Thursday, February 26, 2015

Black History

We had our Black History Month assembly today. The first graders from Mr. McNeela’s room were so cute!

The second and third graders sang for us.

And the fifth graders in both rooms 13 and 15 did a variety of skits and songs to teach us about famous African Americans.

In the rest of the day, we checked, corrected, and discussed homework. We practiced the Prologue scene from Beauty and the Beast. We read and discussed a chapter form Charlotte Doyle. And we reviewed more with fractions and retook a math test. 

Homework:  (1) Do Charlotte Doyle chapter 19 study sheet. (2) Do Describing Words. Be sure to write a sentence on the back using the chosen words. (3) Do More Fraction Practice 4. (4) Do Make and Test Generalizations. (5) Do Test Prep paper. 

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


A very productive day in every respect…but not enough time to write about it. So here’s the homework:

Homework:  (1) Finish Measuring Up chapter 5. (2) Do “Choosing Correct Meanings.” (3) More Fractions 3. (4) Do Triangles. (5) Do Quadrilaterals.

Monday, February 23, 2015

This and That

As you all know, I was gone on Friday. Mrs. Meldrum wrote me the nicest note to say what great students we have here in room 19. I couldn’t agree more!

Today we did a number of little things. We reviewed for a math test and took it later in the day. We practiced for Beauty and the Beast. We did a mini book report before going to the library.

Homework:  (1) Do “Evaluating What You Read” and “Using Guide Words”. (2) Do “More Fraction Practice 1”. (3) Do the handout from the fifth grade book about lines and points. 

No spelling this week. 

Friday, February 13, 2015


Today was our field trip to the Colburn Music School downtown.

The program started out with a string quartet. But during their playing - which was extraordinary, by the way - there were all these crashing sounds.

Liev showed up claiming that it was his turn to rehearse in the auditorium. He was the world music guy.

Obviously, of course, all this was staged and as the classical performers and the world music guy argued about whose music was better. And naturally they decided that both were good and really kind of the same thing. 

The only bad part of the day was the fact that the buses were all messed up and we had to wait quite a while before getting back to school.

Homework: (1) Finish chapters 3 of both Measuring Up books. (2) Finish the rough draft of the persuasive essay. 




Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Practice, Practice, Practice

We were busy today with all the usual reading, writing, and mathematics. But we also had a good bit of time for working on Beauty and the Beast. Here are students rehearsing the scene where Gaston proposes to Belle

and the scene where they have console him because she turned him down flat!

Homework:  (1) Do Charlotte Doyle, chapter 13 study questions. (2) Write the pros and cons of a chosen position. For example, students might write about banning violent video games or requiring vaccination. Only a list is needed here. We will work on the rough drafts in class tomorrow. (3) Do Multiplying Decimals 4. (4) Do Extra Information. (5) Do Multiplying Fractions. 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Quick Post

It’s been awfully busy here since AstroCamp, and its been hard to get time to write full blog posts. So, instead of much detail, at least for a while, I’ll just try to get the homework put up.

Homework:  (1) Do Charlotte Doyle chapter 12 questions. (2) Do “Remembering Details” skill sheet for Charlotte Doyle. (3) Do the final draft of the persuasive essay on extending the school year. (4) Do Multiplying Decimals 3. (5) Do the Dividing Fractions paper.