This Week In Room 411

Week of January 11, 2016

Scholastic Book Order (Click Here)

To purchase books on their website, use our class code of GNCFD. We earn points on all books ordered and those points enable our classroom library to grow.

New Donors Choose Project

Click on the button to take you to our new Donors Choose project. We need your help in getting trapezoid tables to foster collaboration in our classroom. Feel free to share our link, with anyone who can help.

Changes In Our Routine

Last week we began a couple of new things in our classroom. One is a Class Meeting. Our goal is to meet daily. This is a time to greet one another, share with the class, participate in an activity to work on either social or academic skills, and to go over any announcements. So far this has been a great way to begin our day.

Nightly homework is also a new edition to our routine. This is one page that reviews previously learned concepts. Students are to circle any questions where they didn't know the answer, or if they received help. I'm more than happy for you to help, I just need to know so that I can offer additional support if necessary. This homework should really only take ten or fifteen minutes. Any more than that, you would need to circle that they were struggling, and then call it a night. There will not be any homework on Friday. This is a great way to maintain skills as we move into state testing.


We welcomed two new students to our classroom last week. Lydia and Ilyana are wonderful additions to our class.

Jesse and Ryan represented us well at the Spelling Bee last Friday.

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Sparkle and Clubs are meeting. Any questions, please call the office.

Monday, January 11th
  • E-Day: Art
  • Full Band
  • New Vocabulary Packets coming home today
  • Book orders are coming home today. They are due next Friday.

Tuesday, January 12th

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • Full Band
  • PTA Meeting tonight at 7pm.

Wednesday, January 13th

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band
  • Math MAP Test 10:00am-12:00pm

Thursday, January 14th

  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band

Friday, January 15th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band



This week students will continue reading Pedro's Journal. Our focus during the novel will be on figurative language (focus on similes and metaphors), summarizing a text, and understanding how a character responds to a challenge.

Due to me being absent on Monday, the new vocabulary packets will go home on Tuesday. The test will be next Friday.


This week we will continue working on our text structures magazine project on explorers and exploration.

Students went home last week with information about The Kindest Kansas Citian Essay Contest. This is a voluntary activity. However, I would encourage all students to participate. Please note the deadline and requirements on the form. Please contact our counselor, Ms. Crow if you have any questions.


This week we begin our unit on the structures and properties of matter. This is such a fun unit as it is filled with many hands-on inquiries.


This week we continue to work on fractions. Last week students reviewed and applied their knowledge of least common multiple and greatest common denominator. This week students will work on finding equivalent fractions, decomposing fractions, simplifying fractions, and will begin work on adding fractions.

Most days students will be able to finish their math practice in class. However, at home they could work on math facts, either through flashcards or In addition, spend ten to fifteen minutes on to practice our current concepts. If your child has mastered the ones for Numbers Base Ten, then move on to geometry as this is often one that interests students and one they can accomplish independently. Any time your child is requesting more math opportunities, direct them to this site. They are familiar with it.

Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Starside is on Twitter

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Contacting Mrs. Martin

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