Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

December 8, 2016

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??

  • 12/12 – Winter concert @ Lewes School 9:30, 1:45 and 7:00 p.m

  • 12/14 – Evening conferences

  • 12/19 & 1/20 Mega Parties @ Lewes School 9-3

  • 12/21 – PBS/Ugly Christmas Sweater Spirit Day

  • 12-22-1/2 WINTER BREAK


Only 17 days until Christmas! How did that happen? At a meeting this week, a teacher shared we are 1/3 of the way through the school year. Time is flying...must be because we are having so much fun learning!

Next Wednesday, December 14th is conference night. If you would like to schedule a conference, please complete the Conference Request Form below or by clicking on the link. I won't be able to meet with every family, but will schedule as many as possible to try to accommodate all requests.

Homework is a bit different this week as students are completing an activity of their choice as an extension to Pax for ELA. Math choices and spelling will be completed as normal.

All book orders are due tomorrow to ensure our books are delivered before break. You can order and pay online or send me a check. Let me know if the books are presents and you want me to give them to the office for you to pick up.

Happy Thursday,

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle



We finally completed our Global Read Aloud book, PAX! It was an emotional ending, but everybody agreed it was an awesome book! One of the characters in the book carved wooden marionettes to tell a story and tomorrow we will be creating marionettes out of toilet paper cardboard rolls! Stay tuned to see our puppets.


When we finished reading PAX the students wanted more because they didn't like the way the story ended. The class decided to write epilogues to tell what happened the characters in the future. Students are busy typing their stories and they will be ready to share next week.


An overarching message we have been talking A LOT about in class is the idea that we must think before we do . Instead of always relying on one strategy to solve all problems it is important to first think about what the question is asking (make sense of the problem) and then think of an efficient strategy to solve the problem (use appropriate tools strategically).

4th grade

We finished the first part of our Factors, Multiples, and Leftovers as we proved claims we could make about multiplication strategies. We practiced breaking apart arrays to show how we could use the distributive property of multiplication to solve challenging multiplication problems. We also reviewed the communication and identity property of multiplication and introduced the associative property.

Next week, we work with division!

Home-School Connection: Ask your child to teach you about the properties of multiplication and show you how they may use them to solve the multiplication problems on their homework.

5th grade

We wrapped up our volume unit this week with students finishing their "Cube City" and Robot projects. Check out pictures of the projects on Facebook.

Next week, we start working with fractions as we compare them and find equivalencies. This will be a quick introduction before we work on adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators.

Home-School Connection: Talk about volume and when you may need to find the volume of something in real life. Begin chatting about fractions and make a list of when you use fractions in real life (My 6th grader argued with me that fractions were pointless to learn because you don't use them except in cooking so we've been making a list too!)

Where in the World is Mr. Hagen?

This past week we visited Amsterdam with Mr. Hagen through tweets. The students love using their mapping and Googling skills as we travel around the world.

If anybody else travels often or has a family member who does and would like to play along, just let me know!

All Pictures are provided by Media Muggles and Picture Professors

We have new jobs for November and December so the pictures below were photgraphed by...

Macie, Travers, Jaxon, Aidan W, and Austin
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