Classroom Rules and Responsibilities
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
This is a sample of the presentation the 4th Grade Team presented to show how we are adapting to using the Common Core Standards. Specifically, the fraction lesson demonstratesd how to make learning rigors and integrate interdisciplinary lessons.
Multiple Choice Questions
Read the question before you look at the answer.
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.
Eliminate answers you know aren’t right.
Read all the choices before choosing your answer.
If there is no guessing penalty, always take an educated guess and select an answer.
Don’t keep on changing your answer, usually your first choice is the right one, unless you misread the question.
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”.
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.
A positive choice is more likely to be true than a negative one.
Usually the correct answer is the choice with the most information.
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).
Make sure that you understand what the question is asking you. If you’re not, ask your instructor.
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.
Budget your time, don’t spend the entire test time on one essay.
If the question is asking for facts, don’t give your personal opinion on the topic.
When writing your essay, try to be as neat as possible, neater papers usually receive higher marks.
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.
Don’t write long introductions and conclusions, the bulk of your time should be spent on answering the question(s) asked.
Focus on one main idea per a paragraph.
If you have time left at the end, proofread your work and correct any errors.
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.
If you aren’t sure about an exact date or number, use approximations i.e. “Approximately 5000″ or “In the late 17th century.”
If you make a mistake, simply draw a line through it, it is much neater and quicker than erasing it.
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The local police department sent officers to South Main Street School. One of the officers came in to read to Mrs. Medina’s Class to celebrate Read Across America. Students wrote thank you letters to show their appreciation and provide feedback on what they learned.
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.
My Carbon Footprint
Take a look at Mrs. Medina’s carbon footprint.
Find out your carbon footprint at http://www.myfootprint.org/en/ .
Interactive Scavenger Hunt
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Women of Accomplishment: An Internet Scavenger Hunt
How many days did the Montgomery bus boycott last?
How many Olympic medals did she earn?
What famous team of explorers did she travel with?
Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony
What prominent organization was led by these two women?
Janet Reno and Madeleine Albright
What jobs did these women hold during Bill Clinton’s presidency?
Who asked her to make the first American flag?
By what nickname did slaves call her?
What sport did this famous astronaut play as a young woman?
What is the title of her autobiography?
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Which president nominated her to the Supreme Court?
What was Earhart’s role on her first transatlantic flight?
Which museum presented the first retrospective exhibit of a woman artist?
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
What job did Jackie have before she married John F. Kennedy?
To what official role did President Bill Clinton appoint her?
Equal Rights Amendment
Who wrote the ERA, passed by the Senate in March 1972?
What heroic acts did she perform during the Battle of Monmouth, in June 1778?
Why wasn’t she permitted to work with the International Red Cross?
Which two magazines did she help found?
Sandra Day O’Connor
What “first” did she accomplish in the Arizona Senate?
What was the title of the newspaper column she wrote?
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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.
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.
How to Say
Happy New Year
Around the World
|China||“Gung Hay Fat Choy “|
|Germany||“Gutes Neues Jahr”|
|Hawaii||“Hauoli Makahiki Hou”|
|Ireland||“Aith-bhliain fé mhaise dhuit”|
|Italy||“Buon Capo d’Auno”|
|Japan||“Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu”|
|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! “|
These are some of documents I am using with my
and I have posted an electronic form
you can complete to communicate with my class
at the end of this post.
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We will be starting to work on our Reader’s Theater for February and March. Look for the voicethread posting coming in March.
Check out the project information on donorschoose at http://www.donorschoose.org/donors/proposal.html?id=430965&challengeid=32964 .
Black History Month Presentation click to open
When your child is finish their PowerPoint presentation it will be placed on the student blogs.
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Practice Your Spanish
- http://www.babbel.com/ (free membership)
- http://www.quiz-tree.com/Spanish_Language_main.html (Quizzes)
- http://www.spanishpod101.com/learningcenter/ (members)
- http://www.spanishpod101.com/member/login.php?amember_redirect_url=/learningcenter/ (free membership)
- http://www.rollingrs.com/2006/01/07/rolling-rs-01-subject-pronouns/ (selections on right widget)
- https://spanishpod.com/accounts/signup (trial membership)
- http://www.spanish.cl/Grammar/Games.htm (advance)
- http://www.spanish.cl/Vocabulary/Games.htm (advance)
- http://www.palabea.net/spanish/lectures (video/podcast)
- http://www.learner.org/resources/series75.html (listen for understanding)
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/ or http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/spanish/mividaloca/syllabus.shtml (video and practice)
- http://www.spanish.bz/learn-spanish.htm (Click by using Ctrl and your mouse at the same time to learn a specific lesson listed below.)
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.
If you would like to create a PowerPoint for your chapter book review the Teachertube video.
Book Report Outline A
1. Who is the Narrator?
2. Where and when did the story take place?
3. Story Summary
Book Report Alternative(s)
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Our Chrysalis Emerged
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.
Notice that the male has more yellow and less blue. You can see some individual color pattern differences between the females too.
An adult male Black Swallowtail
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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?
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Earth Day Links
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Reminder: If you are using the school server you may not be able to view the videos. Parents monitor your child’s internet access.
- * http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/games.shtml
- * http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/quiz_show/ep001/ep001.shtml
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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.
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If you complete the hard copy
Student Technology Survey forward it to:
Leeds Avenue School
100 W Leeds Avenue
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
This survey is also available online at
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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 Scholastic.com
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: www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/Spiders/InfoNed/body.html
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: www.mcwdn.org/Animals/Spiders.html
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: http://whyfiles.org/shorties/015walk_on_water/index.html
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: www.usinspect.com/CommonPests/PestsSpiders.asp
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: www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/biota/arthropods/Arachnids/spidersilk.htm
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.
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White and Smart Board Activities
- http://pbskids.org/whiteboard/ (language arts)
- http://www.learningtoday.com/corporate/second-grade-interactive-whiteboard-lessons.asp (2nd grade)
- http://www.ettcnsc.org/instructional_resources/other/interactive_whiteboard_links.htm (all grades and subjects)
- http://www.abc.net.au/countusin/resources/default.htm (math)
- http://www.tryscience.org/home.html (science)
- http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=250,index (math)
- http://www.bgfl.org/bgfl/15.cfm?s=15&p=249,index (science)
- http://www.lancsngfl.ac.uk/curriculum/literacy/lit_site/html/fiction/fairytale2/fairytale.htm (literacy)
- http://www.ziptales.com/ (literacy)
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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.
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- * http://www.onlineaudiostories.com/ (audio)
- * http://www.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/interactive/literacy/index.htm
- * http://www.mightybook.com/story_books.html
- http://www.vanbasco.com/ (karaoke)
- http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/children.html (science content)
- * http://myths.e2bn.org/story_creator/
- http://www.citycreator.com/ (virtual city building)
- * http://www.iknowthat.com/com/L3?Area=ScrambledStory
- * http://www.storylineonline.net/
- * http://www.vocabulary.co.il/games2/vocquiz/vocquiz.php (6-12th graders)
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1. Clock Wise Game
2. Telling Time Game http://www.lil-fingers.com/games/time/index.html
3. Elapsed Time http://www.teachersfirst.com/getsource.cfm?id=6339
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
18. Interactive Elapsed Time Game
19. Elapsed Time Worksheet
20. Elapsed Time Lesson Using the Book The Grouchy Ladybug
Thanks to http://www.cotwcourses.net/elementary/projects/keckery/elapsed_time.htm for the information and resources on elapse time.
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Basic Interactive Learning/Games
* http://www.mathslice.com/index.html (games and worksheets)
* http://www.allentownsd.org/EETT/secondgrade.htm (covers all math topics)
http://nlvm.usu.edu/en/nav/vlibrary.html (virtual manipulatives)
*http://www.allentownsd.org/EETT/ppt/ProgressAssessment3Review.ppt (jeopardy game)
Time Interactive Games
http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/books/ (audio books)
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/clock30f.htm (flash cards)
http://www.mrnussbaum.com/clockqf.htm (flash cards)
Literacy Interactive Learning/Games
http://www.beaconlearningcenter.com/WebLessons/ (math literacy)
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Which Mexican-American woman has repeatedly been the leading money winner in the Ladies Professional Golf Association?
Who was the first woman Poet Laureate of the United States?
Who was the first “First Lady” to have developed her own political and media identity?
Who wrote the first version of the Equal Rights Amendment, in 1923?
Who was the first Black woman elected to Congress?
What leading suffragist was arrested and convicted of attempting to vote in the 1872 election?
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?
What woman was the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature?
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?
Who was the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872)?
Who opened up social work as a profession for women, and also won the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize for her anti-war organizing work?
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Notable Quotes by Women Quiz
Directions: Read each quotation below, and choose the woman who said each statement.
Use http://womenshistory.about.com/library/qu/blqulist.htm 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:
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