Friday, May 22, 2015

Filled With Math Friday

That's what today has been...math-filled.   We worked on metric conversions and lots more!  I love listening to your children read the poetry and hyperbole work that was assigned yesterday.  We will hear more after lunch.  I hope that all 201 families enjoy the long weekend. I will look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

This weekend at home....

  • read The Fun They had in Journeys.
  • read for pleasure
  • don't forget that online MAPS practice questions are available on Prepdog, Study Island, ST Math and Ten Marks.
  • make your bed.
  • do some dishes.
  • clean your room
  • put your shoes away
  • do the above without any rolling of the eyes, muttering under the breath, or procrastination of any kind.
  • smile, you are appreciated!

Enjoy this educational tidbit from They Might Be Giants.

Thursday, May 21, 2015


Hey Team 201....

This evening at home....

  • complete the "time" handout
  • read or reread chapter 17 to complete the Maniac handout
  • don't forget to get the Field Trip Form signed!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

What's Inside A Flower Wednesday

Today was Lab day. We observed and dissected Astormeria flowers. Kids were able to identify reproductive parts, chlorophyll- filled leaves and stem structure.  Tomorrow we will label and annotate to create colorful infographics.  What's an infographic?  Use the root clues to figure it out!  We also took a math test today.  We will correct tomorrow.  Have you noticed that we are skipping around a bit in math? Yesterday, we worked on perimeter and area. Today was all about customary measurement. Don't worry, we will cover these concepts in depth in the next few weeks.  I want to make sure that we cover the entire 4th grade curriculum, and some of the 5th, before next week's MAP test.

This evening at home....

  • complete the Owen and Mzee handout.
  • complete the Measurement Handout.
  • if you can, check out the Astromeria link on Edmodo.  Isa also posted a great link that will help you with your infographic tomorrow.

Why am I posting this picture?  Explain to someone at home how this image connects to Maniac Magee and the chapters we read today.  How does sharing a meal help connect people?  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Talking About Flowers Tuesday

This evening at home....

  • Complete the Mid chapter Review for Chapter 13.   We are skipping around to cover topics pre MAPS.
  • Complete the Extra Credit Math sheet for a challenge.
  • Complete the Analyze Text for Owen and Mzee
  • Study for tomorrow's Math test!
  • Read and record

Monday, May 18, 2015

Magic Fingers Monday

Maybe today's title would be an good title for Chapter 20 in Maniac Magee.    We did lots of reading today!  On that note, several kids were missing Maniac Magee today.  We will give a thorough search around the pod tomorrow.  If you have lost your book, I hope that you will replace it for me!
You will need it for classwork, and next year's fourth graders will need it too! Thanks!

Tomorrow is our Reading MAPS test!  We will take the test at 8:30. Kids may want to bring a water bottle to school.  I will provide some mints or "brain boosters."  Get plenty of rest tomorrow. Yes, this is a big one and I want every 201er to give 120%.  Get psyched up, but don't freak out!  This is just one test and one snapshot. Give it your best effort and trust that you are prepared, because you ARE prepared!  Have you grown academically this year? Yes, yes you have!

This evening at home...

  • Finish the Math Review pages. We will go over them tomorow and we will test on Wednesday.  Most kids are almost finished with this!  If you are finished, go over the problems and circle items that you want to spend more time on before the test.
  • Read for pleasure and record.

Marble Maze Due Dates
June 5th- Packet Due
June 8th- Maze Due
* Do not bring your maze in early!

Here is an inspirational tune from Mr. Lee: Enjoy it!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Sinister Skies Sunday

It is getting dark out there!   I know that you are getting tired of these rain- threatened weekends.  The upside is that the forecast looks clear outdoor recess this week.

I know that all 201 students will come to school on Monday with the last regular lesson in Chapter 11 finished.  It looks like Monday will  be a review day.  We will do the Review Test and correct it in class.   We will most likely test on Wednesday.

Kids, if I did not collect your Water Web Quest, please bring it to school on Monday. I have most of them. We will finish these up in class, where the connections are better.

Parents, progress reports went home on Friday. Please let me know if you have any questions.  We are wrapping up the year, but we have lots more to do in 201!  

This week we will return to the Science Lab.   We will be learning about the parts and functions of flowers.  This is a fun one!  Enjoy the video...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Thinking About Trying To Save Water Thursday

Today was so much fun!   We had a great time meeting our pen pals from Sacred Heart School today.  We learned, we performed, we ate, we played. Tomorrow we will do it all again!

This evening at home....

  • Create at water themed poem. You may write an acrostic, a Bio Poem, a shape poem or even free verse. It can rhyme, but it doesn't have to!    Here is a link to help you:

Enjoy this video. Why do frogs need water? Watch, learn, and report back to me tomorrow...