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LIW Rm 105 | Reaching Every Student, Every Day

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Week of October 11th

Early Dismissal & $1 for Class Parties

There will be an Early Dismissal on Friday October 21st. Students will be dismissed at 12:45pm for Teacher In-Service.

Just a final reminder to send $1 to school with your child. The $1 will help to offset any expenses our Room Moms will have to plan our class parties. There are still a handful of students that haven't brought their money. Thanks!


On Thursday, we spent some time discussing our novel with our Texan 5th grade friends. We were able to use our chromebooks and Google Hangout to video chat. (A big THANK YOU to Mr. Dan Langbehm for helping us get connected on Hangout.) The students worked on possible discussion questions before we started our chat, and wow did they come up with a lot of good questions to ask each other. We worked in small groups with one chromebook per group. The kids had a great time and it was really neat to listen to them share their answers and thoughts about the first 8 chapters of our book. There were several times that I heard "that was a really good answer" from either one of our students or one of Mrs. Hunter's students. The kids enjoyed meeting new friends and of course they loved seeing themselves "on camera".

Below is what a few of the students wanted to share about their experience:

From Emily:

We asked each other questions and we answered the questions that they asked us and they answered the questions that we asked them. Some questions we asked were ''what if Peter walked into the war?''They asked us ''what is the 10 important things in Peters backpack.'' We went back and forth until we ran out of time.

From Tristan:

It was really fun! We talked about the things that we have read. Peter broke his foot in the story and so we all asked really good questions. We all did not repeat the same questions over because it would be boring.


We have completed our Unit on volume. I think that the students grasped the concept of length x width x height, or base x height. The students that ran into troubles were ones that made mistakes in their multiplication. It is still very important that these students know their multiplication and division facts. Any extra practice at home would be so beneficial for all students, especially those that struggle. If you need any resources to help make this happen, please let me know!

The pictures below are from a game we played this week for math. The students were given the dimensions of suitcases and had to find the volume. Once 5 people agreed on the answer, a team member controlled the sphero to the answer on the floor. This was wild!

In Unit 3, we will be focusing adding and subtracting large numbers. Students will use strategies that they have already learned, as well as new strategies that we will learn this Unit. Working with your child on the standard algorithm for adding and subtracting large numbers while helping them with their homework would be just fine with me! We will be studying the place value system and reinforcing that in a multi-digit number, a digit in one place represents 10 times as much as it represents in the place to its right and 1/10 of what it represents in the place to its left.

AR Goals

AR goals for the 2nd half of the 1st Quarter are due on Friday, October 21st. I sent home a note with a record of your child's AR tests so far this school year. Please sign and return. Again, I encourage all students to read a minimum of 15-20 minutes a night at home. I understand that life happens and sometimes we are busy. Any extra reading the students can do will benefit them immensely in the long run!

Band Notes

We did it! On Wednesday we had our first day of group band, and it was terrific! It was fun to play together as a group and hear the other instruments. Please help your student remember to bring their band things on every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from now on.

I have discovered a program that I would like you all to become familiar with called "Essential Elements Interactive." This is an online tool that allows students to practice their music along with the computer. One of the things that helps beginning students most is knowing what they are supposed to sound like. This program will do just that. Best of all, this program is FREE and currently available to every student in our band program. So far it sounds like a win to me!

The back cover of your student's book has some more information for you. To sign up, go to​ and click on "Students". Click on "Enroll in Your Class." You will be asked to enter a school code and student ID number.

  • ​Our school code is: LauraIngalBand64
  • Each student has been assigned an ID number that I have written on the inside of their book.

Once you enter this information you will be asked to create a user name and password. You will also be asked to enter the activation code that is stamped on the first page of your student's book. Once your student is enrolled, click on "Parents" and "Join Your Child's Class". Click on "My Account" in the upper right and enter your communication information.

I still have MUCH to learn about this exciting program, but I am anxious to know more so we can use it as a tool in our process of learning to play an instrument. Please let me know how I can be of assistance to you in getting you and your student registered.