Mr Weis’ Classroom Blog

October 20, 2008

The crowd watched in disbelief at the indescribable and unbelievable stunt, hoping there had been no miscaclulations when the trick was designed.

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The prefixes in the title are the ones we are working with this week.  Students worked with six specific vocabulary words today.  Although the six words that have been chosen are unknown to you right now, you can find them in the blog post in italics.

We had an informal math quiz today, and will be having the district assessment at the end of the week.  I’d like to encourage and not discourage students from brushing up and practicing on some concepts including factoring, place value, computation with decimals, and working with unknown variables in number sentences.

Some of the reading logs that I looked over on the weekend are still being filled out incorrectly, incompletely or in some cases I have even caught students being dishonest about what they are reading.  Please make sure that all students do their independent reading at home each night and fill out their log completely.  Reading and filling out logs should be an everyday thing and not an infrequent activity that takes place only at the end of the week.  This week we will be filling out an additional log everyday in class during the read aloud of Maniac Magee.

Today we also began reading an article about Evel Knieval and practiced Recirprocal Teaching strategies of predicting, questioning, clarifying and summarizing.  Being such a daredevil, I wonder if Evel Knieval got into much mischief as a kid.  Ask your children about how many bones Evel broke over the course of his career.  The answer is quite incredible.


  1. Language Arts:  Vocabulary story using in-, un-, dis- and mis- words.
  2. Mathematics: Page 45: Place value puzzles.  As enrichment, try making your own place value puzzle.
  3. Reading:  Read for 20 minutes and fill out reading logs completely.

Mr. Weis


October 9, 2008

Reciprocal Review, Rethinking Regions in Research, and Rechecking Writing

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What do all, well, most of the words (region comes from the root regere- to rule, and writing is just alliteration,) in the title have in common? The prefix re-. Today we spent some more time with prefixes and did a sort of words with the prefixes dis-, un-, re- and mis-. Students sorted the words, we discussed common elements of the words meanings, and we came up with a definition for the prefix. We also took a look in the dictionary and discovered voluminous lists of words with common prefixes.

Students received Reciprocal Teaching bookmarks today and we began our discussion about what Reciprocal Teaching is. Follow the link to read a short overview of Reciprocal Teaching. Reciprocal Teaching will be one model that is used in the class with small groups. All the work on Summarizing, Predicting, Questioning and Clarifying will be put into action as students are given increased responsibility to put these strategies in effect to increase comprehension.

We also continued with some research on Native Americans as students researched Native American Tribes from different regions of North America. Students guided their research with a specific goal and worked to increase their understanding of how natural resources contributed to the development of different Native American cultures.


  1. Language Arts: Word Sort Short Story. This must be read to you and signed as part of a post writing checklist.
  2. Mathematics: Study Link Page 31.
  3. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and write in your reading log. Signed reading logs are due tomorrow.
  4. Homework log. Students are to return a signed copy of the green homework log tomorrow.

Mr. Weis

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