Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

April 21, 2009


Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 10:55 pm

Today we introduced the new vocabulary focus words for the week.  The words are: capital, capitol, corpse, corps, orthodontist, corporation, pedestrian, and indent. I also passed out the challenge vocab for the week, which are all foreign words and phrases, but I’ll discuss it more in depth on the blog tomorrow.

In Reading we discussed the concept of consensus and reviewed procedures for consensus making.  We then split into groups and worked through some of the test prep material.  We are making some headway on the packets, and I think the students are doing a good job of identifying types of questions and applying different types of solution strategies.  We had our CAL volunteers in the class today helping, so it was great to have an extra hand at each group.  In my group we discussed symbols, themes, synonyms, and clarifying a word by using its root.

In Writing we got back to work on the puppet plays.  Our goal is to have some quality drafts completed and have students working on the computer by the end of the week.  We will start our persuasive writing unit soon.

In Mathematics we did a quick review of decimal and fraction computation.  Students gave brief presentations on different concepts, highlighting strategies and steps used to solve actual test release problems.  Students also graded their second prep packet to identify particular areas where they need a little more help.  I’ll be using the assessment data to lead some small groups for specific groups of students.

Here are a few tutorial videos on some decimal computation.


Adding Decimals

Subtracting Decimals

Subtraction by Decimals

decimal rap

Here is a sorta hokey, but fun, decimal rap.

Multiplying Decimals

Multiplying by Decimals

dividing decimals

Division by Decimals

All of the above videos are brought to you courtesy of Although embedding them into the blog isn’t easily done, as can be with youtube,  you are able to access the videos from school and through many content filters.  Both and are both good websites to check out if you are behind a filter and are looking for either teacher or student made videos.


  1. Language Arts: Test Prep Packet 3
  2. Mathematics: Test Prep Packet 3
  3. Other: Work on Vocabulary Packet (due Friday)
  4. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log
  5. Green Folder:  Check Green Folder, sign and return (Vocab Packet, Vocab Test, 3 announcement fliers -BAM Jam Prizes, Camp Galileo, Harlem Renaissance)

One other thing I’d like to mention is that there is a group of BAM Parents meeting outside of school by the Library tomorrow evening at 5:30.  This is an informal meeting and is not being put on by the PTA or any official school groups.  I’m not going to make any specific comments on the issues the parents are concerned about, but I think it is important that if there is a discussion that is going to happen, that the word is spread throughout the school community.  I’d like all parents who want to weigh in on the issues to get a chance to listen and also make their opinions heard, whether they are supporting or not supporting the particular concerns.  The basic premise of the discussion is to talk about several concerns regarding retention of a specific teacher, communication with the district regarding complaints, and some concerns about administrative decisions at the school.  To get more of an idea what the concerns are and get involved in a discussion with other parents, I also encourage you to head over to the Yahoo group Bamnet.


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