This Week In Room 411

Week of April 25, 2016

Important Reminders

  • Be sure you have signed and returned the permission slip for your child to visit LTMS next Monday.
  • Your can earn clicks on their Comet Card if they return their Progress Report with your signature. These went home last Thursday. Of course, you can always view grades online through Skyward.
  • April Reading/Math Calendars will be due next Monday.
  • Measurement Math tests are coming home today. Some grades are lower than we were happy with. However, I do want you to know that students had access to calculators and conversion resources.


Monday, April 25th

  • M-Day: PE/Music (Program Practice)
  • Band
  • State Math Assessment

Tuesday, April 26th

  • E-Day: PE/Music (Program Practice)
  • Band
  • State Math Assessment

Wednesday, April 27th

  • T-Day: PE/Music (Program Practice)
  • No Band

Thursday, April 28th (Program Practice)

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Band
  • 5th Grade Music Program at 7pm, Students need to be in the classroom at 6:45pm. Do not come before this time as there will be no supervision or unlocked classrooms until 6:45pm.

Friday, April 29th

  • O-Computers
  • Vocabulary test is today. This is the last one of the year.
  • Band
  • 50 cent Friday

Monday, May 2nd

  • M-PE/Music
  • Band
  • 5th grade tours Lexington Trails Middle School


Reading/Social Studies

This week we continue to integrate our reading and social studies standards. Students will participate in simulations on the First and Second Continental Congresses. They will also investigate the Declaration of Independence. If time allows, we'll begin analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of each side as the war broke out.

Vocabulary packets are due this Friday. The test is also this Friday. This is also the last one of the year.


This week we will complete the comparison writing project. Students either compared Sign of the Beaver to the movie or to Island of the Blue Dolphin.


This week students will focus on:

  • developing a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, decomposers, and the environment

Our STEM project will be to design and build a canoe that can float in a tub of water with sinking or taking on water. Materials to use include cardstock, clear glue, empty toilet paper rolls, craft sticks, scissors, and tape. They will have to figure out how to waterproof it. This goes along with The Sign of the Beaver. The class has had a great time with these projects and in working with partners they don't always get to work with during other parts of the day.


This week our focus is on:

  • identifying and graphing points on a coordinate grid
  • measuring distance on a coordinate grid
  • creating and interpreting coordinate graphs

Be sure to scroll down to the math resources. I have a couple of videos and links to math games that will help your child with our math focus.

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.

Math Resources

Online Games

I included direct links to three of the many games available. For the last two games, there are many more coordinate games on the web site. Your child can play using just one coordinate, or for a challenge, use all four.


Coordinate Plane Song │ Ordered Pairs For Kids | Cartesian Plane Video
[5.OA.3-1.3] Numerical Patterns - Common Core Standard

Last Week in pictures

Last Friday students worked in teams to design and build a working bow and arrow. Students had string, ribbon, yarn, craft sticks, cotton swabs, water, tape, and scissors. After getting their design to work, they then had five tries to hit a target. I was amazed at how well their designs worked. I have so many scientists and engineers in the making.
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Turn Markers Into Energy

Below you will find information on how we can turn used markers, dry erase markers, and highlighters into energy. Please read and then send in any you may have. This program was brought to us by a Starside second grader.

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