This Week In Room 411

Week of December 14, 2015

New Donors Choose Project

Click on the button to take you to our new Donors Choose project. We need your help in getting trapezoid tables to foster collaboration in our classroom. Feel free to share our link, with anyone who can help.

Trapezoid Tables Needed

Our latest Donors Choose project is up and running. I am requesting four trapezoid tables. These tables will allow students to collaborate on projects and work in groups. Better yet, they take up less space than traditional rectangle tables and be configured in various ways. This allows for flexible use. Click on the button above to take you to our project.


Sparkle and Clubs are meeting. Any questions, please call the office.

Monday, December 14th
  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band

Tuesday, December 15th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band

Wednesday, December 16th

  • E-Day: Art
  • Math Test

Thursday, December 17th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • No Band today
  • Winter Movie Party @2pm. Students may wear PJ's or comfy clothes. They may also bring a pillow and blanket.

Friday, December 18th

  • No School-Winter Break begins.
  • School resumes on Tuesday, January 5th.

Keep Skills Sharp Over Winter Break

Over the break I'd love for your child to take some time to relax and enjoy family time. Yet, at the same time we don't want them to lose their learning momentum. Be sure they are reading and practicing math facts. Sites to maintain momentum are,, and Your student has the log-in information, but please let me know if you need it.

Last Week's Hour of Code

Students did a great job last week with the science students from De Soto High School. So many have asked to continue working on the Hour of Code. Students have the log-in information and password if they'd like to continue it at home.



This week students will continue to read informational texts about European exploration in North America. We have begun reading Pedro's Journal. Our focus during the novel will be on figurative language (focus on similes and metaphors), summarizing a text, and understanding how a character responds to a challenge.

Reminder that there is not a new vocabulary packet. However, many students need to return last week's packet for credit.

Social Studies/Writing

This week we continue to work on exploration and our magazine. Students will be reading primary source documents to determine whether they believe Christoper Columbus was a hero, villain, or both. This is a very thought provoking activity in which students support their view with historical documents. It also provides for an engaging discussion. In addition, students will learn about the technology of the day, how the settlements of Europeans differed, and even more about the explorers who came to the Americas.


This week we will divide decimals by decimals and continue to work on solving multi-step problems.

Below you will find links to two videos I found on dividing decimals. If your child struggles, or you just want them to have a little extra explanation, these would be useful.

Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.

Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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So many parents have already signed up. Please consider doing so if you haven't already. Remember that students earn a free mechanical pencil when a parent enrolls in the messaging service.

Starside is on Twitter

If you are on Twitter please consider following our classroom and Starside on Twitter. It's a great way to see all the wonderful learning going on at Starside. To follow our classroom, simply go to @StarsideMartin and go to @StarsideComets to follow the school.

Contacting Mrs. Martin

Here you can choose a way to contact me, link up to our Twitter page, or the Starside Elementary website. Also, don't forget that Starside is on Twitter. The handle is @StarsideComets