Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

February 23, 2017

Mission Statement

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
  • Persevere

What's Happening??

  • 2/24 - PBS Luau

  • 2/28 - Evening Conferences

  • 3/3 - NO SCHOOL

  • 3/5 - Odyssey of the Mind Fundraiser at FINS

  • 4/6 - Spring Picture Day

  • 4/13 - 5th Grade Science Fair Presentations

  • 4/14 - NO SCHOOL

  • 4/17-4/21 - SPRING BREAK


We are wrapping up February and gearing up to spring into more learning! It's hard to believe it's still winter with the springlike weather we have been having.

Conferences will be held in the evening on Tuesday, February 28th. I have scheduled conferences with families based upon my concerns. If you or your student have any concerns and would like to schedule a conference, please complete the form below.

In April, we will be holding a student showcase where families and district employees will be invited to come in during the morning to review leadership binders and see some of the fun learning projects we have completed this year. Stay tuned for the date!

Don't forget the Shield's Surfer is floating at sea. Track its progress at

Have a great rest of the week!

Happy Thursday,

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle

Seven Habits of Happy Kids (and of Highly Effective People)

With the start of the new marking period, we are spending some time with the 7 Habits of Habit Kids. These are the same 7 Habits shared in Covery's book "7 Habits 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.

HABIT #3 - Put First Things First

This habit focuses on the importance of staying organized, working efficiently, and planning and following a schedule. When we do this we can meet deadlines, avoid a crisis, and be productive!

I encourage you to talk with your child about what they think about each habit and ways they could begin exhibit the habit at home and at school.


We did something a little different this week as we listened to the story "The Composer is Dead" being read aloud by Lemony Snicket while a full orchestra played in the background. We discussed imagery and how authors may use sound to evoke emotions in their readers. If you would like to share the book with your child they are welcome to borrow a copy with the CD.

Milo, Humbug, and Tock FINALLY have made it to Digitopolis where numbers rule! We're still plugging away at the book and enjoying every chapter. It is fun to share this book with your students because there are many plays on words and higher level humor, which many of them get making the book much more enjoyable to share.

Students have chosen their next book to participate in for a new round of book clubs. Books should come home today to preview and prepare for the first small group Socratic Seminars next Thursday.


Our opinion writing kicked off with analyzing advertisements and discussing the elements used in effective ads. Students applied these elements to create a poster advertisement for a product they were familiar with. Everybody shared their posters and critiqued the work by highlighting elements each student used effectively.

Next, is discussing reviews as a form of opinion writing. Students have analyzed book reviews searching for elements that make effective reviews. They will be writing their own reviews and sharing them on Amazon and/or Goodreads.


Our math motto: Always think before you do.

4th grade

Comparing and ordering fractions have been our focus this week in math. We are using a variety of strategies including benchmarks, missing pieces, and common numerators. Finding common denominators using common factors will be our next strategy. While this is a common strategy for adults it is not always the most efficient especially when you have multiple fractions to order. The goal is to have students think about the fraction and which strategy to use rather than just jumping into using one.

5th grade

Dividing whole numbers by fractions and fractions by whole numbers was what the 5th graders learned in math this week. It was surprising for them to see when you divide a whole number by a fraction the quotient was larger! We referred back to what we knew about division being the inverse of multiplication and used missing factor multiplication equations to help us solve the division problems. Representations were also created to see what was happening in the equation. Later this year, we may investigate dividing fractions by fractions, but this is not a 5th grade standard. Now it's time to begin DECIMALS!

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