Mr. McCoy's Summer Weekly Log

Friday, June 10, 2016

Mummy Madness

It was mummies, mummies, and more mummies, as each “Survivor” assumed—and researched—a new identity (i.e., King Tut, Neferteri, and Ramses II)! We also continued work on the African research project by alphabetizing lists of words; taking notes; and differenting between “Important” and “Interesting” information. We also reviewed how to use latitude and longitude, to pinpoint locations on a map. Our math focus was on subtracting dollars and cents; order of operations, dividing by multiples of 10; and dividing with 2-digit divisors. This week’s African folktales are included below. We also played games of "Your Choice," “Treasure Island,” “Contig," and "Insect Collector." "Lunch and Movie" featured Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy, the trailer for which can be viewed below! Keep reading, but proceed with caution: More “Mummy Madness” can be unearthed below!

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955) Original Trailer

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Friday Folder

You will receive your child's Friday Folder containing graded papers and other information. Please sign--and return--it on Monday, June 13. Thank you!

African Folktales

Here are the links to this week's African Folk Tale videos:

3-"The Greedy but Cunning Tortoise"

4-"A She-goat and her Children"

5-"The Boy in the Drum"

6-"Adamu's Mountain"

7-"The Man with Seven Dogs"


We have delved into African Beginnings, a nonfiction book about the history of Africa. You can access the first part of this book via this link:

Reward Progress

When your child fulfills responsibilities properly, such as completing homework, organizing his/her room, doing chores, etc., reward him or her. While success is its own reward, the victorious child has earned your praise and a special privilege. Remember: Rewards don’t have to be elaborate or tangible. On the other hand, when your child does not fulfill his/her responsibilities, allow your child to face the consequences of his/her actions—or lack of action.

Summer School is Important

We are off to a phenomenal start! I have been impressed by the hard work I’ve seen so far. Parents, please continue to let your child know, on a daily basis, how important it is to come to school, with a positive attitude, every day. Summer School is important: It is not just a “Summer Baby-Sitter.” The work we are doing is important—and we will continue to be engaged in productive academics right up to—and including—the last day of this Summer Adventure!

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Motivating Your Child

The following article was culled from the Scholastic website, “Family Matters: Parent Guides.”

Fill your child’s world with reading. Take turns reading with your older child, or establishing a family reading time when everyone reads his/her own book. “It’s important to show him/her that “it’s not only a school task,” says Ted Feinberg, PhD, assistant director of the National Association of School Psychologists. Demonstrate how important reading is to you by filling your home with printed materials: novels, newspaper, even posters and placemats with words on them. “Children can learn to read by living in an environment that’s rich in words.” Use the link, below, to guide your child toward some motivational English/Language Arts-related games and activities!


If at all possible, please send your child to school every day. The lessons and activities continue from day to day—and are extremely well-planned and productive. We don’t waste a second of time! The Summer Adventure curriculum is designed to help pave the way for your child’s smooth transition into fifth grade. Thank you!

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