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Friday, September 25, 2015

Everyday Math Videos!

I made some screen casts involving the partial sums and difference method with whole numbers and decimals if you need help understanding what your kids are doing. This is my first time trying this out, so it's not perfect, but it should help.  Feel free to email me if you need any help!

Partial Different Method with Decimals didn't work, so I will work on this on Monday. Partial Difference Method with Whole Numbers Partial Sum Method with Whole Numbers

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Whew, week three is over.
They say it takes about three weeks to form a habit, and I think our class is generating some good habits, and habits we need to continue working on.

In reading, our class has been working really hard on creating thoughts and ideas that help us be active readers, and create some really 5th grade mature ideas. My goal this year with them is to help them discover messages and ideas in books that are below the surface. The more meaning they get out of a book, the more it resonates with them.

In writing, we have been working on prewriting our ideas for our narratives. We've been talking about ways to add details and perspective to our stories. I encourage all of you to talk to your child about their topic, because a lot of them are writing stories that involves YOU in it! The more perspective they have from you, the more they can learn about creating suspense and irony. And believe me, they are already off to an excellent start on it.

For the game, most of the students have earned enough points to go on their first "mission" on Monday. Hopefully that works on well.

Coming up in the near future is an exciting opportunity to learn more about landforms and contour maps by contouring our very own backyard at KMS. I might need some parent volunteers to help out, so if anyone is interested, please let me know! The date of that activity is TBD.

Overall, it's been a great start to the year so far. Things to be on the look out for is word work hopefully will be ready to start next week, as well as the missionaries.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 3 day weekend, and enjoys the wonderful start to fall!

Also, on Sunday there is going to be Supermoon  Eclipse around 9:00. I hope everyone can check it out!

-Ms. Davidson

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Day One, Volume 2

Welcome back to school, and welcome to Ms. Davidson's classroom blog!

Today is always one of the most exciting days of the school year. Everyone was so energized to start, they were even sprinting around the corner from the main entrance, trying to get to their new lockers asap. It was like the bell had rang for recess or something.

Today the kids and I spent a lot of time getting to know each other and learning names, as well as  talking about routines and procedures, and unfortunately, we are not done. I am pretty confident that I have learned everyone's name already, except for a few mispronunciations (spending hours making name tags and class lists will do that) but the true test is when they are wearing different shirts tomorrow, so we shall see. And even though it was a lot of talking and listening, the kids were fantastic! I am really looking forward to seeing how well this group transitions into the middle school, and how we all work together. I think there are a lot of amazing personalities that I can't wait to learn more about and embrace their strengths and challenges.

 There was also a good chunk of time this morning sorting out school supplies and materials.  Thank you to all of those parents who donated materials to the classroom, cleaning and non cleaning. My cabinets are completely full and ready for the year to come.I am sure that your kids already gave you the low down- please note that there is NO homework tonight, but I will be sending home a few slips for the kids to bring back as soon as possible this week.

Please mark on your calendars September 17th. That is open house night. I have a ton of things to talk about, and I looking forward to meeting all of you.

I hope that your day went well, although I am sure the house was a little quieter this morning.