Archive for November 2011

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!  It was nice to slow down and spend time with friends and family.  Last week, we did not accomplish everything on our agenda, so many of the assignments will be slid into this week’s agenda.  Thank you for you continued support, parents, of your child in my classroom.  I am very lucky to have such a supportive cast of parents this year.  Please remember that you may reach me at my email, agkrecik@cps.edu

ReadingThis week in our  GR Groups, students are working on Reading Strategies:  Making Inference/Prediction/ or Sketch To Stretch while reading their assigned books.  When not in Reading Groups, students will continue their Daily Five independent work.   In addition, students will define poetic devices and investigate their use in song lyrics for our Reading Strategies session this week.

Homework:  Students should read at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making  Thinkmarks  to help them think deeper about their reading.  Strategies used:  Sketch To Stretch and Inference/Prediction

Writing:   Students will create Graphic Organizers to use for Expository Essays.  Expository Essays are Non-Narrative, Five-Paragraph essays.  They will create a Thesis statement and write three supporting ideas that support the Thesis.  Then, they will create supporting details for each of the ideas.

Math:  Students will continue Unit 3:  Geometry.  Study Links 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, and 3.8 will be assigned.  In addition, students will complete a Tessellation project in class on Friday.  Please ensure that your child has a compass and protractor.

Science:  Students will conduct experiments on Sinking Water Clocks and record investigations in their Science Notebooks.

Homework for Thursday:  Sum It Up investigation

Social Studies:  Students will complete Graphic organizers for Lesson 4 and 5 this week in class.  In addition, students will present their Native American Projects to class.   Native American projects are due by the end of the week, December 2, at the latest.

There will be a  Vocabulary quiz over Chapter 2, Lesson 3, 4 and 5 on Wednesday, November 30.

Homework:  Workbook pages 20-21 due Wednesday, November 30.

 

Hello Parents and Students,

It was a pleasure to meet with so many of you at Parent-Teacher conferences.  This week will be short (again). There will be no Reader’s Letter due this week.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all.

ReadingThis week in our  GR Groups, students are working on Reading Strategies:  Making Inference/Prediction while reading their assigned books.  When not in Reading Groups, students will continue their Daily Five independent work.   In addition, students will define poetic devices and investigate their use in song lyrics. 

Homework:  Students should read at home at least 30 minutes nightly and making  Thinkmarks  to help them think deeper about their reading.

Writing:   Students will continue to collect Writing topics this week.  In addition, students will create Graphic Organizers to use for Expository Essays.  Expository Essays are Non-Narrative, Five-Paragraph essays.

As a culminating project, students will compose Reflection Essays for the D.A.R.E. program.

Math:  Students will begin Unit 3:  Geometry.  Study Links 3.3, 3.4, and 3.5 will be assigned.  Please ensure that your child has a compass and protractor.

Science:  Students will conduct experiments on Sinking Water Clocks and record investigations in their Science Notebooks.

Social Studies:  Students will read Chapter 2, Lesson 5 this week and define vocabulary words.  There will be a  Vocabulary quiz over Chapter 2, Lesson 3, 4 and 5 on Wednesday, November 23.

Native American Project:   This project will serve as a Chapter 2 assessment, in place of a test.

NOTICE: DATE CHANGE!!!  Projects are due December 2nd.   Students should continue researching their chosen Native American tribe.  They should have a project (from Choices) and Oral report ready to present to the class by December 2nd at the latest.  I will offer students one trip to the computer lab for research this week.

Hello Parents and Students,

This will be yet another short and busy week!  Parent/Teacher conferences are on Wednesday, November 16.  There is no school on this day.  If you have not received a note from me by Monday confirming your conference time, please email me to confirm a time.   If there is a free time slot available on the day of conferences, you may be able to sign up, but I cannot guarantee a time.  Thank you.

REMINDER:  Our field trip to the Field Museum is Tuesday! Make sure your student has a cold lunch, since we will be eating at the museum.

We will be leaving Ray School at 9:30, and returning by 1:30.  Thank you to the parents of Janiyah, Aubin, and Eli for helping out with this field trip.

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

Writing:   Students will continue 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.   This week, students will refine reflections/ideas by completing a worksheet to further their thinking on one topic.  This will be due by Monday, November 21.

Homework:  Students will  develop ideas further with the help of an Idea Prompt Organizer.  This will be assigned as a homework assignment, due Monday, November 21.

Math:  Unit 2 Review on Monday, November 14.  Students will have a Unit 2 Review packet to work on this week to prepare for the test.

Unit 2 Test on Thursday, November 17.

Science:  Moon observations will be due on Thursday, November 17.   Since students have held onto these a week longer, they should make sketches for these days.  In addition, questions on the backside of the worksheet should be answered.

Social Studies:  Students should read Chapter 2, Lesson 4 this week and define vocabulary words.

Students have been given the Native American Project Packet.  This project will serve as a Chapter 2 assessment, in place of a test.  Projects are due November 28th.   This week, students should begin researching their chosen Native American tribe.  They should have a project (from Choices) and Oral report ready to present to the class by November 28.  I will offer students two trips to the computer lab for research before Thanksgiving break.

Hello Parents and Students,

This week will be quick and busy!  There is no school on Thursday and Friday for Ray students.  I will be sending home a Field Trip Permission Form for you to fill out and return.  Please send this back ASAP so that it is on file.  This form will be on record as permission for your student to attend all field trips this year.

REMINDER:  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 still looking for 2 chaperones to assist me on this field trip.  Students will be going on a scavenger hunt through the Native American exhibits, and I will ask parents to oversee ten students on this assignment.  Please email me if you are available.

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

Writing:   Students will continue 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.   This week, students will elaborate on their observations by asking themselves:  This observation makes me think about…? 

Homework:  Students will  develop ideas about their observations, 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: Multiplying Whole Numbers and Decimals, The Lattice Method, Comparing Millions, Billions, and Trillions    Homework: Study Link  2.8, 2.9, 2.10

Unit 2 Test on Monday, November 14.

Science:  No Science investigations this week.  Moon observation worksheets are due on Wednesday, November 9.

Social Studies:  Students should read Chapter 2, Lesson 3 this week an define vocabulary words.  Students will be given the Native American Project Packet this week.  This project will serve as a Chapter 2 assessment, in place of a test.  Projects will be due November 28th.

Homework:  Weekly Workbook page 17 on Tuesday evening.