Until January!

Wow! It has been such a fun semester with all of these wonderful Target students! I have a slideshow coming soon from all of the challenging fun we have had since August!

Thanksgiving Lunch on Friday- 5th graders will report back to their homerooms at 12:00 on Friday to enjoy Lunch with their class and families. Come out and enjoy this wonderful time!

Due to our testing window beginning, Target students will not have class until January. I will give out their official January start date as I know more information.

2nd Grade Update: On Tuesday, we completed our Chess unit! Students used their critical thinking skills in order to work their way through chess. Over the course of the semester, students learned about the History of chess, they completed algebraic reasoning problems about how much each chess piece would cost using variables. AND they even created pictures using quadrant I on a coordinate plane! They can tell you exactly where each chess pieces goes using coordinates! We talked about how artificial intelligence is used to create the perfect game of chess on a computer and how it can be almost impossible to beat. To learn about artificial intelligence, they played a game of naughts and crosses (tic-tac-toe) against the worlds more intelligent piece of paper! Unfortunately….they lost and the paper won….every. single. time. It has been a blast this semester getting to know these brilliant children! I can’t wait to see what next semester holds! Have a wonderful and safe break!

4th and 5th Grade Updates: To say there was an explosion of brilliance in my room is an understatement. I cannot even begin to tell you how cool these inventions are! The students have been working hard through the engineering design process to create their inventions! They worked collaboratively to create pitches. These pitches need to be memorized by the time we come back in January. They also have the AWESOME opportunity to send their pitches off to Georgia Tech professors for feedback. Our tentative date for our InVention convention will be in Feb. As soon as the date is finalized, I will let you know!

I want to thank you parents for being patient with my blog as my students took it over for the semester!

October 20, 2017 still working on inventure

Today we focused on Inventure. We were working on researching our designs to support our ideas. Other groups were either trying out a prototype or figuring out their logo. We also started working on our pitches. In conclusion, our main focus was InVenture today. Have a wonderful weekend!

-Mirella (5th Grade)


Today was a lot of fun. We learned a bit of German instead of Hands On Equations (H.O.E) from Ms. Baker. We learned the alphabet, colors and numbers from 1-10. We worked through the Define (yellow) section of our InVenture notebooks. Most of us got through page 5. We worked on team names, our hooks, problem statements, solve a problem and research. Happy Birthday Mireya and thanks for the cookies :). Over all is was a fun class, and I can’t wait for  the weekend and next week target! Remember to do the homework you and your team decided on.

From your guest blogger, Grace Fuleihan (Mrs. Mcalpine’s 5th grade class)


We had so much fun today!!!!!

First, we did H.O.E.! Everyone has made so much progress in H.O.E since the beginning of the year! Then, we went to Mrs. Robertson’s classroom to do our affective lesson. After, was, I think everyone’s favorite part of the day… InVenture!

Have an AWESOME weekend!!!!!!


Mireya (5th)

(For 5th grade, students decided their own homework as teams (with my approval) in order to be prepared for what they need to do next for InVenture. This is written in the Homework section of the tally. Some of the homework requires some parental assistance! They will let you know if they need it!)

Almost to Fall Break!:)

We’re almost to fall break!! Today we started out our day with the great, amazing, spectacular, super, cool, tubular hands on equations! Unfortunately the hands on equations had to end eventually, but lucky for us…Mrs. Robertson awaited us. We imagined ourselves on our 80th birthday. We came back to Ms. Baker’s room brainstormed to add stuff to our InVenture notebooks until…THE FIRE ALARM (at 1:30!) After the drill we ran outside and played until we turned purple!  Then it was off the Fall Break!

Don’t forget to do your self evaluation for homework! It shouldn’t take you too long to do!

Until next time,

-Shiloh (5th)



Today we…lets see what did do today? … Oh I found where the stuff is that said what we did. Our Agenda on the Tally! First, we learned about the patent steps. Second, we reserched patents. Lastly, we SCAMPERED a new shoping cart p.s. DO YOUR HOMEWORK (Interview 5 adults on global problems). Also, Grey is the best person ever.                                                   By: Guess who (5th Grade)



Happy Friday!

Good afternoon parents! We officially started Hands On Equations today and had a group lesson on subtracting positive and negative numbers. Today in class we got into our groups for InVenture and the kids were super excited! Ms. Baker gave each group their own InVenture notebook. We glued everything in and we wrote down the things we did today in our InVenture journal.  We did a Decision Matrix which was to think of the best ideas that we had  from our homework. Our homework for next week is to create InVenture Group Norms. The kids will write what is important to them in making their experience with their groups successful. We had another wonderful day! I hope you and your family have an wonderful weekend!


Kilyn (5th)

“I loved today’s target class. My favorite thing of today was woosh, bang, pow! Smart snips is when we cut different shapes and we did something like origami. The bow was the hardest! My favorite part of the Asia map was labeling. China was the biggest! My favorite part of kid chess was playing and learning about it. I learned how to play chess. We did brain breaks. The games we did was woosh bang pow and family photos. We wooshed with our hands, we showed our muscles with a bang, we pretened we had a bow and arrow. Family photos, we pretended we were families and we did different poses like we were in photos.


Remember to do your homework!


Great Daaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’ve started our switching of the classes !!!!!!! I really hope Ms. Baker enjoyed her second H.O.E. class. I really think most  of our class enjoyed H.O.E. today because I heard a lot of “yay’s”.  I loved it. Then, we switched. I loved our lesson with Mrs.Robertson and ( for those of you who didn’t know )  she got a hamster!!!!!!

Then 11th invention was awesome!!!!! There was a lot of different ideas! (Although the toilet was most common.) The circle diagram was also really fun too. I didn’t get to do InVenture last year so all the ideas she showed us really inspired me.

We also learned a lot about empathy. I hope everyone understands it. Parents please don’t protest when kids start interviewing you, it’s their homework! Also please tell other people they might want to interview. Be prepared to answer questions like: If there was any global problem in the world what would it be? How do you think you can make a difference? And what thing/invention could solve this problem? They will need to ask 6 adults so please give advice!

Enjoy your weekend!!!!

Donaca (5th)

2nd Grade


“My favorite part of target was doing the broken board. The broken board is where you solve a chess board piece that was jumbled. It was so much fun .”

-Sakshi (2nd Grade)

Second grade was such a blast today! We were able to get a lot of work finished. For homework, students will need to do their best to compare Shatranj vs. Modern Chess. We went over the actual person, or animal each piece represents in class. For instance, a Rook is representative of a crow like bird. The kiddos discussed how the pieces looks like a watch tower and they compared it to the bird. (It was a great discussion!) Just have them try their best to complete the matching! It is ok if it is wrong.




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