Archive for October 2014

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Neel J.                CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Neel has racked up the highest points in Classroom Dojo with ease.  He is a hard-worker and takes learning very seriously.  Congratulations, Neel!”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • We will have a healthy celebration on Friday, October 31 to accompany our Famous Dead People presentations.  Please, do not send candy to school, although healthy alternatives are apprecaited.  Please contact me if you would like to donate any snacks or beverages.
  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 315 this week.  Room 314 will go to Geography.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due. 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.
  • Please consider donating incentive prizes to the school store.  We would like our students to look forward to weekly opportunities to cash in their Warrior bucks, and have a stocked store guarantees this excitement.  Oriental Trading Company has so many great prizes at low, low prices.  Please consider making a purchase donation for our school store today.  Every little bit counts.  The website is:  www.orientaltrading,com.
  • If you haven’t signed up for ClassDojo yet, please consider doing this.  ClassDojo has been a great resource for communication these past two weeks with parents so that they are updated on attendance, homework and behavior.

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 continue 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 ThinkCerca:  Students will  read and article about friendship, respond to the article, and compose an argument writing piece using evidence from 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 work on revisions with peers, enhancing their writing.  Drafts will be re-written for clarity after revisions are made.

Math:  

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.G.B.3 Understand that attributes belonging to a category of two-dimensional figures also belong to all subcategories of that category

This week students will identify types of triangles, construct congruent triangles, determine properties of polygons, and define and create tessellations.  Lessons 3.6-3.8 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will begin Chapter 3, The Age Of Exploration.  Students will define vocabulary for Chapter 3, Lesson 1, read Lesson 1 and take notes, and complete review questions.

Project:  Famous Dead People-  Students should spend this week practicing their speeches and completing any posters or additional props for presentations.  We will present our Famous Dead people on Friday after Reader’s Workshop.  If any parents would like to attend the presentations, please contact me.

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 review Science lab procedures and expectations,  Then, students will  learn about the moon phases sequence in the Measuring Time unit.   In groups of four, students will replicate the moon phases and record observations.  In addition, students will create and illustrate moon myths.  This assignment will be graded based on a writing rubric.  Finally, students will keep track of the moon cycle for 30 days.

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, 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.  Science notebooks are due on Friday 10/24

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 3.6 Study Link 3.7    Study Link 3.8  
Writing      Writer’s notebook:  Write an “Evening Page”     
Science(315)    (in-class)Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation C:  Moon Phases     Finish writing Moon Myth/creating Artwork for myth.
Reading   

 

Social Studies

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log

 

Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log

 

Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log

 SS:  worksheet

 Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR bookReading Log is due Monday

FAMOUS DEAD PEOPLE DUE TODAY!

Hi Parents,

 

Just a reminder for next week:

International Film Festival at Logan Center For The Arts (free!) is Monday, October 27.  We will be gone from school 9:15-11:30.  Jesse’s mom is chaperoning.

Field Museum trip to see Ancient Americas exhibits is Wednesday, October 29.  We will be gone from 9:30-12:30.  Students should bring a bag lunch for this day.  Camryn’s mom is chaperoning.

Thank you!

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 3.3 Math Journal page 67  Study Link 3.4  Study Link 3.5 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing   Writer’s notebook:  Write an “Evening Page” Complete Famous Dead People outline and submit on Monday.
Science(312)  (in-class)Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation C:  Moon Phases  Finish writing Moon Myth/creating Artwork for myth. Investigation D:  Inventing a Water Clock
Reading

Social Studies

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Complete Reading Log

 Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Complete Reading Log

SS:  Chapter Review worksheet

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes

.Complete Reading Log

SS:  Study for Chapter 2 test

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Complete Reading Log

Social Studies Chapter 2 test.

 Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book

.Reading Log is due Monday

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Jesse F.                 CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Jesse is thinking deeply throughout the day, and always has a great question or commnet to add to dscussions.  That is a student I am excited to learn from. ”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 312 this week.  Room 314 will go to Civics.
  • 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.
  • Progress Reports were sent home Thursday, October 9.  Please sign and detach the bottom portion of the report and return to school.
  • Please consider donating incentive prizes to the school store.  We would like our students to look forward to weekly opportunities to cash in their Warrior bucks, and have a stocked store guarantees this excitement.  Oriental Trading Company has so many great prizes at low, low prices.  Please consider making a purchase donation for our school store today.  Every little bit counts.  The website is:  www.orientaltrading,com.
  • Two field trip forms were sent home last week.  Please send these back signed and with the $15 for the trips.  I do not have change.

ALSO:  We need two parent volunteers for each field trip.  If you are available please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu

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 continue 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 ThinkCerca:  Students will  read and article about friendship, answer close reading questions, and take a comprehension quiz 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 work on revisions with peers, enhancing their writing.  Drafts will be re-written for clarity after revisions are made.

Math:  

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.A.1
    Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

This week students will begin measuring angles with and without a protractor.  We will construct line segments and circles using a compass.  Lessons 3.3-3.6 will be covered.

PARENTS:  Students will need protractors and compasses for Unit 3.   Please make this purchase if you have not already.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will review Chapter 2 lessons.  We will take a Chapter 2 test on Thursday.

Project:  Famous Dead People-  Students will work independently this month to develop a speech about and a costume for their assigned historical figure.  Our “famous dead people” will occupy a living museum on October 31.  Please see the tab for this project on the homepage of this blog for more information.

The Speech outline was sent home Thursday.  Make sure students are documenting where they get their research from!

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  learn about the moon phases sequence in the Measuring Time unit.   In groups of four, students will repicate the moon phases and record observations.  In addition, students will create and illustrate moon myths.  This assignment will be graded based on a writing rubric.  Finally, students will keep track of the moon cycle for 30 days.

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, 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 C:  Moon Phases

Science notebooks are due on Friday 10/24

Homework Chart for the week:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math    Unit 2 assessment  Study Link 3.1  Study Link 3.2 Checking Progress Quiz
Writing          
Science(314)      (in-class)Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation C:  Moon Phases   Finish writing Moon Myth/creating Artwork for myth.

Due Monday 10/19

Reading  

 

Social Studies

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading LogSS:  Define Lesson 5 vocabulary in your SS notebook. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Complete Reading Log

 Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book.Reading Log is due Monday

SS worksheet:  The Northwest and Arctic

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

“Ahshun is not a quitter.  When things get tough he keeps trying, and that is a true Ray Warrior. ”

-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.
  • Progress Reports were sent home Thursday, October 9.  Please sign and detach the bottom portion of the report and return to school.
  • Please consider donating incentive prizes to the school store.  We would like our students to look forward to weekly opportunities to cash in their Warrior bucks, and have a stocked store guarantees this excitement.  Oriental Trading Company has so many great prizes at low, low prices.  Please consider making a purchase donation for our school store today.  Every little bit counts.  The website is:  www.orientaltrading,com.
  • Two field trip forms were sent home last week.  Please send these back signed and with the $15 for the trips.  I do not have change.

ALSO:  We need two parent volunteers for each field trip.  If you are available please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu

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 continue 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 ThinkCerca:  Students will  read and article about friendship, answer close reading questions, and take a comprehension quiz 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 drafting their narratives.  Then, students will work on revisions with peers, enhancing their writing.  Drafts will be re-written for clarity after revisions are made.

Math:  

  • CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.5.MD.A.1
    Convert among different-sized standard measurement units within a given measurement system (e.g., convert 5 cm to 0.05 m), and use these conversions in solving multi-step, real world problems.

In Math, we will take a Unit 2 assessment on Tuesday.  Then, on Wednesday and Thursday we will organize, analyze and interpret population data.  Lessons 3.1 and 3.2 will be covered.

PARENTS:  Students will need protractors and compasses for Unit 3.   Please make this purchase if you have not already.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will read about the Northwest and Arctic tribes of Native Americans,  Students will compare/contrast the location, resources, shelter, food, and people of this region.

Project:  Famous Dead People-  Students will work independently this month to develop a speech about and a costume for their assigned historical figure.  Our “famous dead people” will homd a living museum on October 31.  Please see the tab for this project on the homepage of this blog for more information.

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  learn about the moon phases sequence in the Measuring Time unit.   In groups of four, students will repicate the moon phases and record observations.  In addition, students will create and illustrate moon myths.  This assignment will be graded based on a writing rubric.  Finally, students will keep track of the moon cycle for 30 days.

I expect students to have a composition notebook for science only, 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 C:  Moon Phases

Science notebooks are due on Monday 10/19

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 2.9  Study Link 2.8  Place Value worksheet  Unit Review packet Checking Progress Quiz
Writing Complete Graphic Organizer for Art Narrative.  Complete writing Art Narrative Draft
Science(315)  Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation 2:  Recording Sunshadows. Write a thoughtful conclusion paragraph about Investigation 3:  Moon Phases.
Reading 

Social Studies

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutesComplete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.Complete Reading Log

SS worksheet:  The Southwest and the West

 Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book.  Reading Log is due Monday

STUDENT OF THE WEEK:  Jordan J.                  CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!

“Jordan takes her job responsibilities in the classroom and throughout the school very seriously.  This allows me to focus on teaching.  Thank you, Jordan”

-Ms. Krecik

Hi Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach science to room 315 this week.  Room 314 will be in Geography.  Please check Ms. Lemberis’  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.
  • Progress Reports will be sent home Thursday, October 9.  Please email me at agkrecik@cps.edu with any questions.
  • Please consider donating incentive prizes to the school store.  We would like our students to look forward to weekly opportunities to cash in their Warrior bucks, and have a stocked store guarantees this excitement.  Oriental Trading Company has so many great prizes at low, low prices.  Please consider making a purchase donation for our school store today.  Every little bit counts.  The website is:  www.orientaltrading,com.

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 continue 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  reread “Malala The Powerful” , answer close reading questions, and respond to a writing prompt and take a comprehension quiz 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 begin pre-writing 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.  This narrative will be written in the tird person perspective.  Students will also be asked consider the genre and conflict/resolution of the story.  Organizers will be used to develop writing before drafting.

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 using the Lattice Method and Partial-Products Method algorithms to solve whole numer and decimal multiplication problems..  We will cover lessons 2.8-2.10. The Unit 2 test is scheduled, tentatively, for October 14.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will read about the Southwest and Western tribes of Native Americans,  Students will compare/contrast the location, resources, shelter, food, and people of this regoin with the native tribes of the Plains.

Project:  Famous Dead People-  Students will work independently this month to develop a speech about and a costume for their assigned historical figure.  Our “famous dead people” will homd a living museum on October 31.  Please see the tab for this project on the homepage of this blog for more information.

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 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