Homeroom Happenings

Work Like A Captain...Play Like A Pirate!

ELA/Social Studies: In English students have been working on an argument paper and a presentation on the Middle Ages. In ELA we have been taking notes about nouns, pronouns and different types of verbs. We also talked about the author's purpose when writing a story or P.I.E. (persuade, Inform, and or entertain). Some students owe me a persuasive paper on which type of rock is the best, or their favorite type. This is for an ELA grade and can be worked on, finished, and shared with me this weekend, if they have a chance. If not it will be finished first thing Monday.

Math: In math we are learning about positive and negative rational numbers. Some students brought home weekend homework Module 3 lessons 2 and 3, if they didn't complete in class. We are also building our "math toolbox" or note books with math terminology and formulas to assist when studying for tests. Remember students have access to my Weebly website at night and can play many math practice educational games, like SumDog, Frontrowmath, and MobyMax.

Science/Engineering: In science we are almost done studying the three types of rocks. Students made "pet rock" observations and also looked up their birthstones. We made an iPad book with our Kindergarten Buddies all about rocks and started sharing them today. Next week we will start Project Lead The Way and Infectious disease.

Our Science Demo's have suddenly stopped! Please check with your student and make sure they have a science demo in mind. We would love to have parents join us on these Wednesday or Friday demos! Many have enjoyed it so much, they have asked to do a second science demonstration for the class, which is great!

3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Your student's 3rd quarter progress reports were emailed out on Thursday. Please let me know if you didn't receive a copy. Overall, I was please with the growth that we have seen this year. They are really working hard at school, and reading at home and it shows. Keep up the great work!

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Technology Reminders...

Please help remind your students that their computers are a learning tool that need to be charged every night before bed. Several are starting to show up with no charge on them. We do not have the capability to re-charge everyone's devices at HC STEAM. Also, cell phones are to remain off during the day and in a student's backpack. Students need a pair of headphones for state testing.

Save the date....

March / April 2016

10th – 22nd ~ Book Fair

24th No School PD

25th No School

28th- April1st Spring Break

April 4th School Resumes

Robotics with BHS Cyber Pirates Robotics Team

Book Fair thank you!

Thank you for the book fair purchases that some of you have made for our classroom. Your generosity is appreciated. The last day to bring book fair money is Tuesday.

Bean Bag Chairs or Body Ball

Many students have asked if they can bring alternative seating to our classroom. I would love to have more students bring bean bag chairs or body balls to sit in. It gives them a chance to be more comfortable especially when we are reading.

Needed in our classroom...

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Clorox Wipes
  • food coloring
  • Metal pie pans (circle and squares)
  • Pipe Cleaners any color
  • Playdoh (any color, kind)
  • wine corks
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Paper Plates, Cups, Bowls, Silverware (used for science projects)
  • Egg Cartons (for paint trays)
  • Lysol Spray
  • Peace Lily (NASA's list of plants that most improve indoor air quality)
  • plants for our classroom
  • Candy for testing treats (Life savers, Mints, Butterscotch, Smarties etc.)
  • Lego's or any games for indoor recess
  • different size pieces of rope
  • Any indoor engineering games (Snap Circuits, Makey Makey, Lincoln Logs)

Send me an email if you have any of these items to donate. Thanks!