1.3: September 20-24

Volunteer Opportunity

Interested in helping with weekly art lessons? Parent  Paula Wagenbach will be starting art lessons in our classroom on Mondays beginning on October 4 and could use some extra hands.  Preparations could begin in the classroom as early as 11:45. Lessons will begin after lunch break at 12:30 p.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.. Send me an e-mail if you are interested.

For Students: Join our safe and secure classroom social learning network
Join group called Socrates on edmodo  using code feuofg (all lower case)


28- Back to School Night, 6:30-8:00 (Grades K-2, 6:30-7:10; Grades 3-5, 7:20-8:00)
29- Picture day

8- NO SCHOOL Statewide Inservice
13- Two Hour Late Opening

2- Field Trip: OMSI- Cow eye dissection lab, OMNIMAX: Hurricane on the Bayou
(Drivers wanted!)
5- No School: Teacher  planning day
11- No School: Veterans’ Day
22-23- Conferences
24-26- No School Thanksgiving Holiday

This weeks topics…

Humanities: Omnivore’s Dilemma Young Readers Edition
Part 1- The Industrial Meal: Food From Corn

  • How Corn Took Over America
  • The Farm
  • From Farm to Factory
  • The Grain Elevator
  • The Feedlot- Turning Corn into Meat
  • Processed Food
  • Fat From Corn
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemma
  • My Fast Food Meal


  • 3.3- Bagging Snacks: Students investigate sharing snacks equally among a group.The problem leads to common factors and greatest common factors.
  • 3.4- Planning a Picnic: Students determine the maximum number of people that can share a given number of drinks and snack crackers.This leads to the greatest common factor.
  • 4.2- Finding the Longest Factor String: Students work on finding the “longest” strings of factors that form a factorization.This leads to breaking non-prime numbers into primes and recognizing that the process ends when all of the numbers in the factorization are prime.The students choose from two strategies to find prime factorizations.They begin to see that not only is this factorization unique, but it can be used to find other information about the number.
  • 4.3- Using Prime Factorizations:  students apply prime factorizations to finding greatest common factors and least common multiples.
  • Unit Test Review


  • Sharing personal experiences
  • Developing a list of stories we would tell and write about
  • Narrowing our focus/Descriptive writing
  • Pre-writing strategies
  • Developing strong leads


  • Classroom Japanese
  • Hiragana- a, ka, sa, ta, na
  • Self introductions


Piet Mondrain

Thinking about art….