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8-26-14
        STAR testing took a big chunk of our Math time today.  I appreciate how the kids stayed focus and worked hard on the screener.  We did have a little time to play math "Jeopardy" when we got back to the room.  In Science we discussed lab safety and completed some notes.  We also talked about the "Bad Science" cartoon that we will be working on next week.  Please encourage your student to think about what lab safety rule they want their cartoon to illustrate.  Look for more information about this next week.
I hope everyone has a wonderful long weekend - Happy Labor Day!  See everyone on Tuesday.

 8-25-14
        Today in Math we spent time with the white boards reviewing the concepts already covered.  The kids were then given time to complete a worksheet for me in class.  In Science we discussed Bill Nye's definition of Science after we watched the video titled "Pseudoscience".  Your sixth grader should be able to explain the difference between these.  Hoping everyone has time to enjoy their family tonight :)

8-24-14
        Today we worked with inferences and observations in Science.  Have your sixth grader explain the slide presentation and what conclusion they came to.  We table shared many of these conclusions.  Adding the word inference to our vocabulary list - makes 8 words.  In Math we continued working with multiplication of decimals.  After we "talked" the problems on page 14 they had class time to actually paper/pencil work them out.  Understanding what problems like these are really asking and then doing the math with accuracy is still a struggle for many.  We will keep working with it.  I hope you all have a great evening!

8-23-14
        Today we were very busy!  In Math, many had to finish the adding and subtracting decimals assignment from Friday before we could start Lesson 1-3 in our SpringBoard book "Multiplying Decimals".  The kids appear to have a solid grasp of the process of multiple digit multiplication but many are struggling with accuracy.  Please remind them to practice those basic facts.  In Science, we did a quick review of vocabulary to make sure we were all on the same page.  Candle observations took the rest of our class time.  Have your sixth grader give you a couple qualitative and quantitative observations they recorded today.  I hope everyone has a great evening :)

8-22-14
        Today in Science the students finished their 7 vocabulary cards.  You should be able to find these inside a Ziploc bag in the back pocket of their green Science folder.  They also completed a worksheet that had them identify the difference between qualitative and qualitative observations.  In Math we were adding and subtracting decimals.  I hope everyone has a great weekend!

8-21-14
        In Math class I had the opportunity to conference with most students individually.  I will finish this tomorrow with Math class #2( we ran out of time:)  We finished up lesson 1-1 and added to our word wall.  In Science the kids had the opportunity to finish and "fine tune" the classification lab and questions.  
        We did have the kick off assemble for our fall fundraiser this afternoon.  Students where given an envelope that has all the important information in it.  If they forget to show it to you....ask them.
I hope everyone stays dry tonight.

8-20-14
        Today in Math we continued our work with decimals and whole numbers.  After a little work in the book and on white boards the kids completed a short assignment over place value and comparing and ordering decimals in class today.  I will look over these tonight and see if we are ready to move on to Lesson 1-2 (adding and subtracting decimals) tomorrow.  In Science, they finished the group work with the classification activity and worked on the questions that went with it.  We will talk about these tomorrow and begin work on our current Science vocabulary.   I hope everyone has a great evening!

8-19-14
        Today in Math we worked with lesson 1-1 in our SpringBoard book.  Many students appear to have a good grasp of decimals.  I was impressed!  In Science we began a "classification" activity.  The students are trying to find as many way as they can to classify six simple shapes.  We will finish this up tomorrow.
I am looking forward to seeing parents tonight at our "Parent Information" meeting.  Remember we moved it to 6:15 to accommodate those who would like to attend the band meeting at 7.  If you are not able to attend the meeting, don't worry!  I have added the powerpoint we are using to this page :) Enjoy

8- 18-14
        Busy day today...in math we started working with our Springboard book and in Science we talked about what "Science "is.  They made silly putty during class today.....was it Science?  They need to explain this for homework tonight.

8-15-14
        Today we had our first design challenge......the kids worked in groups of 4.  They had 15 minutes to use their 20 pieces of spaghetti, 1 yard of both tape and ribbon and 1 marshmallow to design a structure that would hold the marshmallow as high as possible.  The winning structure was 18.5 inches high.  We had a good day!

8-14-14
        Another busy day getting the year off to a great start.  Please remember to bring in those forms if they were not turned in today.  Student band assembly is tomorrow afternoon.  I hope you enjoy your evening.

8-13-14
        WOW....... I have a wonderful group of kids this year!  We spent the day going over all the beginning of the year topics and getting to know each other.  I look forward to seeing how many names I will remember tomorrow morning.  I hope everyone has a great evening.

8-12-14
        Very busy working in our classroom today!  I was very happy to meet so many of my new kids last evening...looking forward to meeting the rest of you tomorrow :)

 Attention Parents: We did find out that the band meeting is scheduled the same evening as our "Parent Meeting" - (next Tuesday, August 19) we will adjust our meeting time.  Mrs. Falther and I now plan to start at 6:15 and will be finished by 7:00 so that you can make it to both meetings.

8-11-14
        Looking forward to meeting my new students tonight!  It's hard to believe the Class of 2021 will be starting 6th grade on Wednesday.  It is going to be a great year!




















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