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December 7, 2009

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In Vocabulary this week, we are working with the Greek roots tele, phon, photo, and graph. Stay tuned tomorrow for the focus words of the week and some etymology.

In Reading, the students began reading a story called Arrows about a girl who follows some clues as she tries to discover their meaning and eventually comes across a cryptogram.  Cryptogram’s are puzzles that require a cipher, or key, to solve.  Check out this little cryptogram maker to try your hand at some cryptograms.  You can adjust how many and what type of letters are given to you at the start in order to change the difficulty. You can also make your own cryptogram with your own phrase (like the title of this blog entry.  I used underscores to separate the words.  Can you figure it out? )

Some pointers for solving substitution cryptograms involve thinking about letter frequency, spelling patterns, and words that are commonly placed next to each other.  For some hints, you can check out some interesting info on letter and word frequency and the most commonly used letters and words at this website.

Students spent some time in Social Studies today gathering information about their explorers onto their graphic organizers to use in their reports.  As the students begin to work on their projects, please follow the guidelines on the assignment sheet.  Please look back on them several times over the course of making the project to ensure that you do not skip a requirement or step. Thanks!


  1. Math: Decimal multiplication review worksheet.
  2. Vocabulary: Sort (Make sure to add extra words with the roots. Use a dictionary if you get stuck.)
  3. Social Studies:  Work on Social Studies project.  (Due next Monday, December 14.  Students will get one more class period to work on their projects, so plan accordingly.)
  4. Reading:  Read for 25 minutes and write 2 predictions in your reading log.

Mr. Weis


February 5, 2009

A sopping, sodden, soggy, and saturated Thursday

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As much of an inconvenience as the rain can be, especially for cycling commuters like myself, I still am greatly enjoying having a rainy day today, especially after reading this article last week.

Today we had a very packed academic morning with a final review of vocabulary words, reading group meetings, and working with a new graphic organizer for our response to literature writing.  We are currently focusing on identifying and incorporating more direct examples from text to support our response claims in our essays.  After all that, the rain dissipated enough to afford the students the pleasure of only a slightly soused recess. We then had our Unit 5 math test and some early finishers tried their hands at Strimko puzzles.  Strimkos are logic puzzles that follow a similar premise as sudoku but incorporate a little more variation.  You can check them out at the official website here.


Following all that, we added the digital images to our podcast, which should finally be completed and up on the site this weekend.  Now that the students have become familiar with podcasts and have worked through the process, there are going to be some new opportunities coming for them to make their own.  Within the next couple weeks you will begin to see podcast book reports, so stay tuned.

(Here is a sneak peak at the podcast in progress using the program Garageband)


Speaking of technology, also forthcoming are some Wiki projects.  Wikis, like the website wikipedia, are collaboratively written webpages or collections of webpages. Wikis allow many users to access, modify, and add to the webpage content using an easy to use interface and markup langauge.  We will begin our first Wiki project tomorrow, and I will be modeling how to build and edit a Wiki site using our current read aloud book.  It should be a fun project, and as we move on in the year students will get to work on their own collaborative wiki projects.


  1. Language Arts: Study for Vocabulary quiz – etymology, thermal, geology, stethoscope, millimeter, diameter.
  2. Reading: Read for 20 minutes and fill out pink reading log.

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