Archive for October 2011

Hello Parents and Students,

Our field trip to the Field Museum is scheduled for November 15.  We will be leaving Ray School at 9:30, and returning by 1:30.  I am looking for 2 chaperones to assist me on this field trip.  sStudents will be going on a scavenger hunt through the Native American exhibits, and I will ask parents to oversee ten students on this assignment.

Thank you to the parents of Joi, Eli, and Camilla  for volunteering for the Nutcracker field trip on December 9.

ReadingThis week we continue Guided Reading Groups.  Students are working on Reading Strategies while reading their assigned books.  When not in Reading Groups, students will continue their Daily Five independent work daily during Reader’s Workshop.  Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making  Thinkmarks nightly to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will begin collecting observations for their next writing assignment:  Expository Essays.  These essays are different because they don’t tell stories, but instead investigate ideas that students have.    We will conclude our successful Writing Process by having an Author’s Chair on Monday and Tuesday.   Homework:  Students will make observations, develop ideas, and conduct observations on the conversations around them at home.  Don’t be surprised if your child asks you a thought-provoking question to gather an observation.

Math:  Unit 2:  Probability,  Estimating Products, Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals, The Lattice Method.    Homework: Study Link  2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

Checking Progress Quiz on Friday, November 4.

Science:  Students will be making further Moon Observations this week in our Measuring Time Unit.   This week, students will mimic the moon phases using a flashlight and moon bead in class.  Then, they will record their observations.  In addition,  students should continue to keep track of the moon phases for two weeks and write observations on their moon observation charts.

Social Studies:  Students should read Chapter 2, Lesson 3 this week.

Homework:  Weekly Workbook page 17 on Wednesday evening.    

Hello Parents and Students,

I am looking for volunteers to assist in possible field trips   in November and December. The first potential field trip is December 9 to see our classmates perform in The Nutcracker at Mendel Hall.  It will be a walking field trip in the morning.  We need 2-3 parent chaperones.  The other potential field trip will be in November to the Field Museum.  I will post information when I am certain of the date.

We received last minute information that we are required by the district to start a new assessment with our students.  This assessment is quarterly and will be taken by computer.  There will also be a written assessment.  The students will be tested on Reading and Math this Monday and Tuesday.  This will take place in the afternoon.

ReadingThis week we continue Guided Reading Groups.  GR groups are organized using the MAP testing scores from the beginning of the year.  Students will continue their Daily Five independent work daily during Reader’s Workshop.  Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making  Thinkmarks nightly to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will be publishing their Personal Narratives this week.    We will celebrate our successful Writing Process by having an Author’s Chair where students will be invited to share their written work with the class.  Final Essays are due on Wednesday, October 27.  Homework:  Students will have to publish their written work and create an About The Author placard with an illustration for homework on Monday and Tuesday evening.  Students will have to create a new Jot List for homework on Wednesday.

Math:  Unit 2:  Partial-Differences Subtraction, Addition and Subtraction Number Stories, Estimate Your ReactionTime, Chance Events.   Homework: Study Link  2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

Checking Progress Quiz on Monday, October 24.

Science:  Students will be making Moon Observations this week in our Measuring Time Unit.  Students will keep track of the moon phases for one week and write observations in their notebooks.  Students will read Moon Myths and write on of their own Moon Myths.

Social Studies:  Students should read Chapter 2, Lesson 2 this week and complete Weekly Workbook page 16 on Tuesday evening.  There will be a Vocabulary Quiz over Chapter 2, Lesson 1-2 on Thursday, October 27.

 

 

If you need to contact me for any reason, please do so at agkrecik@cps.edu

 

Hello Parents!

 

I just got word this week (Thanks Mrs. Schmidt!) that students from Room 304 are performing in this year’s Nutcracker, presented by the Hyde Park School Of Dance.  I would love if the class could make this a field trip and support our classmates’ performance.  Are you available to chaperone the morning of December 9th?  I am looking for 2-3 volunteers.

 

Thank you,

Ms. Krecik

Hello Parents and Students,

Progress Reports went home last Wednesday.  Could you please take a moment and sign the bottom of the Progress Report, cut it off, and return it with your child?  This way I can confirm that you did receive it.  Thank you.

ReadingThis week we will begin Guided Reading Groups.  GR groups are organized using the MAP testing scores from the beginning of the year.  I receive data from these tests that show me which students need more concentration on what reading skills.    Students will continue with the Daily Five Reading system every day.   Readers  Letters are an important part of the reading grade, so please ask your child from time to time to bring their notebooks home for you to view.    Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making  Thinkmarks nightly to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will be completing their final drafts of their Personal Narratives this week.    We will discuss these topics as they pertain to the craft of writing:  Using Rich Details, Paragraphing,  and Creating a Closing.   Homework:  Students will have writing homework this week to practice the revision techniques taught in class:  Paragraphing and Closing Paragraphs.

Math:  Unit 2:  Partial-Differences Subtraction, Addition and Subtraction Number Stories, Estimate Your ReactionTime, Chance Events.   Homework: Study Link  2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6(?)

Checking Progress Quiz on Friday, October 21.

Science:  Students will be making Moon Observations this week in our Measuring Time Unit.  Students will keep track of the moon phases for one week and write observations in their notebooks.  Students will read Moon Myths and write on of their own Moon Myths.

Social Studies:  This week we will begin Chapter 2 in our Social Studies books.  Students will be introduced to Current Events assignments this week.  I will post a Rubric that explains the assignment on this blog under the Tab:  Rubrics.

 

If you need to contact me for any reason, please do so at agkrecik@cps.edu

 

Hope that you have enjoyed this amazing extended weekend weather!  Progress Reports will be sent home on Wednesday.  Please review these with your child.  Also, remember that the grades on the reports have 5 more weeks to mature.

Candy Sales are due Tuesday, October 11!  Please send the order forms to school with your child.

ReadingStudents will continue with the Daily Five Reading system in the mornings.    They will be responsible for writing to me weekly in their Reader’s notebooks.  There is sufficient time in class to do this, although some students may opt to work on this at home, too.   Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making 2 Thinkmarks nightly to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will be continuing their Personal Narratives this week.    We will discuss these topics as they pertain to the craft of writing:  Using Rich Details  and Creating a Closing.   Homework:  Students will have writing homework in their Writer’s journals almost nightly this week to practice the revision techniques taught in class.

Math:  Unit 2:  Partial Sums addition,Partial-Differences Subtraction, Addition and Subtraction Number Stories, and Estimate Your Reaction Time.  Homework: Study Link  2.2, 2.3, 2.4

Checking Progress Quiz on Friday, October 14.

Science:  Students will be making their own calendar systems this week to keep track of time.  We will read about the origin of calendars in other cultures.  Science Homework:  Calendars due and Sum It Up page due on Friday, October 14.

Social Studies:  This week we will be reviewing Lessons 1-5 from Chapter 1.  We will test over Chapter 5 on Friday, October 14.  Students may use their Social Studies notebooks for the Chapter 1 test.

 

If you need to contact me to discuss any questions you may have, please do so at agkrecik@cps.edu

 

 

 

Hi Parents,

Please check your child’s folder for graded work coming home today.  They will have a Math test that I want you to see.  In addition, I have assigned some extra homework this weekend since we are off on Monday.  Students will be writing their final letters to Mayor Emmanuel about suggestions they have for the extra time in a longer school day.  Students will also play teacher by grading a Book Recommendation from a former student using the grading Rubric.  Finally, students will have a Math assignment to complete.

 

Candy Sale Order forms are due Tuesday!!!!! Please sell and support our school.

Be well.

Ms. Krecik

Happy October!  Since this is the beginning of the month I wanted to ask  for your help.  Celebrating 26 birthdays throughout the year means taking away from educational learning.  I am asking that all birthdays be celebrated  on the last Friday of every month.  Please send enough snacks for your child’s class.  I am encouraging you to think outside the box as far as snacks and find alternative healthy options, as well.  Thank you for your understanding.

REMINDERS:  There are still quite a few students who need to pay class fees!  Please make a check, money order, or cash for $85.  Make checks payable to Ray School.

We STILL really need Cleaning wipes for the classroom!  Please donate if you can.  Thank you to Joi Price’s family for donating some wipes last week!

ReadingStudents will continue with the Daily Five Reading system in the mornings.    They will be responsible for writing to me weekly in their Reader’s notebooks.  There is sufficient time in class to do this, although some students may opt to work on this at home, too.   Homework:  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making 2 Thinkmarks nightly to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will be continuing their Personal Narratives this week.    We will discuss these topics as they pertain to the craft of writing:  Sequencing your story, creating a good Grabber Lead, and Using Sensory Details to enhance your storytelling.  Homework:  Students will have writing homework in their Writer’s journals almost nightly this week to practice the revision techniques taught in class.

Math:  We will continue to practice our multiplication facts daily.  Students will work on   Factor Strings/Prime Factorization on Monday, we will review Unit 1 on Tuesday, and students will take the Unit 1 test on Wednesday.  On Thursday and Friday we will begin Unit 2:  Estimation and Partial Sums addition.  Homework: Study Link 1.9, 2.1, 2.2

Unit 1 test on Wednesday, October 5.  Please ask to see your child’s test.  I should have them graded and handed back by Friday at the latest.

Science:  Our Sunclock investigations were interrupted by lack of sun last week.  Hopefully we can finish these this coming week and complete some scientific data in our notebooks based on our findings.  Students have learned how to set up their Science notebook investigations, and we have reviewed the Science notebook rubrics so that they know what is expected of them. Science Homework:  Sum It Up page due on Friday, October 7.

Social Studies:  This week we will continue to take notes in our Social Studies notebooks. Students will read Lesson 5, define vocabulary, and answer questions.  There will be a Vocabulary Quiz over Lesson 3, 4, and 5 vocabulary on Friday.