Saturday, November 1, 2014

“Even when the sky is filled with clouds, the sun still shines above.” ― Paul F. Davis

Nathaniel Hawthorne once said, "I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine..." I couldn't agree more, but you know what I love most about November? The acoustics:  the sound of dry, rustling leaves, tumbling across fields and pathways, crunching resoundingly beneath my feet whenever I venture outside -- their sound as crisp and calling as the blustery wind rattling my windows or the inviting crackle of a cozy fire in the fireplace. November resonates.

Welcome, everyone, to a new month.  Don't get too settled, though; adventures await, and there is much to do!

NOVEMBER 3rd - 6th
(There is no school on Friday!) 


Check out EXPLORING WEATHER for facts on, well, weather. It's cool! While you're at it, check out this animated map of global wind, weather, and atmosphere.

  • Monday: "Weather and Climate" packet (due Wednesday) Check  HERE  for additional helpful information. 
      • Interactive Notebook:  What's the Weather? map activity
      • Interactive Notebook:  Weather Symbols

  • Wednesday:  "Air, Wind, and the Atmosphere" packet (Due Friday)
      • Interactive Notebook:  Weather Tools (More information can be found  HERE.)
      • Interactive notebook:  Types of Fronts & Describing Weather


  • Tuesday:  Your task will be to begin your Independent Study packet of Mesopotamia.  It holds a wealth of information you'll need to know.  Due date: Thursday, November 13.


  • Thursday:  Get ready to be amazed!  We're going to watch THIS Prezi about how Mesopotamian Science and Discoveries changed the world. We'll take notes and everything -- Yee-ah!

Study Guide -- Front-loading things to know! 

  • Monday: Complete fourth and last entry for October. (We ran out of time last week!) Begin November Writer's Notebook. Decisions, decisions, decisions. . . "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" is due.
  • Tuesday:  Center Square activity for November
  • Wednesday:  "Imagine" prompt
  • Thursday:  Share "It Was a Dark and Stormy Night" 
  • Friday:  No School  


  • Monday:  Extended to today: Finish October Book Report/Story Map
  • Tuesday:  Read "Weather Facts" and complete the cloze I provide.
  • Wednesday:  Read Where Civilization Began and complete comprehension questions
  • Thursday:  Continue working on Independent Study Packet (Reading and Responding) for Social Studies. BOOK REPORT DUE IN GOOGLE DRIVE!
  • Friday: No School


  • Monday: Pg. 5 & 6
  • Tuesday: Pg. 7
  • Wednesday: Pg. 8
  • Thursday: BHT
  • Friday:  No School

Sepia sun/clouds banner:
It's Raining Sideways gif: sng9u8o1_500.gif 
Weathervane gif: 
Sumerian Mythology and Human History @ gif-man with donkey:
Cuneiform gif:

Thanks WSG:
Mesopotamia Vocabulary @
Events of Mesopotamia @
Where Civilization Began @