Archive for September 2014

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 2.4  Study Link 2.5  Study Link 2.6  Study Link 2.7 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing   Publish essays (after conferencing with teacher)   Publish essays (after conferencing with teacher)   Publish essays (after conferencing with teacher)   ALL Personal Narrative essays due today.
Science(312)      Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation 2:  Recording Sunshadows.   Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation 3:  Moon Phases.
ReadingSocial Studies Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading LogSS worksheet:  The Plains Indians Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book.  Reading Log is due Monday

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Kazi S-T.                        CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Kazi demonstrates a compassionate helpfulness throughout the class.  He helps others throughout the day to promote the Common Good of the classroom climate  You are appreciated for your kindness, Kazi!”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 312 this week.  Room 314 will be in Civics.  Please check Ms. Jack’s blog for work details.
  • 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.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.

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 begin work in Guided Reading groups.  Students will work in small groups to read a novel and work on comprehension skills that are deficient.    Students who are not meeting for Guided Reading will be working on Daily 5 activities:  Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission to listen to reading online.  READERS’  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Shared Reading in Scholastic SCOPE:  Students will annotate the text of the story, “Malala The Powerful” , andswer close reading questions, and respond to a writing prompt about the text.

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 finish revising first narrative essays and publish essays.    Then, they will begin prewriting a new narrative:  Connecting Art to Writing.  Students will view a large art print in class and write what they think the story is about in their notebooks.

Math:  

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will practice writing addition and subtraction number sentences for story problems, calculate data landmarks for an experiment on reaction time, identify terms for chance events, and estimate products.  We will cover lessons 2.4-2.7

Science (room 312)

  • 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 312 will review Science lab procedures and expectations,  Then, students will work in pairs to experiment with sunclocks and learn about the moon phases sequence in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Investigation C:  Moon Phases

Science notebooks are due on Monday 10/6

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Camryn G.                          CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Camryn is really adhering to the CHAMPS program in our classroom.  She is ready for the next activity, practices the correct voice levels for each task, and makes a strong effort to the a great tablemate for those around her.  Way to go, Camryn!”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 314 this week.
  • 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.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • This Thursday is Picture Day at Ray!  Please complete the picture form, enclose payment and return it with your child on Thursday.
  • Friday is our celebration for August and September birthdays.  This month we are celebrating Ashun and Jesse’s birthdays.  Remember that birthdays are celebrated on the last Friday of the month.  In lieu of sugary snacks, please send your student with a healthy alternative or a non-food related treat for students, if you choose.

 

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 working on Daily 5 activities:  Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, Read With Someone, and Word Work.  Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission to listen to reading online.  READERS’  LETTERS MUST BE COMPLETED IN CLASS— this is not homework.

Shared Reading in Journeys:  Students will identify story sequencing within a shared text.

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 drafting their first personal narrative story of the year.  They will work on revisions to improve their stories:  word choice and adding details.

Math:  

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will take a Unit 1 assessment on Monday.  Then on Tuesday, students will  begin Unit 2:    Estimation, adding decimals, and subtracting decimals will be covered.  These are lessons 2.1-2.3 in Everyday Math.

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 review Science lab procedures and expectations,  Then, students will work in pairs to estimate a minute and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations and Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 1 Assessment  Study Link 2.1  Study Link 2.2  Math Journl pages 32-34 Study Link 2.3

Checking Progress Quiz

Writing        Draft:  Revise rough draft by highlighting 10 overused words and replace them with better word choices.  
Science(314)  Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation A:  Before Clocks    Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation 2:  Recording Sunshadows.   Science notebooks due today.
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book. Reading Log is due Monday.

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Aniyah D.                           CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“She has really stepped up to the plate when it comes to being on time, being ready for lessons, taking notes, and overall organization.  She is a role model and a real CHAMP in the classroom”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 315 this week and room 314 will go to World Geography 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.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Every family at Ray needs to complete a state school lunch form.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will take lunch at Ray or from home.  These forms provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Ray School’s Open House is schedules for September 17 from 5-7.  Please come and see where your child is learning this year and meet the 5th grade team!
  • 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 Open House.
  •  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.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.Students will also be working on Daily 5 activities:  Read T0 Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), Listen To Reading, Read With Someone, and Word Work.  Students may bring their own headphones, with parental permission to listen to reading online.

Shared Reading in Journeys:  Students will identify story structure and compare/contrast characters from different stories.

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.  Then, they will work on drafting their first personal narrative story of the year.  They will work on revisions to improve their stories:  word choice and adding details.

Math:  

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will increase our number sense knowledge in identifying square numbers, unsquaring numbers, and finding the prime factorization for numbers.  This week’s work will cover 1.7, 1.8, and 1.9.  We will have a Unit 1 assessment on Friday.

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 learn the Science lab procedures, practice an introductory experiment about Time, and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations/Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.7  Math Journal page 22  Study Link 1.8  Study Link 1.9 Study for Unit 1 test
Writing  Work on your “I’m From” poem and/or your Timeline.  Work on your “I’m From” poem and/or your Timeline.  Writer’s notebook:  Write out the story of one of your timeline moments.  Complete your first rough draft of selected moment from timeline. Write a weekend letter to your family about your week at school.  Make sure they read and sign it.
Science(315)      Complete observations and conclusions for Investigation A in your Science notebook    Complete observations and conclusions for Investigation B: Notebooks are due on Monday.
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book.Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 312 his week and room 314 will go to Civics with Ms. Jack.
  • 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.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • 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 state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Ray School’s Open House is schedules for September 17 from 5-7.  Please come and see where your child is learning this year and meet the 5th grade team!
  • 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 Open House.
  •  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.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.

Students will also be working on 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read TO Self, Work On Writing (Reader’s Letter), and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 10 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use it in a sentence.

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.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of thir timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process, prewriting and possibly drafting, this week.

Math:  

  • 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.
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.OA.A.2 Write simple expressions that record calculations with numbers, and interpret numerical expressions without evaluating them.

In Math, we will continue to practice our Multiplication tables.  In addition, we will increase our number sense knowledge in identifying factors, learn divisibility rules for numbers, and identifying composite and prime numbers.  We will have a Checking Progress quiz over Lessons 1.2-1.6 on Friday.

Science (room 312)

  • 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 learn the Science lab procedures, practice an introductory experiment about Time, and experiment with sunclocks in the Measuring Time unit.  I expect students to have a composition notebook for science, and students are required to write out investigations using the 5-Step Scientific Process (Hypothesis, Materials, Procedure, Observations/Data, Conclusion).  Students’ notebooks are graded using a Rubric.  This counts for 40% of their overall grade.

Investigation A:  Estimating A Minute

Investigation B:  Measuring Time With A Sunclock

Science notebooks are due on Friday.

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.3  Study Link 1.4

Math Journal page 12

 Study Link 1.5  Study Link 1.6 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing    Writer’s Notebook:  Make A “Top Ten Most Memorable Moments Of My Life” list.  Complete Timeline sketches on your Writer’s notebooks.  Make sure you include a month and year for each event.  Work on Personal Timeline if you did not finish in class. FINAL Personal Timelines due today.Write a weekend letter to your family about your week at school.  Make sure they read and sign it.
Science (312)  Team-building day  Team-building wrap-up/Begin Investigation A  Complete Investigation A in your Science notebook/prep for Investigation B No Science today  (in-class) Complete Investigation B Science notebooks due
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes .Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for 60 minutes in your Independent Reading book

Reading Log is due Monday.

 

 

Room 314 Schedule

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45-10:15 Math Math Math Math Math
10:15-10:45 Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
10:45-11:45 Music P.E. Art Library Spanish
11:45-12:00 Advisory-Read Aloud Advisory-Read Aloud Advisory-Read Aloud Advisory-Read Aloud Advisory-Read Aloud
12:00-12:50 Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess Lunch/Recess
12:50-1:50 Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop Reader’s Workshop
(2:45-3:15 P.E.)
1:50-2:45 Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop
2:45-3:45 Science-World Geography- Civics Science-World Geography- Civics Science-World Geography- Civics Science-World Geography- Civics Science-World Geography- Civics

 

Hi Parents,

A brief overview for the first days of school:  This week in Room 314 we will work to develop procedures to make sure our classroom runs smoothly.  In addition, students will begin reading independently, selecting “Good-Fit”  books from the classroom library.  In math, we will practice multiplication drills and create arrays to model multiplication problems.  In writing we will create “I’m From” poems to highlight the diversity and community atmosphere that 314 is developing.Students should be reading approximately 30 minutes nightly and recording their work in theur Reading Logs.  Please look for these on Wednesday.

 

Homework Chart September 1-5

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.1  Study Link 1.2  
Writing  Write Introductory letter in your Writer’s notebook.  Decorate the exterior of yoir Writer’s notebook.  Complete your “I’m From” worksheet  Work on drafting your I’m From poem.  Elaborate!
Science (314) Investigation A:  Estimating a Minute/no homework
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and complete Reading Log. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and complete Reading Log. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and complete Reading Log.  Reading Logs are due on Monday.

To: Parents of 314
From: Ms. Krecik

Dear Parents:

My name is Ms. Krecik, and I am delighted to be teaching 5th grade again.  This year is what I call “training wheel year” for Middle School.  As a result, I will be looking to my students to become more self-reliant and responsible for their learning.  By the end of the year, I expect them to be ready to take on the added responsibilities of Middle School and beyond.

CURRICULUM OUTLINE 

Reader’s Workshop- DAILY 5

Through Reader’sWorkshop your child will explore reading independently and through shared reading experiences. Your child will be required to keep a Reader’s Notebook. In it, your child will write me weekly letters about the book they are currently reading. The grade for the letters will be based on a rubric that each student will be given.

Additionally, we will be practicing many different Reading Skills throughout the year. These skills align with the Common Core State Standards and emphasize inference, visualization, vocabulary development, and summarization.   Each week we will learn and practice a new reading skill as a class.  Then, students will use the skill the following week independently for their Reading comprehension letters.  Students will also be expected to practice these skills nightly during their independent reading time at home and record evidence of skills on their weekly Reading Log.

The Reader’s Workshop framework consists of The Daily Five:

  • Read To Self
  • Work On Writing
  • Word Work
  • Listen To Reading
  • Read With Someone

Accelerated Reader (AR): Students will be receiving their AR reading goals for first quarter shortly. Students will receive a goal to meet each quarter, and they will be graded on how close they get to the goal. Please make sure that your child is reading nightly, and reinforce their habits by reading with them!  A.R. accounts for 10% of their Reading grade.

Guided Reading: Guided Reading groups will begin in late September/early October. Guided Reading groups allow students to stretch and strengthen their reading abilities by reading text that is challenging to them in a group setting with my support. At least once a week, the groups will meet with me for guided reading assignments and assessment.

Writer’s Workshop

Students become better writers when they are writing.  That is what you can expect this year:  a lot of writing opportunities for your child.  Students are responsible for keeping a Writer’s journal. They will have homework writing assignments in their journals often. Writing journals will be assessed with a rubric with emphasis placed on organization, pride in work, and effort.

Students will learn how to write a variety of essays (Narrative, Persuasive, Expository, Memoir) as well as write fiction and poetry.  Rubrics will be used for grading purposes of each essay.  The Writing Process will be developed for each essay.

In the Spring we will explore poetry, both in the written art form, as well as the spoken word.  Students will be expected to perform an original poem to the class, as well as perform spoken word group poems.  This is one of my favorite parts of the year, as students come alive with poetry.

Math

Students will have math homework most evenings.  Please get involved in your child’s math learning by supplementing their learning with multiplication and division flash cards.  In addition, please use the resources that the math program, Everyday Mathematics offers online (http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/5th-grade/em-at-home/).  In addition, here is a great resource for math games that is divided up by Everyday Math units:  http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/Edtech/edm/5.htm

Most Fridays students will have a Checking Progress quiz that reviews the week’s objectives.  In addition, opportunities for extra credit are presented often on quizzes and tests.

Science

Our first unit, Measuring Time, will explore how ancient civilizations keep track of time based on the sun, moon, and the seasons.  We will track the sun and the moon and keep data on how to measure time based on these natural phenomena. I know students will enjoy our future units, as well. We will explore three other units this year: Micro-worlds Levers and Pulleys, and Solar Energy.  Students will be required to keep a Scientific notebook, and each investigation will be graded using a Rubric.

In the Spring we will have a 5th grade Science Project Fair.  This will help students ready themselves for future Science fairs in 6th grade and beyond.  Please expect more information about Science Fair in the future.

Social Studies

This year, your child will learn about American History, beginning with the First Americans. They will explore the development of the nation, and learn about the American Revolution.

Civics  

Your child will also study government, civics, and current events this year.  Ms. Penney Jack will be teaching your child in this subject area.  This grade will be reflected as a Speaking grade on your report card.  Ms Jack may be reached at pjjack@cps.edu

 Geography

Ms. Eleni Lemberis will be teaching Geography this year to all 5th graders.  This grade will count for 50% of the Social Studies grade.  You may reach Ms. Lemberis at etlemberis@cps.edu.

 

Homework (ALWAYS posted on the classroom blog)

Students WILL have meaningful homework almost nightly.  Homework will count for 10% of most subject grades.  Please check that your child is writing his or her assignments down.  Additionally, please check my blog for homework assignments.   I do not accept late work for full credit. If an assignment is one day late, I will deduct credit on the assignment. If your student is absent from school, they can have up to five days to complete any missed assignments.  Assignments later than that will be considered late, and the appropriate credit will be deducted.

My email is agkrecik@cps.edu. I check my email every day. Please contact
me with any question you may have or to schedule a conference.

School Lunch

Ray School is asking that all families complete the application for free or reduced lunch; even if your child brings lunch from home. This year all students will have free breakfast and lunch, however, all students MUST turn in a free/reduced lunch application no later than Friday, September 5, 2014.

 Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays will be celebrated collectively the last Friday of every month.  It is CPS policy that if a snack is shared with the class, it must be a healthy snack for the whole class.  Suggestions are:

granola bars

yogurt

pretzels

carrot sticks

fruit snacks

Please refrain from any snack containing PEANUTS.

Parent Volunteers

Please let me know if you would like to set up a schedule to work in the classroom.  There will be many opportunities to volunteer throughout the year.  If you are interested in volunteering in the classroom or school, please complete a volunteer packet which is available in the Main Office.