This Week In Room 411

Week of March 21, 2016

We Did It!!!

Right before Spring Break, with only days to go, our Donors Choose project was funded. Across the nation, actors, athletes, and business people accepted a challenge from Stephen Colbert to fund projects. This enabled us to meet our goal. Our new tables should arrive within a week or two. This is getting us closer to creating comfortable and flexible learning place for students.

After attending a conference I was able to see the flexible seating options being used in neighboring districts. I will be looking into possibly writing another project proposal for that purpose.


Sparkle and Clubs are meeting.

Monday, March 21st
  • E-Day: Art
  • New vocabulary packets

Tuesday, March 22nd

  • T-Day: Library/Counselor
  • Full Band

Wednesday, March 23rd

  • C-Day: PE/Music
  • Full Band

Thursday, March 24th

  • O-Day: Computers
  • Full Band

Friday, March 25th

  • M-Day: PE/Music
  • Wild About Starside Day
  • No Band today.
  • Wild About Reading and Math Animal Show-Doors open at 5:30pm

Saturday, March 26th

  • Wild About Starside Beautification Day-Come help us from 9:30am-noon to work on beautifying Starside.

Monday, March 29th

  • E-Art
  • Full Band


Wild About Starside Day

This Friday is Wild About Starside Day! On Friday our learning will have an animal theme. In math students are creating an animal on grid paper and calculating the area and perimeter. Then, in writing we will write a cinquain about that animal. We even have brain breaks and morning work focusing on animals. Of course, we're already reading The Sign of the Beaver, so we're covered there. If schedules align we will meet with our book buddies to read animal stories and make paper plate animals.

Be sure to join us in the evening for an animal show. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show looks to conclude at 7pm. Unable to make the show? Join us Saturday at 9:30am to work on beautifying the grounds of Starside.


This week we will read chapters 10 through 15 of The Sign of the Beaver. Students will work on describing the relationship between two characters, sequencing steps, summarizing, and cause and effect.

We will continue last week's challenge to build a log cabin large enough to fit four paper doll figures in. These represent our main character's family. Students will be allowed to bring in any building materials they would like. This could be craft sticks, real twigs, cardboard pieces, straws, etc. I will provide paper and whatever craft materials I have.


This week we continue to work on narratives, but will be switching over to fictional narratives. In addition, we continue working on Spotlight Sentences where students label the parts of speech in the sentence, record what they notice about the sentence, and then write sentences in the style of the mentor sentence. This helps improve grammar, sentence complexity, and word choice.

Social Studies

We ran out of time before Spring Break to share the colony presentations, so will do so this week. Next up we will begin learning about the events leading up to the American Revolution.


This week we begin our unit on volume. It is a fun hands-on unit where students build figures out of interlocking cubes, draw the figure from different views, and discover how many cubes will fit into a container. This will all lead into learning the equation to find volume. It's important for students to understand the why behind what they are doing.

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.

Math Resources

Understand volume, measure volume, & relate volume to multiplication and addition (5.MD.4)

Turn Markers Into Energy

Below you will find information on how we can turn used markers, dry erase markers, and highlighters into energy. Please read and then send in any you may have. This program was brought to us by a Starside second grader.
Lunch Menu (Click Here)

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Accessing Blackboard Learn

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Starside is on Twitter

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Contacting Mrs. Martin

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