Week of January 13th

  Weekly Newsletter January 13th-17th

Notes for Families

  • Raise a Glass 1/30 from 6-8 at Promontory Point
  • No School January 20th for MLK Day

_________________________________________________________________________What is happening in class….

Math- We will start Unit 5 and a new math journal.  

Reading – We will continue learning about Main Idea and determining importance of supporting details.  We will read nonfiction books and read an article about Cetaceans

Writing – We will continue working on our How To Books and include transition and sequence words. 

Social Studies – We will read a book about Fry Bread and understand how this food is so important to Native American culture. 

Science –  We will study volcanoes and make a model!

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelinks 5.1 Homelinks 5.2 Homelink 5.3 Homelink5.4 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

January 6th-10th

  Weekly Newsletter January 2nd-10th

Notes for Families

  • Welcome back and Happy 2020!  We are excited to start the New Year!
  • Field Trip slips for the Alvin Ailey Dance Troop performance at the Auditorium Theater will be sent home this week- keep a lookout. 
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of January.  Please bring enough for 21 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will do 4.8-4.11 this week.  We will focus on measuring using feet, inches, centimeters, and explore using arrays.  Please keep practicing telling time at home.  

Reading –  We continue to put all of our nonfiction strategies to use and also determine the main idea of a paragraph or topic. 

Writing – We will write a book about what we are an expert so that we can make “How To” books.  Students have chosen a topic that involves movement (dance, soccer, planting a garden) and formulated a table of contents and are now writing chapters. 

Social Studies –  We will continue to research different native american tribes in the U.S. and learn how living in different regions affected their way of life. 

Science –  We will be observing how plates move by cutting out along the plate boundaries on a map.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.8 Homelink 4.9  Homelink 4.10 Homelinks 4.11 Homelinks No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of December 16th

Weekly Newsletter December 16th-20th

Notes for Families

  • Spirit Week!  
    • Monday – Ugly/Beautiful Sweater 
    • Tuesday – Character & role play OR  Crazy mix match /backwards day
    • Wednesday – Floor color war day & Family night
    • Thursday – Pajama, story, movie & stuffed animal day 
    • Friday – Dance Party and Sports
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Twas’ the Week Before Winter Break
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  

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What is happening in class….

Math- We do 4.5-4.8 this week.  We will be focusing on place value and measuring.  Please keep practicing telling time at home.  

Reading –  We continue to put all of our nonfiction strategies to use and also determine importance in details. 

Writing – We will finish up our lab report and then begin “ How To” writing.

Social Studies –  We will continue to research different native american tribes in the U.S. and learn how  living in different regions affected their way of life. 

Science –  We are going to discuss how plates move in motion.  We are also going to do a STEM activity with marshmallows. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.5 Homelink 4.6  Homelink 4.7 Homelinks 4.8 Homelinks No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of December 9th

Weekly Newsletter December 9-13th

Notes for Families

  • Field Trips!   On 12/13 we will be going to the Hyde Park School of Dance.  The ticket is $9 for students and chaperones as well.  No need to bring a disposable lunch because we will be coming back to school for lunch.  Dress warmly though because we are walking the two blocks to HPSD and it is supposed to be cold. 
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Twas’ the Week Before Winter Break
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Progress Reports will go home this week.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  
  •  The last week before winter break we will be doing some STEM activities with marshmallows. We need a few bags of both small and large marshmallows and would appreciate a donation if possible.  We also will be doing activities with tissue paper. If you have some to spare we would appreciate that too! ________________________________________________________________________

What is happening in class….

Math- We will begin Unit 4.  This week we will be practicing telling time.  It is very helpful for students to practice at home with this skill- ask what time is it in 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 30…

Reading –  We will keep learning about text features in nonfiction and learning key vocabulary. We are comparing different nonfiction books on the same topic to see how they compare and differ and how we can add to our adding knowledge. 

Writing – We will continue our informational writing unit with science writing.  We will create a new experiment to test and write about. 

Social Studies –  We will research different regions of the United States and learn about how natural resources played into different Native American  groups way of life. We were able to learn a lot about the Northwest and southwest coast at the Field Museum.  

Science –  We will make flip books of the Earth showing how continents have moved over time. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  4.1 Homelink 4.2  Homelink 4.3 4.4 No HW
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

Week of December 2nd

Notes for Families

  • Field Trips!  This Friday (12/6) we are finally going to the Field Museum.  Please make sure to send your child with a disposable lunch.  On 12/13 we will be going to the Hyde Park School of Dance.  The ticket is $9 for chaperones as well. 
  • Family Night 12/18 from 4-6!  The theme will be the Night Before Winter Break!
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  
  •  The last week before winter break we will be doing some STEM activities with marshmallows. We need a few bags of both small and large marshmallows and would appreciate a donation if possible.  We also will be doing activities with tissue paper. If you have some to spare we would appreciate that too! 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will finish up Unit 3 this week.  We will learn more strategies for subtraction and then review on Thursday and have the Unit 3 test Friday. 

Reading –  We will keep learning about text features in nonfiction and learning key vocabulary.  We will then practice teaching our classmates about our books using key vocabulary and sounding like “experts.”

Writing – We will continue our informational writing unit with science writing.  We will create a new experiment to test and write about. 

Social Studies –  We will research different regions of the United States and learn about how natural resources played into different Native American  groups way of life.  

Science –  We will look at a map of the world and cut it into pieces to represent the different plates and analyze how scientists discovered they used to be connected. 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  3.9 Homelink 3.10  Homelink 3.11 Review No School
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

November 25th

  Weekly Newsletter November 25th-27th

Notes for Families

  • Canned Food Drive –  For the school-wide canned food drive please bring in canned food. Our class needs to bring in green foods like peas, green beans, spinach, etc. 
  • Short week!  Students have school Monday-Wednesday this week.  Enjoy the short week and time with family!
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack for the month of December.  Please bring enough for 22 students. We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts. 
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!  
  • Field Trip– We have rescheduled the field trip to the Field Museum for 12/6.  Please return the field trip form in your child’s folder if you have not already. 
  • Food Drive!  Please bring in canned items this week.

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will continue Unit 3 this week.  We will continue discussing and practicing addition and subtraction strategies.  We will continue learning about double-digit addition with regrouping, fact families, and finding missing addends with ‘What’s My Rule.’  

Reading –  We will really dig into informational reading this week.  We will focus on using background knowledge to activate prior knowledge before reading and confirm if it was accurate after reading, correcting misconceptions.  We will read Tigers  by Valerie Marsh.

Writing – We will continue our informational writing unit with a How-To writing.  Students will write their first draft and begin editing. 

Social Studies –  We will continue discussing the Columbian Exchange and the cacao bean.  

Science –  We will continue learning about convection currents and Pangea!

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  3.5 Homelink 3.6 & 3.7 Homelink None No School No School
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

November 17th

Weekly Newsletter November 18th-22nd

Notes for Families

  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of November.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • We are still collecting lunch forms!
  • Field Trip– We have rescheduled the field trip to the Field Museum for 12/6.  Please find the field trip form in your child’s folder.   
  • PTO Meeting is this Tuesday at 5:30. 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will begin Unit 3 this week. We will continue discussing and practicing addition strategies.  We will also learn the game Salute!

Reading –  We will really dig into informational reading this week.  We will look at different types and study text features. We will also continue to discuss Fact and Opinion.

Writing – We started our informational writing unit by conducting an experiment and wrote a lab report.  Next week students will create their own experiments with matchstick cars and study force and motion.  

Social Studies – We read the book Encounter which is a story told from the perspective of a young Taino boy during the arrival of Christopher Columbus.  This week will talk about the Columbian Exchange and the cacao bean.  

Science –  We will learn about convection currents and Pangea!

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes and fill our reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

November 12th-15th

Notes for Families

  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of November.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Please complete immunization forms and return them to school as soon as you can.
  • Field Trip – We will reschedule the field trip for another day in December  As soon as we know the date I will send a note home with details about the Field Museum trip.  
  • November 13th no school for students- report card pick up.  I have sent home a conference request form. Please email me (emsweeney@cps.edu) or message me by class dojo if you have not requested a time

_____________________________________________________________________________What is happening in class….

Math- We will take Unit 2 test this week.  Students will be given a review beforehand in class and as homework. 

Reading – We will begin our informational reading unit!  We will  use Tigers by Valerie Marsh to launch and use as as mentor text to study text features. 

Writing – We will begin our informational writing unit!  We will start with procedural writing and learn about the scientific method and conduct experiments using force and motion.  

Social Studies – We will launch our unit on Native Americas by looking at the cacao bean.  We will study where cacao came from (taste chocolate :)) and begin to learn about the Colombian Exchange 

Science –  We will fossilize small objects and understand that scientists study rocks to find out where they come from and how old they are.

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  No School Review Review sheet None – No School for Students
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of November 4th

  Weekly Newsletter November 4th-8th 

Notes for Families

  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with A-L, please bring in snack for the month of November.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Please complete immunization forms and return them to school as soon as you can.
  • PLEASE turn in your income form if you have not already.  
  • Field Trip – We will reschedule the field trip for another day in November.  As soon as we know the date I will send a note home with details about the Field Museum trip.  
  • November 8th no school for students – school improvement day and end of quarter. 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will finish  unit 2 that focuses on fact strategies using addition.  Students will identify even and odd numbers and write number models expressing odd and even numbers as sums, generate equivalent names for numbers and write them in name-collection boxes, skip count, add and subtract to solve Frames-and-Arrows problems.  Students will take a weekly review quiz on Thursday. Please practice counting money at home using a combination of coins and bills.   

Reading – This week we will focus on comparing and contrasting similar stories, identifying the beginning, middle and end of stories, and identifying characters and setting of a story.   We will read books together, independently and in small guided reading groups discussing this comprehension skill. Please make sure your child is filling out the reading log Monday-Thursday night and turning it in on Friday morning.

Writing – We wrap up our narratives so that we can begin our informational writing unit next week for quarter 2. 

Social Studies – This week we will compare and contrast urban, suburban, and rural communities using venn diagrams and flip books. 

Science –  We will continue learning about convection currents and landforms.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelink 2.9 Homelinks 2.10 Homelink 2.11 Homelink 2.12 None – No School for Students
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of October 15th

  Weekly Newsletter October 15th-18th 

Notes for Families

  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts/peanuts.
  • Pay the $85 student fee if you  have not done so
  • PLEASE turn in your income form if you have not already- CPS deadline is Friday.  
  • International Night is October 16th.
  • https://forms.gle/sozwrp4uKT8RiVXW8  Parents, please take this survey!

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will continue unit 2 that focuses on fact strategies using addition.  Students will explore the turn-around rule with subtraction, practice writing number stories, explore shapes and odd and even numbers, write equivalent names for numbers, and double digit numbers.  Please practice counting money at home using a combination of coins and bills.   

Reading – This week we will focus on retelling important events of a story in order and also author’s purpose.   We will read books together, independently and in small guided reading groups discussing this comprehension skill.  Please make sure your child is filling out the reading log Monday-Thursday night and turning it in on Friday morning.

Writing – We will finish publishing our first narrative and begin our second narrative!

Social Studies – This week we will continue learning about different communities people live in and also Day of the Dead in preparation for the Hispanic Heritage Festival. 

Science –  We will continue learning about fossils and how rocks moved to different parts of the world over time.  This will lead us into plate tectonics and convection currents.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  None Homelink 2.7 Homelink 2.8 Homelink 2.9 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

 

Week of October 7th

  Weekly Newsletter October 7th-11th

Notes for Families

  • School Eye Exams is October 9th
  • No School October 14th for Indigenous Peoples Day
  • Picture day is October 8th. 
  • International Night is October 16th.
  • Snack –  Students with the last name starting with M-Z, please bring in snack.  We have nut allergies in the class so please bring a snack without nuts. 

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What is happening in class….

Math- We will continue unit 2 that focuses on fact strategies using addition.  Students will practice doubles, combinations of 10, and the turn-around strategy.  Please practice counting money at home using a combination of coins and bills.   

Reading – This week we will focus on character, setting, problem and solution.  We will read books together, independently, and in small guided reading groups discussing these characteristics.  

Writing – We will begin publishing our first narrative!  

Social Studies – Last week we discussed what it means to be a classroom citizen.  This week learn/discuss what it means to be a global citizen.  

Science –  We will learn about fossils and how rocks moved to different parts of the world over time.  This will lead us into plate tectonics and convection currents.  

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Homelinks 2.3 Homelinks 2.4 Homelink 2.5 Homelink 2.6 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes

Week of September 30th

 Weekly Newsletter September 30th  

Volunteer Application:  Please fill out the volunteer form online if you have not already. 

Field Trip Information: We will be going to the Field Museum 10/31.  Please let me know if you can be a chaperone. 

Math- We will review for Unit 1 on Monday and take the test on Tuesday.  We will begin Unit 2 on Wednesday. 

Reading –  We have started literacy centers and guided reading.  We also have started a new objective when reading which is “authors have intentions, so pay attention.”  We are looking at books as both readers and writers and noticing the writing moves that authors do so that we can understand what makes a book powerful. 

Writing – We are starting the second bend of our narratives unit and digging deeper into our stories.  We will also be introduced to our revision checklists and read our stories with different lenses.  

Social Studies – Last week we discussed what it means to be a classroom citizen.  This week learn/discuss what it means to be a global citizen.  

Science –  We will make a model with clay of the continental and oceanic crusts.  We will dig deeper into the different types of rocks that make up the crust.  

If you have any questions, please email me at  emsweeney@cps.edu 

Homework chart for the week:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Math Review No Math Homework due to test Homelink 2.1 Homelink 2.2 None
Reading & Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading Log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes → Reading log Read for 20 minutes