Weekly Overview:
  • Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work.
  • Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will finish revising their writing and publish their personal narratives.  All published narratives are due by Monday, February 26.  Please see the rubric for expectations on grading:  Personal Narrative Rubric
  • Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  Fractions.  This week, concepts will focus on finding fractions of whole numbers and multiplying fractions.  We will discuss different strategies to accomplish this.  Lessons 5-5 to 5-7 will be covered.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5-5 Home Link 5-6  Home Link 5-7  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  All published Personal Narratives due Monday.
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.Reading Log is due Monday
Parents,
I hope you have dug yourselves out of the snow.  It’s time to get to work.
  • Ms. Smith will continue teaching the Writing unit on personal narratives this week.  Students will complete most work in class, but from time to time they might need to bring something home to complete it.
  • Valentine’s Day is this Wednesday, February 14.  Students may bring a small valentine card or treat to share with classmates at the end of the day.  There are 23 students.
  • There will be no school on Monday, February 19 in observance of President’s Day.
Weekly Overview:
  • Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work.
  • Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will finish drafting narratives and work on revisions in their writing.  Students who do not complete drafting in class on Monday must complete it for homework on Monday evening.
  • Math-In Math, students will begin Unit 5:  Fractions.  This week, concepts will focus on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.  We will discuss multiple strategies to accomplish this.  Lessons 5-1 to 5-4 will be covered.

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  312, 314, 315  Complete Rough Draft  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Reading Log is due Monday

Parents,
Welcome to Quarter 3.  There will be some slight changes in curriculum as we work towards the end of the year.  this week, students will begin Reading Buddies with Ms. Horgan-Morgan’s room.
Ms. Smith will begin teaching a Writing unit on personal narratives this week.  Students will complete most work in class, but from time to time they might need to bring something home to complete it.
Weekly Overview:
  • Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.
  • Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will begin pre-writing for personal narratives.  Students will use a graphic organizer to map out their stories, as well as add details to make readers infer what the character is feeling.
  • Math-In Math, students will conclude their unit on decimals.  We will review on Tuesday and Wednesday and test on Thursday.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-14  Unit Review  Unit Review  Unit 4 Assessment  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.Reading Log is due Monday

Please click on the link below:

SY-18-19 Calendar Letter to Families

Parents,
This week concludes Quarter 2.
****All 5th grade writers should submit their published persuasive essays by Wednesday.  Any later and points will be deducted for late deadline.  The rubric for grading is below:
THIS THURSDAY:  Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1,2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany Pickens Trio! Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.  Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club(HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, including dinner and fun! Please note that the day following the event,Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students. Get tickets now at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.html
Can’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enter our Raise a Glass raffle at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle-2018.html
Weekly Overview:
  • Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.
  • Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will publish persuasive essays.  The deadline for essays has been extended:   essays are due by Wednesday, January 31.
  • Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 4, decimals and coordinates.  Students will be shading grids to solve decimal addition and subtraction problems, and reviewing whole number addition algorithms to use them to add decimals. Lessons 4-11 to 4-13 will be covered.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-11  4-12  4-13  NO
 Writing  312, 314, 315  ALL PERSUASIVE ESSAYS DUE!  SCHOOL
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Reading Log is due Monday

Parents,
Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1,2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany PickensTrio! Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.
Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club(HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, includingdinner and fun! Please note that the day following the event,Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students.
Get tickets now at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.htmlCan’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enterour Raise a Glass raffle at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle-2018.html
  • We will attend a field trip to the Shedd Aquarium on Friday.  Please submit permission slips by Thursday at the latest.  Students will need a sack lunch for this trip.
  • Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading free choice on Epic Books.
  • Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will draft and revise essays by using persuasive language.  Students will publish essays over the weekend.  Essays are due on Monday, January 29.
  • Math-In Math, students will begin Unit4, decimals and coordinates.  Students will work on graphing and analyzing coordinates on a grid.  Students will continue decimal practice in preparation for addition and subtraction work next week.  Lessons 4-8-4-10 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-8  4-9  4-10  
Writing  312, 314, 315
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Reading Log is due Monday

 

Parents,
Join us for a night out at The Promontory on Thursday February 1,2018 from 6-8 pm featuring a performance by Bethany PickensTrio! Your $40 advance ticket includes beer, wine and light appetizers.
Child care will be provided by Hyde Park Neighborhood Club(HPNC) from 5:45-8:30 pm for $20/child + $10/sibling, includingdinner and fun! Please note that the day following the event,Friday Feb 2, is a non-attendance day for students.
Get tickets now at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-for-ray.htmlCan’t attend the event but still want to support Ray School, enterour Raise a Glass raffle at: http://rayschool.weebly.com/raise-a-glass-raffle-2018.html

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-5  4-6  4-7  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   Complete Graphic Organizer
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.Reading Log is due Monday

 

Dear Parents,

  • Happy New Year!  I cannot wait to begin the new year with your students.  Progress reports went home before break.   There are four weeks to improve grades, so please feel free to contact me to inquire about grade improvement opportunities:  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 work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make INFERENCES to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading free choice on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will begin prewriting persuasive essays.  Students will create a Graphic organizer to assemble their writing prior to drafting.  They will work on introduction and body paragraphs this week.

Math-In Math, students will begin Unit4, decimals and coordinates.  Students will work on writing decimals in words, using a place value chart to identify decimals, and compare decimal values.  Lessons 4-1 to 4-4 will be covered.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4-1  4-2  4-3  4-4  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Reading Log is due Tuesday.

 

I wish you all the happiest holidays with your child.  Please enjoy the time with your families and ring in the New Year 2018 strongly.

There is one homework assignment over break:  Students should read/finish reading one book and complete a thoughtful book report packet.  The link is below.  Please click on the link:

WinterBreak_book_report

Dear Parents,

  • Happy holidays, parents!  Students will be off for two weeks starting 12/23 until 1/8.
  • We will have a small “December To Remember”celebration on 12/22 in the afternoon.  Our class earned to 2,000 points together to have a movie and popcorn, and we will say farewell to Ms. Wise, who will be working in a different classroom after break.
  • Five students earned a 100% on ClassDojo for the month of December.  They will be going on an extra field trip with students in 315 this week as an incentive.
  • Although we will not participate in the Winter assembly onstage, some students have been asked to usher, MC the show, and we will display artwork to decorate the auditorium.  Seting will be tight, but you may want to stop in to see the performances.
  • Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading mysteries on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will revise and edit their writing.  Students will use a checklist to make sure they have all the components needed in their persuasive advertisements.  Students will publish their ads, and we will share them in class on Wednesday.

Math-In Math, students will take NWEA Math and Reading tests.  Then, students will create Mixed Fractions holiday-inspired art to hang for the school assembly.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math   Mixed Number practice sheet  
 Writing  312, 314, 315  finish revisions  publish draft with revisions   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log  Reading Log is due today.

Read over break and complete book report.  Due 1/8/17

Dear Parents,

  • This week students will be participating in Spirit Week.  Please see ClassDojo for daily themes.
  • Reading Logs are now due on Mondays.  This is to accommodate additional reading minutes for Q2.  Students will be expected to read an additional 30 minutes sometime over the weekend.
  • Ray’s STEM Night is this Tuesday, 12/12
    Come join us for a fun night of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.
    There will activities for all ages.
    Our school Science Fair judging will be taking place in the cafeteria.

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

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students will finish prewriting activities on Persuasive Advertisements.  Then, they will begin drafting their persuasive advertisement.  In addition, students will practice creating similes to add to their free-writing work on Friday.

Math-In Math, students will complete Unit 3: Fractions.  Lessons 3-13 and 3-14 will be covered.  On Wednesday, students will review the unit to prepare for testing.  Then, on Thursday, students will take the Unit 3 assessment.

 

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3-13  Home Link 3-14   Unit Review Unit 3 Assessment  
 Writing  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend. Record on Reading Log.  Reading Log is due Monday.

Dear Parents,

  • Our Nutcracker field trip is this Friday, November 8.  Due to the overwhelming response for chaperones, I will be contacting parents who will attend.  If I could take everyone, I would.  Unfortunately, this is a ticketed event.  PLEASE NOTE:  Students must hand in their permission slip and $ by Wednesday, December 7.  If you need additional time to submit payment, please contact me at agkrecik@cps.edu or through ClassDojo.
  • Reading Logs are now due on Mondays.  This is to accommodate additional reading minutes for Q2.  Students will be expected to read an additional 30 minutes sometime over the weekend.
  • A form was sent home last week regarding school-wide robocalls.  If you would like to receive the weekly announcements via telephone, please sign up and return with your student.   Thank you if you have already signed up.
  • Rays’s STEM Night: 12/12
    Come join us for a fun night of Science Technology Engineering and Math on Tuesday, December 12th from 5:00 – 6:30 PM.
    There will activities for all ages.
    Our school Science Fair judging will be taking place in the cafeteria.

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

Reader’s Workshop–This week, students will work on Daily Five activities.  Students will write their Reader’s Response for a reading assessment grade.  Reader’s Response letters are graded using a Rubric.  Students will meet with me in small guided reading groups to work on reading strategies.  This week’s groups will meet to practice reading strategies that will help them to make connections to the text.  Students will highlight and discuss important parts of the text.  In addition, students will complete classwork activities with Word Work and with Listen To Reading on Epic Books.

Writer’s Workshop-  This week,  students in 314 will complete ekphrastic and haiku poetry forms.  Students will begin work on persuasive writing this week, beginning with identifying persuasive elements in advertising.

Math-In Math, students will continue Unit 3, Fractions.  We will cover 3-9 to 3-12 this week.

 

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  312, 314, 315   
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Record on Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes this weekend. Record on Reading Log.  Reading Log is due Monday.