The first round of puppet shows were great successes. We even got to perform as a whole class for our sixth grade buddies!

We have been learning about the elements and the periodic table in our study of matter. I showed this video to the class yesterday, and I promised to post it for them here:
Here is a clip from Bill Nye the Science Guy about atoms, the building blocks of matter:
Have a wonderful weekend. Four more days!
 
 
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To all of our drivers today, especially Mrs. Pitts and Mrs. Bernstein, I thank you.  You made our field trip possible! There were many things we saw today at the Lanterman House, and I wanted to share some information about some of the items:

Homework:
"High in the Sky"
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Please bring your grocery bag again, tomorrow
 
 
We will finish watching the last few minutes of the movie tomorrow in class.
Homework:

Bring a grocery bag to collect school projects

Write a 2 - 3 paragraph essay that compares the  Charlotte's Web novel to the movie. Use your graphic organizer that you started in class. Bring the graphic organizer and your typed or hand-written paper to school tomorrow. You may use the rubric below for help

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Today we were visited by author Michelle Houts, children's book author. She gave an inspirational talk about how writing as an adult is very similar to writing as a child. Her editor is like the teacher in the classroom, and she suggests things like adding more detail or taking portions of her writing out to make it better. Thank you, Michelle! Flintridge Bookstore is selling her book, The Beef Princess of Practical County. For more details, click on her image.

Students learned about polygons today, and how they can be used to build structures. I will post photos to Shutterfly. There is a Futures Channel video on this subject that we didn't get a chance to see, so I have provided the link for you:
Have a wonderful weekend! Don't forget to answer the survey that I sent in my recent email regarding the Puppet Show...
 
 
Homework:
Keeping Order 2-sided writing activity

 
 

Think Like a Hotel Designer

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Today's Math challenge had students working in teams to furnish the rooms in a local hotel. With a $100,000 budget, they needed to buy beds, lamps, chairs, televisions, etc. for 110 suites and 330 standard rooms. Students quickly learned how difficult it can be to stay within a budget! We will continue this project tomorrow.

States of Matter - Science Theater.
More science videos on States of Matter at NeoK12.com  
Homework:
Book Report Due Tomorrow
Science Foldable Study Guide (see page 269 in text): Summarize and add pictures. Do your best work!
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Today, we began our Science unit on Matter. We will focus on this unit for the remaining weeks of school. 
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Here is a fun app that we used today to talk about properties. It is free!

 
 
Have a wonderful three day weekend. Thank you for attending Open House and celebrating the hard work and success of Room 30 students! Thanks also for your well wishes. My graduation ceremony was a great experience. 

Please visit our Shutterfly site to see some new pictures in our April/May album as well as our Chumash Interpretive Center album (thanks, Mrs. Ford!). There are a few photos of my after school enrichment class - I wasn't sure how to delete them.

Here is a nice Time for Kids article about Memorial Day.
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This is an app that the Late Birds were using this afternoon. It's a good way to encourage writing! Click on the image to go to the link.

 
 
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All students are Early Birds tomorrow, and all students will be dismissed at 11:35. 


        Open House is from 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Thursday. 

We will be featuring some videos in the classroom tomorrow evening via QR codes. If you have a Smart Phone, you may want to get a QR scanner app if you do not already have one. Click here for a link.

Homework:
20 minutes of IXL practice (see link on Math Workshop page)
Book Reports due May 30
 
 
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Thank you for your support with writing a description for the masks we are creating. Here is a rubric to help you: