Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

November 30, 2009

Some Thanksgiving Wrap-up, Happy Birthday Mr. Clemens, and an Important Announcement

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So I never got around to finish my Thanksgiving coverage during my vacation last week, but here are a few pieces of information I promised about the holiday.

First of all, in mathematics, we did a little work with some numbers related to Thanksgiving.  Students applied some knowledge about written and standard notation, units of measurment, and estimation to try to match up some numbers with some facts related to Thanksgiving courtesy of the US Census Bureau.  Other than simply taking the census every 10 years, the Census Bureau keeps busy with all kinds of other facts and figures, and periodically they publish figures relating to a holiday.  I took information from this press release and mixed it up so that students had to work to put it back together the best that they could.  For instance, did you know that a projected 250,000,000 turkeys will be raised in the United States in 2009 and be sold for an estimated $3,900,000,000.  Also, 1,800,000,000 pounds of sweet potatoes are forecasted to be grown in the U.S. in 2009, with 437 million of those pounds being grown in the state of California.  Additionally, we learned some other kinds of info such as the fact that there are 3 places In the U.S. called turkey, 5 called some spelling variation of Cranberry, and 28 called Plymouth, and that the average American eats 13.8 pounds of turkey a year.  For more facts like these take a look at the Thanksgiving Press Release and other holiday press releases on the US Census Beurau’s Facts for Features webpage.

As to some other info about the history of Thanksgiving, in class we looked at a timeline of events related to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Some of the important dates included in 1631 when a formal declaration of Thanksgiving was made when a ship full of supplies that was feared to be lost at sea pulled into Boston Harbor, December 18, 1775, when the Continental Congress declared December 18 to be a national day of Thanksgiving in celebration of the win at the Battle of Saratoga, November 26, 1789, when George Washington issued the first Thanksgiving Proclamation by a President of the United States, and October 3, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln issued a proclamation for a nationwide day of Thanksgiving as the last Thursday of November. As we discovered, Thanksgiving has roots that expand beyond just the harvest celebration in 1621.

Today, we started the week off with a quickwrite on a quote by Mark Twain.  We will revisit his words several times this week in recognition of his birthday on November 30, 1835.  Do any of you readers out there have a favorite Mark Twain quote?  I always enjoy hearing his clever wit and witticisms.

For vocabulary this week, we are focusing on the roots micro, mega, super, and hyper.  We will learn more about the words tomorrow, and then add some sentences to the wiki later on.

Several of the students did their poetry recitations today in class, and I must say I was very impressed.  The students who shared obviously put a great deal of effort into practicing and memorizing the words of their poems.  The whole class really enjoyed listening to a wide variety of poems.  I am excited to hear the rest of them over the next few days.

Speaking of poetry, our next big fundraising event is just around the corner, and it happens to involve some poetry.  I sent home some additional information and an availability sign up sheet about the book sale and poetry reading going on at Books Inc. on 4th st. on Saturday from 6pm to 9pm.  Here is a copy of the flier.  We hope to see lots of 5th Grade families and other BAM families too!


  1. Language Arts: Vocabulary Sort
  2. Mathematics:  Decimal review worksheet
  3. Other:  Return availability sheet for Books Inc. fundraiser by Wednesday.
  4. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and write predictions in Reading Log.

Mr. Weis



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