Class Announcements

  • Writing Numbers in Expanded Form This year students are working on recognizing the place value of all digits in a number. One of the ways that we do that is breaking numbers up into parts. For example, we would break 2,346 into 2,000+300+40+6. When we break numbers up in this way, we are able to add numbers by those parts more easily than we would when we keep the digits together. The zeros make numbers easier to add, especially if there is regrouping involved. 
    Posted Oct 18, 2017, 10:57 AM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Back to School Supply List I typically do not have a supply list for students at the beginning of the school year. However, if you would like to purchase items for all students to use in our class, we have a list of things that we could always use in bulk.*tissues*glue sticks*markers*pencils*crayons*folders*notebooks- spiral/wide ruled, and composition stylesThank you in advance for donating to our students. It is very much appreciated!
    Posted Aug 14, 2017, 3:11 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Dangerous Weather Opinion Prompt As a closing check in after completing our weather study, students were asked to choose a natural disaster we studied and write an opinion about how they knew it was dangerous weather. They could use facts noted by the class or information they gathered from books themselves as evidence. Here are some examples of student work:Tornadoes by Bryce B.Tornadoes can pick things up off the ground and they can destroy things. They can do a whole lot of damage. They can kill people. And they can kill animals. Tornadoes don't always hit the ground. Winds go up to 200 miles per hour. Tornadoes happen all over the world.Tornadoes by Abdi J. Tornadoes are dangerous because they ...
    Posted Feb 10, 2017, 6:48 AM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Practice Pages in Writing In writing this trimester, students were taught how to use a practice page to help them in their spelling. I began using practice pages last year in an intervention I was leading. Practice pages are meant for students to practice spelling words they are not sure of before putting them in their writing. The goal is to attempt to spell the tricky word three times and choose the one that looks the most right. When students do this, they are more likely to use a word that their reader can identify. Even if it is still misspelled, it will look as right as the student can make it and that is very helpful to other students and teachers when reading ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:13 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Hurricanes and Heat While studying hurricanes, our class discovered that heat of the sun on water causes a spinning motion that can build up and become a powerful hurricane. To demonstrate this we did a little experiment using construction paper and a heat source. We cut the construction paper into a spiral and tied a piece of string to the top center of it. First we held it over a light bulb as was recommended in the original experiment's directions. The heat from the light bulb wasn't enough to spin the paper hurricane though so we tried a heater down by the gym and cafeteria. That worked! Students were so excited to see how heat caused the spiral to spin in ...
    Posted Jan 30, 2017, 12:08 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
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Student Writing

  • Did you know how an apple is almost just like you? by Zack N. First, there's the skin. The red stuff on a apple is called the skin. You have skin, your skin covers your flesh. Second is the flesh. When you bite into a apple, the juicy and hard part of a apple is called the flesh. You have flesh. It protects your skeleton. Third is the seeds. The seeds are like your skeleton. Your skeleton is the core of your body. The seeds are the core of a apple. That's all. Hope you liked it!
    Posted Oct 23, 2017, 8:06 AM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Basketball is Better than Soccer by Noah B. Dear Cohen, I know basketball is better than soccer. My first reason is all you do in soccer is kick the ball. That gets boring after a while. My second reason is in basketball you get to shoot at a basket. That's a lot better than just kicking a ball. Another reason is there's different positions. I like the ball bringer. The ball bringer is where you bring the ball up court. My fourth reason is in practice you can play Knock Out. In soccer you just practice passing. It's more fun to play Knock Out than passing. My next reason is you don't wear cleats in basketball but you do in soccer. It stinks to ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 1:30 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Prizes at the Star Student Assemby by Habiba H. Dear Mr. Cliffe, I think we should have prizes for the Star Student assembly. My first reason is that people want an award for being safe, respecting others, and being responsible. I know they work hard to be a Star Student and then when they know that there is no prize and they feel mad and sad on the inside. They're not supposed to feel horrible. They're supposed to feel proud and happy. I also heard the school didn't have money but what if we can see some books in the library or some people can have a fundraiser or we can sell some stuff we use in gym. That's why we should have prizes in ...
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 1:26 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • I Hate Fish by Amina I. I hate fish because fish have scales. Another reason why I hate fish is because fish is stinky and smelly. Also because when you eat it, you get a horrible and nasty flavor. And another reason is the look. The eye looks creepy. It's body looks like it's scales fell off. Also, when you cook it, it smells like it burned. And another reason is when you buy it, it looks like someone murdered the fish and it looks like it needs help. 
    Posted Feb 1, 2017, 1:23 PM by EMILY DEROUCHE
  • Hunter's Opinion on Cursive Writing I know that schools should teach cursive, these are my reasons why. Reason one: cursive looks nicer than regular writing.Reason two: when you buy a car or a house you have to sign a contract in cursive.Reason three: you may think schools should teach kids how to type, but you can't type on a contract!Reason four: when you type the G's look funny for example- g.Reason five: if someone gives you a book written in cursive you won't be able to read it!That's why I know schools should teach cursive. 
    Posted Jan 27, 2017, 5:55 AM by EMILY DEROUCHE
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