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Article posted January 3, 2010 at 04:12 AM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 3836

Happy New Year ~ 2010 promises to be an exciting year filled with learning opportunities for us all. Here is an idea I had after reading someone's blog during Winter Break. We are going to use "Glogs" for book reports. Here is an example of one I created on the City of Ember.



Article posted January 3, 2010 at 04:12 AM GMT0 • comment (3) • Reads 3836



Article posted December 22, 2009 at 01:13 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 80

It was 3 o'clock and the students all had their snacks and were eagerly awaiting our read aloud time. I called them up to sit down in front of the Smartboard to enjoy the stories I was about to read to them.



I logged on to the computer and navigated my way to a fifth grade class blog called South Paris Collaborative. From there, we read through the pseudonyms in the right hand margin and choose to read Dancer's blog.



I read aloud the first post "Parent Teacher Conferences" where Dancer writes about having to attend the conference and feeling a bit nervous about that experience. However, it was the last couple of sentences that really caught my attention:



"I wouldn't mind being included in the conferences because it helps me know what I have to work on and it makes me feel like I am important to the conversations that happen during the conferences."



Who is in charge of this students learning? She is, she is clearly in charge of her own learning and that will make all the difference. Well done young Dancer!

Article posted December 22, 2009 at 01:13 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 80



Article posted December 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 97

Homework for Tonight.

1. Read for 20 ~ have a discussion about the book, parent signature in agenda.



2. Social Studies ~ read pages 90-94 and answer questions from worksheet.



3. Writing ~ Snow Day writing adventure due tomorrow.



4. Spelling due tomorrow.



5. Science ~ Test Thursday. There is homework but I am sitting in my kitchen at home and cannot remember what it is...perhaps someone could post a comment to let us know. Thanks.



Announcements

---> Winter Party Tomorrow ~ 12:00-1:00. We'll be designing wrapping paper, organizing the gift boxes, and finishing up with a catered luncheon. Sounds fun to me.



---> Please return report cards



---> I am collecting Blogging Permission Slips.



hmm...did I forget anything?

Article posted December 16, 2009 at 12:13 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 97



Article posted December 14, 2009 at 03:28 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 94

We write everyday! We live our lives like writers taking notice of our world around us and when we sit at the computers we compose our stories. It's truly a magical time.



Your children have been doing a fantastic job at our Digitized Writing Workshop. Each morning they open their Microsoft Word document and practice at becoming a better writer. The students send me those documents on our class website for me to review, and the next morning they log on to the computers to see my comments. We also have Our Wiki, which is where we take notes and they are able to use that website during their writing time.



Homework

1. Read for 20 and get a signature

2. Writing Adventure due on Wednesday (Snow Day)

3. Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday

4. Social Studies ~ read pages 82-87 and complete worksheet.

5. Science ~ test on Thursday, December 17

6. No Math tonight.



Please check out the Blackboard for the spelling list, Snow Day writing adventure, and Social Studies worksheet if needed.

Article posted December 14, 2009 at 03:28 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 94



Article posted November 9, 2009 at 09:26 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 100

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Article posted November 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 122

A group of my students are reading a book by Beverly Cleary called Dear Mr. Henshaw, in which the main character, Leigh Botts, misses his dad because he is an over the road truck driver. The students generated tons of questions after wondering what life would be like while living on the road. Then we used Skype in our classroom to call my dad, who just happens to be an over the road truck driver with a webcam on his rig. So, the students could finally get some answers to all of their questions.



Here is a small portion of that experience.







Here are some of the student generated questions:

1. Where do you sleep on the truck?

2. How do you cook on the truck?

3. Do you use maps or GPS?

4. How do you make your appointments like the dentist or doctors?

5. What is the farthest place you have driven to?

6. What has been your favorite place to visit?

7. Do you like your job?

8. How do you deal with being away from family so long?

9. Do you get tired of driving all day?

10. What do you haul?







Article posted November 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 122



Article posted October 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM GMT0 • comment (9) • Reads 102

Pancake Feast Tomorrow ~ see you at 10



Homework on a Thursday



1. Read for 2o minutes or more and get into your "Bubble." After your bubble has popped, fill in that mighty agenda and then have a parent sign away.



2. Social Studies State Test is November 16 and 17, yeah! Here is a link to the pages we are working on tonight. Pages 18-25 ONLY.



3. Math ~





Article posted October 22, 2009 at 11:47 AM GMT0 • comment (9) • Reads 102



Article posted October 21, 2009 at 04:54 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 84

This blog post is from a student from class not Mr. Howell.



Homework for Wednesday, October 21, 2009



1. The first thing we need to do is read a Just Right book for 20 minutes. Then I need to write down the information about the book in my agenda and have a parent sign my agenda. Mom, don't let me forget to have you do this after I read...thanks :-)



2. Next, I need to complete the Math homeowrk form the yellow packet on page 20.



3. I have a brand new spelling lis so I can start working on my 100 points that are due next Wednesday. Don't forget to study for the quiz on Wendesday as well.



4. We also have our Map Projects that we astarted in class that our teacher would like to have those finished by Next Friday, OCtorber 30 but I will try to get mine finished before then.



Sincerely,

A Hard Working Student.



Announcements

Friday is our Pancake Breakfast starting at 10:00a.m.



Please plan on having a packed lunch for your child as lunch will be in the classroom at a later hour since the pancake breakfast will keep them from being hungry around their usual lunchtime.



From a Parent Homeroom Rep.

"A flyer went home last week regarding a Gift Basket for the Fall Festival on Friday, October 30th. Several families have sent in items to fill our “Arts & Crafts” Basket (for 5th grade fundraising). If you have yet to send in an item for the basket and are still interested, please feel free to send something in with your child."

Article posted October 21, 2009 at 04:54 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 84



Article posted October 6, 2009 at 12:48 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 78

Good Mornin'



Sorry I was unable to be in class today however, I do look forward to a wonderful report back from the guest teacher on how hard you have worked.



Tonight's Homework

Reading

read for 20 minutes, record information in agenda, and have a parent sign the agenda.



Complete the Story Elements packet by Thursday.



Science

Study from the review packets for our test tomorrow



Spelling

Complete at least 100 points from the Spelling Challenge. Quiz tomorrow.



Announcements

School Pictures Thursday



Have a fantabulous day!

Article posted October 6, 2009 at 12:48 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 78



Article posted September 17, 2009 at 08:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 70

Hello There,



Homework for this evening



1. Read for 20 minutes and record information in agenda and then have a parent sign the agenda.



2. Math ~ page 99 in the yellow packet needs to be completed, multiplication worksheet due tomorrow, and there will be a quiz tomorrow.



3. Science ~ complete the Scientist worksheet that was started in class.



4. Social Studies ~ complete the Globe Lines worksheet



5. Spelling ~ choose one activity from your Spelling Challenge and turn in tomorrow.



6. Tomorrow is blue day.



Article posted September 17, 2009 at 08:24 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 70



Article posted July 11, 2009 at 10:02 PM GMT0 • comment (4) • Reads 77

Here is what our lobby looks like at school. The fifth grade teachers have provided our classroom collection of books for the new fifth graders to pick from for our Summer Reading Program, 10 Books for 10 Weeks.



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What To Do:



First ~ stop by and pick 3 Just Right books.



Second ~ fill out the form in the 3 ring binder that has your name at the top of the page.



Third ~ Read the books



Fourth ~ return them and indicate whether they were Easy(E), Just Right(JR), or Challenging(C) on the form in the 3 ring binder.



Quite a few students and parents have asked if they can read books from home or the public library for this reading program, and the answer is: YES! Absolutely! It's A.O.K.



We ask, however that if you get a chance stop by the school and fill out your form in the 3 ring binder.



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Article posted July 11, 2009 at 10:02 PM GMT0 • comment (4) • Reads 77



Article posted May 18, 2009 at 07:11 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 64

Happy Monday!



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and have parents sign agenda

2. Spelling homework due on Wednesday

3. Write three comments on students blogs.

4. Math review packet due tomorrow.



Announcements

Student Interest Fair tomorrow

Article posted May 18, 2009 at 07:11 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 64



Article posted May 11, 2009 at 06:40 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 91

Good Evening,



I hope that this blog post finds you well and that you had an enjoyable weekend. This morning I took your children to the Mighty Middle School and they seemed to enjoy the experience. Can you believe your children are leaving the elementary school? Boy, time sure does go by fast!



Homework

1. Read, read, and read some more and then sign the agenda.

2. Writing and Spelling is due on Wednesday.

3. Math ~ review worksheet was handed out this morning as your children entered class. What they did not finish is due tomorrow.

4. ELA Textbooks lessons 8 and 9 are also due on Wednesday. All work should be completed in their Reading Journals.



Announcements

We will be having a field trip on Friday to the Nature Preserve. Please make sure your children pack a lunch because we will return between 12:00-12:30 and the cafetorium will be closed upon our arrival.



May 25 is the NYC adventure

June 5 is the Fifth Grade Dance

June 12 is the Fifth Grade End of the Year Picnic.

Article posted May 11, 2009 at 06:40 PM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 91



Article posted May 9, 2009 at 11:02 PM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 65

Article posted May 9, 2009 at 11:02 PM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 65



Article posted April 28, 2009 at 06:23 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 62

Fantabulous Writers,



Welcome to Writer's Workshop where you get the chance to practice and play around with words while writing about what's on your mind.



Here are the Strategies For Generating Personal Narrative Stories

1. Think of a person that matters to you, then list clear, small moments you remember with him or her. Choose one to sketch and then write the story.



2. Think of a place that matters to you, then list clear, small moments you remember. Choose one to sketch and then write the story.



3. Notice an object, and let that object spark a memory. Write a story of that one time.



Don't forget the Qualities of Good Personal Narrative Writing.



1. Write a little seed story; don't write all about a giant watermelon topic.



2. Zoom in so you tell the most important parts of the story.



3. Include true, exact details from the movie you have in your mind.



4. Begin with a strong lead - maybe action, stetting, dialogue, or a combination whcih creates a mood.



5. Make a strong ending - maybe use important actions, dialogue, images, and whole story reminders that make a lasting impression.



Once you are ready, you may open up Microsoft Word and begin typing.



Happy Writing!

Article posted April 28, 2009 at 06:23 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 62



Article posted April 21, 2009 at 04:01 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 75

Hi there! Tomorrow is officially Earth Day.



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and get agenda signed.



2. Social Studies ~ read pages 286-291 and answer 10 questions from Blackboard website.



3. Math ~ complete the review packet from today's classwork.



Announcements

1. Report cards will be coming home on Monday

2. Pancake Breakfast for the kids on Friday May 8

3. No School on Monday May 25

4. End of the Year Party will be Friday, June 5

5. End of the Year Field Trip ~ Friday, June 12

Article posted April 21, 2009 at 04:01 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 75



Article posted April 20, 2009 at 09:52 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 76

Welcome back everyone! I do hope you had an enjoyable Spring break.



Homework for Monday Night



1. Read for 20 minutes and have parents sign in the agenda.



Possible questions to ask your child before signing:

- Tell me about what you read this evening...

- Who is the main character in the story?

- What is the main problem in the story?

- What words did you come across that you did not understand?

- Tell me about an interesting part in the story.

- Do you like the book?

- What do you think will happen next in the story?



The idea is to generate a conversation with your child about the books they are reading. When we talk about the books we are reading it helps us understand the story that much better. So, asking them questions will help strengthen their comprehension skills.



2. Math worksheet on Probability ~ 15-1 all problems front and back.



Thanks so much for all that you do!



Parents + Students + Teachers = Student Success



Article posted April 20, 2009 at 09:52 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 76



Article posted April 20, 2009 at 03:49 PM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 77

Welcome back boys and girls!  I do hope you had a restful Spring break.  We have a great deal of work to accomplish over the next several weeks.  One of the projects that we have started in Science is our design of Eco-Villages that we will be finishing up.  In Social Studies we will begin studying the Causes of the American Revolution.  In Writer's Workshop we will revisit S.T.A.R. in order to help us revise our work. 



What does S.T.A.R. stand for?  Leave your answer in the comment section of this blog post.



Also, I would like for you to take sometime to write a blog post telling us what you did over Spring Break.  You are welcome to focus in on one event or give us a summary of your time.  I will expect that you use all the tools effective writers use in your posts. 



If you would like to insert a hyperlink to a place you have visited that would help your readers get a better understanding of your Spring Break adventures.  However, do be mindful of not giving out personal information.



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Spring Break was a wonderful opportunity for our family to come together.  Althougth I worked at my landscaping job for much of the time, we still found moments where we went to the park, rode our bikes until our legs burned, and hiked around waterfalls. 



My kids are so excited when they get to the park, almost as if it were Disney Land.  As soon as the van door opens they are off and running looking for the first obstacle they will attack.  Gavin of course, heads straight for the tallest slide there is and seems to make many friends on his way to its summit.  Amelia on the otherhand would like nothing better than spending her day slowly going back and forth in the swing.



Gavin, breathing heavy after running over to the swings next to his sister, said, "Help me in to the swing daddy."  I raised him into the fantastic contraption and of course helped him build his momentum.  My wife and I were enjoying the day with the sun on our face and having quality time at the park when I looked over and noticed Gavin and Amelia trying to hold hands while swinging.  My heart melted and at the exact moment felt as much love as a proud daddy could feel.  Even though we didn't travel to far off distant lands it's moments like these that made Spring break memorable for me.



Stttrreettccchhh



 



 





Article posted April 20, 2009 at 03:49 PM GMT0 • comment (6) • Reads 77



Article posted April 8, 2009 at 06:44 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 81

In Science these days I have been designing an Eco-Friendly Community with all of the latest Green Technology.   There are many tips and ideas on how to "Go Green," for instance in my community I have constructed the homes very close to the work areas so people can use their bikes instead of their cars.  This will help keep the pollution down and according to a National Geographic article it will also help our bodies stay strong and healthy.

Article posted April 8, 2009 at 06:44 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 81



Article posted April 6, 2009 at 12:06 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 64

Hello to All,



This week the students will be reading a Science Fiction book by Jill Paton Walsh titled The Green Book. It's a fantastic little book that takes the reader on an adventure through space only to land on a strange planet four years later. Once Pattie and the others land on their new home planet they are met with twists and turns along the way and their dwindling supplies won't last much longer unless they are able to solve the many problems before them.



There are corresponding tests online at our Blackboard site that the students will have to complete as they finish the assigned readings. They are welcome to take these tests at home or at school. If for some reason there is a problem accessing the tests online please let me know.



Homework for the Week

Reading

At least 20 minutes of reading each night with a corresponding parent signature.

Monday ~ Chapters 1 and 2 in the Green Book and take the quiz online.



Tuesday ~ Chapters 3-4 in the Green Book and take the quiz online.



Wednesday ~ Chapters 5-7 in the Green Book and take the quiz online.



Math

Unit Test on Wednesday

Chapters 5 and 6 from the text book

Coordinate Graphing

Evaluation Expressions



Science

Chapter 10 review section due on Tuesday



Spelling

Challenge due Wednesday and quiz Wednesday.



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Article posted March 2, 2009 at 11:55 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 63

If you haven't read Joey Pigza Loses Control is definitely a good one that will not leave you disappointed. Here's a picture of the cover.



Joey Pigza Loses Control



Homework

1. read for a good chunk of time, record that info in the mighty agenda, and then have a great discussion about what you read with your parents and then say, "oh, by the way, could you sign my agenda please?"



2. Math review worksheets. Gettin' ready for that State Test on Thursday and Friday.



3. Did I mention to read already?



Have a great night. By the way, what do you think about the picture of Joe? Pretty neat!

Article posted March 2, 2009 at 11:55 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 63



Article posted February 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM GMT0 • comment (7) • Reads 65

Hi there!



Homework for Thursday Night.

1. Read, read, read...



Parents,how are you holding up with all the signing of the agenda? I got to a point where I had to stir things up a bit for the students because so many were not getting their 2 hours of reading in for the week. I would love to hear any feedback on how this new reading log system is working or not working for you and your family.



2. Spelling Challenge and quiz on Wednesday.



Parents have you seen SpellingCity.com? It's a pretty cool website where your children can practice their spelling words online and even take practice tests.



3. Math ~ Finish entrance task work and classwork.



Each morning the students come to class there is an activity for them to work on and what they do not finish is for homework. This is usually a great way to get your children focused the moment they enter the room. "Let's go to work boys and girls."



4. Social Studies ~ answer all questions on page 252.



Parents, have you seen our Digital Drop Box? I have given students the option, if it is ok with you of course, to do their Social Studies homework digitally. They would be able to complete this Social Studies work using a word processor, save their work, and then send it to me in my Digital Drop Box.



However, I have told students that they may not use technology as an excuse to not do homework. For instance, a student last week spent about an hour completing her Social Studies homework, and then her computer crashed and she lost all her work. She didn't come to class and say, "I did my work but my computer crashed." No, Kailey then turned to pencil and paper and completed her assignment again turning it in on time, thus being a very responsible student. Way to go Kailey.



5. Last but certainly not least is our mighty Bloom Ball Projects. This project is due on Monday, March 2 and I do hope this has been a stress free learning adventure that you and your child enjoyed.



If by any chance you need an extra copy of the templates they can be found on our Blackboard site.



Go to "Homework"

Go to "Reading"

Go to "Bloomball Project"

Go to "Bloomball Template"

from there you should be able to save the document, print, or even type directly onto the template.



As always, Thank you, thank you, thank you for all that you do!



Parents + Teachers + Students = Student Success

Article posted February 26, 2009 at 12:44 PM GMT0 • comment (7) • Reads 65



Article posted February 23, 2009 at 03:46 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 80

Welcome Back!



It's always hard, even for teachers, to get back into the grove of "school." We had a nice time this morning telling stories of our adventures during break. I always get a kick out of listening to the students and the excitement that quickly bursts into the room when stories are told.



For instance, Connor was telling a great story about his time playing Laser Tag and started laughing so hard that the rest of the class joined in on the laughter.



Also, during our storytelling time this morning, the students described the difference between a Playstation 2, X-Box 360, and a Wii. I have never actaully played the Wii but the students are convinced that they get excercise while playing. Are there any adults out there that have played this infamous Wii?



Reading Bubble



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and record the information in your agenda. Please have a parent signature.



2. Math ~ 2008 practice test



3. Bloomball Projects ~ one week left ~ due Monday, March 2.



Article posted February 23, 2009 at 03:46 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 80



Article posted February 5, 2009 at 01:32 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 72

Hello Folks,



Let's conduct a little experiment.



Instead of printing off reading logs each week lets try using the agenda instead. I have asked the students to record their information at the bottom of the corresponding day in their agenda.



They should include the Title of their book, the number of minutes read, and record the page numbers they read.



I have asked your children to go to you for a signature each night for a couple of days in order to inform all parents of these changes and to help the students with this new change as well.



Ultimately, this is just an experiment. I am very interested to hear any feedback on how this works or how it doesn't work.



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and record in your agenda. Please have parents sign.



2. Spelling Challenge due Wednesday.



3. Social Studies ~ page 194 answer all questions.



4. Math ~ Geometry Worksheet from the Red Geometry Packet.



5. Bloomball Project ~ parent form due on Friday. Final Project due on March 2.





Parents + Teachers + Students = Student Success

Article posted February 5, 2009 at 01:32 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 72



Article posted February 2, 2009 at 09:51 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 93

Homework

1. Reading ~ 2 hours of reading due on Wednesday.



2. Writing Adventure ~ invent an animal



3. Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday.



4. Math ~ Geometry worksheet front and back.



5. Social Studies ~ Complete pages 38, 39, and 40 from the packet that correspond with Chapter 7 from the textbook.



6. Please sign report cards and return back by Friday, Feb. 6



Annoucement

The Bloomball Projects have arrived. Our class will be reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli and the due date is March 2. There is a form that will need to be signed and returned by this Friday asking if you have any questions about this project. I will hand out the details to this project tomorrow. In the meantime I have embedded a copy of that file here on our blog. It will also be posted on our Blackboard site if needed.



Bloom Ball

Article posted February 2, 2009 at 09:51 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 93



Article posted January 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 69

It's a Snow Day!



Dear Students,



Even though it is a snow day I am expecting you to be responsible and take charge of your learning by completing today's homework.



Homework

1. You are to design a snowman that stands at least three feet taller than yourself.



2 Organize two teams of kids for a snowball fight.



3. Construct a snow fort that consists of several access tunnels.



4. Sled down the largest hill you can find at least 12 times.



5. Shovel your neighbors driveway.



6. Create at least one snow angel



7. Drink lots of hot chocolate with mini marshmallows and curl up with a good book.




See you on Thursday...

Be ready for our Math test on Fractions. I also can't wait to read your spelling homework and reading logs.



Enjoy your day and work hard!



Snow Angels



Article posted January 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 69



Article posted January 23, 2009 at 09:56 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 60

Homework

1. Reading Logs will be due on Wednesday. Each student must read for a total of 2 hours per week. This usually works out to be about 20 minutes per day.



2. Spelling ~ the spelling list is now posted on the blackboard site if needed. All words should be written inside your child's spelling journal. 100 points of work is due by Wednesday.



3. Math ~ I handed out a fraction packet that is due on Wednesday. We will also be having our Unit Test on Fractions on Wednesday. At the end of Chapters 8,9, and 10 in our Math textbooks are study guides.



Announcements

Monday morning is the teacher/student volleyball game.

Invention Convention Deadline ~ February 28 ~ I will hand out forms for those interested on Monday

Report Cards ~ Feb. 2

Talent Show ~ March 27 rehearsal is March 25

5th Grade Picture CD ~ deadline for pictures is Feb. 13

Article posted January 23, 2009 at 09:56 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 60



Article posted January 21, 2009 at 03:16 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 69

Annoucements



We are beginning to organize the Talent Show.  This year the show will be held March 27 at 7:00p.m.  Rehearsals will begin on March 25th at 5:30 p.m.



This year they are looking for:



M.C. ~ Master of Ceremonies



Stage Hands ~ Those students that will help setup the equipment for the acts.



Fifth Grade Dancers which will open and close this years show.

Article posted January 21, 2009 at 03:16 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 69



Article posted January 14, 2009 at 04:07 AM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 60

Hello to All,



I was poking around the Internet and came across this great little website called Math Playground.  There are some great links built into this site for the students to explore.  I found the "Math Video" link in the left margin incredibly helpful.  There is a pretty good list of Math videos that teaches the students all of the skills that we have learned or will be learning.



IXL is another great site, however this is a paid site but will give your student unlimited practice on ALL of the math skills we learn in fifth grade and will provide immediate feedback for you and your child. 



Homework



1. Reading, Writing, and Spelling due tomorrow.



2.  Math worksheets on Subtracting Mixed Numbers.



3.  ELA Test Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.



 

Article posted January 14, 2009 at 04:07 AM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 60



Article posted January 7, 2009 at 01:48 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 87

Happy New Year everyone! I hope this blog post finds you well. It is now 2009 and we have a great year to look forward to.



Homework

1.  Reading Logs ~ please have your children read for 2 hours this week.  I have asked all students to keep track of what they read in their reading logs and then come to you for a signature.  This will be due on Wednesday, January 14



2.  Writing ~ This weeks adventure is titled A Walk in My Shoes and will require a parent signature as well.  I have asked students to submit all four pages of their work ~ their final copy, rough draft, planning page, and original directions will be due on Wednesday.



3.  Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday ~ this marks the last week of the states and their capitals.  The following week the children will be quized on All Fifty states and their capitals and be asked to identify the correct location of the states on a blank map.  There is a copy of a United States map in their text book and some interactive map activities that I have bookmarked in Blackboard.



4.  Science ~ the students will have started this assignment in class but what they do not finish will be for homework.  Read pages 82-88 in their text books and answer questions 1-6 on a seperate piece of paper.



5.  Math ~ review questions on fractions.  GCF, LCD, Adding Fractions, and Comparing Fractions.  There are instructional videos posted on Our Wiki on ALL of the fraction concepts that we cover that will provide for extra support when studying or doing homework.



Announcement

We will be having our ELA State test next Wednesday and Thursday.  You have all been through the fourth grade ELA test which took place over 3 days, this however is much shorter.



We have been working very hard this year during our Reading Workshop and have zeroed in on our comprehension skills.  However, one way to prepare for this test is to give your child at least 20 minutes of quiet time each night so they can read a Just Right book to themselves and then have a discussion about the book they read.   You could also read with your child or even read to your child.



Here is a video that shows what a discussion between a parent and child could look like. 



Article posted January 7, 2009 at 01:48 AM GMT0 • comment • Reads 87



Article posted December 28, 2008 at 01:46 AM GMT0 • comment (2) • Reads 82

Dear Readers,



I do hope this blog post finds you well. My family and I have been thoroughly enjoying this Holiday season and we hope that you are doing the same. I have just finished up writing Thank You cards and now the challenge is to get them mailed out before next year.



This is a very special time of year for me where I am given the opportunity to slow down just a bit and "Think about my Thinking," something I ask the students to do all the time.



Here's the scene as I see it while sitting in my living room this evening:



The gentle glow of the flickering flames is emanating into the living room and the collage of colors seems to fill the room from this years Christmas tree. Gavin and Amelia are quietly playing with their new toys on the living room floor as my wife and I are enjoying our new books while curled up on the cozy couch. Of course, the blissful aroma of flavored coffee rises up from my mug, which is located directly to my right on the end table.



No one notices as I slowly look up over the edge of my book. I wish I had a remote control where I was able to press the "pause" button just for a moment. But time is relentless and does not slow down or stop for any of us. However, I was able to breath in deeply and enjoy this moment for what it was...quality time with the family. Perhaps that is the best gift I can give my family this year, quality time. Time spent reading books aloud, time making the special pancake breakfast, time playing board games, time singing, dancing, and acting goofy, time spent on the floor playing in the midst of all the toys, time tucking the children into their beds, and time to listen, really listen. The list goes on and on but ultimately I am thankful for it all.



I am thankful for having the opportunity to be a husband, a daddy, a teacher, and yes a learner.



What are you thankful for?



Gavin and Amelia



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Hello to All,



Today was indeed a fantastic day! One of our fifth grade teachers has organized a yearly project where we gather items like shampoo, toothpaste, tooth brushes, shampoo, hats and gloves which is all donated to our local Food Pantry. The fifth grade came together and worked magnificently at organizing the mass products, packing them into shoe boxes, designing their own wrapping paper, and wrapping all 40 boxes.



Today was one of those days where I had the opportunity to see another side of your child where they were not sitting behind a desk, but working collectively as a fifth grade team and I can say that it was AWESOME. Your children are so respectful, kind, and caring and it is an honor to witness this on a daily basis.



In an effort to share this experience I was able to take a few photos that I have organized into a 2 minute video.





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Homework

1. Reading logs due tomorrow.

2. Writing Adventure due tomorrow.

3. Spelling Challenge and quiz tomorrow.

4. Math ~ equivalent fraction worksheet due tomorrow.

5. Math quiz next Tuesday on Fractions. Please see Our Wiki for a full review section of what will be on the quiz. More details will be given tomorrow in class on the specifics of this quiz.

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Homework

1. Reading logs are due this Wednesday. I have asked your child to approach you about getting your signature and making them responsible for this.



2. Writing Adventure ~ "What Bothers Me" assignment I have asked to have the rough drafts due tomorrow so we can work on the final in class.



3. Spelling Challenge is also due on Wednesday and we will be having our third quiz on the States and their capitals.



Spelling City is a great resource to use in order to prepare for these quizzes.



4. Math ~ the students were given worksheets that correspond to today's lesson on equivalent fractions. Due tomorrow.

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Article posted December 14, 2008 at 07:59 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 84

Can you believe we are looking at 10 days until our Christmas Break? Time sure does fly by when you are having fun.



Announcement

1. Thursday at high noon will be our fifth grade luncheon. Not only will we be enjoying the feast but we will also be designing wrapping paper and wrapping our Community Box Projects.



This coming week will be a busy one.



Reading Workshop ~ I have met with small groups and we have had great discussions on the books that we were reading.



Writing Workshop ~ We have been learning to become bloggers and how to write effective comments while creating a hyperlink back to our own blogs.



Math ~ We are knee deep in our Fraction Unit. Most of the lessons that we have learned can be "seen" again on video at Our Wiki.



Science ~ We have begun designing Paper Airplanes and will be working on design strategies that will enable them to fly as far as possible.



Q.P.E.O.C. (Que Pea Ock) is a little acronym we use to help elementary students into the Scientific Method.



Q ~ Question ~ How many meters will a standard paper airplane fly when launched in the hallway?



P ~ Prediction ~ I predict that my standard paper airplane will fly 5 meters.



E ~ Experiment ~ We will physically launch the airplanes and measure the distance flown.



O ~ Observe ~ What did you notice when the airplane was launched? What will you do differently next time? What changes will you make on your redesign so your plane flies farther?



C ~Communicate~ describe in writing this entire process and your plans for a redesign.



Social Studies ~ We will launch into our Early Explorers Unit.





Homework

1. Reading Logs are due on Wednesday.

2. Writing Adventures are due on Wednesday.

3. Spelling Challenge and quiz this Wednesday.



Wednesdays are big days for us in Mr. H's class. I would love to know how this homework policy is working for your and your child. If you get a chance, and don't mind sharing with "ALL" of us, leave a comment and let us know.

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What a day, what a day!



1.

Did your children show you the Christmas card and ornament they received from our ePals from France? The students were so thankful and wanted to return the favor so this morning we began designing Poinsettia flowers for their Christmas trees. We hope to send our care package by the end of this week.



2.

Also, if you look over in the right hand margin of this page you will find a list of our class bloggers. By clicking on a name it will take you to the students blog where you can read their writing and leave a comment. Comments are an incredibly motivating component to blogging and will generate a great deal of excitement for thsi kind of writing. So, if you get a chance, read through a couple blogs and leave a comment.



Homework

1. Reading log, writing, and spelling due tomorrow.

2. Spelling quiz tomorrow.

3. Math ~ last two pages from the packet handed out in class.

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Thanks so much for your permission with the blogging project. It will surely be an enlightening experience.



Homework

1. Reading logs are due this Wednesday with a parent signature.

2. Writing assignment will be due this Wednesday.

3. Spelling Challenge due Wednesday ~ quiz on Wednesday as well.

4. Math page 351-252 2-32 even. Fractions on a number line.

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Listen to these fifth grade students on how they have used blogs in their fifth grade class.



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Blogging Permission Letter



You will be receiving this letter in Friday Folders. I thought I would also post the letter here as well.







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Homework

1. Reading ~ 2 hours due by Wednesday with a signature.



2. Spelling Challenge due next Wednesday with a quiz on the State Capitals.



3. Writing ~ Make a Difference writing adventure.



4. Math ~ page 340 2-36 even problems only. Today the students learned how to work with Improper Fractions and Mixed Numbers.



Have a fantabulous day.

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Sorry everyone...but I will not be in school Wednesday. It's Tuesday night and the family just went off to bed so I had a chance to update the blog.



My wife, Gavin, and Amelia are pretty sick so guess what I get to do tomorrow ~ take care them. I am thinking there will be lots and lots of chicken soup in my immediate future.



Don't forget to keep working hard on your homework and studies.



Homework

1. Reading log ~ lets get 2 hours of reading in by next Wednesday. Have mom or dad sign the reading log.



2. Writing ~ remember this writing adventure is very different from the rest. You are to do a bit of writing each night, like a daily journal, and write about how "You Made a Difference."



3. Spelling ~ memorize the next 10 state capitals and oh yeh, you will have to spell them correctly too. Spelling Challenge due next Wednesday.



See ya soon!



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It is Saturday evening and I thought I would put out a blog post to keep everyone up to date.



I would like to thank the parents for your time during our conferences. It is not always easy to find the time to sit down and talk about your children, but when we can it will only strengthen the success of your children at school. Thanks again for all that you do.



Homework

1. Reading log ~ At least 2 hours of reading with a parent signature on the reading log is due on Tuesday.



2. Spelling ~ Challenge is due on Tuesday with at least 100 points. This weeks list is posted on Blackboard and they are the first ten states and their capitals.



3. The spelling quiz will be on Tuesday and the students will have to memorize the state capitals and spell them correctly for the test.



As a side note, I left early last Friday and apparently the Skate Estate fliers never went out with Friday folders. I discovered this on Thursday and was able to ensure all fliers went out with home with students on. I do apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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What a Monday. Today was a fun filled learning adventure.



Reading

Today in reading we had a chance to meet with small reading groups. There are some students reaidng Dear Mr. Henshaw, another group is reading Bridge to Terabithia, and the other students are reading Tuck Everlasting. These are fairly challenging books filled with vocabulary that have forced the students to use all the skills necessary during this time.



When students are not with me during small group they are working independently on their Spelling, Writing, unfinished classwork, or the work they did not finish during the small group instruction.



Math

Today we reviewed P.E.M.D.A.S. which is a helpful reminder on how to solve problems containing multiple operations.



Example: Here is one that Brenden created on his own.



12 x (4+3)/4 - 20 + 22 - (14/7) + 7 (7 x 12) x 1 +32 -12



P ~ Parenthesis

E ~ Exponents

M ~ Multiplication

D ~ Division

A ~ Adding

S ~ Subtraction



Writing

Today we talked about revising, revising, and revising. I modeled for the students how to take their "sloppy copies" and begin to make changes that will improve their final copies.



Science

We had a great discussion about the differences between a "population" and a "community." We also learned what an ecosystem is.



An ecosystem ~ A communtity and its nonliving environment (this was typed in by Brentyn and Austin)



Homework

1. Reading ~ read for a total of 2 hours due by Wednesday

2. Writing ~ The Nose Knows writing prompt due Wednesday.

3. Spelling Challenge due Wednesday.



Parent/Teacher Conferences are Thursday and Friday.

Half day of school on Thursday

No School on Friday.

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If you look over on the right hand side of the blog you will find a picture that says "Spelling City." Clicking on that picture will take you directly to the Spelling City Website. This weeks list can be found, "November 13, 2008"



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Good Evenin'



We have the NYS Social Studies Test Wednesday and Thursday. If you get a chance take a look at Oswego's Website which will provide for a great chance to review the third and fourth grade material while at home.



Click on the following link to get there Studyzone



Once there click on "Elementary Test Prep"



Oswego City School District



Then click on "Social Studies"

Owego City School District



Then choose "multiple choice questions for Grade 3 or Grade 4"



Owego City School District



Once you choose a grade level there will be a couple of categories to choose from as a way to review the material.



Oswego City School District



A wonderful feature that is embedded in this website is the "Need Some Help With This Question" button. If students cannot remember the answer they can click there to read for the answer.



Oswego City School District



Announcement

We have no school on Tuesday but when we return on Wednesday morning we will have Part I and Part II of the NYS Social Studies Test. Part I will consists of 35 multiple choice questions and Part II will be short responses.



Part III will be on Thursday morning and the students will have 90 minutes to answer 5-7 Document Based Questions then write an essay based on those documents.



We have been working very hard in class and the students are well prepared to write these essays.



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It has been a couple of days before my last post and I do apologize. Hopefully we are back on track.



Homework

1. Science Test on the Living and Non-Living Unit. This is chapter 1 out of the text book, students have a study guide, and there is a link on Our Wiki for extended resources.



2. Math ~ dividing and rounding decimals



3. Reading for 2 hours this week which will be due on Wednesday.



4. Writing ~ Snow Day writing prompt due on Wednesday.



5. Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday.

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Here ye, here ye!



There are 2 fantabulous websites that are worth spending some time at that will help students review for upcoming tests.



First

Did you know that we are having a New York State Social Studies Test on November 12 and 13? The students will be tested on information they learned from third and fourth grade.



To review third and fourth grade material they can visit a website called Elementary Test Prep Center Social Studies 5th Grade and take practice tests which will give them immediate feedback and help them review the material.



Once you get to the website find in the center of the page where it says, "Multiple Choice Questions" and then choose either Grade 3 or Grade 4. Then, let the fun begin! :-)



Second

Visit IXL Website where your child can review and practice Math concepts.



They will log in with the username and password that I have given them and then choose a review concept from the Fifth Grade List. Here they can practice their math until they Master a certain concept.



If they cannot remember their usernames or passwords you can send me an email and I will mail it right to ya!



Homework

Reading, Writing, and Spelling was been handed out last Wednesday and the students will have to complete all of this work and return it this coming Wednesday.



Copies of reading logs, writing assignments, and spelling lists are on our Blackboard site if you need them.



You can easily get to Blackboard from here by looking in the top left hand corner and finding the "hyperlink" that will take you directly to the homework.



I hope everyone has a fantabulous weekend.

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Welcome back Bailyn!



Homework

1. Read for 2 hours this week and record all information in the reading log. Due on Wednesday.



2. Writing Adventure ~ choose a lead sentence from those given and then complete a story with at least three paragraphs. Due on Wednesday.



3. Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday. Quiz as well.



4. Social Studies ~ Finish DBQ 4, 5, and 6 from the packet given during class today. Also, State in the Box Projects have started to come in. The deadline is Friday.



5. Math ~ rounding decimal numbers worksheet front and back.



I hope everyone has a great night. Good luck to the Pumpkin Runners

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Hello to all on this Friday evenin'



Homework is now posted on Blackboard if you need an extra copy.



Homework

1. Reading Log ~ 2 hours due by Wednesday



2. Writing ~ Three Wishes writing due on Wednesday



3. Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday.



4. Social Studies State-n-Box Project.



Hope you have a fantastic weekend.

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Homework

1. Read for 2o minutes however, I never handed out reading logs. You can download a copy of the reading logs on Blackboard, or record this information either in their agendas or a loose leaf piece of paper. So sorry for the inconvenience and I will hand them out tomorrow in class.



2. Math ~ worksheet on rounding whole numbers.



3. Spelling Challenge is due on Wednesday and we will have our first spelling quiz on Wednesday as well.



4. Writing ~ Signs of Fall writing is due on Wednesday. I have asked the students to get their rough drafts signed by a parent who helped proofread their work.



5. State in the Box Projects are due October 24th. There is a suggested time line in the packet that shows the students what they can do on a day to day basis so they don't wait until the last minute. Hope this helps.



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Congratulations to the students for a job well done this week with the Reading Challenge against Mr. Maslin.



Take a look at the number of pages read by our class this week. WOW!



Picture 1



Here is a line graph that was made by Joe to illustrate the data above.



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Also, our Salt Water Ecosystem is coming along nicely. We have added 70 gallons of filtered water, 36 cups of sea salt, 40 pounds of "live sand", 40 pounds of base rock, and 35 pounds of "live rock" from the Fiji Islands from the Pacific Ocean. Soon we will be able to add fish and coral.



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Homework

State in the Box Projects have begun and I have asked the students to go over the project with the parents and then return the bottom half of the first page that requires a signature.



Signs of Fall Writing Adventure due on Wednesday



Spelling Challenge due on Wednesday as well as our first Spelling Quiz on Wednesday.





Have a fantastic weekend.

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Hello there!



We have received our very first comment from a student in our class. She had a question about her homework and I was able to answer her in the blog, outside of class, where learning is still going on.



Today we had a chance to take a Map Skills Test in the morning and then continue with our double digit divisors while dividing whole numbers.



For writing today, we took some time to sit quietly outside and observe our surroundings. The students listened, looked, smelled, and heard all that was going on around them and then created a list of those observations to help them with this weeks writing project.



Homework

1. Writing Adventure ~ The Signs of Fall is due next Wednesday.



2. Reading logs will be collected tomorrow. Take a look at Our Wiki to see how many pages we have read as a class compared to Mr. Maslin.



3. Math ~ page 163 and 164 problems 1-5 and 7-11.





Announcements

Next Thursday is Picture Day

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A student told me after he said good morning, "Mr. Howell yesterday was my last September in elementary school." Time sure is flying.



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and record in the reading log.



2. Math ~ partial quotient division problems.



3. Social Studies Map Test Tomorrow



4. Writing ~ Signs of Fall. This assignment is due next Wednesday but I have asked the students to work on this a little each night.



5. Spelling ~ 100 points completed by next Wednesday.

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So the question was asked today about living in an area where on one side of the street it may be Moutain Time but you work in Central Time and how to manage the differences in time.



Does anyone have any experience with this that they could share here on this blog so we can pass on the information?



Update on our Reading Log situation: Mr. Maslin has read over 5oo pages this weekend. I believe his final count was 542 however, our class has read 1162 pages just this weekend. WOW! Keep up the great work. We will add the total number of pages read each day and post them on our wiki.



Homework

1. Math ~ partial quotient worksheet. Students should have several examples in their journals and there are also examples on Blackboard.



2. Social Studies Map Test on Thursday. There are updated links to help students study on the wiki as well as a study guide that we designed in the classroom that was asked to be brought home.



3. Reading ~ record both the time you read and how many pages.

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I am testing out a new way to share books. I am wondering if this may be an effective way to begin to design book talks.



One problem however is that we cannot read the entire book online due to copyright issues. Let me know what you think.







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Mr. Maslin, our new principal, has challenged the class. The Goal: To read more pages in a week than he will read. So, we have decided to accept Mr. Maslin’s challenge for this week and I have adjusted our Reading Log so we can keep track of how many pages we read as well as the amount of time we read. Good Luck!



I had full intentions of not starting the 2 hour reading requirement until Wednesday but the students were so eager to read more than Mr. Maslin I decided to hand out the reading logs today. (Friday)



All in all it was a great day. We continued to work on our Study Guides for next weeks Social Studies test on our Map Skills. These study guides should be in their portfolios and I hope that over the weekend I will have some time to include those notes in "Our Wiki."



Homework

There is no required homework over the weekend however many students expressed a sincere excitement to read over the weekend to make sure they will have more pages read than Mr. Maslin.



Social Studies Test next Thursday on Map Skills



Have a great weekend.

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It is just minutes before the school hallways will be once again today, however this evening I will be meeting with the students' parents for Curriculum Night.



Can't wait to meet everyone!



Homework

1. Math ~ page 160 2-30 even problems only.

2. Read for 20 minutes and record on the Reading log.

3. Study for your Map Skills Test that will be next week on Thursday.



I initally told the students Tuesday and I am sorry for any confusion. It's official, the Map Skills Test will be Thursday, October 2

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Today was yet another fantastic day. Our saltwater aquarium is almost ready for fish. We have added the salt and the temperature is toasty 84 degrees, perhaps a bit too warm.



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and record in the reading log.



2. Math worksheet ~



3. Mad Minute Quiz tomorrow.



See ya on this Thursday at Curriculum Night!



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There is now 70 gallons of water in the aquarium and 35 cups of sea salt that has been added, so it officially will taste like the ocean. It will still be a couple of weeks before we are able to get some live critters in there, but hopefully we will have some life to observe before too long.



In reading class we are still taking our time to setup the expectations of Reading Workshop. The students are doing an incredible job of monitoring their thinking while they read and have written a couple friendly letters filling me in on the book they have been reading.



We spent a good "chunk" of math today working on problem solving, and the other half working on 3 digit multiplication using both the lattice method and traditional multiplication.



If the lattice multiplication looks a bit strange to you and you find yourself saying something like,"we never learned how to multiply this way when I was in school." Don't worry you are not alone, I didn't learn this method of multiplication until last year myself.



Basically, there is more than one way to solve a problem and if students struggle with the traditional way of multiplying then the lattice could be something to utilize.



We had a chance to visit the Book Fair today so look for those yellow forms that were sent home in all the students portfolios.



Homework

1. Read for 20 minutes and record in the reading log.



2. Math ~ complete lattice multiplication.



3. Begin to decorate Writer's Notebook.



4. Mad Minute Quiz on Wednesday.

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I am hopeful that everyone had a restful and relaxing weekend. For me there are a couple of really exciting things that happened. First, my best friend from 5th grade found me online, who I have not seen since 5th grade.



It has been very interesting sharing stories of all the silly things we used to do back then. Also, just this evening I was reading online and discovered a 10 year old writer who has published her own books. Her name is Adora Svitak and she is truly a gifted writer. She writes everyday and reads everyday, sometimes she reads 2 or 3 books a day. Wow.



Here is a link to her website where you can read her blog, excerpts of her books and poetry, and watch interviews that have been video taped.



See ya in the morning.

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A student typed this in for us as the end of the day



It was a fantabuluos day today in Mr. Howell's class...



P.E.

We went out side to play frisbee golf and it was fun!!!



READING

Today was another fantastic day of sustain silent reading(ssr). We wrote about what we read and shared it to the rest of the class.



MATH

Today in math we worked on lattice multiplication. We talked about how to multiply it and worked on a couple problems ourself.



LUNCH

Today at lunch we had a complete feast to both our stomachs and our eyes.



This is where the student ended his entry. Nice job.



As you can see this can be used a great way for students to reflect on their learning for the day. Writing out what they have accomplished in a day will help them gain a deeper understanding and help them remember it more clearly.



Homework

Read for 20 minutes and then record in the Reading Log

Math multiplication problems. Lattice Multiplication is a bit different and I did not learn until last year myself. So, if you look at your child's homework and wonder how to do it, don't feel bad, just ask them for help.



Also, here is an Internet link that explains Lattice Multiplication as well.



Here is a video that also illustrates how Lattice Multiplication works.





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Yet another fantastic day...



Reading

Today we read a Time For Kids article about John McCain. I started off by asking the class if they knew what is going to happen on November 4 of this year.



Last week we read over an article about Barack Obama from Time For Kids and it always amazes me how much kids know about what is going on in the world.



We have started to create a bulletin board that is titled "Who Will Be President" and we now have a couple pictures posted so far.



Math

We have been working very hard in our Whole Number and Problem Solving Unit. The first part of the year we spend some time getting the students very excited about Math where they experience success right off the bat.



Read Aloud

The principal surprised the class today and read aloud to us. It was a fantastic way for the students to get to know our new principal



Writing

Today the students learned another strategy to generate their own ideas for Personal Narratives. The writing has been absolutely inspirational and it lets me know that we are in for a great year.



Social Studies

Today we had an interesting discussion about "jet lag" during our Time Zone lesson. A student asked, "so if you fly to California and it only takes 3 hours then basically you will be arriving at the same time you left New York?" Yup!



Then someone spoke up about how tired you actually do get when you enter a different time zone.



Saltwater Aquarium

The goal is to get this filled with water and the salt added by the time Curriculum Night arrives. There is about 80 gallons of water that I need to get and unfortunately I cannot use tap water. So, I have eight 5 gallon buckets that I take to Wal-Mart and use their filtered water.



Homework

Read for 20 minutes and record in the Reading Log

Math ~ Complete the two word problems in the back of the reading packets.



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Article posted September 16, 2008 at 09:25 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 63

Hello to All,



What a spectacular day! The students are settling in to the new routine nicely. Part of that routine is that each night the agendas are to come home and they are to show you their homework for the night.



Homework

Reading for 20 minutes and recorded in the reading log.

Math worksheet due tomorrow.

Math Quiz on Wednesday, September 24, 2008 "Mad Minute" ~ they will have three minutes to complete 50 basic multiplication problems.

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Read this document on Scribd: Parent Letter for Basic Multiplication Facts

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When your child arrives to school in the morning this is an example of what they are asked to complete before the first bell rings at 9:00 a.m.



This is usually posted on the board or the large screen and can be seen easily as the students enter the room.



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Good Morning and Welcome!



Morning Task

1. Choose a lunch

2. Sharpen 2 pencils

3. Write your homework in agenda

4. Organize all your materials.

5. Begin Activity.



This morning I would like you to take a look through your portfolio and work on any unfinished work. For instance did you finish...?



  • hand tracing

  • questionnaire

  • autobiography

  • math questions

  • I Am poem

  • T-shirt activity



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This is geared to help each student get in the habit of mind that once they come to class it is time to go to work. There is a saying that rings out in our classroom that can be heard..."It's not time to socialize but time to get organized."



HOMEWORK

1. There will be a test on Friday on the Literary Elements.

2. Multiplication forms are due on Friday and I have asked the parents to sign them.

3. 20 minutes of reading.

4. Tomorrow is the school's Green day.

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What a day, what a day!



Reading

The students have quickly settled into our Reading Workshop routine. Today we spent some time learning about Literary Elements, or those ingredients that help make a story exciting.



  • Setting

  • Problem

  • Solution

  • Character

  • Character Goal

  • Plot



Each day the students also have a chance to read a book of their choice independently as I come around the room and have one on one conferences with them.

Classroom 2008



Math

Wow! We had a fantastic class discussion today about "Whole Numbers" and they had a chance to review place value up to the Billions place. We have also talked about how fifth grade students are expected to know their basic multiplication facts.



Read Aloud

We have just finished up a story called Knights of the Kitchen Table by Jon Sciezka and today we have started a book The Great Gilly Hopkins by Katherine Paterson.



The afternoon was focused on using Alpha Smarts to type some poetry that we have been writing. Some of the students have also started recording their poems on the computer as a podcast that we will eventually have a chance to share with everyone.



Homework

Read for 20 minutes.

Timed multiplication form that is due by Friday. If you need another copy of this form it can be downloaded from our Blackboard site or by clicking here.



Here is a website called Multiflyer that may be helpful for students to practice their multiplication facts.

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Hello to All in Mr. H's Fifth Grade Class,



The first week of school was a huge success. The beginning of the year is always so exciting where the students get the chance to see old friends, make new ones, and get back into the good ole routine again.



I will try to write here frequently to keep everyone up to date on what is going on in class. Using this blog is a nice way to let you in on some of the lessons and the conversations that take place in school, and could give you a jumping off point after you ask, "So, what did you do in school today?"



For instance, you could ask your child about the All About Me bags that were presented in class today, or the Three Truths and a Lie activity, or how they are coming on their autobiographies.



You could also ask them about the Ways We Choose Books, or how their Ineffective and Effective Teaching posters are coming along.



I do hope everyone has a spectacular weekend and I look forward to seeing the students again bright and early Monday morning.



Homework

1. I have asked the students to begin to collect 5-8 items for their All About Me bags. These items must be able to fit inside a small brown lunch bag. We will be working on these all week and the final due date will be next Friday.



2. Monday is Red Day ~try to wear something red if possible.

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Here is a copy of the letter that I will be mailing out to the parents today. Thought I would post it here as well. I can't wait for the first day of school!







Dear Parents,



As you know we are quickly coming to the end of another summer vacation and just as quickly approaching a new and exciting school year. Your child has a lot to learn in fifth grade and I am convinced that with your help we can make this a successful year.



A little about me: I have earned my Bachelors and Masters Degree from Elmira College in Elementary Education and have taught fifth grade for 7 years. I spent three years teaching in Fredericksburg, Virginia and the last four years here in this District. I have quite a few hobbies. I love to make music and sing. You can find me at Mrs. K's piano after school hours or playing guitar with Mr. S. I love to read and write, I can be found using the computer, working in my yard, or in our local fish store. Most of all I enjoy spending time with my three children and wife.



I take this career very seriously and I am honored to have your child in my classroom. I will do my absolute best to ensure your child earns a quality education. You can expect me to challenge your child and to allow every opportunity for them to strive for their very best and reach their full potential.



You can expect me to uphold a high standard of learning and to provide a caring atmosphere where your child will feel comfortable to explore new ideas. You can also expect me to be open to new ideas and any suggestions you and your child may have.



I do look forward to meeting you and your child and I am always available if there are any questions that may arise. Please feel free to call or email me anytime.



If you get a chance, stop by and visit our classroom website that I have been working on over the last couple of weeks. You will find information on this years class schedule, school supply list, calendar of events, and much more. Just to let you know, it is a work in progress and I am constantly updating and adding information.



The Internet address is "http://jazzymiles.wikispaces.com"





Respectfully,

Mr. H

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If you get a chance stop by Cheyenne's Blog and leave a comment on one of her new poems.

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If you notice in the right hand margin of this blog it says "Room 129 2007-08." I am preparing this blog for next years group so it will say something like "Room 129 2008-09."



Question: How many of you would like me to keep your blogs active?



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Gavin is holding Lipton, our new 3 month old kitten. Ahh, that is so cute.



Gavin and Lipton



Hope everyone is having a good summer.

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I am experimenting a bit with a program called Lookybook that allows me to embed books into our blog. It is pretty hard to read because of the small print but clicking on the eyeballs makes a bit easier.



I would love any and all feedback on your reading experience with this. Look forward to hearing from ya.



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Hello everyone, I hope you are having a fantastic summer. As you can see I have created a list of books that we will be reading(have read) in fifth grade.



What books have you been reading over the summer?

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I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. If you haven't had a chance, check out Rocco's latest post saying goodbye to everyone.

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We took a moment to go through our desks this morning and the students filled their bookbags with those items we will not be using anymore. You may want to take a moment to go through all the materials they brought home...have fun.



I asked the students to keep three pencils and one pen in their desk and take the rest home. With that said, there are several students that will be taking more than 40 pens and pencils back to your homes...I guess that is one less item to purchase for next year. :-)



Annoucements



1. End of the Year Party tonight 6:00



2. One of the parents from class put together a slide show from Friday's Field Trip. You can watch the video by clicking here. Thanks Mrs. D. for putting your time and energy into this wonderful presentation.

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We took a moment to go through our desks this morning and the students filled their bookbags with those items we will not be using anymore.  You may want to take a moment to go through all the materials they brought home...have fun.



I asked the students to keep three pencils and one pen in their desk and take the rest home.  With that said, there are several students that will be taking more than 40 pens and pencils back to your homes...that is one less item to purchase for next year.



Annoucements



1.  End of the Year Party tonight 6:00



2. One of the parents from class put together a slide show from Friday's Field Trip.  You can watch the video by clicking here.  Thanks Mrs. D. for putting your time and energy into this wonderful presentation.

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The Field Trip was a success.



Wow, am I tired! I do believe I will sleep well this evening. Thanks so much to the parents that organized this event and thanks so much for those parents who were able to come out today and help with our picnic.



Homework



Hmm?

1. Reading logs due by Friday...

2.

3.



There is something missing in numbers 2 and 3, what could they be? Oh yeh, no spelling or writing this week.



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Homework

1. Reading Log due Friday

2. Writing Adventure due Friday

3. Spelling Challenge and Quiz Thursday

4. Math ~ Graphing Linear Equations

5. Social Studies ~ complete Crispus Attucks worksheet and review worksheet and begin studying for test on Thursday.



Test on Thursday for Social Studies

French and Indian War

Proclomation of 1763

Taxation

Boston Massacre

Crispus Attucks

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Even though I was out of the building today technology still allows me to communicate with my students and the parents.  I love it.



Homework



1.  Reading log due on Friday ~ 2 hours of reading.  The research is clear...the more we read the better we do in school.  Find books you are interested in that are at a "Just Right" reading level.



2.  Writing Adventure due on Friday.



3.  Spelling Challenge due on Thursday and the quiz will be Friday as well.  (Field Trip on Friday so we'll have a quiz on Thursday...hooray!)



Annoucements



1.  Field Trip on Friday



2.  Relay for Life next weekend.  (I will try to get a letter out through Friday Folders and email with all the details.  Our class will have the opportunity to have an honorary lap during this wonderful event.)



 



 

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What a great weekend.  I think I spent more time outside than inside even though we had a bit of rain.  Hmm, what did we do this weekend? 



Well my son, Gavin, and I had a water fight on Saturday and I can honestly say that I lost - brrr!  We went to the rail trail on Sunday and stopped off at one of the playgrounds.  Played hide and seek, tag, and rode bikdes. 



When we were inside we read through quite a few books, took a nap in the middle of the day, sang songs while playing guitar, and made little ice cream cupcakes while visiting with my parents who stopped by.  My kids love it when Grandma and Granpa show up.



What did you do this weekend?  

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Nature Preserve Field Trip was a success. We were fortunate to have fantastic weather, the students were thoroughly engaged in their surroundings and the habitats around us, and we had our own little tour guide, the Manager of the Preserve walked and talked with us.



We have great pictures of muskrats, water snakes, Canadian Geese, turtles, salamanders, june bugs, but did not see any beaver. We collected tree specimens, plant specimens, and even fungus specimens. Good stuff.



Homework

1. Reading log ~ 2 hours due next Friday...can it be done?

2. Writing Adventure ~ The Sound of Silence is also due on Friday.

3. Spelling ~ due on Thursday Quiz on Friday.



Annoucements

1. Tonight ~ PTA "Picnic at the Playground," New Pavillion Dedication - 6:00-8:00 p.m.

2. Field Trip next Friday.

3. Moving up Ceremony ~ June 24 at 1:30

4. We won a pizza and punch party from the Cancer Society for collecting the most dimes out of 109 classrooms. Wow! Congrats to all for a job well done and for a worthy cause.

5. We also will receive an honory lap at the Relay for Life and be able to run a lap as a class. More to come on the time and place.



I hope everyone has a great weekend.

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The results are in for the "Find the Time to Save a Dime" promotion for the American Cancer Society.



I am pleased to announce that among the 5 participating schools, T.H.E. was the top participating school and I am even more pleased to announce that the top classroom among the 109 participating classrooms is Mr. Howell's 5th grade class.



What an amazing honor for our school to have won both top honors!



We have won a pizza and punch party courtesy of ACS and Relay For Life. In addition, our classroom has won top classroom among all the classrooms in the participating schools and we will have an honorary lap named after us at the Relay.



How much fun will we have walking a victory lap and being applauded for our success!



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Homework

1. Math ~ Review worksheet

2. Reading log due Friday

3. Writing Adventure due on Friday

4. Social Studies ~ complete Taxation Flip Book questions in your packet.

5. Spelling due tomorrow quiz on Friday.



Annoucement

For our field trip on Friday we are asking students to bring an extra pair of socks and shoes to change into after our little hike through the woods. There are some muddy sections and it's better to have an extra pair of socks just in case.



What to Bring:

1. Extra socks and shoes

2. Hat if you would like one.

3. sunglasses if you would like.

4. Disposable camera (optional of course)

5. Water bottles if you would like



Whatever your children bring they will be responsible for carrying. We are asking all digital cameras to stay home (except disposable)...too expensive and too muddy.



What to Leave Home.

1. Bug spray

2. Any electronic device



Reading ~ we worked on group projects today. One group became the experts on the Spotted Owl. Another group is focusing on the Old Growth Forest and the final group will become our local experts on the lumber industry.



Basically, each group received an article about their particular topic. They had to talk with their group members to see how they were going to read through them and decide what was relevant information that they will then use for a presentation.



The presentations have to be between 3-5 minutes where each group member will have a speaking part. They have to create some kind of visual that they will use to enhance their presentation. Finally, they have to design a graphic organizer that the other students will use during their presentation.



This is all to help assist our comprehension of the story we will soon begin reading callled There's an Owl in the Shower.



Math ~ quiz on coordinate graphing. I had a chance to grade a few and the students seemed to do very well.



Writing ~ I have assigned an in class writing adventure where I have asked the students to go through the entire five step writing process.



Technology ~ Students have been learning how to use Search Directories and Databases rather than search engines like Google. We have talked about Google being a fantastic tool if you know how it works.



We live during a time when practically anyone can create a website and design it in a way to make it look "official." These so called offical sites may not have any accurate information at all. Take a look at Save the Northwest Tree Octupus for a great example of bad information.



Search Directories

1. KidsClick

2. Awesome Library

3. Ask Jeeves for Kids



Databases

1. Searchasaurus

2. Britanica Online

3. Grolier's Online

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Homework

1. Reading logs due on Friday

2. Writing Adventure due on Friday

3. Spelling Challenge due Thursday/Quiz Friday



This weeks spelling list is on SpellingCity.com and is called "Dallin's List."



4. Math homework ~ worksheet + grid paper. Design a coordinate plane and plot ordered pair that is listed on the sheet.



This is posted on Blackboard if needed.



Math Quiz tomorrow on coordinate graphing



5. Writing worksheets ~ this was an entrance task that students had to work on this morning and what they did not finish is for homework.



6. Social Studies ~ Proclamation worksheet due tomorrow.



Many students have been receiving comments from other students outside of our classroom. In most cases, those students have left links back to their blogs so we can then go back and leave comments on their blogs. Here is a great opportunity to begin to share ideas and have a conversation that would not normally be able to take place.



Learning is a social activity.



I would encourage all parents to go back through your child's blog posts to see where comments have been made. Many times there were questions asked that allows a conversation to continue.

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Homework

1. Reading log due next Friday ~ 2 Hours of Reading.

2. Writing Adventure ~ Summer Arrival due Friday.

3. Spelling Challenge due Thursday

4. Math quiz Wednesday on Coordinate Graphing.



The reading, writing, and spelling can be found on our Blackboard site.



Also, students are able to go to SpellingCity.com and study this week's spelling words. The title of this weeks list is "Dallin's List."



Today, Mrs. R came to our class and showed us an example of what a middle school schedule looks like. Also, Officer Cordi came to our class to discuss being healthy and making good choices.



The students took a short quiz in Social Studies and continued working on coordinating graphing in math. At this point, all students are using the 4 quadrants of a coordinate plane.



I hope everyone has a great 3 day weekend. See ya on Tuesday.

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Homework

1. Reading log due tomorrow

2. Math assignment ~ The Coordinate Plane worksheet.



We have been learning about the four quadrants on a coordinate plane. The four what on the coordinate what?



Yes, yes, math can be just like a foreign language. Ask your children about such words like:

1. ordered pair

2. x axis

3. y axis

4. coordinate plane

5. origin



They should be able to tell you what each of these words are...if not, the definitions are in their Math Journals.



We finished our day strong with the Afternoon Program with Dallin and Amanda receiving Student Recognitions. Congratulations!

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Hello there...



Homework

1. Reading log due on Friday

2. Writing ~ continue to leave comments on other blogs.

3. Math ~ double sided worksheet on coordinate graphing.

4. Social Studies ~ finish map activity.



Tomorrow we have our tour of the Middle School. Should be interesting. Have a wonderful evening.

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Homework



1. Social Studies ~ complete the graphic organizer about the French and Indian War that is in the packet.

2. Math ~ Coordinate Graphing activity.

3. Reading ~ Mind's Eye prediction activity for the story There's an Owl in the Shower.

4. Writing ~ comment on other blogs leaving a link back to your own blog.

5. Reading ~ 2 hours total for the week.



Middle School Tour on Wednesday.

Special Interest Fair Wednesday.



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Homework

1. No spelling this week.

2. Reading Log due Friday ~ 2 hours total reading.

3. Writing ~ Comment on other blogs.

4. Science Test on Monday



This week's writing assignment is a bit different. I have asked that the students write effective and respectful "comments" on other students blogs. Much of this work will be done in school however, the students will still be able to do this from home as well.



First:

The students can begin reading through other students blogs. I have bookmarked other classrooms to make this part easy to find. These links to other classes can be found in the top left corner of my page under "Related Links."



Second:

Find a blog post that they find interesting and can make a connection with.



Third:

Leave a comment that is respectful and will continue a conversation about the particular blog. This can be done by leaving a question, making a connection, or sharing ideas that may be different.



Fourth:

With each comment the student should provide a "link" to their "URL."



Below is a picture of what the students will see once they click "comment" under the particular post they are reading



Blog Comment

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Mr. H. is out of the building...



Unfortunately, I was not in school today and really wanted to hear the kids sing during their Chorus Concert. There are many days I pop in their Music class early to sing with them or to hear what they are working on.



Mrs. K does a fantastic job with these kids and it's wonderful to walk into her room where they are all playing instruments of some kind, following the same beat, and creating music. Pretty cool.



Homework

1. Reading log due tomorrow.

2. Writing Adventure due tomorrow.

3. Spelling test tomorrow. (Check out SpellingCity.com to take a practice test of our words.)

4. Science Test on Pollution Monday.

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Imagine but for a moment the cool shade of a tree, the gentle blowing breeze, and the calming call of our friendly neighborhood birds. Today we experienced the wonders of the great outdoors during our Sustained Silent Reading time.



What a fantastic way to find our "bubble" in the midst of the natural wonders around us. Yesterday we had math class outside and today was spent outside with a good book. I wonder what tomorrow will bring?



2007-2008



Homework

1. Reading Log due Friday

2. Writing Adventure ~ Free Write ~ Due Friday

3. Spelling Challenge due tomorrow

4. Math ~ Algebraic Thinking worksheets and Test Tomorrow

5. Science Test on Monday about Pollution

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We received a care package from our friends from France and would like to return the favor. What should we send to our friends that live in France? Please post your suggestions and we will try to assemble a box of items to send out after we have heard from everyone.



Annoucements

Chorus Concert ~ Thursday, May 15 at 7PM



Spring Pictures ~ Friday, May 16



Middle School Tour ~ Wednesday, May 21



Special Interest Fair ~ Wednesday, May 21



Nature Preserve Field Trip ~ Friday, May 30



Homework

1. Reading 2 hours this week due on Friday.

2. Spelling Challenge due on Thursday

3. Writing Adventure due Friday ~ "Free Write"

4. Science ~ Pollution Test ~ Monday, May 16

5. Math ~ Algebra Test ~ Thursday, May 15





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Homework

1. Reading ~ 2 hours of reading this week.

2. Writing ~ Free Write ~ students can choose a topic of their own having at least 3 paragraphs.

3. Spelling ~ Due on Thursday/Quiz Friday.

4. Math ~ first two pages on the packet we started in class. Test Thursday on Algebra.

5. Science ~ page 91 and 92 in the Pollution Packets. Answers can be found in the Green Science Text Books.

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2007-2008

Homework

1. Reading log due tomorrow

2. Writing Adventure due tomorrow

3. Spelling Quiz tomorrow

4. Math homework ~ Expressions and Equations worksheet which is posted on Blackboard if needed.





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Just a quick note and off I go.



Homework

1. Social Studies Test on Thursday

2. Math ~ pg. 245 problems 1-32

3. Writing Adventure due on Friday

4. Reading Log due on Friday

5. Spelling Challenge due on Thursday.

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This weekend has been exciting to say the least. However, through my excitement I have had a chance to read through all of the writing adventures that had been turned in.



The students writing is simply blossoming. Let me share just a few lines from a variety of students work to prove my point.



Kaitlyn wrote, "I can tell spring has arrived when I see that no longer does snow cover the ground but an emerald green grass replaces it with the occasional flower here and there."



Collin wrote, "When I drop the pine cone, I hear the trees rustling in the breeze. Pine cones fall off the branches and bounce off the ground. When the wind stops, the trees spring back into place like a spring."



Here is a line from Victoria's writing, "I see the water in the pool glistening in the sunlight."



Abbey says in her first line, "Spring reminds me of a symphony of nature."



Last but certainly not least Jay wrote that, "Spring reminds me of trampolines that are set and ready to go for kids to break a bone on."



I just picked the papers that sat at the top of my pile. I could easily take a line from each students work and share. However, one goal for this week is to get their papers posted on to the blog so we can all enjoy them in their entirety.





Homework

1. Writing Adventure ~ A Walk in My Shoes

2. Spelling Challenge due Thursday ~ Homophone Madness

3. Reading Log ~ 2 Hours of reading for the week.

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Dear Parents,



Yesterday in class we had a conversation about homework habits. We talked openly about the fact that they have 7 days to begin their Reading, Writing, and Spelling homework and the students shared that sometimes they don't even begin until the night or two before it's due.



Many students had not started their Reading logs as of yesterday which meant they only had 3 nights to complete 2 hours of reading...ouch! That means at least 40 minutes of reading homework alone. Combine that with a heavy night of other subjects and all of sudden homework becomes very overwhelming.



Ideally, the students should be working a little each night on these assignments and hopefully the total time of homework is somewhere between 45 minutes to an hour per night.



It is incredibly challenging to try and balance extra curricular activities, with homework, with quality family time, and still be a kid who has a chance to run around and get dirty.



Perhaps you would be willing to share how you find the time in your busy schedule that works for you and your child. Any and all feedback is welcomed.



Homework for Wednesday, April 30

1. Reading Logs ~ at least 20 minutes of reading and brought to school so I can spot check.

2. Writing ~ All rough drafts should be completed and the students need to be working on revising their "Spring has Sprung" writing adventures.

3. Spelling Challenge due Thursday/Quiz Friday.

4. Math worksheet ~ solving equations.





Announcements

1. Friday is Movie Night from 7-9pm

2. Early Dismissal Wednesday, May 7 at 10:45a.m. (No Lunch will be served)

3. Special Interest Fair Tuesday, May 20th.

4May 21st we will be visiting the Middle School. Look for permission slips in Friday Folders.

4. Middle School Orientation for Parents ~ May 28 at 7:00p.m.

5. May 30th we will be visiting the Nature Preserve. Look for permission slips in Friday Folders for this as well.



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ZAP! Our assembly today was all about electricity...and it was indeed shocking. Here is Mrs. W. illustrating how the Van De Graaff Electrostatic Generator has the ability to make hair stand on end.







There were a few brave adults in the building today that volunteered their services for the Van De Graaff Generator. Here is Mrs. N. showing us the power of electricity.







Today was fantastic! We had the chance, after the assembly, for Sustained Silent Reading where we have been practicing our inferencing skills with the stories we have been reading.



After lunch, Alexandra and Rocco presented their Bloomball Projects and did so magnificently.



Our Technology Class has been interesting where the students have been designing PowerPoint Presentations to illustrate what they have learned about the 13 Colonies. I have asked the students to think about the idea that they are giving the presentation not their slide show. Their audience should focus on them during their presentations and that PowerPoint is simply a tool to help them get information across. They will not be reading directly off the slides but incorparating interesting images and designs to help facilitate their presentations with limited text.



We finished up the day at the Afternoon Program where one portion of the show was student recognition. This month, Sara and Ryan had been recognized for their hard effort in all that they do.



The report cards went home today and I can say that I am so proud of the students and how hard they have been working. I cannot believe that we are now in the last quarter of the year...time sure does fly by when you're having fun.



Homework

1. Reading Logs due Friday ~ 2 Hours of reading for the entire week please.

2. Writing Adventure ~ Spring has Sprung is due on Friday.

3. Spelling Challenge due on Thursday/Quiz Friday. Don't forget to check out Spelling City found in the left hand margin of the blog and the right hand margin as well.

4. I will be testing the students throughout the week on their Map Skills. Each student is responsible for filling in a blank map of the US in 3 minutes or less. I have been using an Internet Site to do this and the students will have a chance to continue with this until successful.

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Homework

1. Reading Log due tomorrow. How are those going anyway? Are you finding where your children are able to manage 2 hours of reading a week or is this too much?

2. Spelling Test tomorrow. Have you seen SpellingCity.com yet? It is another way to study and learn our spelling words.

3. Writing Adventure due tomorrow. Do you find that assigning this homework on Friday having it due on Friday is helpful?

4. Math ~ Variable and Expression Worksheets. I have been trying to scan the math worksheets and put them on Blackboard. Has anyone had to print those off yet?

5. Social Studies ~ Mrs. S. would like students to finish the worksheet that was given out in class.

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Homework

1. Math worksheets on Input/Output Machines

2. Spelling due tomorrow Quiz Friday

3. Writing Adventure due Friday

4. Reading Log due Friday

5. Social Studies ~ Read pages 231 and answer questions 1-3 about the map. Also, read page 233 and answer questions 1-3.



We had a great discussion about a poem by Claude McKay called The White House. We were able to infer about the deeper meaning and read between the lines with this spectacular poem. You can double click on any word you may not know and the definition will appear.



Your door is shut against my tightened face,

And I am sharp as steel with discontent;

But I possess the courage and the grace

To bear my anger proudly and unbent.

The pavement slabs burn loose beneath my feet,

A chafing savage, down the decent street;

And passion rends my vitals as I pass,

Where boldly shines your shuttered door of glass.

Oh, I must search for wisdom every hour,

Deep in my wrathful bosom sore and raw,

And find in it the superhuman power

To hold me to the letter of your law!

Oh, I must keep my heart inviolate

Against the potent poison of your hate.





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Homework for Tuesday, April 22



1. Math worksheets for the Input/Output Machines. These can be found on Blackboard in the homework section under Math.

2. Science ~ Pollution Activity. Write a letter to a representative.

3. Social Studies ~ read page 224-227 and answer questions 1-3 on 227.

4. Reading Log due Friday.

5. Writing Adventure due Friday

6. Spelling due Thursday Quiz Friday.

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On your mark, get set, go... What a day, what a day. I overheard Dallin say as we were packing up and getting ready to go, "Today was the quickest day in the history of life." Too cool.



Time does seem to go by too fast...especially when I think of my own children and how fast they are growing up.



Reading ~ students had a chance to practice their communication skills while working in groups talking about their Spring Break. We also had a chance to listen to Sara's and Ryan's fantastic Bloomball presentations.



Math ~ Algebra...alga what? Algebra is indeed taught in 5th grade. Today we worked with "Input/Output Machines which led into a deeper understanding of what a variable is.



Writing ~ We looked through a book called The Mysteries of Harris Burdick for inspiration for today's writing workshop. It really is a fantastic book that helps even the most reluctant writers.



Technology ~ We continued working with RADCAB which is an acronym that helps us determine if a website is relevant or not.



Social Studies ~ students are gearing up for the famous American Revolution.



Homework for Monday, April 21

1. Spelling challenge due Thursday Quiz Friday

2. Reading Log due Friday

3. Writing Adventure due Friday

4. Study and know the State Capitals and the location of each state on a map. Quiz on both of these next week.



Please refer to websites both on the blog and our blackboard site to help study for these quizzes.



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I came across this little video and thought I would share. We have downloaded the program on our home computer and my kids and I have been having "phun" designing and creating interesting gadgets. The program is free and you can click here if you choose to download this on your computer.

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Here are a few websites that you may find helpful. Let me know what you think.



Map Test

Here is a site that provides a blank map of the United States and you are to drag the state name over its correct location. Unfortunately, Hawaii and Alaska are not on this map and some of the smaller states are a bit challenging to fit exactly over the correct location.



State Capitals

There is a set of flash cards and interactive games that will help you with the state capitals.





I hope everyone is enjoying their spring break. See ya soon.



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Imagine if you will, your child 15 years from now and what they will remember about their fifth grade experience with Mr. Howell? What lessons will they take with them or what memories will they be able to recall years down the road? When I take a trip down memory lane I remember overwhelmingly how I felt in fifth grade, much more than the actual lessons taught by my teacher, Mrs. LeFrois.



Today was really a very incredibly challenging day for me to be able to pick only two students for the Poetry Recitation. Each child worked so hard and brought so much passion, expression, and voice to today’s performance that I felt very comfortable sending any of them to represent our class. However, life is filled with tough choices and today was no exception. I had to select only two, which meant that someone would ultimately be heart broken.



Life teaches us that sometimes we win and sometimes we lose. This is surely a heavy burden to bear as a teacher to go through such life lessons with your students. It hurts me to know that this day, the day they worked so hard to present their poems, may be that feeling that they will remember 15 years from now. Perhaps I am being overly dramatic but poetry has a way of strumming heartstrings and tapping into emotions that can be difficult to reach. When students feel comfortable enough to open up and recite poems from Shakespeare, Dickinson, and Whitman it’s easy to see how it can be an emotional ride.



We have reason to celebrate and we have reason to congratulate one another on a job well done, and I am confident that the students will rise to the occasion and continue to display the high level of character that I know each of them possess. I only wish that you had the chance to see how moving and passionate your children were today. It is an honor to be called their teacher.



Homework

1. Spelling and Social Test Tomorrow

2. Writing Adventure due tomorrow



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What a day, what a day...



We had a chance to read a bit more from the story Journey to Mei where Shelly, the main character had a chance to finally meet her new sister Mei. (May)



Here is a short excerpt from the story:



"For over a year I thought about this moment-what clever thing I would say; what fantastic gesture I would make. Instead I did nothing. I finally gave a short wave and Mei reached out and grabbed my finger. We smiled at each other and became sisters."







Wow, what an incredible moment that must have been for Shelly.



Today, we assembled our Bloomballs and practiced reciting our poems from memory. The bloomballs look fantastic and I can tell that there was a great deal of hard work put into them.



The poems have been absolutely fanstastic to listen to. We all had an incredibly silly moment today when we could not stop laughing during Abbey's poem. It was one of those moments when we were all laughing so hard and simply could not stop. Truly unforgettable.



Math, we had a chance to go through a "tree diagram" to determine the "possible outcomes" and some folks are still a bit befuddled. By the end of the week everyone should have it.



During Technology today we had a chance to explore through several powerpoint presentations and begin designing our own based on the 13 Colonies. Oh the fun we have while workin' oh so hard.



Homework

1. Spelling due tomorrow

2. Class Poetry Recitation tomorrow

3. Reading Log due Friday (2 hours)

4. Writing Adventure due Friday ~ Change

5. Social Studies Test on Friday ~ study, study, study.



Announcements

Tioga Hills Poetry Recitation will be held on Friday. We will send one boy and one girl to represent our class for this event.



Bloomball Presentations will begin tomorrow.



Middle School tour will be on May 21st. Look for permission slips to be coming out soon.



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This morning we had a great review of a few poems such as "O Captain, My Captain" and "Youth" by Langston Hughes. After which, we had a chance to write some poetry of our own while looking in a mirror. Here is the poem I wrote with a little help from the students.



In the Mirror



I see the first thing that stands out is my shiny head like the headlights of a tractor trailer in the middle of the night.



I see my goatee like the fuzzy hairs on a kiwi



I see my glasses like windows into my world.



I see my ears like identical twins never able to meet.



I feel a bit awkward staring at my reflection



In the mirror.




Each student had a chance to write their own and share with the class while speaking into our class microphone.



Math class today was focused on expressing probability in the form of a fraction. We first had to create "tree diagrams" which at first glance could be a bit confusing but these students were able to wrap their heads around this concept relatively quickly.





Homework

1. Reading Logs due Friday (2 Hours of total reading)

2. Writing Adventure called "Change" due on Friday.

3. Spelling due Thursday

4. Bloomball Projects due Tomorrow

5. Class Poetry Recitation on Thursday

6. Math worksheet on Probability ~ Lesson found on page 555 in text book.

7. Social Studies ~ answer problems 1-3 on page 219 and finish the worksheet about the Southern Colonies in your packets and Social Studies Test on chapter 8 from their textbook.



Class Poetry Recitation: Each student needs to memorize a poem with at least 8 lines to recite from memory with a great deal of "voice." We will then choose two students to represent our class on Friday at the Tioga Hills Poetry Recitation. All students should have their poems so they can practice memorizing them.

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Today was a very relaxed and productive day as we have begun to work with such poets as Emily Dickinson and William Shakespeare. Each student has been asked to memorize a poem containing at least 8 lines for next weeks poetry recitation.



We spent some time rolling dice and recording the results as we continue with our Probability Lessons in math class.



Thanks again for a great turn out with Open House.



Homework

1. Reading Log due Friday (2 Hours per week)

2. Writing Adventure ~ Change ~ due Friday

3. Spelling ~ The last 14 States and Capitals

4. Bloomball Projects due Tuesday, April 8

5. Memorize poem.



Your child has been sent home with a copy of their poem that they have chosen so they can continue to practice reciting from memory.



Poetry Recitation Update:

We will conduct our class recitation on Thursday and select two students, a boy and a girl, to represent our class at the Tioga Hills Poetry Recitation on Friday.



I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend...I am sure I will as I replace the sub-floor in our laundry room...yeah! (sarcasm)



Don't forget that all homework, including the Bloomball Project can be found at our Blackboard site.

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The House is Open ladies and gentlemen. I would like to thank you for coming to our place of learning. We work hard and enjoy doing it.



If time permits, leave a comment on what you thought about this evenings event, we "love" comments.



A great big "Thanks" to the parents for all that you do.



Parents + Teachers + Students = Success

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Thought I would share what I am watching. This video has me considering revising the "State in the Box" Project for the future.



Any ideas on how to change the state research project?

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Are you looking for a good poem to read?  If you click on the "Room 129" in the right margin a list of names will appear. Click a name and read what the students have written. We especially love comments!



For instance, try Mike's I Am Ice poem that has caught the attention of the famous Ted Scheu that Poetry Guy.  Mr. Scheu (pronounced ~ shy) has posted this amazing poem on his very own website and can be found here.



Homework

1. Writing Adventure due Tomorrow

2. Reading Log (1 Hour) due Tomorrow

3. Spelling Homework and Quiz Tomorrow.

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This week is a short week (No School Thursday/Friday or Monday of next week) so all of the homework is due on Wednesday, which doesn't leave much time.



Homework:

1. BloomBall Projects are due April 8

2. Reading Log (Only 1 hour) due Wednesday

3. Writing assignment due Wednesday

4. Spelling homework on the States and Capitals due Wednesday



All homework can be found at our Blackboard site.



During our Technology Class we have been working hard at becoming "Info-Tectives." We are using certain tools to help us figure out if a website should be used or not.



An acronym we are using to help us is R.A.D.C.A.B.



Relevancy

Appropriateness

Detail

Currency

Authority

Bias



Take a look at this site called Save the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus to see if you can find 5 clues that let us know that this website is "FAKE." Remember, anyone can put information online so we need to be "Info-Tectives."



Today in Math we had a guest speaker (Alex) share his learning about Tangrams that he had discovered this weekend.



Tangrams are an Ancient Chinese Puzzle that is used to enhance Geometry understanding.



We have exactly 7 different polygon pieces to create a square, trapezoid, triangle, and parallelogram. This is very challenging and it's exciting to see someone master this so easily.







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There we were in the middle of our Tangram Project when the announcement was made that all students should stand in the hallway for a special surprise.



Then we heard it... the hallway was filled with the magical music of the soul touching bagpipes. A parade of five men dressed in traditional clothing were marching in step graciously through our school.



With all of the parades I have ever attended I can never remember being so close to have them actually brush up against my shoulder as they walked by. You get a chance to actually "feel" the music and my skin was covered in goosebumps.



I do believe we were all touched by the 10 minutes that this little parade offered us. We truly appreciate the gentlemen that took time out of their busy schedules to give our students this memorable experience.





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Did he say Bloomball? Yep!



This is an independent reading project that will be due on April 8th. All details of this learning adventure is outlined on our Blackboard Site under "Homework" and "Reading"



We will spend some time on Tuesday to go over the details but in the meantime you can get a head start and take a look.



Note to self: Drink lots of fluids (not coffee) and get some rest so you will feel better and can make it back into school tomorrow. :-0

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Mom is better and I am back home. Thanks so much for all your kind comments and emails.



Homework is Now Posted on Blackboard:

1. Spelling due Thursday

2. Writing Adventure ~ Fear ~ oohhh! due Friday.

3. Reading Log due Friday.

4. Social Studies Test Friday.



Update on the Spelling:

The spelling is a bit different this week, 12 States and their Capitals for a grand total of 24 words. I am asking all students to complete the Spelling Challenge with these 24 words. The catch is, I will only give them the State's name on Fridays quiz and they will have to know what the capital is and be able to spell it correctly.



A bit more challenging!



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The post below are my thoughts and reflections about the 20 minutes spent after the Math test on Thursday.



"It’s days like this that I get the opportunity to have but a glimpse of another side of my students that I would not normally see in the midst of the so called daily grind.



What an awesome experience it was to observe your children creating, collaborating, and designing with one another. This was really very enlightening for me as an educator, at so many levels. It was one of those moments of clarity during, what may have seemed to some, as chaotic, but for me was refreshing.



At first glance, it may have seemed a bit noisy … but look closer and you will see what was really going on. My students were “playing” with kids they don’t usually play with, designing skits and creating illustrations with students they don’t normally work with. Our learning community has truly come together where students value the ideas and welcome the different perspectives.



These children had a “choice” as to how they were going to spend their 20 minutes. They choose to write in their journals, type stories for their blog, play chess, design 3D figures, design a poster for a skit, take digital photos, draw, play Mancala or Jenga. Now look closely and pick any one of the above activities and think of the value of the learning experience.



Creating, Collaborating, Designing…skills our children will most certainly need to master for the 21st Century."





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We made it!



Boys and Girls, I do apologize for not being able to make it to class today, but I know you will do your very best for the substitute teacher. My mom is ill and needs me to deliver a hot cup of chicken noodle soup...kidding. Well, she is ill but I will not be bringing her any soup.



Anyway, look for the Spelling and Writing homework on the Blackboard site over the weekend. I will do my best to try to get it posted sooner than later. I know many of you use your weekends to get a jump start on your work.



Also, we will be starting the famous "Bloom Ball Projects," very soon so look for more information on that. YEAH!



Have a great weekend and congratulations on a job well done this week.

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OK...so there we were working oh so hard when the message was received that school will be ending early. Try to keep the students' attention after that one :-)



Actually, the students were great and we worked right to the very last minute.



This morning we had a chance to read a bit more of Journey to Mei, by Freddie Remza. The main character, Shelly, had to give an oral report at school and experienced a great deal of "terror" just before she had to speak, but felt very relieved after her presentation.



We had a great conversation after the reading and made strong connections to Shelly's experience. Many stories were told about students on roller coasters, or jumping into a pool from atop a roof, or even their fears before the State in the Box presentations.



Question for parents and students: "Have you ever had a scary moment that you felt much better about after it was over? We'd love to hear your stories.



Homework

1. Reading log due Friday

2. Poetry Prompt due Friday. I can't wait!

3. Spelling due Thursday

4. Math ~ 2006 Practice Test

5. Social Studies Test next Monday, March 10 and Projects are due this Friday.



Annoucements:

1. Course Selection Sheets for the Middle School due Friday.

2. NYS Math Test is Thursday and Friday afternoon.

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Homework:

1. Reading log due on Friday.

2. Writing ~ Poetry Prompt due on Friday.

3. Spelling due on Thursday

4. Social Studies Test next Monday, March 10th and projects are due this Friday, March 7th.

5. Course Selection Sheets due Friday

6. Math worksheets due tomorrow.

*7. In the event that we have a snow day tomorrow I handed out Tuesday's Math homework which is a 2006 sample test.



The red Geometry packets, Math Text Book, and Videos under "Sites for Students" at the Blackboard site can be used as a reference to help.



Math test is scheduled for Thursday and Friday afternoon.



Parents/Students: If you get a chance, could you leave a comment on this blog post to let me know that you are looking at our blog. Any feedback would be welcomed. Thanks.

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Homework

1. Reading Log due on Friday

2. Writing Adventure due on Friday.

3. Spelling due on Thursday.

4. Math packet on Geometry due on Monday.



Announcement:

Math Test next Thursday and Friday.



Pictures

We Need Your Pictures



Last Call for the 2007-2008 Yearbook is: Monday March 3rd.



Do you have pictures from the fall dance, field trips, class parties or group pictures of the kids? Please send them in and I will make sure they get to the appropriate PTA Members.




This weeks writing adventure is a bit different from most weeks. Each student has been asked to find a poem they like and use the last line to start their own poem. This poem can be written in any style the students would like to use and they can even include an illustration or photo that goes along with their poem.



The Math packet is a review of what we have been covering in class over the last couple of days in our Geometry Unit and you should see protractors come home with your child.



I have posted several new math videos for the students to review if they would like to refresh their memory about certain math topics. These videos could be found at our Blackboard site under "Sites for Students." Once there, click on the link for "Math" which will lead you to the videos.







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Quick update on homework and off I go to be a dad...



Homework

1. Spelling due tomorrow.

2. Reading Log due Friday

3. Writing Adventure due Friday

4. Math ~ Geometry Worksheets.

5. Reading Homework depending on which book:



Dear Mr. Henshaw Readers:

1. Read pages 31-46 and answer comprehension questions.



Bridge to Terabithia

1. Read chapter 6 and answer all comprehension questions.



Tuck Everlasting

1. Read 5-7 and answer questions from your packet.



Off I go...

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Dear Parents and Students,



So here we are at home on an early release day...what could we do? I have an idea! Check out the new videos I posted in our Blackboard site under "Sites for Students" and "Math"



It's only 1:30 right now but stop back here frequently for updates on activities that we can do together through the Discussion Board, Sites for Students, and right here at our blog. For now, spend a couple of minutes looking through the videos that are posted on our blackboard site.



Let me know what you think. I will post more in a couple of hours so stop back soon.



Homework Tonight

1. Pages 3 and 4 in the Red Geometry Packet.

2. Writing Adventure is due on Friday. Don't forget to revise, revise, and revise.

3. Reading Log due on Friday...don't forget to have parents sign.

4. Spelling Challenge due on Thursday.



Other Options

~ post the final version of your stories on the blog. Don't forget, your writing represents you so "Do Your Very Best."



~ watch our videos in "Sites for Students" under "Math"



~ Leave an intelligent comment on someones blog post. Remember...no last names please.



See ya soon.

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The first day back and I was out of the building, urgh. I had the grand opportunity to attend a writing workshop, and oh what a workshop it was. Remember, just because I am no longer a student does not mean I stop learning. Oh no.



More on that later.



How about that Math test coming up next week!



Here is a video I found that talks about the different kinds of angles.



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Happy Valentine's Day to all.



A huge, "Thank you," to all the parents that helped put on our fantastic lunch.



Homework Tonight

1. Spelling due tomorrow

2. Reading Log due tomorrow

3. Math ~ worksheet on Fractions and Decimals.

4. Science Test signed and corrected.



Gertrude Hawk Fundraiser due tomorrow

Year Book purchases due tomorrow

Tioga Tales due tomorrow.



New:

I am trying to post Rocco's podcast onto our blog. What Bothers Rocco.

Podcast Play
Podcast Download

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I just received this message from our mighty P.E. teacher, Mr. Hoyt:



"What: Student vs Teachers and Staff Annual Volleyball Game



Who: All 4th & 5th Graders (They are the agile, the trained, and the future)

Faculty and Staff (those who can & will brave an epic journey and rise to the challenge… direct competition against their arch rivals… the students!)



When: Friday, February 15, 2008

5th Graders: 9:05-9:53

4th Graders: 9:55-10:43

Teachers & Staff: either or both times (the more the merrier!)



Where: The Kinesiology Laboratory Center (A.K.A. The Gym)



Why: 1. To test our students’ current skill levels in volleyball against an established and well- renowned competitor.



2. To have fun and help build student-teacher relationships.



Hosted By: Two of your Human Movement Specialists… Mr. Hoyt and Mrs. Novotny.





RULES:

1. Student teams get 4 hits to return a ball (teachers: 3 hits).

2. Students get 2 Serve Attempts to get ball over net (teachers 1 Attempt) – doesn’t include your 1 drop.

3. Each person serves for a maximum of 3 points, then service passes clockwise around to next team.

4. Rotate positions on your team when you receive the ball back for service.

5. A ball on a line is a ball inbounds.

6. A player cannot contact a ball 2 times in a row.

7. Be a Good Sport and Have fun!"



Thank you Mr. Hoyt and good luck students.

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Exciting news!



Sara has just received a comment from the author Freddie Remza who has written the wonderful book Journey to Mei, that we have been enjoying in class. We are honored that she has taken the time to stop by and leave a comment on Sara's blog.



It truly is an amazing learning experience when students can have the opportunity to not only read great books, but also have a conversation with the authors of those books. We are living during historical times and it’s truly humbling to be a part of this. Thank you Freddie Remza for all of your inspirational words.



Please click
here to see what the author had to say to Sara.





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Hello,



Well, as you can see our blog is beginning to take form. If you look in the right hand margin you will find a list of room numbers. By clicking on Room 129 you will find a list of our students names. You can then choose a name by clicking on it and read through their blog posts.



If you get a chance...the students would love a comment and feedback on your thoughts about their writing. That really is part of the magic of using a blog when you can have a conversation with someone or share your ideas about what you have just read.



Homework for Wednesday Night

1. Spelling due tomorrow and is now posted on Blackboard

2. Reading Logs due Friday

3. Writing final due Friday and is now posted on Blackboard

4. Math worksheet practicing division with decimals



Math Test will be the week of March 5th

Field Trip Tomorrow morning to the Dance and Musical Performance

Fundraiser ~ Gertrude Chocolate...yummy. Due back Feb. 15

Italian Lunch for Valentines Day on Friday, February 15

Family Bingo Night this Friday



Let’s not forget our week off from school starting February 18th...it will be here before we know it.

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Howdy,



Although I was able to go to the Middle School with the Chorus students during their rehearsal, I was not able to make the concert this evening at the High School. I would love to hear how it went!



I am anticipating a snow day on Friday so I handed out the Friday Folders on Thursday. You should find a permission slip for our field trip for next Thursday and hopefully you will have a chance to sign that and have them returned.



Homework

1. Spelling Challenge due Thursday.

2. Writing ~ Final copy of last weeks writing due on Monday.

3. Reading ~ reading log signed after 2 hours of reading. Due on Friday or sooner.

4. Math ~ worksheet Practice 3-8

5. Science Test on Monday

pages 18-28 classifying living things.

pages 62-63 and 66-88 invertebrates and vertebrates



Report Cards will be handed out Monday!

Family Bingo Night on Friday



Click HERE to see a video that shows how to comment on our class blog.







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Click HERE

to see a video that shows how to comment on our class blog.

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Dear Students,



The fifth grade will celebrate Valentines Day with a lunch in our class.



Please send your comments to vote for the type of lunch you would want.



Italian or Chinese?



We will count up all the votes once everyone gets a chance. I look forward to hearing from you.

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The homework is now on Blackboard and I do apologize for not handing it out in class. You may use the old Reading Logs because the new ones use much larger paper and may not print from home.



Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you have been challenged! Mrs. Kunzman has just announced that she is holding a Math Contest. If you are interested, please go to our Blackboard Site under Classes and find the button that says, "Math." Once there you will find a link called Math Contest where you can download all the directions and begin this weekend to get a jump start. Good Luck!



Reading ~ 2 hours this week

Writing ~ Great Story Starters. Final due on Friday, please bring your work to class so we can work on revising together.

Spelling Challenge due Thursday



I will write more when I get a chance over the weekend there really is a great deal to share. Right now, it's 4:35 and I need to get goin'.



Have a great weekend everyone and let's take some time to reflect on the awesome work that Martin Luther King Jr. has accomplished. He is truly a courageous American icon.

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Here ye, here ye...All that follow our words. Thy Reading Groups have begun!



I am meeting with small groups during our Reading time and working on very specific skills with each group. A student commented to me today, "I really like meeeting like this Mr. Howell." Thanks Kaitlyn.



Writing has been pretty intense where the focus has been on revision. Hmm, how can I say this? Revising is really where the hard work of writing takes place. We are taking our "sloppy copies" and rearranging sentences, inserting different phrases and words, and asking really tough questions about how our writing can improve. Not an easy task, but we are making progress.



We are in full force with decimals in Math comparing and ordering and saying and writing and...I have said, "and" too many times, sorry. At any rate, they are working hard.



I wrote about what we have been doing in Technology class here if you would like to "take-a-read."



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Our State ELA Tests are now behind us and we are ready to move forward with our learning.



This weeks writing homework is a bit different. I gave several writing ideas to choose from for homework and asked the students to have their rough drafts completed by Tuesday. As a class, we have been struggling a bit with coming up with ideas on what to write about and it has left our time for revision and editing very short. During class, we will focus heavily on how to revise, which is really a challenging skill for all writers.



In Math, we have been learning about decimals by manipulating base 10 blocks . How do we read decimal numbers correctly? How do we write them correctly and how can we possibly write them in a different way? Oh, the fun we will have.





Homework

1. Social Studies due on Monday

Text book page 127 questions 1-3

Text book page 128 vocabulary 1-5

Thinking About It numbers 8-10

Review Packets ~ Worksheet 30 and 31

2. Reading ~ 2 Hours for the week

3. Writing Adventure ~ Rough draft due on Tuesday

4. Spelling ~ Challenge due on Thursday



Mr. Howell's Homework

1. Grade Math tests

2. Grade Writing Prompts

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Fun was had by all during our Winter Party.



I do believe the dress up game will make for interesting conversation for the next couple of weeks. The students stood in a large circle passing bags filled with silly clothing items and when the music stopped, they reached in, pulled something out, and put it on. In the end, each of the students had a wonderful costume that allowed for our imaginations to soar and laughter to bellow from our bellies.



What a day, what a day...working on comprehension skills in Reading, Unit Test in Math on Fractions, Writing self selected topics while focusing on details, with a dash of Science, and a pinch of Social Studies.



Our days are packed and we really use each minute very strategically. Time with students is like a gift and it sure seems as though time is flying by pretty fast. Did I read the calendar correctly? Did it say January already? Wow!



Homework can be found on Blackboard

1. Writing ~ something that bothers you.

2. Reading ~ 2 hours of reading with a parent signature.

3. Spelling ~ here we go again. Due on Thursday quiz Friday.

4. ELA test next Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.



Have a fantabulous weekend.



P.S. I have not received any comments from parents yet, I wonder if the word has gotten out about our class blog? Leave a comment and say hello if you get a chance, would love to hear from folks to see how this is working or not working.



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The theme for today is Who Owns the Learning? This morning we had a great discussion about this very same question, Who Owns the Learning?



Is it the teacher or student?



Whether you are a student or adult I think ultimately, that it is up to each of us to own our learning and to be hungry for knowledge and to constantly trying to improve. This is what I what am asking from each of my students; that they take charge of their own learning by asking questions, forcing themselves to stay focused, notice when their minds are drifting and turn back to the lesson.



These are extrememly challenging tasks for all of us, but so important to be done independently.



Homework for Thursday, January 3, 2008

1. Math practice test

2. Reading for 20 minutes

3. Science Green Book ~pg. 28 1-3

4. Social Studies pg. 118-119 questions 1-5

5. ELA Test January 10 and 11.



ELA Review links can be found in the "Announcements" section of Blackboard



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It's always fun trying to get back in the groove again after such a long break, but the students are so adaptable and focused.







Reading ~

Students had a chance to prove they had "Just Right" books using the five finger rule before Sustained Silent Reading.



Here is a great conversation starters with your child.

1. What is Sustained Silent Reading?

2. What is a Just Right Book?



After SSR I asked for two brave volunteers to come to the front of the class. Thank you Ryan and Cheyenne for volunteering. These two "Buzzed Effectively."



How to Buzz Effectively

1. All members of the group can see each other.

2. One person talks at a time.

3. The listener looks at the speaker.

4. Members listen to understand.

5. When speaker is finished each member shares thoughts or questions.

6. The next member takes a turn.



Math~

We had a chance to get ready for our Unit Test on Fractions this Friday. We spent some time going through our Math Journals to help us predict what would be on the test. After this the students had a chance to work on a practice test in class while Mrs. Kunzman and I went around conferencing with small groups.



Writing ~

Watermelon idea versus the seed? In writing sometimes students have a tendency to write about monumental stories so we worked on zooming in on our topics.



Zooming in and writing about something that happened over the course of 20 minutes or even 3 minutes forces the students to include much more detail. It's not perfect but we are getting there.



Science ~

How do Scientists classify living things? There are three characteristics used.

1. Reproduce

2. How do they get energy and nutrients

3. Cell Structure.



Let's not forget about the mighty Five Kingdoms. Do you remember learning them when you were in school? If not, quiz your child, psst. the answers are below:

1. Monera

2. Plant

3. Animal

4. Protist

5. Fungi



Homework:

1. Math Practice Test 1-19

Unit Test on Fractions this Friday.

2. Read 20 minutes tonight

3. Social Studies pages 116 problems 1-3 and page 117 1-3.

4. ELA Test is January 10-11







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Ladies and Gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you the main event of this evenings blog post. What you are about to read was written by two students who completed all assignments and had the opportunity to begin to reflect on the days events.



Introducing Collin and Thomas's reflection:



Today in gym we played basketball. We played for about 10 minutes for each game. Every day before we begin our main activaty we get time to have our free five. Free five is when Mr. Hoyt( our gym teacher) lets us have five minutes to shoot hoops to warm up for the games. After we played the games we were allowed to shoot hoops again. One of our classmates unfortunately got hit in the face with a basketball.



In math today we reviewed our homework from last night. The homework we had last night was mixed numbers and improper fractions. Then we took a quiz.




Nice job fellas. Let's give them a big round of applause!



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Homework:

1. Spelling due tomorrow and quiz on Friday.

2. Writing assignment should be worked on daily. Due on Friday.

3. Reading Log due on Friday

4. Math ~ urgh! no math, I went down to make copies at the end of the day and found a sign on the copier that said, "Broken." We'll catch up on this tomorrow.



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Reading class went very well. The class finished up with answering the listening question about our buddy Pearson, the harbor seal pup. As students finished at different times they had a chance to practice using their quotation marks.



Unfortunately, there was no SSR time today which is really important. There is so much research that shows the more students read books that are at their "Just Right" level that they do so much better in every subject. So, if students could find a couple extra minutes tonight to read that would be oh so great!



Today in writing we talked about what our responsibilites are during Writer's Workshop. If you were a parent that visited our class during Writer's Workshop what would you see? This would make for a great conversation to have with your child.



First: Writer's workshop is a special time that we cherish because time is limited and always seems to go by so fast. Students have a chance to "practice" the lessons taught about good writing by writing in their journals about topics they choose to write about.



Second: This is also a time for me to meet with individual students or small groups to help them with specific issues.



Third: If a parent walked into our class during Writer's Workshop you would see students writing in a variety of genres. Sometimes students are writing poems, personal narratives, comic strips, news casts, scripts for a skit, songs, and many students are working on writing their very own chapter books.



Fourth: The writing time will usually start with a mini-lesson where I may teach about how to use quotation marks and then the end of the writer's workshop is where students get a chance to share their wonderful ideas. Let me tell you, when we run out of time and don't get a chance to share I hear about it. Most students love to share their work, I know I do too.



Technology today was spent reading through blogs from other fifth grade students to get a feel for how blogs work. If you get a chance take a look at Mr. Brune's Class Blog and see how his fifth grade students are using them.



Social Studies students have been working on writing friendly letters and today for Science Mrs. G came around with stickers that said, "I Am A Dendrochronologist." Hmmm, ask your child what a dendrochronologist is.



Hint: Double clicking any word on our blog will bring up its definition. Try it by double clicking Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis



The students have really been working very hard this week despite the fact that the Holiday season is upon us. This time of year can be challenging for students to focus while in school, I can't imagine why, however, our students have stayed the course.



Making a Difference ~ Day 6

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The students worked very hard today right up until the last minute of school.



In Art today, students had a wonderful time with their yarn design. I am not sure exactly what the activity was but many stayed indoors during playground to continue working on them.



In Reading, we had a chance to work on constructive answers to comprehension questions. The strategy we focused on was how to begin our answers by using the question itself.



For instance, the question I used to model this strategy was from a story we read by Jerry Spinelli, called Crash:

Why do you think all the cheerleaders except Jane cheered for Crash?



Based on this question we then decided which words to eliminate from the question to begin the first sentence in our answers.



Example:

Why do you think all the cheerleaders except Jane cheered for Crash?



Final Answer:

I think all the cheerleaders except Jane cheered for Crash because she knew he was an arrogant person that only thought of himself. Crash was known to bully Penn and talk highly about himself where ever he went and Jane knew this about Crash and did not respect him for this kind of behavior. Therefore, she could not cheer him on during the football games because of his despicable actions.



Many students were familiar with this strategy from 3th and 4th grade and I heard quite a few, "Oh yeahs" as we were talking about this.



Math went very well today! Most students have the idea on how to change from improper fractions to mixed numbers and back again. At first, some students had the wrinkle in the brow look but after a few examples they were working the problems mentally.



Writing time was well spent focusing on how to use quotation marks correctly when using dialogue in our writing. Typically I start the class with what is called a, "Mini-Lesson," which usually lasts anywhere from 5-15 mintues. Well, today was anything but mini because, we used our entire writing class creating examples of sentences containing quotation marks and finding examples in the books we have been reading.



In Technology we spent a couple of minutes reviewing two websites I have bookmarked for students to use to get ready for the ELA test in January. After which we had some time to read through other student blogs from classrooms across the country.



Homework for Tuesday

1. Math page 324 2-40 even (There may be a problem with the page number...make sure this is lesson 7-10)

2. Reading Log (2 hours of reading due Friday)

3. Writing ~ 7 Days to Make a Difference

4. Spelling due Thursday quiz Friday.

5. ELA STATE TEST week of January 7th. This will be a two day test and we'll have the exact two days when we get closer to that time.

6. Blogging Letter signed if you are comfortable with this.



Two helpful links that could be used to review for the ELA Test.

Language Arts Review

ELA Test Review



Making a Difference ~ Day 5

To help make a small difference my family and I purchased products to donate to the collection fifth grade has going already. Such things as lotion, toothpaste, and shampoo will be given to those folks in need this year.



I am so thankful to work with other teacher leaders in the school that decided to begin this initiative. I think that donating such small things will really make a big difference in someone's life. I am always humbled and honored to be able to contribute during this time of year.

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This will be a two part entry. The first half will be about our day and the second half will be about our writing adventure of Making a Difference.



First Half:

Well, we were close to another snow day...that's for sure.



Unfortunately, we did not have our Reading class today because of the two extra hours of sleep we were granted. After the students got organized for the day we started off with a Math lesson. The entrance task was a multiplication problem, division, and equivalent fraction question. Some folks are still struggling with these problems and reviewing them is good for all.



We did have a couple of minutes to work with changing Mixed Numbers into Improper Fractions. This was a bit of challenge as well. What are mixed numbers again? Perhaps you could ask the fifth grader in your home...



Hint: Whole number and fraction combination.



In writing today we reviewed this weeks writing assignment because many people were confused. The writing will take place daily and will be short responses that explain how they have made a small difference in the world. They can write their responses in their journals or loose leaf paper but should remain consistent.



This writing adventure was inspired by Laura, a 10 year old girl, who you can read about if you click the link in the top left hand corner called 25 Days to Make a Difference. She has also commented on this blog.



We also had a chance today to practice our "home row" typing at Ultra Key. The students absolutely love this time where they can practice their typing skills. Speed and accuracy.



In Social Studies, I believe they are continuing working on their DBQ's and in Science had a chance to take a Unit Test.



All in all it was a great day, but starting two hours late sure does boost the excitable energy in the students.



Homework for Monday

1. ELA Practice Test with parent signature

2. Spelling due Thursday/Quiz Friday

3. Reading Log ~ Due on Friday.

4. Writing ~ Write each day about the small difference you have made in the world.

5. Blogging Letter ~ Please review and sign if you are comfortable with this.

6. No Math ~ due to a short lesson on changing Mixed Numbers to Improper Fractions.



Second Half:

What have I done today to make a small difference in the world? more to come on this later this evening.



OK, where was I? Oh, yes, I remember...making a difference. There were a couple of opportunities today to make a difference in the world.



The First:

I arrived bright and early to school on this bitter cold morning and parked up front, as close to the front door as possible. I could see the front door and knew that I wouldn't have far to walk, but then something happened. I thought of Laura and how I could do small things to make a difference in the world. So, I pulled my car out of the parking spot and went to the back of the parking lot.



Perhaps someone with a cold or who was not feeling so well used this spot and having that parking spot nice and close to the front door made a bit of difference in their life. I am not sure.

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Making a Difference...that is a monumental goal that would, at first glance, seem to take years to accomplish. Laura, a 10 year old girl, makes some small contribution daily in order that she honor her grandfather and live her life as he did. She then writes about her day's adventure on her blog for the entire world to aspire to.



What have I done today to make a difference? For some reason, I am finding it hard to put my finger on the one "thing" that I did. What I noticed however, is that all day I was thinking about making a difference and in doing that I found myself much more patient and a much better listener.



Now that my family is asleep, I think I made a small difference in their lives by being more patient and by taking the time to really listen.

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Dear Parents and Students,



What small contribution will I make today that will make this world a better place?



Well, I decided to write my Grandma, who lives in Rochester, an old fashioned letter, not email, but a letter written in my own handwriting. I used a stamp and everything. The reason I am being a little silly here is that I cannot honestly remember the last time I used a stamp to mail something out. It has been a while.



I hope my Grandma will enjoy her letter. She has recently moved into a nursing home and had a hard time leaving her house. Unfortunately, I have yet to visit her at her new home. Perhaps another day.



I sent her photos of the family and wished her a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I wonder if I will get a letter in return? I will let you know.



Well, I am off to enjoy the rest of the day. My wife and I are headed out to the book store for a cup-o-joe and a good book. See you on Monday...hopefully if we don't have another snow day.



P.S. If you get permission from parents check out a site called Free Rice. This could be a way to make a small difference in the world.













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Dear Parents and Students,



I will be participating in this weeks writing adventure, 7 Days To Make A Difference, with the students by posting my responses here. I would encourage students as well as parents to join in and leave a comment as to what little contribution you made to Make A Difference in our World.



Thanks to Laura, a 10 year old girl, for this inspiration. 25 Days to Make a Difference



Here we go...



As I was walking out of the school this evening I stopped and helped out the custodians. First, I vacuumed a teachers room and then brought a very large recycling can out to the back docks. At first I felt a little silly vacuuming another teachers room but then realized that being helpful and making a difference means you might do things that you would not normally do.



Actually, helping out like this was a lot of fun and I look forward to seeking out other ways to lend a helpful hand.



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Do I hear that we have a snowstorm on the way? Not another snow day...ahh! I will get my shovels ready and make sure that I have enough hot cocoa.



Would you like to know what your child's grades are? Would you like to know this information when it is convenient for you and not have to wait until report cards come back or wait for the slow turn around with Friday Folders? Well, you will soon be able to access your child's grades online anytime that you would like.



I am using a program called Engrade that allows you to register for an account which will provide you access to all the assignments, dates they were given, and a cumulative average. You will be able to register using the Student ID that I will be sending home. More information to come.



Quick Wrap up of the Day.

1. Practiced taking notes while listening to a short passage. Pearson, the baby seal.

2. In Math, we took our first look at mixed numbers and improper fractions.

3. Students continued working in their writing journals on original stories.

4. We learned about Laura, a ten year old girl that is honoring her grandfather after he died. She has created a blog called, 25 Days to Make a Difference where she has challenged all of us to try to make a difference each day for the next 25 days in order to make the world a better place.



Homework

1. Spelling, Reading, Writing.

2. Math page 323 1-13

3. Crash projects due Friday.

4. Science test Monday, Life Processes, Chapter 1



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Dear Learners,



Time with students is like a gift and I surely cherish the learning moments we have together.



This morning, time was broken because the students went down in groups to see the Nurse. We did have quality time reading independently while I worked with many folks getting them organized and ready for that 6th Grade experience.



We finished up the reading time with a few poems read aloud from Prelutzky. Abbey couldn't stop giggling after hearing the poem, A Cow's Outside. Great poem.



We exchanged papers today in Math class to go over last nights homework and, some students found it very difficult to read the other students paper.



I think yesterdays Math lesson was fairly challenging and we spent the entire class reviewing how to compare and order fractions.



For some, they could answer the questions mentally but when asked to defend their answers or explain the reasoning found it difficult. If you get a chance ask your children how to order three fractions from least to greatest such as: 5/8 2/3 2/5



Hint #1:

We first compared each fraction to 1/2 and grouped them into two categories; those larger than 1/2 and those smaller than 1/2.



Hint #2:

5/8 is greater than 1/2 (4/8 = 1/2)

2/3 is greater than 1/2 (half of 3 is 1.5)

2/5 is less than 1/2 (half of 5 is 2.5)



Then:

Students were able to see that 2/5 would be the smallest fraction and now they need to only compare 5/8 and 2/3 which brings us right back to our earlier lessons of finding the Least Common Multiples.



Final Answer:

Least to Greatest

2/5 5/8 2/3



Writing time started by listening to a podcast by a 9 year old author named Adora Svitak. Adora, who is from Washington, has written a book called Flying Fingers when she was 7 years old.



The students had time to discuss their reactions about the young author and then take off with their own writing. Some students were planning stories together, there was a group of students that were working on a skit for Friday, some folks were writing poems while others were revising personal narratives.



We did have 2.3 seconds to enjoy Sara's birthday today by singing and eating cupcakes. Thanks Sara and I hope you have a great birthday.



Homework:

1. Spelling due on Thursday. I already have some work handed in.

2. Writing ~ Allowances due Friday

3. Reading Logs ~ can't wait to see how these new reading logs are working out.

4. Math ~ page 317 1-35 ODD. Review of last nights lesson.

5. Crash projects due on Friday.

6. Science ~ page A31 all problems out of the Blue Book.

7. Science Test on Monday, December 17 on Chapter 1 Life Processes.

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Urgh...an hour delay! The students came in and went right to work this morning even though our normal routine was a bit different due to the icy roads.



The students were so excited to still be able to go to Physical Education class even though it was a little shorter than normal. After, we were going to have a couple minutes of silent reading but we spent several minutes this morning going over the agendas.



Parents, do you see your child's agenda each night? I ask the students to make sure they are packing them into their bookbags and using the agenda as a tool to stay organized. This will surely be helpful in 6th grade!



Math entrance task today was a division problem using double digit divisors...boy did we need a refresher on long division. Today's math lesson was comparing fractions using the least common multiple and oh what fun we had.



I had a chance to sit with the students for a moment at lunch and enjoy the crispy chicken thingamajigs...yummy! It's always nice to be able to sit and talk with the students outside of the class.



The mighty Writing lesson started off strong with a review of singular and plural nouns and, we quickly discovered the English language has quite a few exceptions to the rule. For instance, did you know that there is no rule to change the singular form of sheep to its plural form, sheep?



Can you think of any other exceptions to the rules? Hmm, I know how about the singular and pluaral form of fish?



We then marched down to the library where we had a chance to send out emails to our new friends in Norway. Can you locate Norway on a map? Oh, speaking of maps, the students are creating a bulletin board of a world map where we will begin to keep track of our global friends and post pictures and emails we receive.



Our study hall time was well spent getting more practice using singular and plural nouns, comparing fractions, and editing a short paragraph that had mistakes.



Homework for tonight.

1. Reading Logs ~ new version where students are to include page numbers read, time, and title.

2. Writing Adventure ~ Allowances prompt

3. Spelling ~ Due on Thursday, Quiz Friday.

4. Crash projects are due on Friday...yeah! I can't wait to see them.

5. Math homework is out of the book tonight found on page 317 problems 2-36 even.



I will try to keep up with this blog in order to reach out and communicate with you and the students. Please feel free to leave a comment.



I would love to hear how you feel about this new "blog" and what else you would like to see. As always, thanks so much for all that you do.



Parent + Teacher + Student = Success



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Dear Learners,



I am so happy to be back in the class where I belong. Today during Reading we had a chance to talk a bit about what we have been working on with the substitute teachers.



Jenn, shared that she wrote a book in third grade called, The Field Trip to Forget. This sparked a great conversation about alliterations.



At the end of reading class all the students wrote a friendly letter to me using a good ole paper and pencil, about the stories they read today. Boy, I would love for my students to write friendly letters about their stories on our blog.



Dallin and I had a great conversation about his story called La Storia, about Italian immigrants.



In math today we worked with ordering fractions from least to greatest and the students seemed to be able to work through this process pretty well.



I am honored to spend my days with the students and find myself wishing that we had more time. Time seems to be a constant theme when I talk with teachers and we try to use each minute to its fullest.



Homework for the Weekend

1. Spelling due on Thursday Quiz Friday

2. Writing Adventure about Allowance due on Friday

3. A new reading log format is being experimented with, due on Friday.

4. Crash projects due on Friday, December 14.



Wow! This is a lot of work, let the fun begin.

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Hello there,



Parents and students I can't wait to get back in class and share the new learning I have experienced over the last couple of days, while I have been out of class.



Learning can take place in many places and in many different ways, here are a few places where I learn.



Places I learn:

1. In the classroom

2. Listening to podcasts on my iPod on the way to school.

3. Reading books, magazines, newspaper, Internet sites at home and school

4. Workshops I attend

5. Conversations with my family

6. Watching educational programs on TV

7. Talking with other teachers

8. Educational videos online

9. Reading blogs

10. Writing on my blog



I am sure there are more places that I learn but these 10 are the first to come to mind. Where do you learn besides the classroom?



If you get a chance, I would love to hear from parents and students

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This morning Ms. Doughetry came into our class to help us learn the language of taking a test. We learned such words as Explain, Discuss, and Describe and how these words can be challenging.



She then read a story called The Man Who Had Plenty to help us learn how to use the words in answering questions correctly.



We will be taking group pictures today and I hope that I will not have an awkward look when the flash goes off.



In Math today we had a great review of what the Greatest Common Factor is and then some of us had a chance to begin a short quiz. Those that did not finish the quiz will do so for homework.



In Writing today, we had a chance to look through Jerry Spinelli's superb book Crash, and find how transitional words and phrases were used. I also had a chance to write out my "sloppy copy" of Snow Day in front of the class where I then used some of the transitional words.



The students absolutely love our writing time and find it hard to stop. However, they had a chance to practice their use of transitional words in their journals.



Homework for tonight (Zack says to use Learning Adventure instead of Homework! Go Zack.)



1. Spelling is due on Thursday and Quiz Friday

2. Reading Log due Friday

3. Snow Day writing adventure due Friday

4. Crash Projects due next Friday Dec. 14

5. Finish the Math quiz



Have a wonderful evening and please feel free to leave a comment if you had a chance to read over our class blog.

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Hi, this is a test hyperlink to my personal blog. I have been testing to see how to create hyperlinks inside this blog. For instance, can you click on wiki? I wonder why it is not underlined?



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Dear Parents and Students,



We have been granted permission from the principal to begin our blogging experience. The next step will be to get permission from parents/guardians to allow students to contribute their ideas and stories far outside the four walls of our classroom.



I will be sending a letter home that gives some information on how our blogging project will work and there is a space for comments and questions as well.



I look forward to this powerful learning experience and will treasure your ideas and stories that will become part of our class blog.



Happy Writing!







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