Sunday, July 1, 2018

RE: Confidential Business Proposal

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It might interest you to know that in my department as head of the audit department, I discovered an abandoned sum of 16, 500,000.00 (Sixteen million five hundred thousand British pounds sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our late foreign customer Mrs. Surti Dahlia. Our bank has failed in the search for her next of kin or closest relative.

I seek your consent to present you to our bank as the closest relatives of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at 16.5 million GBP can be paid to you. This deal will be distributed in the following proportion: 55% to me and 45% for you. Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your interest, I will furnish you with more information.

Endeavour to let me know your decision rather than keeping me waiting.

Thanking you in anticipation for your favourable and positive reply.


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Chief Executive, Personal & Business Banking
Royal Bank of Scotland

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Monday, March 23, 2009

GPA Calculators

Click here to use a free web-based quick and easy GPA calculator, good for checking and projecting your term GPA.

Click on GPA Calculator to download a nice Microsoft Excel spreadsheet template where you can plug in all your classes and grades, good for tracking your cumulative

Friday, February 20, 2009

My Best Advice For Learning Multiplication

Learning times tables is a great opportunity to teach kids about goals. Make and print your own worksheets, time and track progress. See Math Fast Facts Challenge for free time test builders and description on how we practice in our class.

Math Facts is 95% rote memory that kids need to just memorize here some of our class's favorite Fast Facts Tips & Tricks.

Bottom line is practice, practice, practice. Make it a daily habit, 15 minutes on the kitchen table every day for 1-3 months now will establish a strong math foundation for the rest of their life.
There a lot of great workbooks to help with the practice, here are some of mine.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Funderstanding Roller Coaster

If you want to test force and motion concepts while designing your own roller coaster click here

Friday, May 9, 2008

Free Typing Games

Free typing web-based (no download required) interactive programs and games that run in your web browser that you can use to teach yourself how to type and get fast.

Teaches Technique & Speed Games

Just Speed Games

See Also

Thursday, May 8, 2008

How to Take Old MEAP Tests for Practice

Students who will be entering 6th-8th grade this September click here to go directly to the tests for last year.

In Michigan, we take the MEAP test (
Michigan Educational Assessment Program) every October which assesses the state standards for the previous year's grade level content expectations. For example, 4th graders take a test on everything they were supposed to master in 3rd grade. Do you know you can get access to these state-wide high stakes tests? On the Michigan Department of Education's website they have the actual MEAP Tests that were administered for the last 8 years for all the grades! Here is how to access them:

1.Go to the search engine and type in "Michigan MEAP Released Items." Next, click on the first result that comes up.
Or if that doesn't work try this:

a) Go to the Michigan Department of Education's website at
b) Click on "School Assessment and Accountability" on the left margin
c) Click on the "Michigan Educational Assessment Program"
on the left margin
d) Click on "Released Items" on the left margin

2.No matter which method you used above, next click on the "Elementary link" (they also have links for the Middle and High School tests).

3. Now you will see a list of tests by grades and year.
Choose the test you want and click on the link to download the pdf file. When you click on the link, Acrobat or Adobe should download and open the file for you -- most computers already have one of these programs installed.

4. Then you can print the file and give to your child to practice. They are long tests so you can have them do just couple sections a day.

So which tests should you use? If my child just completed the 4th grade this year I would do the Math and Language Arts from 2006 (except for the Reading because the stories are not accessible due to copyright laws). This was the exact test they took this past October that assessed everything they learned from 3rd grade. I would make sure they have mastered it all and if they are still are having trouble I would go back to 2005-1998 versions
for 4th grade for some more practice. Then I would have my child take the 2006 5th grade Math, Language Arts, and Science (5th grade is the first year they take the science test and it is a tough one). This will be very similar to the next test they will be taking this October in 5th grade which assesses everything they learned in 4th grade. Again, if they are having trouble go back through 2005-1998 for some other versions from 5th grade for more practice.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives

The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is an NSF supported project that began in 1999 to develop a library of uniquely interactive, web-based virtual manipulatives or concept tutorials, mostly in the form of Java applets, for mathematics instruction (K-12 emphasis). The project includes dissemination and extensive internal and external evaluation.

Click here to go to the NLVM

Online Geoboard Activity

Click here for online interactive geoboard activities from the National Library of Virtual Manipulatives one of my favorite math sites.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Solar System Resources

Our next science unit will be on the solar system.

Click here for a list of good power point presentations you can download and view to study.

Our new standards for this unit will be:


All students will compare and contrast our planet and sun to together planets and star systems.
1. Compare the earth to other planets and moons in terms of supporting life.

Key concepts: Surface conditions- gravity, atmospheres, and temperature. Relative distances relative sizes. Sun produces the light and heat for each planet. Molecules necessary to support life – water, oxygen, nitrogen, carbon,

Real-World contexts: examples of local and extreme conditions on earth vs. conditions on other planets, exploration of planets and their satellites.

All students will describe and explain how objects in the solar system move.
2. Describe, compare, and explain the motions of solar systems objects.

Key concepts: orbit, rotations (spin), axis, gravity, planets, moons, comets, asteroids, seasons. Tilt of the earth on its axis, direct/indirect rays

Real-World contexts; observations of comet motion over days and weeks, length of day and year on planets, changes in length of daylight and height of sun in sky; changes in daily temperature patterns; summer and winter solstices, spring and fall equinoxes

3. Describe and explain common observations of the night skies.

Key concepts: Perceived and actual movement of the moon and planets across the sky, moon phases, eclipses, stars and constellations, planets, Milky Way, comets, comet tails, meteors. Sun is light source for all solar system objects (except meteors; friction with atmosphere) emitted light, reflected lights

Real-World Contexts: Outdoor observing of the skies, using telescopes and binoculars, when available as well as “naked-eye” viewing; viewing with robotic telescopes via the world wide web; telescopic and spacecraft-based photos of planets, moons, and comets; news reporters of planetary and lunar exploration

Friday, February 8, 2008

Weather Resources

What is Weather

Weather Vocab

The Wild World of Weather

Web Weather for Kids

Stuff in the Sky

Types of Clouds

Kinds of Clouds

Cloud Gallery Chart

Cool Clouds

About Clouds

Download a Cloud Identifyer

Cloud Concentration Game

Cloud Matching Game

Weather Jokes

Fraction Standards for Our Next Unit

N.ME.05.09 Understand percentages as parts out of 100, use % notation, and express a part of a
whole as a percentage.

N.ME.05.10 Understand a fraction as a statement of division, e.g., 2 ÷ 3 = 2/3, represent simple fractions with pictures.

N.ME.05.11 Given two fractions, express them as equivalent fractions with a common denominator, but not necessarily a least common denominator, e.g., 1/2 = 4/8 and 3/4 = 6/8; use denominators less than 12, or factors of 100.

N.FL.05.12 Find the product of two unit fractions with small denominators, using area model.

N.FL.05.13 Divide a fraction by a whole number and a whole number by a fraction, using simple unit fractions.

N.FL.05.14 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators of 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 100, using the common denominator that is the product of the denominators of the 2 fractions, e.g., 3/8 + 7/10 = ((3x10)+(7x8))/80 = (30+56) ÷ 80 = 86/80.

N.MR.05.19 Solve word problems that involve finding sums and differences of fractions with unlike denominators using knowledge of equivalent fractions.

N.FL.05.20 Solve applied problems involving fractions and decimals; include rounding of answers and checking reasonableness; use examples involving money.

N.MR.05.21 Solve for the unknown in such equations as: 1/4 + x = 7/12.

Weather and Fractions Power Points

Power Point Presentations are a great resource for studying. Do you know you can find free power points with Google by typing in a concept for keywords and ".ppt" into the search?

For example if you want to find Power Point Presentations about weather I would type in

"weather .ppt"

into google search.

Or you can look through a great directory form Pete's Power Point Station

I have found a good section here for Weather and here for Fractions that you can download, open, view, print, and study from.

Weather Standards

We just started a new unit in Science on Weather. Here are teh GLCE's:

V.3.M.S. All Students will investigate and describe what makes up weather and how it changes from day to day, from season to season and over long periods of time

1.Explain pattern of changing weather and how they are measured

Key concepts: weather patterns-cold front, warm front, stationary front, air mass, and humidity.

Tools: Thermometer, rain gauge, wind direction indicator, anemometer, weather maps, satellite weather images

Real-world contexts: sudden temperature and cloud formation changes, records charts, and graphs of weather changes over periods of days; lake effect snow.

All Students will explain what causes different kinds of weather
2. Describe the composition and characteristics of the atmosphere.

Key Concepts: Composition-air, molecules, gas, water vapor, dust particles, ozone. Characteristics=air pressure and temperature changes with altitude, humidity.

Real-world contexts: examples of characteristics of the atmosphere, including pressurized cabins in airplanes, demonstrations of air pressure; examples of air-borne particulates, such as smoke, dust, pollen, bacteria; effects of humidity, such as condensation, dew on surfaces, comfort level of humans.

3. Explain the behavior of water in the atmosphere.

Key Concepts: Water cycle-evaporation, water vapor, warm air rises, cooling condensation, clouds. Precipitation-rain, snow, hail, sleet, freezing rain. Relative humidity, dew point, for

Real-world contexts: aspects of the water cycle in weather, including clouds, fog, and precipitation, evaporation puddles, flooding droughts.

All Students will analyze the relationships between human activities and the atmosphere:
4. “Describe health effects of polluted air.

Key concepts: effects=breathing difficulties, irritated eyes. Sources- car exhaust, industrial emissions, acid rain.

Real-World Contexts: Locations and times where air quality is poor, local sources of potential air pollution; ozone warnings.

Sunday, February 3, 2008

How To Listen To Our Podcasts

There are 4 ways you can listen to our class podcast episodes:

1) Click the Play button in the player in the right sidebar of this page. Note: You will listen to the lastest episode, if you want to listen to previous episodes click on "Posts" in the player to listen older epidsodes.

2) Click on the Class Podcast link located under "Pages" in the right sidebar of this page. Note: This will show all the episodes.

3) Click on the Podcast label under "Categories" in the right sidebar of this page.

4) If you have iTunes software downloaded on your computer you can subscribe by clicking on subscribe free under the player then the episodes come to you and are downloaded so you can play on your computer, iPod, or Mp3 player.

Friday, February 1, 2008

Camp Pictures Are Up!

I have published some of pics that are safe to share publicly (not revealing their idenity). Let me know if you would like me to take any down.

Go click on the Class Public Pics Link 
which will be permantely located on the right sidebar under "Pages."

Don't forget you can captions and add comments to each picture. Be sure to click on slideshow for the best viewing experience.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Blogs Are Spreading At DEPSA!!

Nice work class, you have a set an example for other classes to follow now we have two more 5th grade classes blogging. Look on the left side and you will find a "DEPSA Blogroll" that lists the links to the other classroom's blog websites. Or click on the links below

Ms. Harrison's 5th Grade Class
Check out a video on Ecosystems that she put up

Mrs. Anle's 5th Grade Class
Check out her games on fractions, a video on colonization, and a link to the camp we are going to.

Now don't forget to coment on their blogs too! But now we need to add "From Mr. Ambrose's class" so they know what class you are from.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Spelling & Vocab Study Games

Click here for Spelling & Vocab Study Games

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Great Workbooks to Practice for the High Stakes Tests

In the age of high stakes test, the pressure to achieve has been put on our students and teachers. Parents you can help your child succeed by having your child regularly take practice tests at home. Learning how to take and beat tests is an essential skill for our students to master at an early age. I always tell the students "Right now you have to beat the MEAP test to get through elementary school, next it will be the ACT/SAT to compete for scholarships and college admissions, then the GRE for graduate school, or the LCAT for law school, or the MCAT for med school. Get use to these high stakes test because there are a bunch more to come."

I have found a list of some good standardized practice test books that would be great practice for students on a light homework night, a lazy weekend, or boring summer day. And as some of my students this year have taught me you don't have to stick to the grade that you are in, we have students challenging themselves already with 5th-8th grade reading and math tests.

Click here for a list of standardized practice test books.

Reading Workbooks That Help Improve SRI Scores

Some parents have been asking me for some additional resources that I recommend for them to purchase in order to support reading practice at home. I have found a good list of reading skills workbooks you can buy online. It has a wide range of grades, so if your student is below reading level you can drop down and if your student is already at grade level I recommend getting a higher grade so they can increase their Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) score so they can be placed into a higher reading class.

These workbooks are great for extra practice on a light homework night, weekends, vacations, and especially over the summer.

Click here or to see a list of reading workbooks that help improve SRI scores that you can buy through Amazon.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Ecosystem Test & Notes

Test will be on Feb 5

Go to

for a list of the standards and our class study guide created by MR0708 & JW0708

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Historical Diary Jan 7

January 7,1659

Dear Journal,

Today I really want to go to school,but I cant only because I'm a girl.I live in a place where we have a colonial system,that's when only boys can go to school,and I really hate it! I had to beg my mother to let me dress as a boy so that I will be able to study at the university,but she said no! Were I am living it is so hot and dry,even the ocean was dry. All around me is merchants selling goods,elegant and stone houses,a palace,and many universities.

Someday I wish that boys and girls can go to school, not only boys. If I could change any rule in the world that would be my first.I hope that someday I will have the opportunity to go and study at the university,I would really love that.


Division Club

Here are the members of the division club.
You need to do all 50 questions correctly under 2 minutes

LM0708 * Fastest Time at 45 seconds!

Multipication Club

Here are the members of the multiplication club.
50 questions in less than 2 minuntes:

RW0708 *Fastest time at 59 seconds

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Historical Diary Jan 9

Dear Journal

It's January 9th 1587. Today I went outside my camp,and I am going to tell you what I saw. I saw a huge camp. An Algonquin camp. This is also were Algonquins live. When I went outside of camp I saw Algonquins doing a traditional dance. They were also eating by some baskets. I saw white draw corn fields in three stages of growth. There homes were made of hay. Lastly they have lots of crops to eat.


Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Historical Diary Jan 8

Dear Diary,

We are starting our on colony.But we need a leader.Our leader should be:
*Concerned of other colonists-someone who cares
*Responsible-someone who would care about what we are doing
*Focused-someone who is serious and will not play games
*Respectful-someone who will tell the truth
*Brave-someone who will stand up for their colonists
*Listen-someone who will hear you out
*Honest-some one who will not lie
Our leader should always have all these traits.Well at least 5 of these traits.This will not make them the perfect leader but one that no one would forget.Someone who would be a unforgettable.


Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Great Workbooks Practice For Math

Some parents have been asking me for some additional resources that I recommend for them to purchase in order to support math practice at home. I have found a good list of math skills workbooks you can buy online. It has a wide range of grades, so if your student is below grade level you can drop down and if your student is already at grade level I recommend getting a higher grade for a challenge.

These workbooks are great for extra practice on a light homework night, weekends, vacations, and especially over the summer.

Click here or to see a list of math workbooks that you can buy through Amazon.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Learning Fast Facts Tips & Tricks

Put together by NL0708

Why are fast facts important. It is very important to know your fast facts.By the time you are in third grade you should have them down pack.So here are some tips and tricks by our class about fast facts!

"My best tip is to practice each fact and all of the tricks.'' by TD0708

''To study go to multiplication. com'' by MP0708

Practice as long as you can then do math facts in 2minutes.'' by MJW0708

''Write out your times tables and say them as you are writing them.'' by LN0708.

"I practice for about 40minutes with my parents." by KH0708

''Ask your mom to test you for 20minutes'' by DF0708

''I use a stopwatch and use old math fact test and test myself'' by AB0708

''Show a younger or older sibling multiplication so you can study'' by NL0708

''Rewrite my fast facts'' by JJ0708

''Study with an older or younger sibling'' by GM0708

''Write multiplication over and over again'' by RW0708

''Use flashcards to study'' by MJW0708

''I never liked math but when I studied I tried my best and I got my time test & learned that I do not know 9x8 but I know 8x9 it is just reversed 8x9 & 9x8 is 72 it is the same answer it is just reversed.''CM0708

''For eights you need to know is your fours it is just double double.'' by DD0708

''If you have troubles in nines time tables all you have to do is go down in the tens column & up in the ones column''By RW0708

Do you have more tips and tricks you would like to share? Post them in the comments below.

SRI Test Taking Tips

collected by student MS0708

What is the S.R.I test?

Well the S.R.I test stands for Student Reading Inventory. This test tells you what class you're going to be in. If score high on the S.R.I test like an 1056, you're an 9.0 student like me.

Here are the best tips and tricks:

*Don't give up on yourself or the test. Also don't pressure yourself.
*When you make a mistake try to figure it out. DON'T get confused.
*Use the hamburger method to solve complicated S.R.I problems.
*Don't sit by your friends so you won't get distracted.
*Do brain gyms before the S.R.I test.
*Believe in yourself. Stay focus.
*Use the Answer Checking Strategies.
*Also use Problem Solving Strategies to figure out the problem.
*Read it twice, check your and reread and check again.
*Choose a test topic you're interested in, instead of choosing a topic you don't understand.
*Use steps for taking S.R.I test.
1. Read the question.
2. Read the passage.
3. Read the question again.
4. Read all of the answers.
5. Choose the best answer.
6. Read the passage again.
7. Read the question again.
8. Check your answer.

Clearly, I have told you everything. I gave you eight steps. I gave you details. I told you the topic. Use this tips and get the highest score you can on your next SRI test.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Free On-Line Typing Practice Game

For a free typing web-based (no download required) interactive program and games that run in your we browser go to:

Unit 4 Math Test

Here are the GLCE's (What are GLCE's?) for our Every Day Math Unit 4 on Division. Use these as a guide to study for our test on Wed 12/19 (see We Have a Class Calendar for other test). Remember if you find a good online resources (game, video, or website) post in the comments to share with other classmates.

N.MR.05.01 Understand the meaning of division of whole numbers, with and without remainders; relate division to fractions and to repeated subtraction.

N.MR.05.02 Relate division of whole numbers with remainders to the form a = bq + r, e.g., 34 ÷ 5 =6 r 4, so 5 * 6 + 4 = 30; note remainder 4 is less than divisor.

M.MR.05.03 Write mathematical statements involving division for given situation.

N.MR.05.05 Solve applied problems involving multiplication and division of whole numbers

N.FL.05.06 Divide fluently up to a four-digit number by a two-digit number.

N.ME.05.10 Understand a fraction as a statement of division, e.g., 2 ÷ 3 = 2/3, represent simple
fractions with pictures.

See Also
Our Class Wiki Notebook
Chapter 4 Division Notes

Holiday Party Sign-Up Sheet

It’s that time of year again! Please let us know what you’ll be brining for the Holiday Celebration. Thanks for your participation. Also, let Mr. Ambrose know if you can help out during the party.

What we need:
[x] Pizza (6 Pepperoni & 2 Cheese) Ms. James
[x] Pop Ms. James
[x] Paper ware (cups, plates, napkins, cuttery) Ms. Lamar
[x] Cake Ms. Lyons
[ ] Fruit Tray
[ ]Chips
[ ]Goodie Bags (8)
[ ]Goodie Bags (8)
[ ]Goodie Bags (8)
[ ]Goodie Bags (8)

Comment on the post below if you would like to volunteer or donate.

Mrs. Lamar

Monday, December 10, 2007

Friday, November 30, 2007

Class Update

Email subscriptions have just been set up so if you made it here it worked! Over the last couple weeks we have been launching our class blog. I believe it is now ready to go officially public and share. I had sent home a letter about the blog and how you can subscribe to it. If you still would like to subscribe make sure you confirm. Remember you can easily unsubscribe at anytime by click on the link at the bottom of each email.

Report cards just went home, if you have questions or concerns email me to set up an appointment and we can sit down and go through the grade more closely. The best time for me is before school, any day and anytime between 7:15-7:45 am.

Here is the direct link to our blog:

A good post to start with to get oriented to our blog is to read
About This Site

Remember one of the most powerful features is it is read and write. So I really encourage everyone to join in on the conversation and comment on the posts.

Unit 3 Math Test

Here are the GLCE's (What are GLCE's?) for our Every Day Math Unit 3 Geometry Unit. Use these as a guide to study for our test on Tues 12/4 (see We Have a Class Calendar for other test). Remember if you find a good online resources (game, video, or website) post in the comments to share with other classmates.

G.TR.05.01 Associate an angle with a certain amount of turning; know that angles are measured in degrees; understand that 90°, 180°, 270°, and 360° are associated, respectively, with 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 and full turns.

G.GS.05.02 Measure angles with a protractor and classify them as acute, right, obtuse or straight.

G.GS.05.03 Identify and name angles on a straight line and vertical angles.

G.GS.05.04 Find unknown angles in problems involving angles on a straight line, angles surrounding a point and vertical angles.

G.GS.05.05 Know that angles on a straight line add up to 180° and angles surrounding a point add up to 360°; justify informally by “surrounding” a point with angles.

G.GS.05.06 Understand why the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180° and the sum of the interior angles of a quadrilateral is 360°, and use these properties to solve problems.

G.GS.05.07 Find unknown angles and sides using the properties of: triangles, including right,
isosceles, equilateral triangles; parallelograms, including rectangles and rhombuses; and

See Also:
Our Wiki
Chapter 3 Geometry Notes

We Have a Class Calendar

Click here to see our shared class calendar or look on the side margin of this blog for the calendar buttons and tools. I will do my best to keep this updated so you can know when the next test is comming or highlight important dates from our school calendar.

My Home: The American Dream Contest

A few students in our class entered the 3rd Annual Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC and Scholastic "My Home: The American Dream" contest for a chance to win $2,000. They produced and edited their own movies at home and sumbitted good luck. Check out the their site here to follow the announcements.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Our First Class Podcast

This is our first podcast

1.Podcast welcoming by Mjw0708
2.Class news by Nl 0708
3.Movie review by Jl 0708
4.Book review by Sl 0708
5.Math fact of the week by DD 0708
6.Science fact of the week by RU0708
7.Jokes of the week by Df/JJ0708
8.Current Events by LN0708

I hope you enjoyed the show. If you have any questions, please comment below.

By the Producer

To listen to our podcast just click on the play arrow below. (If you don't see it you may have a filter blocking it, try at home)

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wordcast Lesson #1

Our first "Wordcast" by CB0708 from quarter II SFA Class

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

How to Record a Podcast

We just set up a class podcast with Gcast!

Podcasting by phone is easy! Here's how it works:

1) Call toll-free anytime at 1-888-65-GCAST (888-654-2278) If outside USA: +1-305-437-8719

2) Type in primary phone number, which is our school phone number 313-833-1100

3) Enter 4 digit pin

4) Record your message, and either:
Save and Publish it instantly to our podcast channel, or
Save it in your Master Playlist for future publishing

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Monday, November 5, 2007

Mathcast: Multiplying Decimals Using the Lattice Method

Our first Mathcast!

presented by TD0708
recorded by BH0708

Friday, November 2, 2007

Student Paper: How To Use The Hamburger Method

If, you ever get stuck on a math problem, I got some news for you. My advice is called The Hamburger Method. I’m hungry just thinking about it. If you want an A+ listen up. This is going to be great! Here’s a sample problem I can use to show you how. Let’s Sam has 10 apples and 5 buckets. How many how many apples go in each bucket equally?

First, what comes on top of every good burger? That’s right the top bun. This bun means "What do I need to find?” When that question is asked you should highlight, underline, circle or box keywords. Example: How many apples go in each bucket? (I underline many, apples, and each.)

Second, is that crunchy and green lettuce, Mmmm. “Reread and find the givens” is what that’s all about. Figure out what do I already know? Look at the sample problem and see what it tells you. Example: Sam has 10 apples and 5 buckets is what I know.

Third, is that red skinny tomato. That red tomato means “Plan and strategize.” Choose a problem solving strategy. The strategies are look for a pattern, make a chart, draw a picture, guess and check, work backwards, solve a simpler problem, or act it out. Example: I have to choose a strategy. It will be draw a picture.

Next, is the best part of a hamburger, that juicy burger. The burger is solve and check. Here we do the math and use answer checking strategies like estimate reasonableness, plug in original equation, and fact triangle check. Example: Draw 5 buckets, split all the apples into each bucket. To check your answer you can do 5*2=10.

Lastly on that bottom bun. This holds the burger together. Now you “Restate” your answer, in a complete sentence. Example: Only 2 apples will fit in each bucket equally.

In conclusion, I have told you that tasty Hamburger Method. I explained every step. The steps were the top bun, the lettuce, the tomato, the burger and the bottom bun. This is a great method and easy to remember. Use the Hamburger Method for an A+.

By BM0708

Saturday, October 20, 2007

How Students Can Log In and Blog

Up until now, the students have been typing their posts in Google Docs (online MS word) and we have been logging into the Blog under the teacher's account and copying and pasting their work.

Class, I think you are now ready for having your own account so that you can login on your own. So I have added a guest author account so that students can log on and make write their own posts anytime they want. Here is how:

Step 1: Go to

Step 2: Login using our class username: studentusers
password: (hint our school and room #)

Step 3: Click on the new post link

Step 4: Write a title, then write your blog post

Step 5: Don't forget to sign your initial code (example John Smith would call himself JS0708 ) at the bottom so we know who wrote the piece

Step 6: Optional-give the posts some labels. If you use more than one use a comma between.

Step 7: Hit the Publish Post button below

Student User Email Address

I have set up a class email address for the students to use so they you can log into online web services with out having to register and give out your own personal email address. It is:

password hint = school and room #

We will be writing this done in our planners for reference but email me if you can't figure it out.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Plant Webquest

Class Webquest on Plants

Click on the link below to begin the "Great Plant Escape"

Plant Life Cycle Videos

Plant Cycle:

Germination/Parts of a Seed --> Maturation & Flowering --> Pollination/Feritilzation --> Seed Dispersal --> retstart back to Germination


Title: Time lapse radish seeds sprouting, top and roots growing

Duration: 46 seconds


Video: (click on screen to play)

Maturation & Flowering
Title: Flowering plants

Duration: 4:33 min


Video: (click on screen to play)

Title: Flowering Anatomy
Duration: 39 seconds


Video: (click on screen to play)

Pollination & Feritilization
Title: Plant Reproduction: Methods of Pollination (

Duration: 3:56 mins


Video: (click on screen to play)

Seed Dispersal

Title: Plant Reproduction: Plant Fertilization ( 39 seconds


Video: (click on screen to play)

Video: Gift of Green - Photosynthesis

These are the types of 16mm film strips I use to watch in school. I found a classic that does an excellent job talking about photosynthesis.

Video: Gift of Green - Photosynthesis (1946)

Duration: 16 min


Video: (click on screen to play)

Plant Unit Standards

Below are the Grade Level Content Expecations (GLCE's), also called standards, for 5th grade. Read also What are GLCE's? Understanding these GLCE's allows you to better prepare for the Science Test on Plants (expected in early November).


Standard: All students will compare and contrast differences in the life cycles of living things

2.Describe the life cycle of a flowering plant

Key Concepts: Flowering plant parts and processes- roots, stems, leaves, flowers, fruit, seeds, embryo, pollen, egg cell germination, fertilization

Tools: Microscope, hand lens

Real-World Contexts: Common flowering plants, such as bean, tulip

3. Describe evidence that plants make and store food

Key Concepts: Process and products of food production and transport – photosynthesis starch, sugar, oxygen, carbon dioxide, water

Real World Contexts: Plant food storage organs, such as potato, onion; starch storage in plants grown under different conditions.