Wednesday, November 19, 2014



Today we tried using Newsela as a class. Hopefully everyone has an account now. If not, make sure you register before reading this month's article.

The article we are reading this month is 
Taking care of bear problems at Yosemite.

Click here to read the article and answer the questions:

Let me know if you have questions!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Boom Boom Pow!


This is the coolest way to add and subtract fractions.


Confused? Watch this video (at least the first 4:44 minutes).

It's a quick way to solve fraction addition and subtraction problems with unlike denominators.

Here are the notebook pages for this week's lesson. Please make sure your notebook is up to date before next Tuesday's lesson. Notebook printables can be found in the CC recording and in your k-mail. Remember, you can  click on any image to enlarge it. 

If you were not at the live session, remember to 
send me the Quick Check answers as soon as possible!

Friday, November 14, 2014

KCFM... Your Station for Fraction News!


This week in math we learned how to divide fractions. Luckily it's as easy as remembering a cool radio station name.

Here's how it works:

                    Keep the first fraction the same.
                    Change the division sign to a multiplication sign.
                    Flip the second fraction.
                    Multiply across.

Get it?

This 2 minute movie will show how it's done:

Now, when you divide fractions by whole numbers or vice versa, just remember to put the whole number over 1 to easily change it into a fraction. You have to do this to help with the Flip and Multiply steps.

If the whole number comes second in the equation, you'll have to do what we at KCFM like to call The Whole Number Flip

It's the latest craze.

For a quick review of this concept, watch the 2 minute video below.

Here is a look at my math notebook pages for this week. Check your k-mail for printable pages. You can use mine as a guide. Just make sure everything is up to date before Tuesday. Remember to click on an image to enlarge it.

If you didn't complete a 5.NF.7 Quick Check on Thursday, 
please send me your answers as soon as possible!

Tune in next week for more math fun!

And thanks for listening to KCFMmmmmmmmm...

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

R.A.C.E. to English Class!


Oh, how happy I am to be your English Language Arts teacher! This week was fun for many reasons. First, our Word of the Week was superlative which is a super over-the-top word. Remember to use the word superlative in conversation or in writing in the next seven days!

[Click any image on this page to enlarge it.]

Another cool thing about Language Arts this week was learning how to answer text-based questions thoroughly. We learned a handy "recipe" for making sure our answer is complete and convincing. 

Here is an example...

Every month we will practice our text-based responses, so by the end of the year you'll all be experts! This skill will come in handy in all courses from now, through college... and beyond.


Here is a peek at my ELA Notebook. 

The ELA printables should be added, along with your "Word Work" activity.

Homework Due 11/19/14:
  • Sign up for a Newsela account (check k-mail for our class code).
  • Watch this R.A.C.E. Strategy presentation on Prezi. Read through the information and enlarge the text as needed (the zoom icon is on the right). Answer the questions thoroughly in your ELA Notebook. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

In Honor of Our Veterans


This Veterans Day, Mrs. Sol's Class would like to honor the brave soldiers in our lives...

Mr. Sol

Lacie's cousin Tyler

Willis Cutler, U.S. Navy

"Andrew wanted to send in a picture of his Great-Grandpa Bill for Veteran's Day. Willis Cutler (Bill) served in the Navy during World War II. His stories are amazing and we are grateful that he is still with us today."

Ed Philips, U.S. Navy

J.C., U.S. Marine Corps

"Here is a picture of Olivia and her cousin J.C. He is an active Marine currently stationed in Hawaii. He has been sent on tour to Iraq once and Afghanistan three times. His last trip to Afghanistan some of his platoon stepped on a IED. He luckily wasn't hurt badly and was honored for his bravery and helping his platoon. He is our family hero."

On Veteran’s Day we honor
Soldiers who protect our nation.
For their service as our warriors,
They deserve our admiration.
Some of them were drafted;
Some were volunteers;
For some it was just yesterday;
For some it’s been many years;
We owe so much to them,
Who keep us safe from terror,
So when you see a uniform,
Please say "thank you" to the wearer.

 If you would like to salute a military veteran in your family, send his or her name and photo to me via k-mail or e-mail this week and I will add them to our honor page!

Thank you for your service.