Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

September 30, 2008

Picture Day is Tomorrow!

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Picture Day is tomorrow. Don’t forget to bring your picture day envelopes and money.


  1. Mathematics: Exponents Worksheet.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and write in your pink reading log. Look extra carefully for words to clarify.

Mr. Weis


September 29, 2008

Roots last week, moving on to trees this week

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After learning about square roots last week, we coincidentally moved on to factor trees today. A factor tree breaks down a number into all of its prime factors. For numbers with a lot of factors, it looks a little like a tree when it is completed. Follow the link to play a little game involving factor trees.

In Language Arts we used Mad Libs and some fill in the blank sentences as we continued to explore clarification and context clues. For homework, students will find interesting or challenging words from their nightly reading and then attempt to find another word that can be substituted into the sentence to help clarify the meaning.

In other news, the book order deadline has been extended to Friday. Make sure to send in the book orders as soon as possible.


  1. Language Arts: Word Clarification and Substitution page.
  2. Reading: Read for at least 20 minutes and fill out reading log.
  3. Mathematics: Factor tree practice sheet. (Don’t forget to add your own on the back.

Mr. Weis

September 25, 2008

Two Kinds of Roots

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Square roots and word roots!

Make sure to have students bring back signed green homework logs and pink reading logs tomorrow. This helps me to keep track of reading progress and to make sure that you are hearing about the homework.

Today in Language Arts we continued to discuss clarification strategies. We focused on looking for familiar roots or prefixes inside words.

In math we learned about square roots. We talked about strategies to find square roots, both with and without a calculator. Tomorrow we will have a brief quiz on arrays, factors, squares and square roots.


  1. Language Arts: Prefix and word meaning worksheet
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and bring back signed pink reading log.
  3. Homework Log: Bring back signed green homework log.
  4. Book Orders: Start filling out and bringing back book order forms if you are planning on purchasing books. Book orders are due next week.

Mr. Weis

September 24, 2008

Wednesday, the day we have PE, is a good day to wear tennis shoes.

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We have PE every Wednesday. Please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate footwear to ensure they can participate fully in all activities.

In Language Arts today we continued to discuss context clues and had a lesson on appositives. Appositives are nouns or noun phrases that rename the noun right before it. They are separated from the rest of the sentence with a comma. In the sentence “Wednesday, the day we have PE, is a good day to wear tennis shoes” the phrase “the day we have PE” is the appositive. Appositives can provide context clues to help us clarify vocabulary. For example, in the sentence “The grizzly bear, a ferocious hunter, mauled the young caribou,” we can use the appositive “a ferocious hunter” as a clue to guess what maul means.

As an extension activity, I encourage you to look with your children for appositives as you read at home. Newspapers make use of appositives quite frequently. If you find some appositives in a newspaper or magazine, your child may bring it in to share with the class.

Also, picture day fliers and book order forms were sent home yesterday. Make sure that you received both. Thanks.


  1. Language Arts: Appositive Worksheet.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log

Mr. Weis

September 23, 2008

Tuesday was full of learning, and that’s no prevarication!

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In Language Arts today we focused on using context clue strategies to learn some new words. For example, students were able to guess the meaning of prevaricate when given the sentence, “Is there ever a good reason to prevaricate rather than tell the truth?” We discussed context clues and classified each one as a Synonym, Compare/contrast, or Cause/Effect. Tonight students will create a make believe word and write some sentences with context clues to help clarify their made-up word. See if you can guess the definition of their made-up word by just reading their sentences.


  1. Language Arts: Context Clues Worksheet – Make up a word and write 3 sentences with context clues.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes, fill out your pink reading log.
  3. Mathematics: Page 17 – Exploring Square Numbers.

Mr. Weis

September 22, 2008

Welcome to Autumn

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The Autumnal Equinox is upon us. The equinox signals the end of the summer months. The amount of sunlight each day has been shortening since the Summer Solstice three months ago. The equinox is the point where nights reach the same length as days. After this point, the Sun will shine lower and lower on the horizon until the Winter Solstice about three months from now. Enjoy those sunny afternoons and evenings while we still have them!


  1. Language Arts: Create 2 rubrics: One about reading and one about a hobby, game or activity of your choice.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 min. and begin filling out your new reading log on the pink paper.
  3. Social Studies: Worksheet on the first Americans.

Mr. Weis

September 18, 2008

Hello world!

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