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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


December 1, 2008

There were some 5th Graders in Berkeley

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On vacation they ate lots of turkey.

They slept in for days,

came to school in a haze,

Monday morning their thoughts were all murky.

Welcome back!  I hope you all had a restful and enjoyable holiday.  I’m glad to be at school for a regular five day week as we institute some new procedures.  Today was our first day for reading groups.  Students got together in their small groups and came up with group names and norms.  The small reading groups will meet 3 to 4 times a week and will cycle through various reading materials and reading strategies.  We will start off working with stories from an Anthology and will move into Historical Fiction as our first genre of chapter books.

In writing students began our exploration of meter and rhyme with an introduction to limericks.  Each student received a line of a poem and was given the task of finding the rest of their poem and putting it into correct order.  As the week goes on, we will spend more time delving into the mechanics of Limericks and strategies for identifying and writing meter and rhythm in poetry.

Tomorrow we will be visiting the school Library.  Please make sure to send overdue Library books back.  There are a number of children in the class Ms. Colby has spoken to about excessively overdue books.  It is important for students to be able to check out books frequently, so please remind them to bring the old ones back.

In Mathematics we began a new Unit on Division.  Each student received a letter with an overview of the lesson.  Please take a moment to look it over.  Math tests from Unit 3 will be coming home tomorrow.


  1. Language Arts: Vivid Vocabulary:  Carefully copy sorted vocabulary words and write additional words with common suffixes.
  2. Mathematics:  Read Page 71: Unit Letter.  Do page 75 – Division Strategies
  3. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and fill out Pink Reading Log.

Mr. Weis

P.S.  I’ll leave you with an animated picture from an old Pop-Up Limerick book.  Wait for the picture to load to get the last line. To see the rest of the images from Bennet Cerf’s Pop-up Limericks, follow the link.


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