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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, 

 

Friday Holiday Party News:::::

Written By: agkrecik - Dec• 13•15

December 14, 2015

Dear Families,

I cannot believe it- we are days away from Winter Break.  The beginning of the year has gone by so quickly, and all students have been doing a fabulous job!

In the spirit of the holidays, our class will have Secret Holiday Buddies.  Each student will be assigned a Secret Holiday Buddy- remember it is a SECRET… so don’t tell anyone!  On Friday, December 18th students will exchange small gifts with their Secret Holiday Buddy.  I really encourage self-made gifts such as bookmarks, ornaments, and cards.  If students wish to buy something, the price cannot exceed $5.00.  If students need material to make anything please let me know, and I would be happy to give students materials from the classroom! The Student Council is having a Holiday Sale on Wednesday, December 16th. Items sold will begin at 25 cents and not exceed $5.00. This would be a wonderful opportunity for students to get something for their Secret Holiday Buddy.  Proceeds will go to the Ray School Student Council.

We will be having a holiday party at the end of the day on Friday, December 18th.  Students will eat during their regular lunch time. Light snacks and juice will be served during the party.  In addition, we will celebrate December birthdays with cupcakes.  If you would like to contribute a snack, below are items we would need.  Please send items for the party by Thursday, December 17th, so I can see what we have and/or need! (FYI- there will be 25 students present the day of the party.)

  • Snacks:  pretzels, veggies, dips, crackers, etc. (no peanut products, please)
  • Plates
  • Napkins
  • Forks
  • Juice boxes

 

Thank you, in advance! As always if you have any other questions please don’t hesitate to ask!

 

Warm Holiday Wishes,

Ms. Krecik

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 12/14-12/18

Written By: agkrecik - Dec• 13•15

Dear Parents,

  • It’s almost Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend here every day and dressed warmly as the temperature changes this week.
  • The Winter Assembly for 5-8 grade will be Monday November 14 from 11-12.  Please attend if you can.  The students will be performing a contemporary jazz version of “Deck The Halls”
  • Friday we will have a holiday party in the afternoon.  Students will have a small Secret Buddy gift exchange in the afternoon.  Please see the accompanying letter on the classblog about the party and gift exchange.

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

Reader’s Workshop

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

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  use their graphic organizer to draft their essay:  Expository.  Students will publish essays over Winter Break.  In addition, we will look at mentor text for Winter poetry ideas.  Then, we will create our own Winter poems and art scenes inspired by Vincent Van Gogh’s “Starry Night”.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will practice “fraction of” problems and review the concepts of Unit 3.  Students will take a Unit 3 test on Thursday,

Social Studies-  Students will finish the Jigsaw Activity for Chapter 4 by completing  Chapter 4 posters with key information.  Each student will be given an assessment of their learning on Wednesday, responding to the lesson that they focused on in their jigsaw.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  complete the variables experiments for sinking water clocks.  Then, students will experiment with pendulums and determine the variables that exist as they prepare to develop an experiment.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Home Link 3.14  Unit 3 review  Unit 3 test
Writing Draft Essay  Finish Winter Words poem  Publish essay- due January 4.
Social Studies  Study your lesson for assessment  Chapter 4 assessment
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 Monday, January 4

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 12/7-12/11

Written By: agkrecik - Dec• 08•15
  • There are two more weeks until Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend every day and dress warmly as the temperature changes.
  • The Winter Assembly for 5-8 grade will be Monday November 14 from 11-12.  Please attend 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 continue their tasks on 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and use questioning and analysis within the text in a reading skill called, “Lift A Line”.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  continue prewriting activities for their next essay:  Expository.  Students will develop ideas and organization for their body paragraphs and concluding paragraph in graphic organizers.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will continue to estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences, rename fractions and mixed numbers, add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators, and solve number stories with addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.  Lessons 3.9-3.12 will be covered.

Social Studies-  Students will work on a Jigsaw Activity for Chapter 4 in class.  Students will divide up into groups of four to become experts of an assigned lesson in Chapter 4.  Then, students will come back to their original groupings in class to present their lesson to their teammates and create Chapter 4 posters with key information.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  identify the variables of their clocks.  Then, in their teams, they will develop and test an experiment with variables.  Students will write up their formal investigations in their Science notebooks for assessment,

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 3.9 Home Link 3.10  Home Link 3.11  Home Link 3.12
Writing .  Work on graphic organizer body paragraphs
Social Studies  Social Studies 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 LogVocabulary Practice Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Weekly Overview And Homework Chart 11/30-12/4

Written By: agkrecik - Dec• 01•15
  • There are merely three weeks until Winter Break!  Try to have your child attend every day and dress warmly as the temperature changes.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and infer predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  begin prewriting activities for their next essay:  Expository.  Students will create expert lists, learn the structure of expository essays, and begin organizing their ideas in a graphic organizer.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will and estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences, rename fractions and mixed numbers, and add and subtract fractions with like and unlike denominators.

Social Studies-  We will review  Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Students will take the Chapter 3 test on Wednesday.  Then, students will work on Current Events reports to present on Friday and Monday.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will  identify the variables of their clocks.  Then, in their teams, they will develop and test an experiment with variables.  Students will write up their formal investigations in their Science notebooks for assessment,

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 3.6 Home Link 3.7  Home Link 3.8  Math Journal page 92
Writing .  Work on graphic organizer
Social Studies  Chapter 3 Review  Study for test  Chapter 3 test  Complete Current Events report (Due Monday)
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

Vocabulary Practice

Reading Log is due Monday.

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 11/23-11/27

Written By: agkrecik - Nov• 24•15

Parents,

It’s a quick week here at Ray.  I wanted to take a moment to to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.  I am most thankful for the amazing class of students I have to teach this year.  What are you thankful for?
Here is an overview of what we will be doing this week in our CORE SUBJECTS:

Reader’s Workshop–

This week, students will abandon their typical Daily Five format to spend the two days of school reading independently and voraciously. I will introduce a class novel to the students and we will preview the novel.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week, students will complete Writers conferences with me and publish their fictional narrative.  All narratives are due on Monday, November 30.

Math-

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3: Fractions. Wewill estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences. 3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies- We will create brochures of a chosen city in the world.  This brochure will be finished over Thanksgiving break and handed in on Monday, November 30.

Science- This week, Room 314 will test standard water clocks.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up” in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, math journal page 84

Tuesday/Thanksgiving break:  read 30 minutes and complete reading log, publish narrative essay, complete travel brochure.

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 11/16-11/20

Written By: agkrecik - Nov• 16•15
  • Parent-teacher conferences are this week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets were sent home last week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.  I will do my best to get as close to your preferred times as I can.
  • If you do not have a scheduled conference you may come to pick up your child’s report card and we can schedule a conference at a later time.
  • There will be no conferences from 3-4 pm.
  • Don’t forget the join the PTA! Ray’s PTA is  a vital part of our school culture. Please support it if you can.  The next PTA meeting is this Thursday at 6 pm.

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

Reader’s Workshop

This week, students will continue their tasks on 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words and infer predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  story diagram, grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will continue work in Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will compare fractions on a number line, play a version of Fraction Top-it game and discuss strategies to develop larger fractions, and estimate answers to addition and subtraction fraction sentences.  3.4-3.6 will be covered.

Social Studies-  We will continue Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 4 will tell the story of other nations exploring during the early exploration of the Americas.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will devise water clocks to calculate a 15 second interval.  Students will perform multiple trials to test the reliability of their clocks and draw conclusions about the stability of their new timekeepers.  Students will identify the variables of their clocks and write a formal investigation and “Sum It Up”  in their Science notebooks.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 77-78 Home Link 3.4  Home Link 3.5  Home Link 3.6
Writing  Complete your Story diagram in your notebook.  Work on revisions Work on revisions  Publish Essay.Weekend Page in Writer’s notebook
Social Studies  Study Chapter 3 vocabulary.  “Other Nations Explore” 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 Monday.

 

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 11/9-11/13

Written By: agkrecik - Nov• 09•15
  •  We have a rather quick week!  Please check the homework chart for updates throughout the week.
  • Parent-teacher conferences are next week, 11/18 from 12-6.   Conference preference sheets will be sent home this week.  Please select your top three time choices.  Conferences will be 15 minutes long.
  • 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 continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, create character sketches of main characters in the story, and make predictions about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will  will work on areas of revision for their fictional narratives:  grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.

Math-  

In Math, students will begin Unit 3:  Fractions.  We will connect division to fractions and interpre the remainders as fractions.  We will cover lessons 3.1, 3.2, and 3.3

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 3 will center on the Spanish claims on the new world.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will graph our sunshadow lengths on a chart to determine relationships between the shadow length and the time of day.  Then, students will complete calendars.  If time permits, we will identify the main phases of the moon.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  MJ page 71, Home Link 3.1 MJ pages 74-75, Home Link 3.2  Home Link 3.3
Writing Write an Evening Page reflection about your first quarter in 5th grade.
Social Studies “Spanish Exploration” 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 Monday.

Weekly Overview and Homework Chart 11/2-11/6

Written By: agkrecik - Nov• 02•15

Dear Parents,

  •  We have a field trip scheduled for Thursday, November 5.  Students should bring a bag lunch.  If needed, students can get a bag lunch from the cafeteria.  Please let me know ahead of time.
  • First Quarter is coming to a quick close!  Sign up for Gradebook online.  This tool allows you to view student progress, subject averages, and you can even set alerts when grade percentages drop below an acceptable amount.  For further details please inquire in the office.
  • 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 continue their tasks on the Daily Five.   Students will use their IR books to guide them through Daily Five weekly.  Please make sure your child is reading nightly 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 meet with Guided Reading groups this week.  The purpose of Guided reading is to provide support in reading texts that are more complex.  This week students will work on using context clues to identify unknown words, create character sketches of main characters in the story, and make inferences about the text.

Writer’s Workshop-

This week,  students will begin work on their new essay:  Fictional Narrative.  Students will write Seed stories based on a work of art in the classroom.  Students will select one seed to write out long in draft form.  Then, students will work on areas of revision:  grabber lead, zooming in, and word choice.  We will have an Author’s Chair on Monday to celebrate our first published work.

Math-  

In Math, students will complete work in Unit 2.  Lessons 2.13 will be covered. We will practice using the partial-quotients algorithm to solve division problems, make estimations, and determine what to do with remainders.  Then we will review for Unit 2 assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Students will take Unit 2 assessment on Thursday and Friday.

Social Studies-  We will begin Chapter 3 this week:  The Age Of Exploration.  Lesson 2 will cover the changing landscape of the world, after Columbus’ discovery of a new continent.

Science-  This week, Room 314 will work with sunclocks and calendars to keep track of time.   We will graph our sunshadow lengths on a chart to determine relationships between the shadow length and the time of day.

Homework Chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Home Link 2.13 Multiplication Review  Division Review
Writing  Finish Draft 1 of Fictional Narrative  Complete revisions for Fictional Narrative
Social Studies  Lesson 2 review questions (even- numbered only)  “Changing World” worksheet
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes Complete Reading Log

Complete SCOPE vocabulary worksheet

 

 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 Monday.