Homework: Sept. 1, 2015

Sorry for being late. I had a meeting until 5:00 and came home to a daughter with a fever. I’ll be out tomorrow with Charlotte…it had to be the middle child, right?

Here is homework for today:


Math: Finish Big Book 1.7 for homework.

Science/Reading: Finish reading Lesson 1 from Interactive Science Book. Remember, you are dividing second page up into fourths and looking for those two most important words in each section using the Two Word Protocol . Click on the link to review the protocol. Remember to underline the words you feel are critical in pencil. We will review them in class and add to them to build up important main ideas and details we want to keep track of.

Homework: Monday, August 31, 2015

Math: Finish Big Book 1.6 if not finished in class. Finish standards practice book, too.

Reading: IF…IF…you have reliable internet access. PLEASE read the Newsela article Miners want to explore ocean’s deep floor for precious rocks and minerals article at the 910 Lexile if you can. If it’s too challenging drop down to the 590 Lexile. DO NOT take the test yet. DO PLEASE read it carefully at least 2 times to get the gist of it.

~Taste Test Update~

We need a few more bottles of Dasani and Arrowhead water if you have them to share. We will structure blind taste test tomorrow and begin storyboarding the story we want to tell.

Ask your students about the QFT (Question Formulation Technique) we started today in class. We are working hard to learn protocols (structured thinking routines) in order to make our thinking visible. Want to know what the QFT should look like? Click the link above to see for yourself. :)

If you’d like to know more about the thinking moves we’re doing and why we’re doing it, you can Google search Ron Ritchart, Mark Church, or Karin Morrison, the authors of Making Thinking Visible: How to promote Engagement, Understanding, and Independence for all Learners. Or you can pick up the book from Amazon. (But they’ve written enough papers and blog posts online that you can get the gist of it from free looking around the web.)


Homework: Thursday, August 27, 2015

Reading: Read 30 minutes

Science: Watch the video below that tells one story of bottled water. As we study water, we’ll consider this story as well as stories that we want to tell of our own construction.

NOTE: We are going to discuss this film in class. The video does have a definite point of view. It’s informative. But it’s also persuasive. It’s trying to get us to think a certain way. Should you believe EVERYTHING said in the film without questioning it? No. Should you dismiss EVERYTHING said in the video? No.

Thank you Clomon and Kirkman Families!!!

DonorsChoose Project FUNDED?!? YES! WOOO HOOO!

A huge thank you to the Clomon and Kirkman families for putting this project over the top! I confirmed with DonorsChoose the project and we should receive the Chromebooks in 1 to 2 weeks.

In about 24 hours we…us…YOU raised $955 for our students. Thank you to all who donated or who spread the word around via email or social media. We will have other project throughout the year which I will share.

As for right now, we all deserve a round of applause for the support. You made a difference in our students’ learning.

A very sincere thank you! :)


Thank you Carreon and Jelani Families!

WOO HOOOO!!! We are just about half-way to our goal! Thank you so much Jelani and Carreon familes! We’ve got $455 to go.

We’ve raised $500 in about 17 hours! If we keep this rate going, we should have new Chromebooks ordered for students by the end of the week!

Please keep the momentum going. Share the word with extended family and friends. Remember you can double donations until August 31 using the match code SPARK or JUMPSTART at checkout.

Link to our project is: http://www.donorschoose.org/classroom-project/going-for-chrome-project-based-learning/1631087/?rf=link-siteshare-2015-08-account_projects_teacher-teacher_202010&challengeid=59445

Thank you on behalf of each of our students for your support!!!!


Thank you Kristie Haynes and Kaoru Cruz!!!

Thanks go out to Kristie Haynes and Kaoru Cruz! Kristie’s daughter is 1/2 of our Ella population in class. :) Kaoru’s son, Antone, is now attending Cosumnes Oaks High School and was a former student in our class!

Thank you to both families for your support and belief in our students! We’ve raised $250 in 13 hours.

We’ve got $705 to go which could be finished off with $352.50 in donations doubled using match code SPARK or JUMPSTART at checkout.

Can you help spread the word or chip in a few dollars?


A huge thank you to Tom and Tina Sandlin and Barbara Martin (Brayden’s grandma) for donating to our DonorsChoose project online!

A huge thank you to Suzie Boss, Edutopia blogger, educational expert, and friend of mine.

Want to help?

Donate between now and August 31 and DOUBLE your donation using checkout code SPARK or JUMPSTART. You can turn a $25 donation into $50? Yep. Matching funds have helped our students obtain approximately $30,000 of equipment since 2006!

PLEASE make any contribution you can or pass along our project proposal to extended family, friends, colleagues, or anyone who loves your child and wants them to get the equipment they need to succeed! :)

Our proposal is to obtain 3 last Chromebooks so everyone can have their own device to use throughout the year.

Please consider helping today.

Homework: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Math: Finish Big Book (if not finished in class) and SPB (standards practice book) for lesson 1.4. Remember: exponents show repeated factors.

Reading: Read the Newsela article about a program that’s sending pencils half-way around the world! Click HERE to view the article. PLEASE read the note from me at the top of the article. You’ll want to decide which Lexile is best for you.

First Math Films in Production

Exciting day today! Two teams filmed stop motion sequences for films showing how addition and multiplication properties work. This is after working with the properties in our math books, writing about them collaboratively on paper and then using Chromebooks, and providing feedback on multiple drafts. Several teams are on third or fourth drafts, and their writing SOUNDS better for it!

We are making sure to keep our feedback kind, specific, and helpful. And I’m SUPER proud of students for being reflective and excited to make their next draft better!

Kudos to Zaya’s team on finalizing their script/essay. Want to read it for yourself? Take a look!

Commutative Property of Addition

by Lila Epstein, Trevor Wagner, Zaya Jelani

Hi i’m Trevor. Hi i’m Lila, and I’m Zaya.

We are going to show you how the commutative property of addition works. It  isn’t as complicated as it might seem.

The commutative property states that that you can move addends in an expression and the sum is equivalent.

For example:  4 + 5 + 1 = 4 + 1 + 5. If you add them, the value is the same.

The commutative property can make numbers easier to add. For example, take

9 + 7 + 1. If you use the commutative property of addition, you can switch 7 and 1 to make it     9 + 1 + 7.   Following the order of operations, we add 9 + 1 to make a 10. And adding 10s are easy, because they have zeroes! We think adding 10 and 7 is easier than adding 9 and 7 and then one more.

Thank you for watching! Dont forget to comment, rate,  and Subscribe! Bye!

Homework: Monday, August 24, 2015

Reading/Science: RE-read Lesson 1 EEI. Pay especially close attention to the highlighted sections we discussed. Complete workbook Lesson 1 Questions 1-4. These will be for both a reading and writing and science grade. Answers should be complete sentences.

If you wish to complete the workbook online and type answers, you can use the form fillable PDF. Click HERE for the link.

EEI Videos to watch. 

Yes, I’m asking you to watch TV for homework. Well, not really TV, but I’m asking you to watch two videos.

The first video is on desalination. Is it something we can afford cost-wise and environmentally?

The second video is about the drought in California and how it’s affecting people.

Both videos can be viewed by going to the top of the blog and clicking on CURRICULUM > EEI SCIENCE  > 5.3 EARTH’S WATER and then scrolling down to the second and third videos you see on the page.