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"BEE HOMEWORK" June 15th 2014
CLEARWATER Trip on Monday June 16th

We will leave PS 10 at 9:00. The sail is from 1:00-4:00. We will then take the train back to PS 10. We should be back by 5-5:30 depending on train traffic.

MR. ELLIS will be traveling with us with his guitar so be ready to sing THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND and a few other Pete Seeger gems. I'll have some song sheets for you!

I see that a sunny 77 degrees is predicted! Bring a sweater or a windbreaker just in case it gets breezy and a hat that will NOT fly off. (They have rain gear on the boat just in case)

Bring a healthy lunch and some snacks for the trip home. There will be NO TIME to purchase food. We'll eat during INTERMISSION. 

YES! We will be performing our monologues for your parents! Please be prepared! Remember, a simple prop goes a long way in helping the audience understand the character you want to portray. I just purchased a wireless microphone to help us project our voices outdoors, so we're all set! REMEMBER, you will still need to project, even with the mic.

Check out the updated version of the monologues/play on the "Bee Notes" page of this website. By the way, you were all fabulous on Friday. I saw Ms. Thill after your performance. She loved it and wanted to see more. Soooooo, you will be videotaped next Thursday in class, so consider MONDAY your dress rehearsal.

WE have also been invited to perform at the Brooklyn waterfront on June 25th. There's  a very cool art project there called THE MEADOW! This is the day AFTER graduation! Please think about it and let me know asap, because I know many of you may have already made other plans! 

If you have ANY questions please text me at 646-594-7311

Enjoy your weekend!
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Friday May 23th 2014
Math- Complete your 3D drawing.
Trip- Wear comfortable clothes and bring your lunch. Bring a reusable water bottle. No plastic please.
Reading- PREP FOR VIDEO- 

  • 5 favorite books of all time
  • favorite reading place/favorite topic
  • favorite character
  • favorite swapped book
  • first book that hooked you on reading-

 Be ready to discuss three of these by Tuesday
Reading-list of books read this year- include titles- Due Friday

Monday May 19th 2014
Math- perspective drawings
W- Testimonial essay. Choose one of the options discussed in class. 
Trip to Bone/Levine Architects and Grand Central Station- Bring lunch or $ for lunch- Permissions slips are a must. Bring a notebook and a backpack. 
All Clearwater permission slips are due by Friday. 
Solution Project- Due Friday

Monday April 28rd 2014
Math- 
1. Sprint 
2. Math Review #2 
3. Get Math Review #1 signed
4. Get Practice Test 2: Book 1 signed

Thursday April 24rd 2014
Green Math Book- Complete up to page 281 by Friday. There will be an end of unit test tomorrow.
Math problems from smartboard.- looseleaf
!!  Check out Mathblasters (recommended by Savion)
Holiday homework must be handed in tomorrow

EXTRA CREDIT! Read this story and make up a multiple choice problem for it.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo Chapter 1

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a rabbit who was made almost entirely of china. He had china arms and china legs, china paws and a china head, a china torso and a china nose. His arms and legs were jointed and joined by wire so that his china elbows and china knees could be bent, giving him much freedom of movement.

    His ears were made of real rabbit fur, and beneath the fur, there were strong, bendable wires, which allowed the ears to be arranged into poses that reflected the rabbit’s mood — jaunty, tired, full of ennui. His tail, too, was made of real rabbit fur and was fluffy and soft and well shaped.

    The rabbit’s name was Edward Tulane, and he was tall. He measured almost three feet from the tip of his ears to the tip of his feet; his eyes were painted a penetrating and intelligent blue.

    In all, Edward Tulane felt himself to be an exceptional specimen. Only his whiskers gave him pause. They were long and elegant (as they should be), but they were of uncertain origin. Edward felt quite strongly that they were not the whiskers of a rabbit. Whom the whiskers had belonged to initially — what unsavory animal — was a question that Edward could not bear to consider for too long. And so he did not. He preferred, as a rule, not to think unpleasant thoughts.

    Edward’s mistress was a ten-year-old, dark-haired girl named Abilene Tulane, who thought almost as highly of Edward as Edward thought of himself. Each morning after she dressed herself for school, Abilene dressed Edward.

    The china rabbit was in possession of an extraordinary wardrobe composed of handmade silk suits, custom shoes fashioned from the finest leather and designed specifically for his rabbit feet, and a wide array of hats equipped with holes so that they could easily fit over Edward’s large and expressive ears. Each pair of well-cut pants had a small pocket for Edward’s gold pocket watch. Abilene wound this watch for him each morning.

    “Now, Edward,” she said to him after she was done winding the watch, “when the big hand is on the twelve and the little hand is on the three, I will come home to you.”

    She placed Edward on a chair in the dining room and positioned the chair so that Edward was looking out the window and could see the path that led up to the Tulane front door. Abilene balanced the watch on his left leg. She kissed the tips of his ears, and then she left and Edward spent the day staring out at Egypt Street, listening to the tick of his watch and waiting.

     Of all the seasons of the year, the rabbit most preferred winter, for the sun set early then and the dining-room windows became dark and Edward could see his own reflection in the glass. And what a reflection it was! What an elegant figure he cut! Edward never ceased to be amazed at his own fineness.

    In the evening, Edward sat at the dining-room table with the other members of the Tulane family: Abilene; her mother and father; and Abilene’s grandmother, who was called Pellegrina. True, Edward’s ears barely cleared the tabletop, and true also, he spent the duration of the meal staring straight ahead at nothing but the bright and blinding white of the tablecloth. But he was there, a rabbit at the table.

    Abilene’s parents found it charming that Abilene considered Edward real, and that she sometimes requested that a phrase or story be repeated because Edward had not heard it.

    “Papa,” Abilene would say, “I’m afraid that Edward didn’t catch that last bit.”

    Abilene’s father would then turn in the direction of Edward’s ears and speak slowly, repeating what he had just said for the benefit of the china rabbit. Edward pretended, out of courtesy to Abilene, to listen. But, in truth, he was not very interested in what people had to say. And also, he did not care for Abilene’s parents and their condescending manner toward him. All adults, in fact, condescended to him.

    Only Abilene’s grandmother spoke to him as Abilene did, as one equal to another. Pellegrina was very old. She had a large, sharp nose and bright, black eyes that shone like dark stars. It was Pellegrina who was responsible for Edward’s existence. It was she who had commissioned his making, she who had ordered his silk suits and his pocket watch, his jaunty hats and his bendable ears, his fine leather shoes and his jointed arms and legs, all from a master craftsman in her native France. It was Pellegrina who had given him as a gift to Abilene on her seventh birthday.

    And it was Pellegrina who came each night to tuck Abilene into her bed and Edward into his.

    “Will you tell us a story, Pellegrina?” Abilene asked her grandmother each night.

    “Not tonight, lady,” said Pellegrina.

    “When?” asked Abilene. “What night?”
    “Soon,” said Pellegrina. “Soon there will be a story.”
    And then she turned off the light, and Edward and Abilene lay in the dark of the bedroom.
    “I love you, Edward,” Abilene said each night after Pellegrina had left. She said those words and then she waited, almost as if she expected Edward to say something in return.
    Edward said nothing. He said nothing because, of course, he could not speak. He lay in his small bed next to Abilene’s large one. He stared up at the ceiling and listened to the sound of her breath entering and leaving her body, knowing that soon she would be asleep. Because Edward’s eyes were painted on and he could not close them, he was always awake.
    Sometimes, if Abilene put him into his bed on his side instead of on his back, he could see through the cracks in the curtains and out into the dark night. On clear nights, the stars shone, and their pinprick light comforted Edward in a way that he could not quite understand. Often, he stared at the stars all night until the dark finally gave way to dawn.
Tuesday 
ELA 1- The Surrender- 90 minutes, unless you have extra time
ELA 2- Get today's test signed.
ELA 3
Make up one multiple choice "big idea" question about this text. Use your ELA packets to help you. Share your question with a friend in class. 
Percy Jackson Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan Chapter 3



            Sloan grinned and took charge of the picking.  He made me the other team's captain, but it didn't matter who I picked, because all the jocks and the popular kids moved over to Sloan's side.  So did the big group of visitors.

            On my side I had Tyson, Corey Bailer the computer geek, Raj Mandali the calculus whiz, and a half dozen other kids who always got harassed by Sloan and his gang.  Normally I would've been ok with just Tyson--he was worth half a team all by himself--but the visitors on Sloan's team were almost as tall and strong-looking as Tyson, and there were six of them.

            Matt Sloan spilled a cage full of balls in the middle of the gym.

            "Scared," Tyson mumbled.  "Smell funny."

            I looked at him.  What smells funny?" Because I didn't figure he was talking about himself.

            "Them."  Tyson pointed at Sloan's new friends.  "Smell funny."

            The visitors were cracking their knuckles, eyeing us like it was slaughter time. I couldn't help wondering where they were from.  Someplace sheer they fed kids raw meat and beat them with sticks.

            Sloan blew the coach's whistle and the game began.  Sloan's team ran for the center line.  On my side, Raj Mandali said something in Urdu, probably "I have to go potty!" and ran for the exit.  Corey Bailer tried to crawl behind the wall mat and hide.  The rest of my team did their best to cower with fear and not look like targets.

            "Tyson," I said.  "Let's g--"

            A ball slammed into my gut. I sat down guarding myself in the middle of the gym floor.  The other team exploded in laughter.

            My eyesight was fuzzy.  I felt like I'd just gotten the Heimlich maneuver from a gorilla.  I couldn't believe anybody could throw that hard.

            Tyson yelled, “Percy, duck!"

            I rolled as another dodgeball whistled past my ear at the speed of sound.

            whoom!

            It hit the wall mat, and Corey Bailer yelped.

            "Hey," I yelled at slogan’s team.  "You could kill somebody!"

            The visitor named Joe Bob grinned at me evilly.  Somehow, he looked a lot bigger now. . . even taller than Tyson.  His biceps bulged beneath his T-shirt.  "I hope so, Perseus Jackson!  I hope so!"

            The way he said my name sent a chill down my back.  Nobody called me Perseus except those who knew my true identity.  Friends. . . and enemies.

            What had Tyson said?  They smell funny.
            Monsters.
            All around Matt Sloan, the visitors were growing in size.  They were no longer kids.  They were eight foot tall giants with wild eyes, pointy teeth, and hairy arms tattooed with snakes and hula women and Valentine hearts.
            Matt Sloan dropped his ball.  "Whoa!  You're not from Detroit!  Who. . . "
            The other kids on his team started screaming and backing toward the exit, but the giant named Marrow Sucker threw a ball with deadly accuracy.  it streaked past Raj Mandali just as he was about to leave and hit the door, slamming it shut like magic.  Raj and some of the other kids banged on it desperately but it wouldn't budge.
            "Let them go!" I yelled at the giants.
            The one called Joe Bob growled at me.  He had a tattoo on his biceps that said:  JB luvs babycakes. "And lose our tasty morsels? No, Son of the Sea God.  We Laistrygonians aren't just playing for your death.  We want lunch!"



BRING IN PENCILS!
ELA - Complete FINAL APPROACH- Beat your score
ELA-  Complete your ELA book up to page 220. Study lessons on pages 193, 203 and 211. 
ELA- 269-278
Read- !!!!
SS- looking ahead-Due Wednesday- Prepare 3 multiple choice questions using the information in your powerpoint. Include 3 possible answers for each question. Include an answer key. 

Read this chapter and be ready to discuss tomorrow.
The Boy Who Lost His Face by Louis Sachar Chapter 9

What was I supposed to do? David was thinking two and a half hours later as he changed his gym clothes. Punch Leslie Gilroy in the face? What’d they expect? I am not going to say, “No I’m not ugly.” That would have been worse.
Roger was in David‘s P.E class. David was glad that his locker was on the other side of the locker room. At least he could dress in peace.
David ran out to the soccer field. He was good at it. He was a pretty fast runner, but more so he had quick feet.
As the teams got ready David discovered he was playing against Roger’s team. Of course Roger was playing goalie. He was to cool to play a position where he could get sweaty or mess up his hair.
  David ran up and down field kicking the ball and getting kicked in the shins, falling down, and getting back up.
Roger leaned to one side of the goal with his hands behind his head and watch. Whenever someone kicked the ball at the goal, Roger would casually block it, then pick it up and boot it all the way to the other side of the field.
 Just one shot, hoped David as he wiped the sweat from his from his head. One clear shot to kick a goal past him. Or maybe just one kick to right at him, as hard as he could right in the middle Roger Delbrook’s smug face.
The ball bounced free and David ran after it. He stopped it with the side of his foot. Someone charged at him. David tried to dribble around them but their leg collided and the both fell to the ground.
The ball rolled harmlessly toward the goal.  Roger picked it up and booted it way over David’s head.
David pulled himself back to his feet. He leaned over, put his hand on his knees, and took a deep breath. He was going to make the goal even if it killed him.
There was a blocked kick and the ball was rolling toward the sidelines. He ran after it and managed to save it with the heel of his foot just before it went foul.
Then, turning around, he saw there was nothing between him and the goal.
Except Roger.
He dribbled down the field trying to go as fast as he could without losing control of the ball. People were closing in from all sides. He just needed to get a little closer.
He taped the ball too hard, knocking it too close to Roger.
Roger came out after the ball. David continued to charge even though he knew Roger would reach it first.
Roger suddenly stopped. David though he saw a look of panic on Roger’s face.
He smiled and then kicked the ball not. Not even close. He was so mad.

Homework- Thursday March 20, 2014

BRING IN  WOODEN PERSONALIZED PENCILS!
ELA - Get  READY  ELA test signed.
ELA- Due Monday- Multiple choice packet and Women's Vote
Math- Complete up to the last geometry problems. Due Monday.
Read- Enjoy!
READ-A-THON is over- Please hand in any paperwork you have for full credit.
SS/W- Powerpoints were due last Friday. Be prepared to present. 
Sustainability Initiative- Practice both parts
Skills- What's a proper noun? Test tomorrow.
SS- looking ahead-Due Tomorrow- Prepare 3 multiple choice questions using the information in your powerpoint. Include 3 possible answers for each question. Include an answer key.
Baby pics due on Monday!


Homework- Monday March 17, 2014

BRING IN PENCILS!
ELA - Revise today's READY  ELA test
Math- Complete up to the last fraction problem. Write the expression, chart, or equations needed to solve the problems
Read- Enjoy!
READ-A-THON is over- Please hand in any paperwork you have for full credit.
SS/W- Powerpoints were due last Friday. Be prepared to present. 
Sustainability Initiative- Practice both parts
Skills- What's a proper noun?
SS- looking ahead-Due Wednesday- Prepare 3 multiple choice questions using the information in your powerpoint. Include 3 possible answers for each question. Include an answer key.


Homework- Thursday March 12, 2014

BRING IN PENCILS!
ELA - Complete work up to page 213. Skip the assessment. Due Tuesday.
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 165
Math-  9 sprints from packet by Friday
Math- Complete up to the last division problem of the word problem sheet
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Due Friday. Remember the lessons we discussed today.
Math- Math model/diagram posters.
Sustainability Initiative- Practice both parts
Skills- List all things that need to be capitalized
Spelling- find 10 words that you tend to spell wrong
Write a 150 words letter to Ms. Aleris about your sustainability commitment 
ELA- Safemama.com multiple choice
ELA- Go over the GOLD and  with parents and get signed!!!!!!!!!!!!


Homework- Wednesday March 12, 2014

ELA - Complete work up to page 203. Skip the assessment. Due tomorrow.
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 165
Math-  8 sprints from packet by Thursday
Math- Complete the first 2 and 1/2 pages of the word problem sheet
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Due Friday. Remember the lessons we discussed today.
SS/ELA- Nice work on Literary essays. Please complete yours if necessary. 
Math- Math model/diagram posters.
Sustainability Initiative- Practice both parts
Skills- find 5 contraction you never learned
Spelling- find 10 words that kids tend to spell wrong
Write a short letter to Ms. Aleris about your sustainability commitment 
ELA- Safemama.com multiple choice
ELA- Go over the GOLD with parents and get signed


Homework- Tuesday March 10, 2014
The PTA is asking each class to bring in a different element for the feast for the teachers, to the teacher cafeteria (room 116), by noon so the staff can nourish themselves and re-charge on this very long work day. Ms. Sharp has contacted you with the details.Try to help out if you can by bringing (recyclable) beverages, coolers, and ice. Our class needs to cover 1/4 of the 150 member staff. They need volunteers throughout the day also. Contact Shannon for details.
ELA - Complete work up to page 186. Skip the assessment. Due Wednesday
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 195
Math-  7 sprints from packet by Wednesday
Math- Complete the first 2 pages of the word problem sheet
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Due Friday. Remember the lessons we discussed today.
SS/ELA- Nice work on Literary essays. Please complete yours if necessary.
Math- Math model/diagram posters. I only have a few of these. 
Report Cards- Try to attend the conference with your parents


Homework- Monday March 10, 2014
The PTA is asking each class to bring in a different element of tomorrow's feast for the teachers, to the teacher cafeteria (room 116), by noon so the staff can nourish themselves and re-charge on this very long work day. Ms. Sharp has contacted you with the details.Try to help out if you can by bringing (recyclable) beverages, coolers, and ice. Our class needs to cover 1/4 of the 150 member staff. They need volunteers throughout the day also. Contact Shannon for details.

ELA - Complete work up to page 176. Skip the assessment. Due Tuesday
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 195
Math-  6 sprints from packet by Tuesday
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Due next week. Remember the lessons we discussed today.
SS/ELA- Nice work on Literary essays
Math- Math model/diagram posters. I only have a few of these. 
Report Cards- Give to parents- Try to attend the conference with your parents


Homework- Friday March 6, 2014

ELA - Complete work up to page 176. Skip the assessment. Due Tuesday
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 165
Math-  5 sprints from packet by Monday
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Due next week
SS/ELA- Final drafts due of Literary essays
Math- Math model posters. I only have a few of these. 
New Middle School Applications- Give to parents
Conferences next week- Remind your parents


Homework- Thursday March 6, 2014

R- Water on Fire!
ELA - Complete work up to page 176. Skip the assessment. Due Tuesday
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 135
Math-  Bring yesterday's test back signed after you review it with a parent.
Math- Do the first 2 sprints from packet
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! 
SS/ELA- 3 questions you could write a literary essay about 



Homework- Wednesday March 5, 2014

BOOK FAIR tomorrow!
R- Addition Incorporated

ELA - Complete work up to page 166. Skip the assessment.
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 135
Math- Review the grading on your math test carefully. If it was graded incorrectly please let me know tomorrow. Bring today's test back signed after you review it with a parent.
Math tomorrow- SPRINTS! Get ready to run!
READ-A-THON- Keep up with your write-ups.
SS/W- Powerpoints! Remember to add the topics we discussed today. 
Endangered Animals
Natural Disasters
Holidays
Religions
Religious holidays
Boarders
Population
Climate
Crime Rates past and present
Criminal justice
Laws
Famous people
Infamous people
Culture
School system
Language
Food
Agriculture
Pollution (Issues)
Government systems
Fashion
Music
Dance
Art
Sports
Current event issues
Economy
Independence
Colony
Dangerous Animals
Have they ever hosted the Olympics?
Who is their leader?
Political reasons
Fruit
Rival countries
Have they ever been at war?
What organization they were in
Time zones
Political issues
Landmarks
Archaeology
Military coups
Political history
History of country
What food does it provide?
Human right violation
Sport titles
Olympics
Famous sport names
Job opportunities
Voting rights
Kids Games
Burial Rituals





Homework- Tuesday March 4, 2014

ELA - Complete work up to page 148
Ready- Math- By Friday complete to page 135
SS- Work on presentation. Due Friday, March 14th You will get extra credit if you complete your project by Monday march 10th
ELA- The Wold West- Please get it signed and go over the questions you got wrong with a parent.
Read- Always READ and do your READ-A-THON 


Homework- Wednesday February 25th, 2014

W- 3 pages in notebook- inspired by today's lesson on Peru
V- Look up the words we collected today. Make sure you own them.
SS- Plan out your PP Social Studies presentation. Continue your research daily. I'm sure you enjoyed the Canada presentation!
M- Ready up to pg. 135 (Due Friday)
ELA - Ready (Up to page 128) Make sure you read and do what the mini boxes say- Due by Monday!
READ-A-THON

SS- Go to Lonely planet for your country
Endangered Animals
Natural Disasters
Holidays
Religions
Religious holidays
Boarders
Population
Climate
Crime Rates past and present
Criminal justice
Laws
Famous people
Infamous people
Culture
School system
Language
Food
Agriculture
Pollution (Issues)
Government systems
Fashion
Music
Dance
Art
Sports
Current event issues
Economy
Independence
Colony
Dangerous Animals
Have they ever hosted the Olympics?
Who is their leader?
Political reasons
Fruit
Rival countries
Have they ever been at war?
What organization they were in
Time zones
Political issues
Landmarks
Archaeology
Military coups
Political history
History of country
What food does it provide?
Human right violation
Sport titles
Olympics
Famous sport names
Job opportunities
Voting rights
Kids Games
Burial Rituals
W- Finish your writing assignment that you started in class. (3 pages by tomorrow)
Math- Ready up to pg.135 (Due Friday)
ELA- Ready pg. 61-68, DO YOUR BEST!!!
R- Keep going with your Read-A-Thon, Signpost, Canada Packet!!
For those who didn't present for math, look for something that you do understand, that you can present well, BE READY!!! 





Homework- Tuesday February 25th, 2014

ELA- Revise your incorrect answers on Leap of Faith document with a parent. Get it signed.
ORGANIZATION- LOOK FOR the packet that your Canada document is in. Please!
Math- Ready 135 by Friday
Read-A-Thon- Keep track of your reading. Keep up with your write-up. Use the signposts to help improve your comprehension.
Valentines for Little Buddies
SS/Writing- Powerpoints for you south of our border projects will be due by March 14th. Be ready to share the questions you'll be focusing on tomorrow. Take a look at a map to get an idea of what country you will be studying.
Try to get the competition sheets signed. $5000 Ring a bell?   

Homework-Friday February 14th, 2014
ELA Packet
Math Packet- Show all work!!
Valentines for Little Buddies
Read-A-Thon! Follow the directions on the sheet please. 
Enjoy your holiday and BEE safe:)


Homework-Wednesday February 6th, 2014
Read to learn!
W- The Disconnect piece is due on Monday
Math- Ready is- Up to page 90.
Math- Practice what you need help in.
ELA packet is due
Invention choice is due on Monday


Homework- Tuesday February 5th, 2014
Plan on the trip tomorrow. (weather permitted)
Read to relax!

W- Please write one page- Complete this if you did not do it.  Here are 2 sentences that will begin your essay. Try to do it tonight.
  • The Disconnect
  • Too many people are not spending time engaged with the land. Machines and people who are treated worse than machines, are now doing the work that feeds us. 


Math- Ready is- Up to page 90. Due Friday.
Math- Vocabulary- quotient, divisor, product, sum, difference.
Math Is this an equation or an expression? 45x5+7=P
Math- 34x34x34=_____
Math- 6789/24=______
Explore this site. Volumn
ELA- Packet is due on Friday
SS- Due Monday- Pick out 3 inventions from the INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION that you might want to research. 

COPY THESE WORDS INTO YOUR NOTEBOOK_SKIP A LINE IN BETWEEN EACH WORD> WE WILL FILL THE DEFINITIONS IN ON THURSDAY
Architectural terms
curtain wall
fractions
measurements
Sketchup.com
maps
manipulate origami designs
tempered glass
regulations
rendering
dimensions
sketches
material samples
sued
liable
scale models
proportion
floor plans
glass
wood
reference books

What does an architect do?
restores buildings
concerned with design and safety
designs building
researches and orders needed materials
creates models to develop and share ideas
ideas can come from anywhere
cutting a pepper is a great way to learn architecture
drawings must be perfect 2D and 3D designs
works on both paper and computer
works on Autocad
makes blueprints
huge liability
regular inspections must be done
team must work together
they use mistakes to get even better ideas

Landmark Preservation Commission
Grand Central 100th birthday
Penn Station demolished
1963 law was any changes couldn’t be seen from street
P.S original was built from 1905-1910
largest public space in the world
150 feet tall
30,000 people passed through (when)
Grand Central has large glass curtain windows
designed to let the sun in and the air
1 million people came to the opening
GS & PS both were popular
1965 LPC was founded so incidents (tragedies) like the demolition of P.S never happen again
Mrs. John Kennedy had a big role in forming landmark LPC
Designed by _________

Packard Collegiate Institute
towers
observatory
octagon
tempered glass
used to be all girls
spiral stair

Singer Building



Homework- Tuesday February 4th, 2014
R- Yes!!!
W- Please write one page- Here are 2 sentences that will begin your essay. Try to do it tonight.
  • The Disconnect
  • Too many people are not spending time engaged with the land. Machines and people who are treated worse than machines, are now doing the work that feeds us. 



Homework- February 3, 2014
READING- Get cozy with your book tonight. Be ready with your favorite Fantasy chapter.
READY- ELA- Complete up to page 84. Write in complete sentences. Also, remember the DETAILS!
MATH Ready- Pages 61-90 Due Friday. Show all work. Some of you did not do as well as I was hoping because you did not SHOW YOUR THINKING! Also, some of you did not READ THE DIRECTIONS.
MATH- Write the answer to this on loose leaf. 1. What is an expression?
2. What is an equation? Give examples of both.
MATH- Complete the sheet about the watts. Discuss it with your parents. We will discuss in class tomorrow.
ELA Practice test tomorrow
Libretto-Complete the song we started with Mr. Ellis and be ready to sing it to the CLASS!!!
Gone are the days of milk and honey
Gone are the days when the bees were plenty..
WE will share our student profiles tomorrow! Be ready!
PLEDGE- Be prepared to share with your adopted class tomorrow.


Reading! Fall in love with reading! Valentine's Day is coming! What's your favorite fantasy chapter? Be prepared to share it next Monday.
ELA Packet due tomorrow

Libretto-Complete the song we started with Mr. Ellis and be ready to sing it!!!
Gone are the days of milk and honey
Gone are the days when the bees were plenty..
MATH Ready- Pages 31-60 Due Friday.
MATH- write a response to the Math test today
MATH- 
1. What is expanded form?
2. What are powers of 10?
3. What is an expression?
4. What is an equation?
5. 6,789x289=________ Use partial product. Check with lattice.
6. $45.66/9   $45.66/3
7.$9.67x4
THEME- Present a theme for our play. Tomorrow we will work on plot.


 Homework- January 28th 2014
Reading! Fall in love with reading everyday and every night!
Vocabulary crosswords due on Thursday
Class Profile- Due Wednesday
ELA Packet due tomorrow
Writing- MS 51 response
Libretto-Complete the song we started with Mr. Ellis
Gone are the days of milk and honey
Gone are the days when the bees were plenty..
What's the theme of your favorite movie?
MATH Ready- Pages 31-60 Due Friday.
DO THESE PROBLEMS ON LOOSE LEAF
Math- Think about HOW you would solve these problems. We will solve them tomorrow.

1.             What is the area of a rectangle 2 1/5 inches by 3 4/5 inches?
2.             Bill used 3 1/3 cups of sugar to bake a cake. The amount of chocolate he used was 1 1/4 times the amount of sugar, and the amount of flour she used was 1 1/2 times the amount of sugar. What was the total number of cups of sugar, chocolate, and flour she used in all?
3.Amy has 4 pieces of yarn. The lengths of the pieces of yarn are 1/4 of a yard, 1/3 of a yard, 1/12 of a yard, and 1/2 of a yard. What is the total length of the yarn in inches?

4. Jill grew 7/5 inches last year. Her younger sister grew 1/3 of the number of inches that Jill grew. How many inches did her sister grow last year?



Homework for January 23rd 2014
Congrats to all the GREEN lunchroom volunteers! I am soooo proud of you!
Reading! Fall in love with reading!
ELA Ready is due Tuesday- Page 77-81 We will review pages 69 to 76 on Monday. If you have not watched The Wizard of Oz yet, this would be a good time.
Writing- Character profile for the play is due TOMORROW. NO excuses! The chart is below. Go back and reread your writing entries. Skim the articles we have been reading.
Class Profile- Be prepared to observe the person from the class whose profile you chose today. This will be due on Tuesday. IT is a SECRET!
MATH Ready- Pages 1-30 tomorrow. Do your best.
Math test is tomorrow. All problems will be taken from work we did this week in class and for homework. Study your NOTES. Call a friend if you have a question so you are prepared. 
Vocabulary- Context work is due on Tuesday. Choose 10 words that are new to you. Find 10 sentences from the ELA packets where these words are used. These words will be used in the crossword you will be building. We will make up the crossword on Tuesday. ALL these words can be added to you word walls. Complete the puzzle that Steven made.
Libretto- Continue to collect bee and cow related idioms. Here's one; Don't cry over spilled milk!
Libretto-Complete the song we started with Mr. Ellis
Gone are the days of milk and honey
Gone are the days when the bees were plenty..
PLEDGE- Make sure your pledge response quick-write is edited and handed in.
Little Buddies- Any ideas out there for tomorrow's visit. Remember, it has to be related in some way to the lessons we are learning.

Homework for January 22st 2014
Writing-
READING- Read in a variety of genres.
ELA packet is due.
MATH Ready- Pages 1-30 Due next Friday.
Libretto- Collect bee and cow related idioms.
Writing- Use the questions we developed today to write about one of your favorite fantasy characters from one of the fantasy stories you are reading.

  1. Favorite idioms or phrases
  2. Things they like to do
  3. Adverbs that describe the things they like to do
  4. Best friend- Why?
  5. Worst enemy-Why?
  6. Favorite places to hang out
  7. tone of voice or voices
  8. Attitude about life
  9. Favorite person, or saying or quote
  10. Things that make them really happy
  11. Things that make them angry
  12. What are they talented at? What do they want to be talented at?
  13. Do they have an undiscovered talent? What might help him discover it?
  14. Do they have a mission in life?
  15. What would the perfect job be for this character?
  16. Things you might want to do when you see them.
  17. Was there an event in their life that made them who they are? Explain.
  18. Your choice!



PLEDGE- Write a short response to your pledge experience. Think about our next action.



Homework for January 21st 2014

MIDDLE SCHOOL INTERVIEWS- Please research the school you are interviewing for. Be prepared with a few questions about the school.
Writing- Use the inspiration from today's reading of Mary Poppins to write your entry. Your entry can either be a full page internal thought monologue or a dialogue between several characters. 
SS- Study the pledge so you are prepared to share with your adopted class. If you already shared, please write up your reaction to the experience. Discuss how the class reacted to your share.
READING- Read in a variety of genres.
ELA packet is due Thursday.
ELA Ready is due Wednesday- Page 69-76
MATH Ready- Pages 1-30 Due next Friday.
Math- Use the model from today to do these problems. Draw the solution. I know that the higher #s will get tedious (Look this word up!), so see if you can find a more efficient way to do your drawing.

John has 16 plum fruit strips. He and his friends are going to share them all so that all 6 people get the same amount? How many fruit strips can each person have?

John has 10 vanilla fruit strips. He and his friends are going to share them all so that all 3 people get the same amount? How many fruit strips can each person have?

John has 25 strawberry fruit strips. He and his friend are going to share them so that both of them get the same amount? How many fruit strips can each person have?

John has 38 orange fruit strips. He and his friends are going to share them so that all 5 people get the same amount? How many fruit strips can each person have?


Homework for January 17th 2014
SS- Create a GREEN DREAMER button so I can laminate it. This is a contest so do your best. No glitter please! There will be a prize for our favorite buttons!
SS- Now that you have taken the Pledge to stop Global Warming and helped PS 10 GO GREEN, it's time to now teach our adopted classes about the pledge. Practice this weekend! Bring in your green picture on Tuesday. You will need it when you visit your adopted class.
ELA packet is due Tuesday.
ELA Ready is due Wednesday- Page 69-76
MATH Ready- Pages 1-30 Due next Friday. We will be doing 30 pages a week in this book in order to complete it before the Common Core Math Test. This book is review work. You can go ahead in the book at any time.  This work will be done at home only or at lunch in the classroom. It will be checked and discussed weekly in class.
Writing- Reread all your entries related to our play. Go back to the articles  that we studied, especially The Business of Bees and the Buzz about Honey Bees. Re-watch the videos, especially the video from Hudson Valley Fresh.
Collect facts!! I cannot stress this enough! Our play Educate and Entertain!
Write 3 entries over the holiday. Each entry can either be a full page internal thought monologue or a dialogue between several characters. 
Reading- Read this article and collect important facts for the play.

The New York Times




September 8, 2012


Where Cows Are Happy and Food Is Healthy





YAMHILL, Ore.
FOOD can be depressing. If it’s tasty, it’s carcinogenic. If it’s cheap, animals were tortured.
But this, miraculously, is a happy column about food! It’s about a farmer who names all his 230 milk cows, along with his 200 heifers and calves, and loves them like children.
Let me introduce Bob Bansen, a high school buddy of mine who is a third-generation dairyman raising Jersey cows on lovely green pastures here in Oregon beside the Yamhill River. Bob, 53, a lanky, self-deprecating man with an easy laugh, is an example of a farmer who has figured out how to make a good living running a farm that is efficient but also has soul.
As long as I’ve known him, Bob has had names for every one of his “girls,” as he calls his cows. Walk through the pasture with him, and he’ll introduce you to them.
“I spend every day with these girls,” Bob explained. “I know most of my cows both by the head and by the udder. You learn to recognize them from both directions.”
“This is Hosta,” he began, and then started pointing out the others nearby. “Jill. Sophia. This is Kimona. Edie would be the spotted one lying there. Pesto is the black one standing up. In front of her is Clare. Next to her is Pasta, who is Pesto’s daughter.”
I asked about Jill, and Bob rattled off her specs. She is now producing about eight gallons a day, with particularly high protein and butterfat content. Jill’s mother was Jolly, a favorite of Bob’s. When Jolly grew old and unproductive, he traded her to a small family farm in exchange for a ham so she could live out her retirement with dignity.
When I pushed for Bob’s secret to tell the cows apart, he explained: “They have family resemblances. They look like their mothers.”
Oh, that helps.
As a farmkid myself, growing up with Bob here in the rolling green hills of Yamhill, where the Willamette Valley meets the coastal range, I’ve been saddened to see American farms turn into food factories. Just this year, I’ve written about hens jammed in cages, with dead birds left to rot beside the survivors, and about industrial farms that try to gain a financial edge by pumping chickens full of arsenic, antibiotics, Tylenol and even Prozac.
Yet all is not lost. Family farms can still thrive, while caring for animals and producing safe and healthy food.
For Bob, a crucial step came when he switched to organic production eight years ago. A Stanford study has cast doubt on whether organic food is more nutritious, but it affirms that organic food does contain fewer pesticides and antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Bob’s big worry in switching to organic production was whether cows would stay healthy without routine use of antibiotics because pharmaceutical salesmen were always pushing them as essential. Indeed, about 80 percent of antibiotics in the United States go to farm animals — leading to the risk of more antibiotic-resistant microbes, which already cause infections that kill some 100,000 Americans annually.
Bob nervously began to experiment by withholding antibiotics. To his astonishment, the cows didn’t get infections; on the contrary, their health improved. He realized that by inserting antibiotics, he may have been introducing pathogens into the udder. As long as cows are kept clean and are given pasture rather than cooped up in filthy barns, there’s no need to shower them with antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, he says.
Many cows in America now live out their lives in huge dairy barns, eating grain and hay and pumping out milk. But evidence is growing that cows don’t do well when locked up, so now many dairies are reverting to the traditional approach of sending cows out to pasture on grass.
“Pasture does wonders for cow health,” Bob said. “There’s so much evidence that they are much happier out there. You can extend their lives so much by keeping them off concrete, so the trend is going that way.”
Is it a soggy sentimentality for farmers to want their cows to be happy? Shouldn’t a businessman just worry about the bottom line?
Bob frowned. “For productivity, it’s important to have happy cows,” he said. “If a cow is at her maximum health and her maximum contentedness, she’s profitable. I don’t even really manage my farm so much from a fiscal standpoint as from a cow standpoint, because I know that, if I take care of those cows, the bottom line will take care of itself.”
This isn’t to say that Bob’s farm is a charity hostel. When cows age and their milk production drops, farmers slaughter them. Bob has always found that part of dairying tough, so, increasingly, he uses the older cows to suckle steers. That way the geriatric cows bring in revenue to cover their expenses and their day of reckoning can be postponed — indefinitely, in the case of his favorite cows.
I teased Bob about running a bovine retirement home, and he smiled unapologetically.
“I feel good about it,” he said simply. “They support me as much as I support them, so it’s easy to get attached to them. I want to work hard for them because they’ve taken good care of me.”
Like many farmers, Bob frets about regulations and reporting requirements, but he also sympathizes with recent animal rights laws meant to improve the treatment of livestock and poultry.
“You hate to have it go to legislation, but we need to protect the animals,” he said. “They’re living things, and you have to treat them right.”
Granted, such a humane attitude may be easier to apply to dairying than to poultry. It’s tough for cage-free poultry farms to compete economically with huge industrial operations that raise millions of birds jammed into cages, and healthy food that is good for humans and animals in some cases will cost more.
Moreover, we’re never going to revert to the kind of agriculture that existed a century ago. Bob’s 600 acres used to be farmed by five different families, and that consolidation won’t be undone. But neither is it inevitable that consolidation will continue indefinitely so that America’s farms end up as vast, industrial, soulless food factories.
I loved growing up on a sheep and cherry farm, even if that did mean getting up at 3 a.m. in the winter to check for newborn lambs, and I hope medium-size family farms remain a pillar of rural America. As Bob’s dairy shows, food need not come at the cost of animal or human health and welfare. We need not wince when we contemplate where our food comes from.
The next time you drink an Organic Valley glass of milk, it may have come from one of Bob’s cows. If so, you can bet it was a happy cow. And it has a name.


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Homework for January 16th 2014
SS- Bring in an old button for TOMORROW if possible. We will be monitoring the 4th and 5th period recycling in the cafeteria. We will need a GREEN DREAMER button to wear, so we will reuse on old button (with a pin) that you don't mind covering.
ELA packet is due Tuesday.
Tomorrow you will be taking the Pledge to stop Global Warming. Make sure you pick something you do NOT already do. The picture is due on Tuesday, but please bring it in tomorrow if you can. You will need it when you visit your adopted class.
Math- 2 sprints- Be sure to check today's SPRINT with a calculator, before you retest yourself. Time yourself and try to beat your score. The third math page is due also. Put a ? next to anything you don't understand. Ask 3 experts before you give up: adult, classmate or Dial- a -Teacher. 
Fantasy Reading- Keep it up! Get ideas for strategies.
Writing- Here is the video that Ben shared with us today.Sweet Potato Sprouts Listen to it again and collect facts. Does it inspire you to do more research on the topic of Bud Nip/Chlorproham/Sprout Inhibitors/ Surfactants/ Systemic.
Writing- Here's Your New Article- You know what to do! (Check last night's homework.)
Anyone asked to work on a revision of a dialogue you shared today will do that instead, but PLEASE read the article anyway.



COW POWER Catherine Clarke Fox

When the Audet family turns on the lights at Blue Spruce Farm in Bridport, Vermont, they are using electricity that comes from cows—cow manure, to be specific.

Cows produce a lot of manure. One cow can create an incredible 30 gallons (114 liters) of manure each day. Now imagine the output of over 1000 cows at Blue Spruce Farm. That’s one big pile of cow pies.

When farmers clean their barns, they put the manure in a big heap, and spread some of the stinky stuff on their fields for fertilizer.

But now places like Blue Spruce Farm have a new way of handling cow manure. They use it to make electricity.

Here's how it works: A big pooper scooper that looks like a squeegee moves back and forth cleaning the barn floor.  The cows aren't bothered, says Marie Audet. "They are creatures of habit; they get used to it, and just lift one foot and then another to let it go by."

The scooper pushes the manure into a big 600-gallon (2,268 liters) concrete tank like a swimming pool. The tank is called a digester because what happens there is just like what happens inside a cow: Bacteria get to work and continue to digest the manure.

Methane gas in the atmosphere is known as a "greenhouse" gas because it traps heat just like a greenhouse does, causing our planet to warm up. That's an environmental concern. But the digester process has a positive outcome. The gas is captured and used as fuel to power electric generators.

At Blue Spruce Farm, the generators make enough electricity to power 400 homes. The Audet family sells the extra electricity they can't use themselves.

Manure that has been in the digester for three weeks gets pushed out to make room for the next batch. Then a machine squishes the liquid out of it.

"The liquid is used to fertilize the fields, and it doesn't smell at all," says Mrs. Audet. And, while it might sound unusual, the dried solids make fluffy, odor-free bedding for the cows.

"We used to have to buy a tractor-trailer load of sawdust every week for cow bedding," says Mrs. Audet. That's $1,200 they don't have to spend any more.



Homework for January 15th 2014
Name _______________________________ Date_____________________
ELA packet is due tomorrow. READY ELA work is due next Tuesday.

Fantasy Reading- Keep it up! Get ideas for strategies.
Watch the Green Dreamers Video- Collect green facts to share with your adopted class. Start preparing some lessons for your class. use your powers of persuasion. Start with a picture of yourself going GREEN. Refer to the home page. Prepare an introductory letter for the teacher of your adopted class.
Math- Have fun with this.

You and five friends picked the apples shown in the table below.  There are red, green, and yellow apples.  You and your friends decide to share each type of apple equally. Complete the chart to show how many of each type of apple each person will get.  Don’t forget to include yourself!


    Pounds
    of
    Apples
Total Number
Number Per Person
Number Left Over
      Red
52




      
    Yellow
26




            Green
30








1.  How many apples will each person receive in all?  __________________

Which color of apple has the greatest number left over? _________________

Did any color of apples have none left over? ____________________


2.  How many apples in all are left over? ____________________

Can these be shared equally with your group? ________ Explain.


3.  Suppose you make apple pies with your apples.  It takes 6 apples for a green apple pie.  It takes 9 apples for a deep dish apple pie with red or yellow apples.  How many pies can you make? What kind of pies will they be?


4.  If you and seven friends divided the red apples equally, how many apples will each person receive?  ______________ How many red apples will be left over? ______________


5.  Create your own problem below.  Solve it.  

SS-Writing
By now you are becoming an expert on bees and cows. Change some of the lyrics from this song to reflect the story we want to tell. Have fun! There is a character doing a waddle dance while singing this song. (Imagine that!)

Somewhere Over The Rainbow Ukulele chords. “IZ” version

Intro: C  Cmaj7  Am  F  C  G  Am  F  Fadd9 F

C  Em  F  C

Oooo, oooo, oooo...

F  E7  Am  F

Oooo, oooo, oooo...

C         Em

Somewhere over the meadow

F         C

-  near the hive

F       C

Golden and yellow flowers

G          Am      F

Honeydew in the sky…

-    C        Em

Oh, somewhere over the meadow

F             C

- honey bees fly

F        C

And the dreams that you dream of

G                     Am    F

Dreams really do come true...

-    C

Someday I'll wish upon a star

G                                  Am   F

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

-     C

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

G

High above the chimney tops

-      Am           F

That's where you'll find me

-   C         Em

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow

F             C

-  Bees fly high

F       C

And the dream that you dare to

G               Am   F

Why oh why can't I...

-    C

Someday I'll wish upon a star

G                                  Am   F

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

-     C

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

G

High above the chimney tops

-      Am           F

That's where you'll find me

-   C         Em

Oh, somewhere over the rainbow

F          C

-  Way up high

F       C

And the dreams that you dare to

F      G         Am   F

Why oh why can't I

C  Em  F  C

Oooo, oooo, oooo…

F  E7  Am  F

Oooo, oooo, oooo…



  1. Reading- Here are the facts we extracted from the article HONEY BEE MYSTERY we shared in class.Use them to write either a full page of dialogue or a full page of internal thought.Your writing must reflect these facts.
  2. ALSO, go back and watch some of the other videos that we have already watched. Pause them and collect facts.

  • ·      Animals pollinate about one out of every three bites of food we eat. 
  • ·      California’s almond crop alone depends on about half the bees in the country, about 1.5 million colonies!
  • ·      millions and millions of bees kept by human beekeepers fly around doing a lot of this important work for food crops.
  • ·      Bees live in groups of about 40,000 individuals called colonies.
  • ·      So when bees pick up diseases or get exposed to poisons in their environment, it is hard to know exactly where that happened.
  • ·      “The colony is what we call a super-organism,” says Dr. Jeff Pettis of the Bee Research Laboratory at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. “When a lot of the bees die, the whole colony is at risk.”
  • ·      You can eat plain oatmeal every day and get by, and oats are pollinated by the wind. But if you want to add some blueberries or strawberries or nuts to your daily oatmeal, those are the things you have to thank pollinators for
  • ·      Making detective work even harder, these busy insects fly up to two miles away from their hive in search of pollen and nectar from flowers.



Homework for January 14th 2014

Go to the Homepage on this website to find out about The Pledge to Stop Global warming 
Writing- Choose facts from this article that your character thinks is important to write about. Stay in character!

HONEY BEE MYSTERY

Catherine Clarke Fox

All across the United States, honeybees are flying away from their hives and dying. Empty hives are causing a lot of worry about some important food crops.

Bees give us a lot more than delicious honey. They are pollinators—they enable plants to produce the fruits and nuts we enjoy by carrying pollen from one plant or flower to the next. The wind pollinates oats, corn, and wheat, but many other plants (like apple and cherry trees and melon vines) depend on insects, bats, and birds.

Animals pollinate about one out of every three bites of food we eat.  And in the U.S., millions and millions of bees kept by human beekeepers fly around doing a lot of this important work for food crops.

Professional beekeepers raise honeybees, box them up, and send them on trucks to fields where farmers grow food. Bees live in groups of about 40,000 individuals called colonies.

California’s almond crop alone depends on about half the bees in the country, about 1.5 million colonies! The bees pollinate in the almond groves for about six weeks, and then are sent on to work other crops. But now the almond crop and many others could be in trouble with so many bees dying.

“The colony is what we call a super-organism,” says Dr. Jeff Pettis of the Bee Research Laboratory at the U.S. Agricultural Research Service in Beltsville, Maryland. “When a lot of the bees die, the whole colony is at risk.” Researchers like him at government and university labs all over the country are trying to figure out why so many bee colonies are dying.

However, explains Pettis, bees are hard to study. Most die away from the hive, so researchers don’t have dead bodies to examine. And when researchers return to a hive after two weeks, about half the bees they studied on their first visit will be dead, replaced by new ones in the natural life cycle of bees. 

Making detective work even harder, these busy insects fly up to two miles away from their hive in search of pollen and nectar from flowers. So when bees pick up diseases or get exposed to poisons in their environment, it is hard to know exactly where that happened.

“It isn’t like studying a large animal like a cow that doesn’t move around much and is easy to find out in the cow field,” says Pettis.

Researchers do have some ideas about what could be affecting bee health. They could be sick from poisons widely used to kill insects, or they might not be getting enough good food to stay strong. Also, tiny insects called mites feed on bees. “Any or all of these things could be weakening the honey bees,” explains Pettis, “and then a virus or bacteria could be doing the killing.”

Pettis is hoping for a solution, because bees are so important. “Here’s a good example of what pollinators like bees give us,” he says. “You can eat plain oatmeal every day and get by, and oats are pollinated by the wind. But if you want to add some blueberries or strawberries or nuts to your daily oatmeal, those are the things you have to thank pollinators for. Bees are worth protecting because their work adds so much to our diet.”


Math- Learn this poem. 
Thirty days hath September,
April, June and November;
February has twenty eight alone
All the rest have thirty-one
Except in Leap Year, that's the time
When February's Days are twenty-nine

http://www.rhymes.org.uk/thirty_days_hath_september.htm




Equal Sharing Problems and Variations- Show all work in your notebook. Show your work means to show your thinking.

_____ children want to share ____ tins of fudge so that everyone gets the same amount.  How much child can each child have?




(8,6)                        (12,9)                        (15,5)                         (20, 12)            (36, 12)            (100, 60)



Some girls are sharing some bananas so that each person got the same amount.  Each girl got ____ of a banana.  How many bananas and how many girls could there have been? (Find more than one solution.)

½                        ¼                        ¾                                                9/10





24 gators wanted to share 6 key lime pies.  One of the gators was just about to split each pie into 24 equal pieces and give every gator 1 piece from each of the pies, when another gator complained.  He said the pieces would be way too small, and he wanted the pies to be split into bigger pieces. How can the gators share the pieces equally without splitting each pie into 24 pieces?
Homework for January 13th 2014
Writing-  

  • Point of View-Use the facts from the MORE BUZZ ABOUT HONEYBEES article and have your character write internal thought about at least three of the facts. (looseleaf)

Reading- Don't fall behind please!
Math-
COMPARISON PROBLEMS- Due Wednesday



Which plant grows faster?  A plant that can grow 3 cm. in 5 days, or a plant that can grow 2 cm. in 7 days?



Four children have ordered blueberry pancakes at a restaurant.  The waiter brings 10 pancakes to their table.  If the children share the pancakes evenly, how much can each child have?



A teacher brought 9 little honey cakes for her students to share.  If there are 6 students, and they all want the same amount, how much cake can each student have?



At a restaurant, the waiter brings ____ submarine sandwiches for ____ children to share so that everyone gets the same amount.  How much can each child have?


(2, 8)                  (6, 8)                  (6, 9)                   (5, 15)



Which is a better deal?  5 pairs of socks for 6 dollars or 6 pairs of socks for 9 dollars?



Who gets more popcorn? A person in a group where 2 people are sharing 3 small bags of popcorn or a person in a group where 4 people are sharing 6 small bags of popcorn?

Homework for January 10th 2014
Revisit this site- Get the facts down-hudsonvalleyfresh
Writing- Character development of your fantasy character- 
Here are some questions to guide you.
Do they have a favorite idiom, place they like to go, or a favorite friend? Is there something or someone that they are afraid of? Pet peeves? Conversations with themselves? with friends? with enemies? dreams they have had? things they say? do? think? hobbies?outfits? emotions? This will get you started...
ART- draw your character
Due Tuesday

Fraction Word Problems1- Study the model problems from today.  Work on loose leaf. Work neatly and circle your final answers. Be ready for a review. Some of these problems we did not go over yet. Do your best. Always have a buddy's # on hand to help you.

1.             What is the area of a rectangle 2 2/5 inches by 3 1/5 inches?

2.             Write the expression-Subtract 1/3 from 5/9 and multiply the difference by the sum of 3 and 5. What is the value of the expression?

3.             Bill used 3 1/5 cups of sugar to bake a cake. The amount of chocolate he used was 1 1/2 times the amount of sugar, and the amount of flour she used was 1 1/4 times the amount of sugar. What was the total number of cups of sugar, chocolate, and flour she used in all?

4.             Jim had 3/4 pint of water in a glass. He drank 1/8 pint of water from the glass. Meg had 5/6 pint of water from her glass. She drank 1/3 of it. Write an expression that can be used to find the total amount of water left in Jim and Meg's glass. How much water is left in both glasses?

5.             What is 1 3/5 - 5/8?

6.             What is 6 5/8- 1/4?

7.             Write an expression for this; The teacher has 4 pages of stickers. She gives 3/4 of a page away. What is the value of the expression?

8.             Jill grew 6/5 inches last year. Her younger sister grew 1/4 of the number of inches that Jill grew. How many inches did her sister grow last year?

9.             Mary bought 10 gallons of paint to paint her room. On Wednesday she used 1/5 of the paint. On Thursday, she used 1/4 of what was left. How many quarts of paint did Ann have left? One gallon equals four quarts. 

10.         Evaluate. 2/3+ 5/6 + 2 1/2

11.          8 pounds of sand was shared equally among 6 students. How much sand did each student receive? 

12.         Evaluate. 3 3/4- 1/8

13.         Find the product. 1/9x 3/7

14.         Write the expression that shows 4 more than 1/3 times the sum of 3/5 and 9.

15.         Evaluate the expression. 5/7+ 3/4 - 1

16.         4/3 x 23,567  Will the product be greater than 23, 567?

17.         Evaluate. 2+7 (2/3-1/2)

18.         Draw a model that shows 8/15 square units.

19.         Amy has 4 pieces of yarn. The lengths of the pieces of yarn are 1/4 of a yard, 1/3 of a yard, and 1/2 of a yard. What is the total length of the yarn in inches?

20. Kim read 3 chapters of a book in 8 weeks. How many chapters of the book did Kim read each week?



~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Writing- Find a healthy cow video.
Writing- dream stories
Reading- Keep up with your reading responses. Yes, we are reading fantasy, but I just want to remind you that the class was just given a wonderful collection of new historical fiction books! Enjoy!
SS- Research environmental articles cows that might have facts we want to include in our libretto. Let the article from today guide you. Play around with different "key words".
ELA- Packets are due on Tuesday. ELA Ready- up to page 42 Underground Railroad
ELA Assessment on Monday (in class)
Equal Share 5:These are new problems. Due Friday.

1) 90 people want to share 84 pounds of candy so that each person gets the same amount. Exactly how many pounds of candy should each person get?

2) 20 children want to share 100 pounds of beads so that everyone gets the same amount. How much can each child have?

3) There were 32 campers at Camp Green Lake. They had 10 large cheese pizzas to share equally. How much pizza can each camper have? What size pieces should the pizzas be cut into?

4) 2 people want to share 4 4/6 submarine sandwiches so that each one gets the same amount. How much should each person get?

5) 3 children want to share 4 1/3 peanut butter sandwiches with no leftovers. How much can each child have?


Homework for Wednesday January 8th 2014 

Did you write your resume? Beautiful job so far!
Reading- on to Fantasy!
Reading- Here's the link to the article we started reading today.
Writing- Watch this video before bedtime. videos/animals/bees
Watch this one too if you dare! Varroa Mites Very cool!
Don't miss the Waggle Dance! The Waggle Dance
SS- Research environmental articles about bees or cows that might have facts we want to include in our libretto. 
ELA- New ELA packet. Transcontinental Railroad. Also, if you did NOT complete Lesson 4 in Engage ELA, please do so. Please do NOT fall behind in this work. 
Math- Great effort on today's test! Did your knowledge of LCM or GCF help you?
Equal Share 5:These are new problems. Due Thursday.

1) 9 people want to share 84 pounds of candy so that each person gets the same amount. Exactly how many pounds of candy should each person get?

2) 20 children want to share 10 pounds of beads so that everyone gets the same amount. How much can each child have?

3) There were 32 campers at Camp Green Lake. They had 10 large cheese pizzas to share equally. How much pizza can each camper have? What size pieces should the pizzas be cut into?


4) 2 people want to share 1 6/8 submarine sandwiches so that each one gets the same amount. How much should each person get?


5) 3 children want to share 6 1/4 peanut butter sandwiches with no leftovers. How much can each child have?


This is the same question. Place the first coordinate into the first blank and the second coordinate into the second blank, The first problem has been set up for you.

609) Drake has _____3____ pounds of sunflower seeds. He and his friends are going to share them equally. There are ____6____ people altogether, including Drake. If everyone gets the same amount with nothing left over, what is the size of each person’s share?


#6    (3, 6)             #7        (1 ½, 6)         #8   (3 6/7, 6)                   #9  ( 3 ¾, 6)

Writing- Write a minimum of 1 page about a dream. Review the notes we collected today in class. Add any new ideas you get, Use some of these transitional words in your writing.

Transitional Words help carry a thought from one sentence to another, from one idea to another, or from one paragraph to another. And finally, transitional devices link sentences and paragraphs together smoothly so that there are no abrupt jumps or breaks between ideas.



To Add:and, again, and then, besides, finally, further, furthermore, nor, too, next, in addition, first (second, etc.)



To Compare:whereas, but, yet, on the other hand, however, nevertheless, by comparison, where, compared to, up against, but, although, meanwhile, after all, in contrast.

To Prove:because, for, since, for the same reason, obviously, evidently, furthermore, moreover, besides, indeed, in fact, in addition, in any case

To Show Exception:yet, still, however, nevertheless, in spite of, despite, of course, once in a while, sometimes

To Show Time: immediately, thereafter, soon, after a few hours, finally, then, later, previously, formerly, first (second, etc.), next, and then

To Emphasize: definitely, extremely, obviously, in fact, indeed, in any case, absolutely, positively, naturally, surprisingly, always, forever, perennially, eternally, never, emphatically, unquestionably, without a doubt, certainly, undeniably, without reservation

To Show Sequence: first, second, third, and so forth. A, B, C, and so forth. next, then, following this, at this time, now, at this point, after, afterward, subsequently, finally, consequently, previously, before this, simultaneously, concurrently, thus, therefore, hence, next, and then, soon

To Give an Example: for example, for instance, in this case, in another case, on this occasion, in this situation, take the case of, to demonstrate, to illustrate, as an illustration, to illustrate

To Summarize or Conclude: in brief, on the whole, summing up, to conclude, in conclusion, as I have shown, as I have said, hence, therefore, accordingly, thus, as a result, consequently

Homework for January 6th 2014 

All resumes are due tomorrow, typed or not. Beautiful job so far!
Reading- on to Fantasy!
Writing- Write a minimum of 1 page about a dream. Review the notes we collected today in class. Add any new ideas you get,
Writing- Watch this video before bedtime. 
SS- Research environmental articles about bees or cows that might have facts we want to include in our libretto. Thanks to Till for her great research!
ELA- All ELA packets must be completed by tomorrow. Also, if you did NOT complete Lesson 4 in Engage ELA, please do so. 
Morning School- Be on time please. This is a very important 
MATH TEST TOMORROW- The test will be very similar to THE BIKE SOURCE MAP project that we have been doing the last 3 days. Please prepare yourself by reviewing your notes. Call your group leader if necessary.Word Walls-  Keep this going!! We learned many fantastic words today. Can't remember them? Here's a link to today's article in case you want to review it.
Scientists Discover What's Killing the Bees and It's Worse than You Thought
Equal Share 5:Please review these problems.


1) 10 people want to share 84 pounds of candy so that each person gets the same amount. Exactly how many pounds of candy should each person get?


2) 20 children want to share 12 pounds of beads so that everyone gets the same amount. How much can each child have?


3) There were 36 campers at Camp Green Lake. They had 10 large cheese pizzas to share equally. How much pizza can each camper have?


4) 2 people want to share 1 ¾ submarine sandwiches so that each one gets the same amount. How much should each person get?


5) 3 children want to share 6 ½ peanut butter sandwiches with no leftovers. How much can each child have?


6) Drake has _________ pounds of sunflower seeds. He and his friends are going to share them equally. There are ________ people altogether, including Drake. If everyone gets the same amount with nothing left over, what is the size of each person’s share?


   (3, 6)                     (1 ½, 6)                     (3 6/7, 6)                     ( 3 ¾, 6)

Books for Guys (and girls) Check out this site guys! Jon Scieszka made a list for you!





Homework for January 6th 2014

Writing- Write a minimum of 1 page about a dream.
Reading- on to Fantasy!
SS- Research environmental articles about bees or cows that might have facts we want to include in our libretto. 
ELA- All ELA packets must be complete by tomorrow.
Math- Be prepared for final session of the Bike Course Map. You will be designing your own maps tomorrow. If you do not understand what's going on then you must consult with an expert. Please come prepared.
SS- Talk about Shingebiss and/or Nelson Mandela with someone you like. Talk about this quote by Nelson Mandela The oppressed and the oppressor alike are robbed of their humanity.
Word Walls-  Keep this going. Please start using some of these words in your daily vocabulary.

Resume is due Wednesday. If you cannot print it on your own, then you must email it to me by tomorrow morning.



Name
address
Phone number
email

Sample Resume Subtopics you can address 

Objective- Answer this question: Describe the value you will bring to a prospective school? Do you have a future goal you want to share? You may even have an educational goal. 

Education- 
Ex. Public School 10 2009-2014 511 7th Ave. Brooklyn NY 11215 

Experience- (Provide for whom, where, when-past or current)
Ex. Pet Sitter
Ex. Child care
Ex. Laundry services for elderly neighbors
Ex. Lemonade stand during block party


Achievements-
Ex. Science Fair-

Volunteer Experience- (Past or current- in or out of the home)
Ex. Raised $ for St. Jude Hospital
Ex. Tutor for classmates seeking services at lunch (state how often)
Ex. Teach my dad computer skills
Ex. Provide ESL lessons for my grandma
Ex. Write letters to political figures concerning closure of LICH

Interests/ Activities (this is where you can really add a lot)
Ex. Girl Scouts
Ex. Band
Ex. Chorus
Ex. Sports
Ex. Dance
Ex. Ics Skating

Languages 
Ex. Proficient in speaking, reading and writing Hebrew
Ex. Fluent in Spanish

Computer Skills
Ex. Proficient with Microsoft Word, Internet and Powerpoint



Homework for Monday Dec. 14th 2013
Math- Double, triple, and quadruple this recipe.
Start planning for the cookie swap. You will need 6 baggies of homemade cookies by Friday. Place 6 cookies in each bag. Tie the bags with ribbons. Make a few extra for the class to share! Make sure to copy the recipe 7 times on index cards.
Writing- Continue work on your reports.
Reading- same
Be ready for the show!

PREP: 40 MINS TOTAL TIME: 1 HOUR 30 MINS
YIELD: Makes 2 dozen

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled), plus more for rolling
            3/4 cup granulated sugar
            3/4 teaspoon baking powder
            1/2 teaspoon fine salt
            1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
            1 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skinned
            1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
            2 large egg yolks
            2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
            Confectioners' sugar, for dusting
            3/4 cup desired filling (see cook's note)

Homework for Friday December 11, 2013~

ALERT! Middle school applications are due!

Math- “Cost of Heating an Outdoor Pool” Retest on Monday at luch only.

Math-
0.453=__________________%=___________________________Fraction
177%=___________________decimal____________________fraction

Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show. Review all the exit and entry rules before practice tomorrow. Make sure you know approximately where you will be standing on stage.

Read!  Save your prepared questions for the author visit in January.

WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday.
“You mean we must do this every day?”
“Precisely!”

Penmanship- Create the most beautiful nametag using your beautifully scripted penmanship!

SS/Writing- Civil War Reports will be due on Wednesday. Feel free to email them to me in a format that can be edited and printed. Include a Primary Document that relates to you historical figure. Make sure you comment on it in the report. Remember, the secret to great writing is rewriting! I can’t wait to see all those precise words you’ll be using. I have included another writing piece to inspire you this weekend.
·      Remember to engage the reader with an interesting first sentence!
·      Use precise vocabulary so the reader knows exactly what you want them to know.
·      Make sure your title reflects the theme of your piece.
For inspiration~ What would be a great title for this piece?

Nat Turner’s Life
by Marc Bucovy
       Have you ever wondered what Nat Turner did in his life? You may already know about his slave rebellion, but what about before and after it. Nobody knows much about Nat’s dad or mom. They ran away when Nat was young. Because of the disappearance, Nat was raised by his grandmother, Old Bridget. Nat was very smart. He taught himself how to read and write. When he was he was little he had intelligence and quickness of apprehension. Nat was very religious. He had frequent visions from God. Once Nat ran away. He soon became fatally hungry. Nat said he got a vision from God telling him to go back to the plantation.
       Nat had a wife named Cherry. Cherry was born in Lincoln, Louisiana. He got married to her in 1820 when he was 20. They had three children but their names are unknown. In 1822, their “owner”, Samuel Turner, died. Everything on the plantation was auctioned off including the slaves. Nat got sold to a guy named Thomas Moore while the rest of his family went with someone named Giles Reese. She lived until she was 58.
           Nat is a violent person that acts on impulse. With a personality like this the rebellion couldn’t have been the only thing Nat did. Before the rebellion Nat and a group of other slaves secretly freed slaves and killed their “owner”. He and his gang did the dirty work with clubs and sharp objects. They didn’t use guns because people would be able to hear them.
          Nat’s club of killers started to reach sufficient numbers for something big. One day atmospheric disruption caused the sky to turn a bluish green. Nat thought it was a sign from god telling him to have a rebellion. During the August of 1831 Nat and the rebel slaves killed up to 65 white people. This was the largest slave revolt in the south. The militia eventually came and suppressed the rebellion within a couple days. 100-200 slaves were killed and 56 were accused of being a part of the rebellion. Twelve of them were pardoned and sold south. The rest were executed.
          Nat made a huge impact with his rebellion. After it happened a monster reward was put over his head. Posters for him were put everywhere. They described him as 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 8 inches. He weighed 150-160 pounds. He had a light complexion but he wasn’t white. His feet were broad and flat just like his nose. He had wide shoulders and big eyes. He was captured on October 30, 1831.  He was found in a hole covered with wire. Later, on November 11th, he was sentenced to death and hung.
       Nat’s rebellion wasn’t the only thing going on. At the same time as Nat’s rebellion others were fighting all over the south. In North Carolina armies of slaves were reported walking down the highway. They burned down and massacred Wilmington. After it had been suppressed General Epps ordered his troops to stop killing the slaves. The number of slave deaths were so high, even the General was sorrowful.
          In the end Nat got what he wanted in the first place: to scare the white people. This was good and bad. Good because it gave the slaves hope. Bad because it made the government institute harsh slave laws. The slaves didn’t care about the laws. Nat gave them hope. Nat was a slave preacher and as he always said "Having soon discovered to be great, I must appear so, and therefore studiously avoided mixing in society, and wrapped myself in mystery, devoting my time to fasting and prayer."   


Homework for Thursday December 11, 2013~



ALERT! Middle school applications are due!



Math- “Cost of Heating an Outdoor Pool” Test tomorrow on this.



Math

4.8/12=______     48/12=__________63.022/2=______________ 63022/2=__________________

1.8/3=____________   1.02/3=________________1.015/5=__________________

.66/11=________________ 6.6/11=____________ 4.95/5=_______________   85 tenths/5=______

6x3

6x0.3

6x0.06

6x0.005

6x3.365

47.4=_________________tenths=______________________hundredths



TUTORS and TUTEES~ Little Buddie pieces must be written on loose leaf for the bulletin board.



Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show. Review all the exit and entry rules before practice tomorrow. Make sure you know approximately where you will be standing on stage. I won't be up there with you!



SS- Be ready to share your two page Historical Fiction entry about Mary Todd Lincoln. 



Read!  Come prepared with the questions you wrote today for the author visit tomorrow.



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday.

“You mean we must do this every day?”

“Precisely!”



Penmanship- Practice writing all the letters in your Mom or Dad’s first, last, and middle name on loose leaf.



SS/Writing- Write, revise and edit the 7th and 8th paragraphs of your report.


  1. ·      Remember to engage the reader with an interesting first sentence!
  2. ·      Use precise vocabulary so the reader knows exactly what you want them to know.
  3. ·      Make sure your title reflects the theme of your piece.


THINK ABOUT THIS~ What would be a great title for this piece? What do you think of the conclusion?



            John Brown believed he was possessed by God. That’s why he did what he did. He was doing what he thought was right. And even though violence isn’t the true meaning of God, he believed in himself and made a difference. John Brown was the man who started the Civil War. His acts made the South want to fight that war, the war that would end slavery. John Brown was a white man and an abolitionist. He was religious (in a different kind of way) and was determined to get his message through.

            John Brown was the fourth of eight children. He was born on May 9th, 1800, in Torrington, Connecticut. His parents were Owen Brown and Ruth Mills. Owen hated slavery and believed it was a sin against God. When John was five, he and his family moved to Hudson, Ohio, where Owen Brown opened a tannery. Owen also supported Oberlin College, even though he had a lot to say about the way they taught. The school was somewhat of a “Perfectionist” school. When John Brown was twelve, he had to travel through Michigan wilderness to deliver a herd of cattle. He stayed with a man who owned a boy slave. The man treated John very kindly, but the boy slave was beaten with an iron shovel right in front of John. John was scarred for life.

            When John was twenty, he married Dianthe Lusk. They had John Jr. thirteen months later. John moved to New Richmond, Pennsylvania, where he opened a tannery. In 1831, one of John Brown’s newborn sons died. John grew sick and his business began to suffer. In 1832, Dianthe died. In 1833, John married Mary Ann Day who was only sixteen. They had thirteen more children in addition to the seven from his previous marriage. In 1836, John Brown and his family members moved to Franklin Mills, Ohio, and borrowed money to own land there, only to be crushed by this next year. Next year, John Brown vows to end slavery after Elijah Lovejoy is shot because he is a publisher for an anti-slavery newspaper. John Brown had a personal religion, and left the church in his 40’s and never joined another one. I don’t know why he left the church. Maybe he left to focus on his plans, or some other reason. He never really quit being religious. After all he still thought he was “possessed by God!” In 1842, a federal court decides John Brown’s bankruptcy case. Creditors take away everything from John Brown and his family except for the things that John Brown and his family really need to live. In 1855, John Brown followed his sons to Kansas. In 1856, John Brown goes to Pottawatomie Creek and murders five proslavery supporters. Also in 1856, John Brown goes to Missouri and raids two proslavery homes and frees eleven slaves. John Brown travels for eighty-two days and travels over a thousand miles to free slaves in Canada. This shows that John Brown really cares. He only freed eleven slaves, but was still willing to travel all that way to go to Canada.

            In 1859 John Brown raided Harper’s Ferry. This was his last year on this earth. This was the final battle. But he didn’t know it. He thought he would succeed. He did win. But not in the way he had hoped. Harper’s Ferry wasn’t a ship. John Brown raided an arsenal. George Washington selected Harper’s Ferry as the best location for the second federal arsenals, the other one being in Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1792. His team consisted of sixteen white men, three free black men, one free slave, and one fugitive slave. Six people were killed, and nine were wounded. John Brown was captured and four other raiders were killed on March 16th, 1860. John Brown originally asked Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass to help him with the raid, but Harriet Tubman grew sick and Frederick Douglass refused because he thought that John Brown’s plan would fail. On July 3rd, 1859, John Brown rented a house a few miles away from Harper’s Ferry under the name “Isaac Smith.” On August 16th, John Brown talked with Frederick Douglass. This is where Frederick refused John’s offer. On October 16th, John Brown attacked. He failed and was captured.

            John Brown was hung for his actions on Harper’s Ferry, but before he was hung he wrote, “ I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.” John Brown then died. But he died knowing that he had angered the South. There was a storm coming. A storm that the abolitionists started, and John Brown finished.

            What amazes me most about John Brown is that he summoned up all the courage in himself to raid the arsenal. Even if he knew that he was risking his own death. Even though his wife and some of his children died, and he was under financial stress, he didn’t exactly have “nothing to lose”. He still had his second wife and his other children. Hopefully the Brown name still lives on. It’s unfortunate that John never lived to see his new country. He didn’t know that he put the last brick in the building that would lead to the Civil War. He did what was right in a more effective way. The other abolitionists may have found his actions harsh. But maybe it was necessary?

                        John Brown may have ended up unsuccessful in his raid at Harper’s Ferry, but he did more than what meets the eye. He may of lost his battle, and his life, but he started the Civil War. He will always be remembered for his courage, strength, and his will to go on. John Brown was right. “ I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood.” And the Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars ever.







Homework for Wednesday December 10, 2013~



Math- Work on the third column on the “Cost of Heating an Outdoor Pool”

You might want to use Ben’s strategy. Multiply in pennies after you subtract. Then convert to dollars. Test tomorrow on this.



Math-  Amin buys 4 chocolates. Each chocolate costs $2.35. Amin multiplies 4x235 and gets $940. Place the decimal to show the cost of the chocolate and explain your reasoning using words, numbers and pictures.

4.8/6=______     48/6=__________63.021/7=______________ 63021/7=__________________

1.5/5=____________   1.05/5=________________1.015/5=__________________

.68/2=________________ .66/3=______________ 4.92/2=_______________   84 tenths/8=______

5x3

5x0.3

5x0.06

5x0.005

5x3.365

45.4=_________________tenths=______________________hundredths



TUTORS and TUTEES~ Little Buddie pieces must be written on looseleaf for the bulletin board.



LAST DAY -Happy Cows= Healthy Milk= Healthy Milk and Yoghurt Drinkers! Enter the “Happy Cow Cartoon Competition”. Entries will be due on Wednesday! This IS homework!



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear your parents’ reactions! When you share, make sure you do it respectfully.



Penmanship- Practice writing all the letters in your first, last, and middle name on loosel leaf.



SS/Writing- Write, revise and edit the 5th and 6th paragraphs of your report. Remember to engage the reader! Use words from the Civil War period.



Music- Practice the songs and moves for the Holiday show. 



SS- Be ready to share your two page Historical Fiction entry about Mary Todd Lincoln. See last week’s homework for details.





Homework for Tuesday December 10, 2013~



Math- Work on the second column on the “Cost of Heating an Outdoor Pool”

You might want to use Ben’s strategy. Multiply in pennies after you subtract. Then convert to dollars.



Math- Word problem of the day: Mike is still running a lemonade stand. Now he has a 3-cup and 5-cup glass. A customer comes and orders 4 cups of lemonade. Without a  measuring cup, but with an unlimited supply of lemonade and a stack of cups, how does he get four cups in either glass?  Draw your answer and explain it step by step in words. 



TUTORS and TUTEES~ Little Buddie pieces due Wednesday. Tomorrow is Wednesday!



The St. Jude Challenge – Happy Cows= Healthy Milk= Healthy Milk and Yoghurt Drinkers! Enter the “Happy Cow Cartoon Competition”. Entries will be due on Wednesday! This IS homework!



Word Study- Due Tuesday. Make sure you have it in tomorrow!



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear your parents’ reactions! When you share, make sure you do it respectfully.



Reading- What’s your favorite,  scozy reading spot? Take a picture of it if you can? Don’t have a camera? Then “write” a picture of your cozy spot.



Reading- Reading Level Assessments will continue.



Penmanship- Practice writing all the letters in your first, last, and middle name.



SS/Writing- Revise and edit the third and fourth paragraphs of your report. Remember to engage the reader! Replace



Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show. Review all the exit and entry rules before practice tomorrow.



SS- Be ready to share your two page Historical Fiction entry about Mary Todd Lincoln. See last week’s homework for details.






Homework for Monday December 9, 2013~

Math- Work on the first column on the “Cost of Heating an Outdoor Pool”
You might want to use Ben’s strategy. Multiply in pennies. Then convert to dollars.

TUTORS and TUTEES~ Little Buddie pieces due Wednesday

The St. Jude Challenge – I hope you enjoyed our Culture walking trip today. Happy Cows= Healthy Milk= Healthy Milk and Yoghurt Drinkers! Enter the “Happy Cow Cartoon Competition”. Entries will be due on Wednesday!

Word Study- Find an adjective that you want to own. Make a collage using magazine pictures or anything else that you think would make a great collage. The collage should represent your adjective. Have fun! Due Tuesday.

WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear your parents’ reactions! When you share, make sure you do it respectfully.

Reading- What’s your favorite,cozy reading spot? Take a picture of it if you can? Don’t have a camera? Then write us a picture of your cozy spot.

Reading- Reading Level Assessments will continue.

Penmanship- Practice writing all the letters in your first and last name.

SS/Writing- Revise and edit the first two paragraphs of your report. Remember to engage the reader!

Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show.

SS- Be ready to share your two page Historical Fiction entry about Mary Todd Lincoln. See  last week’s homework for details.




Homework for Friday December 6, 2013~

Math- Find a fun website to help us learn about Pie Charts. Here's one to start Pie Chart Fun! No Kidding! Click me!



TUTORS and TUTEES~ Revise and edit Little Buddie pieces. Due Tuesday.

The St. Jude Challenge – I hope you enjoyed our Culture walking trip today. Happy Cows= Healthy Milk= Healthy Milk and Yoghurt Drinkers! Enter the “Happy Cow Cartoon Competition”. Entries will be due on Wednesday! Remember, you'll be competing with Savion!



Word Study- Find an adjective that you want to own. Make a collage using magazine pictures or anything else that you think would make a great collage. The collage should represent your adjective. Have fun! Due Tuesday.



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear your parents’ reactions! When you share, make sure you do it respectfully.



Reading- What’s your favorite, cozy reading spot? Take a picture of it if you can?



Reading- Reading Level Assessments will continue on Monday.



Penmanship- Practice writing all the letters in your last name.



SS/Writing- We will start writing our reports on Monday in class. Do NOT leave your notes at home.



Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show.



SS- Write a two page Historical Fiction entry about Mary Todd Lincoln. The entry could be written from the point of view of Mary, or Abe Lincoln, or anyone else who knew her well. Choose carefully the facts that you want to include. Think about the mood you want to create and the message you want to get across. Here are the documents to refer to. You are always welcome to do more research.





Mary Ann Todd Lincoln

            Abraham Lincoln’s wife was the first to be called “First Lady” in two newspapers; the London Times and the Sacramento Union newspaper! I thought that all of the first ladies were called that in the newspapers. Mary Todd Lincoln was a girl who owned slaves! Her full name was Mary Ann Todd Lincoln. She was born on December 13, 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky. When Mary was a little girl, her name was “Little Mamie”. Abraham called her “Mamie”.

         Mary Todd Lincoln’s life was full of obstacles and tragedies. Mary Todd Lincoln was sitting next to her husband when he was shot in a theater. When Abraham got shot she kept on saying. “Why didn’t he shoot me? Why didn’t he shoot me!” All of her children had died except for her oldest son Robert Todd Lincoln. Her second son Edward died at 3 from tuberculosis. William Wallace Lincoln died from typhoid fever (eating or drinking feces by accident). He died at the age of 11 years old. Her youngest son died at 18 from heart failure. From all of these tragedies Mary started having hallucinations and went into a deep depression.

         Mary Todd Lincoln was declared insane twice! The first time was in May 1875 after many years of odd behavior. Robert Lincoln (her oldest son) thought that his mother might be mentally ill. Mary was declared insane by a Chicago jury. Then, in June 1875 Mary was declared insane by another Chicago jury. Mary is now believed to have had bipolar disorder. When she was in the White house she had suffered from anxiety, paranoia, narcissism, mood swings and depression. Later Mary had more symptoms like hallucinations and delusions. When she moved into her sister Elizabeth Edwards’s house she was slowly going blind.

         In Mary Todd Lincoln’s time women did not have many rights and could not get a good education. Lucky for Mary she had a very good education. Mary went to Shelby Academy from 1826-1832. Later its name changed to Dr. Wards Academy where she studied grammar, geography, arithmetic, poetry and literature. Then she went to Madame Mentelle’s Boarding school from 1832-1837. There Mary learned how to speak and write in French, write beautiful penmanship, dance and sing. She continued her studies at Dr. Wards Academy. She studied advanced studies most likely in cultural subjects.

         Mary had a very big family. Her dad’s name was Robert Smith Todd. Mary’s mom died when she was only six. Her mom’s name was Eliza Ann Parker. When she died her dad married again to Elizabeth Humphreys. Mary had 3 brothers and 3 sisters. The oldest was Elizabeth Todd Edwards, next was Frances Todd, Wallace Levi O. Todd, Robert P. Todd, Ann Todd Smith, George Rogers Clark Todd. Her husband’s name was Abraham Lincoln. She had four sons. The oldest was Robert Todd Lincoln, Edward Baker Lincoln, William Wallace Lincoln and the youngest was Thomas Lincoln. Mary had four half-brothers and five half-sisters. The oldest was Robert S. Todd, Margaret Todd Kellogg, Samuel Briggs Todd, David H. Todd, Martha Todd White, Emilie Todd Helm, Alexander Todd, Elodie Todd Dawson and Katherine Todd Herr.

         Did you know that in 1840 Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln got engaged but on January 1, 1841 Abraham broke the engagement. Abraham said that he was unworthy of such a girl. After 18 months apart they got back together and got married. Abraham Lincoln gave Mary Todd Lincoln a ring that said “Love is Eternal”. Mary wore it a lot and got buried wearing it. Mary and Abraham met at a ball in 1839 when Abraham was a member of the Illinois state legislature and a junior partner in the law firm. As a girl Mary wanted to one day marry a man who would one day become president of the United States. According to her family she had found this man in Abraham. They got married on November 4, 1842. Mary got married at the age of 23 years old. They got married in the front parlor of the home of her sister Elizabeth Edward’s house. They got married in Springfield, Illinois.

         Can you believe that twice Mary Todd Lincoln tried to commit suicide. She tried killing herself by taking what she thought was drugs that were called laudanum and camphor. A suspicious druggist had replaced the drugs with a sugar substance. Mary had to be released into the care of her sister Elizabeth Edwards in Springfield.

         As first, lady Mary Todd Lincoln made many trips to the hospitals to take food and flowers etc. to injured soldiers. She read to them and wrote letters to them. Mary became first lady on March 4, 1861-April 14, 1865. Mary was 42 years old when she became first lady. Once she raised $1,000 for a Christmas dinner at a military hospital. Mary provided support for the Contraband Relief Association. They helped blacks who came to the North during the Civil War.

         Mary Todd Lincoln died at the home of her sister Elizabeth Edwards in Springfield, Illinois, on July 16. She was 63 years old. Mary was buried at the Lincoln Tomb in Springfield, Illinois. She got buried in the Oak Ridge Cemetery. Mary Todd Lincoln’s funeral was in the front parlor of her sister Elizabeth Edward’s home. That was the same place that Mary got married to Abraham Lincoln 40 years ago. Mary died from a stroke, most likely from untreated diabetes.

         One of Mary Todd Lincoln’s Quotes was “My evil genius Procrastination has whispered me to tarry ‘til a more convenient season. “Another one of her quotes is “Clouds and darkness surround us, yet heaven is just, and the days of triumph will surly come when justice and truth will be vindicated.



 Dear Diary,

April 20, 1865

As you know, my full name is Mary Ann Todd Lincoln. I was born on December 13, 1818 in Lexington, Kentucky. My mother’s name was Eliza Ann Parker, Sadly she died when I was only six years of age. She died when she gave birth to my younger brother George Rogers Clark Todd. My father was Robert Smith Todd. When mother died father was remarried to a woman named Elizabeth Humphreys. Sadly, I never felt that my stepmother was fond of me or my other siblings, three sisters and three brothers, Elizabeth Todd Edwards, Frances Todd, Wallace Levi O. Todd, Robert P. Todd, Ann Todd Smith, lastly is George Rogers Clark Todd.

I gave birth to four children, but only my oldest son, Robert Todd Lincoln is still alive.  The rest of my children have died. Gone. My second oldest son Edward Backer Lincoln, died from tuberculosis when he was only three years of age. My next son William Wallace Lincoln died from typhoid fever when he was eleven years of age. My youngest, Thomas Lincoln, died when he was eighteen years of age from heart failure. I try not to think about all of my deceased children. Instead I think about something else that does not remind me of them, It is so very hard. It is only Robert and I. Thank you journal for letting me share my feelings. I do not like talking to Robert about all of his brother’s dying and his father being shot. I don’t want to make him even more distraught. Was it only a few days ago that a man assassinated my dear Abraham by the name of John Wilkes Booth? There we were in the Fords Theater. Everybody was laughing. Abraham was smiling warmly at me. And then… he just fell to one side. I had no idea… what had happened. Then I realized…. my husband had just been shot! I only heard the screaming in my own head….“Why didn’t he shoot me? Why didn’t he shoot me”! So alone, so alone…without my children or my husband.







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Homework for Thursday December 5, 2013~

Math- Divide these fractions to change them to a percent: 1/4, 2/8, ½. Use whatever division strategy you feel confident with.
Do you notice anything about the percentages? Can you draw a pie chart to display all the percentages on one chart?

Try this one too: 7/9, 1/9, 2/18. Draw a pie chart to show proportions.

Math- Word problem of the day-

1.     You have $235.00. How many pennies is that? How many nickels is that? How many dimes is that? How many quarters is that?

2.     Mama saved $789.56 cents in her holiday club account. She wants to divide it equally by the 32 students in Ms. Cyphers’ class. How much will each child receive. Thanks Mama!



TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!! Write one page about your experience today with your Reading Buddies. Revise this entry and write it on looseleaf.



The St. Jude Challenge was a huge success. We raised, through our powers of PERSUASION, $1000. We will be taking a walking trip on Friday to celebrate.

Dress appropriately.   



Word Study- Choose an adverb that ends in ly to research.  Can you change it to an adjective? Write 5 sentences using that adverb.



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear their reactions!



Reading- Start your 7th book. If you are NOT moving on your reading level, read the strategy letter that you wrote last night to keep you focused.



Reading- Make sure you are prepared for Literature Circle work. (We will return to this work after we complete reading level assessments. I will try to finish the rest tomorrow.)



HANDWRITING- Practice writing all the letters in your first name.



SS/Writing- HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due Friday, DEC 6th!  By tomorrow you should have 12 handwritten pages in your notebook. Great work so far! Some of you need to spend a little extra time on this.



Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show.



Explore this site. Life as a Civil War Soldier_







Homework for Wednesday December 4, 2013~

Math- Divide these fractions to change them to a percent; 1/9, 2/3, 2/9.
Do you notice anything about the percentages? Can you draw a pie chart to display all the percentages on one chart?
Math- Word problem of the day-

1.     You have $125.00. How many pennies is that? How many nickels is that? How many dimes is that? How many quarters is that?

2.     Mama saved $789.56 cents in her holiday club account. She wants to divide it equally by the 31 students in Ms. Cyphers’ class. How much will each child receive. Thanks Mama!



TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!! Write one page about your experience today with your Reading Buddies



The St. Jude Challenge was a huge success, We raised, through our powers of PERSUASION, $1000. We will be taking a walking trip on Friday to celebrate



Word Study- Share your adverb stories with your parents. Ask them to share their favorite adverbs.



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word! You will be pleasantly surprised when you hear their reactions!



Reading- Start your 7th book. If you are NOT moving on your reading level, read the strategy letter that you wrote last night to keep you focused.



Reading- Make sure you are prepared for Literature Circle work. (We will return to this work after we complete reading level assessments. I will try to finish the rest tomorrow.)



HANDWRITING- How would you describe your script writing?



SS/Writing- HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due Friday, DEC 6th!  By tomorrow you should have 10 handwritten pages in your notebook and 12 by Friday. Great work so far!



Music- Practice the songs for the Holiday show.


Homework for Tuesday December 2, 2013~

Math- Excellent work on your fraction, decimal, and percentage charts.
Math- Look through magazines and newspapers and nonfiction texts to get examples of fraction, decimals, and percentages. You can also print one from the Internet. Bring one in.
Math- Divide these fractions to change them to a percent: 2/5, 4/15, 1/3.
Do you notice anything about the percentages? Can you draw a pie chart to display all the percentages on one chart?

Math- Word problem of the day- You have $121.00. How many pennies is that? How many nickels is that? How many dimes is that? How many quarters is that? How many dollars?



TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!!



The St. Jude Challenge was a huge success, We raised, through our powers of PERSUASION, $1000.



Word Study- Write 5 incredibly interesting adverbs. Pick one for your word wall.



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL everyday. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, you can do this? I am waiting anxiously for your next word!



Reading- Start your 7th book. If you are NOT moving on your reading level, write me a letter on loose leaf and tell me what strategy you will be using to become a better reader. You can use the strategy I discussed with you, or any other one that you KNOW is going to work.



Reading- Make sure you are prepared for Literature Circle work. (We will return to this work after we complete reading level assessments)



HANDWRITING- What letter are you working on? Are you loving writing in script?



SS/Writing- HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due next Friday, DEC 6th!  By tomorrow you should have 8 handwritten pages in your notebook. Great work so far!



Isso, thank you for printing out our persuasive essays 

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Homework for Monday December 2, 2013~

Math- When do you need to use fractions? Decimals? Percentages? Make a list. I will get you started. You need to use fractions when you are baking a cake. You need to use decimals when you are doing your taxes. You need to use percentages when you are graphing population.
Clue: Look through magazines and newspapers and nonfiction text to get ideas.
Math- Divide these fractions to change them to a percent; ¼, 1/3, 1/8, 2/16, 1/6.
Do you notice anything about the percentages? Can you draw a pie chart to display all the percentages on one chart?


TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!!



The St. Jude Challenge was a huge success,  We were able to raise, through our powers of PERSUASION, $1000.



Word Study- Thomas’ word search- Have fun!



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL every day. Now start to USE those words with your family. Seriously, why not? I am waiting in anticipation for you next word!



Reading- Start your 7th book.



Reading- Prepare for Literature Circle.



HANDWRITING- What letter are you working on?



SS/Writing- HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due next Friday, DEC 6th!  By tomorrow you should have 6 handwritten pages in your notebook.



Writing- Thank you for emailing me your Persuasive Essays!


Homework for Wednesday November 27, 2013~

Math- Complete and study the  math sheet from today. Check all your answers on a calculator. Underline the ones you got wrong.

TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!!

The St. Jude Challenge was a huge success,  We were able to raise through our powers of PERSUASION __$1000!!!!_____________.


Word Study- Do HAWAIIAN VACATION word search. Have fun in the sun!



WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL daily. Now start to USE those words. Seriously, why not?



Reading- SIX books must be read by Nov. 30th!

Reading- Prepare for Literature Circles.



Writing- Write 1 page about the word origin lesson you had with Ms. Graham. Now find the origin of a word that interests you!



HANDWRITING- What letter are you working on?



SS- HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due next Friday, DEC 6th! You will need to collect 2 pages of handwritten notes in your own words for each of the 6 sections on the outline sheet.



Writing- Revisions on Persuasive Essays must be emailed to me.












Homework for Monday November 22, 2013~

Math- 789/29      854/86    7987/48    6573/14   6390/26   3210/57
Math- 78.9/29      85.4/86    79.87/48    65.73/14   63.90/26   32.10/57
Write your remainder as a fraction.
TEST TOMORROW. It will be similar to today’s quiz. Thank you to Fernando for checking the tests.
TUTORS and TUTEES~ FANTASTIC WORK!!!!!!

Math- Go to the math fraction sheet that’s taped into your math notebook. Read the 10 things that you think are interesting about EACH side of the sheet. Now call a friend and discuss them. A parent will do.

Feast tomorrow at 12:45

The St. Jude Challenge is extended until TUESDAY! Incredible! Great work so far!

Word Study- Do A KIND HEART  word search. Have fun learning to Be Kind!

WORD LISTS- Add to your PORTABLE WORD WALL daily. Now start to USE those words. Seriously, why not?

Reading- SIX books must be read by Nov. 30th. Book reports must accompany them.
Please keep up. Grades for Middle School are due in mid December! You will want these grades to be your very best! Next week I will test you on your reading level.
If your fluency is weak I will NOT move you up. Read aloud to someone to develop this. (It could be your gourd you read to!).

Reading- Prepare for Literature Circles

Writing- Write 1 page about the word origin lesson you had with Ms. Graham. Now find the origin of a word that interests you!

HANDWRITING- What letter are you working on?

SS- Continue brainstorming a list of interesting people connected to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, any of the trips we took this week, read-alouds, etc. On Tuesday you will choose one of these people to research.
HEADS UP- Your research (not the paper~ Just the research) will be due next Friday, Nov. 29th! More on that tomorrow!

SS- Write Harriet Jacobs a letter. (two notebook pages) Due Wednesday.

Please try to be on time for morning school.


Homework for  Thursday 18th November 2013~ ALL OF THIS IS DUE MONDAY

Math- 675/29      277/86    795/48    657/14   639/26   321/57
Math- 67.5/29      27.7/86    79.5/48    65.7/14   63.9/26   32.1/57
Try the new strategy! Can you write your remainder in 2 ways?

Math- Go to the math fraction sheet that’s taped into your math notebook. Write 5 more things that you think are interesting about EACH side of the sheet.

Everyone is on the lunch release unless you get a call or text from me.

The St. Jude Challenge is extended until MONDAY! Remember to share facts about St. Jude before you ask for donations or pledges.

Word Study- Look up the words on the A KIND HEART sheet in the dictionary. Write the definitions.

Reading- Remember to rotate genres all you FANTASY lovers!

Writing- Copy your collection of words from your PORTABLE WORD WALL (in your notebook) onto the sheet on your desk.

HANDWRITING- Tape the HANDWRITING sheet into your notebook. Choose a letter to practice EACH night of the week. (in a notebook)

SS- Start brainstorming a list of interesting people connected to the Civil War, the Underground Railroad, any of the trips we took this week, read-alouds, etc. On Monday you will choose one of these people to research.

SS- Find out who Harriet Jacobs was. Be ready to share.


SS- Read over the words to this Civil War Song. Write a few notes about your wonderings.

Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier

Here I sit on Buttermilk Hill
Who can blame me, cryin' my fill
And ev'ry tear would turn a mill,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

Me, oh my, I loved him so,
Broke my heart to see him go,
And only time will heal my woe,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

I'll sell my rod, I'll sell my reel,
Likewise I'll sell my spinning wheel,
And buy my love a sword of steel,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

I'll dye my dress, I'll dye it red,
And through the streets I'll beg for bread,
For the lad that I love from me has fled,
Johnny has gone for a soldier.

SS- Read over the words to this Civil War Song. Does it make you wonder about anything?


Please try to be on time for morning school.

Homework  for Nov. 20th 2013

TRIP TO MET OPERA TOMORROW!! BRING LUNCH, BINOCULARS, and a GREAT ATTITUDE!
Math- Number of the day- 600,000
Math- 682/4              384/2           694/4            689/4

Math- 69.2/4              3.84/2           69.4/4            68.9/4
Reading- !!!!!!!!
Writing- Write 25 facts you learned today during the tour. Write in complete sentences.

Spelling- Start studying for the spelling test on Monday. Find the words that are difficult for you.

Homework  for Nov. 19th 2013

TRIP TO GREENWOOD TOMORROW!! BRING LUNCH!  IT IS NOT THE 25th!

Math- 692/4              394/2           684/4            699/4

Math- 69.2/4              3.94/2           68.4/4            69.9/4
Reading- !!!!!!!!
Writing- Write 2 pages in your notebook about the significance of Plymouth Church
Complete the word search for the aquarium page.


Homework for Monday 18th November 2013

Math- 567/9      127/6    875/8    657/4   639/6   321/7
Try not to use a traditional algorithm. I loved the strategy Ido, Isso and Amin used. Get creative with your math. It’s fun!!!

Math- tape the math fraction sheet into your math notebook. There are two sides, so do it carefully. Write 5 things that you think are interesting about EACH side of the sheet.

Trip tomorrow to Plymouth Church $2 donation
Missing permission slips- Solly, Savion, Page, Mark, Thais, Isso, Steven, Myka.

Trip to Greenwood on Wednesday- $10

The St. Jude Challenge is on! Remember to share facts about St. Jude before you ask for donations or pledges. Due Friday!

Word Study- Look up the words on the Aquarium sheet in the dictionary.

Reading- Thanks for all the great work on your write-ups! Try to keep up with them.

Writing- Tape the handout I gave you in your writer’s notebook. Read it carefully.
Do I have your persuasive essay?

SS- Do a little research on NY’s role in the Underground Railroad to prepare for tomorrow’s trip.

Please try to be on time for morning school.


Homework for Friday November 15th, 2013.

SS: What is the most important primary document of the Civil War?
SS- Final draft of Persuasive essay due. jcyphers@ps10.org

Math- 1/3=.________  2/3 =.________ 3/3=._________

Math-There was a gigantic typhoon in the Philippines. The U. N. called for $300 million, along with many reliable past donors- The U. S. ($20 million), Japan ($10 million), Australia ($9.3 million), and Britain ($16 million). China, however, offered $200,000. How much money did the Philippines get in all from the countries? How much more do they need to raise? Why did a country as large and powerful as China only offer $200,000. Info found from: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/11/13/opinion/agony-in-the-philippines.html  

Math- Find another editorial and make up a word problem based on the content. Thanks to Willa and Maddie for this one.

PINKBERRY ST. JUDE CHALLENGE- Due next Friday!

Check out this persuasive essay!

Donate to St. Jude

By Willem da Sylveira





            St. Jude is my favorite charity because it saves the lives of terminally ill children.

            Mr. Danny Thomas, famous Hollywood entertainer, created a hospital many years ago where families could go whether they had money or not.  He felt passionate about creating a place where sick children could receive the treatments for serious diseases like cancer. Today, his daughter, Marlo Thomas, also a famous actor, runs the business with her siblings. Did you know, that poor families were actually turned away from hospitals because they could not afford to pay? St. Jude Hospital does not believe any family should have to pay for the care of sick children. Their Motto, is finding cures and saving children.

The public should donate to St. Jude, because it was the first hospital to develop a cure for sickle cell disease, with a bone marrow transplant. They have one of the largest sickle cell programs in the country. You may ask, what is sickle cell disease? Well, sickle cell disease, is a hereditary condition of the blood.

            When you donate as little as .25 cents to St. Jude Hospital, you are helping a child get one step further to surviving diseases like Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) and sickle cell disease. In 1962, the survival rate for the (ALL), the most common form of childhood cancer, was only 4%. Today because of St. Jude’s research and procedures the survival rate has increased to 94%.

            Have you ever wondered how much it costs for medical treatments? Well a lot. Sometimes thousands of dollars!  It costs St. Jude Hospital $1.8 million to operate the hospital every day. Most of which is covered by public donations. According to Marlo Thomas, “all patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude’s are treated without regard for the family’s ability to pay. Everything beyond what is covered by insurance is taken care of. And for those without insurance all of the medical costs are absorbed by the hospital.”

            Do you think a child should not be able to go to a hospital when sick? I don’t think so. Many of U.S. hospitals turn away poor people that can’t afford to pay the bill. Like I said, St. Jude Hospital’s help is free, so all kid’s can get help, even as far away as a country like Bolivia. According to Marlo Thomas, children are helped from states as far as California, and many others throughout the world.  Each day many children travel to the hospital in Memphis, Tennessee from hundreds of miles away. This is another reason, the public should donate to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, to help cover these costs.

            If you want the best care for your child, then choosing St. Jude is the best option.

When a child is brought to St. Jude for treatment they are assigned a scientist and a doctor to help with their case.  Marlo Thomas said, “A scientist and treatment under one roof.” There is a lot of research and hard work that goes into finding treatments and cures for each child. You may ask, what does this philanthropic organization do with the money I donated?” The doctors of St. Jude will use the money to help do research, buy equipment, and find cures to cancer.

            Today, the doctor’s of St. Jude have pioneered a combination of chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery to treat cancers for children. This is a very important achievement among hospitals in the world.  Over 268 patients are treated each day at St. Jude, and 7,800 each year! Parent Magazine voted St. Jude as one of the top cancer treating children’s hospital in the U.S. for 2 consecutive years.           

            Thanks for taking the time to learn about my favorite charity, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. I hope you feel enlightened and touched by all of the good deeds St. Jude has accomplished over the years. There have been many children’s lives saved at this wonderful hospital!






























































Thursday Nov. 14th 2013

MATH-Jacob has___10___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___2/3___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up.


MATH- 45 minutes in the orange book

Reading- 45 minutes

Reading-  Be prepared for Literature Circles on Monday

SS- Revise your piece if I spoke to you

St. Jude $500 challenge

 Homework for Wednesday November 13th 2013

Math Review-
Jacob has___5___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___3/8___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up? 
Math Sprint- midpoints
Math- Make a list of things you want to learn about fractions
SS-  Take the other point of view and write and create an argument against your opinion
SS- Find and copy or cut out an editorial from a newspaper about something you agree with
SS- Your final draft of your persuasive essay will be due on Monday. Typed would be great. Email is preferred. DO NOT email a rough draft to me.
St. Jude essay- Respond to it- 1 full page
Math-a-Thon is due Monday- at least 1 sponsor please
Reading- You should be on your 6th book
Trips next week- Be prepared. Plymouth Church 19th- Greenwood Cemetery 20th
Donate to St.Jude Research Hospital for Children
By: Teresina Tomaino
            I think that people should donate to St. Jude’s because they help children with cancer and other horrible diseases.   If you put yourself in the shoes of the people whose child has cancer and you could not afford medicine or treatment for your child, would you leave them to just die? I know that I wouldn’t. That’s why you should donate to St. Jude’s research hospital. St. Jude’s helps families who can’t afford the medicine or treatments for their child. Did you know that more children die every year from cancer then adults did during 9/11. Also each year around 13,500 children are diagnosed with cancer. But if you donate to St. Jude’s those innocent kids could be helped.
            The founder of St. Jude’s is Danny Thomas; he founded St. Jude’s in 1962. Danny Thomas had a vision; his vision was no child should be denied from treatment based on race or families ability to pay. Danny Thomas has 3 Children; their names are Marlo Thomas who is the national outreach for St.Jude’s, Terre Thomas she is the spokesperson for St.Judes and last but not least there is Tony Thomas, he raises the funds for St. Jude’s. Danny Thomas’s children help keep their fathers vision alive.
Just like Danny Thomas wanted St.Judes pays for free transportation, meals, and housing. St. Jude’s tries to make the hospital feel like home.  St.Judes helped two children who were in Mexico and had cancer. St.Judes paid for the two children and the mother to fly over to New York to help treat their cancer. That is one way they help pay for transportation. St. Jude’s could do more amazing things like that if you help them with your donation.
            Since St. Jude’s was founded in 1962 more than 20,000 children from around the America and 70 foreign countries have been treated by St. Jude’s. Imagine how many more children could be cured if you donate. Each year around 13,500 are diagnosed with cancer in the US. That is more than a classroom of kids. If you want make that number smaller then, help St. Jude’s. Cancer kills more children than AID’s, asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis and congenital anomalies combined.  If you donate you could help pay for a child’s transportation, meals, housing and their treatments. 25% of all children who are diagnosed with cancer will die. The average life span of a child with cancer is 8, which means that they will lose 69 years of their life. St. Jude’s could help treat those kids but not without you.
            The daily operation cost of St. Jude’s is 1.8 million, which is primarily covered by public contributions. During the past five years 81cents of every dollar that St.Judes received has supported the research and treatment at St. Jude’s. On average 7,800 active patients visit        St. Jude’s each year most of them are treated within one day and for others it may take longer. St. Jude’s has 78 inpatient beds and treats mare than 260 patients each day.
            St. Jude’s is trying to have their hospitals spread all across the world. St. Jude’s can make more hospitals world-wide if you give them a donation. The mission of the International Outreach Program at St. Jude’s is to help the kids survive the cancer or diseases world-wide    St. Jude’s children’s research hospital has partnered up with 14 different countries world-­­­wide. Those countries are Brazil, Chili, Costa Rica, China, Venezuela, Philippines, Lebanon, Honduras, Jordan, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Morocco and Memphis.
            St. Jude’s is not only a children’s hospital but they also do research to find different ways to treat the children at the hospital. When St. Jude’s finds a new way to treat something they share it with other hospitals. St. Jude’s could find new treatments and cures if you donate they can find new treatments and cures.           

Homework for Tuesday November 12th, 2013

Music- T-shirt $ is due.

Math- Math Word Problems Engage New York Common Core Due Tuesday
Math- Jacob has___11___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___2/3___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up?  Due Tomorrow.
Math- Jacob has___16___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___5/8___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up? Due Tomorrow.

W- Write about our math walk.

Video- Gourd stories

Math- # of day 111,213 Use only division and multiplication (20) Use fractions and decimals

SS- Revise your introduction, so it is an engaging as Isso's. Be ready to discuss your counter argument.

R- same

Homework for Thursday November 7th, 2013
Music- T-shirt $ is due. There are still 5 of you. Please bring it in tomorrow. We need your shirt sizes also!
Math- Math Word Problems Engage New York Common Core Due Tuesday
Math- Jacob has___8___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___2/3___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up?  Due Tomorrow- Friday.
Math- Jacob has___20___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make party favors. It takes ___5/8___pounds of Fruit Roll Up to make 1 party bag. How many bags can Jacob fill with Fruit Roll Up? Due Tomorrow- Friday
Math- 6 review pages in packet. Answer the writing questions carefully. Due tomorrow.
SS/W- Reread your persuasive essay and make it even better. Be ready to share the strategy you used to make it better. We  will work on our counter arguments tomorrow in class.
SS/EXTRA CREDIT- Find a song or poem about John Brown. Be ready to share. Due Tuesday.

Math- These are new! Are you getting the gist of it?
8 kilometers (km) = ________ meters = _______centimeters
19 kilogram (kg) = ________ grams 
14 liter= ________ milliliters

10,500 meters = _________centimeters =___________kilometers
83500 grams=____________kilograms
Reading- Potatobugs-  Literature Circle Due Tuesday
Reading- Keep up with your reading. Enjoy!
Art- Work on your idea for your persuasive ad about smoking. Use magazines or internet pictures and make a collage. Your ad cannot be any bigger than 20 centimeters by 12 centimeters. Due Tuesday. What strategy did you use to bring in the reader? Share it with others to see if you were successful. Can you guess what our next ad will be?
Thanks to all the students who have been tutoring and helping out in the classroom.


Homework for Wednesday November 6th, 2013

T-shirt $ is due. Trip $ is also due.

Math- Be ready to share your word problem and your number sentence.
Math- 6 review pages in packet. Answer the writing questions carefully.
SS/W- Choose a strategy to engage your reader in the first paragraph of your persuasive essay. Rewrite your next 3 paragraphs. Make them more interesting and engaging. Read it to an adult to see if they are engaged(in your essay!).

Math

7 kilometers (km) = ________ meters = _______centimeters

3 kilogram (kg) = ________ grams 

9 liter= ________ milliliters

7500 meters = _________centimeters =___________kilometers
8350 grams=____________kilograms
Reading- Potatobugs prepare for Literature Circle
Reading- Keep up with your reading. Enjoy!
Art- Work on your idea for your persuasive ad about smoking. Use magazines or internet pictures and make a collage. Your ad cannot be any bigger than 20 centimeters by 12 centimeters. Due Tuesday.
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Homework for Monday November 4th, 2013


T-shirt $ is due

Math- Write number sentences for the Jon Scieszka Inspired Math Story Problems. Test them to make sure they are written correctly.

Math- Learn this
1 kilometer (km) = 1000 Meters
1 kilogram (kg) = 1000 grams 
1 liter= 1000 milliliters
1 meter= 100 centimeters

W/SS- Use your thesis statement to help you develop three reasons to support your argument. Develop evidence to support each of these reasons. Here is a sample essay to use as a model. Take note of the quotes from experts that I highlighted.


Kids Should Have Homework?


(REVISED BY Ms. Cyphers)By Lauren Katulka

Updated on Sep 20, 2013




THESIS I will be arguing that nobody needs research to prove homework’s value.

Children typically unpack their bags from a day at school only to pick up where they left off. Homework is an academic institution, and it should be!



Homework reinforces classroom instruction. Homework is most effective when it encourages students to practice the skills they’ve learned, says Ann Dolin, the president of tutoring service Educational Connections and author of Homework Made Simple: Tips, Tools and Solutions for Stress-Free Homework. This type of homework, such as math drills and comprehension exercises, reinforces learning. Students are motivated to do this type of homework because it feels familiar. “The problem is that sometimes students come home with homework that should be practice but is actually new information to them,” she says.

Homework in the early grades prepares students for later grades. Dolin saw firsthand the way children who don’t complete homework can be left behind when her son attended a middle school with a “hands-off approach to homework.” She says, “At the time, he thought it was fantastic. I kind of breathed a sigh of relief because there were no late night assignments and stress over homework. But he went into ninth grade completely and utterly unprepared. And it wasn’t just my son; it was all the kids that went to his middle school.
Homework teaches more than academics. Our ultimate goal is to prepare kids for the workforce,” Dolin says.  The responsibilities associated with homework—the act of writing assignments down, bringing home the proper supplies, completing it before bedtime and turning it in to the teacher—mirror responsibilities adults face every day, in their work and home lives. “(Homework) helps to prepare them for later on with good work habits and responsibility.

R- Are you on your 5th book? Are you keeping up with your reading responses? Are you rotating your genres?

Homework for Friday November 1st, 2013

Consider bring in money for the Bake Sale (tuesday)
T-shirt $ is due on Monday- $7 in an envelope- Finn, Jose, Amin, Dana, Thomas, Savion, Paige, Lindsay, Declan, Luis, Carla, Matt, Chris, Myka, Steven, Mark, Solly
Need To Pay!
Make up homework is due on Monday
W- I enjoyed your Short Shares today :)
M- sprint sheet
R- 45 min. each night.
 Math- Choose 5 word problems to solve from this list. Show all work in your notebook.

 Jon Scieszka Inspired Math Story Problems



There were 87 cats. Each cat had 34 kittens. Every cat and kitten had 3 cups of milk. How many cups of milk did the cats have in all?  Paige



The lunchroom has 13 tables. Each of the 13 tables has 31 children sitting at them. Each of the 31 children at each of the 13 tables has 4 Halloween cookies. Each of the four cookies has 6 chocolate chips on them. Each chocolate chip has 10 sprinkles. How many sprinkles in all? Luis



Jessica has 899 family members. Amayalee has 999 family members. A. and J. have a big party and invite everyone. Two hundred of the friends are friends of both of them. How many people will attend? Wait! Ms. Cyphers invites all of her past students and their parents. That was another 1000. Ms. Scott and Ms. Watson came with 5000 staff friends also. They each drank 10 glasses of apple cider. Each glass had 10 ounces of juice. How many ounces of juice were consumed? Amayalee



Ms. Cyphers has 18 cold-infested kids. Ahhh……ahhhhhh…chooo! Each kid went to the tissue box 3 times. There were 130 other children at the lunch table and each of them went to the Tissue box 10 times. How many tissues were used in one day? Thais



Ms. Cyphers’ class has a dissection lesson on toads. There were 5 toads. There were 30 kids, but suddenly 5 had to retch. How many kids at each dissecting table? Hold on to your toads! We’re not done yet. Ms. Cyphers was being her typical wacky self and decide to curse us with more math! She said she wanted to know; if there were 50 warts on each of their 10 body parts, how many toad warts were in the laboratory in all.  Myka



Ms. Cyphers forgot to give Amin the attendance to take down. She has forgotten to give it to Amin every day for the last two months. How many days did she forget to give Amin the attendance? Ms. Fallon had to call Ms. Cyphers 10 times each day. How many times did Ms. Fallon have to call Ms. Cyphers in the last 2 months? Amin



There are 50,000 books in Ms. Cyphers' class. Thirty students each grabbed 5 books. How many books are left? Mark

There are 32 friends in each of 10 classes. In the other class there are 88 friends. What is the sum of all the students? They were all going on a trip. There were 2 buses. Each bus holds 30 seats. How many children were left waiting? Jocelyn



A class of 30 went to a candy store. Every student, but 5, bought a bag of candy. These 5 students each bought 5 bags of candy. How many candy bags did the whole class buy? Jessica





Homework for Tuesday October 29nd, 2013


Reading


  1. Potato-bugs-  Read the new handout about Harriet Beecher Stowe. Be prepared with notes. 
  2. Rosa and Mary's group- You had a discussion about what types of information make up a history text and a social studies text. Define Social Studies. What information in the article that you read today gave you information that was Social Studies related? What information might have been included that would make it an historical text?


W/Gourd stories- Time to share your favorite tooth story with your gourd. Don't have one? You can share mine. Your story should be real, but your gourd's reactions can be creative. "Use quotation marks PLEASE!!" Ms. Cyphers demanded.



Math- Create a math story problem inspired by Jon Scieszka's MATH CURSE! 


SS- Start asking and researching questions about the theme (topic sentence) you chose for your Argumentative essay. Extract facts from your articles, but don't limit yourself to those articles. Take careful notes and make sure to include the websites you are getting information from.



Math- The number of the day is 31. 



Reading- 45 minutes
 Trip on Wednesday- Get your permission slip in tomorrow for the trip!  We will leave promptly at 8:45, after morning school. Leave all books home except for your social studies notebook. Bring pencils. Bring your lunch. NO lunches were ordered. Do NOT expect to buy lunch out. Bring your backpacks so your hands can be free. NO electronics can be used during the day. We will NOT go up to the classroom at the end of the day.  Play it safe and get to school at 8:00 sharp. Please consider bringing a $2.00 donation for each of the places we are visiting. You just might want to make a few purchases at the gift shop at the Jewish Heritage Museum if we have time to visit it before our tour. Review behavior rules with your parents.


Math - Thank you math tutors!! Great work today!

Homework for Thursday October 24nd, 2013
Looking ahead! Trip on Friday. Get your permission slip in tomorrow for the trip to the Four Freedom's Park!  We will leave promptly at 8:45 on Friday. Leave all books home except for your social studies notebook. Bring pencils. Bring your lunch. NO lunches were ordered. Bring your backpacks so your hands can be free. NO electronics can be used during the day. We will NOT go up to the classroom. Make sure you are prepared to leave from the schoolyard where I will pick you up. Play it safe and get to school early. Go to the bathroom and be ready to go. Bring your Metro cards just in case for the tram. Don't forget that we will be visiting Dylan's Candy store to help us develop math problems. You just might want to make a few purchases. Review behavior rules with your parents.



Homework for Monday October 28nd, 2013

SS/Reading- Be prepared with notes, so you can join in the discussion about Addiction Incorporated.

SS- Highlight the evidence from the 2 articles that you chose that you think are the most convincing from both sides of the issue.

Math- The number of the day is 30. No word problems today.

Reading- 45 minutes

Trip on Wednesday- Bring in permission slip

Math Test- If you came up at lunch today to be tutored, please redo last night's math homework.

Homework for Thursday October 24nd, 2013
Looking ahead! Trip on Friday. Get your permission slip in tomorrow for the trip to the Four Freedom's Park!  We will leave promptly at 8:45 on Friday. Leave all books home except for your social studies notebook. Bring pencils. Bring your lunch. NO lunches were ordered. Bring your backpacks so your hands can be free. NO electronics can be used during the day. We will NOT go up to the classroom. Make sure you are prepared to leave from the schoolyard where I will pick you up. Play it safe and get to school early. Go to the bathroom and be ready to go. Bring your Metro cards just in case for the tram. Don't forget that we will be visiting Dylan's Candy store to help us develop math problems. You just might want to make a few purchases. Review behavior rules with your parents.

READING- Read the first article in the packet AGAIN. Do NOT do the multiple choice. Take notes P.=page  S= sentence Take more notes. Become an expert on the article. Could you lead a Literature Circle about this article. 

REPORT CARDS- Good work on your self-assessments! Now I'll compare them with mine. Them we'll conference next week about your progress.

Writing- Be ready to present your gourd monologues/dialogues. Bring in your gourds to practice with. Does your gourd's "voice " come through?

Math- Finish the Math packet we have been working on.

Math- TEST on MONDAY. Today's quiz does not go towards your grade. Here's some more review work.

Solve   9021.4/100=__________ Solve   13/1000=_______    Solve 8.7/10=_________

Find the products-

28,694x 10=___________ 28,694x 100=___________ 28,694x 1000=___________ 

34.3 x 10=_____________784x 1000=____________

Find the quotients-

268/10=______________   268/100=______________ 268/1000 =______________ 

Nancy thinks that 20 hundredths is equivalent to 2 thousandths because 20 hundreds is equal to 2 thousands. Use words and a place value chart to correct Nancy's error.

Minta has a population that's about 1/10 as large as Maxa. If Minta's population is 75 million, how many people live in Maxa?

SS- Take the the debate topic that you chose. Find two articles that present opposing arguments and bring them in to school on Monday. Make sure the articles are on your level. Do NOT bring them in unless you can understand (comprehend) what's in the article.

Vocabulary- Keep your vocabulary lists organized. What notebook are you keeping them in?

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 4th book by now. Great work on the reading responses! 

Homework for Wednesday October 23nd, 2013

Looking ahead! Trip on Friday. Get your permission slip in tomorrow for the trip to the Four Freedom's Park! We will leave promptly at 8:45 on Friday. Leave all books home except for your social studies notebook. Bring pencils. Bring your lunch. NO lunches were ordered. Bring your backpacks so your hands can be free. NO electronics can be used during the day. We will NOT go up to the classroom. Make sure you are prepared to leave from the schoolyard where I will pick you up. Play it safe and get to school early. Go to the bathroom and be ready to go. Bring your Metro cards just in case for the tram. Don't forget that we will be visiting Dylan's Candy store to help us develop math problems. You just might want to make a few purchases. Review behavior rules with your parents.

READING- Read the first article in the packet. Do NOT do the multiple choice. Take notes P.=page  S= sentence

REPORT CARDS- Be prepared to do a self-assessment tomorrow.

Writing- Are you ready to present your gourd monologues/dialogues. Bring in your gourds to practice with. Does your gourd's "voice " come through?

Math- Quiz tomorrow- Here's a preview! Refer to your notes from the past 2 weeks.

Solve   4021.5/100=__________ Solve   14/1000=_______    Solve 7.8/10=_________

Find the products-

28,456x 10=___________ 28,456x 100=___________ 28,456x 1000=___________ 

67.5 x 10=_____________899x 1000=____________

Find the quotients-

168/10=______________   168/100=______________ 168/1000 =______________ 

Nancy thinks that 30 hundredths is equivalent to 3 thousandths because 30 hundreds is equal to 3 thousands. Use words and a place value chart to correct Nancy's error.

Minta has a population that's about 1/10 as large as Maxa. If Minta's population is 15 million, how many people live in Maxa?

SS- Tomorrow you will choose the debate topic that you will focus on. 

Vocabulary- Share vocabulary lists. Be ready to discuss where your words are coming from.

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 4th book by now. At least 3 reading responses are due by tomorrow. 
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Homework for Tuesday October 22nd, 2013

Writing- Are you ready to present your gourd monologues/dialogues. Bring in your gourds to practice with.

Math- Problem of the day.Researchers  counted  7,912  bats  in one cave  at  a  site  in  Pennsylvania.    They   estimated  that  the  total  number  of bats  at  the  site  was  1000  times  as  large.    About  how  many   bats  were  at  the  site  in  all?    Explain  your  thinking  and  include  a  statement  of  the  solution. (Work in Math notebook)

Math- Spend 30 minutes each day doing review pages in math book- unit three.

Math- Study your math notes from today.

SS- Tomorrow you will choose the debate topic that you will focus on.

Vocabulary- Did you learn any new vocabulary words in your reading today? Make a list of words YOU want to start using in class. Be ready to share. These words can come from any of your literature sources. KEEP ADDING TO THIS LIST

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 3rd book by now. (at least) Remember that any book you read must have a Reading Response sheet written about it. If it's a nonfiction book you will write 3 paragraphs about 3 interesting things you learned in the book. You will then write 3 paragraphs of  internal thought about the information you thought was interesting.

Homework for Friday October 18th, 2013
Writing- Revise your gourd monologues/dialogues. Bring in your gourds to practice with.

Math- Problem of the day.Researchers  counted  8,912  monarch  butterflies  on  one  branch  of  a  tree  at  a  site  in  Mexico.    They   estimated  that  the  total  number  of  butterflies  at  the  site  was  1000  times  as  large.    About  how  many   butterflies  were  at  the  site  in  all?    Explain  your  thinking  and  include  a  statement  of  the  solution. (Work in Math notebook)

Math- Spend 30 minutes each day doing review pages in math book- unit three.

Math- Study your math notes from today.

SS- Continue thinking about debate issues. Choose an argument to make on the issue of your choice. Then try and find someone to argue your points with. Do you find that you need to do more research about your topic?

Vocabulary- Did you learn any new vocabulary words in your reading today? Make a list of words YOU want to start using in class. Be ready to share. These words can come from any of your literature sources. 

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 3rd book by now. (at least) Remember that any book you read must have a Reading Response sheet written about it. If it's a nonfiction book you will write 3 paragraphs about 3 interesting things you learned in the book. You will then write 3 paragraphs of  internal thought about the information you thought was interesting.


Homework for Thursday October 17th, 2013


Math- Numbers of the day 28&280 Try to use the fraction 1/4 in some of your number sentences. You must have 10 number sentences for each number. 


Math- Spend 20 minutes doing review pages in math book- unit three.


Math- Unit Pretest-  Read the letter to a parent

Math- Study your math notes from today


Writing/SS- We will continue to share our "Freedom from Fear" papers tomorrow. Please make sure you are prepared to share. This work must be published, and handed in on Friday.

SS- Start thinking about debate issues. 5 ideas



Writing/SS- Here are some of the lines other students thought were important in Clinton's speech. Write 150 words about the quote of your choice. This published piece will be due on  Thursday. Most of you have already started this.

  1. "FDR created the United Nations"
  2. "The Four Freedom's Park reminds us that the 4 Freedoms are worth pursuing" 
  3. "We need never to forget that we will never be free of these fears until we are one community of shared prosperity, shared responsibilities, and a sense of citizenship."
  4. " It was his great service for the country and the world"
  5. "We are also close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which reminds us that people still come here in search of the Four Freedoms.'



Editing- We will continue editing our "Reading Life Memoirs" on the computer tomorrow. Have you already emailed me your piece?



Vocabulary- Did you learn any new vocabulary words in your reading today? Make a list of words YOU want to start using in class. Be ready to share. These words can come from any of your literature sources. (thriller, atrocious, explicit, censorship)



Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 3rd book by now. (at least) Remember that any book you read must have a Reading Response sheet written about it. If it's a nonfiction book you will write 3 paragraphs about 3 interesting things you learned in the book. You will then write 3 paragraphs of  internal thought about the information you thought was interesting.








Homework for Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Math- Numbers of the day 27&270 Try to use the fraction 1/4 in some of your number sentences. You must have 10 number sentences for each number. 

Math- Spend 10 minutes doing review pages in math book- unit one.

Math- on board
Writing/SS- We will continue to share our "Freedom from Fear" papers tomorrow. Please make sure you are prepared to share. This work must be published, and handed in on Friday.

Writing/SS- Here are some of the lines other students thought were important in Clinton's speech. Write 150 words about the quote of your choice. This published piece will be due on  Thursday. Most of you have already started this.
  1. "FDR created the United Nations"
  2. "The Four Freedom's Park reminds us that the 4 Freedoms are worth pursuing" 
  3. "We need never to forget that we will never be free of these fears until we are one community of shared prosperity, shared responsibilities, and a sense of citizenship."
  4. " It was his great service for the country and the world"
  5. "We are also close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which reminds us that people still come here in search of the Four Freedoms.'

Editing- We will start editing our "Reading Life Memoirs" on the computer tomorrow. Have you already emailed me your piece?

Vocabulary- Did you learn any new vocabulary words in your reading today? Make a list of words YOU want to start using in class. Be ready to share. These words can come from any of your literature sources. (tutor, volunteer, release, rhyming, tyranny, government)

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 3rd book by now. (at least) Remember that any book you read must have a Reading Response sheet written about it. If it's a nonfiction book you will write 3 paragraphs about 3 interesting things you learned in the book. You will then write 3 paragraphs of  internal thought about the information you thought was interesting.







Homework for Tuesday October 15th, 2013

Math- Numbers of the day 26&260 Try to use the fraction 1/2 in some of your number sentences. You must have 10 number sentences for each number. 

Math- Spend 10 minutes doing review pages in math book- unit one.

Writing/SS- We will continue to share our "Freedom from Fear" papers tomorrow. Please make sure you are prepared to share. This work must be published, and handed in on Friday.

Writing/SS- Here are some of the lines other students thought were important in Clinton's speech. Write 150 words about the quote of your choice. This published piece will be due on  Thursday. Most of you have already started this.
  1. "FDR created the United Nations"
  2. "The Four Freedom's Park reminds us that the 4 Freedoms are worth pursuing" 
  3. "We need never to forget that we will never be free of these fears until we are one community of shared prosperity, shared responsibilities, and a sense of citizenship."
  4. " It was his great service for the country and the world"
  5. "We are also close to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island which reminds us that people still come here in search of the Four Freedoms.'

Editing- We will start editing our "Reading Life Memoirs" on the SMARTBOARD tomorrow. Have you already emailed me your piece?

Vocabulary- Did you learn any new vocabulary words today? Make a list of words YOU want to start using in class. Be ready to share. These words can come from any of your literature sources. (refugee, persecution, Commutative Property, composite, prime, boarding school)

Reading-  Read or be read to for 45 minutes. You should be reading your 3rd book by now. (at least) Remember that any book you read must have a Reading Response sheet written about it. If it's a nonfiction book you will write 3 paragraphs about 3 interesting things you learned in the book. You will then write 3 paragraphs of  internal thought about the information you thought was interesting.


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Homework for Friday October 11th, 2013

Math- Numbers of the day 25&250 Try to use the fraction 1/2
Math- Spend 20 minutes a day doing review pages in math book unit one
Math- Add three more numbers on the fractions to decimal chart
Writing/SS- "Freedom from Fear" page paper-This published paper is due on Tuesday. Remember, you must have a full page of your own internal thought.
Skills-Play the dictionary game. The words are refugee and persecuted.
Vocabulary- Play BALDERDASH. Keep notes. All words must be spelled correctly.
SS- Listen to former President Clinton's speech at 5:11 on the following video. Pick out the  line that is most important to you. Write a full notebook page about that line and what it means to you.
Keep your notebooks neat. Please do not skip pages or rip pages out.
Read for 45 minutes for 2 of the nights. Make sure you keep up on your Reading Responses.
SS- Write your letter to Malala. Malala- Nobel Peace Prize 

Homework for Tuesday October 9th, 2013

Math- Numbers of the day 23&230
Math- Spend 20 minutes doing review pages in math book unit one
Math-Do the last three numbers on the fractions to decimal chart
Writing/SS- "Freedom from Fear" 2 page paper
  • interview a friend who was, or is involved in the Armed Forces.
  • interview a friend who knows someone in the Armed Forces.
  • interview or write about someone who grew up without "Freedom From Want" or without "Freedom of Speech" or without "Freedom from Fear"
Skills-Play the dictionary game. Choose a word we talked about in S.S
Listen to former President Clinton's speech at 5:11 on the following video. Pick out the  line that is most important to you.

Homework for Tuesday October 8th, 2013


Math- numbers of the day 22&220
Math- review math test and get it signed.there will be a similar math exam tomorrow
Math- word problems of the day

  1. There are 256 apples to be packed into bags. Each bag holds 11 apples. How many bags will be filled? Show your work!
  2. Find ways to multiply with two factors and with three factors to make 100.


Writing- revise&edit gourd piece
Skills- play the dictionary game
Skills- use 5 of the words from today to write a short paragraph
SS- write about your "freedom from want" poster
READ!!!!
Watch this video- 

Marla Spivak: Why bees are disappearing

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Homework for Monday October 7th, 2013

Math- Numbers of the day- 21 and 210 Use some fractions
Math- 10 double double digit X problems.
Math- Use one to create a word problem
Writing- Email me your memoir jcyphers@ps10.org
SS- diseases caused by drinking dirty water
SS- work on your posters
Read!!!!







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