Archive for March 2013

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages 219-220  Study Link 7.4MJ page 223 Study Link 7.5  Order Of Operations worksheet (Spanish students only)  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Work on Prewriting for Expository  Work on introductory paragraph Draft essay Draft essay  Work on Concluding paragraph
Science(301) Notebooks due todayInvestigation C  All Science Fair reports due Monday April 8!
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Leaning In  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.
Complete your Book Recommend-ation.

Dear Parents,

I hope your Spring Break was relaxing. This was the first time in a while I spent the break in Chicago, and I had a really great time.

VERY IMPORTANT INFO::::::::::

This week, ALL 5th grade students should be writing their research reports.  All Research Reports are due on April 8, 2013.

Finally Science Fair Exhibits are due on April 15, 2013.  Please make sure you have met all requirements.  Here is an image of what your TRI-FOLD PROJECT BOARD (required) should look like.

 

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

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.

Reading Skill:  Leaning In- Choose an important place from the story that you can really visualize, quote it, and describe the details you infer that the author does not include.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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 begin work on Expository essay structures.  Students will select a topic, pre-write and begin drafting their essays.  A rubric will be distributed to students and discussed in class.

Math-

  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students will review exponents with powers of 10 and scientific notation, and will learn and practice order of operations and negative numbers.

 

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • 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 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

 

ROOM 301-Students will be introduced to the new science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

The first section has three parts:

  1. Introduction to Levers (investigation A)
  2. Lever Experiment A (investigation B)
  3. Lever Experiment B (investigation C)

 

Notebooks are due on Thursday.

VERY IMPORTANT INFO::::::::::

This week, ALL 5th grade students should be writing their research reports.  All Research Reports are due on April 8, 2013.

Finally Science Fair Exhibits are due on April 15, 2013.  Please make sure you have met all requirements.  Here is an image of what your TRI-FOLD PROJECT BOARD (required) should look like.

Hi there,

I have converted the PDF file for the Science Fair Format to a Microsoft Word doc.  This will enable students to delete directions to each section and input their own information for the Science Fair report.  I hope this will help save some time for students, as well as guide students to the correct format for the report.  Final reports will include a title page, introduction, table of contents, research paper, as well as scientific process, acknowledgements, and bibliography.

Please take a look:

science-fairpaperformat

Also, for students who need to hand-write reports, they can write directly onto this template:

science fair written paper template

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 7.2  MJ pages214, 218 Study Link 7.3  Checking Progress Quiz
MJ pages
Writing  Work on Prewriting for anthology  Work on drafting anthology piece Revise/edit anthology piece Publish anthology piece.

Practice Poetry Slam piece

 Anthology pieces are due today!POETRY SLAM.
Science(302)  Investigation C  Ivestigation D  Investigation E Notebooks due today/Assessment  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift A Line Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift A Line  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift A Line   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Lift A Line  

Dear Parents,

This is the last week before Spring Break.  ALL students should be researching their Science Fair topic, gathering information for their experiments, and writing their research reports OVER BREAK.  All Research Reports are due on April 8, 2013.

This week we will end with a Poetry Slam competition against Mr. Kerney’s class.  Students have been working hard on their poems, so we are confident this will be a fun and exciting adventure in Spoken Word and LITERACY 🙂

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • 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.

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.

Reading Skill:  Lift A Line- Choose an important text detail from the story, quote it, and defend your choice with an elaboration about the text detail.

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and reading skills.

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 work on a choice writing piece for our classroom writing anothology, first edition.  Students will create and publish a piece of writing to contribute to the anthology.

Math-

  •  CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.2 Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.1 Use parentheses, brackets, or braces in numerical expressions, and evaluate expressions with these symbols.

Students will work on exponents with powers of 10, scientific notation, and order of operations.

 

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • 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 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

 

Investigation C:  Lever Lift 2 (The spring scale will be held constant and the load will be the variable)

Investigation D:  Lever Diagrams (learning to diagram Class 1, 2, and 3 levers)

Investigation E:  Levers In the Real World/Lever Pictures (using real levers to diagram what class they belong to)

Notebooks are due on Thursday.

Dear Parents,

Students should be spending time researching the topic they have chosen for Science fair experiments this week.  Some evidence of research should be presented to me by week’s end.  This can be emailed to me at agkrecik@cps.edu or handed in to me directly.  Students in all classes should research the area of science, as well as the materials and concepts involved in performing the experiment.  The “evidence of research” should be presented to me as a combination of resources cited, printed-out articles, and notes that were written in the child’s own words.   The final research paper is due April 8, and the tri-fold science fair exhibit is due April 15.

Use these resources to help with formatting science fair research, as well as the full report.

science fair paper format

science fair written paper template

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ pages 210-211 Study Link 7.1  
Writing  Work on Reading Poem out loud.  You need to memorize it!!  Work on Reading Poem out loud.  You need to memorize it!! Work on Reading Poem out loud.  You need to memorize it!! Practice poem!!  Poetry Performance!Weekend Letter
Science(302) Investigation C Investigation D  InvestigationE (notebooks due for grading)
 (all classes)  Research your Science Fair topic and send me evidence of research via email/Google drive/or hard copy)
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch To Stretch  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch ToStretch   Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch ToStretch  Read for 60 minutes!

Parents,

This week concludes ISAT testing.  Please remind students to approach these last two tests with the same determination and vigor that they did with the first tests.  There is one test on Tuesday and one test on Wednesday.

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

Students should be reading independently nightly.  Please encourage this as a way to “wind-down” for the day.  Daily Five and Guided Reading groups will be begin again  this week.

Reading Skill:  Sketch To Stretch-   Select places in the story that are important and sketch the scene/explain the scene and its importance.

 

This week we will be reading a shared text, The Wright Three.

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 continue work that focuses on poetry performance.  Students will continue to analyze spoken-word poetry performances.  They will practice poetry readings with small groups in class, and refine and practice their own poem aloud.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots.

Students will conduct, organize, and display data from surveys they have developed last week. Students will analyze data, create data charts and graphs, display results, and share findings with the class.

 

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • 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 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

ROOM 302-Students will complete the third part of the Levers investigation:  Levers Experiment B.  Investigations A, B, and C are due at the end of the week.

The second section of this unit is titled:  More Leverage

Investigation D:  Lever Diagrams

Investigation E:  Levers In the Real World/Lever Pictures

There will be no homework this week, as we adjust to the demands of ISAT testing.

Parents,

This Tuesday begins ISAT testing.  Please make sure that students are in school every day for the next two weeks.  Drink orange juice, take vitamins, and get plenty of sleep.  Most of all, encourage students to relax.  🙂

A HUUUUUGE thank you to the chaperones for our field trip this past week.   You guys were the best!   It was a doozy of a time, and although the event was a little unorganized, we really enjoyed it.  Students said it felt like going to a concert.  I felt like we were one of the best behaved groups there!

Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

Students should be reading independently nightly.  Please encourage this as a way to “wind-down” for the day.  Daily Five and Guided Reading groups will be suspended for the week.

 

This week we will begin reading a shared text, The Wright Three.

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 continue work that focuses on poetry performance.  Students will continue to analyze spoken-word poetry performances.  They will practice poetry readings with small groups in class, and refine and practice their own poem aloud.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.MD.B.2 Make a line plot to display a data set of measurements in fractions of a unit (1/2, 1/4, 1/8). Use operations on fractions for this grade to solve problems involving information presented in line plots.

Students will conduct, organize, and display data from survweys they have developed and created this week.  Each group will create and conduct a survey to give to a primary grade class.  Students will analyze data, create data charts and graphs, display results, and share findings with the class.

 

Science- “Levers and Pulleys”

  • 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 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

ROOM 302-Students will be introduced to the new science unit:  ”Levers and Pulleys”

The first investigation has three parts:

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