Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

APRIL 28, 2016

Mission Statement

We, the SHIELDS CAPtains, will participate in advanced learning, continuously grow, and move on to the next grade level, by being responsible, doing our best, working together, and learning from our mistakes.

What's Happening??

  • 5/9-5/13 - Math Testing

  • 5/25 - Freeman Stage Field Trip

  • 6/1 - Field Day for 4th and 5th graders

KUDOS to all the students who rocked their ELA portion of the SBAC. All of the kiddos stuck with it, persevering and doing their best! So proud of them and their efforts!

Smarter Balanced MATH Dates

We will be completing the SBAC Math portion of the test the week of May 9-13. Students will complete this in the CAP classroom during normal CAP time of 9:30-12:00. The peppermint was a hit during the ELA portion so if you would like to donate some mints, peppermint patties, or mint gum to be shared in class that would be great. Other gum and candy is not permitted during the testing.

Revised Homework

Hopefully the revised homework is working for everybody! We will have another one pager next week and then no homework the week of Math SBAC (May 9-13). The goal is to complete the units on greek/latin prefixes, suffixes, and root words before the end of the school year so homework will probably continue through the end of May as of now.

Awesome Algebra

We have complete our fraction unit and are moving on to beginning algebra. In our new unit, the students will be encouraged to study patterns to determine how they change, how they can be extended or repeated, and/or how they grow. They will then begin to organize information systematically and analyze it to develop generalizations about mathematical relationships in the patterns.

My Side of the Mountain

After reading a couple books with strong female characters we are going to wrap up the end of the year, reading My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George. This story is about a boy, Sam Gribley, who runs away from the city to the wilderness to "forge a life of his own." We will continue our year long theme of CHANGE as we follow this character on his journey and analyze how his life changed throughout the year. Feel free to read along with us!


You may have seen on the homework packet a new website we are using called "Newsela". This website shares current news events at differentiated reading levels and provides comprehension quizzes and quick writes. This is a great way for students to read real life nonfiction and be able to make sense of the world around them. Of course, it also gives them the opportunity to read closely and practice their reading skills. Every time a child takes a quiz or completes a quick write it sends the information to me so I can see how they are progressing. We are using the site within the classroom and you will see choices being included on homework as well. Check it out!
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