Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

December 14, 2009

… And We’re Back

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It looks like all the internet issues are sorted out for now, and the blog should be back to its regularly scheduled programming.

This week in vocabulary we are focusing on the roots geo, therm, scope, meter, and logy.  The focus words of the week are: geography, geometry, thermometer, horoscope, perimeter, diameter, mythology, etymology.  As we look into the meanings of the roots and the connections to the words, we will delve more deeply into etymology with our computer time activity on Wednesday.

In Mathematics this week we will continue to do some work on division as we finish up Unit 4.  In class today we played a game called Division Dash.  In the game the students took turns as they drew three cards and then used them as a 2 digit dividend and a 1 digit divisor.  They mentally calculated the quotient and then added their quotients until one player got a total of 100.

You can find a visual tutorial on how to play the game if you follow this link.

In Reading, the students finished up their Connections group work based on the story Arrows.  They used sentence frames along and a story graphic organizer and connection graphic organizer in order to develop well though out and clearly stated text to text, text to self, and text to world connections.

In Writing, the students worked on their Diamante poems and many of them completed their rough drafts.  Diamantes are sevel line poems that use nouns, adjectives, and participles to compare to contrasting or opposite subjects.  By the end of the week we will finish all of the diamantes.  Here is a page with a brief explanation and example of a diamante poem.

In Social Studies, the students gave short presentations on their explorers and showed their projects to the rest of the class.  Tomorrow we will do a scavenger hunt and the students will use the information on each others’ posters to complete the activity.  Thanks to all the parents that helped push the projects along through the weekend.

Don’t forget that there is one more project due before break.  It is a character poster with a full illustration of a main character from a book and lots of information about that character. The book report is due on Friday, December 18th.


  1. Vocabulary: Sort
  2. Mathematics: Finish Practice Set 23, complete Practice Set 24.
  3. Language Arts: Finish writing diamante poem rough draft.
  4. Reading:  Read from reading log and complete prediction section.

Mr. Weis


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