# Multiplication Facts

We’ve been working on multiplication this week.  Most students are practicing their facts, generating multiples of numbers and determining factors for numbers.  A few students are working with prime and composite numbers too!

In the slide show below we are practicing our facts by playing Muliplication Baseball. Games are a great way to practice facts.  I’ve attached a link to the score sheet  (and directions) to this post.  Consider playing a game with your child to practice their facts.

Every student needs to practice their multiplication facts NIGHTLY.  Students are tested most days and must show progress with each new assessment.  Please encourage your child to practice their facts.

Multiplication Baseball directions

# Sensory Writing

Last week, we sat quietly in the woods and used our senses to write a notebook entry. It was such an inspiring setting, I found myself jotting down what I noticed in my writer’s notebook too! Our writing came to life! We used these entries to inspire fall poetry on Friday. Next week we will put our poems, leaf & flower pressings and fall pictures together as we publish our first piece of writing! The slide show below shows the kids sitting in their self space writing.

# Fall Fun

We trekked outside after we finished our NECAPs today!  We spent some time to exploring around the bike path, and looked for leaves to press. While we were outside we took lots of pictures for our blogs.

# We’ve been blogging!

What is a blog?

A blog is website that allows its author to write entries and post them for others to read and comment on. This interactive webpage can be public or private.

Looking Glass Blog:

This is my blog and my purpose  is to offer families an opportunity to “see” some of the things we do at school each week.  I try to blog two or three times per week.  I use it to communicate and give you a glimps into our day.  Sometimes I post pictures or slideshows, links to other sites, powerpoint slides, or video clips.  This platform allows me to show you what is happening with the use of multimedia tools. My blog is PUBLIC and can be viewed by anyone.  Consider sharing with family members and they can stay informed about your child’s school activities too.

BoucherBlog:

This is a PRIVATE student blog.  Users must be logged in with a username  and password to view this blog’s content.  It has a homepage and each student has their own blog.  BoucherBlog provides students with a safe environment to communicate with each other. Your child has a username and password (which you can ask to see at any time!), so encourage them to share their blog with you.

We blog most Fridays:

They LOVE it!  Yesterday was the first day we were all able to log in independently 🙂  I took a few pictures of the kids blogging in the computer lab:

Video:

At this point, students are learning what a blogger does and how our blog works.  Watch the video of Liam sharing what he knows about blogging and how he gets ideas for his entries: Liam on blogging.

# Tomorrow: NECAPs and Unit 2 math test!

I’m tired already!  We have a big day tomorrow!

First, we have a math test on unit 2.  Students have the OPPORTUNITY to practice for their test and earn bonus points (5 points!).  They have two options to practice:

1. Make a practice test with 20 problems (Must contain a variety of problems)

2. Play Jeopardy and keep track of your work on a 4×4 grid.  You may get an error message about “macros” and “viruses”  . . . this file does not have a virus, so please ignore the message.

We start NECAPs tomorrow too!  Testing, testing, testing! We will be testing from 9-11 am.  The best thing students can do to be prepared is to get a good night’s sleep, eat a BIG, HEALTHY breakfast and show up with a positive attitude.