Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

October 7, 2008

Utterly flummoxed by the word in the sentence, Mr. Weis took a closer look at the context clues.

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Today we used the students’ homework and words they clarified during their home reading to get some more practice with context clues. (Flummoxed, which is another word for being confused or befuddled, was one of the great words a student picked and we learned about through the context clues in a sentence.)

We also discussed both reading with expression and correct use of quotation marks. We had some student volunteers read passages of dialogue from their independent reading books in the morning, and they did so with amazing expression. Reading with expression helps to identify the parts of the text that are being spoken by different people and to develop a better understanding of the emotional states of the characters. We worked with passages the students found to develop a list of rules for using quotation marks. We will use the list as another self-monitoring tool.

In math we continued to work with estimation and also learned about a different addition algorithm. Algorithms are the strategies that we use to solve problems. Today we learned about the partial sum addition algorithm, which can be a very useful algorithm for doing problems mentally. Here is a site to learn about the different algorithms taught in the Everyday Mathematics Curriculum, and here is a link to a little video that shows the partial sums addition algorithm in practice.


  1. Language Arts: Context Clues Worksheet. Bonus: Create your own context clues problems.
  2. Mathematics: Study Link Book Page 29
  3. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and write in your pink reading log.

Mr. Weis


October 6, 2008


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Welcome to Monday and a brand new week. Today the students had their first time with a substitute as I stepped out for a short meeting. I received a glowing report back from the sub, so thanks to all the students that put in the extra effort to insure a smooth morning for all.

In Math we continued to work with the concept of estimation. We have been discussing when it is a good time to estimate and strategies for making a good estimation: breaking down the problem in steps, putting the problem in perspective, and thinking about the type of unit to use. If you find yourself making estimations, be they mileage, time, amounts of ingredients or anything else, involve your children and key them as you think out loud to explain your process for making a good estimation.

For Language Arts the students transformed a comic they were working on into a written piece. They used a checklist to monitor their work and especially to make sure they were using dialogue and descriptive language in each part of their writing. Planning and self-monitoring are two elements of writing that we will be working hard to strengthen through visiting and revisiting our own metacognitive strategies.


  1. Language Arts: Finish writing three paragraphs from comic. (Some students completed this in class.)
  2. Language Arts: Steps 1,2, and 3 on Word Detectives Worksheet. Students will find a word to clarify and create a sentence that other students will use tomorrow to fill-in-the-blank with a good substitution word.
  3. Mathematics: Estimation worksheet. Optional extension: make a list of all the things you might have to estimate if you are going on a long trip.
  4. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log. Make sure your child records the date and pages read each day. Also make sure that they do a 2 sentence summary.

Mr. Weis

September 25, 2008

Two Kinds of Roots

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Square roots and word roots!

Make sure to have students bring back signed green homework logs and pink reading logs tomorrow. This helps me to keep track of reading progress and to make sure that you are hearing about the homework.

Today in Language Arts we continued to discuss clarification strategies. We focused on looking for familiar roots or prefixes inside words.

In math we learned about square roots. We talked about strategies to find square roots, both with and without a calculator. Tomorrow we will have a brief quiz on arrays, factors, squares and square roots.


  1. Language Arts: Prefix and word meaning worksheet
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and bring back signed pink reading log.
  3. Homework Log: Bring back signed green homework log.
  4. Book Orders: Start filling out and bringing back book order forms if you are planning on purchasing books. Book orders are due next week.

Mr. Weis

September 23, 2008

Tuesday was full of learning, and that’s no prevarication!

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In Language Arts today we focused on using context clue strategies to learn some new words. For example, students were able to guess the meaning of prevaricate when given the sentence, “Is there ever a good reason to prevaricate rather than tell the truth?” We discussed context clues and classified each one as a Synonym, Compare/contrast, or Cause/Effect. Tonight students will create a make believe word and write some sentences with context clues to help clarify their made-up word. See if you can guess the definition of their made-up word by just reading their sentences.


  1. Language Arts: Context Clues Worksheet – Make up a word and write 3 sentences with context clues.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes, fill out your pink reading log.
  3. Mathematics: Page 17 – Exploring Square Numbers.

Mr. Weis

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