Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary
February 9, 2017
We, the Wizards of the CAP House, will participate in advanced level learning, have a growth mindset, and work towards BIG dreams, by following our school rules, and having fun!
- Be prepared
- Be respectful
- Be Kind
Crazy weather with 70 degree weather one day and then snow the next. Then there's the full moon, comet, and eclipse. Fun times! It was wonderful to have a full week of school and get back into our regular routines.
We will be having a small Valentines party on Tuesday and celebrating "Love to READ" month. I will be bringing in some doughnuts and juice to share. Students may bring in Valentines, but they must have one for every student in our class. We will exchange cards/treats and then spend some time reading a good book.
A huge shoutout to many students who have given up some recess and reading time to help first and second graders log on to Schoology and learn how to take care of their iPads. I have been so proud of the patience they have all demonstrated! They stay cool, calm, and collected with the little guys! I am amazed at the leadership skills they portray.
Don't forget the Shield's Surfer is floating at sea. Track its progress at http://educationalpassages.com/boats/00-160380751/
Have a great rest of the week!
Mrs. Melissa Tuttle
Seven Habits of Happy Kids (and of Highly Effective People)
HABIT #1 - Be Proactive
Last week we spent some time talking about ways we can be proactive. We talked about how students are in charge of themselves and how they act. While parents and teachers provide guidance, children ultimately get to choose if they are going to follow the expectations or not and what kind of attitude they will have while doing so.
HABIT #2 - Begin with the End in Mind
What outcome do we want? How do we have to act to get that outcome? Those are two questions we are answering as we discuss habit #2. The goal is for students to start thinking about their actions, before they act, and predicting the outcome (positive or negative) that could occur based on their actions.
I encourage you to talk with your child about what they think about each habit and ways they could begin exhibit the habit.
This week, a vocabulary web was introduced as a way for students to think about words they come across in the text that they don't understand. The web requires students to use the dictionary as they consider the definition, origin, synonym/antonym, part of speech, word families, and use it in a meaningful way. The goal is for students to develop vocabulary at a higher level, understanding words when they are reading them and being able to use them in their writing.
We began our opinion writing unit with an introduction to the four types of opinion pieces: advertisement, letters, reviews, and books. Students will be reviewing advertisements and discussing what elements make an effective advertisement. Next week, they will also be writing a book review that we will share on Amazon.
While we are working on our opinion unit, students are writing an informational piece on the topic of time. They had completed an organizer awhile back and are now using it to write a piece to show all they learned from our informational unit. This piece will be completed independently.
Our math motto: Always think before you do.
The 4th graders have been participating in frog jumping contests, comparing the distances of hops using fractions. We have discussed how fractions may be written as proper, improper, or mixed numbers and have created number lines to demonstrate what they each mean. Students have practiced writing proper fractions as well as improper fractions and mixed numbers. We will spend most of next week converting fractions as well as comparing and ordering them using a variety of strategies.
This week, the 5th graders have created math conjectures for multiplying fractions by fractions. They claimed that if you multiply the denominators of factors the product will be the denominator of the product and the same for the numerator. We used fraction bars and the area model as well as equations to prove the conjectures. Next week, we are going to multiply mixed numbers by mixed numbers to finish the unit. Then we will move on to decimals!