On Monday, I will be sending home book order forms for the month of December and the Holiday Gift Guide. If you are interested in ordering books as holiday gifts, please let me know on the order form or if ordering online, email me, and I will hold the books for you to pick up at school. I can also send them home in a sealed envelope. Orders are due to me by December 10th to ensure holiday delivery. You can also order online by clicking the banner above. My code is HYG66.
My recommendations for this month are:
Diary of A Wimpy Kid: The Third Wheel by Jeff Kinney
Our Math Classes played this free game from Andrea at For the Love of Teaching Math on Wednesday before Thanksgiving Break. The students really enjoyed it and practiced multiplying and dividing decimals at the same time. You can get your FREE copy at Teachers Pay Teachers by clicking HERE.
We've been learning about exponents. On Thursday, the students played Exponent Ball to practice using exponents, comparing values and using the power key. These are some of my fourth period students. They seemed to really enjoy the game.
Congratulations to our winner of the Open House Candy Corn Estimation prize! There were 295 pieces of candy corn in the jar. Three students guessed 300. After a drawing, our winner was chosen. Way to go!
I want to thank all of the families, 50 in all, that attended Open House on Thursday evening. It was a pleasure to meet you, or reconnect with you if we have worked together in the past. Please remember to contact me if you have any concerns or questions about your child's education.
Welcome back to school. We had a wonderful first week of classes at JMS. The sixth graders have been great and are really getting into the routines of the middle school. During the first week of school, we went over classroom rules and expectations, started a Student Resource Book scavenger hunt, and assessed the students using the GMADE diagnostic test to help us determine student strengths and areas of needed growth. We will complete our testing on Tuesday, and continue our work in Unit One of Everyday Math. Each week I will post homework, upcoming assessments and special events on this blog.
You will find Study Link Help by units, Family Letters, and Do Anytime Activities. I encourage you to visit the site and become familiar with it. It is a valuable resource for helping your child with homework or extension activities.
Welcome to our classroom! This is a view from my desk area. The desks are set up in teams to facilitate the use of cooperative learning in our Reading Edge and Everyday Math Classes.
Each team is assigned a number. I used CTP's Dots on Black as our theme. These are the large dots with Dots on Black numbers attached.
This is the view from the opposite corner. I used the fabric pictured below to create another curtain the bookshelf in the back. I like to soften as many corners as possible in the classroom to give it a homey feel.
This is our general announcement board. I will use the CTP Poppin Patterns Mini Charts to anchor the menu and other important announcements.
This view shows the Math Word Wall and part of our number line. That's the bookcase the runner I made will top and cover.
We are studying probability in Everyday Math 6. Here are some photos from some of my classes of the students completing the Amazing Maze Challenge. Then they created a Tree Diagram using the collected data from the maze.