Week of March 25th

Weekly Events/Notes:  We will have a Pilot Light Lesson on Thursday, March 29th!  Quarter 3 ends April 3rd.  Spring break will be from 4/15-4/19.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We will begin series book clubs this week.  By reading books from the same series students are able to dig even deeper into character and share thoughts and ideas about how they handle and solve problems. They will also be able to notice similarities across books and make predictions easily.

Writing Workshop: We are going to wrap up opinion writing this week.  Students were given a topic each day last week and needed to write a thesis statement supported by reasons and evidence.  This week they will choose which one they would like to publish and work on making stronger, longer, and more convincing.   Look out for spelling words!

Math:  We will studying 8.5-8.8 and digging deeper into geometry.  Students are focusing on attributes of polygons: right angles, parallel lines, vertices, sides, and angles.

Social Studies: For Women’s History month, we will learn about the accomplishments of Sonia Sotomayor and Frida Khalo.

Science:  Last week we learned about ocean floor spreading and mid ocean rides along the Pacific and Nazca plates.  This week we will learn about subduction.

Week of March 8th

Weekly Events: Tuesday March 19th, 5:30 PTO Meeting- Pilot Light Taco Dinner following the meeting!

What is happening in the classroom…

Reading Workshop:  We will begin goal oriented book clubs as we continue to delve into point of view, character traits, and morals.

Writing Workshop:  Opinion writing is our continued genre of writing.  Last week we wrapped up our opinion writing on African American heroes, and also wrote a thank you note expressing our opinions about the Du Sable Museum.  New word work words to go home Monday!

Math:  We will begin Unit 8 this week and study geometry.

Social Studies: As we learn about more heroic women, this week we learn about Harriet Tubman

Science: We will continue our study of plate tectonics and look at how different plates move past each other.  This will lead us to understanding how earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes occur.

Week of March 11th

Hi Room 215 Families!  The week there is a book event on Tuesday the 14th- See PTO email.  Next Tuesday the 19th is Family Cooking Night with Pilot Light at 5:00.

Reading Workshop: We are reading the book Too Many Tamales as a anchor text.  We will study the moral/lesson of the story and then apply that to our own books.

Writing Workshop:  We will continue to publish our essays about people who influenced us from black history month.  We will put a strong focus on evidence.

Math: On Monday and Tuesday we will make line plots with our classroom data.  On Wednesday we will review for Chapter 7 and take the Unit 7 test on Friday.

Science: This week we will look at how plates move.  They will observe a model of the Earth’s crust moving as one solid piece along the mantle.

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit on Women’s History month.  We will learn about Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman.


Week of March 4th

Happy Monday 215 Families!  You should find a field trip form in your child’s folder. We will be going to the DuSable Museum this Friday.  This week we will be studying the legacy of Margaret Burroughs and then observing her work at the museum.

On Wednesday I will be at the 3rd CPS Summit.  Ms. Newsom will be with the students.

What is happening this week… 

Reading Workshop: This week will continue learning about how character points of view can change throughout a story.

Writing Workshop:  We will write opinion essays about a person learned about through Black History Month.  They will write a claim and support it with different pieces of evidence.

Math: On Monday they will measure and estimate yards. Throughout the week they will generate data through measurements.

Social Studies:  We will be learning about the legacy of Margaret Burroughs!

Science:  We will continue to study continental adrift.

Week of February 25th

Hi Room 215 Families!  Ms. Newsom will be completing her second week of instruction this week. I will gradually resume responsibility for instruction over the following two weeks.  Last week we had a lot of fun with a pilot lesson about bread.  Chef Justin came in with different samples of bread and we studied fractions by looking at how the bread was cut from a whole.

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop: Last week we studied character point of view.  This week we look at contrasting points of view and how a characters can change over time.

Writing Workshop:  We are continuing our opinion writing unit.  Students have been writing letters about their favorite books.  Last week they were introduced to a graphic organizer.  This week students will write opinions about different topics outside of books. Students will also receive new word study words this week.

Math: We are starting Unit 7 this week.  Students will learn about multiples of 10s and play the game Hit the Target.  They will add numbers with 4 or more addends and measure.

Social Studies: We will learn about Jackie Robinson and Thurgood Marshall and compare they influenced change.

Science: We will learn about Pangea. These lessons will build on their investigation of convection currents from last week.  They will observe how the continents slowly moved away from each other by studying a model.

Week of February 10th

Happy Monday 215 Families!  This week report cards will go home.  We will also be celebrating Valentines Day.  Children may be bring a treat if they would like.  If they choose to bring a valentine, they must bring one for everyone in the class.  There are 26 students.

We are also in need of a few supplies if you are able to provide:

  • wide ruled lined paper
  • disinfectant wipes
  • pencils

What is happening in class this week...

Reading Workshop:  We are continuing to dig deep into character this week.  We are going to predict characters actions based on inferred character traits and previous actions.  We are going to also study prefixes and suffixes.

Writing Workshop:  We have started a new unit- Opinion writing!  We launched the unit by writing letters to each other about our favorite characters in our books.  New word study words to go home Monday!

Math:  Last week we left off solving two part number stories.  We will continue to delve into number stories and understanding when we need to add or subtract.

Social Studies:  We have launched our unit on Black History month. We will learn about Ruby Bridges this week and how she fought for equal rights for education.

Science: Last week we learned how rocks moved apart from each other through weathering and erosion. We will review those concepts this week through investigations, videos, and a song.

February 4th

Welcome back 215 Families!  I hope you were able to stay warm and occupied over the long, cold days.  It is the start of second semester which is exciting.  We are doing lots of great learning in Room 215 and making lots of growth.

*I will be attending the CPS Summit on Tuesday (it was canceled last week).  Ms. Newsom will be covering the class.

What is happening this week…

Reading Workshop:  We have returned to fiction reading, focusing on character.  We are learning how to make inferences and thinking about what clues from the text plus our own personal experiences, help us figure out what the author is trying to say.

Writing Workshop:  All kids should have finished their Expert Informational books.  We will be sharing with classmates today.  Later this week we will move on to our next genre- opinion writing!  New word work words will be going home Monday.

Math: We have begun Unit 6!   Kids will be interpreting data and number stories.  They will learn different visual ways to represent subtraction and addition.

Science:  We need to uncover our plaster molds of fossils and learn more about Earth’s crust.  We also need to check on the progress of our herbs!

Social Studies:  We will learn about Chinese New Year on Monday and Tuesday. We will also start our Black History Unit.

January 28th

Hi Room 215 Families-  I hope that you have been able to stay warm in these cold temperatures!  Unfortunately, it seems as though it is going to continue this week.  I will be attending the 3rd CPS Summit on Tuesday the 29th and will not be in class.  Ms. Newsome will be subbing for me.  Students will not

Reading Workshop:  We finished up learning about literary language this past week.  We will continue to look for and study this language throughout the rest of the year.  We discussed that skilled readers identify when an author has used special language and stop and figure out the meaning.

Writing Workshop:  We will continue to work on our Expert Informational books.  Specifically, we will be working on editing our work.  Recognizing when to use punctuation and to use our spelling patterns.  Due to the short week students will not be given word work.

Math:  We will have a math review on Monday for Unit 5.  We will take the unit test on Tuesday.  I expect to start Unit 6 on Wednesday.

Science:  We will take our objects out of our plaster moldings and study how they look like fossils.  We will also study different types of rocks and learn about weathering and erosion.

Social Studies:  We will continue to look at land and water resources.

January 22nd

Welcome back after the long weekend.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Monday celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.  January 31st is Raise the Glass. Please join us at the Promontory!  Tickets are on sale on Ray’s website.  Today is PTO Family Game Night.

Reading Workshop:  This week we will be focusing on literary language. Students will be paying attention to ‘special language’, understanding comparisons, noticing when author’s play with words, and reading like a writer- focusing on special language.  

Writing Workshop: Students will continue to work on their expert informational books.  We will focus on our editing checklist this week and reading over our work through different lenses.  

Math: We will be working through lessons 5-9 to 5-11.  We will be making parts-and total number stories, change number stories, and working with adding multi-digit numbers.  Please continue to work on counting money and telling time at home.

Science:  Last week we made a model of Earth’s crust with modeling clay.  This week we are going to analyze our models and create trenches and ridges.

Social Studies:  We will do Second Step this week and discuss emotion management. We will also look at land and water resources and how that affects community.  


Week of January 14th

Hi Room 215 Families! Apologies for the late post. Our blog site changed platform designs and it took a little while to figure it out! In addition we have been out of toner with the copiers so it was a little difficult to communicate last week! Anyways- welcome back to school and Happy 2019! We had a great start to the new year and I am looking forward to some great learning this week.

Reading Workshop:  We wrapped up our informational reading unit last week and will return to a focus on fiction reading- this week specifically focusing on fluency and making sure that all students have enough books to read and are at their specific reading level.

Writing Workshop: All students finished their informational books about Tigers.  They should have started their own “Expert” books this week. Students were asked to think about a topic they know a lot about and enjoy and write about it.  They will be designing the books with the text features like an actual nonfiction book. Students will receive new word work words this week.

Math:  Last week we focused on making change and counting money.  Please continue this at home.  Real world application for money is the best way to learn.  This week we will work with lessons 5.5-5.8.  We will explore arrays and learn strategies to add and subtract larger numbers.

Science:  We have started a new unit!  We will be focusing on Earth Science for the rest of the quarter and into quarter 3.  Last week we used a hard boiled egg as a model for the Earth.  We will continue looking at the different layers of the Earth this week.

Social Studies:  On Monday we will continue to on character education lessons with second step.  Later in the week we will focus on the amazing work and life of Martin Luther King Jr.

December 17th

Good Morning 215 Families!  Please find information about Spirit Week below.  We will also be doing NWEA testing Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.  Friday is our winter concert.  Please have your child dress is red, green, blue, or white.  Thank you!

Monday- Ugly/Beautiful Sweater Day, Contest by grade level
Tuesday- Candy Cane Day, Bring to share with classmates and/or dress like one
Wednesday- Best Green and/or Red Outfit
Thursday- Pajama, Stuff Animal, Optional Movie Day in classrooms
Morning -Winter Caroling starting @9am (Same as last year, 1st Floor first)
Afternoon -Sports Day by class or grade level

Week of December 10th

Thank you to Ms. Michals who gave a wonderful presentation for social studies this week!   Thank you also to Mr. Franklin and Ms. Sorkin for volunteering their time to work with small groups.  It will be Family Literacy Night on Tuesday the 11th from 4-5. Hope to see you there!

What is happening in class this week…

Reading Workshop:  We are continuing reading nonfiction texts and becoming experts about the topics we read.  We will look at how we can build our knowledge on a certain topic by reading more than one book and also seeing how those books are different and similar.

Writing Workshop:  We have started our informational books about tigers.  On Friday we created an ABC chart with vocabulary that we included in our books to make sure that we had expert vocabulary.  This week we will edit with student checklists, included text features, and hopefully publish!

Social Studies: We will learn about tribes in the southwest region of the country.  We will study how corn is a vital part of their life and living in drier, warmer climates impacts food and ways of life.

Science:  We will read the Dr. Seuss Book Ooblek and study what a non-newtonian fluid is.  We will then make ooblek and make observations as to what state of matter it falls into- or doesn’t fall into.

Math:  We will continue on with Unit 4 studying place value.  Tomorrow we will check over our open response question with partners and write out our steps.