Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Geography Awareness

Fifth grade students celebrated GIS Day and Geography Awareness Week at Northeast's Lifelong Learning Center. Everyone was intensely engaged. Students wrestled with the content, a raft of skills, and some pretty compelling GPS. 
GIS is one fun day! 
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Friday, November 14, 2014

Field Trip

A planetarium is a sky theater where it is possible to stimulate the night sky at any place on Earth at any time of the year. The Wayne State College Planetarium with its special effects explored topics such as the moon, constellations, planets, and galaxies. In the planetarium concepts were denonstrated in ways that are impossible in a classroom. This translates into enhanced learning for students.

The planetarium was an excellent addition to the science curriculum and these students were all smiles as they traveled "to infinity and beyond."

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

11 . 11

Room 100 found a fun way to say "Thank You" to the Veterans who have protected this country. Students decorated postcards for Veterans at the Norfolk Veterans Home - a reminder to the residents their sacrifices are acknowledged and we are grateful.

Most of the students know someone who serves in the military, and a few students know some extra special Veterans . . .
Thanks, Dad . . .

. . . and Grandpa!

The speaker at our Veterans Assembly is a very familiar face to so many students at Norfolk Middle School.  Mrs. Thompson is a fourth grade teacher at Westside Elementary.
 Thank you, Mrs. Thompson, for your service and today's message.

Students in Room 100 were able to check in with their former teacher - - 
"best teacher EVER!"

“How important it is for us to recognize and celebrate our heroes and she-roes!” —Maya Angelou

Friday, October 31, 2014

Red Ribbon Recap

Don't get tied up in drugs!
We had a very successful Red Ribbon Week with participation from so many students and staff!  The highlights were neckties, crazy socks, hats, and flip-flops. It was a silly mix of accessories with an important message to live drug free and healthy. 
Sock it to drugs!
Put a cap on drugs!

Students proudly display their pledge cards - promising to lead a drug-free lifestyle. 
Thanks to everyone for participating.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

"I Excel in Math"

October's Estimation Jar was filled with candy corn taffy. After estimates were made, students drew tally marks for the given data. Tally marks is a review skill for fifth graders, so I tried to make it a little fun with the estimation jar.  

Brian was the winner of 53 pieces of taffy. He is now a big fan of tally marks!
More Exciting Math News to Share
NMS has added IXL for our students. IXL is a math software program. Since IXL is web-based, your student can access the program from your home computer. Whether your child needs some extra practice, or just something fun and educational to work on, IXL can help them improve their math skills. I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful educational opportunity for your child.  
Home Login Information 
Go to   https://www.ixl.com/signin/norfolk
Students have a username and password. 
Becoming good at math takes a significant amount of practice. When practice is fun, students are more likely to spend the time mastering necessary math skills. 
Let's do some math! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Red Ribbon Week

Red Ribbon Week is October 27 through October 31.  Red Ribbon Week is a week to raise awareness about the importance of being drug free. In 1988 President Reagan proclaimed the last full week in October as National Red Ribbon Week. It is estimated that more than 80 million participate in Red Ribbon Events every year.
Norfolk Middle School students will participate in activities and projects to support the anti-drug message of our school. Teachers have linked Red Ribbon Week to the current year's Energy Bus theme, "Stay Positive and Overcome Challenges." 
It is a week of fun themes and serious messages. 
Please mark your calendar and encourage your child to participate.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

We've got Chromebooks!

To say we are ecstatic is to put it mildly. Why? Because Google Classroom and Chromebooks are truly a winning combination. Paired together they are motivating students and making our classroom more efficient and collaborative. It's only been a couple of weeks, but we are having a great time. And this is just the beginning!

       What is a Chromebook?  
A Chromebook is a laptop that uses the Chrome OS (operating system).  All programs on the Chromebook actually live on the web so there is no installation of traditional computer programs. Please view the video. This short clip does a great job explaining these unique devices. 
Finally, today's post is giving a shout out to Mrs. Fehringer. This is our second year co-teaching and sharing students. Mrs. Fehringer brings so much creativity and technology into the classroom that I jot notes to keep up.  We certainly share a passion for teaching and we are working together to make this the best year for our students. 
Erin and Mrs. Fehringer

We've started second quarter with a new energy and the Chromebooks have definitely added excitement to the room!