Archive for March 2015

Dear Parents,

  • Just a reminder:  There is no school on Friday, April 3.  Happy Spring Break!
  • A HUGE THANK YOU to Jesse’s and Chloe’s moms for chaperoning Thursday’s field trip.  That mirror maze was something else!
  • Room 314 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation. Please see our blog for details.
  • Miss Vollmer continues to command the instruction for Room 314 and Science and is doing a remarkable job!
  • Thursday marks the end of 3rd quarter.  All work that is late will need to be submitted by Wednesday.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ 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.

SCOPE: Students will read an article, “Your Phone Could Ruin Your Life”, and annotate the text.  Then, students will work in groups to create an informational video about the dangers of cell phones.

Writer’s Workshop-

Students will continue Poetry Workshop. This week students  will compose poems using personification.

Math:

This week students will continue Unit 8. This week students will find fractions of fractions and multiply fractions as well as mixed numbers.  then, students will convert mixed numbers into pecents.   Lessons 8.6-8.9 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 6, Lesson 2 in their Social Studies books. Students will learn about the Stamp and Townshend acts, as well as the Boston Massacre.  They will have homework on Wednesday.  Over break they will create a brochure for their 14th colony.  I will send home an assignment guideline on Thursday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 314 students will begin work in the Science unit: Levers and Pulleys. Students will be introduced to the Unit, practice creating a class-1 lever, and define the parts of a lever.  Then studetns will run a controlled experiment to test the advantages of levers.

Investigation A: Levers

Investigation D: Finding the Advantage

Investigation E: Finding The Advantage 2

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 8.6 Study Link 8.7 Study Link 8.8
Writing Finish drafting your personi-fication poem in your notebook.  Finish publishing your personi-fication poem  BOOK RECOMMENDATION IS DUE TODAY!
Social Studies  Chapter 6 Lesson 2 review questions 1-4 Complete the 14th Colony project.  Due on April 13.  No exceptions.
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 bookReading Log is due Monday April 13

Dear Parents,

  • REMINDER:  We will be going on a walking field trip on Thursday to the Museum Of Science and Industry.  Students should bring a sack lunch, as we will miss our regular lunch schedule and eat in the classroom upon our return.
  • Room 314 will have Geography this week in our departmental rotation. Please see Ms. Jack’s blog for details.
  • Miss Vollmer is at full takeoover of the classroom this week and is doing a stellar job!
  • Thanks to the parents who have donated tissue and hand sanitizer. Our germs appreciate it.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ 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.

(We will get to this this week!!!!!!)  SCOPE: Students will read an article, “Should Kids Play Football?”, develop a T_Chart comparing the pros and cons of football, and develop an arguement. Students will write a 1-page arguement for or against football, using evidence from the text to support their stance.

Writer’s Workshop-

Ms. Vollmer will continue working with students students in Poetry Workshop.  Students will compose poems using alliteration and hyperbole this week.

Math:

This week students will continue Unit 8. This week students will add and subtract mixed numbers, find fractions of fractions and multiply fractions. Lessons 8.3-8.6 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will begin Chapter 6, Lesson in their Social Studies books.    Students will learn about the causes of the French and Indian War and begin to study the early causes of the American Revolution.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students will learn how to prepare basic types of slides. Then, students will identify mystery substances under a microscope by matching it with images and descriptions of each substance. Finally, students will view onion cells under the microscope.

Investigation C: Preparing Slides

Investigation D: What Is It?

Investigation E: Inside An Onion

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 8.3  Study Link 8.4  Study Link 8.5
Writing  Finish drafting your alliteration poem in your notebook.  Finish publishing your alliteration poem  Finish drafting your hyperbole poem in your notebook Fiish publishing you hyperbole poem
Social Studies Chapter 6 Lesson 1 review questions 1-4 Chapter 6, Lesson 1 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

 

Dear Parents,

  • Room 314 will have Civics this week in our departmental rotation.  Please see Ms. Jack’s blog for details.
  • Thank you to Chloe and Jesse’s moms for volunteering to chaperone on our upcomng field trip.  Any additional parents are welcome, but must pay the museum admission.
  • PARCC testing continues this Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please see my previous post for days and times of testing.   We have enough snacks for after testing; thank you Sophia’s mom!
  • Thanks to the parents who have donated tissue and hand sanitizer.  Our germs appreciate it.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ 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.

SCOPE:   Students will read an article, “Should Kids Play Football?”, develop a T_Chart comparing the pros and cons of football, and develop an arguement.  Students will write a 1-page arguement for or against football, using evidence from the text to support their stance.

Writer’s Workshop-

With testing this week, our Writing time has been minimized.  This week students will read persuasive essays in an Author’s Chair celebration of writing.  On Thursday, Ms. Vollmer will introduce students to a Poetry Workshop Unit.

Math:

This week students will begin Unit 8.  This week students will review basic concepts of fractions, add and subtract mixed numbers, and find fractions of fractions.  Lessons 8.1-8.4 will be covered.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will review Chapter 5:  The Thirteen Colonies in preparation for the Chapter test.   Students will complete a take-home test on Wednesday evening.  Students may use their Social Studies books, as well as their notes.

Science (room 312)

This week, Room 312 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students will learn how to prepare basic types of slides. Then, students will identify mystery substances under a microscope by matching it with images and descriptions of each substance.  Finally, students will view onion cells under the microscope.

Investigation C: Preparing Slides

Investigation D:  What Is It?

Investigation E:  Inside An Onion

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 8.1  Study Link 8.2
Writing  Read “Tips for the Enjoyment of Poetry”  and write a response to the article in your notebook.
Social Studies  Chapter 5 Review  Chapter 5 take-home test  Define Chapter 6, Lesson 1 vocabulary in your SS notebook.
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 bookReading Log is due Monday

 

 

 

 

Dear Parents,

  • Room 314 will have Science this week in our departmental rotation.
  • Thank you to Chloe and Jesse’s moms for volunteering to chaperone on our upcomng field trip.  Any additional parents are welcome, but must pay the museum admission.
  • PARCC testing begins this Tuesday.  Please see my previous post for days and times of testing.   If you would like to donate a healthy snack for after test sessions it would be accepted and appreciated!
  • We are so terribly low on tissue and hand sanitizer.  If you can donate to the class, it would be greatly apreciated.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ 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.

SCOPE:   Students will read an article, “Should Kids Play Football?”, develop a T_Chart comparing the pros and cons of football, and develop an arguement.  Students will write a 1-page arguement for or against football, using evidence from the text to support their stance.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will work on first drafts and make revisions to drafts this week.  Students will publish essays over the weekend.

Math:

This week students will review Unit 7.  they will test on Unit 7 on Wednesday, March 11.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 5: The Thirteen Colonies. Students will re-read lesson 3 and take notes on The Southern Colonies.  Students will test over Chapter 5 on Friday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 315 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students will learn how to prepare basic types of slides. Then, students will identify mystery substances under a mocroscope by matching it with images and descriptions of each substance.  Students will take an assessment on lenses and the microscope on Tuesday.

Investigation C: Preparing Slides

Investigation D:  What Is It?

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 7.10
Writing  Publish persuasive essays.  Due Monday.
Social Studies  SS worksheet:  The Southern Colonies
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

Dear Parents,

PARCC testing information went home this week.  Ray’s 5th grade will complete PARCC testing beginning next week.  Next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons will be spent on PARCC reading assessments.  The following week we will have Math:

3/10-3/12 at 1:15:  Reading and Writing assessments

3/17-3/18:  Math assessments

The 5th grade will be using paper and pencil assessments.

Here is a link for PARCC sample questions:  http://parcc.pearson.com/sample-items/

Please contact Principal Thole f you have further questions regarding PARCC testing.

Have a great weekend,

Ms. Krecik

Dear Parents,

  • Room 314 will have Geography this week in our departmental rotation. Please see Ms. Lemberis’ blog for further details.
  • A Field Trip request form was sent home on Friday.  Thank you if you have already signed and returned it.  I would like 2 parent chaperones to assist in the walking field trip.  If you are interested, please let me know.  Additional chaperones are always a plus, however the museum will only cover two free admissions.
  • 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.
  • Information about PARCC testing went home today.  I do not have any specific information about testing times/dates.  I will send updates when I know more.

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

Reader’s Workshop– Students should be reading 40+ 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.

THINKCERCA: Students will read an article about social media, annotate the text, identifying evidence that will back their stance on the prompt, “Should 5th graders be allowed on Facebook?” , and compose an argument support their stance.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will  work on first drafts this week.  Students will peer-edit with the PQP method we have practiced in class previously.

Math:

This week students will continue unit 7, Exponents and Negative Numbers. Students will cover 7.7-7.10 this week.  comparing positive and negative numbers, adding positive and negative numbers, and subtracting positive and negative numbers.

Social Studies-

This week in Social Studies, students will continue Chapter 5: The Thirteen Colonies. Students will re-read lesson 2 and answer review questions in class. .  There will be a vocabulary quiz over lesson 1, 2 and 3 next week.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 students will continue work in the Science unit: Microworlds. Students  will practice with the microscope, drawing accurate scientific sketches of ordinary objects and learn how to prepare basic types of slides.  Students will take an assessment on lenses and the microscope on Friday.

Investigation C: Practicing With the Microscope

Investigation D:  Preparing Slides

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 7.7 Study Link 7.8 Study Link 7.9  Study Link 7.10
Writing Writer’s notebook: Evening page
Social Studies  SS notebook:  Lesson 2 Review questions 1-4
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