Archive for January 2015

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week. I will teach science to room 314 this week.
  • Please make sure your child brings a box to school by Wednesday so that they may work on their Black History project in Art.  Written portions for the project will go home this week, as well.
  • Check out our classroom blog! Click the link at http://kidblog.org/agkrecik/

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 35+ minutes nightly to ensure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

This week, students will work in Guided Reading 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:  Students will read an article, “Imagine This Was Your School”, annotate the text, and compose a response to the prompt, “Was Barbara Johns brave?”

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will begin work on their Persuasive writing.  We will begin with developing advertisements for imagined cereal, using strategies to persuade the consumer to buy our products.  Students will present these and vote for their favorite cereal on Friday.

Math:

This week students will begin Unit 6: Data Collection and Adding/Subtracting Fractions. This week students will continue collecting data landmarks, identify line plot mystery charts, and analyze sample data.  Students will cover Lesson 6.3, 6.4, 6.5, and 6.6  this week.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 4, The Colonies. Students will read Lesson 4 and complete Lesson 4 review questions.  There will be a vocabulary quiz over lesson 3 and 4 vocabulary on Friday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 314 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students will focus on drawing with detail, and making scientific observations on the properties of objects. Students will use a magnifier to observe details.  Students will also test everyday objects to see if they would qualify as magnifiers.

Investigation H: Communication Observations

Investigation I:  Does It Magnify?

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 1/30

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Journal page 175 Study Link 6.4 Study link 6.5 Study link 6.6
Writing Complete persuasion worksheet  Work on cereal ad  Complete cereal ad;  Use the rubric to guide your final product.
Social Studies  Social Studies Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 35 minutes.

Complete Reading Log

Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes

Complete Reading Log

Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR book

Reading Log is due Monday

Hi, my name is Brittany Vollmer. I am from Sioux Falls, SD and I am currently a senior at Northwestern College in Orange City, IA. Some interests of mine are participating in active, outdoor activities such as: biking, rollerblading, and water skiing. I also love participating and watching sports. I’m excited to attend a Bulls game a least once this semester! This May, I will be graduating with an elementary education major and reading endorsement. Additionally, I will have a math and science middle school endorsement and coaching endorsement. I have the opportunity to student teach under Ms. Krecik and work with all of your children this semester. This first week has been so great! I am already learning a lot from Ms. Krecik and working with your children. As a student teacher, I start by observing and doing individual and group work. Eventually, I will slowly take charge of the class until I have all of the responsibilities of a full time teacher. Toward the end of my time here, Ms. Krecik will regain her full responsibilities and control. I look forward to using the skills and knowledge I learned at Northwestern this semester. Thank you for this opportunity!

Sincerely,

Miss Vollmer

Hi parents,

  • Check out our classroom blog! Click the link athttp://kidblog.org/agkrecik/
  • 5th grade classes will switch this week. I will teach science to room 315 this week.  Room 314 will go to Ms. Lemberis for Geography
  • Black History project assignments went home today, Wednesday. Tthis year, student will be completing Joseph Cornell-inspired art boxes.  These projects will be worked on in school, although students will research and write a 1-page paper about their chosen subject.  I will send home information for this component, along with a handy rubric, on Friday.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 35+ minutes nightly to assure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

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 finish reading an article about Video Games. Then they will develop a claim and respond to the article, composing an argument writing piece using evidence from the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will revise and publish their expository essay. Revision work wll include: word choice, adding sensory details, and author’s voice.  All published essays are due on Monday, January 26.

Math:

This week students will begin Unit 6:  Data Collection and Adding/Subtracting Fractions.  Students will cover Lesson 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3 this week.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 4, The Colonies. Students will read Lesson 3 and answer Lesson 3 review questions in class. Students will complete a Lesson 3 worksheet for homework on Thursday.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 315 students will begin the next Science unit: Microworlds. Students will focus on drawing with detail, and making scientific observations on the properties of objects. Students will use a magnifier to observe details.

Investigation G: Observing A Penny

Investigation H: Communication Observations

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 1/16

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 6.1  Study link 6.2  Study link 6.3
Writing  Work on Revisions. Publish expository essay
Social Studies  Social Studies Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 35 minutes. Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutesComplete Reading Log Read for 45-60 minutes in your IR bookReading Log is due Monday

Hi parents,

  • Check out our classroom blog! Click the link at http://kidblog.org/agkrecik/
  • 5th grade classes will switch this week. I will teach science to room 312 this week.
  • 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– Students should be reading 35+ minutes nightly to assure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

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 Video Games. Then they will develop a claim and respond to the article, composing an argument writing piece using evidence from the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will create graphic organizers and drafts for their next expository essay. Revision work wll include: word choice, adding sensory details, and author’s voice.

Math:

This week students will complete Unit 5: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. Sudents will use data to create percent circle graphs. Lessons 5.11-5.12 will be covered.  The Unit 5 test will be on Thursday January 15.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 4, The Colonies. Students will re-read Lesson 2 and answer Lesson 1review questions in class. Students will complete a Lesson 2 worksheet for homework on Monday. There will be a Lesson 1 and 2 vocabulary quiz on Friday.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 students will begin the next Science unit: Microworlds. Students will focus on drawing with detail, and making scientific observations on the properties of objects. Students will use a magnifier to observe details.

Investigation G: Observing A Penny

InvestigationH: Observable Properties

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 1/16

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study link 5.11  Math Journal page 159  Unit 5 Review  Unit 5 test
Writing  Complete Drafting Expository Essay Writer’s notebook: Write a weekend letter to Miss Vollmer about anything you want her to know about you!
Social Studies  Social Studies Worksheet  Study Lesson 1 and Lesson 2 vocabulary
Reading Read for a minimum of 35 minutes. Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes

Complete Reading Log

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

Happy New Year!

  • Student Of The Week:  Nathan Friesen~ “Nathan is always ready for what’s next, and he does it with a great smile”
  • Check out our classroom blog! Click the link at http://kidblog.org/agkrecik/
  • 5th grade classes will switch this week. I will teach science to room 314 this week.
  • 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– Students should be reading 35+ minutes nightly to assure they will meet their AR goal this quarter!

  • 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 Video Games. Then they will develop a claim and respond to the article, composing an argument writing piece using evidence from the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will  create graphic organizers and drafts for their next expository essay.  Revision work wll include:  word choice, adding sensory details, and author’s voice.

Math:

This week students will complete Unit 5: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. Sudents will review fraction to decimal tp percent conversions.  They will use data to create percent circle graphs. Lessons 5.9-5.11 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 4, The Colonies. Students will read Lesson 2 and answer Lesson 1review questions in class. Students will complete a Lesson 2 worksheet for homework on Wednesday.  There will be a Lesson 1 and 2 vocabulary quiz on Thursday.

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 students will begin the next Science unit: Microworlds. Students will focus on drawing with detail, and making scientific observations on the properties of objects. Students will use a magnifier to observe details.

Investigation G: Observing A Penny

InvestigationH: Observable Properties

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:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Math Journal page 146 Study Link 5.9  Study Link 5.10
Writing
Social Studies  Social Studies Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 35 minutes. Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 35 minutes

Complete Reading Log

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