Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

March 9, 2017

Mission Statement

We, the Wizards of the CAP House, will participate in advanced level learning, have a growth mindset, and work towards BIG dreams, by following our school rules, and having fun!


  • Be prepared
  • Be respectful
  • Be Kind
  • Persevere

What's Happening??

  • 4/6 - Spring Picture Day

  • 4/13 - 5th Grade Science Fair Presentations

  • 4/14 - NO SCHOOL

  • 4/17-4/21 - SPRING BREAK


What a gorgeous day!

I apologize for the interruption to CAP on Tuesday. I fell down the front steps at school (yes, it took talent...LOL) on Monday and was stuck resting on Tuesday. I had left substitute plans, but apparently, there was not a sub available. Students stayed with their homeroom teachers and completed work there. I was very impressed with what they told me they accomplished by taking responsibility for their learning.

I am working diligently to catch up with grading on Schoology. I do review work immediately, but do not always grade while I'm looking through the assignment submissions. My goal is to catch up by this weekend!

Mid-marking period grades came home today so please check with your student for the slip of paper. If you have any questions, let me know!

We had visitors from district office visit our room on Monday and they seemed to enjoy talking with some students and seeing all their amazing work. They were impressed with how each student was busy working on what they needed to accomplish and that not all students were working on the same thing. I was impressed with how mature and responsible they were during the visit...although not surprised because they are pretty awesome most of the time!

Don't forget the Shield's Surfer is floating at sea. Track its progress at

Happy Thursday,

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle


Today was the first day of our new round of Socratic Seminars and they were great! Students were able to share their homework choice board activities so others could see a variety of ways their classmates responded to the weeks reading. I enjoy listening to their conversations about their reading.

Each week students have another person in their group they are secretly observing and then completing a form for them. This helps hold students accountable in the group and also helps the students understand what is expected of them during this time. I also shared a rubric I will be using to grade participation during Socratic Seminars. I will not be grading every student, each week, but will be doing random observations. Students can show you the rubric I use on Schoology.

We had a few students who were not prepared for Socratic Seminar. Each week, students are responsible for reading the chapters their group agreed on, completing a discussion and other graphic organizers in their book club folder, and completing two assignments of their choice from the Novel Study Choice Board.


Always think before you do.

We spent some time this week reviewing a variety of math concepts in both 4th and 5th grade as we reviewed morning work and the weekly homework. I enjoyed hearing how students problem solved on their work. Students were able to share many different strategies for how they tackled problems.

4th grade

Creating a square using 7 tangram pieces (See the picture) was a fun challenge! We then discussed if each piece was 1/7 of the square and after determining it wasn't because the pieces were not the same size, students worked to determine the fractional value of each piece. Next week, we will begin adding and subtracting fractions with like denominators.

5th grade

Students compared and ordered decimals to the nearest thousandth as they played math games this week. As they played games they were thining about decimal value as well as reading and writing decimals.

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