News from Room 16 – December 17, 2014

I’ll keep it short and sweet this week :)

Remember that the second Theory of Knowledge project is due the Monday when school is back in session. We will have presentations during that first week back, so please have your child rehearse a few times at home over the break so they will feel ready to speak in front of the class.

Other than that, I hope you all have a thoroughly enjoyable winter break. Don’t forget to read!!

Happy holidays,
-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – December 10, 2014

We are plugging along during these dark days!  In our science unit we have been exploring the different states of water – liquid, solid, and gas.  We have just started experimenting with mixtures.  Over the next week and a half we will see how substances change when they are mixed together.  Exciting business!

In math, our new unit on geometry is jam-packed with vocabulary.  It is important for students to practice using math terms to describe and classify 2-D and 3-D shapes.  This week’s homework asks students to practice using the vocabulary we covered in class this week – edge, vertex (vertices), face, various shape names – and also introduces a few new terms that we will use frequently.

Speaking of homework, our second Theory of Knowledge project will be due on January 5th.  I am sending home a check-in sheet this week, but there will only be one check-in this round as most of the work time is over the break.  Please contact me if you have questions.  You can email me at or just pop in before/after school.

Thank you for all your support.

-Ms. Elissa

News from Room 16 – December 3, 2014

Brrr! It has been cold out this week! As you’re on your way out in the mornings, check to make sure your child is bringing a winter coat to school for recess times – as long as it’s not pouring we always go outside for recess.

Last week, I sent home a packet of interview questions to be completed over the long weekend. I have pushed back the in class interview assignment because I have only received about half of the packets back. Please return your complete packet by Thursday.

I am still on the hunt for magazines that will be good for collage-making. I would LOVE to inherit any of your old magazines that you have lying around. Bring ‘em in!

This week, students are receiving their second Theory of Knowledge assignment. This time, Ms. Kennedy and I are challenging the students to try a new presentation method to share their learning with the class. This project will be due on January 5, when students return from winter break.

As always, please call or email with questions. You can find me at

Stay warm out there!

-Ms. Elissa


News from Room 16 – November 26, 2014

There is much to look forward to upon the return to school next week.  We will be starting new units in many subjects and working on some fun side projects as well.

In math we are coming to the end of our unit on strategies for adding and subtracting two and three digit numbers.  Your child may still have some practice ahead of them before they are completely proficient with their strategies, so please continue to check in on their homework assignments each week.  Ask them about which strategies they feel most comfortable using to solve these types of problems and have them walk you through their thinking.  Next up we are starting a unit on geometry.  Students will describe and classify 2-D and 3-D shapes by their properties, explore symmetry, and expand their math vocabulary.

We will also be working on a science unit for the three weeks in between Thanksgiving and winter breaks.  This science unit is all about changes in states of matter.  We will examine the properties of water, learn about dissolving solids and evaporation, and do tons of neat experiments along the way!

Some of the third and fifth grade classes are participating in a personal history project called “Who are your people?”  I am sending home a packet of questions for your child to answer (and for families to help answer) over the long weekend.  There is a cover letter that describes the project in a little more detail in your child’s homework folder.  We will eventually be creating some collages as a culminating activity and we need your help in gathering magazines.  If you have any old National Geographics or other magazines that are no longer being used, please send them in.

Enjoy your break!  See you in December!

-Ms. Elissa

Online Boggle

This morning our class experimented with an online version of the Boggle game we play every week.

It was fun and fast-paced.  You have the option to play a timed version (3:00) or you can turn off the timer for unlimited play.  At the end, you can click the Solve button and see your score as well as ALL the words that can possibly be made on the board.  It was fun to see all the words that we didn’t get and learn some new words along the way.

Here’s the link so you can play at home if you’d like:


-Ms. Elissa