Kristen Michalski » Mrs. Michalski's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

Mrs. Michalski's 2020-2021 Teacher Page

Hello!  My name is Kristen Michalsk, and I am excited to be your child's fifth grade Advanced ELA teacher!. I look forward to helping my students look within literature to find the great adventures in life! Please use this page to stay informed on what's happening in our classroom, at Chelsea School, and within our school district. 

Wacky Wednesdays are back!

Show your school spirit by dressing up for these fun days :)

2/3/21- Sports Day- Wear your favorite team shirt or jersey.

2/10/21- Spread Kindness- Wear red, white and/or pink.

2/17/21- Animal Day- Wear animal print- stripes, leopard, etc.

2/24/21- Hoodie Day- Wear your favorite hooded sweatshirt.

Every Friday is Chelsea Spirit Day...wear your school colors or Chelsea Spirit wear.  Go Tigers!


WEEK OF: February 15, 2021

ELA: Essential Question: What does it mean to adapt? We will explore this essential question with the novels, "Walk Two Moons",  by Sharon Creech and "Navigating Early", by Clare Vanderpool, along with a variety of both informational and literature texts.

The Following Common Core Standards will be studied throughout the quarter:

Reading Literature standards: 

  • R.L 5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • R.L. 5.2 Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text, including how characters in a story or drama respond to challenges or how the speaker in a poem reflects upon a topic; summarize the text

  • R.L.5.4-Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes

  • R.L. 5.6-Describe how a narrator's or speaker's point of view influences how events are described.

Reading Information Standards:

  • R.I. 5.1-Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text
  • R.I. 5.2- Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text
  • R.I. 5.4- Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 5 topic or subject area.

  • R.I. 5.9 -Integrate information from several texts on the same topic in order to write or speak about the subject knowledgeably.

WRITING: Research Writing


Erin's Law:

Governor Pat Quinn signed Erin's Law in January of 2013, which requires all schools in the state of Illinois to provide age appropriate sexual abuse and assault awareness and prevention education programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12.   Our lessons for 5th grade students will begin the week of January 18th, 4th grade students will begin the week of January 25th, and 3rd grade students will begin the week of February 1st. The Chelsea Intermediate School Social Workers will be teaching each lesson in the child’s classroom. The "Think First and Stay Safe" program will be the curriculum utilized for these lessons with a focus on Child Lures.  

Drug Abuse Resistance Education Program-D.A.R.E. 

In January, we will begin our Drug Abuse Resistance Education program with Officer Riff from the Frankfort  Police Department. Along with being our D.A.R.E. instructor, he is also our district resource officer. D.A.R.E. is a prevention education program designed to teach students the appropriate skills needed to resist pressures which may influence them to experiment with alcohol and tobacco. They will also be introduced to the D.A.R.E. Decision Making Model that assists them in problem solving, being a good citizen and making wise decisions. The curriculum is interactive and promotes active participation by the students. Following completion of the 10 lessons, students will have the opportunity to participate in a D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony and earn a certificate.


Bluestem Award Book Challenge

The Bluestem Reading Challenge is up and running!  All Chelsea Tigers are invited to take part in this opportunity to read a collection of books selected by the Association of Illinois School Library Educators for readers in grades 3-5.  Our library is stocked with multiple copies of every Bluestem book thanks to the generosity of the 157C Education Foundation! This information was also shared during our library block on November 4, 2020.

Students who are participating will need to do the following:

1) Join Mrs. Meszaros' Chelsea Library Team on MIcrosoft Teams using the code:  4xbte1j to find the Bluestem Award Reading Log from the top menu.  This code will remain the same all year long so bookmark it or save it somewhere to refer back to it.  

2) Track your reading.  After joining her MS Team, you will see the reading log as a post on the main page.   You will click which book you read, choose what you liked about the book and rate it on a scale of 1 to 5 stars.  

Once you finish 4, 8, or 12 books, inform Mrs. Meszaros and she will give you a level award to display in our library.  When you finish all 20 books you will receive a certificate, prize, and a poster of you displayed at our school.  We are being optimistic and hoping to end with a Bluestem Bash in April!

This challenge goes through March 15th