The Cloud Connection

April 27, 2015

Some of us tried bugs for healthy snacks, yum!

Reading: We're reading, Fever, 1793 about the Yellow Fever epidemic in America. This is historical fiction, and a very compelling story. We'll discuss this book as we read it together. Students will be recording their thinking in relationship to the story as we read this book.

Language: Students are into the revision stages of their books and I'm excited about all of the tales they have to tell. We'll layout the books and begin work on our illustrations and revisions to our stories this week. Due to the activities going on this week we won't have spelling. Analogies are due Fri.

Math: We are covering geometry for the next couple of weeks. This week we'll practice measuring angles and classifying triangles and quadrilaterals. Then we'll move into finding the volume of composite figures.

Social Studies: Students are working in small groups to cover the topics of U.S. history from the 1700's to the Great Depression. Students will create a final project with their group that will include documents/visuals/and a presentation to explain the period in history that appeals to them. These will be due May 5. Students should be able to complete them in class unless they aren't using their time efficiently.

Reading logs are due on Monday, May 4.

Students are working hard toward our Healthy Futures "get active" initiative. It runs through April. Please help your child by recording their active minutes on their sheet. Students need to turn in their Healthy Futures sheet Thurs. or Fri. of this week.

Our final book report is due May 7th and we'll share them with the rest of the class May 8th. Students will be choosing a book at their level to read and report on. Their report will be done on a cereal box so please save one for them. If they need one let me know asap so I can collect some extras. I sent the detailed directions and templates home several weeks ago so students know what the expectations are, but I have extras if students have misplaced their original set.

T shirts and sweatshirts with our new design are available Tuesdays before school for $15-$30/$35.

May 1 is our Writer's Fair. We'd love to have you join us between 9-11 to hear your child and their peers share their writing during their oral presentations. I am still in need of a few parents who are willing to donate some baked goodies for this festive celebration. If you aren't able to attend Friday morning to hear students read their pieces, please plan on coming Friday evening between 5-7 to see their work displayed in the gym.

Friday is an Early Release Day.

Notice the change in our spring concert which was changed due to venue conflicts.

Please send your child to school with proper winter/spring attire so they are warm and dry when they go outside for recess! The weather has been a bit suspect lately.

Early Release

Friday, May 1st, 1:45pm

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

Friday is an early release day, students will be excused at 1:45 and buses will run their normal route 2 hours earlier. If your child needs/wishes to stay at school please sign the permission slip for the afterschool care that day.

First Friday Writer's Fair

Friday, May 1st, 9am

995 Soundview Avenue

Homer, AK

This day will be devoted to students sharing their writing. During the morning students will be reading their piece for an audience and the work will be on display from 5-7 in the gym for public viewing.

Hike to Homer

Tuesday, May 5th, 9pm

Diamond Creek, Homer, AK, United States


We'll be hiking from Diamond Creek to Homer Tuesday, May 5th. Students needs to have a sack lunch, and backpack with water and extra layers of gear including a hat/gloves. If weather looks suspect raingear would be advisable! Depending on the energy level we may catch rides back from Bishop's Beach, otherwise we'll hike the entire way. Please send positive wishes for nice weather :) Good walking shoes/rubber boots are advisable.

Drums Alive

Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30pm

600 East Fairview Avenue

Homer, AK

This year our spring concert is combining P.E. and music in a fun performance. Please put this on your calendar!

Cereal Box Book Report Information

Cereal Box Report

This week students will select a teacher-approved realistic fiction chapter book from the library. Over the next few weeks, students will read their self-selected book and create a cereal book report at home. Students will decorate a real cereal box with illustrations and information related to the book they read using the directions below.

Front of Box: Use apiece of white or light colored paper to cover the front of your cereal box. (You will probably want to create the cover before gluing it on our box.) Include the name of the cereal and a picture. Invent a name for the cereal that is related to the title of the book and sounds like a cereal. Do not use the exact title of the book. You may want to look at the attached page of real cereal boxes to get some ideas. Choose a shape for the cereal as well as colors and ingredients that all relate to the book. For example, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, you might invent a cereal called Wizard Wands, a toasted oat cereal I the shape of miniature lightning bolts.

Right Side of Box: Make a list of ingredients that includes the story elements Character and Setting. Under the heading “Ingredients,” list the main characters and write a sentence about each one. Then describe the setting. You can use the template on the attached sheet or cover the side with white or light colored paper and do it in our own way. Just make sure you include the main characters and the setting.

Left Side of Box: Write a summary that describes the main problem and the solution of the book. Try to use words that will “grab” readers’ attention and make them want to buy your cereal. You can use the attached template or do this your own way.

Back of Box: Design a game that is based on the story. It can be a puzzle, a word search, a word scramble, a maze, a crossword puzzle, a hidden pictures illustration, or any other fun activity that might be found on the back of a cereal box. Make sure it includes information from the book.

Top of Box: Include the title, author, number of pages, and number of stars you would give this book if you were a book critic. The maximum number of stars would be 5. You can use the template or create the top of the box yourself as long as you include all of the things listed above.

Prize: Cereal boxes often include a prize. Your prize must be something the main character could have used in the book or something that reminds you of the main character. You can even include a picture of the prize on the front of your box to let the reader know what is inside the box.