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April 12, 2010

Monday, April 12

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 6:42 pm
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I didn’t get blog posts in for Wednesday or Thursday last week, so I’d like to start by giving a few links related to the math that we did.  In Mathematics last week, our focus was on the Order of Operations.  Order of Operations refers to which step to do first in a math problem.  The basic steps include Parentheses, Exponents, Multiplication, Division, Addition, and Subtraction.  Students are first introduced to parentheses in 3rd Grade Everyday Math, and they are a required Grade 4 Standard, but in 5th Grade the complexity and length of problems begins to increase and add on to simple 2 step number sentences with parentheses.  In order to help remember the order and names of the steps, students first learned the mnemonic Please Excuse My Dear Aunt Sally.  Later, students developed their own Order Of Operations mnemonics and added an illustration to them.  They will appear soon on the wall outside the room.

As part of our work in Mathematics last week, the students also worked with some websites with activities using Order of Operations.  In class, every student got a chance to first direct the computer which operation to do first in a singular equation.

After correctly solving 10 questions, students bank time and are given a chance to zap the correct operation first as multiple operations fall from the top to the bottom of the screen.  Make sure to click them quick, but stay using P.E.D.M.A.S.

Some other games I found include a simple Flashcard Problem Quiz, a Connect 4 Game in which you must first do an Order of Operations question correctly, and a puzzling game called Speedmath in which you must correctly identify what operations to add to an equation to get the correct given final answer.

In Vocabulary this week, the roots are cess/ces/cede (to go), ten (to hold), and lit (letter).

In Reading, we will finish up the book Sign of the Beaver this week.  Students will be given final project guidelines on Wednesday and will have a week and a half to complete their project and turn in all completed chapter worksheets.  Today students worked on finishing up their own first set of questions that they will pass on to each other to answer.  Students were directed to write a variety of questions based on their reading including Word Analysis, In-Your-Head, In-the-Text, Major Conflict/Resolution, and Character Development/Trait questions.  As students transition into literature circle groups, they will be called upon to use many of the active reading strategies we have used in class and their discussions will be primarily drawn from their own unique questions.

In Writing, we are continuing our work with Musical Metaphors.  Students used a graphic organizer today to clarify the Tenor, Vehicle, and Ground of their metaphor and then began to brainstorm some lyrical words, phrases, and sentences to support their metaphors in their Spring Break poems.


  1. Vocabulary:  Sort
  2. Mathematics: Study Link 5-10.  BOTH SIDES
  3. Language Arts: Finish Sign of the Beaver Chapters 21 and 22 page.
  4. Reading: Read for 25 minutes and fill out Reading Log.

Mr. Weis

P.S. Math homework today involves a review of pie charts.  Follow this link for an interactive digital pie chart.


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