Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

APRIL 14, 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??

  • 3/15 - TECH WALK



  • 3/26 - PTO MEETING

Congratulations to the Odyssey of the Mind students who competed at states and now will be heading to WORLD'S!

SBAC ~ Peppermint please!!!!

We will be completing the reading and writing portion of SMARTER BALANCED testing next week, Tuesday through Friday. The students have worked hard this year and I'm excited for them to get the opportunity to show what they know! All students will complete the testing in the morning during regular CAP times.

Students may bring peppermint goodies in to share. This could include mint gum, peppermint patties, or soft peppermint candies. Please do not bring in the hard candies as they can be a choking hazard.

Scores will be mailed home in the summer.

Revised Homework

Spring is a busy time of the year with sports and other after school activities and let's face it with the warm weather nobody wants to stay indoors doing homework. Of course, learning time management and keeping skills sharps is still important though. So considering all that homework has been revised for the remainder of the year. Now, students will only receive one choice board with 4 math and 4 ELA choices. They then need to complete two of each for the week. Spelling will remain the same as we finish working on prefixes, suffixes, and root words.

Note: There will not be any homework on the two weeks of Smarter Balanced assessments. Students should just exercise and play outside and then get a good nights sleep!


Every student created an autobiography using an app called "Book Creator". I highly recommend that you take time to log on to Schoology and read your child's book! You are sure to be entertained.

I learned so much about each of them! It was great to see how creative many were as they added text features such as pictures, captions, maps, and timelines and had fun with their fonts. Check them out!

Esperanza Rising Movie Trailers

Instead of writing a boring summary of our book, "Esperanza Rising" the class made movie trailers about it. You can see their finished products on Schoology. Most of them did a great job incorporating the story elements in a creative way. When you visit Schoology you can also see the rubric that is used to assess the trailers.


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!

Multiplying fractions using an area model

We wrapped up our fraction unit by learning how to multiply and divide fractions. One of the strategies we used was an area grid model to help us visualize what was happening to the fractions. Below is a video we used to help us "see" what we were doing when we multiplied fractions.
Multiply a fraction by fraction using an area model #2

Classroom Needs

We could still use more pencils to close out the year so any donated would be greatly appreciated!

There are open slots for Volunteers for the remainder of the year. Please consider helping!

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