Thursday, April 24, 2014

Take Two Egg Drop Thursday

Today we tried again, but we varied our materials. The success rate was much higher! Today is National Poem in Your Pocket Day.  In 201, we will extend the celebration.

This evening at home....
  • read for 30 or more. If you are still working on the Book Club book, that is fine!  Keep going!
  • Look over this week's vocabulary words in Journeys to prepare for tomorrow's test.
  • complete the "Looks on a Book" sheet. It should be based on this evening's reading
  • complete the My Math homework on pages 785-786
  • bring in your Field Trip form. If  will contact chaperones to confirm A.S.A.P.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Egg-Watch Wednesday

What's the best way to cushion a fall?  Team 201 students were given three sheets of paper, two paper towels, a plastic bag, and a meter of tape. These were the only materials available to protect the vulnerable, uncooked egg.  Well, 2/14 eggs were able to take the hit. Congratulations to Maya, Jocelyn, Nisah and Kesanet, creators of the winning designs.

Perhaps we can try again tomorrow! We need a dozen more eggs. Is anyone able to donate them?  Send me an email if you can send them in. If I don't hear from anyone, I will stop on the way to school in the morning.

This evening at home....
Complete pages 779-780 in My Math
Read and Respond in Writing. If you are finished with your  Book Club Book, you may read a book of your choice.


  • Awards Assembly: This Friday from 9:30-10:15
  • Field Trip: May 1. Forms are going home today. This is a free trip!
  • Tomorrow is Poem in Your Pocket Day: Check out the Edmodo links if you don't have a poem!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Taking Care of the Earth Tuesday

Today we celebrated Earth Day.   We didn't use any copies, and we tried to reuse paper as best we could. We watched the brainpop of the day, took the quiz, and analyzed the questions and answers. After music, we went to the Disney Garden to plant seeds in milk cartons. Students are bringing them home today. Any child who wants to can bring back their seedlings for transplanting in the Disney garden.

Today we also spent time discussing this week's story.  Thanks to Bianca for bringing in the sequel!  We plan to read it tomorrow.

This evening at home....
  • finish today's math review classwork, if you haven't.  We have a test tomorrow.
  • make a Conversion Study Guide to use on tomorrow's test. Include time, length, and weight conversions.
  • reread the companion text on pages 732-734. Select ONE of the activities on page 735

Monday, April 21, 2014

Meeting Mzee and Owen Monday

Welcome back, Team 201!  It was wonderful to be with you all today!

This evening at home....

  • Complete the My Math homework on pages 759-60
  • Tomorrow will be a REVIEW day. We will take a  test on Customary Units and Conversions on Wednesday.
  • Complete ONE side, page 313, of the reading handout. You will need your Journeys text to do this work!
  • If you haven't done so, finish your Marquette Journal Entry.  Most students finished today
I will write a longer update within the next 24 hours.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Taking Flight Thursday

Thanks, Olivia, for creating today's very appropriate title. We took our helicopter designs to to the skies today. The wind was an unanticipated variable. A few students "lost" their creations to the gale.   It was time for Plan B: the experiment continued in the cafeteria.

Today we also......

  • created maps that trace Marquette and Jolliet's voyage.
  • went to Library.
  • worked on this week's grammar and writing skills
  • corrected last night's line plot homework and worked on more problem solving 
  • went to lunch and recess ( outdoor, yeah!)
  • esparked in Math

This evening at home....
  • review this week's vocabulary words and reread the story. We have a test tomorrow!
  • read for pleasure and write a reflection. Please don't write a summary. Describe an event or character in detail.  If you are not done with your Book Club book, your should read it! Otherwise, it is your choice.
  • complete the MY Math homework pp. 753-4

Homework and Spring Break
These are two words that just don't sound right  when used in the same sentence.  There will not be any regular homework assigned. Of course, reading should be a daily activity.   Here are some ideas to keep you busy:
  • Extra Math: Do a round a day!
  • ST Math: Join the Challenge Club!
  • Study Island: Great practice for the MAPS test
  • MAPS practice: Follow the tabs up top

MAPS testing will begin the second week in May. I will post the schedule as soon as I know it!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wild Because It's Warm Wednesday

Finally! Andrea has another great idea for today's title: Worried About Today's Title Wednesday.
The creativity around here is ever-expanding!

Today we....

  • created a Provisions List  for our Marquette and Joliet canoes
  • worked on Line Plots and analyzing data
  • met with our Book Clubs and worked on our Character Trees

Tonight at home...
  • math pp 747/8
  • read the poems on pages 704-706 and complete the Text to Text activities on page 707
  • read for pleasure and record on the log.  If you are not finished with your Book Club book, you should be working on it!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Time Changes Tuesday

Today we tackled time. We converted hours to minutes and weeks to days. We solved problems with elapsed time.  Now that we are confident about selecting the correct operation, these conversions are a bit easier.  Time travel was another theme of the day.  We began working on our Voyageurs Canoes.  We will fill these artistic models with artifacts from Marquette and Joliet's journey through the IL Territory.

This evening at home.....

  • look over your new vocabulary words in Journeys and read story 23: The Ever-living Tree.  It is a long one!
  • answer the Analyze Text questions. There are three of them. Make sure to restate the question within your answer.
  • complete pp 739/740 in My Math
  • help an adult with a household chore. No eye-rolling.
  • after reading, make sure to record on the back of your Gold Card.
  • make sure that you have your Book Club book at school tomorrow!

Please return the white Student Information sheet that was sent home on Friday. If needed, make any corrections.