We'll be reading a lot in our classroom all year long. Today we dove into our new library books. Here are some pictures of our independent reading time this morning.
Ask your students about the books they are reading. In lieu of formal homework it is my expectation that students are reading at home for 30 minutes each night.
Grab a good book and read with them!
We will be using the laptops in our classroom extensively throughout the school year. Here are a few shortcuts that I recommend committing to memory to make your work more efficient in and out of the classroom.
CTRL + a = Select All
CTRL + c = Copy
CTRL + x = Cut
CTRL + v = Paste
CTRL + z = Undo
CTRL + s = Save
CTRL + b = Bold
CTRL + i = Italics
CTRL + u = Underline
ALT + Tab = Change between any open program
ALT + F4 = Close program
HOME = Go to beginning of line
END = Go to end of line
CTRL + Home = Go to beginning of document
CTRL + End = Go to end of document
CTRL + T = New tab
CTRL + Tab = Change between open tabs
F5 = Refresh current webpage
F11 = Make current webpage full screen
Backspace = Go back one webpage
PrtScn = Copy screenshot of entire screen to clipboard
We had a great first day here at Pioneer Ridge Middle School. Here are a few pictures from our first day back.
Ready or not - school starts on August 14th. The summer is almost over. Enjoy every last drop!
Some of you are probably thinking about how to best prepare for 6th grade. Here are a few suggestions of things to work on before we kick off school next Wednesday.
We will play a lot of math games and tackle some interesting problems. The best way to prepare is to sharpen your multiplication skills so you are ready to learn. Check out these multiplication games to wake up your brain. If those games are too easy for you head over to Manga Math and explore.
I recently read a good quote on Twitter and it said, "You don't learn to swim without water, and you don't learn to read without books."
To become a good reader - you must be reading books. A lot of books. So my biggest piece of advice would be to grab a book and read. Make it something you enjoy reading and have fun.
We will write every day using our laptops. The faster you can type the easier this will be at first. So, take some time and practice your typing skills by playing Sky Chase, Keybr.com, or Nitro Type. When you have conquered those games go a little deeper with these creative writing tools. Story Starters and Word Tamer will give you plenty of practice so that you are ready to roll in 6th grade.
My favorite thing to teach is social studies. I love it. It is awesome. 6th grade social studies covers ancient world history. We will explore and uncover the mysteries of ancient Egypt, Mesopotamia, China, Greece, and Rome.
To get a taste of what we get to learn about go and perform the following Google searches and try to answer my questions. Leave your answers as a comment at the end of this post if you'd like to show off!
King Tut - Who killed King Tut? Are you sure?
Egyptian Mummies - Why did they mummify people when they died?
Greek Mythology - Who is your favorite Greek God? Why?
Julius Caesar - Why did his “friends” stab him in the back? Did he deserve it?
It'll be a fun year in social studies.
Science is all about asking good questions and finding answers. To prepare for sixth grade science think of a good question or problem you want to solve. After you have your question think of ways you could find the answer. Could you set up an experiment to see if you can prove your results? Go ahead and run your experiment and let us know how it goes by leaving a comment on this post.
Personal Learning Plan
The purpose of the PLP is to encourage you to learn more about something you enjoy. Learning should be fun - but it doesn't always feel that way at school. With the PLP you have a chance to take back some of that fun learning time and explore something you want to learn more about. Prepare by thinking of five different topics / questions / problems you would enjoy learning more about this year.
I am looking forward to a great year of learning together.
One of my favorite things to do during the summer is to read good books. I read a lot during the school year but there is something special about summer reading. The relaxed atmosphere is unbeatable. Whether at home, drinking coffee at Starbucks, or lounging by the pool summer reading is wonderful.
This summer I spent time reading these books:
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Pastures of Heaven by John Steinbeck
A Wrinkle in Time by Madelein L’Engle
Your First Triathlon by Joe Friel
What have you been reading this summer?
I'd love to hear about the books you read over the summer. Take a moment and leave a comment about what you have been reading this summer.