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Monday, November 30, 2009 November 30, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
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Tomorrow is the big day for 5th graders.  It’s the day they begin Grand Rounds.  Grand Rounds is when they present their patients and findings to their peers.  We will learn about 5 patients tomorrow and we will learn about the other 4 patients on Wednesday.

The 4th graders worked hard on their Green Thumb projects.  Up next is an ecology project with Peterson’s Pond.  I guarantee that no one will be bored working with this mystery!

In math, the 5th graders are working with integers.  I have a couple of videos on You Tube (user id is nancyfootehigley), but we’re not quite ready to view them yet.   Ask your children about the houses they got today or the integer walk we did in the hall.

4th graders are hard at work on interpreting data and displaying it.  We move on to logic and if, then statements.  It will be a fun week!

I am so glad that I get to spend my days with your children.  Thanks for sharing them with me.


Monday Math Challenge November 30, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in math challenge.
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With only nickels and dimes available how many different ways could you make change for a dollar?

Centennial Elementary students:  email me (nancyfootehigley@gmail.com) your answer by 8 PM on Friday, December 4 for bonus points.

Beat the boredom! November 27, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math challenge.
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Here are two new math challenges to keep your mind active while your mom is shopping.

1. In a regular (standard) deck of cards without jokers, how many cards you have to to draw — at random– to be absolutely positive of getting two cards of the same suit?

2.  What is the maximum number of days in any 6 month period?

Centennial students email your response to nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by 8 PM Monday, November 30th .

Wednesday Engineering Challenge November 25, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Engineering challenge, math challenge.
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For Week Two, the challenge is: put a handful of paperclips on a table and make something with them.   You can bend them, twist them or leave them alone.

Don’t forget to take a picture and email it to me no later than Sunday, 11/29.

Monday Math Challenge November 22, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, math challenge.
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Seven cards in a pile are numbered 1 through 7. One card is drawn. The units digit (the number in the ones place)  of the sum of the numbers on the remaining cards is 7. What is the number of the drawn card?

Email me by 8 PM on Wednesday 11/25/2009 to get bonus points.

5th grade Battle of the Books, Genre Pie and more November 20, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
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Battle of the Books is in full force, and I applaud your children who have decided to participate.  Today was our first battle, and we are eagerly awaiting the results.

The 5th grade is participating in Genre Pie.  This activity encourages students to get out of their comfort zone and explore other genres of literature.  Below is information about the program.  The last day to turn in book reports to be eligible for the pie party is December 14, 2009.   The pie party will be held when we return from break.

5th graders are preparing reports on their second patient and will get their third patient on Tuesday. 

4th graders ate a sun salad today — eating their radishes.  Most of the kids did NOT like the flavor, but it was fun trying them.  We only have a little more time with the radishes.  Be prepared to have some plants brought home. 

In math, the 4th grade has done a great job graphing and most have overcome their frustration and mastered the art of graphing in the 1st quadrant.    5th grade has been working on geometry and know more about triangles than they probably wanted to know!  Ask them how to show (without a protactor) that the sum of the angles in a triangle is 180.

Have a great weekend!

I love books! November 19, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
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I love books! 

 A new Arrow order form has come in.  If you would like to order your child a book for Christmas, I am pretty good at keeping a secret.  You can order online or send a order in with your child (in a sealed envelope of course).  The deadline for orders is November 30.

Here are the details from Scholastic:

Dear Parent,

I have exciting news. You can now place your Scholastic Book Clubs orders online!

Browse all the great monthly Book Club selections at low prices and order online. Plus, our class earns a FREE Book every time a parent orders online.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Use the information below to access the Scholastic Book Clubs Web site.
  2. Browse the titles with your child and place your order with your credit card.
  3. Your order will come to me, and your credit card payment will go directly to Scholastic’s secure server. There’s no need to send money to school.
  4. After I submit the entire class order to Scholastic, your order will be delivered to our classroom for your child to take home.

To get started, go to the Web address below and enter our class’s personalized user name and password in the sign-in fields on the right side of the page. Note: You do not need to create your own user name and password.www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

User Name:     NancyFooteHigley

Password:     abc123

Ordering online is the most convenient way to use Scholastic Book Clubs. You can order anytime, right up until the online order due date. You’ll also get instant access to over 500 additional titles plus online-only specials and discounts.

And don’t forget: Every time a parent places an order online, we earn a FREE book for our classroom library!If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Nancy   Foote

Wednesday Engineering Challenge November 18, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, math challenge, science.
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Use the following materials ONLY:

5 pennies

2 rulers

3 sheets of printer paper (8.5 x 11 inches each)

2 pieces of masking tape — each 3 inches long

You have 5 minutes to create the tallest free-standing tower that you can.

When time is up, measure your tower and snap a picture of it.  Email the picture to me by noon on Saturday to earn bonus points.  The tallest tower wins extra bonus points.

If you want to learn more about skyscrapers, click here and here.

Tuesday 11-17 November 17, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, math challenge.
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4th grade continues to grow radishes and explore tropisms.  In math, they are graphing and have a graphing challenge today.  To get the grid that we used in class today, click on the word “grid” below.

The 5th grade students are working on their presentations for their patients.  In math they are measuring angles, and their homework is to draw a trianlge that has the largest sum when you add all three angles together.






5th grade geometry challenge November 16, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 5th grade, math, math challenge.
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The 5th graders are studying angles.  Their challenge is to find a 5-letter word that has the highest value when you use the following key:

acute angles are worth 6 cents

obtuse angles are worth 8 cents

right angles are worth 5 cents

vertical lines are worth 3 cents

horizontal lines are worth 4 cents

The students must use the alphabet as printed on the handout they received in school today.