Marc Vanassen » Welcome to Class March 1st - 5th

Welcome to Class March 1st - 5th

Spring fever is here and the class has been very chatty.  This does need to stop.  Please remind your students to follow the Chelsea Expectations. 


We will be taking the IAR testing this year.  We are looking at beginning on the week of April 12th.  We will have three ELA tests and three Math tests.  The first week will be ELA and then we will take a week off to do makeups.  The third week we will assess the math section and then take the following week for makeups.
From now on we will be working on mastering the testing tools and test taking strategies. 
This is our IAR schedule so far.  It may change.
April 12th - 16th ELA
Tuesday,        April 13th  ELA   Test 1 9:15 - 11:00
Wednesday,   April 14th  ELA   Test 2  9:15 - 11:00
Thursday       April 15th  ELA   Test 3  9:15 - 11:00
April 19 - 23rd  ELA Makeup tests
April 26th - 30th Math
Tuesday,        April 27th  MATH   Test 1 9:15 - 10:45
Wednesday,  April 28th  MATH   Test 2 9:15 - 10:45
Thursday,      April 29th  MATH   Test 3 9:15 - 10:45
May 3rd - 7th  Math Makeup tests

Wacky Wednesdays

March 10th  Wear College Clothes Day
MArch 17th  Wear Green Day
March 24th  Wear Comfy Clothing Day

Spirit Fridays at Chelsea.

Every Friday wear your Spirit Gear on Friday!


Virtual Scholastic Book Fair

This year we will have the Scholastic Book Fair virtually.  The dates for the fair will be from Friday, March 12th - March 25th.  A flier was sent home on Monday with information for you as parents.  The fair will not be open until the 12th.  Below is a link if you are interested in donating money to the classroom for purchasing books.  Again nothing is open until the 12th.




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.    


We are moving on to the 2nd half of module 5 in fractions.   Our skills will include plotting fractions on a number line, comparing fractons with a area model, number line and by finding a common denominator.  Our most recent skills include adding fractions that have different denominators.  The students need to find a common deniminatore before adding.   Please keep up with your Zearn.   Students should be close to lesson 30.  We will be on lesson 32 on Friday March. 5th.

We are still not 100% in Reflex math.    This helps so much with this unit

Please continue to work on ZEARN and catch up to lesson 31


Science / Social Studies

We are switching over to Social Studies and the Midwest region this week   



In ELA we finishing up the infomational  skills with more practice We will review inferring, main idea / details and summarizing of passages.  We will contiue with Bud Not Buddy.  Our focused skills include characters and traits, settings, and also summarizing a passage. 
In writing we are focusing on reading two passages then answering a prompt while using evidence from both passages.  Focus is on organization, stating passages and purpose while giving support for your answer.



The students have been doing excellent in all subject areas.  The main focus is slowing down on work and working carefully without talking. 


Below is a link for parents for the Math Curriculum.  Mrs. Averbeck has designed a padlet or a "One Stop Shop" for all out math needs.  She will guide you through what is included like manipulatives, videos and all practice and homework pages.  


Eureka Math Padlet for Student / Parent Help



Here is the link for Mystery Science if needed. 


Mystery Science




Have a great week!

Mr. Van Assen


Nightly Expectations for Homework

1. Eureka Module 5 lesson 26 Friday  
2. Personal Reading   20 Minutes a night  
3. Math - Reflex Math if not 100%  2 - 3 times a week.
4. Zearn Math that goes along with daily lesson 26th on Friday.
(3 times a week. )