Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

January 19, 2010

A Torrential Tuesday

Filed under: Uncategorized — mrweis @ 7:47 pm

What a storm we have moving through our state this week!  I’ve been reading some meteorologist reports that have been painting the scenario as potentially pretty dire.  On my way riding home today I passed two downed power lines due to the heavy winds.  Let’s all hope for the best. I often take a look at the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s website for my weather forecast and find some of their images and animations to be pretty fascinating.  If you follow this link, you will be lead to a page with lots of different options for viewing satellite imagery across the western United States.  You can click on and follow the image below to get an animation of what’s going on up there with the clouds right now.

Today in class we had another practice with Opera Piccola, and the 4 different pieces the students will be performing are coming along.  Some students went home with small lists of potential props to look for.  If you send in any props, we will be sure to mark them and ensure you get them back.

This week in vocabulary, we are using words from a list that the students developed of terms that they had learned or used while at camp in the Marin Headlands.  All together we collaborated to form a list of 60 potential words and phrases!  I couldn’t believe how many different types of sciences the students had been exposed to in just a few short days.  The words of the week are nocturnal, diurnal, crepuscular, zooplankton, phytoplankton, bioluminescence, bioaccumulation, and noctiluca. Take a moment to ask your kids about some of these words to hear about some of their experiences at the camp.  Additionally, each student will add to more words to their list of their own choice.

In Social Studies today we finished up the video “At the River I Stand.” The video chronicles the Memphis sanitation worker strike up through Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination.  For some more information on the Memphis sanitation worker strike and King’s involvement, check out this video.  On Friday we watched half the video and discussed some connections between King’s vision of civil rights, labor movements, and worker’s rights.  As we finished the video, we also reflected briefly on the meaning of King’s Mountaintop speech.  It’s really quite a remarkable speech.  Check out the full text and video of it here.

Homework:

  1. Vocabulary: CLOZE and choice of either crossword or word searches
  2. Math:  Fraction Equalities – Study Links page 99
  3. Reading: read for 25 minutes and fill out the prediction reading log entry

Mr. Weis

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