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APS AZ Science Center back to school fair 2012 October 29, 2012

Posted by Nancy Foote in Engineering challenge, math, math challenge, science, Uncategorized.
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Here are the presentations from the APS AZ Science Center back to school fair

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Bonus question January 11, 2010

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, Fun stuff, math, math challenge, science.
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What’s special about today’s date?  And when will it happen again?

Centennial students email your answer to nancyfootehigley@gmail.com by 01/15/10 for bonus points.


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.

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.

November 6, 2009 November 13, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
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It’s been a busy week for the 4th and 5th graders at Centennial.

American Math Challenge has been the math focus of the week — with the kids eagerly practicing their basic math facts.  In addition to the one-to-one challenges, there are lessons and activities for the students to work on.  This Challenge comes to an end Sunday but I know we look forward to the challenge next year.

The 4th grade Green Thumb project is moving along nicely.  Their radishes are getting huge!  Ask your child what happens when you try to grow a radish in the dark — and how that accommodation helps it survive.  Check to see if they know what phototropism is.  They should know.

The 5th grade medical center was on hiatis this week, but will return next week with the students getting patients to diagnose.  One patient is a child who is injured when he did not wear a bike helmet.  I will be reading the book  Mick Harte was Here to the students.  The author is Barbara Park and she is a very talented author.  The book is about the consequences of not wearing a bike helmet.  I am sure that the children will enjoy this and learn from it.

Thanks for all of your well wishes on the birth of my granddaughter Savannah.  She is my 8th grandchild (the 6th girl) and we are delighted and proud.  She is health and happy and came home from the hospital today.


  • We are still collecting coins and cans to benefit the less fortunate.  Thank you for your support.  Please continue to send coins and cans in to school.
  • 5th grade is particiapting in a cookie dough sale.  Orders are due November 18th.
  • Wednesday, November 18th is an early release day.  School ends at 1:35.

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments.

Welcome to the new blog! October 30, 2009

Posted by Nancy Foote in 4th grade, 5th grade, math, science.
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Welcome to my new blog. This blog is for parents, students and friends of my self-contained gifted classes.  I hope that you will find it helpful and interesting.