Saturday, December 22, 2007
I told the kids that they all need to have a new notebook to keep their journal writings in from now on. We're going to be doing more writing in class--some every day. Sometimes it will be a little, sometimes a lot, and sometimes it will be on the computer.
Also permission slips and money for BizTown are due on the Tuesday after break. The kids should have brought home these permission slips yesterday, but I know how that can go--especially when we give them out right before break like that.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Hernando de Soto
Juan Ponce de Leon
Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca
Franciso Vasquez de Coronado
With each of these explorers we have to either write a paragraph about them or draw a comic. If you choose to write the paragraph you have to tell where they went and why they went there. If you choose to draw a comic you have to do the same thing, tell where your explorer went and why, but you have to do all of this in drawing. You at least have to have 4 boxes for your comic and at least 5 sentences for a paragraph. Another thing you have to do for this project is make a map of the route your explorer took. This project is due Wednesday the 19th. We will due all of the work in class.
Written by: Caroline, Megan, Katie, and Matt
Friday, December 14, 2007
Hello! Mr. Carter (of course) forgot to e-mail Dr. Goldberg again!! He never remembers! Grrrrr! Dr.Goldberg was Mr.Carter's math professor back in the olden days. Just joking Mr.Carter isn't that old! :^) (It's a smiley face!) He can only come in on Tuesdays! Now I am going to let Kaitlin write! Goodbye!
Hi! Today is Twin day at school. You're supposed to dress up as a friend. Since next week the last week before Christmas we have no spelling. But next week we do have latin roots on Tuesday. Kaitlin
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Andy, Michael, Murphy, and Harrison
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
P.S. Mr.Carter bought a new c.d. player for the classroom! We really needed a new one.
By,George ,Chad, Drew and Anthony
Monday, December 10, 2007
In reading we were talking about our book report due on the 20 of December. We have almost finished the book Time Stops for No Mouse. We just started centers last week. Centers are seven different groups for centers, like hang man for our Spelling list, math games on the computer, making a comic, writing a journal entry, reading a paper story, Latin Roots on the overhead and blogging.
The choir had three field trips, two on Tuesday, two on Wednesday
and one on Friday. We are going on a field trip called Sunflowers in December, in honor of Maria's brother, Tyler. Today is also Jack and Megan's birthday! We hope you liked the blog!
By : Jack, Maria, Lindsey and Nick
Friday, December 7, 2007
Anyway, the original post got knocked off somehow. It's not their fault. And it was really a good one, too. It was by Molly, Claire C., Brandon, and Zach.
Thursday, December 6, 2007
Tomorrow: Spelling test
Tues: Science test, field trip to "Sunflowers in December"
Thurs: Musical "Snow Biz"
Dec. 18: book reports due
In Word Study we've been learning many Latin roots this week such as
bio; auto; archy; chron; dec
life, self, government, time, ten
Our test was today and I'm sure everyone did great!
Claire B., Claire C., Dylan, Ben
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Here is how to add fractions.
Step 1: Cross multiply
How to cross multiply: Take the bottom number of one fraction and multiply it by the numerator (top number) of the other fraction. Do this for both fractions. Replace the top numbers with the results you get for each one. 27/5 + 20/9=
Step 2: Add the top numbers.
Step 3: Multiply the denominators. 47/45
Step 4: Now reduce fraction. 1 and 2/45
Claire, Matt, Caroline, and Megan
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Hi! Today we are going to tell you about the reading stations. There are 7 stations. The stations are blogging,comic creations, math online,overhead Caesars,journaling,and spelling hangman. Also remember choir performances tomorrow and today. The rest of the fifth grade is going to the planetarium at the high school! Did you know that the 5th grade musical, Snow Biz, is coming up on December 13, 2007.
Monday, December 3, 2007
Andy, Harrison, and Murphy
Sunday, December 2, 2007
1. Set up centers in the classroom, complete with clear instructions for each one.
2. Divide the kiddos up into small groups. This can be very tricky.
3. Grade approximately 4,567,392,403,378 papers by tomorrow morning.
4. Clean off my pigsty desk.
5. Do new lesson plans for a week in which the choir will be gone for nearly all of it.
6. Manage to work out sometime today. And eat.
Wish me luck!
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Next we watched a five minute movie on the correct way to sneeze (while having snack). We also wrote m down our Latin Roots. After writing down Latin Roots, we went to Science. In Science we are learning astronomy. Here comes every kids favorite part of the day, recess and lunch. For lunch we had the choice of Pizza, Turkey Chef Salad or PB and J. Which leads us to now, Math. I have work to do. Bye.
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Sunday, November 11, 2007
By the way, this was typed up on Friday, I just didn't post it until now.
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
Then we played Challenge the Sensei. After that we went to lunch and math. In math we learned about scientific notation.
By Claire B.
Monday, October 8, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
In English we worked on our poem. Some kids started typing for there poem
today others started making there pictures for there poem. In Social Studies we were assinged a sheet on chapter 2 in our Social Studies text book. It is due Monday. We also put our states up on the wall. There's a look at are day today.
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Monday, October 1, 2007
Next we went to Spanish!! During Spanish we studied South America and Central America. You know
*Panama *Costa Rica *Guatemala *Peru *Chile *Honduras
*Bolivia *El Salvador
and so on. We also practiced Spanish sentences.
THEN CAME RECESS!!!!! Next lunch! Which would lead us to now, Math. I think we're learning Algebra. Don't get mad at me, I was blogging I only heard a bit. But I was sort of listening.
I have to go it's 1:50.Bye!
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
Reminder: Latin roots quiz and Meaning exercise due tomorrow!!
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
First off, I told the kids today that for ISTEP next week, they need to have something that they really want to read, because chances are they'll have some reading time. They did get their next book report "project" today, which isn't a huge deal, but make sure you ask them about it.
Also, I was really pleased with how well they did on their DOLs yesterday after we graded some in class. Almost everybody took them home and went over them at home, which is exactly what I wanted. I've never had a class that adapted to getting better grades on their DOLs so quickly. Most everyone has always wanted to just get them turned in about fifteen minutes after receiving them, but these kids learned from that mistake the first time. Hallelujah!
There is a spelling test on Friday, and the Latin Roots test is on Thursday.
Friday, September 7, 2007
Then we had a Social Studies test and reading. In Social Studies we had a test on the South Western states. Over the week we read a certain part of our group books. Then today each group had a page, each person had a question, each group wrote down their questions then their predicates. Next We put all our names on it, then we were done. After this we read our class book "The Clue of the Linoleum Lederhosem".
Next we had Spanish. We played "Spanish Speaking Countries Bingo". Nothing big but was part of our "so called normal" day. So it counts.
When we came back we had snack, went over our new Latin Roots list, then Mr. Carter gave us drawing lessons (only because he is the best). After this we had lunch and recess. Which leads us to now, math. The rest of the class is learning to multiply decimals while I blog. Well it's 2:00 so I should go learn to multiply decimals.
Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Here's the lowdown:
We did division once again in Math. They're really getting the hang of it. I'm so proud of them.
They have an assignment in Health/Science, page 99 1-3, but many of them got it done already.
They also have their book report due tomorrow! This is the one you've known about since the second day of school, so it really needs to be turned in by tomorrow.
Okay, that's all we did today of import. Come back in tomorrow and ready to learn!
Tuesday, September 4, 2007
Monday, September 3, 2007
Everything is going great this year. Sure, it’s all new and we’re still digesting it, but great nonetheless. It sounds like you guys are in for a full year form what I’ve heard.
I’ve got some really great teachers this year. I’m on outriders. My first teacher of the day is Mrs. M. She is the team leader and teaches honors humanities. I have her for two periods (but she gives us a break in between, thank goodness. Mr. McG, the other humanities teacher doesn’t give his kids breaks). My next teacher is Mr. El for Science. He’s OK. After Mr. E, I have lunch (at 10:55! I’m going to my second to last period when you guys are finishing up lunch!).
It kind of stinks because out of all the challenge girls, Sheen is the only one not on Outriders. She is on pioneers, but at least some people she knows are on it.
Ok, back to my day.
After lunch I go to seventh grade math with Mrs. K. I’m the only person at my table whose parents didn’t MAKE them do Seventh grade math. Kind of weird.
For sixth period, I go to keyboarding down in the seventh grade wing and do a program kind of like “all the right type”. Pretty easy since I already have that experience.
For seventh period, I have French, and finally band with Mrs. P (who rocks!!).
Truth be told, I’m a little bored. I guess I’m not as challenged this year. Oh well. They’re probably just reviewing for ISTEP (I hope).
I read a really great book. It’s called “A mango shaped space”. It’s about a girl who sees colors when she hears sounds and on letters and numbers. Very good.
Well, that’s it for now.
Keep you updated,
Ooh, that book sounds really cool, Laura. I'm not sure I ever told you guys about this, but I see colors when I hear songs. A kid who used to be in my class (not really much of a kid anymore, but there you go) hears colors when different people talk. Sounds like you guys are mostly having a good year now, eh?
Sorry about not contacting you, we have a lot of homework every night. Clay is o.k. I guess, it's actually smaller than you probably think. I have Mr. K for language arts and s.s., I have Ms. S for math and science, I have Mr. Martin for latin (Wimer and Mitch are in latin with me), I have Mrs. A for keyboarding, and the VERY FUNNY Mr. F. I'm on team Explorers and it only has 2 teachers instead of 4. Mr. K and Ms. S. She is nice, you would like her. She has a fish that is an algae eater and it sticks to the glass on the tank, and will sometimes swim, but almost all day it just sucks on the glass. I have lunch with Wimer, Jake, and a lot of students in your class for last year. The only thing I have with Jake is lunch so I try to sit with him. The lunch is way better than what we had last year. Get this, because last year the students would put gum like every where and the janitors had to spend hours scraping it off, so now we can't have gum. O well, I don't chew it that much anyway. It looks like the 7th and 8th graders got them selves in a STICKY SITUATION, get it, yeah I know, it was good. So far I have straight A's and I have 100.36% in keyboarding, I did a little extra. I will try to e-mail you more often.
Your former student,
Aaron, you crack me up. I'm glad to hear you guys are doing so well. I'm also sorry to know that everyone is all split up now, but that's life. I'm really happy that I got to have the group together that we did last year. You're all good kids. Have a good week, and please keep me updated (but, Aaron, that whole "sticky situation" thing? That's pretty bad, kid. Oh, and I have your picture that you gave me last year on my desk this year.)
Friday, August 31, 2007
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Way to go, class! Bravo!
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Oh, and by the way, you'd never believe Barton right now. I don't know if it's all the extra kids in the room or the extra-deep water (yes, I finally took Brady's advice and it turns out he was actually right...go figure), but he's hopping around all over the place. Whenever you walk into the room, he's swimming up to the side and begging for food. Crazy.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Mrs. Shearman gave out an assignment to the kids today--many of them got it finished after their Math test was over. It was over the types of sentences; you know, declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory. This paper isn't due until Thursday, so I told the kids to keep it in their English folder until that time.
The kids have their spelling lists and their 3x each ABC order exercise is due tomorrow. Thursday the meaning exercise is due.
We finished up reading Whales on Stilts today. I love this book, and find it hilarious. Luckily, there's a sequel already out there. We'll read it right after we read our next book, I Was a Rat.
Looking forward to meeting everyone on Thursday night at Meet the Teacher Night. It starts at 7:30 pm.
Monday, August 27, 2007
Today in Mr.Carters class we started the day off with silent reading. After silent reading we went to the computer lab and took tests. After we left the computer lab we went to Spanish class. In Spanish class we studied the Spanish speaking countries. After we left Spanish class we had our snack and did math. then we went to science class . In science class we looked to see if things could magnify a word in the newspaper. Then we went out to recess and came in and had lunch. After lunch we looked at our Latin stems for the week and we looked at or spelling for the week. Then we read "Whales on Stilts" the book Mr. Carter is reading to us. And at the end of the day we passed out papers. And we heard the letters LU [load up] and went home after another great day at school.
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Hmm, remind me to give you my "gossip lecture" tomorrow. :)
Friday, August 24, 2007
Welcome to a new school year! For those of you I have not yet met, I look forward to working with you and your child during the upcoming year. For those of you with whom I’ve worked before, welcome back to another school year. I try out and learn new things each school year, and I am anxious to get started with this one. I’ve certainly enjoyed meeting your children over the last few weeks. I had heard great things about this group, so I‘m expecting a lot out of them as the year goes on.
Being new to the fifth grade proper, having taught Challenge for the last several years, I have put a lot of work into finding the best way to operate this school year. I am still working out the bugs and details, but so far we’ve had pretty smooth sailing.
I know the schedule in fifth grade is a full one. You’ll find there is always some big event going on or coming up around the bend. If you ever have any questions or concerns because of this, please do not hesitate to call or e-mail. Just make sure you remember the “1” at the end of my e-mail address.
C: Spanish and Media
F: Music and Gym
In reading this week we read through a story in our Junior Great Books series called “Ghost Cat”. I was pretty impressed with the feedback I received during out discussion on this book. This required some critical thinking, and I was very pleased what a lot of the kids came up with in response to this story.
As your child has hopefully told you, the kids will not be doing AR this year, but instead will have to do two book reports per six weeks. As you know, the first book report is due on September 6th. The second book report will be in written form, and I’ll go over the guidelines over that one during that first week of September.
If I have students finish their reading too early, or come to school without their books, etc. (we have silent reading at the beginning of each day), I will assign them AR goals and have them take AR tests based on their STAR reading grade in addition to their two book reports every six weeks.
My subject during our rotations is Word Study. This encompasses Spelling and Latin roots. Hopefully everyone saw the sample test and letter that came home either yesterday or the day before that. Each day, we will also have Word of the Day, in which we’ll learn a new vocabulary word and use it correctly in a sentence. I’m looking forward to a great year with all of the fifth graders on this one.
After some discussion with Mrs. Jackson and Mrs. Callahan, it was decided that I’ll also be teaching some of the Social Studies and Science since they only have class two or three times a week. I told them, “Hey, I used to teach this stuff every day!” There’s nothing I’d love more than to pull out some of those old lessons and teach them whenever I can.
We did a bit of brush-up work this week in Math, starting off with some arithmetic and some math games as well. We’re almost ready to start changing classes for Math, but in the meantime I’ve been making sure the kids are getting some Math every day. I will be teaching the Challenge-level Math this year, and the other teachers will be taking everybody else for Math this year. Regardless, your child will receive a top-notch educational experience.
Our trip to Camp Tecumseh will be here before you know it! It is from October 24-26. If you have not signed on to go along with us, we could use you--moms and dads alike! If you have a son, that doesn‘t mean a mom can‘t go with him, and vice versa. Give me a call or e-mail if you haven’t signed on board yet and would be interested in going. We also need for some of the parents to be instructors. You don’t have to be an expert teacher--just willing to lead some fun and interesting team-building activities.
“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.”
--George Washington Carver
Have a fantastic weekend!
Nick and George
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Then came Art. After Art we did some Social Studies, we talked about Americans who hunted wooly mammoths. Then we switched classes, we did science. The worst part of the day was that we could not go out to recess because it was too hot!
And as I am typing this we are testing and drawing. And that pretty much tells you what all we did today. Well gotta go we are getting ready to leave.
Addendum by Mr. Carter: Today's homework is that the kids have to do page 57 in the Social Studies book, #2-4. Also remember tomorrow's Spelling test and Latin roots quiz!
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
At 8:45 we all pushed our desks out of the way and made a circle with and chairs and talked about Ghost Cat from the Junior Great Books.
Next we went to music with our new teacher Mrs. Ratner. We played the recorder.
After that we played soccer in PE. My team won. Yeah!
In English we discussed
1 brain storming
In S. S. we worked on our state projects.
During lunch we weren't quiet and now we can't talk for 3 days.
Now I close as we are playing math games. Today was fun but today is done.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
1 avoiding the truth
2 facing the truth
3 was making something
When we finished this we went to Spanish. In Spanish we sang all the Spanish countries in a song. It was sort of interesting in a way. We also saw the countries on a map.
We almost lost our snack because we weren't listening. But since Mr. Carter is so nice, we obviously kept our snack.
Next came Word Study. All we did in word study was a page about homophones. then Mr. Carter started showing us how we will do spelling tests.Then went to Science. We studied pennies.
After all that work, we had recess and lunch. During recess I played soccer. Nothing huge happened at lunch.
Finally that brings me to now, everyone else is doing math while I blog. Well I have to go now bye!
Monday, August 20, 2007
Next time, I'll be there with a discriminating eye, though. But if you see Chris, give him some props and raise the roof silently for him.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
One thing I told the kids this week is that when I ask them a question or ask them to do something, the appropriate response is "Yes, sir" or "No, sir". Maybe it's the fact that I'm a karate instructor, or maybe I'm just a Southerner at heart, but they're doing pretty well with it so far.
As you may know by now, not only do the kids have me for reading, but also for Word Study, and many of them will have me for Math as well. They will rotate around to Mrs. Callahan, Mrs. Jackson, and Mrs. Shearman for their other classes: Science, Social Studies, and English respectively. After some discussion, we decided that I will also be pitching in and teaching the kids some Social Studies and Science lessons as well. This excited me, because as someone who used to teach everything, I thought I'd lost my Social Studies and Science.
You also may have heard that the kids earned a drawing lesson on Friday afternoon. I discovered that we have a whole mess of blooming artists in the class. This behavior incentive worked really well, so I'll have to figure out a regular time to do this every couple of weeks or so.
This is a good class. I hope to see everyone at Meet the Teacher Night on Thursday, August 30th.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
I know that he and his family would all appreciate your thoughts and prayers right now.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Sunday, August 5, 2007
Wednesday, August 1, 2007
My classroom is moved back to its old place, way down in the fifth grade pod. I've had some very helpful people come in and help me move it down. However, I'm thinking of having some of you guys come in and help me put my room back together next week sometime. How does that sound? If that works for you, please leave me a comment here or send me an e-mail.
Oh, and just as I wish you luck next year as sixth graders (or fifth graders, for some of you), wish me luck this year also. It's going to be hard--yet good--switching to the "regular" (how I hate that word!) fifth grade.
Barton is alive and well with brand new rocks and a new "cave" that he can fit under and jump off of. He likes it a lot better, but he misses you guys.
And sorry for the lack of posts this summer. I haven't been as good about it as I'd like to have been on this board. I'll post more about my summer later. In the meantime, why not leave a message or two about your summer?
Friday, July 6, 2007
Oh, and Aaron still has Barton. And that's okay. I called his house, but haven't received a response yet. Hey, he can keep Barton all summer if he wants to.
Last night I went to the Reds game (thanks, Jake!). They looked pretty darn good last night.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
If you can (make sure and ask your ma and pa, chillens!), and you'll be in town the whole time, please let me know by leaving me a comment here. Whoever leaves it first will get him.
Act fast, because time is running out!
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Altogether, Carmel raised almost $60,000! Not too bad for the second year, huh? Plus, Fishers and Westfield both had theirs this same weekend, so I think it's pretty incredible.
I'm sorry I didn't get to visit with you guys more than I did. There were so many people there that I needed to talk to. I even brought some things for you guys: your sticks of destiny, your attendance sticks, some DOLs...(speaking of which, next year the Fergusons are totally doing the Relay). I'm sorry I didn't get them to you--so many of you left before I had a chance to run to my car. Don't worry, I've still got them, and I'll get them to you one day in the hopefully-not-too-distant future.
Thanks for all your help! Mark your calendars: same Bat-time, same Bat-channel next year! Be there AND be square!
Tuesday, June 5, 2007
I want to remind everyone that this Saturday (and a little bit of Sunday) is the Relay for Life! Just in case you've forgotten. And at 1:00 is the "Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?" show, so make sure you come on out to take on any takers. Actually, if you could show up at about noon so that we can go over everything, that would be even better.
Hope everyone's had a great beginning to their summer. Barton is still with us; he's doing just fine. He didn't want to come out and say hello today (you know how grumpy he can get).
Saturday, June 2, 2007
I realize our last two weeks of school went relatively uncatalogued, but it was a good two weeks, I tell ya. We had a huge amount of fun, managed to learn a thing or two, heard some wonderful performances during the choir show and the talent show, caught crayfish (which all died...heh...um, guess those should have just been left in the wild).
Okay, so the Relay for Life is coming up this week. As you can see in the post below, the students have come up with questions for our part. I may have to make up a few of my own too. I'll make sure they're ones that my students will know the answers to! (Or at least SHOULD know the answers to...ahem.) (Oh yeah, and never end your sentence with a preposition.) Come on out, guys! Come out and see all the cool stuff going on, hang out with your buds, walk the track, and raise money for cancer research!
Hope to see y'all then.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
We made a few basic plans for Asian Culture Day, except we're still not sure when it's going to be. We will know by tomorrow, because there aren't all that many days left in the school year!
Oh, and the title? Well, let's just say the kids went out for P.E. this morning on the soccer field. I was pretty startled when they came back inside and told me about it, but we made it through just fine.
Tuesday, May 8, 2007
However, in class today we did get to make our Mother's Day gifts. We used sticks found outside on the playground, a hot glue gun, and twine to make an easel to hold up a picture of the kids that I took on my camera. The kids were very creative in their pictures, some of them writing "I love Mom" on the white board or on their biceps. As long as it didn't get out of hand, I took their picture the way they wanted.
We also learned about Indiana Sports in Social Studies this morning. Oh, and good news; we do get to go to Cool Creek Park--just our class--on Tuesday, May 29th, so be on the lookout for a permission slip coming home soon.
Thursday, May 3, 2007
Thursday at about 2:10 pm in class Mr. Carter and I had some socializing time. We whistled for about a minute, then I had to get back blogging.
We also had this sweet assignment where we describe a picture that Mr. C drew. Half of the class described one picture, the other half described a different picture. We drew the picture the other half described, while they did the same. I think that most people did very well on it.
On Thursday we went outside and studied the land. We wrote a journal about what we saw, and made an explorer's log. In the explorers log we pretended that we were aliens who saw this planet for the first time and we were only one centimeter tall.
This cool daddio named Michael made up some rad DOLs for Mr. C. Mr.Carter said that he doesn't want Ben streaking through the wedding. He also said that he doesnt want Mrs. Goldberg spunk'd.*
Stay cool readers:)
Additions made by-Michael
*Edit by Mr. C: Michael has been making his own DOLs lately, and I have nothing to do with this process. Although they're slightly entertaining, they are not being incorporated into my curriculum.
Monday, April 30, 2007
Tomorrow is a Social Studies test over chapter 11 in the book, and Wednesday is a test in Math. I know, I'm normally such a "testy" guy, but we are zeroing in on the end of the year.
Friday is the Art field trip to IMA, so if you haven't turned in your permission slips, please do so soon!
Saturday, April 28, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
In math Mr. Carter is teaching about ratios. We've learned about how to convert a large ratio into a small ratio, and learned how ratios will pop up in real life! I think this is cool because, not only are we just learning math, we are also learning about how it connects with the world. I know that this info will come in handy when I'm an adult.
Tomorrow we're going to go to the Carmel City Courthouse. We will be watching a mock trial! I remember when, several years back, we had a field trip just like this, and I got to be the defendant. I'll never steal a bike again.
Also, next Friday, we are going to the Indianapolis Museum of Art with our art teacher, Mrs. Moon! I am really looking forward to that trip!
Thanks for reading this post on Mr. Carter's Dojo! I'm sure Mr. Carter will remember to keep this up to date! Thanks!
Thursday, April 12, 2007
We also learned about the history of Karate. Mr. Carter had to review and memorize it if he wants to get his black belt (he is not one yet, but I am). He taught us the names of the people and where it started AND where the fights were. Did you know that Karate started in India? Well, it did! In 1946 it came to the United States of America by a soldier in the war. Today, many people take Karate or many other types of Martial Arts.
Mr. C's addition here: We spent some time as well talking about the nervous system. Ask your kids about it, and they should have lots to tell.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Monday, April 9, 2007
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
I should add in that I didn't have to fix one thing about Jacob's post! Sweet job, Jacob. I should have you post more often. Uh, and I'm the one responsible for the title, not him. Hey, it's Science!
Monday, March 26, 2007
Friday, March 23, 2007
Thursday, March 22, 2007
This is Mr. Carter--I do not in any way endorse this. I do not in any way not endorse it either. I have no opinion.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
This is my classroom website, which was recently updated (and I need to do more on it, I realize) by Brady McG. He did put everything on it I asked him to. You can see a class picture on there too. It's pretty cool.
We started reading The Westing Game today, which is a great mystery story. We're not done with our biographies yet, either, as the kids found out just today. It's not a big paper or anything, though, so don't worry. We've also still got one mystery play to do, but we're going to wait until tomorrow or Thursday.
DARE started today also for the fifth graders. That's what's going on right now, actually. Officer Pitman is working with the kids during this time.
These weeks, we have been studying electricity and magnetism. Yesterday, we lighted lightbulbs. First, we were supposed to light one by turning the switch. Then it got harder. We were to make one lightbulb stay on with the circuit open, and then make both lightbulbs light up when we closed the circuit with the switch. Today, we did it without the switch. That was a bit easier after we already did it once. Today, 5th graders are doing D.A.R.E. It started today.
Monday, March 19, 2007
Sunday, March 18, 2007
By now, the biographies have been read and turned in. Now the students should be working on their next book for the six weeks. Next Monday I’ll be handing out another class book for the kids to read, with probably a three week schedule for reading it. I’d say which book it is, but knowing these kids, half of them would have it completely read by Monday, and I want to at least all start together!
For Social Studies this week, in the aftermath of learning about the Civil War, we learned about various attractions around the state of Indiana, including all of its parks and a handful of its famous politicians. After that, we started something called “Hoosier Spotlight”, in which we will learn about a different famous Hoosier every day. We started off this week with David Letterman and Madame C.J. Walker, two disparate people with one thing in common—they hail from our great state.
I was very proud of the kids after last week’s bones quiz. Learning the scientific names of the bones is a little daunting, but I think it’s something they’ll always remember—or at least it will be familiar to them when they get into high school biology. This week we’ve been learning about the digestive system, which is pretty interesting in its own right. The kids seem to think this is a pretty cool thing to learn about—of course, it may have something to do with the high percentage of boys in the class.
We also learned a thing or two about electricity this week. We found that electricity flows from the positive end of the battery, through the wire, and back to the negative end. If you put a light bulb in the path, it lights up--as long as it’s part of the connection. When that connection is bypassed, the kids realized something different altogether happened. We’ll be continuing this for awhile.
In Math we’re wrapping up our unit on probability. The good news is that it looks like we’re going to finish the book early this year. That way we can go back and work on some of the areas where the kids struggled before.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Mr. Carter chiming in here. Brady had to go to Math. We also went through some Social Studies (how the counties got their names!), graded DOLs, and worked on our radio dramas. Today the kids made up commercials of products to advertise during their radio commercials, and we watched radio personality and sound effects man Tom Keith at his best. In Math we learned about Venn Diagrams.
Tuesday, March 6, 2007
Friday, March 2, 2007
Today, Mr. Carter's home room class had a spelling test. The 4th graders spelling test was normal, but, the 5th graders got mixed up on the front, so, we could put the words in any sentence.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
Sunday, February 25, 2007
This week we're going to be back to normal, I promise! Ever since Christmas, I've been waiting for this week, which is kind of sad, in a way, and if we didn't manage to actually get so much accomplished during these last few weeks, I would feel more guilty. We will have a spelling list once again, we will have a Caesar's test tomorrow (Monday) and have a new list with a test on Friday. The kids are doing their radio dramas, complete with sound effects, and we will probably perform them at the end of next week. Our Social Studies will continue on as normal, and we're going to start a new Science unit now.
I'm actually breathing a huge sigh of relief. As nice as Florida was (and really, it was nice!!), I was talking to my fellow teachers at the conference on Friday and we couldn't wait to get back to our kids.
Friday, February 9, 2007
Right now the kids are recovering from three tests they took today. I haven't taken a look at them yet, so I have no idea how they performed. We decorated our Valentine's bags today and took it easy as part of a "Colts celebration" after their victory the other night. My wisdom teeth were killing me on Monday, I got them taken out that afternoon, and I haven't felt much like celebrating since. I apologize for that. Today I'm doing much much better, and I hope to be good as new by Monday.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
We are reading a book called Behind the Blue and the Grey and it's about the civil war and what happened to the men in the war. It also has some real thoughts from some of the men that were in the in the Civil War. It tells us the emoitions of the men and how they felt during the war. this book tells us how they helped the United Staes stand as a free county.
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Okay, now the kids are just getting a little weird, but whatever.
Dear animals of the exotic world,
Today we gave three ideas to what we want to do for a new project we are working on. We are supposed to do one of the ideas that I just told about. The assignment is to get a topic, find research on it, type a paper on all the interesting things you found about it. Some people gave very interesting ideas, for example 70’s Rock Bands Still Playing, William Smith (Actor), and Ohio State University. The project will take up the whole grading period. We also have to do a bibliography on it.
Tally Ho for now,
-Anonymous British Writer
Hello humans of this eerie planet,
I am doing today’s second blog. That’s right! Two blogs! Today we read Behind the Blue and Gray again. In case an earlier blogger didn’t tell you, it’s a book about the civil war and what they did. Of course, there were brutal battles. Did you know that they gambled and drank liquor when they weren’t suppose to? Things weren’t all bad though. The people that stood guard conversed by shouting across the border. Bet you didn’t know that.
Need to head back to the Mothership,
-Alien#195036 a.k.a Chris
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
We are also finding someone interesting that we would like to interview. Our homework is to find the special person by Monday. That person can be someone who collects something interesting, have a special skill, or be someone you just want to get to know better. We will soon be making up our interview questions and actually interviewing the person. Remember, he or she has to be an adult, they have to be living on their own (not living with their parents), and you can't interview anyone in your direct family.
There are THREE tests on Friday. The Spelling Test, the Caesar's English test, and the Igneous rocks test. Make sure you study for all three of them!
Monday, January 8, 2007
We also started a new Social Studies unit on the Civil War. We also have heard rumors of Ice Cream in our report on Minerals.
For more on making Ice cream got to http://www.makeicecream.com.