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Gardening Monday

September 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today’s math lesson was somewhat interrupted because I was pulled from the classroom during a majority of it for a professional learning community meeting. This will occur monthly. The kids made their own flash cards for 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s in either division or multiplication. They also had a chance to start their homework. Tonight the required homework is practicing order of operations using ( ). There is a challenge problem on the back (extra credit), and a few kids solved it during class. I would love it if a few kids could explain their thinking on how/why it’s solved the way it is.

During language arts the kids were introduced to their reading groups to start the year. The reading groups are designed so that I can give appropriate, small-group instruction to kids that have similar reading abilities. This is especially vital given our blended classroom. Today the groups got together, and we went over some agreements when they’re working. We created our mind maps for our upcoming stories on Harris Burdick. Ask to see your child’s mind map at home (I told them it could be sloppy since it’s a brainstorm, so don’t be surprised if it’s hard to read!).

Every other Monday we’ll be going into the garden and working with Robin, a parent of a student in our classroom, and she’ll be guiding experiences in the garden. This is my first year working in the garden, and I’m thrilled to get the kids outside for these experiences. Ask them to share about their time in the garden today! We did some planting, weeding, and some kids helped by moving compost as well.

Lastly, today we continued work in our Oregon packets. Today’s pages taught the kids a bit about some of Oregon’s caves, cities in Oregon, our bordering states, and they learned all about Crater Lake! We did this with four different partners!

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE** Weekly Report
Homeroom: Return library books
Homeroom: Get Fun Run pledges!!!
Reading: Spelling is due Wednesday (Tic Tac Toe #16, focusing on 10 chosen words)
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Order of Operations with ( ), and an extra credit Magic Bow assignment on the back

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PBIS Friday

September 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in math class the kids took their district fall assessment…we made it as quick and painless as possible. We’ll return to normal math on Monday.

Today during language arts we had our first health lesson, all about empathy. The kids learned about empathy, and that empathy in action is something we call compassion. The health lessons are great, and I’m looking forward to leading these throughout the year.

The kids completed their first DOL assignment. DOL is essentially a paragraph that is riddled with mistakes, and the kids try to find as many mistakes as possible. I’ll use this during workshop, and it will be something we refer to as we edit our own writing.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Fun Run pledges!
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic Tac Toe #16, focusing on 10 chosen words)
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: No weekend HW

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Science Group Thursday

September 20th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We concluded our look into order of operations today by adding exponents to the equation. The kids were taught PEMDAS, which is a mnemonic tool that you might remember as well. We worked on some problems moving around the room to practice. The kids also had their first opportunity to login to Dreambox, a website that I’ll use to support our math work. For homework they have an exponents assignment to work on.

During language arts the kids continued their work on the posters we looked at yesterday. We are going to use the posters as an inspiration for our first imaginary story. Today the kids created a character sketch, brainstorming all about the character’s life and traits. We also thought through the setting of our stories as well. Today’s work will be used as we write our introductions next week. My goal is for the kids to have brainstormed an entire story before they ever write their first sentence! I work on this paper annually, and I always end up with some fun stories. Here is a link to see what the posters look like <https://mrsgraveswebsite.weebly.com/uploads/1/2/6/8/12686140/the_mysteries_of_harris_burdick.pdf>.

We also started preparing for our first BOP assignment. I’ll go into more detail once I assign the BOP, but in short, it’s a month-long project that the kids finish independently at home. The B is for book report, the O is for oral report, and the P is for poetry recital. Today we worked on the expectations for the poem. I gave the kids a simple poem, and they worked on memorizing it. After the memorization, they worked on adding expression. Finally, we brainstormed a fun art project that they could do to go with the poem. Each of these is an expectation of their official BOP, so I wanted to go over it with them before they are assigned.

Lastly, the kids worked through an Oregon packet of fun I’ve prepared, and they met their new science groups. Next week we’ll have science lessons, and the kids will be in groups. Today they met with their group to come up with group expectations. Once they were finished with their group expectations, they made an attempt to draw and label a lightbulb.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic Tac Toe #16, focusing on 10 chosen words)
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Exponents

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Oregon Wednesday

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in math we looked at numerical expressions, and built on our understanding of order of operations. One large focus today was the kids understanding some math vocabulary…we’ll be using terms such as product, quotient, sum, and difference, and it’s important for the kids to understand that basic math language. In addition, today we took stories, and we created numerical expressions to match the story. For example, “Bill had 4 pig-pens with 9 pigs in each pen. In addition, he had 12 horses. How many animals does Bill have?” The key was for the kids to write the story as a numerical expression. They became increasingly challenging as we went on. For homework, the kids have some more order of operations practice.

During language arts, we had our first official test. This week we tested over the vocabulary that we’ve been practicing this week. The kids were given their tests back, so you can ask to see them at home. We also started another homework assignment. Every other week the kids will have tic-tac-toe spelling homework. This is something new to the 4th and 5th graders, and I’m going to try it for a few weeks. They have to choose three activities that complete a line…they chose today, and you’ll what this all means when you look at the assignment. They only need to focus on the 10 most difficult words…they don’t need to use every word in the packet. Again, I’m stressing that their homework should be neat, and it should show a lot of effort. Please reinforce this at home.

Finally, we went on a classroom scavenger hunt today. I hid little cards all around the room, and each card answered a question about Oregon. The kids had a worksheet where they recorded the answers. I’m sure they can tell you all about it. This was our first lesson in a unit on Oregon that we’re using to kick off our study of the states!

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic Tac Toe #16, focusing on 10 chosen words)
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Order of Operations

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Tina Thursday

September 19th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Our math class continued to focus on defining who we are as mathematicians. The kids are watching growth mindset videos from Jo Boaler, a researcher at Stanford. We also took a survey and discussed those questions (mindset based survey), learned a new game called Mind Reader, and continued our practice with Multiplication Compare. I like both of these games…I’m able to challenge different groups, so once they think they have it mastered, it becomes more involved! For homework the kids should work on their division facts for five minutes, just like last night, and record how many they completed in that 5 minutes.

During language arts we continued working on our All About Me posters. The kids may have some time to finish tomorrow, and if they’re not done, I’ll be asking them to complete it over the weekend. We also dove into a few websites that we’ll use this year. We will work in Newsela and Readworks. Today the kids just went to the websites, searched around, and learned how to navigate them.

Finally, the kids worked with Tina today on her art project. Ask them to share what they worked on!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Book Orders are due on 9/19
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Division Facts

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Photography Tuesday

September 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We are finally through our introductory lessons for the math year, and today we had what felt like the first “real” math class. Our lesson today focused on the order of operations. The kids learned that there is a particular order in which numerical expressions are solved. Today we focused on parenthesis first, followed by multiplication and division, and ending on addition and subtraction. We’ll add exponents later in the week! Tonight’s homework is practicing this skill. It’s a quick and easy assignment, but the first of our “regular” assignments. To start the year, I’ll mostly focus on single-sided pages, but don’t be surprised if double-sided work continues to show up. I’m continuing to challenge the kids to find an answer to our painting the houses question!

During language arts the kids enjoyed library, and a fun game we play called Kahoot! Kahoot is a tool that we’ll use to practice our vocabulary words, and it’s essentially an online quiz that is competitive, colorful, and engaging. I bet they can tell you about it. We also played a game called Vocabulary Basketball to prepare for tomorrow’s test.

Finally, I taught the kids the photography lesson that I’ve been working on with the other classes. We talked about strategies for making photos visually interesting (rule of thirds for example), and the kids took the iPads and captured their own images. Again…I’m sure they can tell you about it.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Book Orders are due tomorrow!
Reading: Spelling is due tomorrow
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Order of Operations

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Final Art Rotation Monday

September 17th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today we discussed the power of mistakes, and how we can learn from our mistakes. This is the final lesson in our introductory series on growth mindset, however, it is something we’ll discuss and focus on all year. We also had some practice on our workshop rotations. I went over expectations, and the kids moved from station-to-station, practicing a few skills, but mostly practicing the routine. The homework is a set of challenge problems!

We do have a math challenge for the week. I gave the kids, “The Monty Hall Problem,” today in class. We walked through the scenario here, but here it is for you. You’re on Let’s Make a Deal, and there are three doors. Behind one door is a car, and behind the other two doors are ZONKS. You decide to choose door #1. Monty then shows you that behind door #2, there is a ZONK. As he always does, he then asks, “Do you want to keep door #1, or do you want to switch to door #2?” The question is, should you switch? If you think yes, why? If you think it doesn’t matter, explain that as well.

Today we had an anticipatory set (teacher-speak for getting kids excited) to get the kids ready for their first writing assignment this year. We are going to be writing an imaginative story, and many of those stories will take the form of something scary happening. I shared a true story with the kids today, outlined some elements of my story (character, setting, plot, conclusion), and gave the kids time to share their own. It was a hootenanny to hear some of their stories!

We also continued our practice for reading workshop by working through an independent activity. I went over my expectations for our Little Reader assignments. The Little Readers are one of the many ways I can differentiate my reading assignments. We’ll use the assignment to highlight complete answers, using evidence from the reading.

Finally, the kids enjoyed working with Mrs. Krueger for their final art rotation. Once again, please ask them to share all about their time with Mrs. Krueger.

If you didn’t get the Weekly Report signed over the weekend, please do so tonight. Also, a few kids still haven’t turned in their back-to-school posters. Please make sure those are done as well.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE** Weekly Report
Homeroom: Return library books
Homeroom: Book Orders are due on 9/19
Reading: Spelling is due Wednesday
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Problem Solving Challenge

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Garden Friday

September 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We’ve made it through a complete week of math! Today’s math lesson BOMBED! I’m going to do it again on Monday. I wanted to work the kids through a workshop rotation, and nothing seemed to work. The primary issue was a broken link to a website we’ll use called Dreambox. Sigh. I’m going to redo this on Monday…and it will work! We don’t give weekend homework for math, so enjoy a little time outside!

Today in language arts the kids were introduced to our list of vocabulary words for the week. We went over the words, used them in context, and had some fun conversations as we practiced using them. I instructed the kids to write the words neatly in their planner, including the definition…so if you don’t see that at home, it may be worth a conversation.

We have a parent that donates a lot of time to our school garden, and we’re going to be enjoying that wonderful space this year! Today we had our first chance to explore the garden. The kids went on a scavenger hunt, and learned all about the expectations for their time in the garden. I’m excited to have a chance to explore in our garden this year!

We also had our first Scholastic News reading of the year. We’ll use Scholastic News as a tool during reading. I have sets for differing abilities, so it will be one of the ways I can differentiate during reading workshop. For today, the kids just enjoyed reading the articles.

Lastly, the kids wrote their Weekly Reports today. Make sure to sign the Weekly Report and have the kids return it to me on Monday!

I sent the kids home with their All About Me posters, if they didn’t finish in class. We’ve had about 2 1/2 hours to work on the posters, and at this point, I have enough kids that are finished that I can’t dedicate any more class time. While the kids were working on their posters, I was completing the one-on-one back-to-school fluency tests with students…which made it challenging for some of the kids to remain focused. Several kids are so focused on making it neat and beautiful, that they’ll need a little more time at home.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Finish All About Me posters (some kids have already finished)
Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Book Orders are due on 9/19
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday
Reading: Read 60 minutes
Math: No Weekend HW

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Rhian Wednesday

September 12th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in math class the kids and I started a little project we’ll be working on for a few days. The first lessons for the year focus on growth mindset. On a blank piece of paper, we started creating something titled, “Mathography.” The kids will be highlight and decorating this piece of paper, thinking about who they are as mathematicians. Of course I’ll be guiding what goes on the paper, but it creates a forum for us to discuss our beliefs about math and our ability to grow. I also taught the kids a game we’ll play called Multiplication Compare. We largely used that as an opportunity to learn about expectations of playing math games in the classroom. For homework the kids need to complete a math facts test. I would like them to record how many facts they can complete in 5 minutes. They don’t need to finish all of the problems on the page…just what they can finish in 5 minutes. If they finish earlier than 5 minutes, I’ve asked them to record their final time. I’m stressing to them that they need to know those facts before we dive into fractions later in the year!

During language arts we had a few activities. The kids took the vocabulary and comprehension portions of their back-to-school district testing. I’m also recording their fluency scores as well. Today the kids also had their first look into what we’ll be doing for spelling this year. The kids will be given a spelling list, and that list will last them for two weeks. On alternate weeks, they’ll be tested on the vocabulary that we’re working on in the classroom. That means, next week, I’m going to give them a vocabulary test over words we’re covering in the classroom, and the following week (9/26) they’ll be tested over the list of words you see on their homework. I’m sure that’s confusing…I’ll try to make it clear to the kids. They only have one page of homework per week, so the expectation is that it’s done completely and beautifully each week. I stressed that.

Finally, the kids worked with Rhian today on her art project. Ask them to share what they worked on!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Book Orders are due on 9/19
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Multiplication Facts

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Art Rotation Tuesday

September 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

I’m working on keeping my posts are quick and to-the-point as possible, but the first posts of the year can be a little wordy since I’m explaining so many routines. My goal is to have a brief paragraph or two describing the day…they’ll get shorter soon!

A few highlights of the day were working on our All About Me posters, going to the library for our first time, and enjoying an art rotation with Courtney. Ask the kids to share what they did in Courtney’s classroom today. We also learned about a reading workshop activity that we’ll do this year called Skill Scrambler. It helps the kids understand and use different parts-of-speech. We didn’t finish, so that’s something we can finish tomorrow.

Just so I’m clear…if you have a fourth grader in my homeroom, the math posts don’t apply to you…this is just for my fifth grade families…I’ve received some emails, and I understand it’s a bit confusing.

In math class, I started the kids on Math Quest, a “game” we’ll be playing in class to reward behavior and homework return. The kids are in teams, and earning advancement along a poster in our classroom. I try to give them a few minutes of Math Quest each week, reading fate cards, and rewarding their efforts. Today I explained the game, and tomorrow they’ll complete some final pieces to make the game a reality. For homework, the kids are going to be coloring some fate cards for the game. We’re easing into the new math year, establishing expectations, and really focusing on behavior and teamwork.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Book Orders are due on 9/19
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Fate Cards

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