Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

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Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

Canvas Art Thursday

December 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

I won’t be posting tomorrow since it’s a day filled with SkateWorld, pajamas, and watching the movie adaptation of the read aloud, The City of Ember. If you have questions, let me know.

Today was a great deal of fun. Jodi, a parent of a 5th grader, organized an art project to complete with the kids, along with Jen, another regular volunteer to the classroom. Together they worked with the kids on a canvas art project. I’m sure the kids can tell you all about it. I was certainly appreciative of the help since I’m not exactly artistically inclined.

During language arts we read a story about why the koala has no tail. The kids brainstormed other stories that they could write…why the zebra has stripes…why the snake doesn’t have legs…we had fun exploring the possibilities, and the kids came up with some pretty creative tales!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Reading: Read 200 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
We went over the kids’ math tests today, and I worked with them on some corrections. We also have a somewhat new IXL routine that I explained today as well. Finally, we enjoyed some fate cards from Math Quest and shared a little bit about our upcoming break. We won’t meet tomorrow because of SkateWorld, so have a great time with the kids over the next few weeks!

Math Homework: No Homework

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Presenting Projects Wednesday

December 13th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today for language arts, the kids took their first vocabulary test. I decided to stop giving the kids the Sitton spelling test. It was beyond many students’ abilities, seemed to be causing frustration, and was confusing for many families. I’ve decided that I’ll continue giving them the spelling tests based on the words on their homework every other week, but on the alternate weeks, I’m going to give the kids a vocabulary quiz over the words we’re studying in the classroom. I’ll return the vocabulary quizzes to the kids weekly, so you can see what we’re working on. I didn’t give them additional homework…we’ll get back into our routine after the break.

Today the kids finished preparing their presentations and posters for our Pilgrim project, and they presented what they learned…or at least most of them did…we still have two groups left to present. The kids put together some informative presentations in a short amount of time. It was a fun culmination to this unit!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
The kids took their math test today. We had time to score their tests, but I haven’t recorded them yet, so they won’t get them back until tomorrow. Once again, I forgot to give the kids their homework…so, lucky them!

Math Homework: No HW

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Pilgrim Project Tuesday

December 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

For our language arts time, the kids enjoyed a portion of Old Yeller from our Journeys curriculum. I didn’t give the ending away…they just got a taste of the story. We also had keyboarding, penmanship, and Nicole was a guest speaker this morning during language arts as well. Ask the kids to share about Nicole’s lesson at home…hint…it was about photosynthesis!

During social studies we continued our work on our Pilgrim project. The kids are now working on their posters, decorating them for all to enjoy! They are also working on how they will present the information to the class tomorrow. Mostly, they just have to decide, out of all the information they highlighted, what they will share, and how to make sure everybody has a speaking role. It’s continuing to go well.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Spelling is due next tomorrow (75/76)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Tomorrow we are going to have an assessment covering multiplication and division. Today we played a game of math basketball to review and practice the skills we’ve learned over this unit. Tomorrow when the kids take their assessment, they will be left to their own devices, so today was a chance for them to ask any clarifying questions, and to walk through the strategies we’ve been using. For homework the kids are continuing to practice 2-digit by 1-digit algorithm problems has secret codes!

Math Homework: Secret Code Multiplication

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Pilgrim Project Monday

December 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today for language arts time, the kids read from their chapter books, and they completed a Scholastic News quiz. Sometimes we read through the Scholastic with adults, just to have that guided experience where we discuss and think about non-fiction reading. Today’s reading was independent, and many kids write their reading goals towards performing well on the Scholastic quizzes. I haven’t scored them all, but I have scored quite a few. I can see that many kids took a lot of time and put a lot of effort into that assignment. We also wrote vocabulary sentences using our new words and enjoyed some penmanship and read aloud as well.

During social studies time, the kids worked on their final Pilgrims project. Today the groups read the material they will present, took notes, and decided on the most important information. After sharing that with me, they were given a poster to decorate for their presentation. The groups worked well with each other, and they made solid progress!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Library books
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (75/76)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
About a week-and-a-half ago I had the kids try to write a story problem and solve a given division problem. That did not go well, and many of the kids were quite unsure about how to approach the problem. Today we tackled that again, but this time the kids were much more prepared. I had a few versions of the problem to provide a different challenge to different kids, and they created some really fun posters. We had a chance to share before the kids left, and now I have some color on my walls! For homework the kids have a shape multiplication assignment. The goal of homework this week is to have the kids be proficient at 2-digit by 1-digit algorithm multiplication. Each assignment will focus on that as a skill, and we will build from that into 2-digit by 2-digit algorithm multiplication.

Math Homework: Shape Multiplication

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Natives Friday

December 8th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today we had a guest named Brenda come from the Natives Program. The Natives Program is a group of dedicated educators that work in 4J, teaching kids about Native American history, and culture. As we studied Pilgrims, most of the information was from the side of the English explorers. While that’s valuable, it only tells one part of the story. Today Brenda discussed pre-contact life for the tribes, and she’ll be back to discuss what that looked like up to the events of the Revolutionary War later in the year. Ask the kids to share about her presentation.

The kids also enjoyed story time from Kelly, and we wrote our Weekly Reports. Please make sure to sign the Weekly Report and have the kids return it on Monday. Also, several students continue to forget their library books at home during the weekend, and they can’t check out on Monday. Encourage them to get those books in their backpacks before school on Monday!

We also enjoyed a read aloud, had music class, and read from our curriculum about tree kangaroos. It was quite a busy day!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Library books
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (75/76)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
After working through many problems that involved dividing by 21, today we looked at problems that divided by other numbers. The process is the same, but today the work was more to generalize the strategy across a variety of problems, not the similar batch that we’ve been working on during the first days of division. The kids worked through a rotation, and we made quite a bit of progress.

Math Homework: No Weekend HW

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Final BOPS Thursday

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

During language arts we continued presenting our BOPS. Today we had our final five oral reports, and they we learned a bunch! We also heard from our final poem presenters today as well. Thanks again for all of your support at home on the BOP projects. I hope the kids enjoy them, and learn a thing-or-two about how to manage large projects.

Today we started a culminating activity for Pilgrims. The kids are going to work in groups, reading a segment of a fun book all about Pilgrims. Each group will read, take notes, create a poster, and present on what they learned. Today the project was introduced, groups were formed, and materials were handed out.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (75/76)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today while the kids were using IXL to practice some of the division strategies we’ve been working on, my parent volunteers were helping to give the kids their final 2-9 math facts test. This has been a long road, but many of the kids have much more confidence and ability with their facts, so thank you for making this a focus at home. In addition to IXL, I also reviewed the 2-digit by 1-digit algorithm with the kids today. Next week’s homework will focus on this skill, and we’ll build from that into the 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication algorithm.

Math Homework: I forgot to hand it out…looks like a night off

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Trading Wednesday

December 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

During language arts we enjoyed more BOP presentations, and we had our spelling routine as well. As usual, the kids corrected last week’s homework and started their new homework. In addition, they took and corrected their test.

Today we also wrote in our Pilgrim journals about the trading that took place on Monday. The kids used their writing prompt to get them started. I’m having them keep their journals for another day or two to finish adding any final details, and then I’ll be collecting them for scoring.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Spelling is due tomorrow (65/66)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
For today’s math lesson, we focused on a new skill. Yesterday, when dividing 716 by 21, we subtracted groups of 210 (10 twenty-ones) from 716. Today we looked at our multiples of 21 to speed up the process. Since I know that the multiples are 21, 42, 63, and so on, I also know the 10th, 20th, and 30th multiples of 21 are 210, 420, and 630. Instead of subtracting 210 several times, today we worked on taking away larger numbers…such as 630 instead. Again, I realize this can be confusing since you never learned division using this method…I think the kids are getting it, and that’s what we’re going for. I’m trying to focus the homework on multiplication until the kids have a solid grasp of this dividing strategy.

Math Homework: 3-digit lattice
Math Homework: Practice 2sā€“9s

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BOP Tuesday

December 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Most of our language arts block was used by enjoying BOP projects. Outside of BOP projects, we also had a reading rotation where the kids completed an independent Scholastic News, and read from their chapter books. I really want to finish our books before the break!

The BOP projects were really enjoyable today, and I’m looking forward to listening and learning from the kids more in the coming days. Thanks so much for your help at home!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Spelling is due tomorrow (65/66)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today in math class the kids revisited our initial dividing lesson that caused so much confusion. Today we divided by 21, and the kids were given a clear strategy to make that happen. Basically, we subtract large chunks of 21 from the number (210 for example), and we keep track of how many 21s we take away. Here is a video with an example– Partial Quotient Division. I gave the kids a paper to take home so you could look it over and make sense of the strategy for yourself. We made quite a bit of progress today, but this is still something we’ll be working on for several days.

Math Homework: WB 51/52
Math Homework: Practice 2sā€“9s

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Organization Monday

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in language arts the kids started their new reading rainbow, and we will hopefully finish this complete round prior to the break. The kids worked on Skill Scramblers (parts-of-speech practice) independently, and I read with small groups from our chapter books. We also completed a lesson on scoring writing organization. The kids saw the rubric, and they scored four separate papers, based on their organization.

Lastly, we wrote in our Pilgrim journals about the spring planting lesson from last week. The kids also had an activity where they had to trade goods with the Wampanoag tribe. The Pilgrims had some large debts when they arrived to the New World, and through their trading, they were able to pay off some of that debt.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE** Weekly Report
Homeroom: BOP is due tomorrow
Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Reading: Spelling is due Wednesday (65/66)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today we had a lesson called Multiple Towers. Using tape from an adding machine, I created a tall, paper tower, and taped it to the classroom. On that tall, paper tower, I counted up from 21s, starting at the bottom. I know this probably doesn’t make sense. In short, the numbers went up from the bottom…21, 42, 63, 84, and so on, always adding 21. We played some games with this…the kids tried to guess what the number would be compared to their height. After that, we started to make some observations. In short, the end goal was for the kids to see that the 10th number was 210, and the 20th was 420, and the 30th was 630, and so on. We will use this information to help us with division in the coming weeks.

Math Homework: Lattice
Math Homework: Practice 2sā€“9s

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Summary Friday

December 1st, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in language arts we had a few activities. The kids started their new reading rainbow. The reading rainbow is basically an organizational tool that has the kids complete 10 lessons worth of assignments in small groups, and independent work as well. The last rainbow was somewhat incomplete since I gave back half of the work during the conferences, but it was something we can build from. This rainbow will take half the time, and now they have a better sense of the expectations for the activities they’ll complete. Today they filled out a goal sheet for this round of activities.

We also had a big summary writing lesson today. We talked about summaries as being short, and only sharing the most important information about the text. We also talked about how to quote the text to support summary statements. The kids read articles from Tween Tribune, and practiced summarizing them using quotes.

Lastly, we wrote our Weekly Reports and talked about our upcoming BOPS. The kids’ BOP projects are due next Tuesday…I hope they have been working on them all month so this isn’t a stressful weekend!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/5–LAST WEEKEND!
Homeroom: Goal monitoring
Homeroom: Library books
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (65/66)
Reading: Read 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
We are now moving away from multiplication, and beginning our conversations around division. Honestly, there was more confusion about division today than I expected. We discussed division in a few ways. We talked about division being the opposite of multiplication, much in the same way that subtraction is the opposite of addition. We also talked about division as repeated subtraction. The kids were given a problem (170/15), and they were asked to write a word problem that expresses division, and then solve it any way they could. It proved to be too much to ask for most of the class. We’ll slow down and revisit this on Monday.

Math Homework: No Weekend HW
Math Homework: Practice 2sā€“9s

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