Ms. Krecik and Miss Pfeiffer

The Happenings Of Room 314

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

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.