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It's all over!
No spills, falls or embarrassing moments.
Thanks for a great year together!
Mr. Wilson



Tuesday, May 31st

The last day of May has come and gone for another year!
Here's the NEW scoop for the last few days of school:

Today's special guest was Mr. Sahara of the Japan International Cooperation Agency.
He was very informative and interesting.
Thanks for all the great questions for Mr. Sahara.
I will send him a thank you email.

Thanks to Mrs. Azuma we've received a nice DVD with memories of 5W's year together.



Tomorrow: Disney Sea. We received a nice T-shirt courtesy of the parents of the graduating class this year. It's very nice and we look forward to wearing it tomorrow and we'll stand out as a SMIS group for sure!

We've also received some herb tea from the SMA. Thanks for that as well!
There is a chance it will be raining or start to rain. Please dress appropriately. Bring a weather proof jacket. Also, it can be cold even on June 1st so make sure you will be warm enough. Even if it is raining in the morning, we will go to Disney Sea tomorrow!

See you around 8:30 for our Math drill. Let's get a 100% for the entire class!

We'll be leaving around 9am!

Thursday: Graduation practice 8:30am, Graduation and reception for graduates and their
families at 1:15. You will need to bring your full uniform plus an extra white shirt since you will get the first one dirty and/or sweaty at lunch recess. Long pants, black shoes, neck-tie and blazer are necessary for this once in a lifetime ceremony!

SOCIAL STUDIES
We've finished the remaining glog presentations today and they were all good.
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See you in the morning,

Mr. Wilson



Monday, May 9th
Reminders:
Sorry I missed you all today! I hope you enjoyed your time with Ms. Aiba.
5W has Carnival duty this coming Saturday from 2:30 until 4pm.
Here's the schedule. (please tell me tomorrow if it doesn't work for you)
2:30-2:50 Kaito, Aditya, Kento & Edward Street
2:50-3:10 Jeong Wook, Adarsh, Edward Park & Chenyu
3:10-3:30 Daigo, Dai, Jett & Koki
3:30-3:50 Tenyu, Nikhil, Sho & Ryutaro
3:50-4:10 Kenji, Timothy, Jae Hyung, Baziel
Our main duties are to run the game and help people have a good time. We might have to run for more supplies (prizes) when we run out.

Note: The parking area is closed on 5/12, 5/13 and 5/14.

The bike shed also needs to be available so please remove all bikes by 5/11.
Temporary bike location is the Titans' Avenue (between music rooms and pool) for 5/12 and 5/13. On the day of the carnival bikes will be parked in the RP playground.

Keep bringing in the raffle tickets and get more if you like!

MATHmath.jpg

SL 10.9
We're nearing the end of unit 10 for math and will have the test on Thursday or Friday.


LANGUAGE ARTS

Read lesson 19 "Inventing the Future"InventingTheFuture.jpg
Look over the spelling words for the pretest.

Read 30 minutes each night and B Day students should prepare their journals.



TracingEdisonsPath.jpg







Look at page 505
to read about all
the different places
Edison worked.




Phonograph.jpg
What are theseVotingMachine.jpg
inventions?
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FirstIncandescentLamp.jpg

Aside from the size, is this invention obvious?













SCIENCE
We're nearing the end of Models and Designs already.
Tomorrow we'll work through the details of Investigation 3/4.
The Models & Designs posttest will be Wednesday.


Prepare your science notebook complete with details of the 5 phases of design. If you didn't copy them from the bulletin board yet here they are:
1) Design
2) Build
3) Test
4) Evaluate
5) Redesign
Please make sure all assigned pages and notes are complete.

We still need some more I-Checks to be handed in.

Also, these words should be in your notebook:
axle: The axle is the rod that connects to the wheels, so that they turn together.
bearing: Other parts of a device revolve or rotate on the bearing.
friction: Friction is the resistance to movement on surfaces that touch.
hub: The center part of the wheel that is fastened to the axle is the hub.
traction: Traction is a kind of friction that allows wheels to turn without slipping on a surface.
wheel: The wheel is the disk that turns on a central axis.

The entire Models & Designs book should be read by now.

Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson


Thursday, May 5th
Happy Children's Day!
In celebration of Children's Day not only did we have a plain clothes day, there is also no homework tonight!
Tomorrow the choir group needs to be at school by 8:30ish to take the bus at 8:35. Please do not be late and be in full uniform!
ALL HOMEWORK LISTED HERE IS FOR THE WEEKEND
Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!

MATHmath.jpg

MJ 362, 364
SL 10.8
Play "First to 100" (You'll need the handouts, two dice, a calculator and two people). Play at least twice.


LANGUAGE ARTS
ProjectMulberry.jpg
Reread stories "Project Mulberry", "Journey on the Silk Road" & "Mouse in a Maze"

Review everything for lesson 18 for the LA test on Monday.

Read 30 minutes each night and F Day students should prepare their journals.



SCIENCE
Here are the go-cart 2 meter photos:
JettChenyuBazielGoCart.jpgJWKokiKenjiGoCart.jpg


Those who finished early might have had time to redesign their cart to make it turn a corner. Here are the photos of these budding engineers:

The science notebook will need to be handed in next week as we finish up with Models and Designs. Please make sure all assigned pages and notes are complete.
This weekend please focus on pg. 2 "Cart Tricks".
Read to page 47 in the Models and Designs book and complete the double-sided handout - "Smart Cars & Space Planes"/Models & Designs vocabulary review.

We still need some more I-Checks to be handed in.

Use these words to update your notebook:
axle: The axle is the rod that connects to the wheels, so that they turn together.
bearing: Other parts of a device revolve or rotate on the bearing.
friction: Friction is the resistance to movement on surfaces that touch.
hub: The center part of the wheel that is fastened to the axle is the hub.
traction: Traction is a kind of friction that allows wheels to turn without slipping on a surface.
wheel: The wheel is the disk that turns on a central axis.


Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Wednesday, May 4th
NO UNIFORMS TOMORROW!
Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!

MATHmath.jpg

MJ 356, 357, 358, 360
SL 10.7
Still some signed math drills to be handed in.
Please bring in a round object soon.

LANGUAGE ARTS
ProjectMulberry.jpg
Practice book: 106, 107, 108, 109

Reread stories "Project Mulberry", "Journey on the Silk Road" & "Mouse in a Maze"

Review the grammar and spelling words.

Read 30 minutes each night and E Day students should prepare their journals.

We're still missing some LA lesson 17 signed tests. Don't forget the oral fluency and return it ASAP.

SCIENCE
Here are a couple of our go-cart photos:
JettChenyuBazielGoCart.jpgJWKokiKenjiGoCart.jpg

We still need some more I-Checks to be handed in.
Do science notebook pages 21 and 22.

Don't forget to update your notebook and draw diagrams of your ideas.
A good scientist takes good notes!
Use these words to update your notebook:
axle: The axle is the rod that connects to the wheels, so that they turn together.
bearing: Other parts of a device revolve or rotate on the bearing.
friction: Friction is the resistance to movement on surfaces that touch.
hub: The center part of the wheel that is fastened to the axle is the hub.
traction: Traction is a kind of friction that allows wheels to turn without slipping on a surface.
wheel: The wheel is the disk that turns on a central axis.


Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Tuesday, May 3rd

Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!

MATHmath.jpg

MJ 354, 355
SL 10.6
Still some signed math drills to be handed in.
Please bring in a round object soon.

LANGUAGE ARTS

ProjectMulberry.jpg
Spelling book: 72, 73, 74

Read lesson 18 - "Journey on the Silk Road" & "Mouse in a Maze"

Review the grammar we did today:
Adjectives and the special ones called Articles (a, an, the)

Read 30 minutes each night and D Day students should prepare their journals.

We're still missing some LA lesson 17 signed tests. Don't forget the oral fluency and return it ASAP.

SCIENCE
Here are a couple of our go-cart photos:
JettChenyuBazielGoCart.jpgJWKokiKenjiGoCart.jpg

We still need some more I-Checks to be handed in.
If you haven't already, read Models & Designs book pages 21-32.

If you haven't finished it yet, do science notebook pg. 14 and start 16.

Don't forget to update your notebook and draw diagrams of your ideas.
A good scientist takes good notes!

Get I-check signed and return it on Tuesday.

Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Friday, April 29th

NO SCHOOL ON MONDAY!
Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!

MATHmath.jpg

MJ 351
SL 10.5
Handouts: "What's My Rule?"
"Graphing What's My Rule? Tables"

LANGUAGE ARTS

ProjectMulberry.jpg
Read lesson 18 story: Project Mulberry

Study the spelling words for the pretest on Monday.

Read 30 minutes each night and C Day students should prepare their journals.

Get LA lesson 17 test signed. Don't forget the oral fluency and return it on Tuesday.





SCIENCE
Here are a couple of our go-cart photos:
JettChenyuBazielGoCart.jpgJWKokiKenjiGoCart.jpg

Here are some photos of hum dingers:
1stPlaceFinish.jpg2ndPlaceFinish.jpg3rdPlaceFinish.jpg4thPlaceFinish.jpg
5thPlaceFinish.jpg6thPlaceFinish.jpgHumDingerHardAtWork.jpg

Now we're onto go-carts.
Read Models & Designs book pages 21-32.
Do science notebook pg. 14 and start 16 (this will be revisited over the weekend).

Don't forget to update your notebook and draw diagrams of your ideas.
A good scientist takes good notes!
Make sure this is in your notes:


Get I-check signed and return it on Tuesday.

Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night.


Have a great long weekend,

Mr. Wilson



Tuesday, April 26th

Reminders:
Re-registration forms are nearly all in. Please get the remaining ones in ASAP!

Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!


MATHmath.jpg
MJ: 342, 343, 346
SL 10.1, 10.2

Go over math test with parents and get the math folder signed.
Please return the folder ASAP.


LANGUAGE ARTS
We've finished Heat but we still need some novels returned and some final chapters handed in.
NothingEverHappensOn90thStreet.jpgReview the story "Nothing Ever Happens on 90th Street".

Grammar Book: 62
Spelling Book: 68, 69, 70

Read 30 minutes each night and F Day students should prepare their journals.


On Friday we'll have the lesson 17 spelling pretest. Here are they vocabulary words:
L17SuffixesForVocabWords.jpgL17words1_10.jpgL17words10_20.jpg
Along with the regular spelling words, here are the robust vocabulary words:
hiatus , embarked, unimaginable, extravagant, gourmet, throng, precarious

SCIENCE
Science notebook pg. 13 -Response Sheet "Hum Dinger"
Don't forget to update your notebook and draw diagrams of your ideas.
A good scientist takes good notes!
Make sure this is in your notes:
Models_DesignsWordBank.jpg
HumDingerHardAtWork.jpg
The Models & Designs Investigation 1 test and investigation 2 test will be this week.

Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night from now.


























Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson



Monday, April 25th

Reminders:
Re-registration forms are nearly all in. Please get the remaining ones in ASAP!

Keep bringing in the raffles tickets and get more if you like!


MATHmath.jpg
MJ: 338, 339
Go over math test with parents and get the math folder signed.
Please return the folder tomorrow.




GallonQuartsPintsCupsPicture.jpg
























LANGUAGE ARTS
We've finished Heat but we still need some novels returned and some final chapters handed in.

Today we had the spelling pretest. Write out your mistakes tonight.

Grammar Book: 59, 60, 61 (Possessive and Reflexive pronouns) See picture for guidance:
PossessivePronouns1.jpg
PossessiveReflexPronoun2.jpg

Read 30 minutes each night and E Day students should prepare their journals.

On Friday we'll have the lesson 17 spelling pretest. Along with the regular spelling words, here are the robust vocabulary words:
hiatus , embarked, unimaginable, extravagant, gourmet, throng, precarious
Review the story "Nothing Ever Happens on90th Street".


SCIENCE
Read "Simulations" pages 17, 18, 19, 20
The Models & Designs Investigation 1 test and investigation 2 test will be this week.
Don't forget to bring the book back and forth every night from now.

Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson



Wednesday, March 30th
Please see the handout sent by the Headmaster of SMIS. You can also read the information on the SMIS website: http://www.smis.ac.jp/Default.aspx
For the four students not yet with us, I will accept your work late. If you have your math text or study link you can try to work along this week. Because each of your situations are different, let's keep in touch via email.

Also, here is a message from the school nurse:

Dear Parents,

We trust that this finds you and your family all safe and well.

Please know that school is following the health advisories of the WHO (http://www.who.int/hac/crises/jpn/faqs/en/index8.html) and the Japanese Government authorities about food, air, and water. That being said, health and nutrition experts cite research that indicates certain foods can strengthen our immune system to protect against radiation. In areas not seriously contaminated, parents can help ensure their children take adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and Vitamin B complex, nutritional elements readily available in root vegetables, pumpkin, brown rice, beans, bran rice, miso soup, umeboshi, wakame seaweed for iodine, toasted sea vegetables, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, avocados, apples, and lemons, to name but a few. Regular sleep also keeps the immune system strong so please be sure that your son is getting enough quality sleep for his age and development. In good health…
Sincerely,

Nurse’s Office.

MATHmath.jpg
Some signed math tests still need to be turned in.
SL 9.2
Continue to design and write the directions for "What Do You Have?" If you need a coordinate grid, you can print it off from this website: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/
First, design your simple picture. Second, use the points on your picture to create step by step directions so someone else can plot the points and create a picture. Lastly, follow your directions on a new grid to see if you directions are clear and it creates the picture you were hoping for. Here is a simple example:
Directions for “What Do You Have?”
1) Plot the following coordinate pairs and connect each point.
(-6, 13), (6, -4), (7, -7), (4, -5), (-8, 12), (-6, 13)
2) Connect (6, -4) to (4, -5)
3) Shade in the small triangle.
4) What Do You Have?
Answer: A pencil!
Plotting these directions on the coordinate grid, your ordered pairs should give you a picture looking like a pencil:
PencilOnCoordinateGridPicture.jpg

Boys who are not here yet should remember that (4,2) for example means start at the origin (0,0) and first go 4 to the right along the x-axis (horizontal axis) and THEN go up 2 along the y-axis (vertical axis). If you first go to the right 2 and then up 4, you will end up with a mistake. Be careful! Also remember that a complicated picture will take forever to write down the directions. Lastly, give the directions and a coordinate grid to a friend or family member to see if they can discover the picture you designed. (You will have to draw the x and y axes and put the numbers on the grid for them.)

LANGUAGE ARTS
Read 30 minutes each night and F Day students should prepare their journals.
Some signed lesson 15 test sheets still need to be turned in.
Read the main story from Storytown called "The School Story" again and prepare for the spelling pretest.
Here are the spelling words:

1.
inactive

xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
10.

impossible

xxxxxxxxxxxx
19.
irreplaceable
2.
inaccurate


11.

illegal


20.
impolite
3.
irregular


12.

illiterate


21.
tempted
4.
irrelevant


13.

illegible


22.
insights
5.
ineffective


14.

inaction


23.
essence
6.
imbalance


15.

independent


24.
indication
7.
immature


16.

invalid


25.
proposed
8.
impatient


17.

indefinite


26.
instinct
9.
imperfect


18.

injustice


27.
baffled

SOCIAL STUDIESLatinAmerica.jpg
Please use this link to continue doing your Central America studies:
Latin America research websites.

The South America postcard, fact sheet and Travel Brochure are all due now. Remember not to panic if you have a unique situation as exceptions will be made for those who aren't here or do not have the material and cannot complete it yet. The entire booklet also needs to be handed in. The map test will was today so if possible, go to:
http://www.eduplace.com/ss/maps/s_america.html and print off the map. Then put on the numbers so it looks like the map below and fill it in yourself. You can then take a picture of it and email it to me or suggest another way. There are 13 countries listed and one bonus point will be available if you properly capitalize each country name, properly spell each country and include your name/date at the top. Remember, I will be flexible but you need to get in touch via email or send me a message through this wikispace.
SouthAmericaQuiz.jpg
Thanks for the pinata donations. The pinata group will be finishing it up this week so we can have the party soon. To do the party right, we will need more than an hour. Let's have the party next Wednesday which is a D Day like today. We'll be able to come back from lunch recess and begin the festivities!



Here's a map for quick reference:

SouthAmerica.jpg






1. Columbia
2. Venezuela
3. Guyana
4. Suriname
5. French Guiana
6. Brazil
7. Uruguay
8. Argentina
9. Chile
10. Paraguay
11. Bolivia
12. Peru
13. Ecuador


Here is the "Guantanamera" song we're studying along with the lyrics.


Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera
Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.
Yo soy un hombre sincero

De donde crecen las palmas.
Y antes de morir me quiero
echar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es un ciervo herido

Que busca en el monte amparo.

The words mean "I am a truthful man from the land of the palm trees.
And before dying, I want to share these poems of my soul.
My poems are soft green. My poems are also flaming crimson.
My poems are like a wounded fawn seeking refuge in the forest.

The last verse says:'Con los pobres de la tierra'.

With the poor people of this earth I want to share my fate.
The streams of the mountains please me more than the sea."

(background)
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Y el arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

(I found these lyrics at the following url: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/sandpipers-lyrics/guantanamera-lyrics.html)

Here are the lyrics and video clip of Burrito Sabanero - thanks Koki!

Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil Burrito Sabanero Lyrics:
¡¡¡burro!!!
con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen con mi
burrito sabanero voy camino de belen si me ven si
me ven voy camino de belen [se repite]

Muy de maÑana bien tempranito voy a belen
montado en mi burrito yo voy cantando y el burro
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...


Mi largo viaje se complico por que mi
burro de pronto se canso sin caminar y el solo
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...

Tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
vamos a ver a jesus

Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen..

Cruce desiertos y hasta sabÁnas y el burro
haciendo lo que le daba la gana casi llegando y el
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando.

Si me ven si me ven..
tuki tuki..
Lyrics: Burrito Sabanero, Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Tuesday, March 29th

Welcome back. Today was a pleasant return to our 'normal' routine.
Thanks for your courage as we move through this time of recovery.
Please see the handout sent by the Headmaster of SMIS. You can also read the information on the SMIS website: http://www.smis.ac.jp/Default.aspx
For the four students not yet with us, I will accept your work late. If you have your math text or study link you can try to work along this week. Because each of your situations are different, let's keep in touch via email.

Also, here is a message from the school nurse:

Dear Parents,

We trust that this finds you and your family all safe and well.

Please know that school is following the health advisories of the WHO (http://www.who.int/hac/crises/jpn/faqs/en/index8.html) and the Japanese Government authorities about food, air, and water. That being said, health and nutrition experts cite research that indicates certain foods can strengthen our immune system to protect against radiation. In areas not seriously contaminated, parents can help ensure their children take adequate amounts of calcium, magnesium, potassium, vitamin C and Vitamin B complex, nutritional elements readily available in root vegetables, pumpkin, brown rice, beans, bran rice, miso soup, umeboshi, wakame seaweed for iodine, toasted sea vegetables, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, avocados, apples, and lemons, to name but a few. Regular sleep also keeps the immune system strong so please be sure that your son is getting enough quality sleep for his age and development. In good health…
Sincerely,

Nurse’s Office.

MATHmath.jpg
Some signed math tests still need to be turned in.
Handout "A Botanical Garden Map".
Play both versions of Hidden Treasure at least twice. Use the pink sheet first and then the blue sheet.
Play "What Do You Have?" If you need a coordinate grid, you can print it off from this website: http://www.printfreegraphpaper.com/


LANGUAGE ARTS
Read 30 minutes each night and E Day students should prepare their journals.
Some signed lesson 15 tests sheets still need to be turned in.
Read the main story from Storytown called "The School Story" by Andrew Clements and prepare for the spelling pretest.
Get Owls in the Family signed.



SOCIAL STUDIESLatinAmerica.jpg
Please use this link to continue doing your Central America studies:
Latin America research websites.

The South America postcard, fact sheet and Travel Brochure are all to be handed in by tomorrow if possible. Exceptions will be made for those who aren't here or do not have the material and cannot complete it yet. The entire booklet also needs to be handed in. The map test will be tomorrow. All project presentations will hopefully be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week.
Thanks for the pinata donations. The pinata group will be finishing it up this week so we can have the party soon. To do the party right, we will need more than an hour. Let's have the party next Wednesday which is a D Day like today. We'll be able to come back from lunch recess and begin the festivities!



Here's a map for quick reference:

SouthAmerica.jpg






1. Columbia
2. Venezuela
3. Guyana
4. Suriname
5. French Guiana
6. Brazil
7. Uruguay
8. Argentina
9. Chile
10. Paraguay
11. Bolivia
12. Peru
13. Ecuador


Here is the "Guantanamera" song we're studying along with the lyrics.


Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera
Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.
Yo soy un hombre sincero

De donde crecen las palmas.
Y antes de morir me quiero
echar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es un ciervo herido

Que busca en el monte amparo.

The words mean "I am a truthful man from the land of the palm trees.
And before dying, I want to share these poems of my soul.
My poems are soft green. My poems are also flaming crimson.
My poems are like a wounded fawn seeking refuge in the forest.

The last verse says:'Con los pobres de la tierra'.

With the poor people of this earth I want to share my fate.
The streams of the mountains please me more than the sea."

(background)
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Y el arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

(I found these lyrics at the following url: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/sandpipers-lyrics/guantanamera-lyrics.html)

Here are the lyrics and video clip of Burrito Sabanero - thanks Koki!

Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil Burrito Sabanero Lyrics:
¡¡¡burro!!!
con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen con mi
burrito sabanero voy camino de belen si me ven si
me ven voy camino de belen [se repite]

Muy de maÑana bien tempranito voy a belen
montado en mi burrito yo voy cantando y el burro
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...


Mi largo viaje se complico por que mi
burro de pronto se canso sin caminar y el solo
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...

Tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
vamos a ver a jesus

Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen..

Cruce desiertos y hasta sabÁnas y el burro
haciendo lo que le daba la gana casi llegando y el
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando.

Si me ven si me ven..
tuki tuki..
Lyrics: Burrito Sabanero, Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Good morning,
I am at school preparing for our week together.
There should be a message posted today on the SMIS site about what to expect in the next bit.
Please check it.
Tomorrow is a D day. You have PE first thing in the morning so please bring your PE clothes.
Also, if you are not going to be here for class starting tomorrow, please let me know via email.




Wednesday, March 23rd (lunchtime in Japan)
As you may have noticed, there is a new message on our SMIS website directing us to come back to school on March 29th. For more details, please see the SMIS website homepage.
Safe travels if you're coming back from out of the country and see you next week!

Mr. Wilson






Monday, March 14th, 9:30am

No classes until after Spring Break on March 28th.
Try your best with the homework that you have with you at home. Do not worry about the homework that you do not have with you. You are not supposed to return to the school to get anything.
Also, you can see the official message from the headmaster at:
http://www.smis.ac.jp/Default.aspx
Please be safe and I will see you on March 28th.

Sincerely,

Mr. Wilson





Sunday, March 13th 2:00pm
Message from the headmaster:

Dear St. Mary's community,
Although the general situation seems to have stabilized for the time being in the Tokyo area, concerns and uncertainty remain. This relates to the possibility of further aftershocks, possible power outages, as well as the tense situation at the nuclear power plant in Fukushima Prefecture. There are conflicting reports -- and many rumors -- as well as a range of advice from different sources and authorities as to the implications for the Tokyo area.
In light of this uncertainty, and to err on the side of caution, there will be no school for students or staff, Monday, March 14. We may consider extending the closure beyond Monday if circumstances warrant, and will make that decision on Monday.
As for the school, we will make our decisions based on the best information that we are able to obtain and with student and staff safety and well-being as the paramount concerns.
Thank you for your continuing support and understanding. We will update you again on Monday, or earlier if need be.

Sincerely,
Br. Michel Jutras
Headmaster





Friday, March 11th

MATHmath.jpg
Get math test signed and go over it with your parents.
MJ 292 (Plotting a Turtle), 293 (Hidden Treasure)
Get math drill signed as well.






LANGUAGE ARTS
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed.
Get lesson 15 test signed and don't forget the oral fluency!!



SOCIAL STUDIESLatinAmerica.jpg
Please use this link to continue doing your Central America studies:
Latin America research websites.

The South America postcard, fact sheet and map test will all be completed on Monday. Also due on Monday is the Travel Brochure, and the entire booklet. All students must do the brochure regardless of the project you are doing. Effort is the key so don't work through it too hastily! Project presentations will be held next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
We also need newspaper and more small trinkets/candy for our pinata project. We got some so far (thanks) but the pinata needs a lot more newspaper etc. so any donations would be appreciated.
Lastly, we're going to have a small party next Friday with a Latin America theme to celebrate the end of the 3rd quarter and the end of the unit. If you would like to make a small snack for the party (Latin American or not) it would be greatly appreciated.
A couple of ideas: hot chocolate, guacamole... anything else.
Please send me an email if you're planning something a little special so not too many people do the same thing.

Here's a map for quick reference:

SouthAmerica.jpg






1. Columbia
2. Venezuela
3. Guyana
4. Suriname
5. French Guiana
6. Brazil
7. Uruguay
8. Argentina
9. Chile
10. Paraguay
11. Bolivia
12. Peru
13. Ecuador


Here is the "Guantanamera" song we're studying along with the lyrics.


Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera
Guantanamera, Guajira Guantanamera

Yo soy un hombre sincero
De donde crecen las palmas.
Yo soy un hombre sincero

De donde crecen las palmas.
Y antes de morir me quiero
echar mis versos del alma.

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es de un verde claro
Y de un carmín encendido.
Mi verso es un ciervo herido

Que busca en el monte amparo.

The words mean "I am a truthful man from the land of the palm trees.
And before dying, I want to share these poems of my soul.
My poems are soft green. My poems are also flaming crimson.
My poems are like a wounded fawn seeking refuge in the forest.

The last verse says:'Con los pobres de la tierra'.

With the poor people of this earth I want to share my fate.
The streams of the mountains please me more than the sea."

(background)
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Por los pobres de la tierra
Quiero yo mi suerte echar
Y el arroyo de la sierra
Me complace más que el mar

Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera,
Guantanamera, guajira guantanamera.

(I found these lyrics at the following url: http://www.elyrics.net/read/s/sandpipers-lyrics/guantanamera-lyrics.html)

Here are the lyrics and video clip of Burrito Sabanero - thanks Koki!

Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil Burrito Sabanero Lyrics:
¡¡¡burro!!!
con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen con mi
burrito sabanero voy camino de belen si me ven si
me ven voy camino de belen [se repite]

Muy de maÑana bien tempranito voy a belen
montado en mi burrito yo voy cantando y el burro
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...


Mi largo viaje se complico por que mi
burro de pronto se canso sin caminar y el solo
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando

Si me ven si me ven...

Tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
que ya vamos a llegar tututu tuqui tuqui tuqui tuqui,
tuqui tuqui tuqui ta apurate mi burrito
vamos a ver a jesus

Con mi burrito sabanero voy camino de belen..

Cruce desiertos y hasta sabÁnas y el burro
haciendo lo que le daba la gana casi llegando y el
hablando callate burro que me sigue esperando.

Si me ven si me ven..
tuki tuki..
Lyrics: Burrito Sabanero, Tick Tock Grupo Juvenil

RELIGION
The Father John Mary de la Mennais artwork turned in was amazing and several of 5W's pieces have been nominated to represented grade 5 artwork - congratulations!
FatherJohnMaryDeLaMennais.jpgFatherJohnMaryDeLaMennaisArt.jpg
Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Friday, March 4th
MATHmath.jpg
SL 8.9
MJ 275, 277, 278







LA
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!



Social StudiesLatinAmerica.jpg
Please use this link to continue doing your Central America studies:
Latin America research websites.

Today's first map test went well.
The Central America postcard, fact sheet and map test will be due next Wednesday. Here's a map for quick reference:CentralAmerica.jpg


Religion
increase size
increase size

The Father John Mary de la Mennais artwork is due this Monday March 7th!
FatherJohnMaryDeLaMennais.jpgFatherJohnMaryDeLaMennaisArt.jpg
Have a good weekend,

Mr. Wilson





Thursday, March 3rd
MATH
SL 8.8
MJ 273 (double check that answers are logical!), 274 (Moon and other planets)

LA
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Social Studies
Please use this link to visit great websites safely:
Latin America research websites.

Remember the first map test is tomorrow. Here's the map:
WestIndies.jpg
Also due tomorrow is the West Indies postcard for your country and your fact sheet.


Religion
Father John Mary de la Mennais artwork is due this Monday!

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Wednesday, March 2nd
MATH
SL 8.7
MJ 270, 272

LA
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Social Studies
Please use this link to visit great websites safely:
Latin America research websites.

Remember the first map test is this Friday.
Also due on Friday is the West Indies postcard for your country and your fact sheet.


Religion
Father John Mary de la Mennais artwork is due this Monday and many need to get started!
Artwork turned in so far is very impressive.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Tuesday, March 1st
MATH
SL 8.6
MJ 266, 268, 269 (if not yet completed)

LA
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Social Studies
Please use this link to visit great websites safely on the internet for information to complete our Fact Sheets and begin your project research. Remember the first map test is this Friday.
Also due on Friday is the West Indies postcard for your country and your fact sheet.
Latin America research websites.
Science
Get Posttest signed.

Religion
Father John Mary de la Mennais artwork is due tomorrow (or at least show great progress!)

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Monday, February 28th

Sorry everyone! I forgot to update the wiki before going home after my meeting!
I'm going back to school now but I hope you remembered what to do:
Complete OITF (those who forgot)

Do math SL 8.5 and play one game from this unit of your choice.
Do Social Studies - finish the map and start on your country's factsheet.
Remember more details to come tomorrow about Social Studies.

Have a good night,

Mr. Wilson



Friday, February 25th
MATH
SL 8.4
MJ 260, 261
Play "Fraction Of", "Fraction Action, Fraction Friction" (like BlackJack)
and play "Fraction Spin"
LA
Get LA 14 signed and complete Oral Fluency as well.
Read Reader's Theater "How Prairie Became Ocean"
Be sure that your Owls in the Family questions are done completely.
We will hand them in on Monday.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Get I-Check 4 signed.
Study all Levers and Pulleys material for Posttest on Monday.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Wilson






Thursday, February 24th
Did you have a good day with Mrs. Lanuevo?

I hope you found time to study for tomorrow's language arts test!
I guess everyone will be finished the Owls in the Family questions as well, right?

Any time you want to come into the classroom a bit early to get some little things taken care of, it's okay with me.
I often arrive very early but I am there everyday by 8ish.

See you in the morning,

Mr. Wilson



Wednesday, February 23th

Sorry for the late update!
MATH
SL 8.3
Play "Mixed-Number Spin"

LA
If you haven't finished reading "Owls in the Family" please finish it and continue working on the questions that were posted on Monday.
Practice Book (Everything for lesson 14)
Prepare D Day journals.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Finish page 35 (relationship between amount of effort and distance needed to pull the rope)
Finish Response page 38 "Pulleys at Work"


Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson



Sunday, February 20th




















Here are some questions about our novel. Please answer them in writing or on your computer. If you prefer to type them, please email them to me.

Here are the questions in case you couldn't download the word document:



OWLS IN THE FAMILY BY FARLEY MOWAT (a fine Canadian author)

Ch. 3
1) What is a “blind” and why did Mr. Miller build one?

2) When observing owlets from the same clutch, how can you tell which one was born first?

3) What did the boys do with the two owlets that died?

4) When the owl was brought home, how did Mutt react? What happened to Mutt?

Ch. 4
1) What happened that scared Wol?

2) Why did Ophelia the maid (Offy for short) pack her bags and leave forever?

3) What did Billy’s father say would happen to him and the owl if he let the owl in the house again? What does a “licking” mean?

4) How did Billy get a companion (friend) for Wol?

Ch. 5
1) Why did each day seem like a hundred years long?

2) Compare AND contrast Wol and Weeps.

Ch. 6
1) What happened that got the boys excited and working hard? (1 paragraph please)

Ch. 7
1) Did Mutt get along with both owls? Provide evidence.

Ch. 8
1) Which owl almost died and how?

2) Explain in detail why the two big kids ran off before they got the answer to their question.

Ch. 9
1) What did Wol do when he was feeling especially friendly?

2) What happened when Wol entered Billy’s classroom?

Ch. 10
1) What did people call Billy’s family’s caravan and why?

2) How did Billy, Billy’s father and Bruce become all black?

Ch. 11
1) What sad news did Billy get and what did he do with the owls?

2) How do you think Billy felt?

3) Have you ever had to say good-bye to someone or something knowing you might never see them/it again?

Lastly, tell me what you think about this book in terms of the author’s ability to write. Include the genre, and anything you can remember from our text. Also, tell me if you enjoyed the book and why or why not, and how you would change it if you could. You may suggest a different ending for example.

Loved the book and want to meet the author? Here's a youtube clip of an interview with Farley Mowat:
Interview with Farley Mowat

Do your best and enjoy Monday and Tuesday!

Mr. Wilson















































Here's the link to the 3rd quarter newsletter:
http://www.smis.ac.jp/Resources/ES/2011/gr5/gr5-newsletter-2011-02.pdf
Friday, February 18th

MATH
MJ 251, 252
SL 8.2
Still missing some Unit 7 tests. Please get it signed and return the yellow folder.
Play "Build It"

LA
We still need a few more lesson 13 Oral Fluency done and signatures.
Finish reading "Owls in the Family" Need a schedule? No problem:
(Chapters 3, 4 tonight, chapters 5, 6 Saturday, chapters 7, 8 Sunday, chapters 9, 10 Monday and the final chapter (chapter 11) on Tuesday.
Do the handout about similes and metaphors.
Try to remember what you read so we can do the activities on Wednesday when we return.
And of course, don't forget to bring the novel back to school Wednesday!
Spelling Book pg. 58
Grammar Book pages 49-52
Prepare C Day journals.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Get Investigation 3 - Pulleys signed. You all did very well.
Deliver Sparky and his family to the top of the cliff (page 32 of science notebook)

Have a great Winter Holiday. If you're going anywhere, travel safely.

Mr. Wilson






Thursday, February 17th

MATH
Get Unit 7 test signed and return the yellow folder.
SL 8.1
Play "Build It"

LA
We still need a few more lesson 13 Oral Fluency done and signatures.
Read first two chapters of "Owls in the Family" and don't forget to bring the novel back to school tomorrow!
Spelling Book pg. 57
Prepare B Day journals.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Get Investigation 3 - Pulleys signed. You all did very well.
Deliver Sparky and his family to the top of the cliff (page 32 of science notebook)

Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson




Here's the link to the 3rd quarter newsletter:
http://www.smis.ac.jp/Resources/ES/2011/gr5/gr5-newsletter-2011-02.pdf__

Wednesday, February 16th

MATH
Lesson 7 will be returned for signing tomorrow.
MJ 248, 249
Play "Build It"

LA
Get Lesson 13 oral fluency done and get signature.
Storytown pg 372 (Answer the questions)
Spelling Book pg. 56 and study words for pretest
Today I collected E Day journals. Tomorrow I will collect F Day and A Day journals.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Review for Investigation 3 - Pulleys

Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson



Today is a snow day! A little extra time to review unit 7 math, read your novel and play with your friends!




Monday, February 14th
HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

MATH
Review all of lesson 7 for the test tomorrow.

LA
We had lesson 13 test today.
I will score the written part tonight for you to take home to get signed tomorrow.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Keep reading about pulleys for the investigation we have coming up.

Have a great evening,

Mr. Wilson



Friday, February 11th
The conferences went well - thanks to the parents who asked great questions, supported their boy and filled out an evaluation.
Here are some of the great things I heard and saw during the conferences...

- So far, my experience here at St. Mary’s has been great…
- Each of these lines on this scale is 0.2 Newtons. The closer the load is to the fulcrum, the easier it is to lift the load.
- This is a Class 2 lever because the load is between the fulcrum and the effort.
- When describing a movable pulley: this takes ½ the effort because there are 2 ropes holding the load…
- You can look more at this Ski Journal a little later…
- When the load is close to the fulcrum and the effort is out here, it is easier to lift the load…
- Of the novels, I liked Hatchet the best because it’s about Brian and he is lost in the forest.
- This graph is read like this. First you look at the distance from the fulcrum that is asked and then follow that up to the line to read the amount of effort required.
- (Writes F-L-E..1-2-3 on his slate and continues) " F-L-E..1-2-3 means…”
- The game is called “Name That Number”. We each get 6 cards and try to use as many as you can to equal the target number.
- This is my science workbook and these are class 1 levers. I’ll demonstrate a double pulley system.
- Stormalong is about a boy who was bellowing in the early 1800s and the people heard him and named him “Stormy” for short. He grew too big for Cape Cod and so he went to Boston and became a cabin boy on a ship. It’s a tall tale…He saved the ship from the 2-ton octopus. A little trivia: A.B.S. stands for… Also, Mary Pope Osborne wrote this story.
- the further away from the fulcrum the load is the more difficult it is to lift as he demonstrated for his mother. also compared the novels Pedro’s Journal and From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
- These are two different versions of an adventure story that I wrote.
- This is the scale that we use in levers and pulleys (then he showed the weight and demonstrated a double pulley system)
Demonstrated a double a lever including F-L-E-1.2.3 and also demonstrated a pulley system… talked about the novels we read that we also watched movies of and showed the tests that he did very well on for each novel.
- I also want to show you some work that I'm really proud of. If you have any questions, I will answer them at the end. This quarter we are studying Levers and Pulleys in science. explained and demonstrated that the closer the load to the fulcrum the easier it is to lift the load.
- Prime numbers are numbers that can only be divided by itself and 1. Explained some exponents to his father.
- This is a spring scale. 100 grams equals 1 Newton. He demonstrated how to use the scale with a lever.
- This is my ski journal. I drew pictures of …
- went through his language arts tests with his mom and then demonstrated a lever and pulley system.
- This one I am really proud of because I love fractions. This test I did badly on because I forgot how to do…
- This is called a spring scale and 1 Newton equals 100 grams. He then explained that the further away from the lever the load is the more effort required to lift it.
- Was proud of his Math Drill scores. He also explained his science progress so far.
- Explained F-L-E_1.2.3 and demonstrated the levers. He showed an I-Check that he was particularly proud of.
- mentioned that he was happy to be done his adventure story after the 5th version.
- Explained that the further away from the fulcrum the load is the more effort is required. He continued to show LA test result sheets.
- Talked about math and reflex angles etc. He also showed his ski journal.
- Talked about the different novels that we are reading in class.
- proudly showed his ski journal.
- showed Language Arts books
- also detailed specific grammar structures learned recently and are learning in the current lesson.
- showed persuasive essay
- outlined science modules and showed tests
- we learned that the closer the load is to the fulcrum the easier it is to lift the load
- demonstrated several pulley systems
MATH
MJ 244, 245
Four pages of handouts.

LA
Study everything for lesson 13 test on Monday.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Finish pg. 28 (pulley diagrams)

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Wilson


Thursday, February 10th
REMINDERS/EXTRAS
Continue practicing for tomorrow's conferences.
Here is the student-led conference (SLC) schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

MATH
MJ 244, 245
Four pages of handouts.

LA
Study everything for lesson 13 test on Monday.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!

Science
Finish pg. 28 (pulley diagrams)

Have a good evening and see you tomorrow,

Mr. Wilson



Wednesday, February 9th
REMINDERS/EXTRAS
Continue working on the conference presentation.
Here is the student-led conference (SLC) schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki
Does anyone want to change with Koki? He was hoping to go at 10:30. He may be open to changing to another time...any suggestions?

MATH
MJ 238, 239, 249

LA
Practice Book p 73, 74
Practice Book
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!


Science
We'll get back into science tomorrow so make sure you're ready to study some more pulley systems!

Mr. Wilson



Tuesday, February 8th
REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Continue working on the conference presentation.
Here is the student-led conference (SLC) schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

MATH
MJ 234,235
Handout "Change in Price"/SL 7.5 (for review)

LA
Grammar Practice Book p 47, 48
Still waiting for some lesson 12 tests to be signed and returned.
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!


Science
Finish Part 1 (top only) of page 28 in science notebook.

Still missing some signed I-Checks for investigation 2.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Monday, February 7th
REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Continue working on the conference script.
Here is the student-led conference (SLC) schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

We've started practicing for the SLC this Friday.

Forgot the Scholastic order? Bring it in tomorrow and we can still get it in but last chance!

MATH
MJ 229-230

Still waiting for some math drills to be signed and returned.

LA

Mistake!!! Grammar Practice Book pages 45, 46 (not 40,41 like I wrote on the whiteboard.) Sorry for the confusion.
Still waiting for some lesson 12 tests to be signed and returned. Many forgot the oral fluency! If you haven't returned it yet, it's not too late to do the oral fluency as well. All 5W boys need the practice!
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!
If you haven't yet, read lesson 13 story called "Stormalong" What genre is it?
Science
Review Pulleys in your Science book and finish reading the book.(26-32)
Still missing some signed I-Checks for investigation 2.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Friday, February 4th
REMINDERS/EXTRAS
Free time was fun! Some hockey, soccer, basketball in the sun...
First, make a schedule to get the homework completed and still enjoy the weekend.

Here is the student-led conference schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

You can get in touch up to next Wednesday to request changes.
Don't forget to collect things that you want to show your parent(s) at the conference. Use the folder I provided for you and don't forget to show examples of work you needed improvement on as well as work you did really well on. We have not been able to find time to practice your presentation this week so you need to get things together over the weekend so we can practice next week.

Don't forget to get the Scholastic orders in by Monday.

MATH
SL 7.5, 7.6
Handouts "Reviewing Parentheses, Evaluating Expressions, Graphing Sets of Data on a Line, and Change in Price"
Get math drill signed.
Write out 4-Minute Math Drill mistakes (20 times each!!)

LA


Get Lesson 12 test signed and don't forget the oral fluency!
Read 30 minutes each night and get the journal signed!
Write out spelling mistakes (10 times each).
Read lesson 13 story called "Stormalong" What genre is it?
Study the lesson 13 spelling words for the pretest on Monday.

Science
Review Pulleys in your Science book at finish reading the book.(26-32)
Still missing some signed I-Checks for investigation 2.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Wilson





Thursday, February 3rd
REMINDERS/EXTRAS
We will have our extra time that you earned tomorrow from 2:00 so please bring gym clothes for it if you're planning on running around!

Here is the student-led conference schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

You can get in touch up to next Wednesday to request changes.
Don't forget to collect things that you want to show your parent(s) at the conference. Use the folder I provided for you and don't forget to show examples of work you needed improvement on as well as work you did really well on. We have not been able to find time to practice your presentation this week so you need to get things together over the weekend so we can practice next week.

Some Scholastic orders have been coming in. Please remember you have two more days (tomorrow and Monday) to hand them in.


MATH
MJ 226, 227 (Use SRB - if you have an old one use page 323)

LA
Study everything for Lesson 12 including the spelling words, grammar and details of expository writing.

Need help with the robust vocabulary words? Try answering these questions:

This is not homework.

Science
Pg. 16 Response Sheet "More Leverage"
We had the I-Check for investigation 2 today.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson


Wednesday, February 2nd


MESSAGE TO PARENTS:
I need your help. Too many boys have been either forgetting to bring their homework home or forgetting to do it. Also, the reading journals must be initialed every night after your son finishes reading for 30 minutes. We're just past halfway through the 2010/2011 school year and we still have a lot of work to do to get your boys up to a level where they won't be surprised with the middle school workload and expectations. I put the homework on the homework board but do not have time to look through each of their bags before they leave to make sure they have everything. This wikispace is good for confirming that they have (or have forgotten) things but doesn't help much if your boy doesn't have the right book or handout etc. I will continue to try hard from this end to help your son develop his sense of responsibility to his studies and I need your help at home to make sure we're putting forth a united front with a clear message. The work is not too difficult for the boys, it just becomes difficult when students do not review or complete homework. Thanks for your cooperation and I look forward to seeing you at the student-led conferences next Friday.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS
Here is the student-led conference schedule:
8:30-9:00: Kento, Kenji, Kaito, Aditya
9:10-9:40: Jae Hyung Cho, Jett, Edward Street, Jeong Wook Son
9:50-10:20: Adarsh, Chenyu, Edward Park, Kai
10:30-11:00: Daigo, Tenyu, Dai, Nikhil
11:10-11:40: Sho, Timothy, Ryutaro, Jeong Wook Choi
11:50-12:20: Koki

You can get in touch up to next Wednesday to request changes.
Don't forget to collect things that you want to show your parent(s) at the conference. Use the folder I provided for you and don't forget to show examples of work you needed improvement on as well as work you did really well on. We will find some time to practice your presentation this week and next week.

Please take a look at the Scholastic catalog if you would like to place an order next Monday. Remember to place the order on the white price list order form (not the catalog). Please note that some items listed on the catalog are not unavailable to us. We haven't included them on the price list. Thanks for Ms. Matsumoto for taking care of the details and the order.

MATH
SL 7.4
MJ 220, 222, 223, 224

LA
Practice Book pages 68, 69, 70, 72

Need help with the robust vocabulary words? Try answering these questions:

This is not homework.

We saw some good examples of expository forms of writing today - thanks for bringing them in. Remember it is nonfiction and it gives information, persuades or explains something.

Please write out the spelling mistakes from the pretest and make sure you understand the meaning of the robust vocabulary words.

This Friday we will have the Unit 12 test for language arts.

Science
We will have the I-Check for investigation 2 on Friday (or maybe tomorrow since you are all so well prepared already).

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson


Tuesday, February 1st

MESSAGE TO PARENTS:
I need your help. Too many boys have been either forgetting to bring their homework home or forgetting to do it. Also, the reading journals must be initialed every night after your son finishes reading for 30 minutes. We're just past halfway through the 2010/2011 school year and we still have a lot of work to do to get your boys up to a level where they won't be surprised with the middle school workload and expectations. I put the homework on the homework board but do not have time to look through each of their bags before they leave to make sure they have everything. This wikispace is good for confirming that they have (or have forgotten) things but doesn't help much if your boy doesn't have the right book or handout etc. I will continue to try hard from this end to help your son develop his sense of responsibility to his studies and I need your help at home to make sure we're putting forth a united front with a clear message. The work is not too difficult for the boys, it just becomes difficult when students do not review or complete homework. Thanks for your cooperation and I look forward to seeing you at the student-led conferences next Friday.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Please notice that on this home page there is a "Discussion" tab where you can ask friends questions about homework etc. Because I and your parents will be monitoring the wikispace, please keep the discussions related to 5W things. Maybe you will be able to chat with Ho-Hyun there...
Also, please let me know when you check the 5W wikispace by putting "Fred visited 2/11" for example under the "Let me know you visited" tab.

Some report card envelopes were not returned yet. Please have it signed and return it as soon as you can.

I've finished marking the mid-year benchmark tests and have formed a small reading/comprehension group to meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays at lunch. Please ask your son if he is part of this group.

I will post the final student-led conference schedule here this week assuming everyone who needed to change their appointment got in touch with me. It won't be too late however to still get in touch about a change right up to next Wednesday.
Don't forget to collect things that you want to show your parent(s) at the conference.
Use the folder I provided for you and don't forget to show examples of work you needed improvement on as well as work you did really well on.
We will find some time to practice your presentation this week and next week.

We will be placing another scholastic book order sometime soon.
Look forward to a message from our room parents!

MATH

MJ 220, 222

LA
We're missing a bunch of compare and contrast sheets that were assigned last night.



We are continuing Storytown lesson 12 "The Ultimate Field Trip" and "The Florida Everglades".

Need help with the robust vocabulary words? Try answering these questions:

This is not homework.

We've been talking about expository forms of writing and how it differs from narratives. While narratives tell a story and can be fiction or nonfiction, expository writing gives information, persuades or explains. Our compare and contrast of the video and book we did yesterday was an example of expository writing. Please think about expository writing and bring in an example of it tomorrow.

Please write out the spelling mistakes from the pretest and make sure you understand the meaning of the robust vocabulary words. Here they are:

RobustVocabL12.jpg
This Friday we will have the Unit 12 test for language arts.

Science
We still need to get more I-Checks for Investigation 1 signed. Let's get them all in by tomorrow! Investigation 2 I-Check will be this week.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson

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Friday, January 28th=


REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Report cards were sent home today. Please look it over with your parents and have one of them sign the envelope tonight so you can return it tomorrow.

The benchmark test Oral Fluency was done today but I still have to finish the final writing portions.

I will post the final student-led conference schedule here this week assuming everyone who needed to change their appointment got in touch with me. It won't be too late however to still get in touch about a change right up to next Wednesday.
Don't forget to collect things that you want to show your parent(s) at the conference.
Use the folder I provided for you and don't forget to show examples of work you needed improvement on as well as work you did really well on.
We will find some time to practice your presentation this coming

MATH

SL 7.3

LA
We've watched the video and it was just as exciting as the book. Tonight's homework is to write a compare and contrast. Make sure you say things more meaningful than "Both the movie and the book have a brother and sister as the main characters!"
MixedUpFilesBook.jpgMixedUpFilesVideoCover.jpg



We are continuing Storytown lesson 12 "The Ultimate Field Trip" and "The Florida Everglades".

Still remember what common nouns and proper nouns are? Do Grammar Book 41 - 44.

Don't forget about the spelling words and specifically the sometimes difficult Robust Vocabulary words:
RobustVocabL12.jpg
This Friday we will get back on schedule with Storytown and do the Unit 12 test.

Science
We still need to get more I-Checks for Investigation 1 signed. Let's get them all in by tomorrow! Investigation 2 I-Check will be this week.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson






Wednesday, January 26th

It's a light day for homework so take advantage and get some good sleep to finish off the mid-year benchmark tests right!

It's not too late to borrow ski trip photos for your ski journal... ---------------->

MATH

Play Exponent Ball with a family member or friend again.

I need one more math test.

LA
Some final versions of the persuasive essay have still not been handed in yet.
Please hand it in ASAP.

We continued the mid-year benchmark tests today and we'll be finishing them up tomorrow. Want to prepare for the last part? Think of the basic structure of a persuasive essay.
Beginning: use a catchy opening that states the opinion and briefly tells the main points.
Middle: this section has one paragraph detailing each main point. (Remember to
put stronger points at beginning and end.)
End: restate the opinion and repeat the main points once more

Our novel "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is well underway but not finished yet. It has been put on hold while we finish the essays. Please continue to read it until the finish.

Science
We continued Levers and Pulleys.
Please read about Class 2 and Class 3 levers.
Today we learned about lever arms, effort, load, fulcrum, newton and advantage. We investigated the amount of effort required to lift a load in relation to the distance from the fulcrum. Here's a picture of a lever system and a close up of the spring scale used to measure the amount of effort required to lift the load (measured in Newtons). You might see a live demonstration of this at the student-led conference Feb.11.
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QUESTION: The load is 15cm from the fulcrum. We are applying the effort 20cm from the fulcrum and we're using a spring scale to measure the amount of effort required to lift the load and make the lever arm parallel to the floor. How many newtons required to lift this load? (Hint: It's not 1 newton)

REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Student-led conferences are coming up on Friday February 11th.
Please see the piece of paper outlining the time for your conference and email me if you would like to change the scheduled time. Students with older siblings have already been taken into consideration and there should be no problems.

Ski journals are coming along nicely. They are due Friday. Please see the ski trip photos page for pictures to use in your journal.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson
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Tuesday, January 25th=
GOOD BYE HO-HYUN! WE'LL MISS YOU!
Yes, it's true. Our friend and respectful classmate Ho-Hyun is heading back to Korea suddenly. All the best in the future and keep in touch!

You probably heard already but skiing was great! The snow conditions were ideal and the weather was perfect.
If you don't believe it, check out the ski trip photos ---------------->

MATH

Play Exponent Ball with a family member or friend. It's a version of football and it's quite fun!

I've received most but not all of the yellow folders and tests. Please sign the yellow folder and look at the unit 6 math test. Keep the result sheet but please return the signed yellow folder and the test.

LA
Writing journals should have already been handed in but if you have forgotten please get it to me ASAP! (I need these as part of your writing grade for the 2nd quarter.)

Some final versions of the persuasive essay have not yet been handed in. Please hand it in ASAP as well.
We have started the mid-year benchmark tests. Want to prepare for this? Get a good nights sleep.

Our novel "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is well underway but not finished yet. It has been put on hold while we finish the essays. Please continue to read it until the finish.

Science
We will begin Levers and Pulleys this week. Please see the pink information sheet for more details.
We've already read a few pages in our Levers and Pulleys stories booklet. Please continue reading about Class 1 levers to page 9.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Student-led conferences are coming up on Friday February 11th.
Please see the piece of paper outlining the time for your conference and email me if you would like to change the scheduled time. Students with older siblings have already been taken into consideration and there should be no problems.

Ski journals are due on Friday. Please see the ski trip photos page for pictures to use in your journal.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson

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Monday, January 24th=

You probably heard already but skiing was great! The snow conditions were ideal and the weather was perfect.
If you don't believe it, check out the ski trip photos ---------------->

MATH
Please sign the yellow folder and look at the unit 6 math test. Keep the result sheet but please return the signed yellow folder and the test. No homework for now. We'll get back into math later this week.

LA
Hand in writing journals tomorrow! I need these as part of your writing grade for the 2nd quarter.

We're focused on our final version of the persuasive essay. It is due tomorrow.
Please remember to have another person read over the final version before submitting it.
This week we will be doing the mid-year benchmark tests which also ask for a persuasive essay to be written.

Our novel "From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler" is well underway but not finished yet. It has been put on hold while we finish the essays. Please continue to read it until the finish.


REMINDERS/EXTRAS

Ski journals are due on Friday. Please see the ski trip photos page for pictures to use in your journal.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Friday, January 14th


LA
Our next novel is From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.
Please read the first two chapters this weekend so we can finish it at Tsumagoi and watch the video on the return bus trip.
DON'T FORGET TO BRING THE BOOK ON MONDAY MORNING!


REMINDERS/EXTRAS

See you on Monday morning at 7:15am!

Please see the "Tsumagoi" page for some valuable information about our ski trip! --->

I've added the groups list to the ski information page.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson
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Thursday, January 13th



Please see the "Tsumagoi" page for some valuable information about our ski trip! --->

MATH
SL 6.10

Tomorrow’s Math Test Hints

Mean, median and mode

Finding a common denominator

Stem-and-leaf plots (use to find median)

Reading bar graphs

Renaming fractions as a % without a calculator

- need a ruler


LA
Persuasive Essay
Prewriting-->Writing-->Revising-->Editing-->Publishing
Today we worked on adding our editing changes to the final version. Tonight we'll make sure that the final version is written or typed perfectly. (Balance this with math study time!)

SOCIAL STUDIES
Only two more US state presentations to go. The entertainment has been great the last few days!


REMINDERS/EXTRAS
With the last Instructions for Boys sheets signed and handed in we'll be ready to go to Tsumagoi.

I've added the groups list to the ski information page.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson





Wednesday, January 12th

Please see the "Tsumagoi" page for some valuable information about our ski trip! --->

MATH
MJ 197, 198
Play Fraction Capture
Do Self-Assessment for Unit 6 in preparation for math test on Friday.

LA
Persuasive Essay
Prewriting-->Writing-->Revising-->Editing-->Publishing
Today we revised the first draft so now we're on to the editing stage. Some of us missed parts of the revising stage and need to revisit it in order to get to a proper finished product.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We will finish the US state presentations over the next two days. They're going very well so far.


REMINDERS/EXTRAS


We need just a few more Instructions for Boys sheets signed. Please bring it in ASAP. My mistake, there won't be any more sheets for ski trip sent home to get signed.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




Tuesday, January 11th

Please see the new page "Tsumagoi" for some valuable information about our ski trip! --->

MATH
MJ 194
Math test on Friday.

LA
Persuasive Essay
Prewriting-->Writing-->Revising-->Editing-->Publishing
We've finished writing the paragraphs for each of the supporting points and writing the ending. Your first draft is now complete! This evening you will complete the revising stage from start to finish. This means finding another person to read it over and make comments as well as doing the other small activities in the Revising handout.
We're still on track aiming to finish this up by Friday.

SOCIAL STUDIES
We will do the US state presentation starting tomorrow. Please remember to follow the rubric closely. It's no secret where all the points come from!
Here are a few things to remember:
- write keywords or headings instead of complete sentences so you won't be tempted to read the slides to us
- repeat the questions to the class before you answer them so we all know the question
- show it to someone else before you present to the class
- be sure to look up difficult words before you present it to the class in case you're asked the meaning of the word (or simply put in an easier word)

A few good sites for state information.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS
Thanks for bringing back the "Ski Trip Application and Questionnaire" sheets so quickly. Almost all were received - only 2 more to go.

Please read over the ski trip information you brought home today and get the small back sheet (Instructions for Boys) signed and bring it in ASAP. I will send one more health related sheet on Thursday or Friday which must be brought back Monday morning. It's the last hoop you have to jump through in order to enjoy a week of skiing.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson





Monday, January 10th
MATH
SL 6.6
Play Frac-Tac-Toe (Decimal Version)

LA
Persuasive Essay
Prewriting-->Writing-->Revising-->Editing-->Publishing
We've decided on the opinion you will share and thought of the supporting points. We've written a attention grabbing start to the paper. Tonight we're writing the paragraphs for each of the supporting points and writing the finish. (Do up to page 21 in the handout)
Tomorrow we will complete the first draft.
We're still on track to finish this up by Friday.


SOCIAL STUDIES
All the Canadian animal presentations are done and they were great! Thanks for the hard work. Here are a few things to improve on when you do your US State presentation:
- write keywords or headings instead of complete sentences so you won't be tempted to read the slides to us
- repeat the questions to the class before you answer them so we all know the question
- show it to someone else before you present to the class
- be sure to look up difficult words before you present it to the class in case you're asked the meaning of the word (or simply put in an easier word)

A few good sites for state information.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS
I sent home a paper titled "Ski Trip Application and Questionnaire" about ski level and ski equipment sizes.

Please fill it out and return it tomorrow- thanks.

I'll send home more information this week.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



Friday January 7th
MATH
MJ 185, 187, 188 (need SRB)

LA
Persuasive Writing Handouts: 12, 13, 14

SOCIAL STUDIES
All but 5 Canadian animal presentations are done and the rest will hopefully be finished on Monday.
Please work hard on the US state presentations starting next week.
A few good sites for state information.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS
We now have 2 ski chaperones and good to go. They are:
Mrs. Reddy & Mrs. Belmans. Thanks so much.
If others still want to chaperone please let me know.

The chess club is going well and other can still join if they would like.

Have a good weekend,

Mr. Wilson


January 6, 2011

MATH
MJ 183, 184 (need SRB)

LA
Persuasive Writing Handouts: 7, 8, 10, 11

SOCIAL STUDIES
The Canadian animal report & presentation should have been handed in or ready to present by now. Tomorrow we will see the remaining presentations so please make sure you are prepared!
We should now be focused on the US state presentation starting next week.
A few good sites for state information.

REMINDERS/EXTRAS
I only need one more ski trip medical forms!
I heard the ski conditions at Tsumagoi are good.
Last chance to sign up as a chaperone...You may never get the opportunity to go skiing with your son and his friends again...no pressure.


Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson




January 5, 2011
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Welcome back. I hope you had a relaxing break.
Please check out the two pages on the side bar -->
I've put up some of the photos of the orphanage and some of the videos work better now as well.

MATH
Write out math drill mistakes 10 times each.
Do Handouts (pages 167, 168 & 169)
Bring a small bag of chocolate M&Ms-if you can.
(This isn't for the teacher, it's for a lesson on using samples to make predictions!)

LA
Write out spelling mistakes ten times each.

SOCIAL STUDIES
The Canadian animal report & presentation should have been handed in or ready to present by now. Over the next two days we will see the remaining presentations so please make sure you are prepared!


REMINDERS/EXTRAS

I need only two more ski trip medical forms. It would be very sad if two students couldn't come along because of a missing form so please hand it in ASAP.
I heard the ski conditions at Tsumagoi are good.
Any takers for the remaining two chaperone positions?


Have a good night,

Mr. Wilson




December 16, 2010

MATH
MJ 176, 177 (If not yet finished), 178 and 179

LA
When we return from the Christmas Holiday we will be doing lesson 12 of Storytown. Reading the story and looking over lesson 12 would be helpful.

Social Studies
Canadian animal reports and presentations will continue until finished.
US state presentations will begin on January 12th.
Here's the state presentation outline:
Here is a link to a presentation that will show you many good tips when making a powerpoint presentation:
Powerpoint Presentation Tips


Reminders/Extras
Mr. Nicholson said the presents for the orphanage were well received. We've seen the photos already but I'll try to upload them to this wikispace sometime soon.
Thanks again for your hard work and kindness.





















Our pizza party was fun. We watched "Super Size Me" and of course ate pizza!

We still need more ski trip medical forms.

Tomorrow we have an assembly in the morning and then we're off for the winter break! No need to bring bags and everything but please remember full uniforms.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson










December 15, 2010

MATH
SL 6.3
Handout "Using a Half-Circle Protractor"

LA
Get Lesson 11 test answer sheet signed and don't forget the oral fluency!
Also, please return the pink test booklets tomorrow.
When we return from the Christmas Holiday we will be doing lesson 12 of Storytown. Reading the story and looking over lesson 12 would be helpful.

Social Studies
Canadian animal reports and presentations will continue until finished.
I will hand out more detail about the second half of our social studies unit tomorrow.

Reminders/Extras
The presents were taken to the orphanage today. Thanks for working so hard doing chores to make money to buy the presents.
I think that many children will be happy because of the kindness you have shown.
We still need more ski trip medical forms.









December 14, 2010

Sorry to take so long to get today's update completed - (had a meeting until 4:30)
Today's update is easy! Study for tomorrow's LA test and continue working on the Animal reports/Animal presentation.
So far the presentations have been very good. I will give the formal feedback when all presentations are finished

See you tomorrow!

Mr. Wilson




DECEMBER 13, 2010

Good afternoon parents and 5W students,


MATH
MJ 168, 169
We need a few more yellow clear folders signed and tests returned.
I will have the summaries completed soon but not today.


LA
Do grammar book: 39, 40
Do Practice Book pages 61 - 66 (have a family member give you the spelling words to write on page 65)
The lesson 11 test will be on Wednesday.

Social Studies
Continue researching your Canadian animal using the handout and websites suggested through the 5wwikispace.



Reminders/Extra
There has been a change in our schedule for tomorrow. We did not have P.E. today and instead will have P.E. tomorrow morning. I've asked your boys to leave their P.E. uniform here for tomorrow. Computer class in the afternoon remains unchanged.


Christmas Party
This Thursday afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
We will watch a movie and eat pizza and the boys will receive a present from the teacher.
Any small snacks or drink donations are welcome. Please email/contact the room parents.


Presents for the Orphanage
The presents are due tomorrow! If you haven't finished your 'chores' then please work on it and don't forget to get your parents to sign it. Please don't forget to firmly attach the name of your orphanage friend. If you forget to bring this to school tomorrow then your very last chance is on Wednesday.


Chess Club
We have about 21 members now and it’s still growing!


Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.


Have a great day,

Mr. Wilson





DECEMBER 10, 2010

Good afternoon parents and 5W students,

MATH
MJ 166, 167 (and 165 if not yet finished)
SL 6.1
Get yellow clear folder signed. Go over test with parents and return the test on Monday.

LA
Read the lesson 11 main story titled “Sailing Home” and the accompanying story again and do pages 292, 293.

Social Studies
Continue researching your Canadian animal using the handout and websites suggested through the 5wwikispace.

Many have not yet handed in the signed province/territory and capitals quiz (map).

Reminders/Extra

Christmas Party
On the 16th in the afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
Since everyone enjoys a good movie and pizza we should do that again.

Presents for the Orphanage
Please see information already sent home.

Chess Club
We have about 21 members now and it’s still growing!

Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.

Have a great weekend,

Mr. Wilson





DECEMBER 9, 2010

Good afternoon parents and 5W students,


MATH
We had the Unit 5 test today and so far the results are great.
I’ll finish marking them tonight and hopefully have the reports ready to send home tomorrow.
SL 5.13 (Please read the Family Letter)

LA
Returned the Hatchet comprehension test. Please get it signed.
Spelling Book pages 44, 45, 46
Grammar book pages 37, 38 (Common nouns VS Proper nouns and Abbreviations)

Social Studies
Get map signed! (The Canadian map of provinces/territories and their capitals)

The due dates are coming soon and we need commitment sheets signed by parents so the boys and parents are on top of things and know exactly when their presentation is due and when their report is due.
We've collected all the names of the animals we will study so please continue researching your Canadian animal using the handout you received the other day.
Great sites for animal research


Reminders/Extra

Christmas Party
On the 16th in the afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
Since everyone enjoys a good movie and pizza we should do that again.

Presents for the Orphanage
Please remember to do small jobs around the house to make your money and get the work sheet signed to show what you did. Then take your earnings out to buy something small for your friend at the orphanage.

Chess Club
Our first time to play will be tomorrow.

Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.

Free time this weekend?
Check out the DaVinci Exhibition (Here's a link for information.)
The DaVinci Exhibition

Have a good evening,


Mr. Wilson






DECEMBER 8, 2010

Happy St. Mary's Day!
No Homework today! (School-wide policy)


MATH
No homework but if you're going to do something you might as well review for the test tomorrow.

LA
We've started again on Storytown lesson 11.
If you're going to read something you might as well finish reading "Sailing Home".


Social Studies

Here are 6 trusted sites without links to questionable places on the internet.
Click on the link below (or copy it into a new page in your browser) to find lots of animal information if you're going to do a little bit of something.

http://sqworl.com/k421o3


We've finished Hatchet but perhaps you still want to know what a moose looks like?
CowMoose2.jpgCowMoose.jpg
These are cow moose. I found the photos at http://www.alaskanalpinetreks.com/ImageGallery/Moose/Index.html

Reminders/Extra

Christmas Party
On the 16th in the afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
Since everyone enjoys a good movie and pizza we should do that again.

Tissues/Hand sanitizer
It’s that time of year when we need lots of tissues and hand sanitizer to stay healthy. If you have either of these and want to donate it to 5W it would be much appreciated. We've got a few boxes - thanks.

Presents for the Orphanage
Please see information already sent home.

Chess Club
Happens every Friday.


Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.

Scholastic Order
The order was placed! Thanks to room parents for getting that done so quickly!

Free time this weekend?
Check out the DaVinci Exhibition (Here's a link for information.)
The DaVinci Exhibition

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson



DECEMBER 7, 2010


Good afternoon parents and 5W students,

MATH
Review for Unit 5 test Thursday.
SL 5.11
Play “Name that Number” again.

LA
Hatchet is done! The movie is finished and so is the comprehension test.
Next we'll get started again on Storytown lesson 11.

Social Studies
We've collected all the names of the animals we will study so please continue researching your Canadian animal using the handout you received today.

We'll have the province/territory and their capitals quiz tomorrow.

Here are 6 trusted sites without links to questionable places on the internet.
Click on the link below (or copy it into a new page in your browser) to find lots of animal information.

http://sqworl.com/k421o3


We've finished Hatchet but perhaps you still want to know what a moose looks like?
CowMoose2.jpgCowMoose.jpg
These are cow moose. I found the photos at http://www.alaskanalpinetreks.com/ImageGallery/Moose/Index.html

Reminders/Extra

Christmas Party
On the 16th in the afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
Since everyone enjoys a good movie and pizza we should do that again.

Tissues/Hand sanitizer
It’s that time of year when we need lots of tissues and hand sanitizer to stay healthy. If you have either of these and want to donate it to 5W it would be much appreciated. We've got a few boxes - thanks.

Presents for the Orphanage
Please see information already sent home.

Chess Club
It went well and we have about 16 members so far.

Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.

Scholastic Order
The order will be placed today!

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson























December 6, 2010
Good afternoon parents and 5W students,

I hope you had a good weekend.

This is our new homework and reminders page that you can check when you are ready every night.

MATH
MJ 160, 161 (NEED SRB)
SL 5.11
Play “Name that Number”

LA
We will have a Hatchet comprehension test on Wednesday. By then we will have read the book, completed the booklet, watched the movie and answered questions about it.

Social Studies
Continue researching your Canadian animal by answering:
-How many are there? Near extinction?
-Habitat (where they live)
-What they eat
- predators (enemies)
- their features (how they protect themselves)
- unique actions or other aspects
-Behavior
- protect their babies?? (how long)
- life span (how many years do they live)

A good website for Canadian animal information is:
http://www.saskschools.ca/~gregory/animals/

Review the provinces and territories of Canada AND THEIR CAPITALS.
This will be quizzed soon.

Reminders/Extra

Christmas Party
On the 16th in the afternoon we will have a Christmas party.
Since everyone enjoys a good movie and pizza we should do that again.

Tissues/Hand sanitizer
It’s that time of year when we need lots of tissues and hand sanitizer to stay healthy. If you have either of these and want to donate it to 5W it would be much appreciated.

Presents for the Orphanage
Please see information already sent home.

Chess Club
It went well and we have about 16 members so far.

Ski Trip Info & Chaperones
We have one volunteer so far.
I’d love to have at least 2 or 3 chaperones for the 5W ski trip.

Scholastic Order
The order will be placed on tomorrow! Tomorrow is the last chance to have your orders in.

Have a good evening,

Mr. Wilson