Archive for February 2013

Good afternoon parents!
i hope you are well and throwing snowballs alongside your children ūüôā
Finally….. Here is a copy of this year’s ISAT testing schedule. ¬†Please click on it:

Here are more details for tomorrow’s field trip. ¬†I have asked students to wear comfortable clothing and shoes and expect to m-o-v-e! ¬†In addition, please send your child with a sack lunch for tomorrow. ¬†This is new news. ¬†Finally, they are to not bring anything with them.

Update:

Date:  Thursday, February 28.
 
Time:  Event runs from 10AM -1PM
 

All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, strollers, or signs will be allowed in the venue.

Attire:  As this is an interactive event, students should be dressed to move in comfortable clothing and shoes.

Lunch:  Instruct students to bring a snack to be eaten on the bus on the way to the event, as well as a bag lunch and beverage.  They will leave their lunches on the bus and they will be eaten after the students return to the bus.  Students will not be allowed to bring their lunches into McCormick place, due to security,  It is our understanding there will be snacks provided at the event.
 
Chaperones:  Per CPS policy, one chaperone per 10 students is required.
 
Not Permitted:  Due to extremely tight security measures, all attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, strollers, or signs will be allowed in the venue.  Trying to bring in food, purses and other objects will cause delays in security, affecting everyone,
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages 324-326  Study Link 9.9 Study For Test  Unit 9 test
Writing  Work on Black History Project!  Work on Black History Project!Write individual poem. Black History Project due!
Write a poem in your Writer’s journal!
Practice poem!!  Poetry Performance!
Science(302)  Investigation A
 Investigat-ion B
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Character Sketch  

Parents,

Next week is ISAT testing.¬† Students will be focusing on Extended Response in Reading and Math this week. ¬†Wednesday is a early dismissal for students: ¬†please make arrangements for students to be picked up at 12:15. ¬†Our field trip is Thursday. ¬†Thank you to Carmen, Marcelo, and Jonah’s families for chaperoning. ¬†Please remind your child that we need to represent Ray school in the best way possible!

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.
  • 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.

Reading Skill focus:  Character Sketch-  Students will make slect one character from their IR book to focus on this week.  As they are reading, they will assign characteristics to the character, identifying text details that provide evidence to support their word choice.

ISAT Prep:  Author’s Purpose/Extended Response

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.5.5¬†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.SL.5.6 Adapt speech to a variety of contexts and tasks, using formal English when appropriate to task and situation. (See grade 5 Language standards 1 and 3 here for specific expectations.)
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.5a¬†Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

This week, students will begin work that focuses on poetry performance.  Students will analyze spoken-word poetry performances.  Then, they will break up into groups to interpret and perform a poem for the class.  Finally, students will develop and perform individual poems to perform for the class.

Math-

We will continue work in Unit 9:  Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity.  This unit was chosen based on grade-level assessment of students’ needs to prepare for ISAT assessment.    This week , we will reinforce volume concepts and measure non-rectangulary volumes of 3-D shapes.  In tandem, ISAT Prep work will revolve around concepts of 3-D figures and nets.

Science- ‚ÄúLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

  • 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.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‚Äď5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Science¬†unit: ¬†‚ÄĚLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

ROOM 301-Students will be introduced to the new¬†science¬†unit: ¬†‚ÄĚLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

The first investigation has two parts:

  1. Introduction to Levers
  2. Lever Experiment A
  3. Lever Experiment B

Room 302- Students will be introduced to Research for the Science Fair Research paper.  This Research paper is a huge part of thrd quarter grade, so care should be taken in organizing and completing the report.

 

We have been invited to participate in an event next Thursday February 28.  Michelle Obama will be hosting us at the McCormick Place.

It is imperative that I receive permission slips by tomorrow, February 22.  In addition, I need two chaperones for this event.  As this event will be broadcast both locally and nationally, it im imperative that forms are filled out and returned immediately.

Please see attached email:

 

 

“Dear Principals,

 First Lady Michelle Obama will travel on a two day national tour to celebrate the third anniversary of Let’s Move!, a nationwide effort to solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation. On the morning of February 28, Chicago area teachers and students are invited to attend a special event hosted by the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAPHERD) and The Alliance for a Healthier Generation to announce the launch of the Let’s Move! Active Schools initiative.

 

 Mrs. Obama will be joined by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, as well as professional athletes committed to inspiring kids to eat well and get active. We invite your  5th -7th graders to join thousands of Chicago area school kids at the McCormick Place Convention Center for a high-energy, interactive launch event to learn more about physical activity and nutrition and to get moving and have some fun! Doors open at 8:30 AM and the event begins at 10:00 AM. This event will be widely covered in the local and national press.  

 

¬†To have your students join the event, please RSVP to¬†rsvpcommunications@cps.edu¬†NO LATER¬†than Friday, February 22.¬† Each student will need to provide a signed copy of the attached permission slip and each school will need to provide hard copies on the day of the event.¬† There is no cost to attend, but schools will be responsible for transportation to and from McCormick Place. All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, strollers, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.”

Hello 5th grade parents,

Due to ongoing research for Black History month, deadlines for Science Fair have been extended.  Please see the Science Fair info tab for specific dates.

Thank you,

Ms. Krecik

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages 308-311  Study Link 9.5  Study Link 9.6  Math Journa pages 322-323  Study Link 9.8
Writing ¬†Poetic Devices Manual: Publish your Metaphor poem.¬†Work on Black History Project! ¬†Writer’s Notebook: Work on Personification¬†Work on Black History Project! Publish Personification
poems.Work on Black History Project!
 Work on Black History Project!Poetic Devices booklets due.  Work on Black History Project!
Science(304)  Complete Investigation D  Complete Everyday Levers worksheets  Complete Everyday Levers worksheets  Complete Investigation E
 
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Connections ISAT Prep:  Reading Extended Response.read for 60 minutes!

Parents,

We are ramping up our ISAT Prep work.  Students will be getting additional work assignments to focus on test-taking skills for this important assessment.  ISAT testing will be March 4-7.

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.
  • 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.

Reading Skill focus:  Making Connections/Inference-  Students will make connections as they are reading independently this week.  They should focus on making at least one text-text, one text-self, and one text-world connection.

ISAT Prep:¬† Author’s Purpose/Theme

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.5.5¬†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.L.5.5a¬†Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

This week, students will complete work in a Poetry Unit:  Poetic Devices.  This week, students will identify, assess and develop poems using poetic devices:  Personification and Idiom.  Students will create original poems for self-made Poetic Devices manuals.  Please refer to the Homework chart for homework assignments.

Math-

We will continue work in Unit 9:  Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity.  This unit was chosen based on grade-level assessment of students’ needs to prepare for ISAT assessment.    This week , we will reinforce student understanding of area and perimeter and introduce volume.  In tandem, ISAT Prep work will revolve around concepts of volume.

Science- ‚ÄúLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

  • 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.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‚Äď5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

ROOM 304

Science¬†unit: ¬†‚ÄĚLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

The second section of this unit is titled:  More Leverage

Investigation D:  Lever Diagrams

Investigation E:  Levers In the Real World/Lever Pictures

The third section is titled:  Pulleys

Investigation F:  One-Pulley Systems

Investigation G:  Two-Pulley Systems

Notebooks are  due on Friday, February 22.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  ISAT Math packet  Math Journal pages 306-307  Study Link 9.4  Math Extended Response
Writing ¬†Writer’s Journal:¬† Create an example for Simile. ¬†Poetic Devices Manual: ¬†Work on your Metaphor ¬†¬†Poetic Devices Manual: Publish your Poetic Devices poem (Metaphor) ¬†Write your Weekend Letter about your week at school. ¬†Get it signed by a parent/guardian
Science(304)  
 Science notebook Investigation A, B, C due!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Making Predictions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes  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 60 minutes 

Parents,

**********We are out of tissue paper, antibacterial wipes,  and hand sanitizer.  If you can make a classroom donation, it would be appreciated.

 

There is no school on Tuesday, February 12 in observance of Abraham Lincoln

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3¬†Compare and contrast two or more characters, settings, or events in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., how characters interact).
  • 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.

Reading Skill focus:  Making Predictions-  Students will locate places to draw conclusions as they are reading nightly.  When drawing conclusions, students should locate information from the text, as well as their own knowledge to determine a conclusion.  This information should be written, shorthand, on Thinkmarks.

ISAT Prep:  Compare/Contrast in Informational and Fiction text.

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.5.5¬†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.L.5.5a¬†Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

This week, students will continue work in a Poetry Unit.  This week, students will identify, assess and develop poems using poetic devices:  Metaphor and Simile.  Students will create original poems for self-made Poetic Devices manuals.  Please refer to the Homework chart for homework assignments.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.2¬†Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1¬†Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols

We will continue work in Unit 9:  Coordinates, Area, Volume, and Capacity.  This unit was chosen based on grade-level assessment of students’ needs to prepare for ISAT assessment.    This week , we will reinforce student understanding of  transformations of figures in a plane, and introduce concepts of area.  In addition, students will have additional problem-solving practice work/ISAT Prep in Algebraic Expressions.

Science- ‚ÄúLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

  • 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.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‚Äď5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

ROOM 304

Students will be introduced to the new¬†science¬†unit: ¬†‚ÄĚLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

The second section is titled:  More Leverage

Investigation C:  The 3 Classes of Levers

Notebooks are due on Friday, February 15.

 

 

302:  Students will receive instruction in Science Fair research

301: ¬†off week :/ Lincoln”s Birthday.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 9.1 MJ page 295 Boxes 3, 4, 5, 6ISAT Prep worksheet  Study Link 9.2  Math Extended Response
Writing  Poetic Devices  Booklet:  Create an example and illustrate for Alliteration.  Poetic Devices Manual:Publish Alliteration poem in Poetic Devices book.  Poetic Devices Manual:  Work on your hyperbole poem   Poetic Devices Manual: Publish your Poetic Devices poem (Hyperbole)  Write your Weekend Letter about your week at school.  Get it signed by a parent/guardian
Science(304)  
 Science notebook Investigation A due!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark: Drawing Conclusions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark: Drawing Conclusions   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark: Drawing Conclusions  Read for 60 minutes 

Parents,

This week marks the beginning of a new Quarter and the beginning of ISAT PREP for our class.  ISAT testing is the first week of March.  These four weeks will be spent getting in some test prep, in addition to our regular curriculum so that students feel ready.

FINAL NOTICE:  Please make sure your child has a weekly planner/agenda of some kind to write homework down in.  ALL students were given one at the beginning of the year, but I have noticed that students are using them less often.  I would like to see each students have one to use.

**********We are out of tissue paper, antibacterial wipes,  and hand sanitizer.  If you can make a classroom donation, it would be appreciated.

Here is the Weekly Overview:

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.

Reading Skill focus:  Drawing Conclusions-  Students will locate places to draw conclusions as they are reading nightly.  When drawing conclusions, students should locate information from the text, as well as their own knowledge to determine a conclusion.  This information should be written, shorthand, on Thinkmarks.  This will also be the Comprehension skill reviewed for ISat Prep.

AR GOALS will be posted this week!

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.5.5¬†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.L.5.5a¬†Interpret figurative language, including similes and metaphors, in context.

This week, students will begin a Poetry Unit.  This week, students will identify, assess and develop poems using poetic devices.  Students will create original poems for self-made Poetic Devices manuals.  Please refer to the Homework chart for homework assignments.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1¬†Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g.,¬†x-axis and¬†x-coordinate,¬†y-axis and¬†y-coordinate).
    • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.5¬†Fluently multiply multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
    • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.7¬†Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.

We will begin work in Unit 9: ¬†Coordinates, Are, Volume, and Capacity. ¬†This unit was chosen based on grade-level assessment of students’ needs to prepare for ISAT assessment. ¬† ¬†This week , we will reinforce student understanding of coordinate grid structures, plot coordinates and¬†transformations¬†of figures in a plane, and introduce concepts of area. ¬†In addition, students will have additional problem-solving practice work.

Science- ‚ÄúLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

  • 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.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‚Äď5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

ROOM 304

Students will be introduced to the new¬†science¬†unit: ¬†‚ÄĚLevers and Pulleys‚ÄĚ

The first investigation has three parts:

  1. Introduction to Levers
  2. Lever Experiment A
  3. Lever Experiment B

Notebooks are due on Friday, February8.

Room 304 will also be required to select a topic proposal and develop a hypothesis for the 5th grade Science Fair.  This is due on Friday, February 8.

 

302:  Students should submit their Science Fair topic.

301:  Students should submit their Science Fair topic.