Thursday, December 13, 2012

Legos go to the Colosseum in Ancient Rome!

Kyle sent me an email with pictures of the colosseum he had built with his Legos!  I LOVE what he did.  He even has animals fighting the gladiators, just like in Ancient Rome.  Thanks Kyle, for sharing!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Writing Algorithms in Math

This week, students are writing algorithms for addition and subtraction of fractions.  Here you see them working in groups discussing the step-by-step directions they need to follow in order to solve the problems.

Goodbye to Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece

We are done with Ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Greece.  On to ROME!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Camp Memories, Part 3

And FINALLY.....

Camp Memories, Part 2

Here are pictures dissecting owl pellets!'

Camp Memories!

Here are some images taken at camp where the students were doing the Kettling activity.  It was a good day, the students were great, and all had fun!


Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Getting Ready for Camp!

CJ, Bryce and Tyler                              Robby, Hannah, Bella, and Jade

Today and tomorrow, we will be getting ready to go to camp.  Mrs. Vanden Heuvel well be teaching students the necessary skills for kettling.  I will be preparing students to do the STEM challenge and owl pellets.
Today's pictures show students designing a free standing structure and trying the design out.

Thaiz, Anayeli and Kyle           Jacob and Everett  


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Ancient Egypt

We are currently studying Ancient Egypt.  Our resident skeleton, "George", is dressed up as a pharaoh.  Part of the classroom has bedsheet "walls" full of images and heiroglyphs. 

Students are working on waterfall booklets which will be due this week.

Friday, October 5, 2012

New Books Added to Shelfari!

Have you recently visited my Shelfari, found to the right of this page?  If not, do take a look!  I just added 56 books that I have read....yes, you read it correctly!   Most are science fiction or science fantasy.  I have read ALL of them!

The wonderful thing about Shelfari is that you can import books you have bought on Amazon.  Since I do a lot of shopping there, I was able to go back two years in my purchase history to find the books I wanted to include.

If you read one of these books, do let me know. I'd love to know what your opinion is of the book(s) you read.

Books on my night stand:
The Mark of Athena
Hush, Hush

Books I have preordered:
Through the Ever Night

So many little time!

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Math Class Small Groups

Ever wonder how we do our math lessons?  We use the CMP math series.  This series is heavy in problem solving and group work.

We start our math class with a warm-up activity. The warm-up question can be about a concept already taught or one that will be taught that day. Students are expected to try to solve the question/problem.  After a few minutes work time, student can either share their answers or I guide the students to reach the correct answer.

After the warm-up, the homework assignment is reviewed (if one was given).  If not, we proceed to the Explore section of our text. This is where students work with their table partners to investigate problem questions related to the current concept being studied.  When students have complete their exploration of the investigation, students share math results and ask questions. Afterwards, the assignment is given and explained.  Assignments are always written on the assignment board.  It is expected that students copy their assignments into their agendas on a daily basis.

In addition to the Explore section of the lesson, students sometimes meet with me on a one-to-one basis for reteaching/reinforcement.  They may also partner with other students for enrichment, depending on their interests or needs or perhaps to work on projects given.

Below you will see a short video of students working together with their table partners during the Explore time.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Artifacts Day

Over the last few weeks, students in my Social Studies classes have been studying about The 5 Themes of Geography and Cultural Universals, characteristics that all cultures share. 

Today we celebrated Artifacts Day.  Students were asked to bring an item that would be considered an artifact.  Most of the artifacts were personal family treasures.  Take a look at what some of the students brought to share.  This was an optional activity.

I didn't take notes, so I hope I remembered correctly.  I'll change any info that is not correct, so do let me know!  A HUGE thank you to all the students who participated and to the parents for allowing them to bring their treasures to school.
Colin with a Laotian          
rice container.   This          
was filled with rice             
and taken out by                 
his grandfather to
the field where he 

Haley with a scale
over 100 years old --
when postage was still
2 cents!

Autumn's grandmother      
handstitched this Native    
American outfit.  The        
dress was made of deer    

Max has foreign currency
from before 1950s.  He
also had a copy of a military
enlistment/registration form.

Gabby brought in an          
oil lamp, medicine              
bottle, and milk bottle        
that were found in her        
grandfather's farm.             

Britanny has an old
film camera --
precursor to our digital
recorders.  She also
has her uncle's Army
engineering yearbook.

 Jack showed the students
an old fashioned coffee

Start of a New School Year

I want to welcome all my students to the 2012 - 2013 school year!  It's been two weeks since school started and finally, we are getting back into the habit of learning after various months of vacation.

Please check back periodically to see events going on in House 6A.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Medieval Mini-Sessions

Students are enjoying their sessions!