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Monday, November 30, 2009

Week of November 30th - December 6th

Amanda,  for this first word study test I expect you to be able to match a word with a definition - (some matching column, some multiple choice) and to use the word correctly in a sentence.

Yes, Teressa, for now you only decorate your folder with pictures of the animal you picked. You can either draw them or find pictures and cut them out.

Alex - Re the card for Ms. Michelle, no it doesn't have to be in by tomorrow.  Please have them to me by Wednesday at the latest so I have time to put it all together.  Thanks!

Weekend -

Reminder - dismissal is at 11:30 on Monday.

REMEMBER to try to bring in an empty 2 liter soda bottle if you have one to use for our Three Sisters Gardens. We'll start planting them on Thursday if we have enough bottles.

Weekend homework is the card for Ms. Michelle and to decorate your Native American folders with your clan animal. If you need a reminder, click on the link on the side and it will take you to the page we looked at in class today. Isabelle and Anthony, don't worry about that since you don't have a folder or a clan yet. We'll set you up when you get back.  Hope you're feeling better soon!

Ms. Michelle's last day with us will be this Friday.  :-/

 We'll be having a party for her on Friday afternoon so if you'd like to bring in a treat you may but you don't have to.

Yet another reminder - about the three tests for next week.  There are three because the Math and Science should be really easy. You all know everything for these tests. Science is about food chains and Math is multiplication. Just make sure you know the definitions of the parts of a food chain (you can find review information and even some games on this site - food chains).  For math - make sure you know array, product, factors, and the four properties - zero, identity, commutative and associative. And of course you have to know how to multiply. :)

The word study test is on the meanings of the words from Word List 1.


Reminder - please send in the report card conference form if you haven't already done so.  Thanks!

Homework - Thursday

Read for 20 minutes and enter on December Log.

Math - sheet

Word Study - sheet

SS - finish DBQ.  Due Friday

Study for upcoming tests -
Wednesday - Science (food chains)
Thursday - Math (multiplication)
Friday - Word Study (on the List 1 words you've been working on - the ones in your word study folder)

Homework - Wednesday

Read for 20 minutes and enter on December Log. You should have handed in the November Log by now.

Religion - read pages 156 - 157. Do first question only on page 157.

Math - page 41 in DHP book. Do questions 1 and 2 from page 42 on looseleaf. Show all work.

Word Study - sheet

Science - finish park observation

SS - DBQ essay (Due Friday)  Note - DBQ should be handwritten on looseleaf, not typed.


Tomorrow is the Christmas Sale. Our class will go at 10 am.

Homework -  Tuesday

Rosa Parks packet.  Read the Interview with Rosa Parks and the other sheets and answer the questions.

Math - do the even problems on page 54of Daily Homework Practice Book. You can use either the traditional method or the Lattice method but show all your work in your notebook.

If you need some help remembering the Lattice method check this website -  link to lattice math

Tomorrow is the last day to send in money for Econoboards.

In response to the question regarding Econoboards -

The Econoboards are the boards used by the children for their Science Fair Projects.  The Science Fair committee sent home a letter last week  with the ordering information. It costs $3.75 to order one. The paper said that the money was due last Monday but we are still accepting orders.  Although it is early to be thinking about Science Fair projects, the committee wanted to order the boards so the children would have them over Christmas Break to begin working.

GET WELL wishes go out to all who were home sick today. We missed you and hope you're feeling better soon!

Homework - Monday

A couple of important reminders -

1.  Park trip is tomorrow. Remember your permission slip if you haven't already sent it.
2.  Notices to sign up for Parent/Teacher conferences went home today. Please return as soon  as            possible.
3.  December calendars went home today.
4.  It's not too late to send in the money for the Econoboards.  Please send as soon as possible.

Read for 20 minutes. This is the last day of the November reading log so please finish filling it in and bring it in tomorrow.  In your RRJ, write me a letter telling me your thoughts about your November reading.

Math - both sides of sheet. Today's Measurement Monday lesson was linear metric measurement.

Science - write a reflection (on looseleaf) about what you learned in today's Science lab. How did working on the Thanksgiving food chain help you to better understand the role of producers and consumers?

SS - sheet.  For those who prefer to see the photo in color - here's a link. Just click on the image to make it larger.  The title of the image is The Last Voyage of Henry Hudson.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I would like to wish all of our families a Happy Thanksgiving.
As I told the children today, when I count my blessings for Thanksgiving tomorrow, I will be thinking of them and their families because I am so thankful for the joy they bring to my life each day.

A few reminders for next week -

Remember to bring the picture of you (and your family if you can) to use for Ms. Michelle's Science class on Monday.

Remember your permission slip for the McKinley Park trip on Tuesday.

Social Studies brochures are due on Monday.

For those who wanted to do the Writing Extra Credit but didn't get a picture - here is the picture prompt:

Monday, November 23, 2009

Thanksgiving Week

REMINDER - dismissal is at 11:30 tomorrow.

In response to questions -

Isabelle - yes, for the whole day - every subject.

Anthony - you can glue them however you like. That is something we did in class on Friday so I saved one for you. Pretty much everyone took them home so you can do it however you like and keep it at home.

Tuesday Homework

Read for 20 minutes and record on log. Reminder - November logs will be due on Tuesday, December 1st.

In your RRJ, write about the book you are reading and whether it is a "good fit" for you.

Math - Thanksgiving problems (both sheets). Be sure to show your work.

SS - study for test. Be sure to review anything you got wrong on the practice test.

Word Study - Read the words on Word list 1. Use those words/definitions to help you complete both sides of the sheet.  Some of you have asked about the word study test. We won't have a test on those words until after Thanksgiving Break (Thursday, December 3rd).

Reminder - those I spoke to who are going to be busy with the Art show tonight - please make sure you study and do the math. You can catch up on the rest over Thanksgiving Break.


Alex - How was it powered means how did it get the energy to move.  Think about how boats traveled back then.  Hint - look at the boat.  What does it have that it needs to sail?

Monday Homework

Read for 20 minutes and record on log. Reminder - November logs will be due on Tuesday, December 1st.

Math - DHP - page 40.

SS/ELA - Thanksgiving worksheet.

Reminder to study Chapter 1 for SS test on Wednesday. (pages 7 - 37)

Religion - write the things that you are thankful for in the turkey. Color and cut out.

Spelling - words on page 13 - write 3 x each and use each in an original sentence.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Week of November 16 - 20

Ryan -  the Landforms of NY paper is supposed to be part of your cover. You cut it out and put it on the construction paper.

Homework - Thursday

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - Fact Families for 8 times table (in notebook)
Religion - skinny book - pages 7 & 8

Social Studies - p. 36 - Vocabulary and People and Places. Do on Looseleaf. Will be collected and graded.


Lots of questions coming in - here are some answers.

Ryan - I don't know what to tell you about the Thesaurus.  That's for Mrs. DiDilectis. She told everyone they needed to have a Dictionary and Thesaurus.  As for the Religion - you can certainly look up information about  St. Rose Philippine Duchesne on the computer but the thinking part of the answer has to come from you.  Once you know information about her (like what we read in our book) you need to think about how that shows God's love in action.

Teressa - the landform project is due by Friday if you haven't already finished it.

Thomas - Yes about the rose but I don't understand what you mean about the "liberty homework".  Did you mean library?

Homework - Wednesday

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math- DHP page 34

Social Studies - finish landforms booklet if yours isn't done.
Test is next Wednesday.

Religion - today is the feast day of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. We read about how she felt like a failure because she couldn't learn to speak to the Potawatomi  in their own language. Write a Feast Day card or letter to her explaining why she was not a failure but was instead a success because of how she showed the Kingdom of God as love in action. (See page 39 in your book for more info about her life.)
Test on Chapter 2 is on Monday.


 Isabelle, for now you don't need to draw the entire crowd. You can draw some faces or stick figures or just some squiggles and label it "crowd".  Be creative.  ;)

Got your message, Alex.  You'll just have to make it up tomorrow.

Homework - Tuesday

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math- DHP page 38 (except for the people who received worksheets)

SS - workbook page 6

ELA - draw a detailed sketch of your memory #1 on the back of the 5W's sheet.

To the people sending questions about the math -

Yes, try the Spiral Review. I would like to see what strategies you use.

The directions say to estimate and then measure.  You can estimate all of the answers. If there is something that you can't actually measure, then just put your estimate.

SPANISH HW - pages 82 (Act  D) and 83 (Act  E). Study words for test.

Homework - Monday

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Math - It's Measurement Monday so the homework  has to do with measurement.  Daily Homework Practice Book page 83.

Science - Read pages A56-61 and do worksheet.

Today is International Day of Tolerance. 
We read the book Listen to the Wind:  The Story of Dr. Greg and Three Cups of Tea.
Read the sheet and write an essay in answer to the question on the bottom. You may draw a picture to go with it or make a collage like the artist did for the book.
If you are having problems remembering the story - click on the link of the title and it will take you to the Amazon page. There's a short video of Dr. Greg talking about his book. You can also see some of the pages that may help remind you.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Homework - November 12th

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.

Religion - use book to complete key word sheet

Math - Daily Homework Practice Book - page 33.  Do 2 - 14.  EVEN # problems only. Also do 16 and 17.  You need to draw an array that expresses each of these problems.  Do in notebook.

Science - study sheets for test. If using text, it's only lesson 4 on ecosystems.


To the student who just emailed me a question.  I don't have the book that came from home with me, but if you type the sentence into a comment, I'll look at it and try to help you.

edited to add - I got your followup question. If you look on page A48 of your text, the last sentence in the first paragraph, you should see -

"Consumers and decomposers must get food from producers or other consumers."

That should help.

Also, to the person who emailed asking if the test was on all of chapter 1.

I told you that the test was on the material on the 5 worksheets only.  I gave back two corrected ones, I'll give back the other tomorrow, and the last one is the one you have now. 

If you're relying on your text, it is on Lesson 4 only.  That's pages  A 38 - A51 but not including A44 and 45.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Week of November 9 - 13

Tomorrow school is closed in honor of Veterans Day. Today we did a class on the meaning and history of Veterans Day and we discussed ways of showing our thanks to all the Veterans from the Army, Navy, Coast Guard, Air Force and Marines who sacrifice and serve to preserve our freedoms and help bring peace to the world. We also discussed the sacrifices made by the families of the veterans when they have to carry on at home.

In appreciation of the service and sacrifice, the students are making thank you cards which will be sent to the Veterans' Hospital.  They are also writing a prayer or poem on a "paper brick" to help build our wall of peace.

At 11 am tomorrow, try to remember the original armistice signed on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

Additional homework -

Read for 20 minutes each day. Respond in your RRJ for one of the days.  If you would like to reread the pages on Veterans Day that we looked at in school, that could count for one of your readings.

Science - worksheet and study for test!

We were watching a video on YouTube about a ladybug invasion of a mountain community. The ladybug population was estimated at over a million!  I included a link to the You Tube video as well as the Memorial Day videos on the right side of the page.


The Thanksgiving Food Drive has begun.  Our class was assigned canned carrots to bring in but Mrs. Bartone said any canned vegetable is fine if you can't find canned carrots.

Homework - Monday -

Read for 20 minutes and record on log.  I'm noticing a lot of people who aren't keeping their logs up to date.

Math - do sheet (both sides) as a review for tomorrow's test. Show your work on the sheet.
Study rounding and estimating for tomorrow's test.

Science - finish worksheets. Remember - they follow along exactly with the headings in the text.
These sheets plus the ones in your Science folder are the ones you should be studying for Friday's test.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Thanks to Mrs. Lombardi for letting me know about this author reading/book signing:

Fancy Nancy Author Jane O'Connor & Illustrator Robin Glasser
The BookMark Shoppe 8415 3rd Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Tel: 718.833.5115
Fax: 718.680.3680

Friday, November 6, 2009 6:30 p.m.


Monday, November 2, 2009

Week of November 2nd - 6th

REMINDER - tomorrow is Picture Day!

If by any chance you lost your envelope, you can either:

~ put the money in an envelope with the information about which picture you want (if you know)
~ stop by the office in the morning. They have extra papers there.

Thursday November 5th

Read for 15 minutes or more and record in your log.
Math - sheet  Part A (1 - 8)  Remember test next Tuesday
LA - 2 sheets on sentences. Some of us have been getting a bit sloppy about remembering to write in complete sentences so this is a reminder/review.

Science - In your Science notebook (as part of the pumpkin observation) respond to the question Why do pumpkins grow mold?  You can look up information or just write what you think based on what you know or have observed.

I received a question about the vocabulary words so I'll copy over what was posted yesterday:

Word Study - choose the same 10 words you are using for math and write the definitions of the words in your word study notebook. You should already have the list of words in there.

 You can choose ANY ten of the vocabulary words. Remember, you don't have to be able to buy them with your $50 this time. You're just figuring out the value and putting the ten words you chose in order from greatest to least value.

Wednesday November 4th

Read for 15 minutes or more and record in your log.
In your RRJ, write a letter to me telling me your thoughts about the book you are reading.

Science - sheet

Religion - Beatitude paper. In case you forgot, you should fold a piece of construction paper in half like a card. Choose a Beatitude and write it neatly on one side. On the other side draw a picture of you acting in a way that shows the Beatitude in action. Underneath you can explain your picture if you think it needs it. Remember to put your name on the front!

Reminder - Math test next Tuesday on rounding and estimating.  We'll go over it tomorrow in class.


Tuesday  November 3rd   Election Day!

Read for 15 minutes - you should be finishing up The Witches soon if you haven't.

SS - pretend you are either a member of the Lenni Lenape or Henry Hudson's crew and write a letter to someone (a family member back in England, your future children, your wife, another Native American, etc. ) telling them all about the events you witnessed when Henry Hudson and his crew arrived. This is due on Wednesday.

Math - you were working with Miss Michelle to calculate the value of your vocabulary words (according to the key). Make sure you have the value of 10 words and then order them from greatest to least. Do the 2 fun worksheets she gave you.  Due Thursday.

Word Study - choose the same 10 words you are using for math and write the definitions of the words in your word study notebook. You should already have the list of words in there.


Thanks to everyone for the Halloween wishes!

Please note - notices went home today about ordering the school jackets and about school photos.
An important notice went home last week about the Swine Flu vaccine. Please check your child's folder and let me know if you didn't get any of these.

Homework -

Read 15 minutes (The Witches if you haven't yet finished it) and record on November log. You should have handed in the October log today.

Religion - complete the heart for deceased family members we will include in our prayers for the month of November.

Math sheet - this sheet pulls together the ideas about rounding and estimating that we have been working on. The directions should be clear - just read carefully. You round, then add for your estimate.

Today we watched a DVD that was a combination of art and science.  In your ART journal, write a reflection about the art and science you thought about as you watched the DVD or any other thoughts you might have about the art ecosystem.  Parents, if you are interested in seeing more about this, you can find parts of the video at the PBS site - the two clips at the top of the page called Inside Neukom Vivarium and Installing Neukom Vivarium. There is also some more information on that page about the project.

Even though this homework is in your art journal - it is still due to me tomorrow.  Mrs. Bardo will look at it next week.

Sunday, November 1, 2009


For those who asked -

You will get the new November Reading Log tomorrow.  Today is a free day.  If you want to read today, just add it onto the bottom of your October log.

Hope everyone had a happy and safe Halloween.

See you tomorrow.