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November 19, 2008

Bonzer mate, a fair dinkum audience today

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(That means “great job friend, a genuinely good audience today” in Australian slang.  Australian is one of our vocabulary words this week, so I thought I would throw in a little flavor from down under into the blog today.  Many of the students acted as a very respectful audience during both poetry reading and science power point presentations today.)

Today rushed by quite quickly.  Students finished presenting their poems that they brought in and we worked on our first drafts of our color poems.  In mathematics we reviewed the homework and how to use what we know about right angles, adjacent and opposite angles to find a missing internal angle in a polygon without using a protractor.  We also discussed finding the total amount of degrees in an internal angle by dividing a shape into triangles.  Here is a description of the process that we used. Tonight for homework, students will complete a chart and identify a pattern between the number of sides and the amount of internal degrees in a polygon.


  1. Language Arts:  Write a short story with the 6 vocabulary words we are studying this week.  Students are also allowed to write a poem as long as the lines of the poem show that they understand what the word means and how it can be used.
  2. Mathematics:  Page 94, angle measures in polygons.
  3. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.

Mr. Weis


November 13, 2008

Making Connections and Identifying Polygons

Filed under: Announcements,Homework — mrweis @ 5:26 pm


In Language Arts today we spent a little time working on building a library of graphic organizer templates. Students created templates of timelines, story maps, cluster webs and comic strips. As the year continues, their collection of templates will grow with each new planning organizer. Students are expected to use one of the organizers we discussed today or to create their own planning organizer to begin their memoir on poetry due next Tuesday. I will be checking their progress on the three poetry assignments tomorrow in the morning.

We also spent some time using a new graphic organizer to help record connections to literature. Making connections between what we read and ourselves, other books and the world around us can help us to better comprehend what we read. On the new version of the Reading Log, students are able to make the choice between a connection, clarification or question. If they write a connection, please make sure they explain the part of the book and the connection to self, text or world.

In Mathematics, we spent some time reviewing the last quiz and how to label angles. We also began some work with polygons. Students prepared supplies for a game called Polygon Capture. The game involves matching clues about the sides and angles of polygons to pictures of polygons. For homework tonight, students will play the game with a friend or family member. If you need a quick review on concepts related to polygons, look back a couple posts to find information on different types of angles, or click here for information on polygons and on parallel lines.

Did you know that video games use polygons to make graphics appear 3 dimensional? Follow this link to learn more about how polygons are used by video game designers.

Tomorrow is our field trip to Cal to go see the Womens’ Basketball season opener. Make sure that students bring a sack lunch and comfortable walking shoes. Also, please do not bring any money, as we will not be stopping to buy food or merchandise at the game. Thanks.


  1. Language Arts: Continue working on Poetry Packet. Bring in work so far to show progress.
  2. Mathematics: Play Polygon Capture with a friend, sibling or adult and get a signature.
  3. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and write an entry in the pink reading log. Get the log signed by a parent and bring it in.

Mr. Weis

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