Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Light It Up

We watched some demonstration speeches this morning and I had the kids rate them. We've got some pretty harsh critics in here, I have to say! Luckily I'll be a little bit more lenient with them than they were with the speeches we watched.

I just want to remind everyone that the Social Studies test is due NEXT MONDAY. I told the kids that if they are the type who are likely to forget about this on Sunday, they need to have it turned in on Friday. It's up to them, and they are responsible for their work.

If you have any non-functional strands of Christmas lights, Mrs. Stemnock and the Green Team are collecting those to be recycled safely and properly. Just send them in, there are big boxes near the office where they are being collected.

For Math, we have a quiz on Friday--I have been reviewing with the kids, but it's going to cover order of operations (including exponents), inequalities, algebraic expressions, and the distributive property.

Have a great Hump-Day!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Eight Crazy Nights

On this first night of Hanukkah, I want to wish everyone who celebrates a happy one!

Double Down

Not much news today, but I told the kids to make sure they are chipping away at their Social Studies take-home test nightly.

Also, next week are our demo speeches! I gave the kids their day this afternoon, and I got ideas of what they want to do from most of them.

Have a great Tuesday and there will be more tomorrow. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Greater Than Less Than

Today we have been plugging away already at our research papers, and it's great to see so many of them making so much progress.

In Math, we talked inequalities. This is a pretty big concept, and it was a little slow-going at first. Honestly, I found myself having a hard time wrapping my brain around the wording on some of those problems that were in the Math Journal. I told the kids that, as a rule (for now), they should always put the variable first, i.e. t < 10 for "t is less than ten", instead of the reverse. We also talked about the difference between greater than and greater than or equal to. Again, this is some pretty hard stuff for ten and eleven year olds. I told them not to freak out if they don't have it quite yet. We're doing to spend some time with this concept.

Secondly, I am planning to hand out the rubrics today for a project for next week. It is a procedural (or "how-to") speech. I am going to tell the kids no slime-related projects, please. I would suggest they check out these sites if they are having a hard time coming up with something:

I'd like to see a lot more non-food projects than food projects, simply because I like to see them be a bit more creative with what they choose to do. 

Also, I am sending home the Social Studies take-home test tonight, and it is due back by next Monday

Hope you all have a great evening and a fantastic week. 

Sunday, December 10, 2017

How to Succeed in Business

A huge thank you goes out to Mrs. Zimmer, Mrs. Reasoner, Mrs. Holtz, Mrs. Elshire, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Dorman, Mrs. Chandler, and Mrs. Alderman for helping make our trip to BizTown on Friday possible. I cannot thank you enough, personally. I hope you had fun that day, and enjoyed getting to see your kids in action!


By the way, they didn't have enough merchandise this year! That was my biggest disappointment. So many lessons thrown down the drain.

Nonetheless, it was a great day full of fun and real-world lessons.

Saturday, December 9, 2017


I hope everyone has had a great (and snowy!) weekend. I had kids in my neighborhood sledding right in the streets. It seems like it's been a long time since we've had a snow-covered winter, and call me old-fashioned, but I think it's high time we have another one.

Tomorrow I will lay out our next week. For the past month plus, we've been planning for BizTown, but now it's time to move forward with the last bit before the semester (!) break. We still have a few major chunks to finish up or get done in their entirety.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Black Friday

I have a ton of pictures to post (and I realized I also still have a ton from Camp Jameson!), but for now, just know we came back to Woodbrook this afternoon and played silent ball while we listened to John Lennon (it is the anniversary of his death today, after all).

What a great day! Thanks to all the parents who came out to help today. You worked hard and your kids worked harder. I will name names when I post the pictures. Thanks again!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Properties of the Times

Don't forget--tomorrow your child needs a completely disposable sack lunch, and they ought to look really good and professional.

I'll take tons of pictures!

The kids worked really hard at their writing this morning. I'm looking forward to how these papers are going to turn out. We are combining their graphics with their information, and it's working out really well.

In Math, we did some review on PEMDAS and the distributive property.

Right now, we are having indoor recess, which is the seventh circle of you-know-where for teachers! Let's hope the second half of our day is a bit more docile. 

Are We There Yet?

This picture is actually from yesterday, but it's of a group of kids wrapping up their preparation for BizTown. I think they're getting excited about the trip.

Plus, there's snow outside right now, and that also has the kids a bit riled. Let's hope we can bring back some of the serenity of the past few days before the room explodes!

We have all the permission slips, so we are in good shape!