Monday, September 15, 2014

New Stuff

Our new recess schedule began today. This is part of the Breakfast-in-the-Classroom program our superintendent has been implementing. As we are not a Title One school, we are not obliged to have meals in the classes every day, and the loss of instructional time that goes with that, but we have to change our recess schedules so that there are two hours between “nutrition” and lunch. So our new recess is from 9:10 to 9:30. Weird.

We also had our new library time today. This was changed because of the fifth grade PE schedule so we could all use the library. Thank you, Mrs. Singh, for being so accommodating!


With our books, we started Reader’s Workshop, a period of independent reading each day. This will be a regular feature of almost every day from now on. 

Fifth graders did more with their saline solutions today. They filtered the hyper saturated solutions so that the extra salt was filtered out. Then the weighed the 50 mL of salt water against the 50 mL of fresh water and were astonished to observe just how much heavier the salt water was! They added gram pieces to the fresh water to until the two liquids balanced. This allowed them to discover the exact weight of the salt in their water.


Homework:  (1) Write spelling words 1-5 in cursive and write a sentence for each word. (2) Do the Holes study guide for chapters 29-30. (3) Do Cause and Effect skill sheet for Holes. (4) Do Three times One practice paper. (5) Fourth grade math:  Do pages 71-72 and “Babysitting.”  Fifth grade math:  Do pages 78-79 and “Using Patterns."

Do the Quick Review and Problem of the Day. Do Guided Practice on page

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