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The Weather Outside is Frightful, but the Learning in Room 11 is So Delightful!


blog pic snowI hope you all enjoyed our first snowfall of the season!  I know my kids did!  We even got to go horseback riding in the snow!  While that was a pretty cool way to end the weekend, I’m afraid I may be suffering for the next few days with a nasty cold.  Don’t worry though, I will be here for the awesome activities planned this week!  For a preview of what we are going to be learning this week take a peek at our objectives below!




This week we will be continuing our work with fractions by comparing and ordering them on a number line.  Please take a peek at the video below to help preview or review this topic as it can be a bit tricky.


Ordering fractions: Finding common denominators of multiple fractions to order them


We will be continuing our novel study of The Chocolate Touch this week.  In centers we will be defining new words, answering open ended questions, and comparing and contrasting the plot in The Chocolate Touch to that of King Midas and the Golden Touch.

Monday- Chapter 6  (Quiz Monday afternoon on Chapters 4-6)


Tuesday- Chapter 7


Wednesday- Chapter 8


Thursday- Chapter 9 ( I will upload this chapter when I get my voice back!  By the end of Chapter 8 I was barely whispering!)  Quiz Thursday afternoon on Chapters 7-9

Friday- Chapter 10 ( I will upload this chapter when I get my voice back!)

Also on Thursday and Friday I have built time into our schedule for students to work on their projects in class if necessary in the afternoons.

Finally we are going to sneak in some writing into a creative project this week!  Students will be applying to be elves in Santa’s workshop.  As part of the process they will need to fill out an application, prove creativity by designing a new toy, pass a math test by calculating the 12 Days of Christmas costs, and persuade Santa with a letter.  The Prezi below will help students to write a good perusasive letter.


Monday Begins Our Chocolate Touch Unit! It’s Going to be Sweet!


I hope you and your families enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving and you got some good deals for those of you brave enough to go shopping on Black Friday.  I enjoyed every minute of time with my family eating delicious food, decorating the house (the day after Thanksgiving of course!), and picking out and cutting down our Christmas tree.  Although I was busy this weekend, I made sure to get my plans done for the coming week.  I am so excited to start our novel study of The Chocolate Touch this week.  So that you can follow along with what we are doing in class, I have created educreations lessons with the vocabulary words for each chapter, comprehension questions, and a narration of the story by yours truly.  Enjoy!  Here are this weeks goals and objectives:


This week we will be review factors, multiples, prime and composite numbers and beginning to work with equivalent fractions.  The video below will help you to review at home:


Recognizing prime numbers: Recognizing Prime Numbers

This link will help to understand the concept of equivalent fractions.   Fractions by Math is Fun


Monday- We will be starting our Chocolate Touch Adventure today with chapter 1:


Tuesday we will cover chapter 2:


Wednesday we will be reading chapter 3:


Thursday we will be reading chapter 4:


And finally on Friday we will be almost half way through our novel when we complete chapter 5:



This week we will be continuing working with electric circuits and taking it to the next level by adding switches to control the flow of energy.  I’m also excited to try out our new ipad app that simulates electric circuits!

Social Studies

Students will begin working on a study of winter holidays celebrated by the many cultures in our area with a concentration on Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.

Virtual Field Trip to the Plimoth Plantation to Attend the First Thanksgiving


This week we will be taking a trip way back in time to the first Thanksgiving. Ok, I did not develop a time machine (though that would be AMAZING and I would so take a year off to re-examine life choices and visit places I’ve read about ), rather we will be using the amazing site put together by one of my favorite publishers, Scholastic. We will be visiting the settlers and the Wampanoag Native American tribe to learn about life for children at the beginning of our country’s exisistance. Students will be using the information they gather to write their next full length writing piece comparing and contrasting Thanksgiving now with the First Thanksgiving.

Take a peek at the website we will be using curtesy of

Thanksgiving Historical Investigation

In addition to this investigation we will be wrapping up out math topic 10 with a quiz on Tuesday.
Also a reminder that our Attitude of Gratitude journals are due on Wednesday for a Social Studies test grade!


School Wide Thanksgiving Feast and Weekly Objectives 11/18-11/22


This week is perhaps one of my favorite each year here at RM Bacon Elementary School.  On Wednesday, our staff prepares and entire Thanksgiving dinner for every student to enjoy.  I love sitting down with “my kids” and sharing this meal.  We all sit as a class and are served by our student leaders and staff members.  It is one of those times that I am truly humbled by the teamwork, donations, and volunteers that pull off this event each year.  While I am on the topic of Thanksgiving this is just a friendly reminder that your child should be recording something he or she is thankful for each evening in their gratitude journal. This paper is going to be collected on Wednesday, November 27th and counts as a Social Studies Project grade.   If you child has lost his or her paper, there are extras in the classroom.


Weekly learning goals and support videos:


We will be taking a math test on Monday to wrap up our unit on 2 digit multiplication.  This does not mean we are done with this  for the year, but that we will be moving on.

Tuesday through Friday we will be reviewing division.  Please review the link below to review the steps.

Division Review


This week we are working on reading non fiction.  We are also writing our first class newspaper articles.  Our first class newspaper will be published and sent home on the 27th. 

Here is a short video about how to generate a topic for an article:



In addition to writing articles we will be reading a non fiction passage about Smokejumpers.  Here are some tips for reading non fiction:




We will begin creating simple circuits this week.  A simple circuit transmits energy from a source to create light, heat, or sound.  Please click on the link below to review the necessary requirements to create a simple circuit.

Simple Circuits



Delving into History with The Navajo Code Talkers- Weekly Objectives 10/28-11/1



navajo code talkersThis week we will be beginning our investigation into historical non fiction.  We will be beginning with the epic story of The Navajo Code Talkers.  What an amazing group of men!  In addition to learning about these brave Native Americans, we will also be beginning our Social Studies unit on the Native American tribes of NJ. 

Our week is jam packed with learning and activities.  On Monday, we will be having a special guest come in to observe my teaching.  As part of our process to ensure that all students are receiving outstanding educational opportunities in our district, each teacher is observed 3 times a year by a supervisor.  My first observation is Monday morning and I know that my students are going to blow Mrs. Colacurccio out of the water with their awesomeness!  On Tuesday, the class will have thier first full day guest teacher for the year.  I am also sure that they will impress our guest teacher, Mrs. Kelley, with thier cooperation, great behavior, and hard work.  In addistion to our guest teacher Tuesday, it is also School Picture Day so please dress to the nines and remember your picture money.  Tuesday night is our annual Halloween Frolic.  There are many new additions to this awesome tradition this year including healthy snacks for $1, a hay ride, and a costume competition and dance in the gym.  Wednesday and Friday we will be hosting our college students from CCC who are in observing us this month.  Thursday we will be having our Halloween Party. Look for a flier on Monday highlighting snack ideas to send in.  Below are the learning objectives we are somehow fitting in:


Students will be learning how to multiply 2, 3, and 4 digit numbers by 1 digit numbers this week!  We will also be having a multiples of 10 and 100 test on Tuesday.

2-digit times 1-digit number: Multiplying a 2-digit times a 1-digit number


This week we will be reading about The Navajo Code Talkers.  Please click on the following link to learn some background information about these amazing men.  Navajo Code Talkers

We will also be working with sequencing events in a story as well as writing instructions in a sequential order.  The video below will help to review why sequencing is important.


Unit 1 is Complete!!!!! Moving on to Unit 2. Weekly Objectives 10/21-10/25


We survived our first round of Model Assessments.  My students were assessed on both math and language arts skills that we have covered from the first week of school until last Friday.  I have to say they worked very hard and the data I received will help to guide my instruction for the coming unit.  We do have some areas that we will continue to review from Unit 1, but we need to shift our focus forward to Unit 2.  Please see our learning goals and lessons to support learning below:


This week we will be extending on our multiplication knowledge and working with multiples of 10 and 100.  Students will be looking for patterns and simpler problems to solve to help them with this concept.  For example:  5 x 200= 5 x 2 first and then add 2 zeros to the end of the answer  5 x 2= 10   add 2 zeros= 1000. 

Multiplying by multiples of 10:



We will be wrapping up our investigation with magnets this week.  So far we have experimented with what magnets stick to, whether magnets work underwater, whether magnets work through other materials such as a box, and researched industrial uses for magnets.  Students will have an oportunity to revisit these experiments this week and will be quizzed on magnets and their properties on Friday.  Please review the video below.



We will be combining reading and social studies for the next few weeks as we begin our study of the genre (type), Historical Non-Fiction.  Throughout our study of this genre we will be looking at identifying cause and effect, working with first and second hand accounts of historical events, and comparing and contrasting  life in the past to life today.

This website offers a great explanation and practice with Cause and Effect.

Another great tutorial with practice, this time for Compare and Contrast.

Here is a Prezi on First and Second Hand Accounts.


Weekly Objectives for 10/15-10/18


Columbus DayI hope you all had a nice, relaxing long weekend!  We were off to celebrate the birthday of the man credited with “discovering” our country.  While America was not his intended destination, I think we can all agree that his landing here was a happy mistake for us!  This week is jam packed with both new learning experiences as well as a review session for what we have learned already this year in preparation for our first Model Assessment.  We will take an assessment every 5-6 weeks this year to help me better analyze where we are, where we are going, and what we need to review.  While I’m sure the kids as well as myself are not looking forward to all this testing, it will give me valuable information as to what is working and what we can improve on.  It will also be useful to you as parents to guage how well your child is progressing throughout the year.  I will send home a detailed report once all tests have been scored and analyzed.  Look for a reading level report this week.  I have completed our first round of Fountas and Pinnell testing (the benchmark assessment we use to assess a child’s reading level) and have created personalized graphs and suggestion sheets for each child.  Use this information when selecting books from our class book orders, school book fairs, or when selecting books from the library to help you child build reading and vocabulary mileage. 


This week we will be focusing our efforts on learning the basics of division.  In addition to division we will be reviewing all of the math concepts we have encountered so far.  Please feel free to go back through previous posts to find areas your child seemed to struggle with and review the videos and lessons.  This video is a great introduction to division.


Introduction to Division

More math videos on Division at  



This week we will be continuing our work with comparing and contrasting characters and elements of stories.  In addition to that we will be reviewing the types of sentences as well as subjects and predicates.  Instead of starting a whole new story in this short week and rushing things, we will be studying a few poems.  The first is “The Landlord’s Tale; Paul Revere’s Ride” and the second is “The Village Blacksmith.”  Both poems are by the poet, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  We will be studying how poems are organized differently then prose stories as well as the rhyme patterns within each poem.   Below are readings of each of the poems. 

“The Landlord’s Tale: Paul Revere’s Ride”


“The Village Blacksmith”


Welcome to October! The Month of Awareness for EVERYTHING! Weekly Goals 10/1-10/4


October is a month that we will spend in awareness of many things!  First off, this week, we will be visiting with the Millville Fire Department and learning about fire safety.  Also, this Friday will be our first wear pink day to raise awareness for breast cancer.  Any student who wears pink on Friday will earn EXTRA CREDIT on their reading test!  Woo Hoo!  Next week we will be participating in our week of RESPECT.  Stay tuned for special dress up days and assembly schedule.  Music lessons begin this week for our class band members.  Please remember to bring your instrument and lesson book on your lesson day.   Below are our learning goals for this week.  We are crusing right along and doing great!


Monday- Students will be adding and subtracting numbers up to 100,000.  Lesson 4-3 and 4-4

Tuesday- Students will be subtracting across zeros.  Lesson 4-5

Wednesday- Topic 4 Test covering addition, subtraction, estimation, and problem solving.

Thursday- Students will review place value and preview Multiples.  Here is a game to review finding multiples!

Friday- FACTOR FRIDAY!  We will be reviewing our multiplication skills and practicing finding factors.


This week we will be disecting the elements of a story and focusing much of our time on Characters and Plot.  Plot is definitely the trickier of the two to identify, but if we use the skills we have gained in our sequencing lesson it shouldn’t be too painful!  Below is a lesson preview of how we will be looking at plot.


Back To School Night Info and Objectives for 9/16-9/20


Happy Saturday!  I am a day early with our objectives post because Mr. Sinone surpised me with Eagles tickets for tomorrow’s game!  How lucky is that!  So instead of posting after a long day of cheering on the birds, I am spending my Saturday afternoon planning for another AWESOME week. 

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Our Learning Goals for this week:


Monday:  Review multiplication properties and multiplication and division fact families for Tuesday’s Test.  See last week’s lesson links if you’d like to review at home as well.

Tuesday:  Topic 1 Test

Wednesday:  Students will be reviewing place value into the hundred thousands.  Lesson 3-1

Thursday:  Students will be able to understand that each place value position is related to the others.  For example the tens place is ten times as many as the ones place.  Lesson 3-2

Friday:  Students will be able to compare numbers into the hundren thousands.  Lesson 3-3


Language Arts:

This week we will be working with determining the main idea and supporting details of a story.  We will also be working to determine the author’s purpose for writing.  The slide shows below will help you to review these skills at home with your child.


What We Are Learning This Week 9/9-9/13


We had an AMAZING first day on Friday and I am really looking forward to jumping into learning this week with your kids!  Every Sunday, I will post the  learning goals for the coming week as well as short videos for you to review with your child at home throughout the week to help with homework and support the learning going on in the classroom.  It is ok if you look at the videos before I teach them.  In fact, I WANT you to!  Looking at the videos before the lesson will give your child a chance to familiarize himself/herself with the ideas we will be learning and give them a sense of confidence and preparedness in class.  So, without further ado, here are our learning goals for this week!


Monday- Students will be able to understand that multiplication is repeated addition. Lesson 1-1

Tuesday- Students will be able to use what they know about multiplication to simplify problems. Lesson 1-3

Wednesday- Students will be able to use and draw models to help solve division problems.  Lesson 1-6

Thursday- Students will be able to use arrays (drawings) to help solve and organize multiplication and division families. Lesson 1-7

Friday- Students will use multiplication facts using 0 and 1 to help solve division problems with special quotients.  Lesson 1-8


Students will be able to determine and classify types of sentences based on purpose and punctuation.  There are 4 types of sentences we will be working with.  The presentation below will help you to review them with your child.



Students will be able to describe the setting, characters, events, and theme of a story.  Students will be able to describe the genre (type) of Realistic Fiction.  Students will be able to determine the point of view a story is being told from.

Below are two power point presentations you can review to help better understand our lessons in Reading this week.


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