Archive for December 2015

December 14, 2015

Dear Families,

I cannot believe it- we are days away from Winter Break.  The beginning of the year has gone by so quickly, and all students have been doing a fabulous job!

In the spirit of the holidays, our class will have Secret Holiday Buddies.  Each student will be assigned a Secret Holiday Buddy- remember it is a SECRET… so don’t tell anyone!  On Friday, December 18th students will exchange small gifts with their Secret Holiday Buddy.  I really encourage self-made gifts such as bookmarks, ornaments, and cards.  If students wish to buy something, the price cannot exceed $5.00.  If students need material to make anything please let me know, and I would be happy to give students materials from the classroom! The Student Council is having a Holiday Sale on Wednesday, December 16th. Items sold will begin at 25 cents and not exceed $5.00. This would be a wonderful opportunity for students to get something for their Secret Holiday Buddy.  Proceeds will go to the Ray School Student Council.

We will be having a holiday party at the end of the day on Friday, December 18th.  Students will eat during their regular lunch time. Light snacks and juice will be served during the party.  In addition, we will celebrate December birthdays with cupcakes.  If you would like to contribute a snack, below are items we would need.  Please send items for the party by Thursday, December 17th, so I can see what we have and/or need! (FYI- there will be 25 students present the day of the party.)

  • Snacks:  pretzels, veggies, dips, crackers, etc. (no peanut products, please)
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Forks
  • Juice boxes

 

Thank you, in advance! As always if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Warm Holiday Wishes,

Ms. Krecik

Dear Parents,

  • It’s almost Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend here every day and dressed warmly as the temperature changes this week.
  • The Winter Assembly for 5-8 grade will be Monday November 14 from 11-12.  Please attend if you can.  The students will be performing a contemporary jazz version of “Deck The Halls”
  • Friday we will have a holiday party in the afternoon.  Students will have a small Secret Buddy gift exchange in the afternoon.  Please see the accompanying letter on the classblog about the party and gift exchange.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly for 30 minutes minimum 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text in a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  use their graphic organizer to draft their essay:  Expository.  Students will publish essays over Winter Break.  In addition, we will look at mentor text for Winter poetry ideas.  Then, we will create our own Winter poems and art scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will practice “fraction of” problems and review the concepts of Unit 3.  Students will take a Unit 3 test on Thursday,

Social Studies-  Students will finish the Jigsaw Activity for Chapter 4 by completing  Chapter 4 posters with key information.  Each student will be given an assessment of their learning on Wednesday, responding to the lesson that they focused on in their jigsaw.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  complete the variables experiments for sinking water clocks.  Then, students will experiment with pendulums and determine the variables that exist as they prepare to develop an experiment.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3.14  Unit 3 review  Unit 3 test
Writing Draft Essay  Finish Winter Words poem  Publish essay- due January 4.
Social Studies  Study your lesson for assessment  Chapter 4 assessment
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, January 4

 

  • There are two more weeks until Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend every day and dress warmly as the temperature changes.
  • The Winter Assembly for 5-8 grade will be Monday November 14 from 11-12.  Please attend if you can.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly for 30 minutes minimum 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text in a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  continue prewriting activities for their next essay:  Expository.  Students will develop ideas and organization for their body paragraphs and concluding paragraph in graphic organizers.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will continue to estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences, rename fractions and mixed numbers, add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators, and solve number stories with addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.  Lessons 3.9-3.12 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will work on a Jigsaw Activity for Chapter 4 in class.  Students will divide up into groups of four to become experts of an assigned lesson in Chapter 4.  Then, students will come back to their original groupings in class to present their lesson to their teammates and create Chapter 4 posters with key information.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  identify the variables of their clocks.  Then, in their teams, they will develop and test an experiment with variables.  Students will write up their formal investigations in their Science notebooks for assessment,

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 3.9 Home Link 3.10  Home Link 3.11  Home Link 3.12
Writing .  Work on graphic organizer body paragraphs
Social Studies  Social Studies 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 LogVocabulary Practice Reading Log is due Monday.

 

  • There are merely three weeks until Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend every day and dress warmly as the temperature changes.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly for 30 minutes minimum 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and infer predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  begin prewriting activities for their next essay:  Expository.  Students will create expert lists, learn the structure of expository essays, and begin organizing their ideas in a graphic organizer.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will and estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences, rename fractions and mixed numbers, and add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Social Studies-  We will review  Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Students will take the Chapter 3 test on Wednesday.  Then, students will work on Current Events reports to present on Friday and Monday.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  identify the variables of their clocks.  Then, in their teams, they will develop and test an experiment with variables.  Students will write up their formal investigations in their Science notebooks for assessment,

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 3.6 Home Link 3.7  Home Link 3.8  Math Journal page 92
Writing .  Work on graphic organizer
Social Studies  Chapter 3 Review  Study for test  Chapter 3 test  Complete Current Events report (Due Monday)
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

Vocabulary Practice

Reading Log is due Monday.