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Monday math — on Wednesday December 23, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Fun stuff, math, math challenge.
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OK, so I got into family things and forgot to post the Monday Math Challenge on Monday.  Well, it’s Wednesday, and here’s the challenge.  Get the semester off to a great start by accumulating bonus points now!  Email me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com with your answer.

Pretend that it is 1995 when you answer this question.  I know that most of you weren’t born by 1995, but play along and it will make the question so much easier.

How many years are between the last year that could be read as a number upside down and the next year that can be read as a number upside-down?


More creativity with gingerbread December 19, 2009

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More creativity with gingerbread.

Gingerbread houses — or something else December 19, 2009

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The task was build make a gingerbread house — or other structure or item.  Creativity ruled today!

4th grade environmental project December 17, 2009

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Mrs. Ybarra has decided that the 4th grade environmental project will be the owl habitat.  She complimented the presentations by both groups and was impressed by your thorough discussion of both projects.  She feels that we can better serve our community at this time by providing habitats for burrowing owls.

Wednesday Engineering Challenge December 17, 2009

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House of Cards

Build a house of cards. The challenge is to use either a deck of cards or a stack of index cards to build a house. You may use paperclips in your construction but nothing else. Try to do it without paperclips — or do it both ways.

Send pictures of your creation to nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by Sunday, 12/20/2009 at 8 PM to get credit.

This week’s handouts December 16, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math.
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Here are the handouts for math for this week.  I am attaching both the 4th and 5th grade weekly assignment — which is due on Friday 12/18 — and an in class 5th grade assignment.

weekly essentials week 17 grade 4

weekly essentials week 17 grade 5

in class Tuesday grade 5 math

Monday Math Challenge December 14, 2009

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The candy machine takes only dimes and quarters.  A candy bar costs 45¢.  Exact change is necessary.  I have 11 coins for a total of 84¢.  Can I buy a candy bar from the machine?  Explain.

Centennial students email your answer to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by Friday, 12/18/2009 (9 PM) for bonus points.

Message from the Music teacher December 11, 2009

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When we return from Winter break, students will be playing recorders in music class.  Parents need to purchase a recorder for their child’s use.  Students had the opportunity to order a recorder through school, but if you missed out, it is OK.  Please visit your local music store before we return in January.  The cost of a quality recorder will cost between $6-7 and the music stores know exactly what you need.  Please do not buy a recorder from a discount or department store because the quality in not very good and often times they do not play in tune.  Students who ordered their recorder through school should receive them when we return in January. 


If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know.


Jennifer Juarros

Centennial Music




Wednesday Engineering Challenge 12/09/2009 December 9, 2009

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This week’s challenge is a little harder and it requires a few more materials but it is lots of fun!

Put the following items on the table:

3 drinking straws

6 toothpicks

3 large bandaids

3 round plastic lids (size doesn’t really matter — I used the tops to bottled water)

18 lifesavers (or cherrios or fruit loops)

small apple

Your task is to raise the apple off the ground as high as possible for as long as possible. You may use scissors during “construction” but may not use them to elevate the apple. Remember, the focus is the thinking part so if you don’t have the exact materials, don’t worry about it, just go with what you have. It is supposed to be fun and require no planning!

For bonus points, Centennial students please email a picture of your creation to me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by 8 PM on Sunday 12/13/2009.

Update December 8, 2009 December 9, 2009

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Here’s the update for the week:
Thursday the PTO holiday boutique is open for students to purchase gifts.  They went to the boutique for a preview yesterday, so they were able to view the products and make their shopping lists. Shopping day is tomorrow.
The PTO is selling sweatshirts to ward off the chill on these cold mornings.  They can be purchased online at  www.centennialPTO.com.
Next Friday (12/18) we are having a holiday party.  Click on the words “Christama Party Flier09” below for the details. 

Both 4th and 5th are working on Disney’s Planet Challenge.  Each grade brainstormed ideas on what they could do to help the environment. 
The 5th grade decided to build a butterfly garden.  They are in the process of designing a presentation to the Mrs. Ybarra for approval.  Other groups are designing the garden, researching the flora and fauna that will attract the butterflies, determining who are the local experts in the area of butterflies, researching the sprinkler system that will be necessary to keep the garden self-sustaining and many other tasks.  If this project is approved, I will need your help.
The 4th grade has not yet come to consensus with their project, but they have narrowed it down to two areas.  The first is to design and build habitats for endangered animals –most likely the spotted owl.  The second idea is to design and implement an e-waste program (for the school, the district or the town).  E-waste is any electronic item that gets thrown away.  They are working on designing their e-audits for your home and the school.  They are also working on presentations for the principal to help decide which of these two worthy projects they would like to undertake.  With approval, I will be looking to you for help and expertise.
The 5th grader’s math is mastery of integers – and that is occurring at a furious pace.  I am impressed with how quickly they have gasped the concept of negative number and how well they are doing at integer operations.  I have You Tube videos available on this topic if they need a refresher at home.  (You Tube username is nancyfootehigley.)
The 4th grade is learning alternative ways to multiply, how to display data and they are working on factoring. 
Just a reminder that on Monday, the Monday Math Challenge is on my website (and the kids get bonus points for answering the questions correctly).  On Wednesday I post an Engineering Challenge — also for bonus points.
On top of all of that, we are twittering (nancyfootehigle), making podcasts (on Teacher Tube – username is nancyfootehigely), and coming home exhausted but exhilarated and happy every day (at least I feel that way!).
I am honored to be able to spend my day with your amazing children.  Thanks!