What We Did in School Today
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  All students watched a video of whether gum is helpful or harmful in the classroom. While watching the video, students took notes.
Students then worked in stations.
Station 1 worked with Mrs. De Angelis/Mrs. Shaw taking notes on the five themes of geography.
Station 2 worked on answering a prompt on gum chewing.
homework
1) Have your text book covered by Friday.
2) Bring in an item from home that was made in another country.

Math—Pribis  Students worked on their Career Cards. The final product is not due until Wednesday, but we will not be spending any additional class time on the project. Homework: finish Career Card by Wednesday.

Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math class worked with mathematical vocabulary. Finding examples of math words, such as addend, divisor, and denominator. For homework they have the front side of a practice sheet and their career cards if they were not finished in class 
Reading  Students continue to learn about connections as they read for no matter what they are learning about. We talked about text to text, text to self, and text to world connections and also how connecting does not always meaning comparing, but can also involve contrast! We checked out a slide show that shows some diagrams of how the brain learns to emphasize the importance of making connections and how important they are to our learning. Students had time to read their independent reading book and to jot down some notes on the various connections they are making as they read.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes completed the, "Habitat Cube," activity. They began the write up in their science notebook. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Today, Ms.Wight's Science classes practiced making close observations using a numbered cube. They have a "Something About Me" sheet for homework, which is dueon Thursday. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Friday, August 29, 2014
A suggested school supply list has been posted on the BMS Bownet homepage (click on the giant pencil!). We ask that students have their supplies, if possible, by next Tuesday. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Mrs. DeAngelis started each class with a name quiz. She went through the entire class trying to remember each person's name.
I think I did fairly well :).
All classes discussed the importance of being able to navigate through informational texts. To help students become familiar with their social studies text, students completed a textbook scavenger hunt.
No homework. This has been a fantastic first week. :)

Math—Pribis  Students worked on their Career Cards. The final product is not due until Wednesday, but we will not be spending any additional class time on the project. Homework: finish Career Card by Wednesday.

Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math classes worked on their career cards. Many are finished or almost. For those that do not complete themTuesday, they will be due on Wednesday of next week. 
Reading  Students learned about the 3 types of connections good readers make: text to text, text to self, and text to world. We went to the library so everyone would the opportunity to select a new book.
HOMEWORK:
Read 15 minutes or more.

Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes investigated, "The Numbered Cube." Students applied the concepts of: observation, research question, hypothesis, procedure, variable, experiment, data, analyze, claim evidence, communication, and collaboration. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's science classes talked about wondering today, discussing why we ask questions and what we learn when our predictions are not correct. We also covered the important vocabulary terms for the process of doing science. 
Specials  Please see the specials teacher following an absence. 
Thursday, August 28, 2014
A suggested school supply list has been posted on the BMS Bownet homepage (click on the giant pencil!). We ask that students have their supplies, if possible, by next Tuesday. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns.
Integrated Cultural Literacy  Students spent time setting up Google Classroom (Shaw  period 2 had technical difficulties and will set up Google Classroom tomorrow). Students also received their social studies text books today.
Homework
1) If you have an extra set of ear buds that can be left at school, please bring them in.
2) Get in to Google Classroom and complete the assignment labeled PRACTICE FOR GOOGLE CLASSROOM. (submit when finished) If you completed the questions in class today, please get into Google Classroom and send your ICL teacher an email letting her know you were able to access it from home. Due Tuesday
3) If you received your text book today, please plan on having it covered by next Friday. 
Math—Pribis  Today was an organization day. Students set up math notebooks and math portfolios. They then created a brainstorming "word splash" on the white board and used these ideas to start a miniproject. The Career Cards will be due next Wednesday
but class time will be used today and tomorrow to work on this project.
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No homework. 
Math— Wight  Ms.Wight's math class started their first assignment, a career card. In honor of Labor Day, the students are creating a career card, which represents the way math is involved in the occupation they chose. They will work on them tomorrow, as well. 
Reading  We finished "Find Someone Who" and chatted about what the various members of our class do and our interested in. We also completed a Reading Interest Inventory to get to know each other as readers.
HOMEWORK: Read 15 minutes or more. 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science classes worked on the vocabulary of doing science today. Students had very thoughtful discussions centered on the science vocabulary and then entered the vocabulary and definitions into their science notebook as their first official entry. No homework. 
Science—Wight  Ms.Wight's science class reflected on the question, "What is science?" Based on a studentgenerated list, we discussed the idea that science is about things, but also actions. No homework was assigned. 
Specials 
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Integrated Cultural Literacy  In ICL students were given an overview of the classroom rules and drills. No homework. It was a wonderful first day :). 
Math—Pribis  Today in class, we went over the basics of 6th grade math and then we watched a short video (just for fun) with the message, "Be More Awesome."
No homework. 
Math— Wight  We went over class procedures and set up our math portfolios. 
Reading  Students participated in a "Find Someone Who" game and will finish that tomorrow.
No Homework 
Science—Costello  Mr. Costello's science students began their science notebook setup. Students worked on making the table of contents. Shortened classes due to first day schedule. No homework. 
Science—Wight  We went over class procedures and began organizing our science notebooks. 
Specials 