October 29 – Math

Posted on 29th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

After going over the homework, we discussed multiplying decimals by whole numbers and by decimals.  Students then worked on page 5 in class.

Homework: Complete problems on page 5 as needed.  WB 4,6 All.

4th Grade

Students worked with multiplication patterns and learned the distributive property.  Multiplication takes practice so students had a long time in class to work on pages 24 and 25 in their hand out.

Homework: Complete pages 24-25.

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October 28 – Math

Posted on 28th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

After a quick review of multiplying whole numbers we were ready to launch into our formal study of multiplying and dividing decimals.  Today we worked with estimating products completing the first column of page 1 in the workbook.

We also took our test on algebraic expressions today.  With a couple people absent, the class average so far is 89%.

Homework: Complete page 1 and 2 in workbook.

4th Grade

We finished up data today and did some problem solving.  Tomorrow we will move into our formal instruction on multiplication.

Homework: None!  :-)

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October 27 – Math

Posted on 27th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

We took more than an hour today going over the practice test being sure to answer any and all questions students might have.  Then students had the rest of the class to work on another practice test.  We will take our real test tomorrow so be sure to complete the practice test tonight.

Homework: STUDY! Complete practice test  (homework pages and answers are in Schoology)

4th Grade

I did NOT sign agendas today!  So sorry!

We got done with our review today with time to spare so students began their assessment.  They should review tonight based on what they saw today.  Overall, one issue I saw was stem-and-leaf plots (numbers should be in numeric order) and line plots (which are NOT line graphs!).

Please be sure your child reviews tonight!

Homework: Study!

 

 

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Mighty Goliath

Posted on 24th October 2014 in Uncategorized

Nic Bishop: Spiders is on this year’s Reading Olympics list.  In it there is some information about the Goliath spider.  If the book peaked your interest, you won’t want to miss World’s Biggest Spider is Size of Puppy!

 

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October 24 – Math

Posted on 24th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

Maybe it was because of the excitement associated with Grandparents Night, but it was evident today that students were not prepared to take even a practice test.  So, we regrouped and students worked in small groups to review skills.  They should complete the practice test this weekend.  We will go over it thoroughly Monday and take a test Tuesday.

Homework: Complete practice test.  STUDY!

4th Grade

After finishing up our data test, students had some time to play math games.  We also did the pretest for the companion 4th grade data material to check for any glitches and ensure we didn’t skip anything.

Homework:  WB 119-120

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What can you do . . . .

Posted on 23rd October 2014 in Uncategorized

What can you do with a pumpkin?

My grade 3/4 group came up with dozens of ideas.  Among my favorites . . .

  • Dry the seeds and use them as buttons
  • Make it a piggy bank
  • Give the children trick candy by wrapping dried pumpkin seeds in saran wrap
  • Use a HUGE pumpkin, cut a window hole and create a hide out
  • Paint it black and white and make it a soccer ball
  • Dye the seeds and make a mosaic
  • Dye the gooey stuff red and use it for “guts” in a haunted house
  • Make it into a Jack-n-the-box.
  • Make a mask using just the front part
  • Be a ventriloquist and use the pumpkin as the “dummy”
  • Put it on a zip line and make it the head
  • Skin the pumpkin and use the skin for a kite
  • Stuff two small pumpkins in your cheeks and be a chipmunk for Halloween
  • Get three different sized pumpkins and make it into a snowman
  • Use the pumpkin as the seat for a swing
  • Make it a clock
  • Carve it out and put a hole in the top and bottom and make it into a puff skirt
  • Make it into a mug

 

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October 21 – Math

Posted on 21st October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

Since we will be going through this chapter rather quickly, we took our time on last night’s homework.  Then we completed page 75 in class practicing converting words into algebraic expressions.  Finally, students worked together to complete some problem solving problems.

Homework: Complete page 76 and 78 (ALL) and corrections.

4th Grade

After going over last night’s homework and being sure there were no questions, we worked with line plots completing page 54 and 55 in our packet.  Then we went on to explore negative integers on page 60 of the packet.

Tonight’s homework will reinforce these skills.

Homework: packet page 57 and 62, ALL

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October 20 – Math

Posted on 20th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

Today we took our fractions, decimals, and percents test.  This chapter has caused us some heartburn so I am happy to report that the class average was just under an A with all but one earning an A or a B.  :-)

We spent a great deal of time today on our tribute to Anthony Stag and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade.

Tonight’s homework reviews order of operations.

Homework:First column of WB 71, 73; and ALL of WB 72, 74.

4th Grade

Students had the opportunity to work in small groups to do some problem solving work.  Then they continued to practice finding the mean, median, mode and range of given data.

Homework:Complete page 46 finding the mean, median, mode and range for each.  Students had 30 minutes (or more) to work on this in class.  :-)

 

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October 17 – Math

Posted on 17th October 2014 in Uncategorized

5th Grade

We finished up our practice test today.  In addition, everyone received all of their assessments for the quarter as well as an answer set for the practice test to facilitate studying over the weekend.  Congratulations to Marina for placing out of the test!

Homework:  STUDY!

4th Grade

After reviewing mode, median and range, we discussed fair share and launched into finding the mean.

Homework: Page 46, #1, 3, 5

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Saturday Enrichment Program

Posted on 15th October 2014 in Uncategorized

Applications are available online beginning October 15, 2014 for the Saturday Enrichment classes that will be offered at the University of Virginia. Classes will be taught over 5 Saturdays from January 24th – February 21st. Classes are held from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM or  from  11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.. Classes such as chemistry, engineering, medieval art history, and urban architecture are being offered.  Please see Mrs. Spessard for more information or go to: Saturday Enrichment Program to learn more! These classes are a wonderful opportunity. Classes are offered for kindergarten  - 5th grades.

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