Thursday, January 29, 2015

Tricky Tiles Thursday

Today we had some fun with Versa Tiles. We practiced used these puzzles to practice our problem solving skills. The game was confusing at first, but we've got it now. Versa Tile Puzzles will be a fun break from our regular math, reading and vocabulary practice.  Many kids participated in  today's NAEP testing today. This means that our regular routine was off.    Homework this evening will be a bit different, and gold cards were not stamped today. Tomorrow, I will check in two night's worth of homework.

This evening at home....

  • finish your Greek and Latin root spokes. Bring me 4 tomorrow.  
  • complete the Taking the Subway math problem.
  • in Science Fusion, complete the reading and activities found on pages 483-487
  • study those vocabulary words. The test is tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

What's A Circuit Wednesday

Yes, today was lab day.  We discussed conductors and insulators, and made the jump from heat to electricity.  Today's challenge was figuring out how to create a closed circuit. I really didn't give  too much direction, but they figured it out by trial and error.  Next week, we will test materials for conductivity.  Ask them about the "sweet potato anecdote."

Today was also filled with research,  math and reading activities. This morning, we continued our MLK research.  We will present our visual timelines on Friday.   We worked on our root words, similes and metaphors.  In math, we used factors and multiples to find relationships between numbers.

This evening at home....

  • Read the Companion Text to A.J. in Journeys. Complete ONE of the Compare Texts activities.
  • In Go Math, complete pages 303 and 304.  We will have a quick quiz tomorrow on the first three lessons.  
  • Don't forget to read and record!
  • Please note  that this math chapter is a short one.   We will be ready to test and move on by the end of next week!
  • Get ready to spend some time with Ivan tomorrow.  Make sure that you have your book and your folder.  
  • Randomly selected students will take the NAEP test tomorrow.  These students received a letter a few weeks ago.  Don't worry, we won't move forward in math without you!

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Time Order Tuesday

This evening at home...

  • finish the "analyze text" questions that we worked on today.  Make sure to write in complete sentences. Most kids are finished.
  • In R.N., complete pages 159, and 161.
  • In Science Fusion  read and complete the activities found on pages 463-467
  • In Go Math, complete the homework found on pp.295-296

Monday, January 26, 2015

Making Math Art Monday

Today's math topic was divisibility.  How can I tell if 3 is a factor of 43?  Check those divisibility rules.  As long as you are working with numbers, memorizing the rules will come in handy.  Just trust me on this one.  We used the rules to create colored number arrays.

This evening at home....

  • finish pages 157 and 158 and 160 in your Readers Notebook.
  • in Go Math, complete pages 289 and 290
  • read and record.  In Ivan, you should be finished with page 199 by the end of this week.
  • we will have quiz tomorrow.  Students should be able to provide definitions and examples of conduction, convection and radiation.
Don't forget, if you have computer access, this is homework!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Finishing Up Friday

Hello Team 201 Families,

It is time for me to finish up and go home.  Today was a busy one. We took and corrected our reading/spelling tests, corrected and discussed the math homework, worked in esparks, continued our MLK timeline project, and squeezed in some choice time at the end of the day. Whew!

Next week, I am planning on giving a Science Quest on Tuesday. Kids brought home  Science Fusion this weekend.  On the quest, I will ask kids to discuss different types of energy transfer. They should be able to give examples of conduction, convection, and radiation, and should be able to explain each process.  Kids, there are lots of online resources about this topic. Help your classmates and post on edmodo.

Other than preparing for the quest, there is not homework this weekend. I have the Gold Cards and will return them on Monday.

Parents, please note that Friday is an attendance day for kids.  I was going to be here anyways, and I would much rather spend the day with your children than in meetings.

I hope that everyone has a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Times Tables Thursday

We are on to a new chapter in Go Math.  Kids who know their multiplication facts will have a jump start!

This evening at home......

  • study for the reading/spelling test. 
  • make math test corrections. Everyone should get the test signed.
  • in Journeys, complete ONE of the Compare Test activities: text to text, text to self, or text to world.
  • in Go Math, complete pp. 283 and 284. Make sure to label all of your work and arrays.
All missing work is due tomorrow! 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wstatic Welectricity Wednesday

To create today's title, I am exercising poetic licence. I will have an extra ticket for any student who can tell me what that means!  I hope that you've guessed that we visited the Science Lab today.  We ran some tests to learn about static electricity.  Safwan seems to already know quite a bit about this topic.  Tonight's homework will help us understand what was happening in the lab. Why did the salt stick to the plastic wrap?  Why didn't the paper clip stick?  When we "charged" the wrap, what was happening?

Math was another big topic today.  We dedicated the first hour to answering questions and working out problems from the Review Test.  Then, we took the test.  Most kids have noticed that the problems on the actual test are very similar to the review.  The context and numbers change, but that is about it. Make sure that you are really studying the review test!

This evening at home....

  • Do Readers Notebook pp. 150-151
  • Read and complete the questions on the science handout.
  • Use what you learned on the science handout to complete today's lab sheet.  
  • Work in the PARCC Math Book. Complete pages 1 and 2.  
  • Don't forget to read and record.
  • Don't forget to bring Ivan to school tomorrow.