Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

October 27, 2009

Personified Wind, Google Groups, and Geometry

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 9:42 pm
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a very blustery day

I saw you toss the kites on high
And blow the birds about the sky
And all around I heard you pass
Like ladies skirts across the grass
O wind, a-blowing all day long
O wind, that sings so loud a song.

– Robert Louis Stevenson

How about the weather last night and today?  What an incredibly blustery day it has been! Previously we have done jounral writing about the rain, and today I felt it fitting to do a writing activity connected to the incredible winds.  We started by discussing the concept of personification, of giving human characteristics to something nonhuman.  Together we wrote a bit about the wind, attributing emotions and human-like actions to the winds movement and the way it affects different environments.  Then students worked to create their own stanzas describing how the wind danced, howled, knocked, kicked, and screamed.  The students wrote their poems on swirling winds, and they will go up on the wall outside the room in the next few days, along with some other personified Fall items.  I’ll make sure to take some pictures when it all comes together, and if you are in the building for a conference next week, make sure to stop and take a look at the poetry work up on the walls.

Tonight I just finished going through the process of creating a google group for 5th Grade families at BAM.  A google group is a website hosted by google that is used to facilitate communication between a group of people.  I sent out invites that you should all receive some time tomorrow after google verifies that I am a real human being and not an internet spam bot.  If you do not get the invite, or you are feeling a bit impatient to join, you can go directly to the group at

In Headlands Institute field trip news, this past weekend we had our first official fundraising activity with a bake sale connected to the Cal football game parking at the school.  Thanks to all the families that donated drinks, baked goods, and snacks to sell, and to the families and students who stopped by and helped volunteer at the table.  We raised about $370!  Way to go! Lets keep up the hard work and dedication.

In reading we continued our work with clarification as we dissected different types of context clues and practiced being word detectives.  Students identified clarification strategies of linked synonyms, antonyms, appositives, causes/effects, and familiar word parts as they deduced the meaning of some highly advanced vocabulary words.

In math this week, we have transitioned to geometry and working with angles.  The goals this week are:

  • To be able to identify and define acute, obtuse, right, and reflex angles.
  • To be able to state the total number of degrees in a circle.
  • To be able to use a protractor to accurately measure an angle.


  1. Language Arts: Vocabulary – Definitions and CLOZE
  2. Mathematics: Study Link 3.4 – Angle Measures
  3. Reading: Read for 25 minutes and write 2 predictions in reading log.

Mr. Weis


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