Archive for January 2017

Dear Parents,

We still need pencils.  If you can pick up a pack to share with the class, we would appreciate it.  Thank you to the families who have.

Raise a Glass For Ray is this Thursday, February 2.  Proceeds from this amazing night at The Promontory will go directly to service students at Ray.  Please see the link for more information, and to purchase tickets:  http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html

Friday is a non-attendance day for students.  It is the end of Q2.  Tic Tac Toe assignments will be due on Thursday.

Reader’s Workshop:  Reading GOAL- Students have until Thursday to meet their Reading Goal for Q2.  This goal will be graded on the percentage of points that they accrue towards their total point goal.  Students earn points by taking reading quizzes after they finish any IR or GR book.  Please make sure that your child is reading a minimum of 30 minutes nightly from their IR book so that they may meet their goal. This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.

Writer’s Workshop/Science: This week, students will complete/present their Google slideshows that they created together on their planets.   This project will conclude our persuasive writing for Q2.  Then, students will begin work on a new type of essay, Expository.

Math:  In Math, students will continue Unit 5, Fractions.  This week’s lessons will emphasize finding fractions of whole numbers and fractions.   Students will take a Checking Progress quiz Thursday.

Science:  This week,  student will look at plant cells inside of an onion.  Students will make wet-mount slides, observe specimens under the microscope, and sketch the specimen with accuracy.

Social Studies:  Students will study the second group of 13 colonies:  Middle.  Students will determine what sets them apart from other colonies by organizing information in a chart.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5-5 Home Link 5-6 Home Link 5-7 Checking Progress quiz
Writing
Social Studies/ Science    Complete Plant cells worksheet  The Middle colonies worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

 Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.  Read WONDER book!

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5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Create a Facebook page for your main character in the story.  Include information that is central to the character.  Illustrate and color the page.
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 sentences.
Write a letter to your teacher about your favorite character in the story and explain why you like this character using text details. 3-5 sentences. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning

Dear Parents,

We need pencils badly.  We share pencils in the classroom, and we have none left in our inventory.  If you are out and could pick up a pack for the classroom, it would be much appreciated.

 

Reader’s Workshop:  Reading GOAL- Students are working to meet their Reading Goal for Q2.  This goal will be graded on the percentage of points that they accrue towards their total point goal.  Students earn points by taking reading quizzes after they finish any IR or GR book.  Please make sure that your child is reading a minimum of 30 minutes nightly from their IR book so that they may meet their goal. This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.

Writer’s Workshop/Science: This week, students will complete their research on a planet.  Then, they will work in small groups to make persuasive Google Slide presentations to convince others to move to their planet.  This will conclude our persuasive writing for Q2.

Math:  In Math, students will begin Unit 5, Fractions.  This week’s lessons will emphasize adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.   Students will take a Checking Progress quiz Friday.

Science:  This week,  student will learn how to prepare different types of slides.  Students will learn how to make wet-mount slides and well slides, observe specimens under the microscope, and sketch each specimen with accuracy.

Social Studies:  Students will study the first group of 13 colonies:  New England.  Students will determine what sets them apart from other colonies by organizing information in a chart.

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  Checking Progress quiz
Writing  Complete Planet Handout  SCOPE take-home Quiz
Social Studies/ Science  Summary of Robert Hooke article  The New England colonies worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes’ Complete Reading log/Tic Tac Toe Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Create a Facebook page for your main character in the story.  Include information that is central to the character.  Illustrate and color the page.
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 sentences.
Write a letter to your teacher about your favorite character in the story and explain why you like this character using text details. 3-5 sentences. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning

Dear Parents,

This week, students in Room 314 will participate in an in-class workshop on Thursday with the ChES program through Lincoln Park Zoo.  ChES stands for Chicago Environmental Stewards, and it gives students a chance to learn about the urban wildlife around them, how to support the living environment, and how to protect its species.  To learn more about this program please visit:  http://www.lpzoo.org/chicago-environmental-stewards

Reader’s Workshop:  Reading GOAL- Students are working to meet their Reading Goal for Q2.  This goal will be graded on the percentage of points that they accrue towards their total point goal.  Students earn points by taking reading quizzes after they finish any IR or GR book.  Please make sure that your child is reading a minimum of 30 minutes nightly from their IR book so that they may meet their goal. This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.

Writer’s Workshop/Science:  This week students will continue work on their last persuasive writing piece in Q2.  They will put themselves in the position of a realtor, and they will be challenged to sell their planet to their classmates as an ideal place to live.  This week, students will create a handout that highlights facts about their planet.

Math:  In Math, students will complete lessons 4-13-4-14, emphasizing adding and subtracting decimals.  Students will take a Unit 4 test on Friday.

Science:  This week,  student will use microscopes to identify white powder mystery substances.  Students will use properties of each specimen to match what they see under their microscopes.

Social Studies:  Students will study the French and Dutch colonization of the New World.  Students will complete a map identifying the early settlements of Jamestown, Plymouth, New Amsterdam, Quebec City, and New Orleans.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 4-13 Home Link 4-14  Unit 4 Review  Unit 4 test
Writing  .  Complete Planet Handout.
Social Studies/ Science  The French and Dutch worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes’ Complete Reading log/Tic Tac Toe Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Reading Skill:  Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Make a persuasive  advertisement for the book.  Include the title, author, and an exciting picture on your poster!  Your poster should be neat and colorful.  Use persuasive techniques 🙂
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 developed sentences.
Write a letter to the antagonist (main character) in your Independent Reading book, and give them some advice on how to be a better person in the story.  Use proper letter formatting. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning

Dear Parents,

Welcome Back!  Progress Reports went home with students today.  Please review with your child.  If you would like to schedule a conference to discuss improvements your child can make, please message me through ClassDojo or you may email me at agkrecik@cps.edu,

Reader’s Workshop:  Reading GOAL- Students are working to meet their Reading Goal for Q2.  This goal will be graded on the percentage of points that they accrue towards their total point goal.  Students earn points by taking reading quizzes after they finish any IR or GR book.  Please make sure that your child is reading a minimum of 30 minutes nightly from their IR book so that they may meet their goal. This week, students will work on Daily 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.

Writer’s Workshop/Science:  This week students will begin work on their last persuasive writing piece in Q2.  They will put themselves in the position of a realtor, and they will be challenged to sell their planet to their classmates as an ideal place to live.  This week, students will research an assigned planet, using guiding questions to field their research.  This research will ultimately be the material that they will use for an informational/persuasive brochure/handout.

Math:  In Math, students will complete lessons 4-10 through 4-13, emphasizing using coordinates on a grid and adding and subtracting decimals.

Science:  This week,  student will use microscopes to compare/contrast paper samples.

Social Studies:  Students will learn about the Pilgrims and their reasons for settling in the New World.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4-10  Home Link 4-11  Home Link 4-12  Home Link 4-13
Writing  Watch Obama’s Farewell Speech and write a 1-page reflection in your Writer’s Notebook. Complete an Guided Questions for your Planet Project.  Be ready to begin Handout Monday.
Social Studies/ Science  The Plymouth Colony worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes/ Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe Read for a minimum of 30 minutes’ Complete Reading log/Tic Tac Toe Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.  Read for 30 minutes over the weekend.

5TH Grade Tic Tac Toe Assignment: Choose 3 different activities!  Due Friday.

Make a prediction about what you think will happen next in your IR book.  Provide evidence from the story that helped you make your prediction. (3-5 sentences) Reading Skill:  Sketch To Stretch- sketch an important part in the story you are reading.  Then, explain what is happening in the sketch and why it is important to the story. Make a persuasive  advertisement for the book.  Include the title, author, and an exciting picture on your poster!  Your poster should be neat and colorful.  Use persuasive techniques 🙂
What genre do you think your book is?  Explain why you think this in 3-5 developed sentences. Make a connection to the story.  Explain your connection in 3-5 sentences. What character do you have the most in common with?  Explain why in 3-5 developed sentences.
Write a letter to the antagonist (main character) in your Independent Reading book, and give them some advice on how to be a better person in the story.  Use proper letter formatting. Identify these story elements in your IR book:  characters, setting, problem, solution (or your prediction of what the solution will be) Find three words that you do not know from your IR book.  Define each word and draw a picture to help you remember its meaning