Archive for November 2012

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 3.10 Study for Unit 3 Exam  Unit 3 Exam  MJ pages 99-100Math Puzzler  Study Link 4.1
Writing  Finish writing your yellow first draft  Write long off a jot:  I wish I had control of…  Write your Weekend Letter
Science(302)  Finish Investigation A  Finish Investigation B  Finish Investigation C  Science notebook Investigations A, B, C, and D due!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Traits Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Traits  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Traits   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Traits  Read for a minimun 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a restful Thanksgiving break.  Here are a few items to ponder this week.

Rooms will be changing this week for Social Studies/Civics and Speech/Science.  Room 304 will be going to Mr. Kerney for 3 weeks of Social Studies; Room 301 will move to Mr. Cusick for Speech and Civics; Room 302 will be visiting me daily in the afternoon for Science.

Please facilitate an environment for independent reading at home.  Students have higher AR goals this quarter, and they must be reading and completing books to reach these Reading goals.Thank you for your support.

The Class fee is $85.   If you have paid already, thank you so much.  If you have not,  send payment when you can.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thanks!

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Reading Skill–  Character Sketch:   Students will select one character from currents IR books to focus on for the week.  Nightly, students will identify character traits and text details as they are reading that describe and demonstrate the traits.  They will record these on Thinkmarks.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Writer’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week, students will revise Postcard stories and practice Peer-editing with a writing buddy..  Students will learn the peer-editing practice, PQP, where they will praise, question, and help to polish their writing buddy’s story.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.6 Find whole-number quotients of whole numbers with up to four-digit dividends and two-digit divisors, using strategies based on place value, the properties of operations, and/or the relationship between multiplication and division. Illustrate and explain the calculation by using equations, rectangular arrays, and/or area models.

On Monday and Tuesday we will review for the Unit 3 Exam.  Wednesday we will test for Unit 3.  Then, on Thursday, we will begin Unit 4:  Division.  Students will be introduced to the Partial-Quotients algorithm.  See this link for a video that explains this method:  http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/teaching-topics/computation/div-part-quot/

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week.

 

Science-(Room 302) “Microworlds”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Investigation A:  Students will be challenged to recall the details of a penny, observe a penny for one minute and draw it again, and finally use magnifiers to record details.

Investigation B:  Students will practice making more detailed observations and record them in sketches and writing

Investigation C:  Students will practice using different kinds of lenses to magnify objects.

Investigation D:  Students will practice using a microscope today.

Investigation 1-4 are due for grading on Thursday.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 3.8 or bring  canned good! Study Link 3.9  Study Link 3.10    
Writing  Write Long off a Jot:  Expert jot  Complete rough draft for your postcard story  Complete Rough draft for your postcard story.    
Science(304)    Finish investigations for grading.  Science notebook Investigations 3 and 4 due!    
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes daily over Thanksgiving break    

Dear Parents,

It was a pleasure to meet with so many parents for conferences this first quarter.  Remember that I am only an email away— feel free to contact me with any questions you might have or to schedule a conference.  Please email me by copying and pasting my e-address (there have been some problems reported with the contact form on my blog).

agkrecik@cps.edu

The Class fee is $85.    Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Reading Skill–  Drawing Conclusions:   Students will make draw conclusions as they are reading and provide evidence to support the prediction they made from the text.

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in abbreviated Guided Reading group this week due to the short week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

 Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework so that students may meet Accelerated Reading goals for the 2nd Quarter.

Writer’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.

This week, students will be given a random postcard picture to create a story about.   In addition, students will continue writing long about Expert Jots in their Writer’s notebook.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

This week we will define tessellations, determine which polygons tessellate, and create tessellations in class.  Students will find the sum of the measures of the angles in any polygon.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week.

 

Science-(Room 304)

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Investigation 3:  Students will practice using different kinds of lenses to magnify objects.

Investigation 4:  Students will practice using a microscope today.

Investigation 3 and 4 are due for grading on Wednesday.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math      Study Link 3.6  Study Link 3.7 Weekly Puzzler due today.

MJ pages 79, 81

Writing      Write Long off a Jot:  Expert jot   Weekend Letter:  Write a reflection about your first quarter.  Address it to me. (If you did this as last weekend’s assignment, you are excused this week!)
Science(304)       Science notebook Investigations A and B due Friday!  
Reading     Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions  Read for 75 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

Tuesday (11/13) is Parent-Teacher conferences.  I have many parents signed up for conferences via the form I sent home.  Thank you very much!    There are still some time slots available, so please email me and I will do my best to accommodate your request:  agkrecik@cps.edu.  If you did not return a form, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to see you for a conference.

The Class fee is $85.    Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Reading Skill–  Making Predictions:   Students will make predictions as they are reading and provide evidence to support the prediction they made from the text.

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks. 

AR goals are up and students should be working towards meeting their goal.  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework.

Students will meet in abbreviated Guided Reading group this week due to the short week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will begin prewriting for the next type of essay we will write:   Expository essay.  Students will be creating EXPERT jot lists and writing long about them in their Writer’s notebook.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

This week we will define equilateral, isosceles, and scalene triangles.  Students will create congruent triangles by measuring the angles and line segments of one triangle and duplicating it.  Students will classify and sort geometric shapes based on their properties.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week.

 

Science-(Room 304)

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Investigation 1:  Students will be challenged to recall the details of a penny, observe a penny for one minute and draw it again, and finally use magnifiers to record details.

Investigation 2:  Students will practice making more detailed observations and record them in sketches and writing

Investigation 1 and 2 are due for grading on Friday.

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 3.4 MJ pages 73-74  Study Link 3.5   Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Write one paragraph:  About The Author in your Writer’s notebook  Complete your About the Author placard  Write Long off a Jot:  Expert jot   Weekend Letter:  Write a reflection about your first quarter.  Address it to me.
Science(304)       Science notebook Investigations 4 and 5 due!  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Reader’s Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Reader’s Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Reader’s Choice Complete your Book Recommendation.  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

This week students will work with a Junior Achievement volunteer on Thursday for most of the day.  The volunteer will conduct lessons centered around  learning the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace.  OPTIONAL:  Students may wear “business attire” for the day’s events.  This means dress shorts, pants, skirts, and blazers.

Friday is a 1/2 day.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15 pm.  Monday(11/12) and Tuesday (11/13) are days of non-attendance for students.

Tuesday (11/13) is Parent-Teacher conferences.  I will be sending home a sign-up sheet for conferences.  Please note that conference times are first come/first given.  I cannot guarantee a conference for parents who do not get a confirmed time slot prior to Tuesday, although you may pick up the report card.

The Class fee is $85.    Please send payment with your student.  Please make all checks payable to Ray Elementary school.  Thank you.

Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.4 Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 5 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text.

Review of all Reading skills for 1st quarter-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and review Reading Skills covered for 1st quarter.

Book Recommendation:  Students will write a Book Recommendation this week.  This assignment is due Thursday.  Students will be required to recommend a book that they have read this year.  Students will be graded based on a rubric.  Please see the Rubrics tab for the expectations for this assignment

This week, students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.  Students should be reading at home at least 30 minutes/night.  This is homework.  AR goals are up and students should be working towards meeting their goal.

Students will meet in their Guided Reading group this week.  GR groups will discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.5 With guidance and support from peers and adults, develop and strengthen writing as needed by planning, revising, editing, rewriting, or trying a new approach.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

This week, students will be creating About The Author placards to include with their completed essays.  To celebrate our first published work, students will be invited to read to the class in the Author’s Chair.  Then, we will begin prewriting for our next writing piece , Expository essay, by creating EXPERT jot lists.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category. For example, all rectangles have four right angles and squares are rectangles, so all squares have four right angles.

This week we will continue exploring angles and practice using our protracotrs to measure angles.  Students will use compasses to identify the radius and diameter of a circle, to draw line segments, and to create congruent triangles.  Finally, we will discuss and define adjacent and opposite angles.

Students will need PROTRACTORS AND COMPASSES this week.

 

Science-(Room 304)

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

Investigation 4:  Students will be challenged to develop a sinking water clock that effectively keeps time.

Investigation 5:  Students will be introduced to variables in sinking water clocks.   Students will be challenged to create a sinking water clock using variables that effectively keep time.

Investigation 4, and 5 are due for grading on Friday.