News From Room 15!

Tuesday, January 14, 2013


Please remember that the Scholastic Book orders that went home in last week's take home folder, due on Friday for anyone who is interested in ordering.

The 40 Assets committee is partnering with Philadelphia Reads to collect gently used books for students in preschool through twelfth grade as well as with Poverty Resolutions to collect diapers and formula. Collection boxes are located in the front lobby.

This month's asset is #9: Service to Others. "Young person values service to others in their family, home, or school. He/She commits to meaningful and caring actions. I would love to see some of our students nominated for this asset!

Please click here if you would like to access a Boomerang Nomination Form, or e-mail me if you would like me to nominate a student in this room or elsewhere in Gayman!

Board Game Day

Students ahd a wonderful time interacting with each other on board game day last Friday. I loved seeing the new games come into the classroom and to see students interacting with each other in some new ways. What a welcome opportunity to connect with each other in the New Year!

Math Test on Thursday!

Students will take their Unit 5 Math Test on Thursday. The need to know how to:

  • creat equivalent fractions and mixed numbers.
  • create percents by dividing the numerator by the denominator.
  • Write ixed numbers and improper fractions.
  • Use cross-multiplication to compare fractions
  • round decimals to specific place values.
  • Use fraction sticks or manipulatives to add fractions.
  • Use a percent circle to measure percents on a pie graph.
  • Use a percent circle to create a pie graph.
  • Interpret a pie graph.
  • Find perimeter an area of quadrilaterals when given a formula.
  • Solve "Fraction of" problems.

Reading Notes

I really enjoyed watching the students present their inquiry projects last week. They did a great job sharing the information they researched in a variety of creative ways. All inquiry groups are now finishing their final piece to the project: co-writing a magazine article to create a class magazine and to share their research on our class bulletin board.

As they are creating the magazine article, they are learning and applying valuable computer and research skills such as:

inserting section breaks into a document,

formatting columns,

using command keys,

using NoodleTools to cite a resource for thier reserach,

inserting picture and text boxes into document,

the importance of avoiding plagiarism.

We have covered much ground in this project. I look forward to the next one!