Sunday, May 17, 2015


Opening Words: SBAC testing is done. We're are the guinea pigs for this new assessment. We have 4 weeks left of this beautiful school year. I encourage all of the Fireballs to keep pushing and fighting until the very end. 

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Donations - will be extended. $23.05(check) for entrance fee and rides + $10 cash for dinner barbecue food.   

Morning Cafe: The popular cafe will be OPEN this week. Bring your singing voices starting at 7:30am.

Robert's Market - our visit will be on May 20th. A quarter of the performance will be dedicated to Milan Gambhir. If you can make it(no obligation), I encourage Dress for Succes. White should be the dominant color. We'll keep it simple and sweet. Parents, hope you can make it and help honor this important member of the community. 

ELA: Hopefully you've had a chance to look at Blogger. You'll notice the quality of opinion has improved. It's great to see! 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  -
Review of Lessons 6 - 11 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 12 - 14 May 26 - 29

Wordly Wise:
Review of Lessons 4-6 May 18-22
Review of Lesson 7-9 May 26 - 29
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'll prepare for the assessment all this week. The test is on May 19th.

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

Songs to Sing and Learn:
Hamilton Leithauser - "11 O'Clock Friday Night"
Johnny Cash "Get Rhythm"
Thompson Twins "Doctor, Doctor"

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