Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

January 5, 2010

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 8:30 pm

This week we shifted from Greek to Latin roots for our vocabulary words.  The three focus roots are port (carry), form (shape), and spect (to look). Today the students made predictions about the 8 focus words’ meanings using roots, and then looked up the words to check their meanings.

In Opera Piccola news, today we began rehearsals of the 4 short pieces that the students will perform in the beginning of February.  We have set a tentative plan for the evening of Feb. 4, so mark your calendars, and keep listening for more information. Today in rehearsals, the students learned about blocking and movement about the stage and got some practice using their voices and body language to better convey emotions and feelings.

In math, we continued work with fractions and investigated unit fractions more.  We will continue building fraction number sense through the week, and we will have our quiz tomorrow.  Fractions can be a difficult subject to teach because the levels of differentiation necessary for instruction is quite high in the classroom.  Some of the students are very comfortable and have developed a strong sense of the values of different fractions and are confident with manipulating them in equations.  Other students are still struggling with some basic ideas about fractions.  Thursday and Friday will be a good chance to pull some small groups to focus on some specific concepts and strategies for working with fractions, and to provide some students with some challenge problems and extensions.

In social studies, we continued our review of our Age of Exploration unit by doing a final runthrough of some videos and some notetaking.  We will have an open book unit test on Thursday.


  1. Language Arts:  Finish New Year’s Resolution graphic organizer.
  2. Vocabulary: Definitions and CLOZE sentences.
  3. Math: Fractions worksheet (both sides)
  4. Reading: Read for 25 minutes and complete questioning section in reading log.

Mr. Weis


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