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Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

Apollo Tuesday

October 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

For today’s language arts time, we had another rotation. The 4th graders worked in two groups, first completing vocabulary sentences using our new words, and then reading from Number the Stars, the new chapter book we are starting. Number the Stars is about a Danish girl during WWII, and it tells the story of her family helping their friends escape from Denmark to Sweden. It’s always a favorite. We started today with a little history lesson about WWII. The 5th graders read from their new book, Frindle, which is a classic from Andrew Clements. Finally, we enjoyed Kelly, some penmanship, and keyboarding during our language arts block today.

During our science time, the kids read all about the Apollo 11 mission. Although some kids had ideas about the Apollo missions, most of this was brand new information for the kids. I have a documentary that I’ll show in small segments that also highlights the importance of those missions, as well as the many challenges. Ask them to share something they learned from today’s reading!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (39/40) due tomorrow!
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today in math class the kids were given a net, without any squares to help them see the dimensions. Once they cut out the net, they built a box, and were given centimeter cubes. I gave them a handful of centimeter cubes, but not enough to fill the box. They had to use the centimeter cubes to measure the length, width, and height of the box. Once they measured those dimensions, they were able to learn the volume. The kids also started work on their assignment tonight, which builds on what they did last night, only with some more challenging problems. I had two versions of the assignment, one more difficult than the other…they chose which one they wanted to work on, and I’m asking that they complete 3 of the 4 problems. Also, keep practicing the 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s this week…I want them totally mastered so the kids are ready to move into 6s and 7s next week!

Math Homework: Master 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s
Math Homework: Worksheet 19D or 38D (complete 3/4)

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Pilgrim Monday

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We covered a few things during language arts today. The kids are continuing to work with sentences, and sentence fragments. Next we’ll move into run-on sentences. One thing I’m noticing a lot of as I read the kids’ papers is run-on sentences…we can fix that. The kids also had time to keyboard (or finish typing their papers), and we wrote goals for our first big reading cycle. I teach in 10-day cycles, with certain activities repeating throughout the cycle. This is the primary way that I differentiate groups, and have leveled activities. Next week we will begin our first 10-day cycle, and we’ll begin reading the first chapter books of the year.

During language arts we broke into groups. The kids worked independently on a Skill Scrambler during one group session, and when they were working with me, we had some more practice with our vocabulary words. We also had time to watercolor our artwork for our stories. Not everybody has finished typing their stories, so if a student needed time to do that, then they didn’t watercolor.

We also started our first social studies unit today! The kids will be learning all about the Pilgrims, and what they went through their first year at Plymouth. Today we talked a little about the history, and the kids worked in groups to create their own colony. They are going to “compete” against the Pilgrims in a simulation, and hopefully the decisions they make will keep them more safe than the Pilgrims. Each lesson will highlight something the Pilgrims went through, and the kids will make choices, and those choices will have consequences. After each experience, the kids will write about what happened, as they role play a character in their fictional colony. The writing will be guided, but I encourage kids to break away from the guided writing, and create their own, unique story. It’s a fun unit, and after today’s introduction, I think they’re looking forward to it!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE**Weekly Report
Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (39/40) due Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
For today’s class, we focused on the volume of irregular shapes. Not everything comes as neatly packaged as a perfect, rectangular prism. Today we looked at irregular shapes (built from rectangular prisms), and we broke those shapes down into parts, and found the overall volume. The kids are extending this with their homework, and when you see it, I think it will make more sense.

Math Homework: Master 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s
Math Homework: Volume of Building

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Rebecca Thursday

October 12th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We covered a few things during language arts today. The kids are continuing to work with sentences, and sentence fragments. Next we’ll move into run-on sentences. One thing I’m noticing a lot of as I read the kids’ papers is run-on sentences…we can fix that. The kids also had time to keyboard (or finish typing their papers), and we wrote goals for our first big reading cycle. I teach in 10-day cycles, with certain activities repeating throughout the cycle. This is the primary way that I differentiate groups, and have leveled activities. Next week we will begin our first 10-day cycle, and we’ll begin reading the first chapter books of the year.

We had a lesson about advertising, and how advertisers target kids. This actually relates to tobacco ads, but I’ve generalized the lesson so the kids can see how they are targeted for advertising (games/food/toys/etc). It’s a pretty interesting lesson, and one that allows for the kids to start seeing the point of those ads…making money! They were great participants during our discussion.

Finally, Rebecca, our school counselor, came and had a lesson with the kids on bullying. Rebecca will give monthly lessons to the kids on a variety of topics. Again…they were great listeners and participators!

The kids wrote their Weekly Reports…please make sure to get those signed and returned for Monday. Also, several kids left their books at home last week, and couldn’t check out…our library day is on Monday, so it’s critical for those books to come back after the weekend. Lastly, this is the last weekend to collect Fun Run pledges. Thanks to everybody that has turned in their envelope…if you haven’t had time, please make time this weekend.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Homeroom: Library books!
Reading: BOP is due 10/24–2 Weekends!
Reading: Spelling (39/40) due next Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
The kids worked in IXL today, and I had the chance (along with 3 middle-school volunteers) to quiz the kids on their 4s and 5s. Next week we are going to retest 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s before moving into the larger numbers. Please make sure you are having the kids practice their math facts at home…we need to get this mastered before moving forward with 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication or division.

Math Homework: Master 2s, 3s, 4s, and 5s
Math Homework: No Weekend Homework

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Relative Distance Wednesday

October 11th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We had our spelling routine in language arts today. The kids took and corrected their Journeys test over the 20 words they’ve been studying, as well as the 5 challenge words. The new homework assignment has the next batch of words, and they’ll be tested on those words in two weeks. We also went over the homework assignment, and the kids were given time to get started on that as well.

During our science lesson, we looked at the relative distance and size of the Earth, Sun, and Moon. I have globes that are 12 cm in diameter, and styrofoam balls that are correctly proportioned to be the relative size of the Moon. The kids were asked to decide how far apart the globe and styrofoam ball would be if they were proportional to the Earth and the Moon. Many kids were surprised by how far apart they were (3.6 meters). We took it a step further, and the kids were asked to predict how large the sun would be in this given model, and how far apart the Sun and Earth would be. In this model, with a 12 cm Earth, the Sun would be about 13.2 meters in diameter. We went outside to see that visually. The more amazing aspect of this is, the Sun would be 1.4 km away from our Earth globes. In order to make this more visual, we changed our scale so the Earth is 1cm in diameter, the Moon is roughly the size of a peppercorn, and the Sun would be about 1 meter in diameter. Given that relative scale, the distance between the Sun and Earth is about 100 meters…something the kids could visualize. Ask the kids how many Earths would fit inside the Sun.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (39/40) due next Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Our lesson today was challenging. The other day the kids built a box of given dimensions, and had to decide how many “packages” (smaller rectangular prisms) would fit into the larger “shipping” box. Today the kids were given a variety of package sizes, and were asked to create a box that could be completely filled by all of the different shapes. We had several correct answers, and we discussed strategies for how they made it happen. Again, it’s kind of difficult to explain, but the kids may have an easier time at home with a few manipulatives.

Math Homework: Master 4s and 5s
Math Homework: Irregular Volume

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Finishing Papers Tuesday

October 10th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Most of the kids finished typing the final draft of their stories today! As kids finished, I briefly looked over their work, and we printed the papers. I had previously instructed the kids about font size and choice, and the proper formatting of a formal writing assignment. I wanted to make sure they had an indent for their paragraphs, chose a readable font, and used capitals and end-marks throughout their paper. We are also creating a watercolor to go along with our paper, and as kids finished, they began their work on that as well.

For today’s health lesson, the kids learned about inhalants. The lesson on inhalants teaches the kids what an inhalant is, what happens when you breathe in chemicals, and what you should do if you ever feel light-headed (go outside and get some fresh air!). We will have one last lesson that focuses on advertising.

The kids also had some of our standard Tuesday work and activities today as well. We enjoyed penmanship and read aloud, had time for keyboarding, and Kelly came to share stories with the kids.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (30/35) due tomorrow
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today we extended our knowledge of how to double the volume of a given figure by working through how to adjust the dimensions to create half of the volume. Much like doubling, when you want half of the volume, you simply take half of one side. The only issue here is that the kids had to be mindful of finding an even side to cut in half…we’re trying to avoid side lengths that include decimals. We had a work period for them to practice, and I also continued to encourage them to practice their 4s and 5s this week for the upcoming test on Thursday.

Math Homework: Master 4s and 5s
Math Homework: WB 25/26

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Telescope Monday

October 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today the kids began work on the final draft of their stories. We went into Google Docs, and created a new document. We talked about some formatting considerations, and also discussed the use of text language and emojis in a school paper. I showed the kids how to use the computer to assist with spelling, but we also talked about being mindful of homophones. The kids were given a lot of time to type their stories…probably an hour…and my goal was for them to be through the 2nd event by the end of the work period. Some kids finished, and will begin their artwork tomorrow!

For science the kids read about telescopes. Included in the reading was information about early telescopes and astronomers, the uses of telescopes, modern telescopes, and some discoveries that are based on observations using telescopes. I showed the kids an interesting video about how modern telescopes are manipulated and controlled to get some of their images, and I think that highlighted just how complex they can be.

Lastly, we watched a bus safety video. Each year we are required to go through bus safety with the kids, and I wanted to get it done early…since many of them ride the bus!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE**Weekly Report
Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (30/35) due Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today we concluded the lesson we started last week. The kids built a box of given dimensions. They were then tasked with filling that box with smaller “packages.” The goal was to fit as many packages as possible inside the larger box. There were five different shapes for them to try. After the kids were given time to finish their trials, we sat down and discussed strategies for this activity.

Math Homework: Master 4s and 5s
Math Homework: Math facts

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Fun Run Friday

October 6th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today we finished the rough draft of our Harris Burdick stories! The kids and I wrote the conclusions to our story. We talked about the conclusion being the part of the story where we uncover the lesson/moral of the story. As a group, we decided on the moral of my story…don’t let your imagination get the best of you…and the kids wrote their own conclusions. Ask them to share at home. If they didn’t finish their paper, they should do so this weekend!

The kids also wrote their Weekly Reports, and enjoyed some Scholastic reading, but today’s big activity was the Fun Run. We had a great time going down to the track and getting as many laps as possible. Thanks to all of you that showed up to help…the Fun Run isn’t possible without our volunteers. We’ll be collecting the envelopes next week, so gather the donations, and send it back with the kids! Thanks!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Library books!
Homeroom: Collect Fun Run pledges
Writing: Share conclusion
Reading: BOP is due 10/24–3 weekends left
Reading: Spelling (30/35) due next Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH

We are continuing our volume lessons, but today we went back to some hands-on activities. The kids built a box of given dimensions. They were told that it was a shipping box, and inside the shipping box, they had to decide how many “packages” would fit. The packages were also rectangular prisms, but of a different size. On Monday we will fill the box with the smaller packages and try to figure out the most that will fit. It’s hard to explain, so maybe the kids can do the activity more justice when you talk about it at home.

Math Homework: Master 4s and 5s

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Moon Thursday

October 5th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today during our language arts time we wrote the 3rd events to our stories. The kids have been excited to share their work in the classroom, and I hope they’re sharing at home as well. We will write our conclusions tomorrow, and next week we’ll focus on the final drafts. In addition to writing, we played spelling basketball, and had time for keyboarding today as well.

The kids were given a challenging assignment during science. They were given 30 slips of paper, each with a single phase of the moon cycle. They were told that today was a full moon, and they were tasked with arranging the remaining 29 slips in a correct order. We had all kinds of solutions…some right, some not. We’ll be discussing the changes in the phases of the moon in the coming weeks, and this was a great starter for them.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Fun Run tomorrow!!
Writing: Share 3rd event
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (30/35) due next Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
Today I gave the kids their test on 2s and 3s while they were working through IXL. The IXL lessons focused on finding the volume of rectangular prisms. Many students passed the math facts test, and those that didn’t will be practicing at school, and they should be practicing at home as well. Next Thursday they will need to have their 4s and 5s mastered. For homework tonight they have some more work in volume.

Math Homework: Volume Worksheet
Math Homework: Master 4s and 5s

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Seasons Wednesday

October 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We are continuing to move right along with our spelling. I know the routines aren’t easy to understand, but this week marks the first official week of our new routine. The kids took the “cold” Sitton test today. That is the test where they fill-in-the-blanks, and they don’t know what words will appear. I’m not concerned with the scores on these tests…at least, not the initial scores. The words on these tests repeat, and we will work on skills in the classroom. I’m looking at growth over time, not at a certain percentage, and I’m stressing that with the kids. I also went over their new homework. This is the 2nd consecutive week they’ve had the same spelling words go home for homework, so next week, they’ll be tested on those 20 words (plus the 5 challenge words).

Finally, today the kids enjoyed another science lesson that involved a globe and a lamp in the center of the room. Today’s lesson was intended to show the kids why we have seasons. With the large globe we reviewed rotation around an axis, and that a single rotation makes a day. Today we looked at our revolution around the sun, and we saw that as a year…365 rotations. As a part of that, we used our globe and sun to observe that half of the year, Oregon is closer to the sun than the other half. Since that’s the case, we began to understand why we have seasons. The kids concluded the lesson with a reading in their groups.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (30/35) due next Wednesday
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
I have to be honest…I’m really struggling to find my way with this math group. I think having been a part of two classroom upheavals (3rd grade, and now 5th grade), and having 36 kids in math classes last year has left this group all over the place in terms of their abilities. Let me use multiplication as an example. Some kids have no strategies for multiplying 2-digit by 1-digit numbers. Some kids are using strategies presented in their math class last year, with varying degrees of success. Other kids are using the standard algorithm, which I’m assuming a parent taught them. In order for our work with volume to be successful, it’s assumed that they have all mastered a strategy, and at this point, that’s simply not the case. For the remainder of the volume unit, if your child has no strategy for multiplying these numbers, allow them to use a calculator. Our next unit is multiplication, and when we’re learning multiplication, calculators won’t be allowed. The lesson to be learned in volume is length x width x height = volume, and volume is a cubic measurement that shows how much space something takes up.

Math Homework: Volume Worksheet
Math Homework: Master 2s and 3s

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Finishing Day and Night Tuesday

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Our day started with a guest in the classroom. Nicole, from Walama Restoration, will be working with the kids throughout the year. Walama is a nonprofit group that is restoring portions of the riparian area along the Willamette, removing invasive species, and replanting native species. Nicole will come to the classroom several times this year to teach lessons, and she’ll also be our host on two field trips to the Willamette as well. Ask the kids to share about her lesson from today!

During language arts the kids worked on penmanship, and keyboarding during the afternoon. Kelly came to the classroom and we also enjoyed some stories. Lastly, this morning we wrote the 2nd event to our Burdick stories. Again, I guided this process with the kids following along as we talked about topic sentences, sensory details, complete sentences, and more. The kids were then given time to write, and share their work. The stories are coming along quite nicely. Tonight, ask them to finish/share their 2nd event at home!

The kids worked in groups this afternoon, answering some final questions about day and night. Some of what I was looking for was vocabulary in their answers, such as axis and rotate. I was also looking for them to include the sun rising in the east and setting in the west, with the sun traveling through the southern portion of the sky. I collected their work so I could give it a close look.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Writing: Share 2nd event
Reading: BOP is due 10/24
Reading: Spelling (27/28) due tomorrow
Reading: Read for 20 minutes

5th GRADE MATH
We concluded our conversation about Outdoor School today…except, we didn’t get to the slideshow We went through the student guide book, and I answered tons of questions about what we’ll be doing. They were great listeners, and I think they’re more excited now than ever! I gave my homeroom kids their Les Schwab bags, and I’ll give kids from Rhian and Adam’s classes their bags tomorrow. Keep practicing those 2s and 3s!

Math Homework: Volume Worksheet
Math Homework: Master 2s and 3s

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