Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

October 14, 2009

Welcome to the BAM Class of 2010!

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 4:25 pm
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Welcome everyone to the home of the classroom blog for Mr. Weis’ 5th grade class at Berkeley Arts Magnet.  Last year I updated this page daily with information on homework and what we were learning about in class.  I also included links to tutorials, videos, web resources, and online games that connected to the what we were learning about in class.  I received such a positive response last year that I am actually building my own new and improved website for this year.  WordPress has been a nice place to host the site, but I’d ultimately like to have some features that are not accessible here.  However, in the meantime I will continue to use this site to provide updates and information on what is going on in the classroom.  Today’s blog post will be dedicated to explaining some of the routines we are developing in class.

Each week in Vocabulary we will have a spelling pattern focus and a group of 8 or so words that incorporate the spelling pattern.  Last week, we focused on singular and plural words, and particularly on words with an (f) to (ves) change, vowel changes, and no changes.  The focus words of last week were wife/wives, leaf/leaves, wolf/wolves, loaf/loaves, mouse/mice, woman/women, sheep, deer.  In Vocabulary this week we are looking at words with the prefixes re and un, meaning again and not.  Our focus words this week are rebuild, unable, recycle, uncertain, review, unusual, reuse, and unequal.

In Math we have had a very specific goal or two for each week.  Usually, from Monday through Wednesday, instruction will focus on supporting the goal or goals.  At the end of Math on Wednesday, each student will take a 5 question quiz.  To get a passing grade on the quiz requires 4 or 5 of the questions correct.  On Thursday and Friday, we then learn games or do activities that reinforce or extend on the weekly goals.  During this time, students who have proven proficient at the weekly goals are given an opportunity for academic extensions and challenge activities along with these games.   Students with scores of 0-3 are pulled for individual or small group help to make sure they are proficient at the grade level standard.  Once they are ready, they will get a chance to do a quiz retake.  Students should bring home a graded copy of their quiz along with the goal or goals each week in their Friday Folder.

Last week our Math goal was:  Students will be able to add, subtract, and divide with numbers with decimal places up to the thousands.  Our math goals this week are: Students will be able to round a number with a decimal, and solve problems with expressions and number sentences with a single variable. (Whenever you see an underlined group of words in the blog, that means I have inserted a link, so feel free to click on it.  I have linked the words expressions and variables to definitions in an online math glossary.)  You can also follow this link to get to a little bit longer explanation complete with some examples.

That’s it for today.  I’ll update more later this week on what we are doing in reading and writing.


  1. Vocabulary: Definitions and CLOZE (fill in the blank)
  2. Math: Variables Worksheet
  3. Reading:  Read for 25 minutes and fill out reading log.  Make sure to write Questions today!

Mr. Weis


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