Monday, September 21, 2015

"There are no secrets that time does not reveal." ~Jean Racine

Thursday, September 24th is Open House!  Please come and check out where your students spend their day. A Celebration for summer reading starts at 6:00 PM, followed by classroom visits from 6:30ish to 7:00. I can't wait to see all of you!

Oh yes, and make a note that Parent Conferences will be held on October 15th (from 3:30 to 7:15 PM) and 16th (from 8:00 to 10:35 AM). 

A sign-up sheet will be available at Open House.


Scientific Method information HERE.

Variables -- Find a great explanation HERE.
Another quick explanation can be found HERE.
Check your understanding HERE.
Qualitative vs Quantitative data -- Check your understanding HERE.



  • Step 1:  Ask a question
  • Step 2:  Do research
  • Step 3:  Form a hypothesis
  • Step 4:  Perform an experiment
  • Step 5:  Record and organize your data
  • Step 6:  Analyze your results
  • Step 7:  Draw your conclusions

To learn the steps of the Scientific Method, try coming up with a mnemonic! They're fun, and they help you to remember! Undoubtedly, yours will be more creative than mine:

All Day Friday, People Raced Around Downtown.


Monday is (ta-da-da-da, da-da. . .)

Vocabulary & Steps of the Scientific Method Test time!  

Here's what you need to know:
  • Vocabulary 
  • Steps to the Scientific Method (see above)
  • Applying what you know about: Observations, Inferences, Predictions, Independent & Dependent Variables, Qualitative & Quantitative Data

Bill Nye the Science Guy:  The Scientific Method



Monday:  Solve the Murder!

So, how do you think Otzi died?  What makes you think so? Read and discuss the following theories. 
After evaluating and discussing the four theories about Otzi’s death,
  • determine which one makes the most sense to you.
  • Provide evidence from what you have learned about Otzi to back up your choice. 
  • You will also need to address reasons why you think the remaining   theories are not correct.

Type your response in a well-constructed paragraph following the guidelines above.

More about Otzi?  Look HERE.

Wednesday: Time to get your art on!

Create a poster of Otzi, label his clothing, tools, food (Look HERE for one example), and where he lived. (Find an example HERE.)

Include a paragraph describing what his remains tell us about early humans.

The Journey of Mankind interactive HERE.
Print the map found HERE and trace, coloring the water blue, the land green, and the migration routes orange. Look HERE to complete the cloze found HERE.


What is the Ice Age?

Do you know the differences? 
Review this; review your Venn diagrams.


Friday:  BHT
(Big Honkin' Test
on Prehistory)
We'll review Monday.

Oops. . .


Monday:  Review/practice prime factorization. Correct and repair test on pages 34-35

6.NS.B.3 Fluently add, subtract, multiply, and divide multi-digit decimals using the standard algorithm for each operation.
Tuesday: 1.6, Add and Subtract Decimals: Share & Show, pages 39-40 Homework: pages 41-42
Wednesday: 1.7, Multiply Decimals: Share & Show, pages 45-46 Homework: pages 47-48

Thursday: Reinforced multiplication of decimals--two-sided worksheet for class/homework. (Get it done! xoxo)

Friday: I'm not here, so. . .  Let's grade yesterday's work.  If it's not done, guess what?? Everyone else can play these cool decimals games. HERE's  a bunch, or get with a partner and play Decimal Jeopardy or maybe one of these Math Games.  Woo-hoo!

Remember, the key is to practice, practice, practice . . .and maybe have a little fun in the process!


Standing Bison from Altamira, Spai
Monday: "Categories" puzzle piece
Tuesday:  Capitalization packet              
Wednesday: The Bulls of Altamira informational reading activity/summary         
Thursday: Complete summary activity.
Friday: tba

Unit 3
Test Friday