This Week In Room 411

Week of December 7, 2015

New Donors Choose Project

Click on the button to take you to our new Donors Choose project. We need your help in getting trapezoid tables to foster collaboration in our classroom. Feel free to share our link, with anyone who can help.

Trapezoid Tables Needed

Our latest Donors Choose project is up and running. I am requesting four trapezoid tables. These tables will allow students to collaborate on projects and work in groups. Better yet, they take up less space than traditional rectangle tables and be configured in various ways. This allows for flexible use. Click on the button above to take you to our project.


Sparkle and Clubs are meeting. Any questions, please call the office.

Monday, December 7th
  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band

Tuesday, December 8th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band
  • Hour of Code with High School Science class

Wednesday, December 9th

  • E-Day: Art

Thursday, December 10th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor

Friday, December 11th

  • C-Day:PE/Music
  • Vocabulary Packets are due.
  • Vocabulary Test


Hour of Code

On Tuesday we are are participating in the Global Hour of Code. We will be working with science students from DHS to learn more about coding. Below is information from the website.

We live in a world surrounded by technology. And we know that whatever field our students choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.

That’s why our entire school is joining in on the largest learning event in history: The Hour of Code, during Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 7-13). More than 100 million students worldwide have already tried an Hour of Code.

Our Hour of Code is a statement that Starside Elementary is ready to teach these foundational 21st century skills. To continue bringing programming activities to your students, we want to make our Hour of Code event huge. I encourage you to volunteer, reach out to local media, share the news on social media channels and consider hosting additional Hour of Code events in the community.

This is a chance to change the future of education in De Soto.

See for details, and help spread the word.


This week students will continue to read informational texts about European exploration in North America. We have begun reading Pedro's Journal. Our focus during the novel will be on figurative language (focus on similes and metaphors), summarizing a text, and understanding how a character responds to a challenge.

This Friday the Greek/Latin roots vocabulary packet is due as the test is this Friday.

Social Studies/Writing

We have begun our study of exploration. As students develop an understanding of the choices and consequences involved in exploration, they will begin our writing project. This project involves them creating a magazine. It will be written using the text structures and features we have studied. This project may need to be carried over into next quarter. We will share this project with you at the February Parent Teacher Conference.


This week we will work on division with decimals. Below you will find links to two videos I found on dividing decimals. If your child struggles, or you just want them to have a little extra explanation, these would be useful.

Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.

Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Starside is on Twitter

If you are on Twitter please consider following our classroom and Starside on Twitter. It's a great way to see all the wonderful learning going on at Starside. To follow our classroom, simply go to @StarsideMartin and go to @StarsideComets to follow the school.

Contacting Mrs. Martin

Here you can choose a way to contact me, link up to our Twitter page, or the Starside Elementary website. Also, don't forget that Starside is on Twitter. The handle is @StarsideComets