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Homework update.

STATE PROJECT. Students are continuing to work on their state projects.  Everyone should have completed the state map and the first four pages of the packet (Quick State Facts, Products, Industry, and Famous People).  Friday, November 4 the next three pages are due (Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, and Big Cities).  By Monday, November 14 a short written report, picture, and cover will be due.  The short report should have four paragraphs:

Paragraph 1–Important Facts/History

Paragraph 2–Geography

Paragraph 3–Landmarks

Paragraph 4–Fun and Interesting Information

Students should also provide the sources for their information.

The students have been collecting information for the written report in library.  At a later date students will be creating a presentation using the green screen in the Kennedy Makerspace!  Ms. Labaire and I will be working with Lesley University for this exciting project.

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Students are logging when they go to bed and when they wake up to calculate the total number of hours and minutes slept each night.  They are also recording their observations about how they are feeling and why they think they are feeling that way.  After a week of recording their data, students will make conclusions based on their sleep record and observations. The entire packet, including the comprehension questions, is due Wednesday, November 2.

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Math homework.

Students need to be able to add and subtract three digit numbers using different strategies from class.  Homework will continue to practice these strategies for adding and subtracting numbers.  Here is an example of what I expect to see for student work on the homework assignments.  math-homework-example

Supply list and summer reading.

I am very happy to have you as a student for the 2015–2016 school year. We are going to have a very exciting year.

If you would like to practice your skills over the summer, here are some things you can do:

  1. Read, read, read, and read as much as possible.
  2. Study addition and subtraction facts for quick recall.
  3. Visit the library and have the librarian help you find books that interest you.
  4. Study your multiplication facts (times tables).
  5. Keep a journal about your summer.
  6. Participate in the Somerville Public Schools summer reading program. Here is the summer reading list from the Somerville Public Schools.

When shopping for school supplies, please purchase the following:

  1. 2 two-pocket folders (very important for organizational skills)
  2. Composition notebook (marble)
  3. Grid notebook
  4. Thin EXPO dry erase markers
  5. Sharpened pencils (mechanical pencils are great) and erasers
  6. Markers, crayons, and colored pencils (for projects)
  7. Highlighters
  8. Scissors
  9. Glue sticks
  10. 4 spiral notebooks
  11. Hand-held pencil sharpener
  12. Boxes of tissues, hand soap, and hand sanitizer are welcome at any time throughout the school year!

I look forward to seeing you in September!

Math MCAS prep.

I hope everyone had a safe, restful, and enjoyable April vacation.  Now that we’re back, it’s time to focus on math.  We will be spending the next two weeks reviewing math concepts for our Math MCAS on  May 12 and May 13.  Students have learned all math topics for the test and they have been working very hard in class.  They know how important it is to show ALL work, to write equations, and to write a sentence with the answer for open response questions.

Students have also learned a strategy called CUBES to help them solve word problems.  CIRCLE the numbers, UNDERLINE the question, BOX in the key words, EVALUATE and draw, SOLVE and check.

Some ways parents, family, guardians, and friends can help at home:

1.  Review math morning work problems with your child.  You will find a daily worksheet in your child’s yellow homework folder.

2.  Review math practice MCAS questions with your child.  Today we reviewed data–line plots, tallies, bar graphs, and pictographs.  These questions can also be found in the homework folder.

3.  Review any concepts that confuse your child or that your child requires extra practice on.

math morning work
Our math morning work activities come from this book, Common Core Math 4 Today (Carson-Dellosa Publishing).
math morning work 2
The morning work from Monday, April 27th. Your child should show ALL work! This is the answer key.
math mcas practice
This is the MCAS practice packet that reviews DATA.

Thank you for supporting our students at home!  By working together each child can achieve success!

Valentine’s Day.

I Love You More Than Applesauce

by Jack Prelutsky

I love you more than applesauce,
Than peaches and a plum,
Than chocolate hearts,
And cherry tarts,
And berry bubble-gum.

I love you more than lemonade,
And seven-layer cake,
Than lollipops,
And candy drops,
And thick vanilla shake.

I love you more than marzipan,
Than marmalade on toast;
For I love pies
Of any size,

But I love you the most.


Do you want to let your mother, father, or loved one know how much you love them? 

If you answered YES, keep reading.

Create your own “I love you more than…” poem!

Click here for the template: I love you more than applesauce

Sometimes it helps to see an example.  Read Ms. Larson’s students’ poems by clicking here.

Have fun!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Blizzard bags.

Our schools will be closed for the rest of the week. Click here to read the news story about how the snow-covered roofs are keeping students, teachers, and staff home.

Do you have cabin fever?  Here are some things you can do while you are at home.  Encourage your classmates to check the blog for these activities.

1.  Read!  Be sure you are recording what you’ve been reading on your book chart.

2.  Play math games.  Check out Sumdog to play games online or play the math games that are clipped into your yellow homework folder.  Record what you’ve been doing on your math chart.

3.  Write!  Keep a journal about each day.  Write poems about the snow.

4. Answer MCAS practice questions. Our reading test is coming up at the end of March.

5.  Work on your moon project.  The directions and project rubric are clipped into your yellow homework folder.

6.  Practice math.  Click on the following links for practice worksheets.  Don’t look at the answer keys until after you’re done!  Area by tiling. Area of a rectangle. Subtraction.

The following picture was taken in Somerville.  Read the news story here.

snow loader

A line of cars sit buried in snow banks in Somerville, Mass., Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. The latest snowstorm left the Boston area with another two feet of snow and forced the MBTA to suspend all rail service for the day. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Stay warm and safe!  Enjoy your February vacation!