Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WordMasters Challenge - Meet #1 Results

Our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Target students participated in their first WordMasters Challenge meet today. The scores of the top ten students in each grade level are used to calculate the King Springs Elementary School’s team scores. The maximum score is 20 points per student/200 points per team. The top scores for each grade level are below:

3rd Grade:
13 points – Josh B. & Henry G.
12 points – Nate P. & Natalie R.
11 points – Cooper M.
10 points – Sophia H.
9 points – Milan B.
8 points – Chase M., Kyla Q., & Chandler T.
Team Score: 104

4th Grade:
16 points – Andrew C.
14 points – Sierra W.
13 points – Mayson D.
12 points – Daren B., Foster J., Reed M., & Chloe V.
11 points – Nate C., Mia D., Riyan P., Abbie S.
Team Score: 124

5th Grade:
17 points – Max O.
16 points – Josiah W.
15 points – Adrian B., Asha M., & Mattie P.
14 points – Brennan H.
13 points – Emmy P., Ben P., & Max R.
12 points – Nia B. & Zack B.
Team Score: 143

We are proud of the students’ hard work and look forward to seeing those scores increase in the next 2 meets. 

Here are a few upcoming dates regarding the WordMasters Challenge:
December 26th: Challenge Meet #1 Nationwide Results Available (http://www.wordmasterschallenge.com/)      
December 8th: Challenge Meet #2 Word Lists Available      
February 2015: Challenge Meet #2 Test Administered           

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

4th Grade Homework - Vanderkooi's Group

1. Bring materials for the roller coaster engineering challenge.

2. Complete the WordMasters Challenge assignment - due November 18 (details below).

Choose approximately 10 words from your Meet 1 list that are least familiar/most challenging to you. Remember that some words have multiple meanings and parts of speech. Do an activity that will help you learn those words. Some suggestions include:

* Make flash cards with the words on one side and the definitions on the other.
* Write a story with the words. Put the words in sentences that have context clues about their meanings.
* Draw a picture to represent each word’s meaning.
* Create a crossword puzzle for a friend to solve. Use the definitions as clues.
* Any other activity you can think of that would help you learn more about your words.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Word Masters Challenge

3rd - 5th grade

Be sure you are studying your WordMasters Challenge words! The first competition is December 3rd.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

WANTED Posters - Due November 6

The students’ next homework assignment is to make a WANTED poster for one of their WordMasters Challenge words. Each student selected 1 or 2 words to make posters for our classroom. The students were given a template to use, but they are welcome to make their own poster on another sheet of paper as long as they include all of the same information.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

WordMasters Challenge Homework - Due October 23

Choose approximately 10 words from your Meet 1 list that are least familiar/most challenging to you. Remember that some words have multiple meanings and parts of speech. Do an activity that will help you learn those words. Some suggestions include:

* Make flash cards with the words on one side and the definitions on the other.
* Write a story with the words. Put the words in sentences that have context clues about their meanings.
* Draw a picture to represent each word’s meaning.
* Create a crossword puzzle for a friend to solve. Use the definitions as clues.
* Any other activity you can think of that would help you learn more about your words.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Empty Toilet Paper Rolls Needed

The 3rd grade Target students will need empty toilet paper rolls for an activity that we will be doing next Thursday, October 2. If you have any that you could donate, that would be great! If your student is not in 3rd grade, he/she can bring the rolls to Mrs. Murphy or me any day next week. Thanks! 

Thursday, September 25, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

Collectible Card - Due October 2

The 3rd grade Target students will be creating a collectible card to go along with our novel study of Swindle. The students were provided with a handout and piece of white card stock to use for the assignment, but they are welcome to be creative! As long as the students include the required information in the instructions, they may design the card however they would like. This link will bring you to the handout if needed: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/sites/default/files/asset/file/swindle-storia-big-activity.pdf .

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

4th & 5th Grade Island Project

The 4th & 5th grade Target students have been assigned an island project related to our novel, The Twenty-One Balloons. The assignment has been adjusted for the two grade levels, so please check your email for specific directions for your student. For this project, the students will create their own islands similar to the island of Krakatoa.  This project can either be typed and illustrated or presented with PowerPoint or Prezi. It is important that the students do not wait until the last minute to begin their projects, and they should be certain to include all parts in the project. There are several components, and it would be wise to create a plan of action soon. Have fun and be creative! All projects are due Oct. 21/23 (depending on the student's Target day). 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

TriMathlon Information

4th Annual TriMathlon!
Join us on October 18, 2014 for our 4th Annual TriMathlon! Test your math skills, receive awesome participant gifts, earn money for local schools, and be eligible to win additional prizes!
This fun-filled event is open to kids in 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades. Similar to the way a triathlon tests an athlete’s physical fitness through three athletic challenges, the TriMathlon tests a mathlete’s mental fitness through three exciting math challenges:
  • The Counting Game - Tests your ability to count from any number, to any number, by any number.
  • Magic Squares Challenge – Develop your own math problems to receive points.
  • Mental Math Workout - Tests your Number Sense through solving problems without pencil and paper.
Each challenge is tailored by grade and progressively increases in difficulty. All participants receive fun goody bags, a certificate of participation, and earn money for local schools. The top three scorers in each grade level at each center will receive additional medals and prizes.
For more information and to register, visit www.mathnasiumtrimathlon.com. Don't miss out!
Students who register before September 30, 2014 will receive a FREE downloadable Math Plink game from Lakeshore!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

Perplexor "Pet Day at School" - Due September 11

Complete the Perplexor "Pet Day at School". Use the process and strategies we modeled in class.

Quick reminders:
September 9 – Target Open House at 6:30 in the Media Center
September 11 – Due Date for WordMasters Challenge Donations and Scholastic Book Orders

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

4th Grade Homework - Vanderkooi's Group

3-2-1 Activity - Due September 9

Complete the 3-2-1 Activity for Chapter 2 of The Twenty-One Balloons. A copy of the assignment was given to students in class and also emailed to parents. 

Quick reminders:
September 9 – Target Open House at 6:30 in the Media Center
September 11 – Due Date for WordMasters Challenge Donations and Scholastic Book Orders

Thanks!

5th Grade Homework

5th graders have a "3-2-1" reflection activity for Chapter 1 of The Twenty-One Balloons. Students have a hard copy of the assignment and I also emailed a back-up copy to parents. :) Please remind your child that the written portion of the assignment should meet 5th grade standards for writing.  

Students were allowed to take their copies of the book home to use for the homework assignment. Please be sure your child brings his or her book back to class next week as we will be using it. Also, PLEASE encourage your child NOT to read ahead in the story. I know it is tempting for some of the students who are voracious readers, but I would really like for the students to wait to move forward as a group.  

We still have 3 students without a book. If you are able to donate an extra copy, it would be greatly appreciated. Please just email me and let me know before you do just in case I have several offers. 

Thank you to those of you who have already sent in the requested donations for The Word Masters Challenge. If you have not sent yours in yet, please send it by September 11th. 


Monday, September 1, 2014

Open House Reminder

Tuesday, September 9th is Target Open House night!! Please join Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Vanderkooi in the media center at 6:30 P.M. This meeting is for parents of students who are already in Target. We will be discussing curriculum, competitions, schedules, etc. We look forward to seeing you!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

KenKen Puzzles - Due September 4

A. In class today, we learned about how to complete KenKen puzzles and discussed a variety of strategies. We completed several puzzles together, and the students have been assigned 3 additional puzzles to complete for homework. The website KenKen.com is an excellent resource to review how to play and solve additional puzzles of varying difficulty. Note: The students must click on the link "Select Puzzle Type and Difficulty" to be able to choose the dimensions and operations.

B. We are now collecting donations for the WordMasters Challenge. Letters explaining the competition and envelopes for the donations were given to the students today. Please send in all donations by September 11.

C. Several students picked up Scholastic book orders as they left today. You are encouraged to order online using our class code: GYLND. All orders are due by September 11.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

4th Grade Homework - Vanderkooi's Group

The Twenty-One Balloons Questions - Due September 2

A. Students are to respond to the four questions on the bottom of the discussion guide for the introduction and Chapter I of The Twenty-One Balloons. Thoughtful and detailed answers are expected. The questions are also pasted below if needed:
1. What ideas in this Introduction do you think will play a big part in the story?

2. Based on your thoughts and reading, tell what is “absurd and fantastic” in this chapter. How do the author’s illustrations contribute to your understanding of the “absurd and fantastic”

3. What did Captain Simon do with the entry? Is this a common practice today? How did the reporters react to Professor Sherman’s response to their request? Would you have done likewise? Why?

4. Explain how William Waterman Sherman’s former profession connects to his great desire to go for a yearlong balloon ride. What other professions would connect to balloons rides or other adventures in this way? 

B. We are now collecting donations for the WordMasters Challenge. Letters explaining the competition and envelopes for the donations were given to the students today. Please send in all donations by September 11.

C. Several students picked up Scholastic book orders as they left today. You are encouraged to order online using our class code: GYLND. All orders are due by September 11.

Friday, August 22, 2014

4th and 5th Grade Goal Setting Explosion Boxes


The students did a great job reflecting on the goals they have already accomplished as well as the academic and personal goals they have set for themselves for this school year. The goals, for the most part, are challenging, but attainable. 

2nd Grade "Not-a-Box" Projects






Thursday, August 21, 2014

3rd Grade Homework

Animal Analogies - Due August 28

In class today, we discussed the WordMasters Competition and learned more about the various types of analogies. The students were given an Animal Analogies activity to complete as homework for next week. In addition to completing the analogies on the front, the students have been challenged to write 5 of their own analogies on the back - leaving one blank in each for a classmate to complete next week in class.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Target Students - Competition

WordMasters Challenge

This week we are introducing a new competition for our King Springs Target students. All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade Target students will be participating in the WordMasters Challenge. You can visit the website to learn more about the competition. In the near future, we will be asking for parent donations to help with the cost, and that information will be coming home soon. In the mean time, we are already praciting analogies in class and getting the students excited and prepared for our first meet in December.

WordMasters Challenge Website: www.wordmasterschallenge.com

Analogies Practice Websites:
* Quia - Awesome Analogies: www.quia.com/cb/7146.html
Quia Hangman Analogies: www.quia.com/hm/22953.html
* Fact Monster Analogy of the Day: www.factmonster.com/analogies

4th Grade Homework - Mrs. Vanderkooi's Group

Analogies Activity - Due August 26

In class today, we discussed the WordMasters Competition and learned more about the various types of analogies. The students were given an analogies activity to complete as homework for next week. In addition to completing the analogies on the front, the students have been challenged to write 5 of their own analogies on the back - leaving one blank in each for a classmate to complete next week in class.

5th Grade Homework

As part of our pre-reading exercise for the book, The Twenty-One Balloons, we began some research about the 1880s. Since students were unable to complete this within the time allotted in class, I am asking that they complete the research at home. 

Each student has a copy of the research topics/questions, but I have included them here. 



The U.S. in the 1880’s
Information to be Found
Answer/Information
President of the U.S.

Vice president of the U.S.

Total U.S. population

Number of states

Population of California

Percent of California’s population made up of immigrants

Percent of U.S. having a college education

Name a popular leisure time activity

Name a popular sport

The average annual income of various professions

Cost of an average home

Teacher’s annual income

Mayor of San Francisco in 1880

World in the 1880’s

Location of Krakatoa

Name an invention of the 1800’s

Diamond prices




Friday, August 15, 2014

2nd Grade Project

"Not-a-Box"

Today we read a simple children’s book titled, Not a Box, in which a rabbit sitting inside of a box is asked, "Why are you sitting in a box?" On the next page, the rabbit responds that it isn't a box; it is a race car. The book continues with other imagined box-like objects (spaceship, mountain top, etc...) being imagined by the little rabbit. The idea behind the story is that with imagination, we can dream up all sorts of things.When we “think outside the box,” the possibilities are endless.

Your task is to find a box (of reasonable size to carry to school…) and come up with a creative, imaginative use for the box.  Your only limitation is that your imaginative idea CANNOT SIMPLY BE A BOX OF/FOR ANYTHING. It must be made into something else. Your idea needs to be original and cannot replicate the ideas in the book (race car, mountain, skyscraper, robot, boat).  You need to include a paper documenting your brainstorming of ideas.
You will also write a short (paragraph or two) explaining your “Not-a-Box” and how you came up with your idea. Remember, this should be YOUR original idea, so your explanation cannot include, “My mom and dad said I should make it into a….”

Thursday, August 14, 2014

4th & 5th Grade Novel Study

The Twenty-One Balloons - Needed by August 26/28

This semester we will be reading the book The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène du Bois with our 4th and 5th grade Target students. Within this novel study, we will be completing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics activities to drive the instruction in our standards-based classroom.  It would be ideal if each student could have his/her own copy of the book. Please purchase the book for your child to bring to his/her Target class on August 26/28. If you are unable to locate or purchase the book, please let us know so that we can consider other options for getting enough books. Thanks!

3rd Grade Project

All About Me Brochure - Due August 21st

Our first assignment is going to be a brochure about you! As your new teacher, I want to know who you are and what interests you. This is going to be a fun assignment about your favorite subject… YOU! Directions:
1. Read through all of these steps and make a plan/rough draft before you start your project.
2. Fold a piece of 8½” x 11” paper into 3 sections like a brochure.
3. Design a cover that includes your name, a title, and a picture of you.
4. Create 5 sections that will tell our class more about you:  
· One required section is 5 goals for this school year. They can be personal and/or academic.
· The other 4 sections are your choice. Some examples include family, hobbies, interests, accomplishments, favorite books, future career plans, places you have traveled, pets, etc.
· Each section should have a heading at the top.
       5. Make sure this project reflects your personality and shows your best effort. It should be neat, colorful, and creative. You are welcome to use technology (such as a brochure template from Microsoft Word) if desired.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

4th & 5th Grade Project

Exploding Box Project - Due August 19/21

This week you will create an “exploding box” in which you will reflect on four different goals you have accomplished in the past, four personal goals for this school year, and four academic goals for this school year.  The goals you have already accomplished will go on the inner-most part of the box. The personal goals will go on the next layer, and the academic goals on the last layer (the biggest part of the box).  Each goal, in its respective layer of the box, needs to be written on a separate square.

Supply List:
For the Box you will need:
3 sheets of 12x12 of cardstock (Poster board properly measured and cut would work, too.)
For the Lid you will need:
 1 sheet of cardstock (this piece of cardstock can be smaller, you will need a
 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 square for the lid)
                                Miscellaneous papers to embellish the box
Tools:
 Ruler
 Scissors
 Scoring tool such as a straight edge/ruler
 Glue or double sided tape
 Paperclips or binder clips to hold the corners of the lid while the glue dries
 Embellishments, photos, etc. to decorate the box
 Coordinating decorative paper if you want to cover the pages/flaps

Directions:
1. First you will make the lid so that the glue has time to dry while you make the box. Take the cardstock that you selected for your lid and cut it to 7 1/8 x 7 1/8 inches.
2. Now score at 1 ½ inches in from each of the four edges.
3. Fold on each of the four score lines, and make a cut on only 2 of the sides. Cut on only two of the sides from the edge to the fold.
4. Glue the corners in place.  Double-sided tape can be used, but may not be strong enough for this (it holds for a little while and then it may let go) so a wet glue, like a tacky glue or a paper glue is recommended. Use some paperclips to hold the corners in place while drying.
5. Now you will make the box itself. Take the 3 sheets of cardstock and cut them as follows:
Bottom piece: 12” x 12”
Middle piece: 11 ¾” x 11 ¾”
Top piece: 11.5” x 11.5” 
6. Score all 3 pieces of cardstock at 4” on each side. Each piece of cardstock will now have 9 squares like a tic-tac-toe grid.
7. Cut out the 4 outside corners from each piece of cardstock. 
8. Stack your 3 layers one on top of the other. Now you need to glue together your 3 layers. It’s easiest if you start by putting the smallest piece onto the middle piece, and then the middle piece (with attached small piece) onto the largest one. Glue only the center - not the sides. You can also use double stick tape for this assembly. Take care to center each layer.
9. Now, you can decorate the inside and outside of your explosion box using decorative paper such as scrapbooking paper (or wrapping paper).  The coordinating papers will be cut slightly smaller than the dimensions of the “flap” you are decorating. This allows all the colors and papers to show “borders” which makes the box look nice.
10. If you have chosen to use patterned paper on the inside, you will also need to cut some smaller squares on which to write your goals and glue on top of the patterned paper.
 

Box Design Samples & Tutorials:



Monday, August 11, 2014

Fall Target Open House

On Tuesday, September 9th from 6:30-7:30 PM, Mrs. Murphy and Mrs. Vanderkooi will hold a Target Open House in the media center. This meeting is specifically for parents of students in grades 2-5 that are already in Target. 
There will be a separate meeting in the future for parents who are interested in eligibility information if their students are not already in Target. When that meeting is scheduled, more information will be sent via email.