Ms. Krecik and Miss Pfeiffer

The Happenings Of Room 314

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 10/24-10/28

Written By: agkrecik - Oct• 25•16

Dear Parents,

  •  Famous Dead People Projects are due Monday, October 31.  Students should work on their Famous Dead People Project.  I sent home an organizer that will help students begin their research.  Student speeches will be handed in on the organizer that was handed out, and students should have note cards ready t give the speech on October 31.  We will have a small reception in the classroom with healthy snacks following the speeches.  Drink donations would be very helpful.
  • A permission slip was sent home for the first field trip of the year on November 3.  Please complete the form and return it with your student.
  • For many, the class fee is still outstanding.  It is $85, and it ensures that students will be able to have items like Scholastic SCOPE,  consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish. Please contact the office for more information. If you have submitted payment already, thank you.
  • Parent/teacher conferences are approaching soon.  Please look for an update soon about signups.
  • 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 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.  Reading Logs must be completed and signed by parent/guardian to enforce and track independent Reading minutes.  Too many students are not self-regulating their nightly reading habits.  This should be completed  along with the tic tac toe board and submitted on Fridays.

Scholastic SCOPE:  Students will read an article titled, “Is It Wrong to Talk About The Election?”  and debate the topic in class.  Students will compose an argument either for or against the topic.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

This week students will begin work on fictional narratives.  Students will create stories based on the painting, Sundays on the Island Of La Grande Jatte.

Math:

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.11-2-13 will be covered.  Then, students will review concepts from Unit 2.  Finally students will take a Unit 2 test on Friday.

Science-

This week, students will test their created water clocks.  We will define a variable and list the variables resent in this experiment.  Students will form conclusions and complete their lab notes in their science notebooks to submit for assessment.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.11  Home Link 2.12 Home Link 2.13 Unit 2 Review  Unit 2 test
Writing  SCOPE: vocabulary worksheet
Social Studies/ Science  Chapter 2 test
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/Tic Tac Toe board is due today. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend and complete Reading Log.

Weekly overview and Homework Chart 10/17-10/21

Written By: agkrecik - Oct• 18•16

Dear Parents,

  •  A permission slip was sent home last week for the first field trip of the year on November 3.  Please complete the form and return it with your student.
  • Students should work on their Famous Dead People Project.  I sent home an organizer that will help students begin their research.  Famous Dead People Projects are due Monday, October 31.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish. Please contact the office for more information. If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms are due now! If you have sent your form back thank you very much. Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not. It helps provide state funding for our school. Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  • 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 5 activities: Read To Self, Guided Reading, Listen To Reading, and Word Work. Students will also complete work in the Class novel, Wonder.  Reading Logs must be completed and signed by parent/guardian to enforce and track independent Reading minutes.  Too many students are not self-regulating their nightly reading habits.  This should be completed  along with the tic tac toe board and submitted on Fridays.

Scholastic SCOPE:  Students will read an informational article about food waste and work on citing text evidence to support their thinking about the causes and effects of food waste around the world.

 

Writer’s Workshop-

This week students will publish the first essay: Personal Narrative. Students will have an opportunity to share their writing in an Author’s Chair on Tuesday and Thursday.

Math:

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.8-2-10 will be covered.

Science-

This week, students will take a moon phases assessment.  Then, students will devise ideas of how to createa clock using everyday items to track one minute of time.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.8  Home Link 2.9 Math Journal page 59 Home Link 2.10  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  SCOPE: vocabulary worksheet  SCOPE:  Finding Text Evidence worksheet  All published Narrative Essays are due today
Social Studies/ Science  Northwest/ Arctic 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 Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today. 

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend and complete Reading Log.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 10/10-10/14

Written By: agkrecik - Oct• 12•16

Dear Parents,

  •  Progress Reports were sent home on Friday, October 7.  Please review and return the bottom portion only, signed.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish. Please contact the office for more information. If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms are due now! If you have sent your form back thank you very much. Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not. It helps provide state funding for our school. Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  • Students should work on their Famous Dead People Project.  I will send home an organizer that will help students begin their research.  Famous Dead People Projects are due Monday, October 31.
  • Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–

This week, students will be working on Daily Five centers in Reader’s Workshop. Students will compose their Reader’s Letter this week. This letter is in-class work and counts for a Reading Test grade weekly. Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess letters.

Students will also 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.

Reading Logs must be completed and signed by parent/guardian to enforce and track independent Reading minutes.  Too many students are not self-regulating their nightly reading habits.  This should be completed  along with the tic tac toe board and submitted on Fridays.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week students will revise for the first essay: Personal Narrative. Students will revise their narrative essay with a great grabber lead to start the story.

Math:

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.5-2-7 will be covered.

Science-

This week, students will complete their explorations on the moon as a means to measure time. Students will be graded on participation in class, as well as their investigations in their notebooks. Science notebooks are graded using a rubric. A copy of the rubric can be found under the Rubrics tab.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.5 Home Link 2.6 Home Link 2.7  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  SCOPE vocabulary worksheet  Publish essay.  Essays are due Monday.
Social Studies/ Science  Southwest/West

Worksheet

Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/ Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading log/ Tic Tac Toe board Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend and complete Reading Log.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 10/3-10/7

Written By: agkrecik - Oct• 05•16

Dear Parents,

  •  Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, October 7.  Please review and return the bottom portion only, signed.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish. Please contact the office for more information. If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms are due now! If you have sent your form back thank you very much. Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not. It helps provide state funding for our school. Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  • Picture Day is scheduled for October 15.  Ray School needs volunteers to help on that day with pictures.  If you are available please contact Sonia in the office.  A free portrait is being offered to volunteers.
  • Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–

This week, students will be working on Daily Five centers in Reader’s Workshop. Students will compose their Reader’s Letter this week. This letter is in-class work and counts for a Reading Test grade weekly. Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess letters.

Students will also 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.

Reading Logs were added this week to enforce and track independent Reading minutes.  Too many students are not self-regulating their nightly reading habits.  This should be completed and signed by a parent, along with the tic tac toe board.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week students will begin drafting and revising for the first essay: Personal Narrative. Students will select one of their timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay. Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:

In Math, students will begin work in Unit 2.  Students will explore concepts of place value and exponential notation.  Lessons 2.1-2.4 will be covered.

Science-

This week, students will explore the moon as a means to measure time. Students will be graded on participation in class, as well as their investigations in their notebooks. Science notebooks are graded using a rubric. A copy of the rubric can be found under the Rubrics tab.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 2.1  Home Link 2.2 and MJ page 42 Home Link 2.3 Home Link 2.4  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Complete First draft/Personal Narrative
Social Studies/ Science  Plains Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/ Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading log/ Tic Tac Toe board Reading Log/Tic Tac Toe board is due today.Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend and complete Reading Log.

Weekly overview and Homework chart 9/26-9/30

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 27•16

 

Dear Parents,

  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms are due now! If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on Daily Five centers in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose their Reader’s Letter this week.  This letter is in-class work and counts for a Reading Test grade weekly.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I assess letters.

Students will also 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-

This week,  students will continue prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will select one of their timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will focus on concepts of volume.  Students will explore many differnet ways to find the volume of rectangular prisms.  Lessons 1.10-1.12 will be covered.  There will be a Unit 1 test on Friday.

Science-

This week, students will continue the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will finish their sunclock investigations  and calendars to measure time.  Students will be graded on participation in class, as well as their investigations in their notebooks.  Science notebooks are graded using a rubric.  A copy of the rubric can be found under the Rubrics tab.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 1.10, MJ page 50  Home Link 1.11 Home Link 1.12 Unit 1 review  Unit 1 test
Writing  Write Long in your Writer’s notebook about one of your timeline moments
Social Studies/ Science  Eastern Woodlands

Worksheet

Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board

WONDER:  Answer Comprehension questions.

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Link for students to take survey:

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 22•16

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/HX2D93X

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 9/19-9/23

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 19•16

Dear Parents,

  • Ray School’s Open House is this Thursday, September 22 from 5-6.  Please attend if you can to find out more about the school year in Room 314.
  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms are due now!.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  Our first PTA meeting is after the Open House at 6 pm.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose a practice Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I will assess future letters.

Students will also work on 4 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Work On Writing, Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Students will also be introduced to the first Class novel of the year, Wonder.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a timeline of major events in their lives.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of their timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will focus on concepts of volume.  Students will explore many differnet ways to find the volume of rectangular prisms.  Lessons 1.6-1.9 will be covered.  There will be a Checking Progress quiz on Friday.

Science-

This week, students will continue the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will create sunclocks and calendars to measure time.  Students will be graded on participation in class, as well as their investigations in their notebooks.  Science notebooks are graded using a rubric.  A copy of the rubric can be found under the Rubrics tab.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 1.6  Home Link 1.7 Home Link 1.8 home Link 1.9  
Writing  Wonder:  Comprehension questions.  Timelines are due.
Social Studies/ Science  Early People Worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board

WONDER:  Answer Comprehension questions.

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 9/12-9/16

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 12•16

Dear Parents,

  • The Class Fee is $85 and it is due ASAP. I know this seems like a lot of money, but it is used to pay for things like consumable textbooks and office/art supplies for the classroom. We are willing to work out a payment plan if you wish.  Please contact the office for more information.  If you have submitted payment already, thanks a bunch.
  • Lunch Forms were sent home  last week.  If you have sent your form back thank you very much.  Please complete and return the form, regardless of whether your child will receive lunch or not.  It helps provide state funding for our school.  Thank you.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.
  •  Extra supplies that would be incredibly helpful for the class room throughout the year are: Paper towel, Ziplock Bags, Kleenex, Band-aids, and Hand Sanitizer. Also, it would be a great idea to outfit your child with a small bottle of hand sanitizer to keep at his/her desk. Thank you!

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will be working on independent reading and writing in Reader’s Workshop.  Students will compose a practice Reader’s Letter this week.  Please see the Rubrics tab for a Reader’s Response rubric so you may see how I will assess future letters.

Students will also work on 3 of the Daily 5 activities:  Read To Self, Listen To Reading, and Word Work.  Word Work will expand students’ vocabularies in an authentic way by having them seek out 5 words/week, define the word, find synonyms, and use it in a sentence.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will draft, revise and publish their poems, “I’m From”.  Then, students will begin prewriting exercises for the first essay:  Personal Narrative.  Students will construct a timeline of major events in their lives.  The Timeline project will be assessed as a Pre-Writing activity using a Rubric.  Then, they will select one of thir timeline events to construct a rough draft for the Personal Narrative essay.  Students will work through the writing process this week and next to develop, revise, and publish a personal essay.

Math:  

In Math, students will find areas of rectangles with fractional side-lengths.  Students will work on solving real-world area problems by exploring the area of a quilt.

Science-

This week, students will begin the unit, Measuring Time.  Students will estimate a minute and create sunclocks to measure time.  Students will be graded on participation in class, as well as their investigations in their notebooks.  Science notebooks are graded using a rubric.  A copy of the rubric can be found under the Rubrics tab.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 1.2  Home Link 1.3 Home Link 1.4 home Link 1.5  
Writing  SCOPE:  Summarizing Worksheet
Social Studies/ Science  Shadows worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Tic Tac Toe board Tic Tac Toe board is due today.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 9/6-9/9

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 06•16

Dear Parents,

  • Welcome to Fifth grade, parents and students.  Here you will find answers to many questions you have weekly.
  • Listed below is a homework chart so that you may keep a record of nightly homework assignments.  I create homework charts weekly.  Please be advised that homework is fluid at times, considering the types of interruptions that may occur from time to time (assemblies, field trips, testing, etc), so check back throughout the week for updates.
  • You should receive a parent packet tonight, Tuesday.  Please complete the forms inside and return to me as soon as you can.
  • PLEASE sign up for ClassDojo, either on your smartphone, tablet, or computer.
  • The class fee is $85.  Please remit payment as soon as you can.  This allows us to order class texts, supplies, and pay for online programs.  You can even pay online this year!
  • A brief overview for the first days of school:  This week in Room 314 we will work to develop procedures to make sure our classroom runs smoothly.  In addition, students will begin reading independently, determine book genres, and  select “Good-Fit”  books from the classroom library.  In math, we will practice multiplication drills and study the area of a rectangle.  In writing we will create “I’m From” poems to highlight the diversity and community atmosphere that 314 is developing. Students should be reading approximately 30 minutes nightly and completing three comprehension activities from their Tic Tac Toe board. This work is due on Friday.

Homework Chart September 6-9

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link Link 1.1; Math Boxes Page 4.  Finish Beginning Of Year Assessment  
Writing  Decorate the exterior of your Writer’s notebook with pictures that inspire you.  Complete “I’m From” worksheet if you did not finish it in class.
Science (314)
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes.  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and complete Tic Tac Toe board work. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and complete Tic Tac Toe board work. Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

 Tic Tac Toe work is due today.

Letter of Introduction

Written By: agkrecik - Sep• 01•16

Dear Parents of 314:

My name is Miss Pfeiffer and I will be co-teaching alongside Ms. Krecik for this upcoming school year. I am a graduate student from Michigan State University , where I obtained a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and integrative sciences.

This school year is going to be full of lots of fun and learning!  I am looking forward to getting to know each and every one of my students and helping them succeed in 5th grade.

 

 

Letter of Introduction to Parents and Guardians

Written By: agkrecik - Aug• 31•16

To: Parents of 314

From: Ms. Krecik

Dear Parents:

My name is Ms. Krecik and I will be your child’s 5th grade teacher. I am delighted to have your child in my class this year. I am looking forward to a very successful year and I know you are too. I have high expectations for your child, and I will do all that I can to help your child achieve those expectations.

This is my ninth year teaching at Ray School. I have a bachelor’s degree in Dance and a Master’s degree in Education, both from Columbia College in Chicago, IL. As a result, expect your child to have an experience this year that is both creative and academically challenging.

We also have the pleasure of welcoming Miss Marissa Pfeiffer to our classroom this year as a full time co-teacher for 314.  Miss Pfeiffer will introduce herself to you in another entry on our blog.

 

Reader’s Workshop- DAILY 5

Through Reader’s Workshop your child will explore reading independently and through shared reading experiences. Your child will be required to keep a Reader’s Notebook. In it, your child will write me weekly letters about the book they are currently reading. The important weekly reading assessment will be graded using a rubric that each student will be given. This is an in-class assignment only. 

Additionally, we will be practicing many different reading skills throughout the year. These skills align with the Common Core State Standards and emphasize inference, visualization, vocabulary development, and summarizing. Each week we will learn and practice a new reading skill as a class.  Then, students will practice the skill throughout the week.   Finally, the students will show an understanding by practicing the same skill  independently for their Reading comprehension letters.  

The Reader’s Workshop framework consists of The Daily Five:

  • Read To Self
  • Work On Writing
  • Word Work
  • Listen To Reading
  • Read With Someone

 

Guided Reading: Guided Reading groups will begin in late September/early October. Guided Reading groups allow students to stretch and strengthen their reading abilities by reading text that is challenging to them in a group setting with my support. At least once a week, the groups will meet with me for guided reading assignments and assessment.

Reading Tic Tac Toe:   Each week students will be assigned 30 minutes of reading nightly.  In lieu of the traditional reading log, students must complete Reading comprehension work based on the chapter book they have chosen.  I cannot stress how important it is for students to select good fit boos (we cover this skill in class) and stick to the book until they are finished.  Students are expected to complete 25 on level chapter books by the end of fifth grade.  Their ability to do this will impact their grade.  Reading Tic Tac Toe work is due at the end of each week on Friday.

Book Recommendation:  Students are required to write a well-developed book recommendation each quarter.  This is considered a reading and writing grade, and will be assessed via a rubric.  Please refer to the rubric on the classroom blog for details.

Math

Students will have math homework most evenings.  Please get involved in your child’s math learning by supplementing their learning with multiplication and division flash cards.  In addition, please use the resources that the math program, Everyday Mathematics offers online (http://everydaymath.uchicago.edu/parents/5th-grade/em-at-home/).  In addition, here is a great resource for math games that is divided up by Everyday Math units:  http://www1.center.k12.mo.us/Edtech/edm/5.htm

Most Fridays students will have a Checking Progress quiz that reviews the week’s objectives.  In addition, opportunities for extra credit are presented often on quizzes and tests.

 

Writer’s Workshop

Students are responsible for keeping a Writer’s journal. They will have homework writing assignments in their journals periodically. Writing journals will be assessed with a rubric.  Again, this rubric is available on the classroom blog.   The school year will focus on writing different types of essays, as well as developing our writers’ voices.

 

Science

Our first unit, Measuring Time, will spark our scientific minds as we begin discussing how ancient civilizations keep track of time based on the sun, moon, and the seasons. As the unit progresses, we will track the sun and the moon and keep data on how to measure time based on these natural phenomena. Assessment for Science will be made by observing students and how they work in cooperative groups, students’ abilities to keep thorough notes on each investigation, reading supplemental handouts and answering question related to the handouts, and self-assessment rubrics.

 

Social Studies

This year, your student will learn about American History, beginning with the First Americans. We will explore the development of the nation, and discover the causes and effects of  the American Revolution.

 Homework

Students WILL have meaningful homework nightly.   Please check that your child is writing his or her assignments down.  Additionally, please check my blog for homework assignments.   I do not accept late work for full credit. If an assignment is late, I will deduct credit on the assignment.I will accept late work three days past the due date.   If your student is absent from school, they can have up to five days to complete any missed assignments.  Assignments later than that will be considered late, and the appropriate credit will be deducted.

Contact:  My email is agkrecik@cps.edu. I check my email every morning. Feel free to contact me with any question you may have or to schedule a conference.  I am available most morning for conferences beteen the hours of 10-11 am.   You may also reach me throughout the day on ClassDojo.  ClassDojo is an online system that you’re your child’s progress throughout the school day, In addition, you can message me with any questions or concerns you have in a text messaging format.  Please sign up for ClassDojo as soon as you can to stay connected.  If you need to reach me in the event of an emergency, please contact the school.

Birthday Celebrations

Birthdays will be celebrated collectively the last Friday of every month.  It is CPS policy that if a snack is shared with the class, it must be a healthy snack for the whole class.  Suggestions are:

granola bars (no nuts)

yogurt

pretzels

carrot sticks

fruit snacks

Please refrain from any snack containing PEANUTS or TREE NUTS.  We have students with allergies.

Sincerely,

Ms. Allison Krecik

Welcome Incoming Fifth Graders!

Written By: agkrecik - Aug• 25•16

Dear Parents and Students,

We are so excited to begin this school year. I hope you are, as well. Please use the links above to gather your school supplies and learn a little about me. In addition, there is still time to brush up on your reading and math as you prepare your brain and body for Fifth grade.  Use the summer reading and math links above to work on reading and math work to sharpen your skills before you enter school on September 6.

More surprises are ahead. I can’t wait to meet you.

Sincerely,
Ms. Krecik