Archive for April 2016

Dear Parents,

I hope you had a wonderful break with your child!  We are back to business this week, as we close out the 5th grade year strong and ready for 6th grade.

This week, students will complete the Math portion of PARCC.  Tests will occur in the afternoon, Mon-Thu, with a make-up day on Friday.

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.  We will begin new Q4 books, focusing on inferencing in the text.  Students will use text evidence quoted directly to support their reasoning.

Writing-

This week, students will finish revisions to their persuasive essays and publish their work over the weekend.  Essays are due on Monday, May 2.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 7.  Students will divide fractions and classify triangles and quadrilaterals.  Lessons 7.4-7.7 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Canceled due to PARCC testing

Science-    Students will begin a new unit this week:  Microworlds.  Inestigation A will ask students to heighten their observational skills to sketch a penny from memory.  Students will also describe characteristics of unknown items in a scientific manner in Investigation B.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 7.4, finish MJ page 244  Home Link 7.5  Hierarchies worksheet  Home Link 7.6
Writing  Publish essay!
Social Studies/ Science
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!

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • Report card conferences are Wednesday from 12-3 and 4-6 pm.  If you have not already reserved a slot, please contact me with time windows you are available.  You may also stop in to pick up a report card, but without a conference reserved, I cannot guarantee that I will be able to see you.  My email is 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 take PARCC English/language arts tests.

Writing-

This week, students will work on revisions in their persuasive drafts.  We will enhance persuasive word choice and add extra details and examples.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 7.  Students will add mixed numbers, learning two separate strategies to complete the task.  On Friday students will take a cumulative assessment.  Lessons 7.1-7.3 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin Chapter 7, lesson 1.  Students will learn about the personal and economic hardships of the war.  Students will take a quiz over the lesson on Friday.

Science-    Students will begin a new unit this week:  Microworlds.  Inestigation A will ask students to heighten their observational skills to sketch a penny from memory.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 7.1  Home Link 7.2  Math Journal page 234  Home Link 7.3
Writing  
Social Studies/ Science  Americans And The Revolution 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 over the weekend.  Complete Reading Log

Dear Parents,

  • A Report Card conference request was sent home today.  Please write down your desired top three times and return to me ASAP.  Meeting are 15 minutes long.  I will give priority to the responses I receive first.  I look forward to meeting with you.
  • There will be no school on Friday, April 8.  This is the end of Quarter 3.
  • Information on the Ray School Book Fair and the Ray School Walk-A-Thon will be sent home tomorrow.  Please look at this important information in your child’s take-home folder.

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.  We will be finishing up 3rd Quarter assignments and books this week.

Writing-

This week, we will work in pairs to complete the cereal boxes that comtain persuasive advertising on them.   In addition, students will begin drafting their next persuasive essay.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 6.  Students will review Unit 6 skills on Tuesday and take the Unit 6 assessment on Wednesday.  On Thursday we will work in Math Centers to prepare for Unit 7.

Social Studies-  Students will use their interpretions to storyboard and act out a skit of their part of the Declaration.  This project is being assessed as a summative assessment for Chapter 6, and will be graded via a rubric.

Science-    Students will begin a new unit this week:  Microworlds.  Inestigation A will ask students to heighten their observational skills to sketch a penny from memory.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 6 Review  Unit 6 Test  Home Link 6.13
Writing  SCOPE Handout  Complete First Draft of Persuasive essay  
Social Studies/ Science
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.  Complete Reading Log