Saturday, August 30, 2014


Done with Week 1. Congratulations on a successful week. I felt that the classroom norms and rules were established quite quickly amongst the students. Our new laptops are working beautifully. The room is beginning to build new character and Fireball life. Two students are working hard on designing the classroom flag. I can't wait for their final product. 

Reading: We continue to build stamina, fluency, and engagement. The students are expected to read 15-20 minutes each night. On Tuesday each student will get their reading log which requires a parent signature. It's a white sheet attached to their reading comp. book. Please sign it after your child reads. This week we'll cover the following. 

  • Introducing books that will create a buzz
  • Choosing texts that matter
  • Learning new words from text
  • Help Readers read differently because they're in partnerships
Writing: Personal Narrative 
  • Help my writers to jot down moments in life that have been turning points in their life
  • Help my writers climb inside the elements of narrative: setting, conflict, plot, resolution and characters
  • Help my writers read great stories in order to write great stories 
  • Help my writers climb inside the SKIN of a character
  • Extend and deepen skills
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Arrays
  • Fact Families
  • Multiplication Factor Pairs
Classical Roots: The students will receive their new book on Tuesday
  • cylone, recycle, semicircle, and unicylce- Lesson 1
  • Students will be tested on words, spelling, part of speech, root word, and syllables every Friday
  • Students may take home their books to study
  • Students may also go to Quizlet under Star Sites tab. Quizlet houses all the words for every lesson
Public Speaking: September is dedicated to eye-contact
  • Using good eye contact. Scanning the room to look at all audience members is important
  • Three new prompts are up on the PS tab. Take a look
  • Students will be selected randomly to deliver a 1 minute presentation on Thursday and Friday
  • Notes aren't encouraged
Social Studies: FIRST AMERICANS The students will work on...
  • Organize a chart for note taking based on geography, climate, shelter, tools and utensils, food, and clothing
  • Examine different American Indian Customs: wampum, Kachina Dolls, Potlatch, and Lacrosse
  • Answer the common ways of life that developed among American Indian cultures 
  • The students will continue to deepen their Inquiry question that drives their desire to research and explore a particular topic. 
Songs to Learn and Sing:
  • Passion Pit "Carried Away"
  • Beach House "Myth"
  • ABBA "Super Trouper"

Great Mind's Quotes: "Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain." - Mark Twain

Thursday, August 28, 2014


Parent/Child Blogger kicks off tonight. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have to say on these important character education topics: RESPECT AND RESPONSIBILITY. Share the work load. 

Accepting responsibility for our mistakes can be a difficult thing to do. Many adults and children struggle with accepting responsibility when they make a mistake. Sometimes we struggle with being respectful toward others. 

1. Describe a moment when you did not accept responsibility for your actions? Describe a moment when you were disrespectful toward someone?

2. Write down what you think this quote means: "We are free up to the point of choice, then the choice controls the chooser."

3. Look at these RESPONSIBLE CHOICES. Try to come up with a least one possible consequence for 3 out of the 5 choices. 

  • going to college vs. not going to college
  • eating healthful food vs. eating a regular diet of junk food
  • making friends with someone who's not very popular vs. not making friends with the person
  • doing a random act of kindness vs. not making the effort
  • joining a social club vs. hanging out with friends
4. Can you think of a non-family member who demonstrates responsibility and makes good choices?

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


Congratulations on your family name!

Tonight you have the opportunity to work on the following...

  • Think about your class name. What does it mean to you?
  • What goals should the class try to conquer this year?
  • How will Frederick's Fireballs be different from previous classes?
Off you write!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Personal Migration

Tonight you'll have the opportunity to do the following.
  • open your eyes and pretend to travel anywhere in the world. 
  • your destination must be over 1500 miles round trip.
  • answer these questions. 
  1. Where do want to travel to?
  2. Why do you want to travel to this location?
  3. What forms of transportation will you take?
  4. When would you like to travel?
  5. What type of weather will you be dealing with?
  6. What will be some of your expenditures? (Meals, lodging, airfare, etc.) Estimate
  7. How could your travels relate to Science and/or Engineering?
  8. What type of conflicts may you encounter?
Off you write

Sunday, August 24, 2014

2014 - 2015: The Year of Successful Struggling

August 24, 2014

Dear parents and students,

Welcome to an electrifying and a year of successful struggling! I look forward to partnering with you and establishing a relationship that will benefit you over the course of the year. Working collaboratively helps ensure that you will enjoy your 2014-2015 experience. To begin, please feel free to browse the homepage/blog about me and other important information to help you adjust. I encourage you to visit the page as often as you can. From there you'll be able to check out snapshots of students in action, homework updates, upcoming field trips, and many other tidbits of useful information.

I would love to hear your feelings on the upcoming school year. Please don't comment on other people's posts. Today and tomorrow is for sharing only. Scroll down to where you see Post a Comment under the HOME TAB. Type in your response and click on publish. You may want to preview your comments first.  Here are some questions you can choose from... try to do at least 2-3 if you can. 

  • What summer activity(ies) helped you relax? 
  • What are your goals and expectations for the 2014-2015 year as a parent or student?
  • How will you as a parent or child know when you've achieved your goals? 
  • Can you describe education using just 5 words?  
  • What does the term "successful struggling" mean to you?
  • What book or movie gave you a different perspective on life?