Archive for February 2015

Dear Parents,

  • Room 314 will have Civics this week in our departmental rotation. Please see Ms. jack’s blog for further details.
  • Book Recommendations are a new component to Reading grades this quarter. Students will write two book recommendations this quarter based on books they have read this year from our classroom library. The first book recommendation is due March 2.
  • We will be adding a new weekly homework assignment:  Academic Vocabulary.  A packet will go home on Tuesday with five vocabulary words for students to practice with.  On Friday the packet is due, and students will take a short assessment of their understanding.  Academic vocabulary is being studied to help students make sense of statewide assessment language that is used.

*****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 informational text 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 compose a response to the prompt, “Should we continue exploring space?” based on the articles we have read in Scholastic SCOPE.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will  organize our ideas in a graphic organizer and begin first drafts this week.

Math:

This week students will continue unit 7, Exponents and Negative Numbers. Students will cover 7.2-7.4-7.6 this week.  Using Parentheses in Number Sentences, Order Of Operations, and Line Graphs  will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 5: The Thirteen Colonies. Students will read lesson 2 and answer review questions in class. They will complete Lesson 2 worksheet for homework on Wednesday.  There will be a vocabulary quiz over lesson 1 and 2 words on Monday next week.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 314 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students will be introduced to the microscope. They will practice with the microscope, drawing accurate scientific sketches.

Investigation B: Introduction to Microscopes

Investigation C: Practicing With the Microscope

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

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 7.4 Study Link 7.5 Math Journal page 224  Study Link 7.6Checking Progress quiz
Writing  Work on Book Recommendation (Due March 2)  Work on Book Recommendation (Due March 2) Work on Book Recommendation (Due March 2)  Work on Book Recommendation (Due March 2) Work on Book Recommendation (Due March 2)
Social Studies  The Middle Colonies 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

Dear Parents,

  • Room 314 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation.  We will be using microscopes.
  • Book Recommendations are a new component to Reading grades this quarter.  Students will write two book recommendations this quarter based on books they have read this year from our classroom library.  The first book recommendation is due March 2.

*****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 informational text 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, “The Cost of Space Exploration”, annotate the text, compare/contrast the paired texts, and compose a response to the prompt, “Should we continue exploring space?”

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will begin work on their Persuasive writing. We will begin prewriting persuasive ideas in our writer’s notebooks, pick a topic to write about, and then begin organizing our ideas in a graphic organizer.

Math:

This week students will continue unit 7, Exponents and Negative Numbers. Students will cover 7.2-7.4.  Powers of 10, Scientific Notation, and Using Parentheses in Number Sentences will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 5: The Thirteen Colonies. Students will read lesson 1 and answer review questions in class. They will complete Lesson 1 worksheet for homework on Wednesday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 314 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds.  Students will be introduced to the microscope. They will practice with the microscope, drawing accurate scientific sketches.

Investigation A: Introduction to Microscopes

Investigation B:  Practicing With the Microscope

 

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

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 7.2 Study Link 7.3  Study Link 7.4
Writing Writer’s notebook:  Generate details, examples, and reasons to support your three subtopics.
Social Studies  The New England Colonies 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

Dear Parents,

  • The Black History Gallery Walk is Wednesday February 11 from 6-8 pm.  Come out for a view of the different projects on display, a poetry slam, and a delicious buffet hosted by the PTA.
  • Thursday afternoon we will have a brief Valentine’s Day celebration for the class. Students may bring cards to pass out for their classmates.  We have 21 students in the room.  Please, no candy.  Instead, I will give each student a sweet.

*****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, “Yes Aliens (Probably) Exist”, annotate the text, and compose a response to the prompt, “Should we continue exploring space?”

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will begin work on their Persuasive writing. We will begin prewriting persuasive ideas in our writer’s notebooks, pick a topic to write about, and then begin organizing our ideas in a graphic organizer.

Math:

This week students will complete Unit 6 and take a test on Wednesday.  Then, on thursday, students will begin unit 7, Exponents and Negative Numbers.  Students will cover 6.10- 7.1

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will take the Chapter 4 test.  Then they will begin Chapter 5:   The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will read lesson 1 and answer review questions in class.  They will complete Lesson 1 worksheet for homework on Thursday.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students Students will  test everyday objects to see if they would qualify as magnifiers.  Then students will be introduced to the microscope.  On Friday, students will take a short assessment of their learning so far.

Investigation A: Does It Magnify?

Investigation B:  Introduction to Microscopes

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

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 6.10 Unit 6 review Unit 6 Test Study Link 7.1
Writing Writer’s notebook:  Write an evening page. Writer’s notebook-Create a Top 10 List of possible writing topics for persuasive essays.
Social Studies  Social Studies Chapter 4 review  Chapter 4 test
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

Dear Parents,

  • This has been a wild week in weather and learning!  Apologies for not posting sooner.
  • MAKE SURE your child is working on Black History poem and speech, as well as finishing up art box.  the project is due Monday, February 9.
  • We blogged last week…check it out! 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, “I Was Just Like You”, annotate the text, and compose a response to the prompt, “How are refugees affected by displacement?”

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will begin work on their Persuasive writing.  We will continue developing advertisement commericals 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 continue Unit 6: Data Collection and Adding/Subtracting Fractions. This week students will add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers, as well as analyze a contour map  Students will cover Lesson 6.7, 6.8, and 6.9

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will review Chapter 4, The Colonies. Students will take the Chapter 4 test next Tuesday.  They may use their notes to help them.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 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

Homework Chart:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Study Link 6.7 Study link 6.8 Math Journal 6.9  Study Link 6.9
Writing  Black History Project  Black History Project  Black History Project  Black History Project  Black History Project
Social Studies
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