Archive for September 2013

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch again this week.  I will teach science to room 315 his week and room 314 will go to Civics with Ms. Lemberis.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

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

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.5.2 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.

This week, students will be working in Guided Reading groups for the first time this year.  We will begin with short informational texts to improve upon comprehnsion skills.  Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Please make sure students are reading independently at home.  They should be doing this every night and recording information in their reading logs.  Please help me by monitoring their progress and contact me with any concerns.

Reading Skill:  Making Connections -Students will keep notes in their reading log this week week and “Make Connections” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can make text-self, text-text or text-world connections.

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.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.

This week, students will hand in published essays on Monday.  We will have an Author’s Chair for students to read Personal Narratives aloud.  This will count towards a speaking/listening grade.  Then we will begin working on our next essay form:  Expository essay.  This week, students will be writing long in their writing notebooks about things they are “experts” in doing.  By week’s end, students will select one expertise to develop for an expository essay.

Math-

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.

In Math, we will review methods for subtraction gnumbers.  Then, we will work on making magnitude estimates, multiplying multi-digit numbers and decimals using lattice method and partial-products method, and comparing numbers in the millions, billions, and trillions.  We will cover lessons 2.7-2.10

Science (room 315)

  • 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.

This week room 315 will have Science.  First we will complete our sunclock investigations.  Then we will create calendars to help make the passing of time.  Finally, we will learn about the phases of the moon.  Students will simulate moon phases in teams of four.

Investigation B:  Using A Sunclock

Hands-on Investigation :  Creating A Calendar (no investigation, but finished calendar for assessment)

Investigation C:  Phases Of The Moon

Science notebooks are due on Friday October 4.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Estimation worksheet (both sides) Study Link 2.7 MJ page 49  Study Link 2.8 MJ pages 52-53  Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 2.9
Writing  Write long off a jot:  expert list  Write long off a jot:  expert list Write long off a jot:  expert listGUM pages Write long off a jot:  expert list Write a weekend letter.
Science (315)  Investigaton A:  Making Sunclocks  Calendars are due  Investigation C:  Phases of the MoonBegin tracking moon phases nightly and record.(due when you return for session 3)  Science Notebooks are due.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Leaning In  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Leaning In Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Making Leaning In Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and work in reading log:  Leaning In  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading bookReading Logs due Monday
Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math MJ pp 38-39 Study Link 2.4  MJ pages 34-35 Study Link 2.5

MJ page  42

 Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 2.6
Writing  Re-write drafts with paragraphs and transitions.  Peer-edit practice with essay packet Write your concluding paragraph  Extra Writing assignment Publish your essay over the weekend.  Typed, double- spaced, or handwritten, single-spaced.Essays due Monday
Science (312)  Calendars are due  Investigation C:  Phases of the MoonBegin tracking moon phases nightly and record.(due when you return for session 3)  Science Notebooks are due.
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 in your Independent Reading book

Reading Logs due Monday

Dear Parents,

PROGRESS REPORTS WILL BE SENT HOME ON WEDNESDAY!!!!  Please contact me via email, agkrecik@cps.edu, if you wouldlike to speak about your child’s progress.  I cannot call you during school hours as easily as I can send you an email.

  • Picture day is this Thursday, September 26!  Please submit payment with your child.  Picture order forms are being sent home last week.  To this day I have only received two order forms back.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex,Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!
  • 5th grade classes will switch again this week.  I will teaqch science to room 312 his week and room 314 will go to Social Studies with Mr. Kerney.

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.5.2 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.

This week, students will be working in Guided Reading groups for the first time this year.  We will begin with short informational texts to improve upon comprehnsion skills.  Also, students will be responsible for composing a Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Please make sure students are reading independently at home.  They should be doing this every night and recording information in their reading logs.  Please help me by monitoring their progress and contact me with any concerns.

Reading Skill:  Leaning In–  Leaning In-Students will keep thinkmarks this week and “Lean In” to places in the story as they read independently.  They will select places that they can infer and describe details that they visualize as they read.  They should do this in their Reading Log nightly.

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 work on revising and editing personal narratives.  Students will learn revision methods and apply them to their writing.  Some of the skills covered will be:  word choice, paragraphing and transitions, adding sensory details, and checking for grammar, spelling, and punctuation.  Then, students will peer-edit each others’ papers.

Math-

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.

In Math, we will review methods for subtraction gnumbers.  Then, we will work on addition and subtraction number stories,  find data landmarks after finding out reaction times, and define terminology that applies to chance events.  We will cover lessons 2.4-2.7

Science (room 315)

  • 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.

This week room 315 will have Science.  We will create calendars to help makr the passing of time and then we will learn about the phases of the moon.  Students will simulate moon phases in teams of four.

Hands-on Investigation :  Creating A Calendar (no investigation, but finished calendar for assessment)

Investigation C:  Phases Of The Moon

Science notebooks are due on Friday September 27.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study for Unit 1 test Unit 1 testMJ page 28  MJ pages 33-34 Study Link 2.2  Checking Progress Quiz
Study Link 2.3
Writing  Complete your timeline (due tomorrow)  Write a first draft for Personal Narrative Create three grabber leads for your narrative Write 1 page “writing Bug” story:  My Video Game (on looseleaf) Write your three introductory paragraph possibilities.Write a letter to your parents.  have them read and sign it.
Science (314)  Calendars are due  Science Notebooks are due.
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 To Stretch Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Sketch To Stretch  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

  • Picture day is coming up!  Please submit payment with your child.  Picture order forms are being sent home today, Monday, September 16.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change. I do not have any at school.  Payment plans are available, too!
  •  Lunch Forms were sent home  again last week.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide funding for our school.  Thank you.
  •  Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  I will have PTA registration forms at Curriculum Night.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex,Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!
  • 5th grade classes will switch again this week.  I will my homeroom, room 314 this week.

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.5.2 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.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing the first Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Reading Skill:  Sketch To Stretch–  Select places in the story that are important and sketch the scene/explain the scene and its importance.  Do this in your Reading Log nightly.

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 complete timelines and begin drafting stories.  I will review expectations for drafting and allow time for students to work on drafts in class.  Students will draft first narratives.  Finally, we will discuss peer-editing and practice peer-editing with partners in class.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B6 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.

In Math, we will review for Unit 1 on Monday and tale the Unit 1 test on Tuesday.  Then, on Wednesday and Thursday students will begin Unit 2.  Lessons 2.2-2.3 will be covered.

Science (room 314)

  • 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.

This week room 314 will have Science.  We will create calendars to help makr the passing of time and then we will learn about the phases of the moon.  Students will simulate moon phases in teams of four.

Investigation C:  Creating A Calendar (no investigation, but finished calendar for assessment)

Investigation D:  Phases Of The Moon

Science notebooks are due on Friday September 20.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.6 Prime and Composite numbers

MJ page 19

Study Link 1.7 Square Numbers  MJ page 22

Study Link 1.8

Study Link 1.9 Prime Factorization  Unit 1 ReviewChecking Progress Quiz
STUDY for Unit 1 test on Monday!
Writing  Writers Notebook: Complete your Timeline Top 10  Write Long off a Jot:  Timeline moment. Write Long off a Jot:  Timeline moment. Write Long off a Jot:  Timeline moment.  Write your weekend letter to your parent/guardian
Science (315)  Complete Investigation 1 in your notebook. Complete investigations 2 in your notebook to hand in for a grade.  Science Notebooks are due.
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Tune Into Interesting Words  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Dear Parents,

Curriculum Night for Ray School is September 10th .  Please join us at 6 pm in the auditorium.  I will offer a presentation of curriculum for 5th grade and try to answer your questions.

  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. Please, if you are paying by cash, give your child exact change. I do not have any at school.
  •  Lunch Forms were sent home  last week.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide funding for our school.  Thank you.
  •  Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  I will have PTA registration forms at Curriculum Night.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex,Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!
  • 5th grade classes will switch again this week.  I will see Mr. Kerney’s class, Room 315, for Science.  Room 314 will see Ms. Lemberis for Speech/Civics.

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.5.2 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.

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will be responsible for composing the first Reader’s Letter for a grade this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess the letters.  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

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 begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a Timeline of major events in their lives.  Then, they will select one of these moments to complete a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process– prewriting and drafting– this week.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.1 Recognize that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B6 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.

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will identify square numbers, un-square numbers, and practice prime factorization/factor strings.  We will cover Lesson 1.6-1.9.  On Friday we will review Unit 1.  Students should study over the weekend for a Unit 1 test on Monday September 16.

Science (room 315)

  • 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 has begun, and last week students in 312 were introduced to the Science notebook.  Students wrote down investigations A and B and submitted their notebooks for grading purposes  on Friday September 6.  This week, Room 315 will learn the Science lab procedures, practice an introductory experiment about Time, and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday September136.

Social Studies:  Ms. Lemberis will see Room 314 this week for Social Studies.

 

 

 

Please see the information below.  This needs to be completed by next Wednesday September 11.

 

Library Media Center (LMC) Home Work, Ms. Collins, Ray Librarian
 Visit our school Library website at: sites.google.com/site/discoverlmc.
– Look at the contents bar on the left, and click on Ray LMC Rules & Policies
– Read both documents posted on this page: one on LMC rules & policies,
  and the other on additional LMC policies.
– Look for the 3rd item on the page, a short form covering your agreement to follow the LMC rules.
– Complete this form and post your answers by clicking on the submit button
  at the bottom.
– This is due by class, next week. Thanks!