Friday, February 27, 2015

Great job 4B!

You guys rock! I give you one HUGE STAR (equivalent to a 1,000,000 normal stars). 

Make sure to read and log this weekend, but there is no additional homework. 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

No homework for Friday February 27th

Rest up and give a great performance tomorrow!

Parents, the performance is at 2:00pm in the small gym. If you can not make the 2:00pm show, you can attend the 9:15am rehearsal, but please email me ( and let me know so I can make sure there is enough seating.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Homework for Thursday February 26th

  1. Complete Aleks Homework
  2. Read and Log
  3. Complete Wednesday's Spelling work
    1. Students need to craft sentences with using their words along with different kinds of figurative language -- metaphors (comparisons), similes (metaphors that use "like" or "as"), hyperbole (exaggeration), and idioms. This is the first week that students have had this assignment, so there might be some challenges or frustration. If a student is struggling, please let me know and we will discuss tomorrow.

Check out the interactive Underground Railroad game if you have a chance!

PARCC Link for Essay

ELA PARCC Practice Test (Click on Grade 4, then Computer Based Practice Test in the left column)
Parcc ELA Essay Link (This is question 7 on the test)
Mr. B's Guide to Answering the Sample Essay 

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Homework for Wednesday February 25th

*** Complete Aleks Homework
*** Finish your Tourist Attraction Script
*** Read and Log

Monday, February 23, 2015

Homework for Tuesday February 24th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Read and Log (I will check tomorrow since I wasn't able to check on Friday or today)
3) FOR ELA ALO: PARCC PRACTICE: Read 2 passages and answer the 7 questions.
4) Please read the clothing requirements for Friday's performance. Let me know if you need any of the listed items. 


This is a message from Mrs. Lucci -- 

Top: ALL BLACK (ABSOLUTELY NO writing, designs, patterns, logos....turn inside out or backwards if necessary.)  SOLID BLACK.

Bottom: BLACK (or very dark blue/gray)

*Then, IF you want, pick ONE bright accent color--stripe down pants, headband, tank top under black, jewelry, etc

Shoes: whatever allows you to move quietly and freely around the stage--no heavy boots.  No color requirement.

Please let me know if you do not have any of the items and I can help out! 

Friday, February 20, 2015

Homework for Monday February 23rd

1) Begin working on your SouthEast Region Tourist Script
2) Continue your preliminary research on your Champion of Change. We will finalize which student will write about which civil rights activist.
3) Read and Log.


Here it is! 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homework for Friday February 20th

1) SouthEast Region Quiz
2) Spelling Quiz
3) Read and Log
4) Word Poster

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Homework for Thursday February 19th and Book Reviews

1) Complete Aleks Math Homework
2) Read and Log.
3) Watch your book review! If you click on the title of your video, you can see your individual video page, where there is a SHARE button that you can click to get the embed code to paste on your blog. See if you can do it!
4) Keep the 4BLF recommendations coming in!

The 2015 February Youth Art Month North Shore School District 112 Exhibit

This exhibit represents a selection of kindergarten through eighth grade art work created by students in North Shore School District 112.

The exhibit will be on display from
February 19th through February 26th at
The Arts Center of Highland Park
1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park

You and your family are cordially invited to join the district art teachers for a reception to be held on
Tuesday, February 24th from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M.

We are proud to share a small sampling of the outstanding work produced daily in the district schools with the community. Please join us to celebrate the talents of our students during this evening.


Want to see Coach Funke get dunked on? Sure you do! Join us for a fun night of laughs, entertainment, and basketball. The Harlem Wizards are coming to town and have asked our Coach Funke (and other teachers around our district) to play in a charity basketball game hosted by Highland Park High School. 

The Harlem Wizards show brings oohs, aahs, and serious laughter inspired by sky-high slams, hilarious humor, dynamic energy, fan participation, world class tricks and basketball wizardry. The aerodynamic athleticism coupled with comedy and community at a Wizards event will bring fans to their feet and smiles to their faces.
The artistry of the Wizards is evident as they elevate the star-status of the home team featuring teachers, principals and local notables. Never in the history of sport will the losing team have so much fun... Coach Funke hopes so.
Event Info
for more info check out

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Homework for Wednesday February 18th

  1. Complete Aleks Math Homework
  2. Book Reviews due Wednesday (students can bring up one 4x6 notecard)
  3. Read and log.
  4. Reminder ­ SouthEast Regions Quiz is Friday.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Homework for Tuesday February 17th

1) Read and Log
2) Book Reviews will be filmed on Wednesday. You may use one 4x6 card when presenting
Extra) Try and learn all 44 presidents in order!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Homework for Friday February 13th

1) Complete the Southeast Region Map Worksheet
2) Create your own inspirational Quote poster and share it with me. Make sure it's not boring! (Jordan and Madina, find an inspirational quote spoken by someone else since you have already completed the personal quote poster) 
3) Finish all spelling work, including Word Poster.
4) Read and log. I will be checking tomorrow.

Valentine's Day Information:
We will be having our Valentine's Day Party tomorrow at 1:15 - 2:15, where we will exchange cards, eat, dance, play games, and have fun. If you forget your cards or didn't bring any, don't worry! We will be making them in class as well. I am excited to have fun, but we need to work hard before the party starts. Remember, the party starts at 1:15, not 8:50.

Afternoon Agenda

  1. Silent Reading until 1:15
  2. Group Reading - We will be starting book groups to read different books regarding Civil Rights and Black History Month. The teacher has the groups and I expect you to read well together and get to work quickly. You do not need to fill out a form when you are done, but I will be checking your progress tomorrow. 

Valentine's Day Prep
  1. At 1:45 you can continue working on your quotes if you haven't finished. 
  2. If you have, you can start working on your Valentines Day video card to your parents (we will film on Friday morning), including finding a background, or you may make a Valentine's Day Powtoon. Either option you choose, you must include a form of figurative language!
  3. If any student would like to make valentines for Friday, there is red, white, and pink construction paper by the window on top of the cardboard mail slots. However, this is all we have, so DO NOT WASTE IT!

Mr. B Sick Today - Morning Agenda

Unfortunately I am not feeling well and I have to stay home today. Have no fear, I will be back tomorrow.  Here is today's schedule:

Elli and Jovy are doing announcements. Please turn your Conference Forms if you have them.
  1. There is an Progress Check assignment for you on ALEKS. 
  2. Once you are finished, there are copies of DYNAMATH Math Magazine with the teacher. Please select one and complete the math problems for one of the articles of your choice. Make sure the article has AT LEAST three questions. You may work with a partner. Write your answers on a piece of paper with: 
    • Your names
    • The issue of DYNAMATH (what month)
    • The article title
    • Your answers
  3. With the remaining time, if there is any, you may continue with DYNAMATH or play FRACTION LINEUP or FAST AND FURIOUS FRACTIONS
  1. After cleaning up and doing your jobs, you may begin having snacks.
  2. Mrs. Goldhar will pass out the printed quotes for you to decorate. 
    • Cece and Jacques - Please check your quote documents. I left comments about changes you need to make before printing.
    • Rosella, Rachael, and Breanne - You did not share your documents with me. Please do so. 
  3. If you finish decorating, you can begin one part of tonight's homework - creating your own inspirational quote poster! (Jordan and Madina, your homework is to find an inspirational quote that someone else came up with.)
We have a special music class today to practice for your performance. 

  1. Once you return from music, please work on your Thursday Spelling Work. Word Posters are due tomorrow, and there will be extra credit for Valentine's themed word posters. 
  2. When you are done with spelling, you may work on or until recess.
Rachael - See Mrs. Lee in the Art room before recess

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Homework for Thursday February 12th

1) Complete Aleks Homework
2) Read and Log
3) Edit Book Review Script
4) Share your "Inspirational Quote" Doc with me

ADDED BONUS: Practice learning your presidents!


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Homework for Wednesday February 11th

1) Complete ALEKS homework (Some students just began working on improper fractions today, so if they have trouble, please have them note the question and move on.)
2) Read and Log.
3) Complete first draft of Book Review Script.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Homework for Tuesday February 10th

1) Read and Log
2) Look over PARCC Math Packet. Complete any question in the PARCC packet that you feel comfortable with. Mark any that you think are really confusing. (Disregard any "fill in bubbles").
3) Begin your Book Review Script (Due on Wednesday)
4) Make sure you know the author or source of your inspiration quote.

*** Conference sign up sheets are coming home today. Please return as soon as possible.
*** Please look over the PARCC Math Packets with your student. While the actual PARCC will be administered via computer, this packet give a good sense of the type of questions that will be on the test. I am very concerned about the format, especially the test-taking strategies students will need to use to solve multi-step, multi-part questions, so I want students to be as familiar with the format as possible. I am not expecting students to be able to finish this packet, but I want them to look over the problems to see what questions they have.

How to Wrap Your Headphones (And Avoid Tangles)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Homework for Monday February 9th

1) Read and log
2) Find a inspirational quote to share on Monday. There are many sites with examples, here is one. Make sure to find one that is inspirational to you and be able to explain why.
3) If you would like to share the story you created, make sure to proofread it for spelling and writing errors.

* For students still needing basic math fact work, you may use Aleks QuickTables or Flash Cards instead of XtraMath. I am working on making a printable version of necessary math facts.
* I highly recommend taking all shoes, boots, jackets, hats, gloves, and scarves home every weekend, if not every day.

Coding Sites

In addition to, here are some other sites that have been recommended to me:

Scratch Jr. 
Daisy the Dino (iPad app only) 
Hopscotch (iPad app only)
Run Marco

Creative Free Writing!

Need an idea? Click here!


Thursday, February 5, 2015

Homework for Friday February 6th

1) Complete Aleks Homework (please see note below)
2) Read and log (5 logs due tomorrow)
3) Complete Spelling Packet and Word Poster, and prepare for Friday's Quiz

*** Note on Aleks - when assigning homework on Aleks, I always add a few questions to challenge students to make sure I am not setting the bar too low. While it is usually material we have covered, they may have trouble. If a student ever gets frustrated with their homework or is taking a long time to complete, please have the student email me with a note about the issue and move on. Even better, please have your student take a screenshot of the question. I will work on the issue with the student in class the following day. If you feel comfortable helping your student learn the material, please feel free to help them out. However, please do not do the work for them. Thank you for your support at home.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Homework for Thursday February 5th

  1. Complete Aleks Homework
  2. Read and Log

*** A book review will be due next week. Please start thinking about what book you would like to review. HOWEVER, do not begin, as there will be some changes to the format.

Presentation Schedule for Great Depression Projects

Jovy, Jacques, Katelyn, Aron, Breanne, Nick

Alex, Madina, Edwin, Jordan

Rachael, Dylan, Cece, Rosella

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Homework for Wednesday February 4th (EARLY RELEASE)

  1. Complete Aleks Homework
  2. Complete Monday and Tuesday Spelling Work
  3. Read and Log

*** I was informed that tonight is a religious holiday for some students. If your student is observing the holiday, they are excused from tonight's homework (with your approval).

How to post a link on your blog

This is how you share a link on your blog.


And that's how you do it. (video)

A nice little walk in the parcc...

Next month, we will be taking a brand new test called the PARCC. Today we are going to try out the practice test together.

Two rules:
1) Be calm. You are going to have many questions. So do I. We will explore together. However, you need to have active ears. We won't get anywhere if I have to answer the same question 17 times.
2) Be calm. I'm assuming there will be lots of glitches. If something isn't working, I only need to hear it once, not 17 times.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Homework for Monday February 2nd

*** Great Depression Projects due.
*** Read and Log, and iRead forms due.

For any student interested in using the 3D app we used in class on Friday, is the website, and Colar Mix is the app. The sheets are available at the website, and there is a link to download the app on either iTunes or for Android.

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