Archive for May 2010

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Ms. Rydel and Ms. Williamson for your participation in last week’s final field trip.    This week, we have our evening reception at the museum for the students on June 1 from 6-8 pm at the Smart Museum.  Please meet  outside the school at 5:45 to walk over together.  If you prefer, you may meet us at the museum.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Reading: We will continue to read The Witch Of Blackbird Pond. Students will refine their reading comprehension skills that we have been focusing on all year.  These include:  prediction, summarizing, visualizing, inferencing, and drawing conclusions.  In addition, students will read short fiction books to refine their skills in guided reading groups.  Students will respond to independent reading in their journals.

Writing: We will practice Poetry Performance techniques, and students will prepare poems to perform for next week’s Poetry Slam.    I will send home a notice of the Poetry Slam date and time this week, so please look for it in your child’s take home folder.  Students have finished their 5th grade timelines.  As a final writing piece, students will write a memoir of a moment on their timelines this week.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 8.  Specifically, students will multiply mixed numbers, find percentages of numbers, and find fractional units of a whole.  We will cover lessons 8.8, 8.9, and 8.10.  Students will take a Checking progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will continue to investigate Levers and Pulleys.  Students will construct and identify class-1, 2, and 3 levers and perform multiple trials for different experiments.  Students will continue to take Health and Human Development classes from Ms. Garcia.

Social Studies: Students will complete their study of Chapter 12:  The Constitution this week.   Students will respond to focus questions as homework. In class, students will take notes.  As a final Social Studies project, students will learn more about the Bill Of Rights through Reader’s Theatre scripts.

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

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Ms. Kim, Ms. Dillard, Ms. Brown, and Ms. Riley for your participation in last week’s field trips.    It was a great help to the museum docents (and to me) to have parental support.  This week, we have our last field trip to the smART museum.  Parents- please meet us outside the cafeteria on Thursday at 1 pm.

Also, do not forget about the evening reception at the museum for the students on June 1 from 6-8 pm at the Smart Museum.  Please return red RSVP slips so that the museum may plan accordingly.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Reading: We will continue a shared novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond. Students will refine their reading comprehension skills that we have been focusing on all year.  These include:  prediction, summarizing, visualizing, inferencing, and drawing conclusions.  In addition, students will read short fiction books to refine their skills in guided reading groups.

Writing: We will continue to focus on the elements of poetry this week.   Students will analyze other poets’ work and write more authentic poetry.  We will practice Poetry Performance techniques, and students will prepare poems to perform.  In addition, students will begin work on their 5th grade timelines.  This will develop into an end-of-the-year writing piece for students to reflect on their school year.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 8.  Specifically, students will review multiplying fractions with whole numbers and practice multiplying fractions.  We will cover lessons 8.5, 8.7, and 8.8.  Students will take a Checking progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will continue to investigate Levers and Pulleys.  Students will construct and identify class-1, 2, and 3 levers and perform multiple trials for different experiments.  .

Social Studies: Students will continue to study Chapter 12:  The Constitution this week.   Students will define vocabulary and respond to focus questions as homework. In class, student groups will summarize the main idea in the text and report back to class for notes.

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

Dear Parents,

Before I forget- Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.  Remind your students that school is not over, please.

Thank you to Ms. Abernathy, Ms. Cole, and Mr. Robinson for your participation in last week’s walking field trip to the smART museum.    It was a great help to the museum docents (and to me) to have parental support.  This week, we have two separate field trips:

On Tuesday, we will go to the Hyde Park Art museum, where students will create self-portraits.  The field trip is scheduled for 10-11:30 am.  On Thursday, when we head back to the smART museum, we will leave around 1 pm again from the cafeteria.

Also, do not forget about the evening reception at the museum for the students on June 1 from 6-8 pm at the Smart Museum.  Please mark the event in your calendar.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Reading: We will continue a shared novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond. Students will refine their reading comprehension skills that we have been focusing on all year.  These include:  prediction, summarizing, visualizing, inferencing, and drawing conclusions.  In addition, students will read fiction books to refine their skills in guided reading groups.

Writing: Student Poetry Booklets are due Monday, May 17.  Now,   we will focus on the elements of poetry this week.   Students will analyze other poets’ work and write more authentic poetry.We will practice Poetry Performance techniques, and students will prepare poems to perform.  Stay tuned for the date and time announcement for Room 304’s Poetry Slam.

Math: This week students will continue lessons from Unit 8.  Specifically, students will review subtracting of mixed numbers and multiplying fractions.  We will cover lessons 8.3, and 8.5, and 8.6.  Students will take a Checking progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will continue to investigate Levers and Pulleys.  Students will construct a class-1 lever and perform multiple trials for different experiments.  Students will identify the fulcrum and lever arm, and students will determine the best position of each through trials and observation.

Social Studies: Students will take the Chapter 11 test on Monday. We will begin taking notes on Chapter 12 this week.  Chapter 12 is titled, “The Constitution”.  Students will define vocabulary and respond to focus questions as homework.

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

Dear Parents,

Thank you to Ms. Faulkner and Ms. Anderson for your participation in last week’s walking field trip to the smART museum.    It was a great help to the museum docents (and to me) to have parental support.  This Thursday, we will leave around 1 pm again from the cafeteria.  Also, so that you may prepare for the culminating event, we will have an evening reception at the museum for the students on June 1 from 6-8 pm at the Smart Museum.  This final celebratory event will be an opportunity for students to give their presentations.  Please mark the event in your calendar.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Reading: We will complete our nonfiction unit of study, “Nutritional Knowledge” this week.  Students will complete their guided reading groups this week that have also focused on health and nutrition.  Students will take a short assessment of their learning on Tuesday.  On Wednesday, we will begin a shared novel, The Witch Of Blackbird Pond. Students will refine their reading comprehension skills that we have been focusing on all year.  These include:  prediction, summarizing, visualizing, inferencing, and drawing conclusions.

Writing: Students will begin assembling their poetry books this week.  Time will be given to type out poems for books in computer lab.  Students may also   hand-write neatly poetry.  One drawing or illustration should accompany poems.  I encourage students to do a mixture of typed/handwritten/drawing/clip art to add to the creativity of their booklets.  Student Poetry Books should be completed and assembled at home.  I have extended the due date:  Booklets are due May 17. We will begin to look at the elements of all poetry this week, and students will analyze other poets’ work and write more authentic poetry.  Finally, we will define what a Poetry Slam is, as we prepare for next week’s performance poetry lessons.

Math: This week students will begin lessons from Unit 8.  Specifically, students will review adding mixed numbers and practice subtracting of mixed numbers, using calculators to solve fractions, and multiplying fractions.  We will cover lessons 8.3, and 8.4, and 8.5.  Students will take a Checking progress quiz on Thursday.

Science: This week we will investigate 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 through trials and observation.

Social Studies: We will finish taking notes on Chapter 11 this week.  Students will define vocabulary and respond to focus questions as homework.  Students will review for Chapter test.  In addition, students will create three test questions for Chapter 11.  Their test question may be used in the chapter test that will be given May 17.

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

Dear Parents,

Thank you so much, parents, for giving your time to attend and assist in our field trips in the month of May.  This week, we will begin our smART Explorers workshops at the smART museum in Hyde Park.  We will leave every Thursday after lunch and spend our afternoons exploring, creating, and writing about art.  So that you may prepare for the culminating event, we will have an evening reception at the museum for the students on June 1 from 6-8 pm at the Smart Museum.  This final celebratory event will be an opportunity for students to give their presentations.  Please mark the event in your calendar.  You may contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu if you have any additional questions.

Reading: We will analyze food advertisements this week, and students will design their own advertisement to sell their favorite food that they have written about previously.  We will brainstorm a list of advertising strategies that are used to sell products, and students will be required to use two of these devices in their ads.  Students will review the Food pyramid, and there will be a short assessment of their understanding on Friday.

Writing: We will continue to create different types of poems to include in poetry books.  These are:  5 Senses, Haiku, and Who, What, When, Where, Why poems.  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.  Poetry books are due May 14.

Math: This week students will begin lessons from Unit 8.  Specifically, students will review comparing fractions, and learn adding and subtracting of mixed numbers.  We will cover lessons 8.1, 8.2, 8.3, and 8.4.  Students will take a Checking progress quiz on Friday.

Science: This week we will investigate 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 through trials and observation.

Social Studies: Students will complete Unit 10 assessments in class Monday.  They will write a two paragraph essay explaining which events were most important to the Revolution.  We will begin reading and taking notes on Chapter 11 this week.  Students will define vocabulary and respond to focus questions as homework during the week.

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