Wednesday, March 14, 2012


Happy 'PI' day!  Did you know it is 3.14 and that is Pi Day?!?  Mathematicians unite!
Pi, Greek letter
(π), is the symbol for the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Pi Day is celebrated by math enthusiasts around the world on March 14th. Pi = 3.1415926535…

With the use of computers, Pi has been calculated to over 1 trillion digits past the decimal. Pi is an irrational and transcendental number meaning it will continue infinitely without repeating. The symbol for pi was first used in 1706 by William Jones, but was popular after it was adopted by the Swiss mathematician Leonhard Euler in 1737.

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Aaliyah is our birthday girl today!!!
ALSO, HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO AALIYAH!!!!  We love you so, so much and hope you have the best day ever!!! 

a.m. Activities:
This morning, we took a practice KPREP assessment for Reading which is the new name for our summative tests that we take each spring (formerly referred to as CATS testing or KCCT testing).  It is imperative that we practice the procedures and expectations for this testing to be as adequately prepared as possible!  Also, tests look very different from years past so we got to iron out the kinks!  The students were so encouraging and supportive of each other and it was incredible to see!  Because of these though, we had quite the "adjusted schedule"!

At the completion of the test, we had READING and with my class, we played a few games for review - visit THIS LINK to practice Main Idea, or THIS LINK to practice with Author's Purpose.
HOMEWORK: "From Pet to Threat" and "Nobel Work" reading passages.  Read the passages and answer the coinciding questions.  These are due TOMORROW. 

At the completion of Reading, we went to RECESS, had a boxed lunch in the classroom, had D.E.A.R. time and then Guidance with Ms. Burks for our special area class.

We finally got around to MATH by 1:10.  We worked on hundredths in decimals.  It takes 10 hundredths to equal 1 tenth.  I compare these to dimes and pennies for easier understanding of the concept.  Hundredths are like pennies because it takes one hundred pennies to equal one dollar (one whole), and tenths are like dimes because it takes 10 dimes to equal one dollar (one whole).  Accordingly, it takes 10 pennies (hundredths) to equal 1 dime (a tenth).
HOMEWORKWORKBOOK pages 5, 6, 7, and 8 for MY MATH CLASS; WORKBOOK PAGES 5-6 for Ms. Frederick's class

Following MATH, our day was complete!

We do NOT have school on Friday (March 16th).

UK plays tomorrow at 6 (against my alma mater - Western Kentucky University - ahhhh!!!)

**I sent home conference requests in planners TODAY for conference night on Thursday, March 22nd.  Please schedule yours with me as soon as possible.  If you cannot meet on the day of the 22nd, see the back for scheduling another day in the following week.  It is VERY important that we meet so we can go over your child's report card, progress for this year, and next steps as we prepare the students to transition to 5th grade.**

Spring Break is 11 school days away after today!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and perfect Pi Day!
Mrs. Thomas

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