Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

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Mr. Wines' Classroom Website

Artist Friday

May 25th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This will be my last post of the year. As we wind things down, and as I start preparing for report cards and shutting down the classroom, I stop posting daily updates. Thanks to everybody for reading about our events throughout the year. I’ll continue to use email to send along important information about events, projects, and end-of-the-year activities. I’ll also let you know that I’ll be giving math homework through June 7th, and the kids have already received their final spelling assignment of the year, due next Wednesday.

This morning the kids started their day by reading a news article from a website, Tween Tribune, and creating their very own quiz. It was challenging for the kids to generate quiz questions, but they did it. After generating a quiz, they traded quizzes with a partner, and tried to solve another student’s quiz, based on a different article.

Today the kids had two guest speakers. Kelly told her final story of the year, and for some of the kids, it was the last story they’ll likely enjoy from Kelly. They made her some cute artwork as she presented. We also had Rebecca come in for a lesson as well. Ask the kids to share at home!

Lastly, our artist concluded his time with the kids, and we presented our sock puppets to each other. I think everybody had a great time with this residency, and now they even have something to take home and enjoy!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Weekly Report
Homeroom: Library books
Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th–2 weekends left!
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
Today was a big day. We practiced…a lot…the 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication algorithm. Some of the kids have learned this at home, and were already proficient, but it was nice to have them around to help others that were still new to the process. We talked about this being the most efficient way to solve the problems we’ve worked on this year. Next week I’ll be giving homework for them to get more and more practice. It was a big day of learning and practicing for the kids.

Math Homework: No weekend HW

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Santa Cruz Thursday

May 24th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This morning we had some time to work on DOL (editing), and the kids also read from Because of Winn Dixie and Do the Funky Pickle. I had to keep them pretty busy…they were less interested in that work, and more interested in the fact that we had such a big city day planned!

The big activity of the day was opening our city to Courtney, Rhian, and Sally’s classrooms. We hosted all three classrooms, and I think everybody had a fantastic time. Our guests spent quite a bit of money with us, and many of the kids ran out of products to sell. The businesses that offered entertainment did well, and I think they appreciated the fact that they don’t have to worry about product…just engaging their customers. I had a great time…the kids had a great time…it was quite a day! We will open again next Thursday for Mitzi, and for our Open House!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
Today the kids worked independently in IXL, and while that was going on, myself and my volunteers were pulling kids and working on using a protractor to verify the angles within a quadrilateral. Tomorrow we move into 2-digit by 2-digit multiplication! It’s time to master the algorithm.

Math Homework: Subtract Decimals

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Speeches Wednesday

May 23rd, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This morning the 5th graders and I went to Spencer Butte to enjoy a tour, and learn a little bit about the transition to middle school. They do a great job of informing the kids, but also, making them feel as comfortable as possible about their upcoming transition. They were a great group…very attentive and respectful! For homework, the kids need to complete their electives form and have it returned to me tomorrow.

Today we also continued our work on our letters to ourselves. The kids are all over the place with what they’re doing. Some of them are working on artwork…some of them are writing short novels…some of them are decorating everything and finding mementoes to include in the envelope. They have embraced this project, and I think they’ll be glad in 7 years when it’s mailed back to them!

I was also planning on having 5th grade speeches today, but none of the kids were ready to give it a go. If your child is interested in speaking at our breakfast ceremony, please encourage them to get a speech written!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
This morning the 5th graders and I went to Spencer Butte to enjoy a tour, and learn a little bit about the transition to middle school. They do a great job of informing the kids, but also, making them feel as comfortable as possible about their upcoming transition. They were a great group…very attentive and respectful! For homework, the kids need to complete their electives form and have it returned to me tomorrow.

Today in math class we worked on other polygons, outside of what we’ve already been learning. The kids defined polygons by how many sides they have, and we also continued to use our compasses to measure interior angles. For homework, I want them to work on adding those decimals! While the unit is behind us, I still want them practicing!

Math Homework: Spencer Butte Electives Form

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Keynote Tuesday

May 22nd, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

We had another guest, Margaret, come share about her role in city government today. The kids are getting all kinds of guests, and all kinds of perspectives on what roles professionals play in a city. It’s been great. We also had time to complete our Skill Scrambler from yesterday, and work on keyboarding as well.

This afternoon we were guests in Courtney’s classroom. It’s always fun to visit another city and see what those kids have been working on. We brought our hard-earned money and spent it on a few goodies.

Lastly, we took some time to learn/review how to use Keynote (Mac’s version of PowerPoint). The kids created some slideshows and explored the many ways to make that slideshow interesting. We’ve been working in Google Slides on this, and while Keynote is similar, it has more features. We are learning/reviewing, because next week we will be teaching our buddies how to use the application.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
Today in math class we learned all about circles! We defined everything from the radius, diameter, chord, and central angles. The kids also learned a bit about pi, and how we can use pi to find the circumference of a circle. Overall, the lesson went well, and we had some fun with our measurements!

Math Homework: Quadrilaterals

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Artist Monday

May 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

During language arts we continued our reading from Because of Winn Dixie and Do the Funky Pickle. The kids all seem to be enjoying our final selections of the year. We also worked on a Skill Scrambler, continuing our practice with parts of speech, and sentence construction.

After math, the kids continued their letters to themselves. This project has gone nicely, and the kids are writing some pretty detailed letters to themselves. I’m really challenging them to work hard on this, because I don’t want their 18 year-old selves to be disappointed in their 9/10/11 year-old selves!

Finally, the kids enjoyed our artist-in-residence, Noah, today. Noah continued to work with the kids on making their sock puppets, and also on developing a character around their sock puppet. We are trying to give each sock puppet its own personality…a little backstory to make them more interesting.

I returned the kids’ endangered species reports. I asked them to take them home and share them. You will see the organizational structure we used as you read their reports. I was most impressed with how well they kept their papers organized. I hope they enjoy sharing their work with you.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: LATE–Weekly Report
Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
We continued our work in geometry by studying quadrilaterals today. We defined a whole slew of quadrilaterals, and also continued our work with angles. The kids created their own quadrilaterals, and had to find the sum of the interior angles. We learned that the sum of the interior angles of a quadrilateral is 360 degrees! For homework the kids have some work with triangles.

Math Homework: Triangles

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Classroom Talks Thursday

May 21st, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This morning we neared completion of testing. The kids took their district test for language arts, and for many kids that is the last test they’ll have during this testing season. Phew! We also wrote our Weekly Reports and enjoyed a Scholastic News as well.

Over the next few weeks, we will be having guests come in and talk with the kids about different roles people have in the city. Today we had a father, Mike, come and share a little about what he does. Ask the kids to share about the talk at home.

We continued our letters to ourselves. This project has gone nicely, and the kids are writing some pretty detailed letters to themselves. I’m really challenging them to work hard on this, because I don’t want their 18 year-old selves to be disappointed in their 9/10/11 year-old selves!

Last, but not least, the kids were a wonderful audience at Spencer Butte for the dress rehearsal of their upcoming musical. Ask them to share at home!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due 5/30

5th GRADE MATH
The kids enjoyed some time in IXL and on Prodigy while I handed back our last assessment. I went over some items with kids to clarify, and was able to make some progress with kids that still had misunderstandings. For homework the kids will continue working on our challenge assignments!

Math Homework: Challenge HW

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Artist Friday

May 18th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This morning, instead of working on Skill Scrambler for parts-of-speech practice, today we wrote some poems. I shared a diamond poem pattern with the kids, and they created some creative poems. We also read in reciprocal groups from our new chapter books as well.

Today we had our second day with our artist-in-residence. The kids have been great as we are learning about puppetry, and preparing for a little presentation! This afternoon we also enjoyed Kelly!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due next Wednesday

5th GRADE MATH
Today was all about triangles in math class! We discussed labeling triangles by their sides (equilateral/isosceles/scalene), by their angles (right/obtuse/acute), and we also discussed features of a triangle (for example, the three angles add to 180 degrees). We drew triangles, used our protractors and did some measuring, and basically had the most fun that one could possibly have. I think.

Math Homework: No weekend HW

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Commercial Wednesday

May 16th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

This morning we had our spelling routine. The kids took their vocabulary test, corrected it, and had it returned. We also went over last week’s homework, and started our new assignment as well. After completing spelling, the kids also had time to read a few more chapters from our new chapter books.

After math we finished our work on our commercials, and the kids also enjoyed fate cards from Classroom City. The fate cards replicate things that might happen in real life. A few of the kids were really grateful that they had purchased full insurance coverage!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 209/210 due next Wednesday

5th GRADE MATH
The kids learned a useful skill today…how to measure angles using a protractor. As we were working on measuring angles, we defined the differences between acute, right, and obtuse, which will come in handy when we’re learning about triangles. For homework the kids have a challenge assignment…it’s more puzzle solving than crunching numbers.

Math Homework: Challenge HW (the kids can choose a side to work on)

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Soft Opening Tuesday

May 15th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

During language arts, we had our second big round of working on our endangered species artwork. With the help of my volunteers, we managed a large group of kids painting, using pastels, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and watercolors. A lot of kids finished their artwork today, and then helped others finish as well.

We had our “soft” opening today. Mostly, we’re trying to practice how to set up and take down our city. The kids were also given the opportunity to go to other businesses and make purchases. Some of our businesses did quite well for their first day being open! Ask the kids to share about the experience.

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 207/208 due tomorrow

5th GRADE MATH
Our new unit is all about geometry! Today we learned some definitions and took detailed notes on geometric ideas. We discussed the difference between lines, line segments, and rays. We talked about parallel vs. perpendicular, and intersecting lines. We will be using correct vocabulary throughout the unit, and today got us off to a strong start.

Math Homework: P/R 6-1

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Letter to Self Monday

May 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Daily Update

Hi All,

For the next few weeks, we’ll be enjoying an Artist-in-Residence. Our current artist will be working with the kids on puppetry. Today we had our first of four lessons. Ask the kids to share at home!

During language arts, we started our new books, Because of Winn-Dixie (4th graders), and Do the Funky Pickle (5th graders). Both are fun stories to end our year with. Our final language arts activity was starting our letters to ourselves. Each student is going to write a letter to their 18 year-old self. I’ll be collecting the letters and mailing them during the spring of their senior year in high school. Today we talked about what to put in the letter, and they were given a chance to get started. It’s a fun project to end the year with.

Today we prepared for our big opening, which is tomorrow. The kids made some last-minute items, put up advertisements, and finalized their plans for their business. I’m looking forward to seeing their work tomorrow!

Thanks for checking in.

Mr. Wines

HOMEWORK

Homeroom: LATE–Weekly Report
Homeroom: Community BOP is due on June 5th
Reading: Read 20 minutes
Reading: Spelling 207/208 due Wednesday

5th GRADE MATH
We were excited to have Ellis Paul come and perform for the kids today…but it was another activity that took place during our math hour. Tomorrow…I promise…the kids will be working on math!

Math Homework: No math HW

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