Sunday, May 3, 2015


What a tremendous loss to the community, friends, and family! A former student, Milan Gambhir, passed away on Saturday. He was an incredible 4th grade student of mine in 2007. Most importantly, he was a major asset to the world. His gifts and contributions were endless. He's in my heart and mind. This week's songs will be dedicated to the "Big Gambino". He really enjoyed singing the first two songs in my classroom. Please see songs down below.  

He made me a better person!

Here's what we're working on during the month of May.

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be open THIS WEEK. Singers only.

SBAC Testing: We begin the new state testing on Monday. 5/4 - 5/8 is dedicated to ELA. 5/11 - 5/15 focus on Math. Student homework will be light. Blogger only. 

ELA: We started our Persuasive unit. I like what I'm seeing. The Fireballs will learn how to look at mentor texts and websites to help understand this genre, generate ideas for writing persuasive essay, learn effective strategies for writing persuasive essays, and express opinions, support it with evidence, and convey thoughts appropriately. We'll also look at issue, point of view, evidence and examples.

Read Aloud - Sophia's War by Avi. 
  • R.CCR.5. Analyze the structure of texts, including how specific sentences, paragraphs, and larger portions of the text (e.g., a section, chapter, scene, or stanza) relate to each other and the whole.
  • R.CCR.1. Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Classical Roots Lesson 16 - Review of Lessons 13, 14, and 15 (reelect, abrupt, basis, rupture, bass, conjunction, positive, fragility, disrupt, fragment, converse, reaction)

Wordly Wise: Lesson 6: harbor, inflict, loathe, meddle, monstrous, rouse, steadfast, translate

Book Club - The students are working in pairs. They're focusing on plot, characters, setting, conflict, resolutions, themes, literary devices, questions, etc.

History-Social Science: For the month of May we'll focus on Unit 7(Forming a New Nation) and Unit 9(States and Capitals). The Fireballs will focus on...

  • Articles of Confederation
  • New Constitution of 1787 and Bill of Rights
  • Constitutional Democracy
  • Compare powers given to citizens, Congress, president, and Supreme Court
  • Safeguarding the liberty and rights of individual Americans
  • Know the location of the current 50 states and the names of their capitals

Grammar: The students will focus on simple and complex sentences, fragments, run-ons, and nouns. The students will use IXL to help bolster skills.

Math: We'll focus on Unit 11 which covers volume, formulas, weight and volume, area for rectangles, parallelograms, triangles, and circles. The goal for the unit is to help the students develop an appreciation for using a wide variety of strategies. Students should be familiar with words such as: prism, polyhedron, faces, cylinder, apex, and spheres.

Science: We will continue to study Matter and our awesome Interview Unit.

Camp W: Summer Session
July 6-16
July 20-30

Songs to Sing and Learn:
"Sound of Silence" by Simon and Garfunkel
"Moving on" by James

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