Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

December 1, 2008

There were some 5th Graders in Berkeley

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 4:56 pm
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On vacation they ate lots of turkey.

They slept in for days,

came to school in a haze,

Monday morning their thoughts were all murky.

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday.  I’m glad to be at school for a regular five day week as we institute some new procedures.  Today was our first day for reading groups.  Students got together in their small groups and came up with group names and norms.  The small reading groups will meet 3 to 4 times a week and will cycle through various reading materials and reading strategies.  We will start off working with stories from an Anthology and will move into Historical Fiction as our first genre of chapter books.

In writing students began our exploration of meter and rhyme with an introduction to limericks.  Each student received a line of a poem and was given the task of finding the rest of their poem and putting it into correct order.  As the week goes on, we will spend more time delving into the mechanics of Limericks and strategies for identifying and writing meter and rhythm in poetry.

Tomorrow we will be visiting the school Library.  Please make sure to send overdue Library books back.  There are a number of children in the class Ms. Colby has spoken to about excessively overdue books.  It is important for students to be able to check out books frequently, so please remind them to bring the old ones back.

In Mathematics we began a new Unit on Division.  Each student received a letter with an overview of the lesson.  Please take a moment to look it over.  Math tests from Unit 3 will be coming home tomorrow.


  1. Language Arts: Vivid Vocabulary:  Carefully copy sorted vocabulary words and write additional words with common suffixes.
  2. Mathematics:  Read Page 71: Unit Letter.  Do page 75 – Division Strategies
  3. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and fill out Pink Reading Log.

Mr. Weis

P.S.  I’ll leave you with an animated picture from an old Pop-Up Limerick book.  Wait for the picture to load to get the last line. To see the rest of the images from Bennet Cerf’s Pop-up Limericks, follow the link.



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