Friday, March 18, 2016

That's a Wrap!

  • We have a field trip on April 7th. Please send in permission slip and money by Wednesday, March 23rd. 
  • If you are interested in chaperoning our field trip to Cedardale on June 14th, please send in the chaperone form by Thursday, March 24th.
  • Are you on Twitter? Follow me to see what's happening at Memorial! @MKConceison 
  • Congratulations to this week's Wall of Fame winners!  
  • Mr. Musselman and Ms. Pavlicek came to do a presentation Our Trash, Our Choices. They collected ALL of the waste from lunch on Monday. Some very brave volunteers had the smelly job of going through the trash and separating it. I think this will help improve recycling! 
  • Send all baby pictures and kindergarten pictures to Remember that it does not have to be the school K picture-- any picture around that age.   
Here's a  glimpse into our week...

An important lesson about online communication at the bullying assembly.

How do our choices affect our community? 

Look at all of that trash! 

Brave volunteers! 

Math: We are currently adding and subtracting mixed numbers. It's tricky stuff-- especially when you need to rename the mixed number to subtract. I am very proud of the kids for demonstrating a growth mindset and working through those tough problems! Talking tidbits: What has been easier for you- adding mixed numbers or subtracting them? 

Social Studies: The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming! We started our unit on the American Revolution. The students needed to take on the role of one of the key players in the Revolution to debate on the fairness of The Stamp Act. Talking tidbits: What was the colonists' view of all the taxes imposed by Britain? 

Exit ticket: Slide and talk! Tell your partner one thing you learned....then slide and tell someone else. 

Researching roles for our Stamp Act debate.

"Paul Revere" explaining to "King George" why the Stamp Act should be repealed. 

Science: We did a quick review unit on plants. I started the unit by asking the kids to think of any plant that comes to mind. They wrote each on a post it. Then, they needed to classify them based on similar characteristics. Students then had to walk around and cross of the ones that they did not think were plants. We also did an experiment to demonstrate the way that transport tubes help plants. Talking tidbits: Why are transport tubes needed for photosynthesis? 

Classifying plants
A tomato isn't a plant, but a tomato plant is! 
What will happen when the celery sits in the colored water? 

Observing our results

Looks like the transport tubes did their job!

Reading: We are toward the end of Bud, Not Buddy and Bud's adventures continue! We are working on determiniStudents have also been writing down their favorite quotes from this book and others to add to our Say What?! board. 

Maddie added "A person's a person no matter how small." from Horton Hears a Who

Writing: We added surprise to non-fiction writing to engage the audience. I modeled the example of a Dasypeltis snake. The kids then chose an animal that is not-so well known. 

Adding surprising facts can engage the reader. 

Hope you find some extra time this weekend to snooze like my niece Olivia!

-Ms. Conceison- 

Friday, March 4, 2016

That's a Wrap!

  • Are you on Twitter? Follow me to see what's happening at Memorial! @MKConceison 
  • The 10th annual Toast to Memorial fundraiser will take place tomorrow.  Purchase tickets here. Hope to see you there! 
  • Congratulations to this week's Wall of Fame winners!  
  • Lunch menu change: Monday, March 28th chicken fingers instead of fish nuggets 
  • Send all baby pictures and kindergarten pictures to Remember that it does not have to be the school K picture-- any picture around that age.   
  • Emily and Samantha, seniors at BHS, read Oh! The Places You'll Go to our class to celebrate Read Across America Day. We also chatted with them about middle school, high school, friends, etc. 
  • Thank you to all those who contributed to our coffee and tea basket. We had SO many things to fit into this basket! 
Thanks Emily and Sam! 
I hope I win this basket. A lifetime supply of coffee!
Here's what went on this week...

Math: We continued adding and subtracting fractions with unlike denominators in topic 9. We will be finishing up this unit and starting adding and subtraction mixed number next week. Talking tidbits: Why do you need to multiply the numerator and denominator by the same number when making equivalent fractions? 

Social Studies: Students finished presenting their Glogster presentations. They all did a great job and taught us a lot about each colony. We watched a movie about King Phillip's War and we will be starting to talk about The American Revolution next week. Ms. Martin also came in to do a social lesson on perspective. Talking tidbits: How did pictures help us with perspective? 
Looking at photos to learn about perspective

Ava presenting about her colony

Science: We started doing some MCAS review for morning work. Our next unit is on plants. 

Reading: We continued reading  Bud, Not Buddy this week. We are discussing theme, figurative language, and character traits throughout the book. We will also be comparing and contrasting this book to others we've read.  Talking tidbits: What happened when Bud was late for breakfast at the mission? 

Writing: We did some writing in response to reading in Book Creator this week. Students reflected on events in Bud, Not Buddy. One of the questions was regarding what qualifies someone as an adult: age, experience, wisdom? Does Bud handle situations as an adult or a a child? 

Enjoy the weekend! 

-Ms. Conceison-