Well we (the class) started the day off with some easy similes and metaphors. What are similes and metaphors, you ask? Well you're lucky that you know me. Oh, excuse me. My name is Ashley. I'm in 4'th grade in Mr Kootman's class at Mary Fay Pendleton School. Where were we? Oh right. A simile is something that compares two things using the word "like" or "as". A metaphor is comparing two things not using "like" or "as".
After that, we went on to math in our Saxon Math book. The lesson we were learning about is about Adding and Subtracting Decimals. Adding and subtracting decimals is pretty easy once you get the hang of it. For example,( 5.4 + 6.1=11.5). How you can figure it out easier is by lining up your decimals.
Recess time! So at recess no one could go outside because it was still raining!!! So instead the class watched a BrainPop video inside our warm and cozy classroom. Some people talked to each other after the video. Myleigh brought some Saltines for a snack. She didn't like them so she gave them to me because I love them so much!!!!!!!!!! After recess, we read our class chapter book called The Homework Machine.
Soon after recess, it was time to go to lunch. Now it's time to go to lunch. After lunch we had a music assembly. It was part assembly, part concert which had the woodwind family. The instruments that were in the family were the flute, oboe, clarinet, and the bassoon. We traveled to different places like France, Europe, Africa, and other places around the world to hear different types of music. The orchestra played different sorts of music like peaceful music and traditional music. I think that the assembly lasted 30 to 45 minutes. But the music assembly was interesting!
Minutes later, it was time to go home. Thank you so much for reading my Daily Blog!!!!!!!!!! See you next time. Good-bye!
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Wahoo! It's almost Christmas! On Tuesday December 9 the class stood on the black top, and then Ms. Kepley told us to run around the track two times. Afterwards when everyone finished running we all went inside and started our morning work. For todays morning work we had multiplying with triple digits. Ex. 200x50= 10,000. The secret is looking for the simple fact, such as 5x2.
We didn't have any D.O.L but I don't know why. D.O.L is a tool that helps with spelling, grammar, speech, and etc... Next, the class started on our Saxon Power Up workbook- page thity-nine. Once we finished, our new math lesson was on Word Problems about Multiplication. It was pretty easy, but then we did another lesson on Rounding to the Thousands Place. That was also easy. After we did one more lesson that was about Decimal Place Value, then we got our homework assignment. Our homework assignment for today was pg. 277 through 280, 1 through 30.
When we finished math we went to recess, except for the people that had their cards up. During recess, people played different varieties of sports and other things. When the bell rang everyone went straight to their lines and waited for their teachers to signal them to come inside. It took a while for Mr. Kootman to come get us because he was doing something in the front office. Once recess was over Mr. Kootman let us inside and began to read The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman. The Homework Machine is really only dialog from the characters, but everyone still likes the book. There are many characters in The Homework Machine like Brenton Damagatchi, Judy Douglas, Kelsy Donnelly, Sam Dawkins, and all their parents too.
When we finished reading we started to read our new story of the week called "Sewed Up His Heart" by Lillie Patterson. "Sewed Up His Heart" is about a man named James Cornish who was stabbed in the chest and needs an operation. Then Dr. Dan looks after Cornish over night and Cornishs conditions worsened over night. Dr. Dan had to make a decision fast or Cornish would die in a matter of hours. Finally Dr. Dan made his decision to operate on the chest. When Dr. Dan entered the room he was bathing in perspiration. During the operation he would discuss what he found because he was pioneering an unknown territory.
The final part of the operation was sewing up the pericardium and sewing up the skin as well. Finally the operation was over and Dr. Dan became famous for the first successful heart surgery. In the middle of the story, while Nina was reading, Mr. Kootman interrupted and told us what a pericardium was. The peri- in pericardium means "around" and card- means the heart. For todays Language Arts homework we had to make a drawing of Dr. Dan out of facts from the story.
After Language Arts we went to lunch instead of going to writing. For lunch there was pizza and PB and J, but I brought my lunch and had a burrito, granola bar, mandarin oranges, and apples. For lunch recess everyone played either wall ball, kickball, hangout, or played on the big toy. After lunch recess Mr. Kootman came up to the black top and didn't see Hunter. Mr.Kootman asked what happened and Bryce told Mr. Kootman that Hunter was slammed into the ground and his tooth was out of place. When we got in the classroom we got our science materials and went to Ms. Barone's class. In science we did a lesson on Ecosystems like the Rain Forest, The Desert, and The Coral Reef.
Finally, in Social Studies we did our presentations for our missions and explorers reports. The first person to go today was Destiny and she was doing mission San Luis Rey. Dimitri went right after Destiny and did a great job, and he had great pictures for his poster board. Finally Katelyn went and she did an excellent job on her mission San Luis Rey. The last thing we did was reviewed our homework, cleaned up the room, and went home.
First,we started out with DOL by respelling words that are spelled incorrectly. Next, we did extremely easy multiplication facts for our math lesson. Ms. Kepley, our student teacher, instructed us on this topic.
Then, at recess Jordyn,Nina,Jena,and I played extreme hopscotch by doing two twists, two handstands ,and one cartwheel.
After recess, we began reading our new chapter book, The Homework Machine. We don't really know what it is about yet because the characters are keeping it a secret, but we know that the perspective is first person.
At about 11:00am we moved into language arts. We learned our vocabulary for our new story "Sewed Up His Heart." One of our words was anesthesia, which is a drug that puts you to sleep for surgery. Then Mr. Kootman gave us some time to start our Clues Chart. This is our prereading so we can get an idea of the story before we read it.
We did this up until lunch, which was turkey hot dog and taco salad. At lunch recess, I did pull-ups on the monkey bars.
After lunch, we went to Ms. Barone's for science. We learned about ecosystems. Two of our vocab words are biotic and abiotic.
Then we went back to Room 40 where we graded people who were presenting their mission projects. One of the qualities that makes a good report is if people speak loudly.
After that, Mr. Kootman gave a bit more time to start our homework and then we went home!
Afterwards , me, Jena, Nina, and Caylee played extreme hop-scotch. Here's how to play, for 1,2,3,6 and 9 you jump all around. Then for 4,5,7, and 8 you do a hand-stand. OK, now you guys know how to play extreme hop-scotch.
We started off our day with DOL, just like we usually do. One of the questions asked us to find the correct spelling for “cookie.” The second part of our morning work was to complete an x, y table. This is when we get an equation like y=2x+ (x+4) and we have to solve several equations.
After our morning work, we reviewed for our math test. This math test was totally different than all of our other math tests. We usually have a test on a single topic, like rounding, but our new math book, Saxon Math, tests us on many bits of different topics. Some of the questions on this test involved perpendicular and parallel. Most students thought it was an easy test.
After math, we went out to recess where kids played all different kinds of sports, including wall ball, soccer and football. Joshanda saw a teacher helping a student who was injured.
When we returned, we read “Medicine: Past and Present.” This story gave us the history of medicine and various diseases throughout time in many cultures. When we were through discussing the story, we reviewed synonyms and antonyms in our Spelling and Vocabulary Skills book. We used the SMART board to categorize different words.
When we moved into social studies, we watched the video for lesson 3.1 which was about pioneers moving into California. When the lesson was over, we summarized it out loud and clapped it shut into our brains.
Finally, we saw a BrainPop movie about “The Black Plague”, which related to our medicine story. Then Mr. Kootman gave us our drawing prizes from last week and we went home!
On the blacktop there are many fourth,fifth,and six graders. They play soccer,football,play on the playground,and they bring out a teniss ball and throw it on the wall. We only have 15 min. to play and eat. On the playground there are 4 swings,2 swirl slides,2 leaders,and a spider web were you can hang up side down on and people like to climb up yo the middle of the spider web. On the swings people get in a line and they count to 100. Then they have to get off or some people will tell the teachers. Ding,Ding,Ding time to line up says the teachers. Mr.Kootman tells us to walk down to the class and who ever is first in line they get to open the classroom door and it's a gold key.
This is what he will tell you for your first warning "I'm glad you want to do your work but not while I am teaching." Then he will say I will put 1 minute on the timer to do our reading fluency. We weren't going to read our real story after math; we were going to do the story after lunch. My partner is Teion. He usually reads first. This is how it works: he has the story that were reading all about seeds and I have the same one in my hand so when Mr.Kootman says go Tieon starts reading if he says the word wrong I but a dot another it but if he goes back and corrects himself I can erase the dot when the timer goes off. Then I have to pick up the chart of where he stopped. He did not get any wrong; it surprised me.
Well now it is time to go to Ms.Borone's class; she is new this year but she is our writing teacher. Shes always telling us to study because we are having a test this Thursday. Mrs.Barone hopes that we pass the test if we don't pass the test she will know that you did not study. Here is a reason why you should not talk in her class because she well tell you that you that you either need to give her a 20 dollar bill or a 10 dollar bill she told us if we were ready to stop fooling around and learn we only had 15 minutes left to watch a movie paragraph but she promised us that we were going to play charades only three people got to go up there and do it and those three people where Tieon, Mikaela and Miranda.
It's time for or lunch today I am going to sit by Ashley and Nalani; we all brought lunch from home I had nachos for lunch with a crunch. then Nalani went to go by snack so me and Ashly went up top for recess by the time we got up to Mrs.Betty blow the whistle and said it's time to line up Nalani came two minutes later me and Ashley thought that Nalani was going to be late when Mr.Kootman got to the top of the hill he said that I think you guy's are getting better at lining up.
Mr.Kootman said that we need to take out our Social Studies book. He said that we were going to watch a movie about the famous sailor Juan Cabrillo. We learned that he died on the ship but his crew came back safe.
Now the day has ended and there's only one thing to say see you tomorrow.
Then we read "Elias Sifuentes Restaurateur." For Halloween I am going to be a Young Marine OOOHHHRRRAAA! The class had to do a cursive worksheet on R,s & P,s.then we had a test prep. on the new over head (its called a document camera; so awesome!!!!! but it costs a lot of $$$$$$$$$$).Then we did chapter 8 lesson 5 (8.5)it was on variables like if you have 5+a=10 so a=5.
Then the class had rotations with Ms. Barone and played a game on simple sentences and compound sentences.
After that, we had LUNCH and I got a HUGE Pb&j uncrustible. Next we had recess where me and a few friends played wall ball. Wall ball is like a self ping pong table and the players are the paddles. We play against a wall and if you drop the ball or you get hit with the ball (even the most weird places like the toe NO EXCEPTIONS)then you have to touch the wall before somebody throws the ball. If the ball hits the wall and the umpire(the last out of five players) can call safe or an out if a out is called the person called out is the umpire.
Afterwards, we started our math book called ''Daily Routines and Problem Solving''. The class learned to do division. When we finished, we were a bit too loud and had our marbles taken away. Our marbles are in a jar in the classroom and if we get over the line we get thirteen drawings and three Brainpop movies. Today, we made it over the line and got to see Frankenstein. We learned that story came from a bigger book written by Mary Shelly. In the movie, a scientist named Drake Frankenstein, was obsessed with the secrets of nature to create a monster of human life. He intends for it to be beautiful, but it turns out ugly and the villagers mistreat him. When that was over, some went to recess and some went outside to work. Everybody wanted some of my Top Roman noodles.
Following recess, we read our Open Court book story ''Starting a Business ''. I, A.K.A hot shot, forgot my book. Then I had to share with my friend, Jesus.
Once we finished, we switched to Mrs. Barone's class. There we practiced writing a letter. When my class got back it was time for lunch. I had chicken, because my mom requested that I get it.
When we finished lunch, we went to science class. We leaned how plants make sugar. Then we went into social studies. We learned about a Spanish explorer named Jaun Cabrillo. We learned he was the first to explore San Diego. Then, we took a test. We had questions such as, "Name three dangers of sailing the California coast."
Then, we read our class story Room One by Andrew Clements. Room One is about a girl named April. Her mother Alexis, her brother and her had a man following them. Afterwards, we went into math mode. We did a lot of division and I had to go outside. Finally, we went home.
After I'm done with my homework we went to Hollywood. When we passed the back gate my mom looked back at me and said why don't you do algebra. I went into shock when she gave me algebra; she did something like 35.x =280 but much larger.
In the museum there was a glass that filled with tar and there were some strong, metal handles we got to see how tough it was to escape from a tar pit. It was so cool because there was a saber tooth cat attacking a land sloth that had sound affects. There was a clear room that had museum worker working on a thigh of a land sloth and it was gigantic thigh bone compared to mine. Finally we got to the end of the museum. When we got outside my sister (Jenna) saw that there were saber tooth cat footprints on the sidewalk.