Ms. Krecik

The Happenings Of Room 314

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 4/4-4/8

Written By: agkrecik - Apr• 05•16

Dear Parents,

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

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will complete their tasks in the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.

**Please make sure your child is reading nightly for 30 minutes minimum from one book and bringing that book to and from school as if it were a textbook.  This is an important component of Daily Five and a homework component, along with the Reading Log, comprise 30% of your child’s overall reading grade.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  We will be finishing up 3rd Quarter assignments and books this week.

Writing-

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

Math-  

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

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

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

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 6 Review  Unit 6 Test  Home Link 6.13
Writing  SCOPE Handout  Complete First Draft of Persuasive essay  
Social Studies/ Science
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.  Complete Reading Log

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 3/28-4/1

Written By: agkrecik - Mar• 29•16

Dear Parents,

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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week, we will work in pairs to complete the advertisement and commercial for a new cereal they want us to buy.  In addition, students will begin prewriting for their next persuasive essay.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 6.  Students will work on written responses to math problems to make sure that their answers are reasonable.  Students will also work on using estimation to place the decimal in division problems.  Lessons 6.10-6.12 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will complete Chapter 6 this week.  Students will read the Declaration Of Independence, interpret it using modern language, and act out the different parts of it.  There will be an open book Quiz over Lesson 5 on Monday.

Science-    Investigation E will be assessed for Science.  Students will construct two-pulley sytems and determine the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Students will predict which one has the greater mechanical advantage.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Journal page 223  Home Link 6.10  Home Link 6.11  Home Link 6.12
Writing  Selecta Persuasive topic to prewrite about in your Writer’s notebook  Use a graphic organizer to organize your persuasive essay  
Social Studies/ Science  Chapter 6 review handout
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.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 3/21-3/28

Written By: agkrecik - Mar• 22•16

Dear Parents,

*Please note:  There has been a calendar change for CPS students.  March 25 will be a non-attendance day for students and staff.

 

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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week, we will work in pairs to create an advertisement and commercial for a new cereal they want us to buy.  In addition, students will write a persuasive argument paper that is for or against the topic they read in Scholastic SCOPE

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 6.  Students will explore volume concepts and estimating multiplication problems with decimals.  Lessons 6.6-6.8 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 6 this week.  This week, students will read about and analyze the Declaration Of Independence.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.  there will be a Lesson 5 quiz over content on Monday.

Science-  This week,  we will continue to explore pulley systems and determine the advantage of using one type of pulley system over another.  Investigation D will be assessed for Science.  Students will construct two-pulley sytems and determine the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 6.6  Home Link 6.7  Math Journal page 213  Home Link 6.8  Home Link 6.9
Writing  Finish SCOPE graphic organizer  Publish Argument Essay  
Social Studies/ Science  “Declaring 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  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 3/14-18

Written By: agkrecik - Mar• 14•16

Dear Parents,

*Please note:  There has been a calendar change for CPS students.  March 25 will be a non-attendance day for students and staff.

*Progress Reports were sent home on Friday, March 11.  Please sign and detach the bottom portion and return it to school with your student.

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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week, we will analyze the types of persuasion present in advertising.  Students will pair up with each other to create an advertisement and commercial for a new product they want us to buy.  In addition, students will read an essay from SCHOLASTIC SCOPE and make an argument paper that is for or against the topic.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 6.  Students will practice multiplying using exponents, convert measurements in the metric system, and analyze data on a line plot chart.  Lessons 6.2-6.5 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 6 this week.  This week, students will read about the formation of the Continental Army and the Battle Of Bunker Hill.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.  there will be a Lesson 4 quiz over content on Friday.

Science-  This week,  we will continue to explore pulley systems and determine the advantage of using one type of pulley system over another.  Investigation D will be assessed for Science.  Students will construct two-pulley sytems and determine the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 6.2  Home Link 6.3  Home Link 6.4  Home Link 6.5  Checking Progress quiz
Writing  SCOPE vocabulary worksheet  “Commercial Dig” worksheet  
Social Studies/ Science  “Road To 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 DUE TODAY!

Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 3/7-11

Written By: agkrecik - Mar• 08•16

Dear Parents,

*WE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF PENCILS!  If you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate pencils to our classroom.  Thanks!

*Progress Reports will be sent home on Friday, March 11.  Please sign and detach the bottom portion and return it to school with your student.

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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week, we will analyze the types of persuasion present in advertising.  Students will pair up with each other to create an advertisement and commercial for a new product they want us to buy.  In addition, students will read from our class novel, WONDER, and respond to comprehension questions.

Math-  

In Math, students will review Unit 5:  Fractions.   Then, students will take the Unit 5 Test over material on Tuesday and Wednesday.   Then, we will begin Unit 6.  Students will practice multiplying using exponents.  Lessons 6.1-6.2 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 6 this week.  This week, students will learn about the Boston Tea Party and the first battles of the revolution in Lesson 3.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.  there will be a Lesson 3 quiz over content on Friday.

Science-  This week,  we will explore pulley systems and determine the advantage of using one type of pulley system over another.  Investigation D will be assessed for Science, and students will respond to an article about Pulleys in their notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Unit 5 Review  Home Link 6.1  Home Link 6.2
Writing  “Persuasion Is All Around You” worksheet  “Commercial Dig” worksheet- complete 4-8 comercials.
Social Studies/ Science  Social Studies worksheet  Pulleys article summary is due tomorrow
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 DUE TODAY!Read for a minimum of 30 minutes over the weekend.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 2/29- 3/4

Written By: agkrecik - Feb• 22•16

Dear Parents,

WE ARE IN SERIOUS NEED OF PENCILS!  If you can help out, it would be greatly appreciated if you could donate pencils to our classroom.  Thanks!

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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will focus on the reading skill, “Quick Questioning” to investigate inferences we make when we read and comprehend the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will submit published expository  essays.  Students will be given the opportunity to showcase their writing in an Author’s Chair,  Next, we will begin working on our next writing form, Persuasive writing,  This week, we will analyze the types of persuasion present in advertising.  Students will pair up with each other to create an advertisement and commercial for a new product they want us to buy.  In addition, students will finish responding to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will practice finding equivalent fractions, creating number stories for fraction multiplication, and dividing fractions.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material on Friday.  Lessons 5.11-5.14

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 6 this week.  This week, students will create political cartoons to persuade colonists to boycott British goods.   Students will learn about the Boston Tea Party and the first battles of the revolution in Lesson 3.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will determine the classes of real-life levers and diagram their findings.  Then, we will explore pulley systems and determine the advantage of using a pulley system.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5.11  Home Link 5.12 and Math Journal page 187  Home Link 5.13 and Math Journal page 190  Home Link 5.14
Writing  SCOPE worksheet  
Social Studies/ Science  Levers worksheet  “More Leverage” worksheet is due tomorrow  Complete Social Studies political cartoon
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.

Reading Log is due TODAY.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart February 15-19

Written By: agkrecik - Feb• 15•16

Dear Parents,

Report Cards were sent home last Thursday.  Please review your child’s report and contact me via email with any questions/to request a conference:  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 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.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use a reading strategy called, “Leaning In” to investigate inferences we make when we read and visualize the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will continue work on their next expository  essay.  We will work on important revisions this week to improve the quality of student writing.  These revisions include word choice and elaboration.  In addition, students will read and respond to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will connect fraction-of problems to fraction multiplication.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material learned on Friday.  Lessons 5.5-5.7 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin Chapter 6 this week.   Students will learn about the beginning causes of unrest between the colonists and England in Lesson 1.  We will read the text, define the vocabulary, and take notes over the lesson.  Students will have a Lesson 1 quiz on Monday.

Science-  This week, students will practice using a Class-1 lever system, changing the variables from the previous experiment to determine the outcome of the dependent variable.    They will graph their results.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 5.7  Home Link 5.5  Home Link 5.6
Writing  Complete writing revisions
Social Studies/ Science  Read “Wheel and Axle” and write a summary  Lesson 1 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.

Reading Log is due Monday, 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 2/8-2/12

Written By: agkrecik - Feb• 09•16

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Third Quarter!  Report Cards will be sent home on Thursday.  Please review your child’s report and contact me via email with any questions/to request a conference:  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 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.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use a reading strategy called, “Leaning In” to investigate inferences we make when we read and visualize the story.

Writing-

This week,  students will continue work on their next expository essay.  Students will use their graphic organizer to draft their expository essay.  We will review topic sentences and develop details and examples for our writing.   In addition, students will read and respond to a story in Scholastic Scope about the Lusitania.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What was it like to be a passenger on the Lusitania?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 5:  Fractions.  Students will practice finding common denominators and adding and subtracting fractions this week.  Then, students will take a Checking Progress Quiz over material learned on Friday.  Lessons 5.1-5.4 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will review Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies and take a Chapter test on Tuesday.  Then, students will work on a map project in class for the 13 Colonies.  Students have been given their Black History project choice and should be working on this project at home.

Science-  This week, students will practice using a Class-1 lever system.  They will learn how to measure the effort using a spring scale. Investigation A and B will be assessed in their notebooks.

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  Complete your draft  Complete your draft  
Social Studies  Finish your map.
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.Reading Log is due Tuesday, 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 2/1-2/5

Written By: agkrecik - Feb• 03•16

Dear Parents,

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.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and explore the character traits of main characters in a novel.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will continuework on their next expository essay.  Students will use a graphic organizer to organize the parts of the essay.  We will review topic sentences and develop details and examples for our writing.   In addition, students will read and respond to a play in Scholastic Scope about Sherlock Holmes.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What type of person is Sherlock Holmes?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice adding and subtracting decimals this wek.  Then, students will take the Unit 4 test on Wednesday.  Thursday, students will take a cumulative assessment of their learning this year so far.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will work on lesson 3 notes this week– The Southern Colonies. We will  answer lesson 3 questions and take a quiz over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the parts of the lever, what advantage is in simple lever systems, and how to get the greatest advantage when using a lever.  Investigation G will be assessed in their notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.14  Unit 4 Review  Cumulative Review
Writing Graphic Organizer:  Write your body paragraph topic sentences/details  
Social Studies  Southern Colonies 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.Reading Log is due Monday, 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 1/25-1/29

Written By: agkrecik - Jan• 26•16

Dear Parents,

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.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and inference within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin work on their next expoistory essay.  Students will use a graphic organizer to organize the parts of the essay.  We will review topic sentences and develop details and examples for our writing.   In addition, students will read and respond to a play in Scholastic Scope about Sherlock Holmes.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “What type of person is Sherlock Holmes?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice adding and subtracting decimals this wek.  Lessons 4.11-4.14 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will finish Lesson 2 notes this week– The Middle Colonies. We will  answer lesson 2 questions and take a quiz over the lesson.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the phases of the moon.  Then, students will conduct Investigation E:  Moon Phases.  Students will write a formal investigation, experimenting with replication of the moon phases.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.11  Home Link 4.12  Home Link 4.13  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Graphic Organizer:  write your introductory paragraph.  Graphic Organizer:  Write your body paragraph topic sentences/details
Social Studies
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.

Reading Log is due Monday, 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 1/18-1/22

Written By: agkrecik - Jan• 12•16

Dear Parents,

  • Thursday, January 21 we will be attending a field trip to the Logan Center to see the Chicago Human Rhythm Project.  We would like 1-2 chaperones to attend with us. It will be from 9:50-12:00.  Please email me if you are interested.

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.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will continue to generate prewriting ideas in their Writer’s notebooks, using the 25 expository writing ideas handout.  In addition, students will complete reading and responding to an article in Scholastic Scope about competitive sports and young people.  Students will compose an essay response to the question, “How are sports becoming more dangerous and less fun, and how can we bring the joy back to young athletes?”, citing information from the article to support their thinking.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will practice rounding decimals, place points on a coordinate grid, and solve problems on a graph.  Lessons 4.8-4.9 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will continue Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will focus on Lesson 2 this week– The Middle Colonies. We will define vocabulary, read and discuss the text together, and answer lesson 1 questions.

Science-  This week, students will learn about the phases of the moon.  Then, students will conduct Investigation E:  Moon Phases.  Students will write a formal investigation, experimenting with replication of the moon phases.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 4.9  Home Link 4.10  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Prewrite:  select a topic to write long about in your notebook  
Social Studies Middle Colonies 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.

Reading Log is due Monday, 

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 1/4-1/8

Written By: agkrecik - Jan• 04•16

Dear Parents,

  • Happy 2016!  I hope you had a wonderful holiday and are ready for the New Year!
  • Progress reports were sent home on Friday, December 18.  Please review your student’s progress, sign and return the bottom portion to me so that I know you have reviewed it.
  • If you would like to set up a conference or phone conference with me to discuss your student’s progress in Q2, please email me (agkrecik@cps.edu) or send e a message on ClassDojo.

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.

I will work with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex, work on vocabulary development, and increase comprehension.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text with a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will publish Winter haiku poems and create winter art scenes.  then, students will begin work on a new expository essay.  I will provide a list of expository ideas for students to work from.  Students will begin prewriting work and organizing ideas in their graphic organizer.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit4:  Decimal Concepts; Coordinate Grids.  Students will write decimals using numerals and words, generate multiple names for decials, read and write decimals in expanded form, and compare decimals.  Lessons 4.1-4.4 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will begin Chapter 5, The Thirteen Colonies.  Students will focus on Lesson 1 this week– The New England Colonies. We will define vocabulary, read and discuss the text together, and answer lesson 1 questions.

Science-  This week, students will experiment with pendulums and determine the variables that exist as they prepare to develop an experiment.  Then, students will plan an experiment with pendulums.  They will test a variable.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 4.1 Home Link 4.2  Home Link 4.3  Home Link 4.4  Checking Progress Quiz
Writing  Prewrite:  select a topic to write long about in your notebook  Complete graphic organizer
Social Studies  New England colonies 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.

Reading Log is due Monday,