Sunday, October 25, 2015

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight make me a child again just for to-night! ~Elizabeth Akers Allen

When I was trick-or-treating age, I lived in Tampa, Florida, and Halloween was a very different experience. Left to our own devices and with seemingly endless blocks of houses to visit, our tiny troupe of witches, ghosts, and hobos in hand-made costumes wandered through dark and unfamiliar streets for hours, crossing paths with all manner and size of unrecognizable, like-minded revelers. As I think back on it now, I wonder how we ever found our way home safely!  

Lesson learned. When my own children began trick-or-treating, it was a family affair. There was usually an entourage of friends and parents strolling familiar neighborhoods together, enjoying a much safer and quite entertaining late fall evening. Often, we'd gather afterwards for cider and cookies while the children surveyed their "loot." 

Now-a-days, schools and community centers have Halloween parties in lieu of sending kids out to traipse darkened roadways. Our school's PTA is sponsoring a fun, safe way for children to gather in full regalia and travel "trunk to trunk," celebrating the holiday safely and within the confines of parents and friends. Won't you join us?

'Tis the season to deck your trunk, tailgate or hatch 
and be a part of this playful, whimsical holiday experience!

Where: School Parking Lot 
When: Saturday, October 31, 2015 
Time: 4:30‐6:00

Needing ideas for holiday fun? I found a site while browsing that looked like it had a multitude of ideas for those with"Halloween-age" children.  You can check it out HERE.


Remember to hit "REFRESH" if the videos 
don't load properly or seem out of place.



The earth is composed of 4 layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core, and the inner core. The crust and upper mantle make up the lithosphere  -- the solid outer-part of the earth.   

The earth has both land and water, and so there are two types of lithosphere: oceanic and continental.  The lithosphere is rigid and is broken up into tectonic plates, which are always moving.  

Beneath the lithosphere is the asthenosphere -- the rocks in this part of the upper mantle are not rigid; they can flow like liquid or break apart like silly putty.

  • Earth's interior is constantly moving through the process of CONVECTION. This movement has a huge impact on the surface. 
  • Earth's plates move very slowly -- this motion is called PLATE TECTONICS. It forms oceans, continents, and mountains, and helps explain why and where earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanoes occur.  
  • Earth's tectonic plates consist of the rocky crust and uppermost mantle.
  • Many dynamic geologic changes happen at plate boundaries.

. . .where Scrat's deranged pursuit of the infernal acorn suddenly has world-changing consequences: a a continental catastrophic geologic phenomenon!

OK,OK, that was silly.  Here's a great explanation of Plate Tectonics!

Last week we introduced our review of Plate Tectonics with a visual journey to the 1906 SAN FRANCISCO EARTHQUAKE.

Confused by metrics? Use this Metric Converter -- kilometers to miles.

This Week:
Tuesday: First read of "A Little Background." Watch videos and discuss. Write 5 things you learned from 2nd video. (Go back and review as needed.)
Wednesday:  Health
Thursday: Pangea lab (think flower pot. . .) Complete packet.
For homework: Complete Pangea Puzzle.
Friday: Share puzzles, then, to preview PLATE TECTONICS--read article, then scroll to the bottom to answer 2 questions.  We'll also set up Earth Science Interactive Notebooks and include our Pangea puzzles.


Independent Project for the Week:  
Creating a TACKK!

Your email addresses are really going to come in handy for learning about Ancient Mesopotamia this week. This task will require you to create a [free] account with so that you can make your own permanent website.  You'll be able to work on it anywhere that has internet access. 

Your project will highlight some of the key points we've learned about Ancient Mesopotamia and allow you to present it in a thoughtful, creative way.  I will provide you with a paper that includes a Tackk Checklist and Content Options for the project.  Use it to guide your work.  You will be required to follow the guidelines and include at LEAST items.  
Are you ready? Click HERE to create your very own, very cool, totally awesome TACKK website. (Don't worry; you don't have to be a techie for this project. It's easy and fun to do!) Got questions? You can click on THIS video and  THIS link for more information. 

By the project deadline (TBA), you will email me.  Included in your email will be your name, a brief description of your project, and the url address of your project.  If for some reason I am unable to access your work, I'll let you know so that you can resubmit.

Monday:  Scary stories: are they done? 

Tuesday; I'm out today.  Let's work on our book projects.  You'll get all directions and materials in class!  Good luck; make your work positively awe-inspiring! (Don't forget borders. Use rulers for straight lines. . .)
Wednesday: Finish up stories / illustrate them.
Thursday:  Get out the campfire and the flashlights! Today we begin sharing!  Ooooh, I can't wait!
Friday: More (of our) scary stories to tell in the dark! 


"The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe

Read by James Earl Jones



6.NS.A.1 Interpret and compute quotients of fractions, and solve word problems involving division of fractions by fractions, e.g. by using visual fraction models and equations to represent the problem.

Monday: Lesson 2.5: Model Fraction Division. Share and Show, pgs. 97-98. Homework: pgs. 99-100
Tuesday: More practice with faction division: worksheets packet to complete and correct together. Any free time can be used to silent read
Wednesday: Lesson 2.6: Estimating Quotients. Share and Show, pgs. 103-104. Homework: 105-106.
Thursday: Lesson 2.7: Divide Fractions.  Share and Show, pgs. 109-110. Homework, pgs. 111-112 
Friday: Lesson 2.8: Model Mixed Number Division.  Share and Show 115-116. Homework, pgs. 117-118.

Dividing Fractions

Do the Dance!

Estimating Quotients in Fractions

Model Mixed Number Division

I heard this today. . .

"I'm just not a Math person."


Do NOT perpetuate this pernicious myth!

Believing you aren't good in Math 
(or anything else for that matter)
can become self-fulfilling prophesy. 
Thing is, you actually are quite capable! 
So prove it!  

With hard work, preparation, and self-confidence, 

you can learn anything!
Just for fun (and a little extra practice):
  • Prime factors:  Want to practice? Play this cool game!!
  •  Need more help figuring out if a number is prime?  Check here!) 


Monday: Page 21
Tuesday: Page 22
Wednesday: Page 23
Thursday: Study!!
 Friday:  TEST

Bud Not Buddy
By Christopher Paul Curtis

Along with classroom discussion/activities:

Monday:  Chapter 10 -- Complete Exit Ticket.
Tuesday:  Chapter 11 -- Complete Exit Ticket.
Wednesday:  Chapter 12 -- Complete Exit Ticket 
Thursday: Chapter 13 --Complete Exit Ticket. 
Friday: Another Boo-Break! Reee-lax!



You can read Bud, Not Buddy online HERE. 

and the audio can be found HERE!


Not reading enough

makes you cranky!

Finish up your October Book Project 
and Contract for Friday!