Summer! Scholars. Skype?


I trust you are enjoying your summer so far. It’s hard to believe almost two weeks have passed.

As I was out and about today, I snapped a shot of… DECIMALS! And, of course, I have seen all kinds of angles because they are EVERYWHERE. I remember the challenge Markey offered the last week of school to keep an eye open for fractions… and other mathematical concepts. What kinds of things have you found?

I found a new website you might like. It features “engaging real-world math activities.” One of the activities is connected to the World Cup. What kind of math is connected to the World Cup?

Yummy Math

I am also trying to embrace Ms. Kraft’s reading challenge, as well. Right now, I’m reading a book called Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. It is a text that inspired a workshop that I am working through, as well. It’s really interesting!

Also, don’t forget that I’d love to Skype with you, if you have time. Perhaps we could even do a “mystery Skype.” I’d love to try to guess where you are by following some clues. Send me an email if you’d like to connect.



Homework for June 4 – 8

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete online reading log or on paper.
  2. Explore some lessons on and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • *Fractions*
    • *Decimals*
    • Geometry
    • Multiplication
    • Division
    • *Multi-step Problems*
  3. Explore some lessons on NoRedInk in the following areas:
    • Conjunctions (FANBOYS / SWABIs)
    • *Essays*
    • Capitalization
    • Commas
    • Adjectives
    • Appositives
    • Actives & Passive Voice
    • Apostrophes
    • Quotation Marks


  1. Upcoming events:
    1. Library – Monday, June 4 **Bring back book bags and library books.** (We will be discussing summer reading.)
    2. Mix It Up Picnic – Wednesday, June 6, 11:15 a.m.
    3. Elementary Appreciation Ceremony – Friday, June 8, 8:15 a.m.
    4. Last day of school – Friday, June 8 (Report cards distributed)
    5. Early dismissal – Friday, June 8, 11:30 a.m.
  2. Invite your parents to complete the online feedback form related to student-led conferences.

Diligence, a Dragon, and Dynasties

After a weeks of diligent research, creative construction, and reflective refining, we were ready to share our learning with other members of our TASOK community. Second grade guests wandered through our dragon-shaped display, not only learning about the Shang and Sui dynasties, but also taking in some tips and tricks of Google Slides, which they were eager to apply to their own presentations. Third graders also came in curious. As they perused, they posed questions and answering quiz questions. Each walked away with a pile of paper prizes.

Since Friday was a success, we opted to extend our exhibition to today, inviting middle school students to file through and offer feedback. We greatly appreciated their willingness to share some glows and grows.

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