Archive for January 2016

Dear Parents,

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will complete their tasks in 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 work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and inference within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin work on their next expoistory essay.  Students will use a graphic organizer to organize the parts of the essay.  We will review topic sentences and develop details and examples for our writing.   In addition, students will read and respond to a play in Scholastic Scope about Sherlock Holmes.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What type of person is Sherlock Holmes?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice adding and subtracting decimals this wek.  Lessons 4.11-4.14 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will finish Lesson 2 notes this week– The Middle Colonies. We will  answer lesson 2 questions and take a quiz over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the phases of the moon.  Then, students will conduct Investigation E:  Moon Phases.  Students will write a formal investigation, experimenting with replication of the moon phases.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.11  Home Link 4.12  Home Link 4.13  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Graphic Organizer:  write your introductory paragraph.  Graphic Organizer:  Write your body paragraph topic sentences/details
Social Studies
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 Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Reading Log is due Monday, 

Dear Parents,

  • Thursday, January 21 we will be attending a field trip to the Logan Center to see the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  We would like 1-2 chaperones to attend with us. It will be from 9:50-12:00.  Please email me if you are interested.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will complete their tasks in 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 work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will continue to generate prewriting ideas in their Writer’s notebooks, using the 25 expository writing ideas handout.  In addition, students will complete reading and responding to an article in Scholastic Scope about competitive sports and young people.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “How are sports becoming more dangerous and less fun, and how can we bring the joy back to young athletes?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice rounding decimals, place points on a coordinate grid, and solve problems on a graph.  Lessons 4.8-4.9 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will focus on Lesson 2 this week– The Middle Colonies. We will define vocabulary, read and discuss the text together, and answer lesson 1 questions.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the phases of the moon.  Then, students will conduct Investigation E:  Moon Phases.  Students will write a formal investigation, experimenting with replication of the moon phases.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 4.9  Home Link 4.10  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Prewrite:  select a topic to write long about in your notebook  
Social Studies Middle Colonies 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 Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Reading Log is due Monday, 

 

Dear Parents,

  • Happy 2016!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for the New Year!
  • Progress reports were sent home on Friday, December 18.  Please review your student’s progress, sign and return the bottom portion to me so that I know you have reviewed it.
  • If you would like to set up a conference or phone conference with me to discuss your student’s progress in Q2, please email me (agkrecik@cps.edu) or send e a message on ClassDojo.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will complete their tasks in 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 work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will publish Winter haiku poems and create winter art scenes.  then, students will begin work on a new expository essay.  I will provide a list of expository ideas for students to work from.  Students will begin prewriting work and organizing ideas in their graphic organizer.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will write decimals using numerals and words, generate multiple names for decials, read and write decimals in expanded form, and compare decimals.  Lessons 4.1-4.4 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will focus on Lesson 1 this week– The New England Colonies. We will define vocabulary, read and discuss the text together, and answer lesson 1 questions.

Science-  This week, students will experiment with pendulums and determine the variables that exist as they prepare to develop an experiment.  Then, students will plan an experiment with pendulums.  They will test a variable.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.1 Home Link 4.2  Home Link 4.3  Home Link 4.4  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Prewrite:  select a topic to write long about in your notebook  Complete graphic organizer
Social Studies  New England colonies 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 Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.

Reading Log is due Monday,