Archive for September 2015

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  Students in my room will work on an Ecology project about Biomes.    The students will be researching biomes that exist around the world and presenting their findings to the class.
  • October 2:  5th Grade is attending their first field trip this week as part of the Chicago Environmental Stewards partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo.  We will leave school at 9:15 am and return by 2 pm.  I am still looking for one parent to chaperone this event.  Please email e if you are interested.
  • October 8 is the Ray School Open House.  It will take place from 4:30-6:00 pm.  I hope you can make it out to see the classroom and learn more about 5th grade.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Ray’s first PTA meeting is September 24 at 6 pm.
  •  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

This week, students will begin the real work on the Daily Five.  Daily Five is a reading program that enables students to work on daily Reading tasks independently.  Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five.

I will have my first meetings with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This allows students to explore comprehension, vocabulary, and fluency in a supported structure.  The first groups have been determined based on first interviews with students, MAP testing results, and overall observation of need.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will complete prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.   Then, they will select one of the timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will continue to explore concepts of volume this week.  Lessons 1.9-1.12 will be covered.  There will be a checking progress quiz on Friday.

Science (room 314)

This week, Room 314 will be introduced to the project-based work we will do throughout the year in my science room.  The theme for the year is Ecology, and students will explore aspects of this theme beginning with a world-wide scope and eventually narrowing down to explore the ecology in their own backyards.  The first project will be:  Survivor Biomes.  Small groups will “crash” land in different biomes around the world.  They will research how they will survive in the biome, what foods they will eat, how they will get fresh water, what type of shelter they will create, to name a few.  Students will present their projects at the end of the week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.9  Study Link 1.10  Study Link 1.11  Study Link 1.12  Study for Unit 1 test
Writing Work on Narrative  Draft  Work on Narrative  Draft  Work on Narrative  Draft
Social Studies  Study Vocabulary for quiz
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 Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • 5th grade classes will switch this week.  I will teach a project-based Science class to room 315 this week.  The students will be researching biomes that exist around the world and presenting their findings to the class.  Room 314 will go to Science Theory with Ms. Lemberis.  There, they will study Life Science.
  • 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.
  • October 8 is the Ray School Open House.  It will take place from 4:30-6:00 pm.  I hope you can make it out to see the classroom and learn more about 5th grade.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Ray’s first PTA meeting is September 24 at 6 pm.
  •  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!
  • We will have a make-up day this week for NWEA Map testing for Reading 

 

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose their first Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess letters.  Students will also be working on 4 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, Word Work, and Work On Writing.

Writer’s Workshop-

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 this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will explore concepts of volume this week.  Lessons 1.5-1.8 will be covered.

Science (room 315)

This week, Room 315 will be introduced to the project-based work we will do throughout the year in my science room.  The theme for the year is Ecology, and students will explore aspects of this theme beginning with a world-wide scope and eventually narrowing down to explore the ecology in their own backyards.  The first project will be:  Survivor Biomes.  Small groups will “crash” land in different biomes around the world.  They will research how they will survive in the biome, what foods they will eat, how they will get fresh water, what type of shelter they will create, to name a few.  Students will present their projects at the end of the week.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.5  Study Link 1.6  Study Link 1.7  Study Link 1.8  
Writing Write a seed story from your top ten list  Write a seed story from your top ten list
Social Studies  Eastern Woodlands Worksheet
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 Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Dear Parents,

  • 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.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Ray’s first PTA meeting is September 24 at 6 pm.
  •  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

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose a practice Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I will assess future letters.

Students will also practice 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 5 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use each word in a sentence.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will draft, revise and publish their poems, “I’m From”.  Then, 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 their timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will find areas of rectangles with fractional side-lengths.  Students will work on solving real-world area problems by exploring the area of a quilt.

Science:

This week students will begin investigations in the Science Unit, Measuring Time.  Students will explore the importance of time by estimating time to determine accuracy of this method, as well as using a sunclock to measure time by the tracking of shadows  Science work will be graded using a Science Notebook rubric.  You can locate and review the rubric under the Rubrics tab on our classroom blog homepage.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.2  Study Link 1.3  Study Link 1.4
Writing  Complete poem revisions of you did not do so in class.  Writer’s Notebook:  Make A “Top Ten Most Memorable Moments Of My Life” list.
Social Studies Complete World Map  Early People Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

 

Room 314 Schedule

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45-8:50 Attendance Attendance Attendance Attendance Attendance
8:50-9:50 Art P.E. Spanish Music P.E.
9:50-10:20 Social Studies Social Studies. Social Studies Social Studies Social Studies
10:20-10:45 Shared Read Shared Read Shared Read Shared Read Shared Read
10:45-12:20 Math Math Math Math Math
12:20-1:10 

 

1:10-2:00

 

Lunch/Recess 

 

Reader’s Workshop

Lunch/Recess 

 

Reader’s Workshop

Lunch/Recess 

 

Reader’s Workshop

 

Lunch/Recess

 

 

 

Reader’s Workshop

Lunch/Recess 

 

Reader’s Workshop

2:00-2:45 Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop Writer’s Workshop
2:45-3:45 Science Science Science Science Science

 

Hey students!

I have compiled your brainstormed ideas from class into a quick, anonymous survey.   Just click on the link below and make your voice heard:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Y9LNK8F

Dear Parents,

  • Welcome to Fifth grade, parents and students.  Here you will find answers to may questions you have weekly.
  • Listed below is a homework chart so that you may keep a record of nightly homework assignments
  • You should receive a parent packet tonight, Tuesday.  Please complete the forms inside and return to me as soon as you can.
  • The class fee is $85.  Please remit payment as soon as you can.  This allows us to order class texts, supplies, and pay for online programs.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, determine book genres, and  select “Good-Fit”  books from the classroom library.  In math, we will practice multiplication drills and study the area of a rctangle.  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 progress in their Reading Logs.

Homework Chart September 7-11

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 1.1  Math Boxes (page 4)  
Writing  Write Introductory letter in your Writer’s notebook.  Decorate the exterior of your Writer’s notebook.  Complete “I’m From” worksheet if you did not finish it in class.
Science (314)
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’s Workshop 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. This is an in-class assignment only. 

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 summarizing.   Each week we will learn and practice a new reading skill as a class.  Then, students will practice the skill throughout the week.   Finally, the students will show an understanding by practicing the same skill  independently for their Reading comprehension letters.  

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.  

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

This year, Science will be departmentalized.  I will be working on a year-long project with the entire fifth grade.  Through a partnership with the Lincoln Park Zoo, our fifth graders will engage in a program titled “Chicago Environmental Stewards”.  Students will learn how to protect, restore, and observe their local environment. The program includes classroom visits, fully funded field trips to natural areas, and completion of a stewardship action project unique to Ray school. I will pilot this program with fifth grade to learn about ecosystems and conservation.

In Ms. Lemberis’ class, students will study science non-fiction text, using Scholastic Super Science News.  In Ms. Nobles class, students will participate in science labs that are exploratory and hands-on.

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.

 

Homework (ALWAYS posted on the classroom blog)

Students WILL have meaningful homework nightly.   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 late, I will deduct credit on the assignment.I will accept late work three days past the due date.   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.

 

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 or TREE NUTS..