September 18

The Box Method For Multiplication

Here are two video tutorials to help with using the box method for multiplying. The first is a two digit number by a digit number and the second is a two digit number by a three digit number.
The box method uses numbers broken out into expanded form organized into separate boxes to keep the products separate.

September 17

Fall Break

I know we are all looking forward to having a week off but we all also need to keep our brains busy and our learning momentum going! With that in mind our students will be bringing home their DMR and DLR morning work folders and completing WEEK 8 ONLY! We will have our Week 8 DMR quiz Monday when we return from break. I will also be sending home reading passages and a text structure identification activity and students should still be reading each night. I will not require that students complete an hour of reading on MyOn but I will give extra credit in reading to those who do! Students should spend time on First In Math each day to become more fluent in multiplication facts and practice math skills in addition to the practice sheets they will bring home on Friday. We now also have access to our math text book. Students can login with their student ID number and use the password “cobbmath1”.

I hope you all have a wonderful and refreshing fall break! I will see you all in a week!

September 3

Division, Text Features and MORE!

We are hard at work learning strategies for division that WILL include long division! Below I have added an image and a video explaining partial quotients that will be very helpful to parents and students. We will continue our work with division into next week and have a quiz towards the end of the week.

Partial Quotients

Students are working on identifying non-fiction text features and recognizing how they help with comprehending what they are reading. In class they have created books about the Titanic and are diligently annotating each page as they find the features we have discussed. I am already very proud of the progress they are making and am excited for you all to enjoy the finished product.
Below is a video about the tragedy that we all found interesting in class. It was a fun way to begin our lesson and got all of our students ready to learn!

Please take a moment to review the information on our school wide behavior program, PBIS. PBIS is a research based plan that has already proven to be wonderfully effective here at Nickajack and across the country. We have seen a marked improvement in hallway and cafeteria behavior already this year as it compares to the last school year.

PBIS Parent Brochure

Mrs. Lloyd and our outstanding administration staff have organized four workshops to help support our parents. The first one, coming up in October is going to cover HOMEWORK STRATEGIES. Not only is the workshop free to all Nickajack parents but out amazing PTSA will also be providing childcare and dinner! If you would like to attend any or all sessions simply return the bottom portion of the flyer to school by September 11.

NES Parent Workshop Flyer (2)

Last but not least it is time to BACK THE JACK! This is our yearly campaign sponsored by the foundation to raise money that funds everything from a brand new computer lab to teacher grants. Please consider donating if you can and help fund our students and school! Whether you can give $1.00 or $1,000.00 every dollar counts and is greatly appreciated. Just visit the NES Foundation webpage to make your donation! The class that raises the most money will receive a special treat from Mrs. Lloyd…*wink, wink*

Don’t for get to check Mrs. Curley’s and Ms. Burney’s blogs for ELA, science and social studies information as well.

I hope everyone enjoys their three day weekend! Happy Labor Day!