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Spirit Week

Parents,

Next week, Dayton Elementary School will be holding a spirit week in order to raise funds for a former Dayton Bulldog who has recently been diagnosed with a very aggressive form of cancer.  Each day will have a different theme, and students may make daily donations to take part, or may simply donate once during the week.  Just remember, all donations will go to a wonderful cause.

Monday: Hat Day

Tuesday: Athletic Wear (Favorite Sports Team)

Wednesday: Bulldog Day

Thursday: Super Here Day

Friday: Pajama Day

 

Cheers,

 

Mr. Scott

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3-D Printing, Plays, Video Games, and Pentominos

I wanted to take a minute to share some awesome things that have happened this week in class.  First, I have really enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm that the students and all of you parents have been putting into working with the pentominos!  Keep sending me the pictures as they come in!

Also, Jesse, Ben, and Killian have been working very hard to produce a game in Social Studies, as have all the other students, however they decided that they wanted to make a video game.  They have been using Scratch to do so.  It’s pretty impressive to me!

We have some amazing young people in this class who have been working hard, completely on their own to create a play about Greek Mythology.  Ava C, Hadley, Janae, Sarah, Kylee, Elijah, Drew, Claire (I’m sorry if I missed someone), have been working ferociously since before Christmas to produce this and they will finally get in front of part of the student body next week to produce their work!  I am so impressed that they have taken this upon themselves with no prompting whatsoever.

Finally, Jack R. got on the computer today and created our very first 3D Model.  Here’s a picture. I’ve never tried this out with anyone before.  Pretty impressive, if you ask me!

reisman-racecar

Parents, you have some amazing children, and I thank you for the opportunity to work with them!  Keep on being awesome!

 

Cheers,

 

Mr. Scott

Posted in activities, Geography

EarthDome

I was so excited when I woke up this morning. I had childhood flashbacks of StarLab!  Today was EarthDome day!  I couldn’t wait.  I was hoping, as I was driving to school, that I would be able to cash in on some of the teacher perks and check out the EarthDome before everyone else.  And guess what… I did!  And it totally lived up to my expectations! ​

​It started out A folded up mess:
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And grew… And grew!  

Here is a couple of shots looking up from the inside.  Who knew those lines of Longitude could be so beautiful!  

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Torch Relay

Today, we had a unique opportunity in class. Sue Scott, TSC’s Communication Coordinator came to school to take a picture of our class.  The picture is going to be used to promote the Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay that is taking place across the state, currently! The torch will be making its way through Lafayette and west Lafayette next Wednesday, October the 12th!  Here’s the pic!  It looks awesome!  What a cool class we have.  

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Email Etiquette

As 4th and 5th graders, each student is provided with an email address through the Tippecanoe School Corporation.  Last year, for the first time, I decide that it was important for students to learn email etiquette.  Tonight, as part of their homework, students are to create an email, using their TSC email account, and send it to me, following the email guidelines that we talked about in class.

Each email should:

  1. Be addressed to me
  2. Have a subject line
  3. Contain a greeting
  4. Contain a body
  5. Contain a closing
  6. Contain a signature of their choice

Along with these requirements, students must also make their emails professional, punctuated and spelled correctly.  I do this in hopes that as they get older and begin to correspond with employers, teachers, and professors, that they are in good habits and know what to expect when dealing with them.

Homework:

4th Grade Math: Ch. 2 Review.  We will go over your estimation in more detail tomorrow in class.

5th Grade Math: P. 29-35

Spelling: Practice words on Quizlet (Spelling Test Friday)

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The Cube, AR, Homework, Spelling/Vocab

Well, you probably have seen that the Cubes came home today.  My hope is that the kids will struggle with them, but learn to overcome the adversity that they provide and teach them how to work through problems.  I have created a Rubik’s cube Wall of Fame in the classroom, and if they can solve it in front of us, in class, or at home, (you need to record them) they get to sign it!  

AR Goals:

This is mainly for 4th grade parents.  We do AR Goals differently in our classroom.  At the start of each 9 weeks, the students choose their own AR goal for that 9 weeks.  Part of their reading grade is based on the percentage of how closely their are to achieving their goal.  If I see that a student has set their goal too high, I will more than likely ask them to keep their high goal, and work towards it.  I would rather have them work hard to meet a lofty goal for themselves, than to lower their goal to something easier.  

The students are also placed onto AR teams.  The team that has the highest percentage towards their individual goals will earn a free lunch out at DAYTON Station with me at the end of the 9 weeks.  

Spelling/Vocab:

The way that our Spelling/Vocabulary works, is that every two weeks, the students will have a new set of words.  The first week, the students will study the vocabulary for meaning and understanding and they will have a vocabulary test at the end of the first week.  I do the tests on a web based application called Socrative.  Their grades will be entered into the grade book then.  So please, check those grades as there is no paper that goes home with them.  

The second week, the students will continue to study the words, with more of a spelling focus.  Their studying will be mostly independent.  I have opted to have them practice the words using Quizlet, a web app.  It has flash cards, and games that are pretty cool, but help them to master the words as well.  On Friday of the second week, they will have. Spelling test on Socrative, in which, they will be provided with the definition of the word, and they will need to type the correct spelling.  Again, grades will go directly into the grade book.  

Homework:

Math: 

5th Grade: IXL C.1 and C.2 (Discuss with parents different methods of multiplication)

4th Grade: IXL 6.E.4

Quizlet for Spelling Words