Rules and Responsibilities



Classroom Rules and Responsibilities


Dear Family,


I will provide a nurturing environment for your child to learn. Your child will be responsible to follow five important rules in my class.



1.  Students will be responsible.

Examples: complete homework, remains on task, and make good choices


2.  Students will make good choices.

Examples: avoid fighting or physical/emotional aggression, complete homework in a timely manner


3.  Students will ask for help.

Examples: teamwork, raise your hand, and request assistance: before, during lunch, and/or after school


4. Students will use their manners and be respectful.

Examples: thank you, welcome, please, excuse me, and may I


5. Students will follow directions and actively listen in class.

Examples: complete task and wait for their turn



butterfly rules


State Testing


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Multiple Choice Questions

Test Tips



  1. Read the question before you look at the answer.

  2. Come up with the answer in your head before looking at the possible answers, this way the choices given on the test won’t throw you off or trick you.

  3. Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.

  4. Read all the choices before choosing your answer.

  5. If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.

  6. Don’t keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question.

  7. In “All of the above” and “None of the above” choices, if you are certain one of the statements is true don’t choose “None of the above” or one of the statements are false don’t choose “All of the above”.

  8. In a question with an “All of the above” choice, if you see that at least two correct statements, then “All of the above” is probably the answer.

  9. A positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one.

  10. Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information.

Test taking


Test Tips

  1. Read the directions carefully. Pay close attention to whether you are supposed to answer all the essays or only a specified amount (i.e. “Answer 2 out of the 3 questions).

  2. Make sure that you understand what the question is asking you. If you’re not, ask your instructor.

  3. Make sure that you write down everything that is asked of you and more. The more details and facts that you write down, the higher your grade is going to be.

  4. Budget your time, don’t spend the entire test time on one essay.

  5. If the question is asking for facts, don’t give your personal opinion on the topic.

  6. When writing your essay, try to be as neat as possible, neater papers usually receive higher marks.

  7. Make an outline before writing your essay. This way your essay will be more organized and fluid. If you happen to run out of time, most instructors will give you partial credit for the ideas that you have outlined.

  8. Don’t write long introductions and conclusions, the bulk of your time should be spent on answering the question(s) asked.

  9. Focus on one main idea per a paragraph.

  10. If you have time left at the end, proofread your work and correct any errors.

  11. Budget your time. If you have an hour to write 3 essays, spend no more than 20 minutes on each essay, then if you have time left over at the end go back and finish any incomplete essays.

  12. If you aren’t sure about an exact date or number, use approximations i.e. “Approximately 5000” or “In the late 17th century.”

  13. If you make a mistake, simply draw a line through it, it is much neater and quicker than erasing it.


English Language Arts


The documents that I am posting are for the new Model Curriculum that has been adopted nationwide. It is composed of poetry and paragraph writing for Unit 1 and the beginning of Unit 2. Please, see the page for Reading/Literature for more materials to use in the classroom. Later, on in the school year I will supply at list of the places you can find my documents. 

Earth Day 2010



My Carbon Footprint

Take a look at Mrs. Medina’s carbon footprint. 


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Find out your carbon footprint at .



Ecological Footprint Quiz by Redefining Progress






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 Interactive Scavenger Hunt




Women’s History Scavenger Hunt


Women of Accomplishment: An Internet Scavenger Hunt

Womens History

  1. Rosa Parks
    How many days did the Montgomery bus boycott last?

  2. Jackie Joyner-Kersee
    How many Olympic medals did she earn?

  3. Sacajawea
    What famous team of explorers did she travel with?

  4. Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
    What prominent organization was led by these two women?

  5. Janet Reno and Madeleine Albright
    What jobs did these women hold during Bill Clinton’s presidency?

  6. Betsy Ross
    Who asked her to make the first American flag?

  7. Harriet Tubman
    By what nickname did slaves call her?

  8. Sally Ride
    What sport did this famous astronaut play as a young woman?

  9. Helen Keller
    What is the title of her autobiography?

  10. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
    Which president nominated her to the Supreme Court?

  11. Amelia Earhart
    What was Earhart’s role on her first transatlantic flight?

  12. Georgia O’Keeffe
    Which museum presented the first retrospective exhibit of a woman artist?

  13. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
    What job did Jackie have before she married John F. Kennedy?

  14. Hillary Clinton
    To what official role did President Bill Clinton appoint her?

  15. Equal Rights Amendment
    Who wrote the ERA, passed by the Senate in March 1972?

  16. Molly Pitcher
    What heroic acts did she perform during the Battle of Monmouth, in June 1778?

  17. Clara Barton
    Why wasn’t she permitted to work with the International Red Cross?

  18. Gloria Steinem
    Which two magazines did she help found?

  19. Sandra Day O’Connor
    What “first” did she accomplish in the Arizona Senate?

  20. Eleanor Roosevelt
    What was the title of the newspaper column she wrote?

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Reference womens_questions_TM.shtml

Happy New Years


Happy New Years 1



Good evening. Tonight, as Americans across the country gather with family and friends, I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

This is always a hopeful time, as we celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another. And while 2009 was difficult for many Americans, we must also look back on this year with the knowledge that brighter days are ahead of us – that although our challenges are great, each of us has the courage and determination to rise up and meet them.

It is that spirit that has kept the American Dream alive for generations, and it is that spirit that will keep it alive for generations to come. Happy New Year, everyone.

En Español:

Saludos a todos. Esta noche que estadounidenses en todo el país se están reuniendo con familiares y amigos, quiero desearles a todos un feliz Año Nuevo, lleno de salud.
Éste siempre es un periodo de optimismo, ya que celebramos el final de un año y el inicio de otro. Y aunque el 2009 fue difícil para muchos estadounidenses, debemos también ver este año pasado con la certeza de que tendremos días mejores por delante – que a pesar de que los retos son grandes, cada uno de nosotros tiene la valentía y la determinación para enfrentarlos.
Es ese espíritu el que ha mantenido vivo el Sueño Americano generación tras generación, y es ese espíritu el que lo mantendrá vivo en generaciones futuras. Feliz Año Nuevo a todos.



                   New Years


How to Say

Happy New Year

Around the World


China “Gung Hay Fat Choy “
Denmark “Godt Nytår”
France “Bonne Année”
Germany “Gutes Neues Jahr”
Hawaii “Hauoli Makahiki Hou”
Ireland “Aith-bhliain fé mhaise dhuit”
Israel “Shana Tova”
Italy “Buon Capo d’Auno”
Japan “Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu”
Netherlands “Gelukkig Nieuwjaar”
Norway “Godt Nytt År”
Phillipines “Maligayang Bagong Taon”
Poland “Szczesliwego Nowego Roku”
Portugal “Feliz Ano Novo”
Spain “Feliz Año Nuevo”
Sweden “Gott Nytt År”
Turkey “Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun”
United States “Happy New Year! “

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Classroom Projects


Reader’s Theater
(Harriet Tubman)

We will be starting to work on our Reader’s Theater for February and March. Look for the voicethread posting coming in March. 

The Magic School Bus


Check out the project information on donorschoose at .

The Writing Process
Flat Stanley


This is the project my reading group is currently working on in class. We should be sending out our letters the second week of February. To see information on our Flat Stanley project visit I will be helping the students create voicethreads to create a PowerPoint of the Flat Stanley process.





Black History PowerPoints


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Black History Month Presentation click to open

Students Blogs

When your child is finish their PowerPoint presentation it will be placed on the student blogs.

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Learning Spanish


Practice Your Spanish


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  23. le Identifiers Lesson 23: Days, Months, Seasons
    Worksheet 1: People Words Worksheet Worksheet 23: Days Months, Seasons
    Quiz 1: People Words Quiz 23: Días, Meses, y Estaciones
    Lesson 2: Spanish Alphabet w/ Audio Lessons 24: Spanish Religion Words
    Quiz 2: Alphabet Worksheet 24: Religious Words
    Lesson 3: Question Words w/ Audio Quiz 24: Religious Words
    Worksheet 3: Questions Worksheet Lesson 25: Verb Gustar
    Quiz 3: Question Words Worksheet 25: Spanish Verb Gustar
    Lesson 4: Intro to Verbs Lessons 26: Summer Words – Verano
    Worksheet 4: Verbs Worksheet Worksheet 26: Spanish Summer Vocabulary
    Quiz 4: Verbs Lesson 27: Imperfect Verbs
    Lesson 5: Masculine/Feminine Words
    Worksheet 27: Imperfect Tense Verbs
    Worksheet 5: Masculine & Feminine Quiz 27: Imperfect Tense Verbs
    Quiz 5: Masculine/Feminine Lessons 28: Cognates
    Lessons 6: Spanish Plural Worksheet 28: Spanish Cognates
    Worksheet 6: Plural Worksheet Quiz 28: Spanish Cognates
    Quiz 6: Plural Lessons 29: False Cognates
    Lesson 7: Pronunciation Worksheet 29: Spanish False Cognates
    Worksheet 7: Pronunciation Worksheet Quiz 29: False Spanish Cognates
    Quiz 7: Pronunciation Lesson 30: Verb Oír
    Lesson 8: Accent Marks PDF Lesson 30: Spanish Verb Oír
    Worksheet 8: Accent Mark Worksheet Worksheet 30: Spanish Verb Oír
    Quiz 8: Accents Lesson 31: Conmigo & Contigo
    Lessons 9: the Verb Querer Quiz 31: Contigo & Conmigo
    Worksheet 9: Querer Present Tense Lesson 32: Verb IR
    Quiz 9: Querer Present Tense Worksheet 32: The Verb IR
    Lesson 10: Poder Lessons 33: Travel Phrases (el Hotel)
    Worksheet 10: the Verb Poder Worksheet 33: Travel Phrases
    Quiz 10 : Poder Lesson 34: Puerto Vallarta History
    Lessons 11: Diminutives Quiz 34: Puerto Vallarta Facts
    Worksheet 11: Diminutives Lesson 35: El Tiempo/Weather
    Quiz 11: Diminutives Worksheet 35: The Weather
    Lesson 12: Commands Quiz 35: The Weather – El Tiempo
    Worksheet 12: Spanish Commands Lessons 36: Irregular Verbs
    Quiz 12 : Spanish Commands Worksheet 36: Verbos iregulares
    Lesson 13 : Hay – There Is/There Are Quiz 36: Spanish irregular verbs
    Worksheet 13: Hay Lesson 37: ING Verbs–Present Participles
    Quiz 13: Hay Worksheet 37: ING Verbs
    Lesson 14: Past Tense Verbs Lesson 38: Formal Commands
    Activity 14: Past Verbs Worksheet 38: Formal Commands
    Quiz 14: Past Verbs Quiz 38: Formal Commands
    Lesson 15 : Usted – you formal Lesson 39: Saber & Conocer
    Quiz 15: Usted Worksheet 39: Saber & Conocer
    Lessons 16: Spanish Numbers Quiz 39: Saber & Conocer
    Worksheet 16: Numbers Lesson 40: Intro to Subjunctive
    Quiz 16: Numbers Worksheet 40: Subjunctive
    Lesson 17: Spanish Greetings Quiz 40: Subjunctive
    Worksheet 17: Greetings & Polite Words Lesson 41: Imperfect Subjunctive
    Quiz 17: Greetings & Polite Words Worksheet 41: Imperfect Subjunctive
    Lessons 18: Spanish Colors Quiz 41: Imperfect Subjunctive
    Worksheet 18: Colors Lesson 42: Conditional Tense
    Quiz 18: Colors Worksheet 42: Conditional Tense
    Lessons 19: Family Words Quiz 42: Conditional Tense
    Worksheet 19: Family Lesson 43: Negatives & Negation
    Quiz 19: Family Words Worksheet 43: Negatives & Negation
    Lessons 20: Ser & Estar Verbs Quiz 43: Negatives & Negation
    Worksheet 20: Ser & Estar Lesson 44: Telling Time
    Quiz 20: Ser & Estar Worksheet 44: Telling Time
    Lessons 21: Technology Vocabulary Quiz 44: Telling Time
    Worksheet 21: Tech Words Lesson 45: Past Participles
    Quiz 21: Technology Words Worksheet 45: Past Participles
    Lesson 22: Geography Vocabulary Quiz 45: Past Participles
    Worksheet 22: Geography Words
    Quiz 22: Geography Words

Book Reports


This is a copy of the format for the book report we will be completing in class this week.  Click on the book above to open the link to start your book report. 




PowerPoint Slideshow


If you would like to create a PowerPoint for your chapter book review the Teachertube video.


Name                                                                     Date                              


 Book Report Outline A


Paragraph I






Realistic Fiction

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1.  Who is the Narrator?



2.  Where and when did the story take place?



3.  Story Summary




Book Report Alternative(s)

Swallowtail Butterfly Emergence


Our Chrysalis Emerged

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About 30 minutes after state testing (Terra Nova) one of the students noticed the Swallowtail flying near the window. Our class still has two Swallowtail chrysalises that have pupated over the winter stored in Mrs. Medina’s garage. 


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Notice that the male has more yellow and less blue. You can see some individual color pattern differences between the females too. 

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 An adult male Black Swallowtail


Lyrics | R. Kelly lyricsI Believe I Can Fly lyrics

R. Kelly – I Believe I Can Fly lyrics |



Solar System Research


During the week of May 12 we will be completing research on the planets.  There are several websites listed below to help you in completing your research.

Why Isn’t Pluto a Planet Anymore?


Research Links













Picture Dictionary




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Earth Day Links





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Solar System



Reminder:  If you are using the school server you may not be able to view the videos.  Parents monitor your child’s internet access.

The Planets


Space Terms

Space Trip

Worksheets/Scavenger Hunt

Solar System Student Worksheet   and Space Adventure Data Sheet



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Are We There Yet?









 You are going to help the Medina Family plan their Spring break.  Do not forget to provide where you collected your information.

A.     Where should the Medina family go for spring vacation in the United States?  Focus on areas that are within a 6 hour driving distance from New Jersey. 

Hint:  Maryland, Washington, New York, Virginia,   Connecticut, Delaware, Pennsylvania

B.     How much money should they spend for their entire spring vacation?

C.    What should they do for activities?  How much should each activity or entertainment cost?  Remember the amount can not exceed what you state for the cost of the entire vacation (see Letter B).

D.   Pick a hotel.  State the hotel name, cost per night, and parking fees.

Helpful Links: 





Student Technology Survey



If you complete the hard copy

Student Technology Survey   forward it to:

Leeds Avenue School

Mrs. Medina

100 W Leeds Avenue

Pleasantville, NJ  08232



This survey is also available online at .


View more documents from Kay Medina.

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Directions: Spiders may be a little scary — but they are also amazing creatures that play an important role in the cycle of life on earth. Learn more about them with the interactive hunt, below. Write your answers on a separate sheet of paper, or on the reproducible provided by your teacher.

This page includes links outside of
Every Web site we link to was visited by our team before we activated the link to make sure it’s appropriate for children. But we do not monitor or control these sites and they can change. In addition, many of these sites may have links to other sites, which we have not reviewed. Be sure to get permission from your parents or teacher before leaving, and remember to read the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use of any site you visit.

Name: _______________________________________

1. Although they creep and crawl, spiders aren’t insects. Spiders are actually a type of animal called arachnid. Insects have six legs. How many legs do spiders have? _________________________

Find the answer at:


 2. Spiders are fierce predators. They have two piercing _________________ that they use to inject their prey with a poison called venom. Then they crush their prey and drink its juices.

Find the answer at:


 3. Spiders have been around since before dinosaurs! They live on every continent except ___________________. In fact, scientists have documented 36,000 different species of spiders.

Find the answer at:


 4. The smallest spider in the world is only as big as the head of a pin! What is it called? ____________________________

Find the answer at:



 5. The largest spider in the world is a type of _______________ called the Goliath Birdeater. It lives in South America. Despite its name, this spider doesn’t eat birds, but feasts on crickets, mealworms, lizards, and even mice!

Find the answer at:


 6. A spider’s body is filled with blood. This blood helps keep its legs stiff so the spider can walk. What color is it? ______________________

Find the answer at:


 7. Underneath spiders’ abdomens are _________________, special glands where they produce the silk to use for their webs and to catch insects.

Find the answer at:


 8. Some spiders use their silk to travel through the air on one long silk string. This process is called ballooning. Another kind of spider can walk on water! It is called the _______________________________.

Find the answer at:


 9. Although many people are afraid of spiders, there are only two kinds of American spiders considered dangerous to humans. Both rarely attack humans and prefer to live in dark, dry places. Name these spiders. _____________________________________________________________________

Find the answer at:


 BONUS:Spiders benefit humans in a lot of ways, including greatly reducing the population of disease-carrying insects that can harm us. Name two other ways spiders are beneficial. __________________________________________________________

Find the answer at:




Math Trivia


Team Tales

The Bobcats, Cheetahs, Lions, Panthers, and Tigers each played 10 soccer games during the season. There were no tie games.

  • The Tigers and the Bobcats won the same number of games.
  • The Lions won 1 more game than the Panthers.


1.  How many games did each team win?

2.  How many games did each team lose?







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1.   How are igneous rocks formed?  Name 2 igneous rocks.

2.  How are sedimentary formed?  Name 2 sedimentary rocks.

3.  How are metamorphic formed?  Name 2 metamorphic rocks.



Quick Learning Games


White and Smart Board Activities


White and Smart Board Activities

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Math Trivia


Dog Treats

Abby, Carter, Scott, and Tracey reward their dogs with treats each time one of their dogs does a trick. Each child began with 10 treats.



  • Abby’s dog did 5 tricks.
  • Carter’s dog did 2 less tricks than Scott’s dog.
  • Scott’s dog did 1 more trick than Abby’s dog.
  • Tracey’s dog did 3 more tricks than Carter’s dog.

How many treats did each owner have left?


Abby had ___ treats left.
Carter had ____ treats left.
Scott had ____ treats left.
Tracey had ____ treats left.

Literacy Interactive Learning Games






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Elapse Time Activities





1.  Clock Wise Game

2.  Telling Time Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

3.  Elapsed Time                                                                                                                                                                                                     

4.  Elapsed Time Worksheets

5.  Interactive Elapsed Time Webpage

6.  Elapsed Time Quiz

7.  Match Game with Elapsed Time

8.  Story Problem – Elapsed Time Mystery

9.  Interactive Elapsed Time Work with Clocks

10.  Worksheet on Elapsed Time Using a Calendar

11.  Interactive Elapsed Time Quiz

12.  Lesson Plan for Elapsed Time

13.  Lesson Plan for Elapsed Time with the Book Tuesday

14.  Elapsed Time Memory Game

15.  Visual Dictionary Entry for Elapsed Time

16.  Elapsed Time Flashcards

17.  Elapsed Time Concentration Game

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19.  Elapsed Time Worksheet

20.  Elapsed Time Lesson Using the Book The Grouchy Ladybug


Thanks to for the information and resources on elapse time.

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Basic Interactive Learning/Games





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Time Interactive Games




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Literacy Interactive Learning/Games





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Women’s History Month Trivia II


  1. Which Mexican-American woman has repeatedly been the leading money winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association?

  2. Who was the first woman Poet Laureate of the United States?

  3. Who was the first “First Lady” to have developed her own political and media identity?

  4. Who wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1923?

  5. Who was the first Black woman elected to Congress?

  6. What leading suffragist was arrested and convicted of attempting to vote in the 1872 election?

  7. Who was the first Chinese-American woman ever elected to hold a statewide office in the United

  8. Who founded Bethune-Cookman College, established the National Council of Negro Women, and served as an advisor on minority affairs to President Franklin D. Roosevelt?

  9. What woman was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?

  10. What Black woman refused to give up her seat to a White man, in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1955, thus sparking the civil rights movement of the following decade?

  11. Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872)?

  12. Who opened up social work as a profession for women, and also won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize for her anti-war organizing work?



Women’s History Month Trivia



Notable Quotes by Women Quiz

Directions: Read each quotation below, and choose the woman who said each statement.





Use to determine your answer.


 1. “I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”

a. Jane Austen

b. Diane Ackerman

c. Abigail Adams

d. Simone de Beauvoir

e. Susan B. Anthony


2. “Deliver me from your cold phlegmatic preachers, politicians, friends, lovers, and husbands.

a. Carrie Chapman Catt

b. Charlotte Bronte

c. Abigail Adams

d. Betty Friedan

e. Marian Wright Edelman


3. ” She had been forced in to prudence in her youth, she learned romance as she grew older the natural sequence of an unnatural beginning

a. Jane Austen

b. Simone de Beauvoir

c. Nadia Boulanger

d. Anne Morrow Lindbergh

e. Muriel Sparks


4. “One is not born a woman, one becomes one.”

a. Jane Austen

b. Betty Friedan

c. Nadia Boulanger

d. Charlotte Bronte

e. Simone de Beauvoir


5. “I am neither a man nor a woman, but an author.”

a. Barbara Bush

b. Betty Friedan

c. Nadia Boulanger

d. Charlotte Bronte

e. Jane Austen

Links for Research:,6709,101044,00.html