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Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

More Magnets Tuesday

December 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today the kids worked on a single problem in math class…748 divided by 21. They had to create a story problem, solve the division, and show their work, and share their answer using a label. The goal today was to make sure each student understands the ladder method of division. We’ve made a lot of progress these past two weeks with 2-by-2 algorithm work, and division! For homework the kids have workbook page 5, and some math facts to practice. It won’t be due until Thursday because we don’t have math tomorrow due to field trips.

For today’s language arts time, the kids finished their posters and began practicing for their presentations. It’s actually good timing, because I can share some strategies for them to be successful with their BOP presentations that they’ll be giving next week. We also had time for the 4th graders to read from Number the Stars and for the 5th graders to complete a Scholastic News.

Last week the kids completed a scientific inquiry experiment that was guided by me. This week, the kids are completing their own inquiry-based experiment that is similar. They are testing to see how much stronger magnetism is as multiple magnets are used to hold weight. We are using a balance to test this…I’m guessing the kids can explain how it will all work. Today, in groups, the kids designed their experiment, and they’ll test that design tomorrow.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due tomorrow (Tic-Tac-Toe 21)
Reading: Next spelling test is tomorrow
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: WB5/Facts

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Midwest Monday

December 11th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

In today’s math class, we built on our understanding of the multiple tower of 21 from yesterday, and transitioned into dividing by 21 today. It’s not going to do a lot of good to explain it in words, so let me share a video that shows how ladder division works…click on the link, and you can see how it was instructed. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=343wfi0XgFs
We certainly didn’t master this skill, but today it was introduced, and we’ll build on it tomorrow. For homework the kids will be playing with toothpicks!

Today during language arts we continued working on our Northeast/Southeast presentations. The kids finished taking their notes, and then started preparing a poster to highlight the most important information from their reading. We are also going to be reading quite a bit from Rules and Number the Stars this week so I’m 100% confident in us being able to finish the books before the break.

During our social studies time, the kids completed the reading for the Midwest, played a game of Stump the Panel, and started their test! We didn’t have time to finish the tests and correct them, so we’ll do that tomorrow before our science lesson.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE**Weekly Report
Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due Wednesday (Tic-Tac-Toe 21)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Toothpicks

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Super Friday

December 7th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

For today’s math class, the kids enjoyed a game that required some logic, division skills, and a bit of luck. I have a parent volunteer that created a game, similar to roulette, that involved an 8-sided die. It’s a little complicated to explain here, but the kids were able to successfully work through the game in groups, and practice a few key skills. Since the weekend is upon us, I didn’t assign any homework.

During our language arts time, the kids finished working on their Skill Scramblers from the other day, and we wrote our Weekly Reports as well. Attached to this week’s Weekly Report is a field trip form for a trip we’re taking next Wednesday…make sure to sign it!

Rebecca also came in to talk with the kids about safe touch. A number of years ago, Erin’s Law was passed, which helps to define expectations around what kids should learn about safe touch, how often they should learn it, and what those conversations should focus on. It’s all about keeping kids safe! Here is a link to learn more…

http://www.erinslaw.org

Rebecca does a great job helping the kids understand personal space, and that each person’s body belongs only to them.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18–2 weekends left
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic-Tac-Toe 21)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 60 minutes
Math: No Math HW

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Inquiry Thursday

December 6th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today’s math lesson is called Multiple Towers, and it highlights a few things for the kids. On a piece of register tape, from the bottom to the top, I had a count-by of 21s. I know that’s weird. At the bottom of the tape, moving forward, it went 21, 42, 63, 84, and so on. To make a long story short, we looked for patterns in the tower, and eventually realized that the 10th, 20th, 30th, 40th (and so on…) multiples were related to the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on (210, 420, 630, 840…). We will use this for our large division problems. Tonight the kids have one more night of practice in the multiplication algorithm.

During language arts I introduced the kids to a little project we are going to complete before Winter Break. We don’t have time to approach the states unit in the same way we’ve been approaching it. Since I don’t have time, the kids were broken into groups, and they’ll be preparing presentations on the topics of the Southeast and Northeast. Today the kids met with their groups, and made some agreements so that this project will go well.

During science, the kids completed the experiment that we designed on Tuesday. Without going into too much detail, we tested to see if adding space between magnets reduces the magnets strength. Our hypothesis was that it would, but we weren’t sure exactly what the results would be. After taking our data, we graphed the results! Ask your kids to tell you about their experience…it is easier to explain verbally and with gestures rather than in words.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic-Tac-Toe 21)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Match It

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Midwest Wednesday

December 6th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today was my final day of working with the kids in groups, practicing the 2-by-2 multiplication algorithm. After a bit of a work period, highlighted by the kids having some time in Dreambox and me calling back groups, we completed a puzzle that required some algorithm skills. My hope is, as the week has progressed, that the kids are more and more capable of solving the multiplication problems independently. Tonight’s homework is continued practice with the 2-by-2 multiplication algorithm.

We had our spelling routine in language arts. The kids took their vocabulary assessment, corrected it, and had it returned. In addition, we looked over last week’s spelling assignment, and the kids started their new assignment. Lastly, once we were done with spelling, we continued our workshop rotation with the 4th graders working on Skill Scrambler (parts-of-speech practice), and the 5th graders reading from Rules.

This afternoon we continued our Midwest studies by learning about the products and natural resources of the Midwest, as well as its most famous landmarks. The kids are working in the whole group, but also in small groups. Our small groups are concentrated on what it means to be an effective group of students working together…we have leaders with expectations, and it’s been really helpful.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (Tic-Tac-Toe 21)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Secret Code

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Inquiry Tuesday

December 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We had a bit of a project today. The kids were given a task…they had to design the floor plan for a restaurant. They could either choose a 70-by-70 foot restaurant floor plan, or if they wanted the challenge, a 129-by-129 sized floor plan. There were some requirements on what would be need to be in the restaurant (kitchen, restrooms, dining area, etc.), and the kids had to create the layout. For each section, they had to find the area of that section using the algorithm. Tonight’s homework is to finish this assignment. I’m mostly interested in the math, but encouraged decorations to make it all come together. This proved to be pretty difficult in the classroom. I had a few kids come in at lunch to get further guidance…but I’m still a little unclear as to whether or not they’re feeling successful.

During language arts we enjoyed some library time. After library, the kids continued learning all about quotations. Today we played a game, similar to the OBOB format, where they worked with a group to find errors in quotation sentences. During workshop, the kids finished working on their hour of code projects that we started yesterday.

This afternoon we had the first part of a two-part lesson in science. Later this year, the kids will be completing a science fair project. Their project has a specific format, which essentially requires that they generate a hypothesis, design an experiment, and share the results of their experiment. Today we designed an experiment as a group, highlighting the steps they’ll be completing later this year for their own project. On Thursday we will complete the experiment, and look at the results!

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due tomorrow (303/304)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Restaurant

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Dance Party Monday

December 3rd, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

Today in math class we tackled to good ol’ multiplication algorithm for 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication. On Friday we worked a bunch on the 2-by-1 algorithm so the kids would have some confidence moving forward. Today we started with the 2-by-1 problems, and as best I could, I showed them how and why the 2-by-2 algorithm works. This week the kids will be getting a lot of practice with the algorithm as homework. Please look over their assignments with them as they master this skill…I wanted to get more practice today, but didn’t, so a little help might be in order. Tonight’s homework is the Singing Bee!

During language arts, we focused on using quotations. Many of the kids experimented with quotations during our last writing assignment, but few of them knew the conventions of using quotations. We went through some of the basics today, and we’ll practice a bit tomorrow as well. In addition, we started a new reading workshop cycle…the kids wrote a goal for this cycle based on the feedback from the last cycle.

Today during our social studies time, the kids enjoyed an Hour of Code activity courtesy of . The Hour of Code activities are to teach students the basics of computer science, making it approachable and fun for all ages and abilities. Today's assignment was certainly kid-friendly. The kids created their own dance party...and they were certainly creative! We didn't quite have time to finish, so I'll give them a bit of time tomorrow. Ask them to share at home!

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: **LATE** Weekly Report
Homeroom: Library books
Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due Wednesday (303/304)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: Singing Bee

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Kahoot Friday

November 30th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We returned to our math groups today! The kids worked through a bit of a rotation today, learning a new math game in one rotation, and working with me on 2-digit by 1-digit multiplication using the algorithm. Next week my goal is to conclude multiplication with the algorithm, and by first focusing on 2-by-1 problems, it will quickly transition them into 2-by-2 problems.

During language arts had a bit of a different activity. The kids all activated a Google Classroom account. I’ll be using Google Classroom to help manage some assignments, give assessments, and it will provide a platform for sharing. Right now the students do not have any access to post or share…it’s only a device for me to share to them. I would like to work with the kids on digital citizenship, and at some point, open up the platform for their input. During our workshop we also concluded our activities for our current reading cycle, and the kids handed back all of their work. I’ll check it all in and have it returned to them next week.

Finally, we had some time to write our Weekly Reports. Please make sure to sign them and have them returned on Monday!

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18–3 weekends
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (303/304)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 60 minutes
Math: No Math HW

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Nicole Thursday

November 29th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We didn’t have “regular” math, but we did work on math today. I taught the kids all about double-bar graphs! We had fun creating surveys, gathering data, and creating double-bar graphs. I highlighted the features of such graphs, and we decorated them as well! I told them to take them home and share them with you!

During language arts the kids enjoyed time with Kelly, our storyteller, and then they were introduced to our new vocabulary words. The kids will be tested on the words next week, so we’ll also have a few activities in the coming days. We also continued in our rotations during workshop…the 5th graders had independent work while I read with the 4th graders.

This afternoon we enjoyed a visit from Nicole at Walama Restoration. We haven’t seen Nicole in a while, and it’s always great when she comes to work with the kids! Today Nicole taught the kids about the life cycle of a plant. We discussed annual vs. perennial plants, germination, and pollination as well. She had some pretty interesting time-lapse videos to highlight what she was teaching the kids.

Lastly, we ended up having a bit of a conversation around Martin Luther King Jr. and the days leading up to his death. The kids watched a portion of his final speech, given the day before his assassination. I have a documentary titled, “At the River I Stand,” that is really informative and moving…I shared a bit of it with them.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (303/304)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: No Math HW

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Land and Water Wednesday

November 28th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We had our spelling rotation to start our day. The kids took their test, corrected it, and had it handed back to them. We also went over last week’s assignment and started our new assignment with our new words! The next test will be on 12/12. We also had a challenging activity where the 5th graders tried to communicate with the 4th graders using only 75 words that they chose a few days ago. The book we are reading, Rules, has a character that can only communicate by pointing at pictures in a communication book. I wanted to highlight what that would be like in a regular conversation.

Today for our homeroom math class, the kids learned the basics of probability. We started by deciding on the probability of rolling a 6 on a number cube. The kids quickly realized it’s a 1/6 chance. We expanded that to the idea that if you roll a number cube 6 times, in theory, you should roll each number exactly once. Of course that didn’t happen. We then moved into the idea that if you were to roll 600 times, each number should happen 100 times. We tested this to see how close it would be. Ask them to share the results!

This afternoon the kids read from the Land and Water section of our Midwest packet, and the climate section as well. We completed the land and water section as a whole group, and they worked with a new group for the climate. I’m working with the kids on leadership skills and we’re focusing on appropriate group behavior.

Thanks for checking in!

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: BOP is due 12/18
Reading: Spelling is due next Wednesday (303/304)
Reading: Next spelling test is 12/12
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Math: No Math HW

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