Thursday, December 1, 2016



Hey there!

Here is the December calendar. Check your e-mail for a printable version.

[click to enlarge]

Please print it and post it in your work area. 


Have a wonderful month!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Math Test 2


Hey kids! Welcome back!

I hope you all had a nice long weekend. My parents came to visit, so we had fun eating, chatting, eating, buying Christmas wreaths, playing games, and eating.

This week in math, we are going to take a test on the fraction lessons we covered in CC. I am attaching a paper test for you to print and review and/or complete. Use your math notebook, the fraction blog lessons, your X chart, and any other resources to make sure you know the material before taking the test.

In CC last week, some students said they would like to take a paper/pencil test, while others prefer to complete the problems on the whiteboard in Class Connect. I am giving you the option to do what works best for you. 

  • Complete the paper test, scan it and email it to me by Friday, 12/2/16.
  • Complete the paper test and transfer all work and answers to whiteboard slides in CC tomorrow.
  • Complete the test in CC using whiteboard tools tomorrow.

This test is worth 34 points in the gradebook. You will receive points for getting the correct answer (+1), showing your work (+1), and simplifying when needed (+1).

If you choose to complete the paper test, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND MATH CC THIS WEEK. Your completed test will count as attendance.

Please let me know if you have questions!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

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!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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.


Tune in next week for more math fun!

And thanks for listening to KCFMmmmmmmmm...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Thank You Veterans!


There is discipline in A Soldier you can see it when he walks,
There is honor in A Soldier you hear it when he talks.
There is courage in A Soldier you can see it in his eyes,
There is loyalty in A Soldier that he will not compromise.
There is something in A Soldier that makes him stand apart,
There is strength in A Soldier that beats from his heart.
A Soldier isn't a title any man can be hired to do,
A Soldier is the soul of that man buried deep inside of you.
A Soldier's job isn't finished after an 8 hour day or a 40 hour week,
A Soldier is always A Soldier even while he sleeps.
A Soldier serves his country first and his life is left behind,
A Soldier has to sacrifice what comes first in a civilian's mind.
If you are civilian - I am saying this to you.....
next time you see A Soldier remember what they do.
A Soldier is the reason our land is 'Home of the free',
A Soldier is the one that is brave protecting you and me.
If you are A Soldier - I am saying this to you.....
Thank God for EVERY SOLDIER Thank God for what YOU do!

 By Angela Goodwin

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Little House on the Prairie: Chapters 13-15


Wednesday, November 2, 2016



Press play.

Close your eyes.

Think about how you would feel if you were
Laura, lying in bed listening to this sound!

Little House on the Prairie: Chapters 10-12


Tuesday, November 1, 2016

X Fractions with Scaling


This week in math we are learning how to predict the outcome of a multiplication problem by looking at the factors. When fractions are involved it's easy to decide if the product will be greater than or less than the original number.


Before moving on, let's watch a silly movie about the different types of fractions...

rude, polite, and confused.

(or something like that)




If you would like to watch a very helpful video about this concept, go to Learn Zillion and type the code below into the search box.

Code: LZ3401

Here is another look at my notebook page from this lesson. Check your work to make sure your answers are correct and your notebook is complete. You can click on the image to enlarge it.


Many of your answers to the broccoli cheese soup and chocolate pudding questions made me giggle. 


What about Oreo cookies? 
Would you rather have 4 Oreos or 4 x 1/4 Oreos
(milk included)

Mmmmm... Orrrreeeeeeos...

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Me Like Fractions


So, now we are moving on to fractions. Last week we reviewed simplifying fractions. You will need that skill and everything you know about multiplication to multiply fractions this week.

Moving on...

What does it mean to multiply fractions?

One way to multiply fractions is to use the Standard Method that's been around for decades! You multiply across (numerator x numerator & denominator x denominator).

Here is a video that I find very helpful and I think that you will too.

Another way to multiply fractions is to use models.

This mini-lesson will help to explain the models method...

Whether you are a fraction expert or you need a little extra practice, 
these lessons and games will come in handy...

See y'all next week!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Good Readers Infer!


Today in class we learned about making inferences. This is something we do all the time when we are reading, enjoying movies, or even watching television commercials. To infer you need to find clues in the text and look for evidence in the pictures. You also use your background knowledge and pull from your past experiences to "read between the lines."

Here's a movie about inferences to help you understand the concept.

Got it?

Okay, let's give this a try.

What can you infer from this picture?

Mrs. Sol's response: I can see the boy has a blue tongue. From my past experience, I know that kids usually have blue tongues when they are eating something blue. I infer that the boy in the picture recently ate a blue popsicle, lollipop or candy (and he's happy about it). 

Now, use the same skills to infer details from a text passage...

Why is Jacob upset?

Jacob walked out of the shopping mall with his arms full of bags and the sun shining on him. As he approached his car, he started awkwardly feeling around his pockets with his arm full of bags. He did not find what he was looking for so he transferred the bags on one arm to the other arm, which already had bags. Jacob had a lot of bags on one arm. He still couldn't find what he was looking for. Now he dropped the bags and plunged both hands desperately into all of the pockets on his jeans. With a look of despair, Jacob ran to his car. He tried to open the door, but it was locked. Then he saw something on the passenger seat of the car. He stopped looking and pulled his phone out of his pocket.

Based on evidence given in the text, why do you think Jacob is upset? What happened? What can you infer from the information you have?

Finally, here's a commercial that you may have seen.

What does the boy think when the car starts?

This commercial tells a story, but without words. Can you infer enough information to answer the question? Inferencing skills you must have, young padawan. 

Here are some fun resources to help you practice your inferencing skills.

Keep up the great work!