jump to navigation

Monday math challenge January 4, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, math challenge.
add a comment

If a cuckoo clock cuckoos on the hour (the number of times for that hour) and on the half hour (once each half hour) how many cuckoos does it make each day?

Centennial students – email me at nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by 5 PM on Friday, January 8, 2010, for bonus points.


Monday math — on Wednesday December 23, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Fun stuff, math, math challenge.
add a comment

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?

This week’s handouts December 16, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math.
add a comment

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

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, math challenge.

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.

Monday, November 30, 2009 November 30, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
add a comment

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.

Beat the boredom! November 27, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math challenge.
add a comment

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.
add a comment


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.
add a comment

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.
add a comment

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.
add a comment

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