Weekly Overview June 17-21

Dear Parents,


It has been my absolute pleasure to teach the 29 students I had in room 304 this year.  In addition, thank you, parents, for all the chaperoning, classroom supply donations, and overall support throughout the school year.  I will truly remember this year as a very interesting in my career.

Good luck to our students who will be returning to home countries and to students who will be transferring to different schools.  you will be missed.

Parents- please send your child to school with extra bags/shopping bags so they may clean out their lockers/desks.  In addition, could you please return any reading books you see at home with my name – KRECIK- on the side.  Thank you.

All School Picnic – Don’t’ forget that Monday June 24th is the Ray all-school picnic.    Lunch will be provided by the PTA and students will spend most of the afternoon outside.  Students may bring blankets to school to sit on outside.

This week we will be working on Fractured Fairy tale plays in the classroom.  Wish us luck!

Homework Chart June 10-14

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 8 test  MJ pages 334-335 Study Link 10.1 Study Link 10.2
Writing  Revise and rewrite Draft Write Long off a Jot (memoir)  All fiction stories are due Monday, June 17.
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  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Weekly Overview June 10-14


This Wednesday is Ray School Olympics!  Let’s hope for good weather.  Please make sure that your child has a white t-shirt with his/her number on it for this event.  Also, students should bring water, and if they would like to bring healthy snacks to share with the class, they may, too. (So that means cupcakes don’t qualify, right???)


AR goals can be worked on until June 17th!  If students want to, they can take AR tests from home so that they do not forget to take them.  Here’s the link:  https://hosted326.renlearn.com/179697/


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 focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Reader’s Choice-  Students may self-select reading skills to work on nightly this week.  However, a different reading skill should be completed each night.

This week we will finish a shared text, The Wright Three, and pick places in the story to practice various reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • 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.)


This week we will publish our fiction stories.  Then, students will begin writing 5th grade memoirs.  (our last assignment!)


  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.B.3 Generate two numerical patterns using two given rules. Identify apparent relationships between corresponding terms. Form ordered pairs consisting of corresponding terms from the two patterns, and graph the ordered pairs on a coordinate plane. For example, given the rule “Add 3” and the starting number 0, and given the rule “Add 6” and the starting number 0, generate terms in the resulting sequences, and observe that the terms in one sequence are twice the corresponding terms in the other sequence. Explain informally why this is so.


There will be a unit 8 Fractions test on Monday, June 10.

Then, we will begin Unit 10:  Using Data; Algebraic Concepts and Skills.  We will use pan-balances to solve simple equations in lessons 10.1 and 10.2.  There will be a short Checking Progress Quiz this week on Friday.


Science- “Solar Energy”

SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE:  Finalists will be awarded in a special awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 12 after the Ray Olympics awards ceremony.

  • 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.

Room 301-

Investigation B:  Testing Soil Temperatures-  Students will conduct experiments to determine how energy is transferred and preserved in various types of soil compositions