This Week In Room 411

Week of January 18, 2016


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

Monday, January 18th
  • No School in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, January 19th

  • E-Day: Art
  • Full Band

Wednesday, January 20th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • Reading MAP Test 10:00am-12:00pm
  • Full Band

Thursday, January 21st

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band

Friday, January 22nd

  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band
  • Vocabulary packets are due today.
  • Vocabulary test
  • Scholastic Book order is due.
Scholastic Book Order (Click Here)

To purchase books on their website, use our class code of GNCFD. We earn points on all books ordered and those points enable our classroom library to grow. Orders are due this Friday.

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.

When We Have a Substitute

I just wanted to give you a heads-up of what I will be doing the next time I am absent. Due to the increased number of instances where the substitute has had to leave a list of either disruptive students, or students choosing poorly and affecting others, I am needing your help. I will be sending home an email essentially letting you know that a note was left concerning the behavior of your child in my absence. It will ask you to again go over the expectations in my absence. I say again, as students know how to behave, but are choosing not to do so. Many students have told me that they misbehave because I am not there, and just feel that they can. I'm sure that you will agree this is not acceptable. I appreciate your support with this.



This week students will continue 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. We will also add personification to our study of figurative language

Vocabulary Packets are due on Friday. The test is also on Friday.


This week we will continue working on our text structures magazine project on explorers and exploration. In addition, we will revisit introductory clauses.


This week we continue our unit on the structures and properties of matter. Students will read informational texts and explain how an author uses reasons and evidence to support particular points in a text, identifying which reasons and evidence support which point(s). We will also do a fun inquiry on density to learn about properties of matter. In addition, we will move into learning the differences between physical and chemical changes.


This week we continue to work on fractions. Last week we applied our knowledge of least common multiples in order to decide how long a number line would need to be in order to plot fractions from halves to twelfths. I was so proud when students realized they needed to use the least common denominator of all those fractions in order to determine length. They then set out to mark off where the fractions would go. This week they will place the fractions on the number line and then record what they notice about the fractions and their placement. We will then compose and decompose fractions in order to begin adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators. Students have also realized how important it is to know math facts as they find equivalent fractions and simplify fractions.

Blackboard Learn

I have added lots of resources for math on our Blackboard Learn site. These include anchor charts, games, videos, and practice pages. Your child is able to access these resources by using their regular district username and password. They then go to math and go to Adding and Subtracting Fractions-Unit Five. You may access this as a visitor. Click on the button below to learn how.

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.

Accessing Blackboard Learn

Click here for directions on how to access Blackboard Learn. You will find resources for various subjects.

Lunch Menu (Click Here)

Click on the button to find out what's for lunch.


So many parents have already signed up. Please consider doing so if you haven't already. Remember that students earn a free mechanical pencil when a parent enrolls in the messaging service.

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