Mrs. Tuttle's CAP Class ~ Shields Elementary

October 6, 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??

  • 10/13 Evening Conferences


Dear families,

After a month of being in school, I feel like we are off and running! We started our reading and math curriculum, have been learning to write narratives, and started our Global Read Aloud by putting ourselves on the map and participating in a twitter chat. It was an exciting week!

Conferences are next Thursday! Thank you to those of you who have already sign up for a time to come in. These are student led conferences so your child must be available to attend with you. He or she will be sharing their leadership binder and what they have been learning in ELA and Math with you during this time. Please be sure to visit the Signup link below to choose a time to come in for your student led conference.

Our journalists have began submitting articles for CAP CONNECTIONS so check out their additions and hear what the students have to say about our learning this week.

Enjoy the rest of your week and have a relaxing weekend!

Mrs. Melissa Tuttle


I am using Signup (used to be Volunteer Spot) to organize classroom volunteers this year. A couple new volunteer opportunities have been added to help make some copies and laminate. Please check out our site and volunteer if you can. Thank you!

Global Read Aloud

We have kicked off Global Read Aloud in our classroom. The idea for GRA is "One Book to Connect the World." We are reading "Pax" by Sara Penny packer and will be connecting with classes around the world as we discuss the book on our blog, Twitter, Schoology, Skype, and more. This week we had a mini lesson on Twitter and participated in a slow chat answering questions about the book.

A few students still need a copy of Pax. If you are able to purchase a copy for your child that would be great!

iPads for Everyone

Last Friday the CAP students received a cart filled with Ipads. Now everyone has an Ipad! Everyone was excited because now we can all use the technology things like Kahoot, Schoolology, Padlet, Kid blog, etc. We celebrated by playing name that student on Kahoot. That was a pretty fun celebration.



In reading this week we have been talking about strong verb relating to the book the Last Stop on Market Street. It is a picture book but has very strong verbs in it.

We also have been reading Harry Potter, he is a wizard but I don't want to spoil the rest. Maybe it is something you can read at home.

If you didn't know we are participating in Global Read Aloud. It is a program where classes all over the world read the same book. 5th-grade parents know that last year we read fish in a tree this year we are reading a book called "Pax". It is a good but sad story so far, Pax is a fox and his boy's name is Peter.



The first spelling list was included with last week's homework and today your child took their first spelling test on Schoology. Since the test is not done on paper, a graded paper copy will not come home, but you can view their results in Schoology in the spelling course using your parent account.

This year we are using a program called "Words Their Way" and are using the higher level spelling lists. This is a higher level spelling/word analysis program so I’m going to take it slow as I see what the students produce. I want the spelling to be meaningful for the students and not just a basic memorization of words they will forget the following week. 4th-grade students are working on syllables and affixes, while 5th graders are working on derivations. The test on Thursdays will have students identify whether or not the words are spelled correctly in a sentence. If they are used correctly they then type "correct" and if not they then type the correct spelling of the word. This ensures students able to apply their word rather than just memorize the spelling of it. Beginning next week in class, students will spend some center time completing word study tasks where they will dissect the words to make meaning of them.


This week in writing we are working with our new book "Pax" to write a narrative piece about it. We have been using the narrative rubric to grade or check our work. The writing piece is on our blog. What our pieces are about is telling what global read aloud is, a summary of Pax, and an opinion of whether Peter should have ran away or not. Though it is part opinion Mrs. Tuttle is using the narrative writing rubric. Last week we have started on our writing journal and we are still working with them. We are expressing ourselves and having fun doing it! We can't wait to see what's next!

- Keenan


This week in Math we are working with place value. We have been working in different ways with numbers. Word form, standard form, and expanded notation are the three ways we are using. We're also talking about what each number values in each place. Everybody has been working hard and understanding the concept of place value. Later in the week we played " Make it, Say it" in groups. The game is a great way to help each other figure a problem out while using numbers. We are working very hard with math right now and I know it will stay like that all year round!


Some items students need to continue practicing is to use commas after every period (group of three numbers) and include a hyphen between the tens and ones when you are writing a number in word form. For example: forty-three. I noticed many students also struggled with writing some of the numbers in words; forty, fifty, and ninety were spelled incorrectly the most.

Along with writing large numbers, we are working on saying them correctly too. Our biggest lesson is not to say "and" unless we are talking about decimals. Be careful this week for homework because you may be getting quizzed on how you say large numbers!

How can you help at home: Have your child practice writing large numbers and keep an eye out for some large numbers they may be able to read to you.

-Mrs. Tuttle

Thank You from the Police

You've probably heard by now about the field trip to the police department. We gave them treats and snacks but did you hear they gave us a card! The card said how much they liked the treats and thanks but another nice thing was it was written by the chief! Now that's a thank you!


Picture taken by Kai

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