Monday, April 30, 2012

Check out this new website I discovered!

Perhaps we can learn about Poetry Slams during snack tomorrow :)

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Yesterday we celebrated Administration Assistant Day AND took the first part of the math MCA. What a great day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Maud Hart Lovelace Birthday Party

Join the Red Balloon Bookstore as they celebrate Maud Hart Lovelace’s 120th birthday (Wednesday is her actual birthday!) and learn who the 2012 winners of the Minnesota Youth Reading Awards (MYRA) are in Division 1 for grades 3-5 and Division II for grades 6-8.  Maud Hart Lovelace (the history player) will be at the Red Balloon Bookshop to talk about her writing. Those attending will be the first to receive the list of books nominated for the 2013 awards and to hear a special announcement for Minnesota student readers. There will have a chance to win a $20 Red Balloon Bookshop gift certificate (sponsored by MYRA), and we will get to eat birthday cake! 

When: Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 PM

Where: Red Balloon Bookshop


Thursday, April 19, 2012

1. In math we discussed different units of rate. Students completed lesson 12.2 in their math journal.

2. We started our new social studies unit, our focus is the 50 states and their capitals. Students took a pretest, we look forward to seeing our scores improve!

3. In the afternoon we went to library with Ms. Zbacnik. We practiced a tornado drill. We also took a survey (and took it very seriously) about how library has gone this year. We love library with Ms. Z!

4. We created our own gallon men! I can't wait to hang them up in the hall.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

1. We completed sections 1 and 2 of the MCA. Students did a fantastic job of searching for evidence in the text, eliminating answers, and using context clues. Bring on sections 3 and 4 tomorrow.

* Go to sleep by 9 PM
* Eat a healthy breakfast
* Think positive thoughts

Nice job today. I am proud of you!

Monday, April 16, 2012

1. In math we got our new "Rock the Test" Study Guides. We had a good time listening to rock and roll and reviewing math concepts learned earlier in the year.

2. Before lunch, students took a practice MCA Reading test. We look forward to taking the actual test tomorrow and Wednesday.

3. In literacy we completed "4M's 10 Terms we NEED to Know". Check out the impressive results!

4. We ended the day in art with Mr. Moore.

Your homework tonight:
Sleep for 8.5-9.5 hours.
Eat a healthy breakfast that has protein.
Believe in yourself- you are all going to do great tomorrow :)

Spelling April 16-20


No excuse: wait, warm, wind, winter
Challenge: argument, cement, education, government

Math Mission: Number Line

On Thursday we completed our first"math mission" of the year. Students worked in small groups to order decimals, fractions and percentages on a number line.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Spelling April 9-13


No Excuse: turtle, TV, wish, word
Challenge: constable, doubtful, excitable, successful,

Saturday, April 7, 2012

4M had a THrilling THursday! (Check out that use of alliteration!)

1. In math we tried out "Hands on Equations". Ms. Sherratt taught her first mini-math lesson and did a FANTASTIC job! Students completed some difficult algebra problems, by solving for x.


2. After lunch we read A Long Walk to Water and talked about the term "unjust". We discussed the many different current events that are happening in Africa. So many of our classmates had wonderful background knowledge to contribute to the discussion. I learned A LOT.

3. We took an extra recess and practiced translations, reflections and rotations in groups of 4 by laying on the ground and moving around.

4. We celebrated 20,000 tickets and the upcoming MCA testing with an assembly at the end of the day. The Bengal Tiger made an appearance and danced to "Why MCA?" Our student council member, P did an awesome job presenting her test taking strategy. Way to go P!

Monday, April 2, 2012

1. In math we started Unit 10. We spent our morning using transparent mirrors to create reflections. We also used these mirrors to play a game of darts and billiards. HOMEWORK: Math Boxes 10.1 and 10.2

2. We discussed the dangers of drugs use while reading The Great Body Shop. Students made a list of their assets.

3. We had library with Ms. Zbacnik. Students picked out new books for the week.

4. In Phy. Ed. students practiced rollerblading around the gym with Mrs. Brink.

Spelling April 2-5


No Excuse: glad, glass, try, world
Challenge: beneath, beyond, except, through, *CHOICE WORD*, *CHOICE WORD*