Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

December 4, 2008


Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 11:20 pm

Not much out of the ordinary happened today.  Students reviewed this week’s vocabulary by reading each others’ vocabulary stories.  They then met in their reading groups and continued to work though a reading guide highlighting the comprehension srategies we have discussed this year (predicting, clarifying, questioning, summarizing, and making connections.)  When they finish the story they are currently reading, they will move on to a historical fiction novel that will connect to our next Social Studies unit on the early American colonies.

In writing we discussed limericks more, and had a pleasant surprise when Maria brought in Nonsense Verse by Edward Lear.  Today’s lesson focused on analyzing and diagramming limericks by Edward Lear and several of the Lear poems we discussed were from that book.  Thanks for bringing the book in, and I encourage others to send in books to share as well if they connect to what we are studying.

In Mathematics we continued to work with the parital quotient division algorithm.  Several students’ eyes lit up as they finally seemed to get it.  Some others are still working to gain a grasp on the algorithm.  We will continue to offer some practice through revisiting the concept throughout the year. It can never hurt to have another algorithm tool on one’s mathematical utility belt.

In Social Studies we have been learning about the Age of Exploration.  Following our study of some primary source maps, we continued on to focus on some journal writings and oral histories, and then watched a video on the origins and impacts of the Spanish and Portuguese exploration to the Americas.  We have also stopped along the way to identify earlier explorers such as Marco Polo, the Vikings, and Zheng He (thought by some to have sailed to the Americas in 1421, seventy years before Columbus.)  The students have been quite inquisitive and their questions and involvement in discussions and classwork helps me to incorporate their interests into my teaching, something that I value a great deal and that benefits all of our learning.

Tomorrow there will be a retake of the Unit 3 Math Test for those who want to try to improve their score.  Thanks to those students who attended the Lunchtime Review session today.  I appreciate your commitment to your learning.  Good luck tomorrow.


  1. Language Arts: Finish Limerick Practice packet.  Make sure your limerick creation has the proper rhythm and rhyme scheme.
  2. Mathematics: Practice Set 24.  Show your work on the back of the page or on additional paper.
  3. Other: Study for vocabulary quiz, math test retake.
  4. Reading: Read for 20 minutes, fill out pink reading log, get it signed and bring it back to school.
  5. Homework Log: Have a parent sign the completed homework log and bring it back to school.

Mr. Weis

PS Saba’s father Imdad is coming in tomorrow to give a presentation about Pakistan.  If any parents would like to pop in to listen and watch, you are welcome to do so.  He will be presenting from 9:30 to 10:15.  Thanks Imdad!


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