Ms. Krecik

The Happenings Of Room 314

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

FREE U of C Summer Arts Program:

Written By: agkrecik - Jun• 16•16

Details and dates are below.  What a great opportunity for students.  Please click on the link after the description of the program to register.

FREE opportunity for talented people to engage with professional artists and UofC mentors!
Here are some project logistics and details:
  • “Ode to the City” is a grassroots project that targets communities with stories to tell and art to create by providing neighborhood members with free resources and platform to tell those stories.
  • ALL people are welcome, regardless of experience, background, identity, age, etc.
  • Mixed media workshops make up an 8-week program in a variety of places with a wide-range of artistic mediums: visual arts, poetry, radio, performance art, and more. Students will be exposed to professional artists from different backgrounds, artistic mediums, and communities. For example, Jamila Woods!
  • Participants will have the opportunity to work within these spaces, with free supplies, teachers, mentors, the ability to connect with their community, and an opportunity to exhibit their work.
  • The intensive visual arts track will be held weekly and is geared toward participants with great interest and any experience in visual arts.
  • Workshops will tackle specific themes (e.g., race/ethnicity, faith, spirituality, gender, sexuality, and more)
  • Our community partners include: Young Chicago Authors, The Rebuild Foundation, The Poetry Foundation, StoryArts, Bing Bookstore, the UChicago Arts Incubator, and Living Hope Church.
Project schedule:
  1. Mixed Media Workshops (Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative, Greater Grand Crossing; Saturdays, 1-3 pm):
July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
August 6, 13, 20, 27
  1. Mixed Media Workshops (Bing Art Books, Washington Park; Tuesdays, 6-8 pm)
July 5, 12, 19, 26,
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  1. Mixed Media Workshops (Living Hope Church, Woodlawn; Wednesdays, 2-3 pm)
July 6, 13, 20, 27
August 3
  1. Visual Arts Intensive Track (Arts Incubator, Washington Park; Mondays, 6-8 pm)
July 11, 25
August 8, 22
Register at:
Here is the program registration form (if people could register asap, that would be great!): http://goo.gl/forms/Nx2CJs0zRHJwNNny2

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 6/6-6/10

Written By: agkrecik - Jun• 06•16

Parents,

 

 

As the school year winds down, you will notice that homework will slow down as well.  Please be aware that I will post important homework assignments on the blog as needed.  Speaking of…

Science Fair boards are due on Monday June 13.  I will send home instructions on assembly today.  Please take a look at the expectations and help facilitate any experiment that takes place at home.  Email me with any questions and concerns.

 

This week:  some students are exempt from Reading logs for the remainder of the year due to exemplary performance.  Next Friday all Reading logs will be handed in for the year.  All student should still be reading nightly towards the goal of 25 books/5th grade.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 8.8  Home Link 8.9
Writing  Publish Personification poem
Social Studies/ Science
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minute.s Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  FINAL Reading Log is DUE!

Science Research report

Written By: agkrecik - Jun• 02•16

Parents:

Your student is required to complete a Science Fair project before the end of the school year. Last weekend a timeline was sent home outlining the due dates for different parts of the project.  Monday May 6 is the due date for the Science Research report.  Please see the attached documents for requirements and rubric.  If you have any questions please feel free to email me.

Best

Ms. Krecik

Science Research Paper Requirements and rubric

Science research organizer

Weekly Overview and Homework 5/23-5/27

Written By: agkrecik - May• 23•16

Dear Parents,

Progress Reports went home Friday, May 20.  If you have not done so already, please sign and detach the bottom portion of the report and send it back to school.

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

Writing-

This week, students will explore poetic devices.  We will study simile and personification.  Students will generate their own poems based on these devices.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 8.  Students will use volume units to plan a home aquarium, use volume representations to explore and explain volume concepts, and devise a plan to spend $1,000,000 on an animal rescie shelter.  Lessons 8.3-8.5 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin work on Chapter 9 this week.  Students will learn about the Cumberland Gap and western expansion.  Students will also learn about Daniel Boone and Lewis and Clark.  There will be a lesson 1 quiz on Tuesday May 31.

Science-    Students will use their observation skills to investigate and identify mystery substances with microscopes this week.  Then, students will learn about the parts of a cell.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Journal pages 281-282  Home Link 8.4 Math Boxes page 289  Home Link 8.5
Writing  Publish Simile poem  
Social Studies/ Science Exploring The West worksheet  SCIENCE QUESTIONS DUE Tuesday
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.

Weekly Overview and Homework 5/16-5/20

Written By: agkrecik - May• 16•16

Dear Parents,

This week, students will participate in the Ray School Walk-A-Thon.  This will occur on Friday, May 20.  This is also the day we will be planting our 5th grade Pollinators garden.  Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for both activities.

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

Writing-

This week, students will explore poetic devices.  We will study simile, personification, and onomatopeia.  Students will generate their own poems based on these devices.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 8.  Students will convert measurements and find the areas of real-world locations.  Lessons 8.1-8.3 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin work on Chapter 8 this week, the Constitution.  In Lesson 1, students will learn about the Constitutional Convention.  Students will quiz over lesson 1 on Monday, May 23.

Science-    Students will use their observation skills to investigate and identify mystery substances with microscopes this week.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 8.1  Math Boxes page 287 Home Link 8.2  Home Link 8.3
Writing  SCOPE Vocabulary  SCOPE Questions  Publish simile poem
Social Studies/ Science Effects Of The War 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 is DUE!Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Weekly Overview and Homework 5/2-5/6

Written By: agkrecik - May• 03•16

Dear Parents,

This week, students will attend a field trip to the Kickapoo Woods forest preserve on Tuesday, May 3.  There, they will engage with activities with the forest ranger that center around conservation.  Students should dress for work outside in the woods.

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 explore poetic devices.  We will study alliteration, hyperbole.  Students will generate their own poems based on these devices.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 7.  Students will work more to classify quadrilaterals.  Then, students will explore and graph data concepts.  Lessons 7.7-7.10 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will read about major battles in the Revolutionary War.  Students will take notes and respond to comprehension questions in class.  We will quiz over the lesson on Friday.

Science-    Students will use their observation skills to investigate specimens with microscopes this week.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 7.7  MJ pages 253-254  Home Link 7.9  Home Link 7.10
Writing  Publish Alliteration poems
Social Studies/ Science  Read page 277 and record notes in SS notebook  Fighting For Independence 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 is DUE!

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 4/25-29

Written By: agkrecik - Apr• 25•16

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.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart April 11-15

Written By: agkrecik - Apr• 12•16

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