Homework for Jan. 21-25 (Week 20)

Thank you to those who are faithfully checking the blog, pensively posting on the padlets, logging in to the various online resources, and carefully completing tasks on Google Classroom. Your efforts and engagement are appreciated!!!

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Metric Measurement*
      • *Multidigit Multiplication*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: Over the break, we answered 3,732 questions and spent almost 43 hours on IXL. 
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 3 can be reviewed.**
    4. Reflect back on Week 19 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Since we will miss our official library time this week, you will be able to check out books at another time. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    3. We will be spending time with our buddies on Wednesday at 9:15 a.m.
    4. Report Cards will be distributed on Wednesday.
    5. We will have our first elementary assembly of 2019 on Friday at 8:15 a.m.

Homework for Jan. 14-18 (Week 19)

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Decimals*
      • *Multidigit Multiplication*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: Over the break, we answered 4,081 questions and spent almost 38 hours on IXL. That’s more time spent and questions answered than over the entire break. What a great start in the new year!
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.) **Alert: Any lessons in Unit 3 can be reviewed.**
    4. Reflect back on Week 18 and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Since we will miss our official library time this week, you will be able to check out books at another time. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    3. ASAs resume this week.
    4. There will be no school on January 16-17 in recognition of Heroes’ Day.

Figuring Out… Figurative Language

Thank you to those scholars who are exercising their brains and allowing us to consider different points of view by posting your ideas on the embedded padlets.  I’m really enjoying reading your observations about the spelling words and your ideas about the “power of yet.” Know your thoughtfulness and effort are appreciated.

This morning, we spent some time figuring out and fiddling around with figurative language (including Mrs. Rupp’s favorite… alliteration).

In class, we used our Writers Express: A Handbook for Young Writers, Thinkers, and Learners book as a multiple source for finding definitions and examples of each type of figurative language. These were recorded on the back side of the paper we started yesterday, which was folded into eighths. For those of you working at home, another document will be added to your Google Classroom on which you are challenged to write phrases or sentences about your break using the figurative language noted.

Scholarly Multiple Source: Mrs. Warner’s Learning Community

Brain Break: This catchy tune about similes and metaphors will be playing in your mind for the rest of the day.

 

Once we had a clear understanding of each craft element and had shared some examples, we were ready to apply our collection of ideas to a small moment memory personal narrative. (A Google Doc is available in your Google Classroom for drafting your small moment memory). Thinking like Cam Jansen, we went through all our mental snapshots from our break and sought to describe one of those moments in detail. Before starting, we reminded ourselves about other aspects of writing we had discussed earlier in the year including:

  1. Hooking the reader
    • Question
    • Quote / Dialogue
    • Onomatopoeia
    • Action
    • Anecdote
  2. Using Sensory Language
    • Sight
    • Sound
    • Smell
    • Taste
    • Touch
  3. Ba-Da-Bing
    • Where your feet went
    • What you saw
    • What you thought
  4. Conjunctions
    • FANBOYS
    • AAAWWUBBIS

After writing for a few minutes, one of our classroom authors was brave enough to share one of her “sleepy” sentences. As a class, we worked together to revise it, by using some of the strategies noted above. As we worked together, what was once a blurry picture became much more clear.

Scholarly Multiple Source: Revision Stations

(This resource includes ideas for reflecting on your writing with a growth mindset.)

 

Challenge: As you read, use your detective eyes to look for examples of figurative language used by authors.

Use the padlet below to save your ideas. Be sure to include the title of the book and credit the author in the title of the post. (A few examples are provided)

You can also use this space to capture your own original crafted creations.

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Mid-morning, we headed over to Mr. Fitz’s classroom for… French. French? That’s right, French! Mr. Fitz challenged students to create an activity, task, game, etc. that could help others review and reinforce learning done in French so far this year. Together, we brainstormed a list of ideas, which included:

  • a magic square
  • word search
  • crossword
  • Mad Lib
  • memory / concentration game
  • ???

Over the next two days, each student will be working to create an activity to share with his / her classmates on Friday. For those of you working at home, you could also think of an activity, task, or game that you could do with your family members.

Today in math, we reviewed Lesson 3.6, which involved sharing unequal parts. Once again today, we used a variety of strategies (models, equations, words) to help us show evidence of our thinking. We also discussed how we could use our understanding of common numerators, common denominators, and equivalent fractions to justify our thinking.

Scholarly Multiple Sources: In addition to the Everyday Math lesson, IXL, and Khan Academy, the following videos from Ten Marks are great multiple sources.

Identifying Fractions with Number Lines

Identifying Equivalent Fractions Using Models and Number Lines

Comparing Fractions Using Common Numerators

Finding Equivalent Fractions with Models and Equations

Comparing Fractions Using Words and Symbols

Mulling Over Mindset and More…

As we settled back in to our scholarly routine today, we took time this morning to examine this week’s spelling words. Take a peek at the words on the padlet below and jot down some of your observations. (Note: Be sure to include your secret agent number or your initials on your comment).

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We then reflected on our break. Rather than just write out a paragraph or two, though, we opted to consider carefully which words from each part of speech would best highlight our holidays. A digital version of this task is assigned in your Google Classroom. 

Moving on to mindset, we took a quick survey to help us assess our own ideas. A Google Form is assigned in your Google Classroom. After completing the survey, we watched the following video clips to better understand our brain and behavior.

Alert: Mindset will play a big role in our next unit entitled: Strive to Survive: Tragedy, Triumph, Time, Tenacity, and Transformation.

To learn more about mindset, check out some of the videos listed in the linked playlist.

Mindset Playlist

The following video clip is a TED Talk presented by Carol Dweck, a researcher from Stanford University whose work has focused on  “motivation, why people succeed (or don’t) and how to foster success.” (https://www.ted.com/speakers/carol_dweck)

 

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Finally, in math today, we revisited some of our work with fractions. We specifically talked about showing our work in more than one way and using multiple strategies for solving problems. Models (bar models / strip diagram / fraction circles), number lines, and numbers / equations were all used to show our thinking and evaluate efficiency. For a review of this idea, visit Everyday Math Lesson 3.1. Complete the Google Drawing assigned in your Google Classroom.

 

 

Homework for Dec. 10-14 (Week 17)

    1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
    2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
      • *Fractions*
      • *Decimals*
      • Logical Reasoning
      • **A Scholar has a goal: This past week, we answered 1,704 questions during almost 11 hours on IXL!**
      • So far this year, we have answered 39, 341 questions and have spent 317 hours 4 minutes on IXL. What will be our goal for the new year?
    3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.)
    4. Reflect back on Week 16, and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

    Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

    **Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

    Announcements

    1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
      • Bring your book bag and books.
      • ALERT: ALL books must be returned for the break. 
    2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
      • ALERT: The swim unit continues this week, so bring your swim suit and a towel! 
    3. Reading Assessment – Monday
    4. We will be spending some time with our buddies on Tuesday, December 11 starting at 9:30 a.m.
    5. Math Unit 3 Assessment – Tuesday
    6. We will be finishing off the first half of the year with an elementary assembly on Friday at 8:15 a.m.
    7. Winter Break will begin with an early dismissal on Friday, December 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Homework for Dec. 3-7 (Week 16)

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
  2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • *Fractions*
    • *Decimals*
    • Logical Reasoning
    • **A Scholar has a goal: This past week, we answered 2,116 questions during almost 15 hours on IXL!**
  3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.)
  4. Reflect back on Week 15, and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

**Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

Announcements

  1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
    • Bring your book bag and books.
  2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    • ALERT: The swim unit continues this week, so bring your swim suit and a towel! 
  3. A PYP Parent Workshop will be held in the CAC on Monday, December 3, 8:15 – 9:45 a.m. 
  4. Be ready to show off your strokes during the Swim Gala on Friday, December 7, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. RESCHEDULED (Date TBD)
  5. STUCO will be sponsoring a disco this Friday, December 7, 4:30-6:00 p.m.
    • Cost: $5.00
    • Permission Slip Required

International Day = Culture, Clothing Cuisine,… Coming Together

Today began with a Flag Ceremony. First thing this morning, staff, students, and some parents, many wearing traditional clothing or clothing that represented their home country, lined the central sidewalk running from the parking lot to the high school soccer field. Students hailing from the United States gathered closest to the parking lot, where Mr. Collins, in full patriotic costume, was enthusiastically encouraging students and generously sharing flags. From there, somewhat more subdued students from the United Kingdom, Turkey, and Thailand gathered by their respective flags, which continued in reverse alphabetical order all the way to Albania. Students from our host country, The Democratic Republic of the Congo, gathered at the front of the line, waiting to lead the Flag Ceremony onto the field.

   

In Olympic-like fashion, each nation was announced by Dr. Gillespie, followed by some cheering and marching to the beat of some marvelous music. While last year’s list noted 50 countries, this year’s parade celebrated 60 nations. It’s amazing to see how we can celebrate and be unified by such diversity.

         

After the parade, we gathered to spell out C-O-N-D-O-R-S for our all-school photo, which was taken by… a drone!!  One funny moment was when a bird decided to make friends with the drone.

The photo has not yet been released, but we will post it here when it’s ready.

Much of the rest of the day was spent watching the clock as the much-anticipated International Lunch approached. At 11:15 a.m., older students made the traditional trek to the elementary school to meet their assigned elementary buddies with whom they enjoyed a fabulous feast. We were on our own this year, which allowed us to all eat together and enjoy one another’s company and conversation. Tables decorated with patterned pagne cloth and set with napkin-wrapped utensils welcomed the students to the covered basketball court. With patience and politeness, students and staff perused the beautiful and bountiful buffet and selected samples to savor. Congolese beignets, Lebanese tabouleh, Turkish mercimek koftesi, Malagasy mofo laisoa, and… American mac and cheese were only a few of the featured foods. For almost 90 minutes, our TASOK family lingered over this mouthwatering meal. And, when it was all over, students even stuck around to serve by cleaning up.

   

Thank you to those who helped coordinate the lunch and prepared delicious dishes for us to sample. Know we are grateful.

We are also grateful for Mr. Jimmy and his willingness to share his love for music with us and for the opportunity to share our love for music with the TASOK community.

If you enjoyed our performance, join us for more on Friday for the Elementary Celebration of the Arts at 8:15 a.m.

 

Homework for Nov. 19-23 (Week 14)

  1. Read for at least 30 minutes each night. Complete the online reading log OR one on paper. (Copies are available in class).
  2. Explore some lessons on IXL.com and / or Khan Academy in the following areas:
    • *Fractions*
    • *Decimals*
    • Logical Reasoning
    • **A Scholar has a goal: This past week, we answered 3,934 questions during just over 25 hours on IXL!**
  3. Log on and “Launch” into some learning with Everyday Math. (Note: Log on information is in your planner.)
  4. Make sure you are practicing your songs for the musical.
  5. Reflect back on Week 13, and complete the “Reflection: Learning Habits” form.

Note: Homework is due on Fridays.

**Check back later in the week for additional homework related to in-class discussions and activities.

Announcements

  1. Library is scheduled weekly on Mondays from 9:30 – 10:10 a.m.
    • Bring your book bag and books.
  2. P.E. is scheduled weekly on Mondays and Fridays. Come dressed to exercise – sneakers, hat, sunscreen.
    • ALERT: The swim unit continues this week, so bring your swim suit and a towel!
  3. Trimester 2 ASAs begin on Monday. See the list below for YOUR activity day and location.
  4. International Day is on Wednesday, November 21.
    • Come prepared to celebrate TASOK’s diversity and to share in some delicious dishes from around the world.
      • Flag Ceremony – 8:15 a.m.
      • International Lunch – 11:15 a.m.
      • Early Dismissal – 12:45 a.m.
  5. No School on Thursday, November 22 – Friday, November 23.
    • Take time to reflect on and share that for which you are thankful.

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Challenge:

  • What are the benefits of gratitude?

  • What evidence can you find that gratitude affects your brain?

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