Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Family Math Day 2013

If you are coming to Family Math Day tomorrow and want to visit the computer lab here is the handout listing the programs that we will use.

Handout for Computer Lab

Here are some of the links for websites from the handout:
·         www.arcademicskillbuilders.com/  Skill building based on the Common Core Standards for math.

·         Math Fact CafĂ©:  a great site to practice multiplication flash cards online. No sound, just good math practice

·         www.Multiplication.com :  lots of interactive ways to practice the times tables.

·         www.hoodamath.com : Math Games on HoodaMath.com have integrated Common Core State Standards. They also have a nice list of apps for iPad, iPod and Android.

·         http://www.brainpopjr.com/math/ : Measurement games for Meters, Cups, Grams, Ounces, Perimeter and Temperature can all be done without sound.   See the helpers for USERNAME and PASSWORD.

·         http://www.fuelthebrain.com/Interactives/app.php?ID=40  This site has a piggy bank activity with money problems to complete up to $5.00. Choose easy, medium or hard problems. Must be able to read the problems.

The back side of the handout has a few recommended Math Apps for mobile devices.  Here is the link for that list of Math Apps.

The computer lab is always a popular stop on Family Math Day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair all set up and ready to go!
In addition to all of the fun math activities in store for visitors at our annual Family Math Day on Wednesday, we also have a Scholastic Book Fair set up in the library. Students will have a chance to tour the area and make a wish list of titles they might like to purchase on Family Math Day.

Chapter books
Any student who will not be in school for Family Math Day will have a turn on Monday afternoon, March 25th to purchase items. There will also be a special middle school buying time on Tuesday after school from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

So many choices!

In media classes we have been talking about the difference between visiting a bookstore and a library. While we like to keep our books in the library looking nice and new, we know that the popular titles will get a lot of use and eventually wear out and need to be replaced. People going to a bookstore want their purchase to look brand new.

Mr. Anderson Recommends these 3 books:
Dinoworld, Someday and The Son of Neptune
It's always fun to have a Book Fair in our school, but just remember, there are also lots of great library books waiting to be borrowed too.

Monday, March 18, 2013

High 5 - New Language Learning sites

For High 5 tonight, I want the 3rd and 4th grade students to click on this link Internet for classrooms -- Language Skill Builders and explore the activities about punctuation. 

I especially enjoyed building the Sentence Clubhouse.

Try the Daily Dose of the Web to find Word Game of the Day, Story of the Day, Daily Spelling Bee and 16 other categories of language links that change every day.

Index to the main page for Internet4classrooms: LanguageArts/Grammar.

Grade Level Help can be found here.  Look on the left in the plum colored column to find links to activities for your grade level.

Another site we like to use for language activities is PBS Between the Lions.  As you click on the red arrow to go up and down there are 20 activities.

1st and 2nd grade students may choose any one, except the Coloring Pages, because they can only be printed out.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

World Read Aloud Day

Today is World Read Aloud Day, a project of  LitWorld.org to encourage literacy around the globe.

Our day started with a video announcement featuring scenes from last week's Read Across America including a short clip of Mr. Anderson reading Yertle the Turtle to a kindergarten class. For the joke of the day, Mr. Anderson read one of the riddle bookmarks we handed out during libray time.

Q:  What is orange and sounds like parrot?
A:  A carrot!

Students in library classes took turns reading the riddles aloud. The 4th graders browsed through joke books and came up with other jokes to read out loud.