Thursday, December 18, 2014

Time Flies Thursday

Hello 201 Families,

I am so sorry that I was not in class today.  It is not looking too good for tomorrow either.  Today in class, I hope that students were able to create mini dictionaries to practice their vocabulary words. They also should have created a "Tim's TShirt" graphic to solidify their understanding of smilies and metaphors.  Students also worked in partners/teams to tackle a multi-step, open ended math problem. How was your trip to New York, Team 201? In Science, we continue our study of all things Energy.  We will be back in the lab in 2015!


Notes and Reminders.....

  • We will take our regular Language/Reading test tomorrow.  If students need to retake, I will reteach and offer a retake when we get back.
  • Winter Maps Testing begins the week we return to school .  201 is scheduled to take the Reading Test on the Tuesday we return.
  • There will be no regular homework or packets sent home over the Winter Break. Parents who seek extra assignments can find them on ST Math, Myon, and Code.org.  Last week, I sent home a "MAPS Symbols and Vocabulary" packet.  Why not make some flash cards. Check out the tabs on this website, too. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Welding with Frosting Wednesday

Today was Gingerbread House Day. We constructed. We welded. We got sticky.  Parents, thank you so much for sending in all of the supplies. We had more than enough.  Most kids are bringing home candy today.  I am not letting them take it to lunch.


This evening at home...

  • Thank your parents for buying you the Gingerbread House supplies.  
  • Complete the Mid Chapter Checkpoint on pp 233-234
  • Read a book of your choice.  Write a solid paragraph about what you read.  What was the most interesting event or fact. Include examples from the text and relate it to another text you have read.  "This reminds me of........because.....they both......."

Monday, December 15, 2014

Metaphors Monday

Today we read a biography in Journeys that is a cornucopia of similes and metaphors.  See what I did there?  Today we also worked on using the Distributive Property to model division.  We also began our Southeast scrapbooks. In Science, we talked about static electricity.  Tomorrow, we will begin planning our Gingerbread Houses. Thanks to all of the kids who have already brought in supplies.

This evening at home...
  • complete Go Math pp 231-232
  • in Journeys, read Dance to the Beat on p. 304
  • complete Readers Notebook pages 112 and 115
We do not need any more powdered sugar! Wednesday is G.H. day.  Please  bring in the supplies so that I know what I need to get to fill in the gaps.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Tough Math Take Two Thursday

Tonight at home.....

  • complete Go Math pp. 225-226
  • continue to work in Science Fusion through page 440
  • Please look for the Gingerbread Math note that is going home today.
* Students, you must show your work in Math!  Use the classwork and samples to help you.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Weird Wednesday

This evening at home.....

  • complete Go Math pp. 219-220  Please, write and equation and take some notes. You will most likely need a separate sheet of paper.
  • In Science Fusion, read and do the activities found between pages  429-433
  • Read and record on your log

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Tough Competition Tuesday

Today we completed our classroom Spelling Bee. The competition was stiff. In the final 5 were Keiondre, Mahreen, Khaaliq, Afrah and Safwan.  I thought that we'd be beeing all day.

Congratulations Afrah! Afrah will represent 201 in the Intermediate Bee, and Safwan will be our alternate.  Thanks to everyone in 201 for participating and demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.

This evening......

  • complete Readers Notebook pages  104, 105 and 107.
  • complete Go Math pp. 213 and 214
  • read and record on your log.

Monday, December 8, 2014

May I Have it in a Sentence Monday

In just a few minutes, we will hold our classroom Spelling Bee.  If we don't end up with a winner today, we will continue tomorrow.

Students are coming home with the Chapter 3 Math test today.    Parents, please sign the test and the corrections.  Corrections are due on Friday.

This evening at home.....

  • Complete Go Math pp. 207/208
  • Complete Readers Notebook pp.97/98
  • Don't forget that you spelling and vocabulary words in the the Reader's Notebook and online.

Parents, I am looking for volunteer help next Wednesday. We will be doing a special math activity in the lunchroom. Let me know if you can help.  The activity will take place sometime between 8:30 and 10:00.