Archive for February 2016

Dear Parents,

WE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF PENCILS!  If you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate pencils to our classroom.  Thanks!

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 and a homework component, along with the Reading Log, comprise 30% of your child’s overall reading grade.

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 focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will submit published expository  essays.  Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their writing in an Author’s Chair,  Next, we will begin working on our next writing form, Persuasive writing,  This week, we will analyze the types of persuasion present in advertising.  Students will pair up with each other to create an advertisement and commercial for a new product they want us to buy.  In addition, students will finish responding to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will practice finding equivalent fractions, creating number stories for fraction multiplication, and dividing fractions.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material on Friday.  Lessons 5.11-5.14

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 6 this week.  This week, students will create political cartoons to persuade colonists to boycott British goods.   Students will learn about the Boston Tea Party and the first battles of the revolution in Lesson 3.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will determine the classes of real-life levers and diagram their findings.  Then, we will explore pulley systems and determine the advantage of using a pulley system.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5.11  Home Link 5.12 and Math Journal page 187  Home Link 5.13 and Math Journal page 190  Home Link 5.14
Writing  SCOPE worksheet  
Social Studies/ Science  Levers worksheet  “More Leverage” worksheet is due tomorrow  Complete Social Studies political cartoon
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 over the weekend.

Reading Log is due TODAY.

Dear Parents,

Report Cards were sent home last Thursday.  Please review your child’s report and contact me via email with any questions/to request a conference:  agkrecik@cps.edu

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 and a homework component, along with the Reading Log, comprise 30% of your child’s overall reading grade.

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 a reading strategy called, “Leaning In” to investigate inferences we make when we read and visualize the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will continue work on their next expository  essay.  We will work on important revisions this week to improve the quality of student writing.  These revisions include word choice and elaboration.  In addition, students will read and respond to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will connect fraction-of problems to fraction multiplication.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material learned on Friday.  Lessons 5.5-5.7 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin Chapter 6 this week.   Students will learn about the beginning causes of unrest between the colonists and England in Lesson 1.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.  Students will have a Lesson 1 quiz on Monday.

Science-  This week, students will practice using a Class-1 lever system, changing the variables from the previous experiment to determine the outcome of the dependent variable.    They will graph their results.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5.7  Home Link 5.5  Home Link 5.6
Writing  Complete writing revisions
Social Studies/ Science  Read “Wheel and Axle” and write a summary  Lesson 1 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,

Welcome to Third Quarter!  Report Cards will be sent home on Thursday.  Please review your child’s report and contact me via email with any questions/to request a conference:  agkrecik@cps.edu

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 a reading strategy called, “Leaning In” to investigate inferences we make when we read and visualize the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will continue work on their next expository essay.  Students will use their graphic organizer to draft their expository essay.  We will review topic sentences and develop details and examples for our writing.   In addition, students will read and respond to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will practice finding common denominators and adding and subtracting fractions this week.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material learned on Friday.  Lessons 5.1-5.4 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will review Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies and take a Chapter test on Tuesday.  Then, students will work on a map project in class for the 13 Colonies.  Students have been given their Black History project choice and should be working on this project at home.

Science-  This week, students will practice using a Class-1 lever system.  They will learn how to measure the effort using a spring scale. Investigation A and B will be assessed in their notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5.1  Home Link 5.2  Home Link 5.3  Home Link 5.4
Writing  Complete your draft  Complete your draft  
Social Studies  Finish your map.
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 Tuesday, 

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 explore the character traits of main characters in a novel.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will continuework on their next expository 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 complete Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice adding and subtracting decimals this wek.  Then, students will take the Unit 4 test on Wednesday.  Thursday, students will take a cumulative assessment of their learning this year so far.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will work on lesson 3 notes this week– The Southern Colonies. We will  answer lesson 3 questions and take a quiz over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the parts of the lever, what advantage is in simple lever systems, and how to get the greatest advantage when using a lever.  Investigation G will be assessed in their notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.14  Unit 4 Review  Cumulative Review
Writing Graphic Organizer:  Write your body paragraph topic sentences/details  
Social Studies  Southern 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,