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Internet Shortcuts on Desktop

Posted by Todd Wasil on August 17, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade |

As a homeroom teacher, you are required every morning to use the internet when you take attendance and lunch counts. After you turn your computer on you have to click on the internet and then click on Progress Book to access the program. Well, let’s shorten that step to just one. You can put a shortcut to Progress Book and any other favorite site you may have right on your desktop or task bar. (Refer to last week’s post) This one step saves a few seconds and limits the time you have to stand there waiting. You will just see an icon like the one below on your desktop. Just double click and Progress Book will open right up.  You can rename it by right mouse clicking on it and calling it Progress Book if you would like. Hope this saves you time and thanks again for reading. Click here for step by step directions.

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Locking Your Computer

Posted by Todd Wasil on August 17, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade |

This is a great shortcut for teachers and staff around a building full of curious little minds. For example, you are in the middle of an email and something comes up (happens all the time to me) so you need to quickly (under two seconds-I promise) lock your screen and attend to the matter. By holding down the Windows Key and pressing L – your screen will lock.  Click on the picture below to see enlarged version. Then your screen will only show a login prompt for your password. Just type in your password that you use everyday for your computer and the screen goes right back to what you were working on. Give it a try, I promise you will benefit from it. As always, thanks for reading and any questions or comments please post below under the comment’s section.

 

 

 

 

 

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Keep Your Computer Running at Peak Performance

Posted by Todd Wasil on August 17, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade |

Here is the scenario-Your computer is slow and sluggish. You are frustrated and then you call your tech guy to help. Well, the first thing us tech guys do is clean up your machine, by doing an error check and of course check for viruses. You can do a lot of this yourself because the computer comes equipped to do so. The first step is to do a disk clean up. This takes about 3 to 5 minutes. Next, you will defragment your hard drive. This will probably take a lot of you 30-60 minutes so make sure you do not need your computer. You only press a couple of buttons; the computer does the rest for that hour. My computer will only take about 7 minutes to defragment because I do this at least once a month (which is recommended). Wikipedia states under the myths section that defragmenting will probably not make your computer faster, but it has been my personal experience that it does help- especially if you do it at least 1 time a month.Click here for directions on how to defragment and use disk cleanup.

 

For the internet challenges you will need to clear out your cookies, delete your history and make sure you are running effective antivirus software along with Adware and Spyware protection. Here at school you should be okay. But at home, you need to consider running these programs. Mine are free at home and you can read about them by clicking here. I have been running AVG virus protection for free now for about a year and I love it. Okay, now that I have told you this, here’s what I want you to do. Follow these directions by clicking here. Try to do this monthly and you will be happy with your computer. As always, thanks for reading and please consider trying this on your own. It is very important and will save you lots of headaches in the future. 

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Kids Favorite Videos

Posted by Todd Wasil on July 19, 2011 in Front Page |


Kids Favorite Videos from in class.

Curriculum and Homework May 30- June 3rd

Posted by Todd Wasil on May 27, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

Reading/Language Arts

There will be no story or spelling words this week due to Memorial Day and The Last Read-a-thon day of the year on Friday.

No School Monday, May 30th due to Memorial Day

This week, we will write our Charlotte’s Web Book Report! This will be a Cereal Box Book Report and will consist of the following:

  1. Students will invent a name for their cereal that is related to the book Charlotte’s Web. Some choices could be “Wilbur Flakes” or “Charlotte’s Crunch.”
  2. On the right side they will make a list of ingredients that include the story elements with characters and setting.
  3. On the left side, they will write a summary that describes the main problem and the solution of the book.
  4. On the back of the box design a game that relates to the story.
  5. On the top of the box include the author, title, number of pages, and number of starts you would give this book.

 

Math

This week we move on to probability and guide children as they collect and interpret data from spinner experiments with outcomes that are equally likely and not equally likely. Next we will guide children as they represent the likelihood of outcomes with visual models. We will continue to do Simple Solutions all week for homework

 

Science

The class will learn about adaptation and instinct this week Also, we will relate animal structures to their specific survival functions (e.g. obtaining food, escaping or hiding from enemies).  Lastly, we will describe how changes in an organism’s habitat are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.

 

Social Studies- We will test over Chapter 7 Citizenship on Wednesday. The study guide was completed last week in class and sent home on Thursday.

 

Extras

Gumball Reward! Yes, we have our final reward day on Friday. As always, students may bring in books, games, snacks, sleeping bags, pjs, pillows, drinks for this day.

Homework: Will be updated daily as assigned.

Monday, May 30th–  No School Today

Tuesday, May 31st -Math-simple solutions 38-39   Social Studies- study for Chapter 7 Citizenship test.

Wednesday, June 1st Math- simple solutions pages

Thursday, June 2nd –  Math- simple solutions pages Read-a-Thon day tomorrow.

Friday, June 3rd- Bring in Books, snacks, sleeping bags…

 

Curriculum and Homework May 23rd-27th

Posted by Todd Wasil on May 20, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

Reading/Language Arts

The third story in our theme will be:  Boom Town on pages 196-215. This historical fiction story looks at the life of young Amanda, whose gooseberry pies become famous in mining camps of the early frontier, and eventually helps transform a tiny community into a thriving boom town.

Our skills this week will include:  learning new vocabulary, main ideas and details, using context to confirm meaning, self-questioning, classification, fact and opinion, and using references and resources.

Our grammar for the week will be:  present tense. This week, students will be working on spelling words with VCV (Vowel Consonant Vowel).

 

Math

The class will take a test on Chapter 10 Measurement on Thursday. On Monday we will complete a review guide in class. Wednesday math is shortened due to the Central School Field trip in the morning during our math block.

 

Science

Later on in the week we move on to chapter 5 in science titled Where Living Things Are Found.   Students will be able to describe possible negative consequences for people and wildlife under conditions of crowding. We will also identify the components of a habitat; recognize how humans and other animals depend upon habitats. Our class will describe how changes in an organism’s habitat are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.

 

Social Studies

Students will be able to describe good citizen characteristics, and identify good citizens of the past. The class has been working on a packet for this unit and will bring it home later next week.

 

Extra

Monday- We have the library visit to show the students what their summer program will look like.

Wednesday- Central School Visit 9:45-11:15

Thursday-We will visit the high school after lunch to listen to the Orchestra.

Friday- End of selection is today instead of Thursday due to the Orchestra show.

Friday- Last Store of the today 2:45-3:30

 

Monday 23rd– Math review guide – look over for Thursday’s test. Simple Solutinos pages 32-33. Social studies worksheet 65-66.

Curriculum and Homework May 16th-20th

Posted by Todd Wasil on May 16, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

Reading/Language Arts

Our next story is titled Yippee-Yay! This expository nonfiction story looks at the life the American cowhand in the Old West and how exciting and tough it was.  It includes taming wild horses and working on cattle drives.

Our skills this week will include:  learning new vocabulary, main ideas and details, using context to confirm meanings, the VCCV (Vowel Consonant Consonant Vowel) syllable pattern, classification, categorization, fact and opinion, and using references and resources.

Our grammar work for the week will be: main and helping verbs. The students will also be working on the VCCV words in spelling. We will also continue to read Charlotte’s web and hope to start writing our Charlotte’s Web Book cereal box book report this week. If you have any empty cereal boxes, we are still in need for many! Our End of Selection test will be on Thursday.

 

Math

This week we will explore the uses of the calculator and the keys. The class will learn how to use numbers stored in memory. Also, I will guide children as they make frequency tables and as they find the median, mean, and mode of data sets. The students will also plot coordinates on coordinate grids. We will complete chapter 10 this week and fill out a review guide on Thursday. This will come home and our test will be on Tuesday.

 

Science

This past Thursday, Students completed a review packet for chapter 4 using their books. This was a short unit and the class will take a test on Wednesday. On Thursday, we will begin chapter 5. Students will be able to describe possible negative consequences for people and wildlife under conditions of crowding. They will also identify the components of a habitat and recognize how humans and other animals depend upon habitats. Finally, they will describe how changes in an organism’s habitat are sometimes beneficial and sometimes harmful.

 

Social Studies

Students will be able to understand and apply basic rights of citizens, understand purpose of Bill of Rights, and explain the voting process. Students will also understand citizens have responsibilities, concept of common good, obey laws, and taxes as responsibilities.

 

Extras

Friday, May 20th-Third Grade picture day. Students should wear their red shirts this day.

 

Friday-Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in the cafeteria at 8:30 AM. Please stop in for some breakfast this morning. This is our way to show you how much we appreciate YOU!

 

Homework: Will be updated daily as assigned.

Monday, May 16th–  Science- look over Chapter 4 Fossils for test tomorrow. Math-simple solutions pages 24-25 

Tuesday, May 17th -Math-simple solutions   Reading–  read Yippee-Yah on pages 170-187.

Wednesday, May 18th Math- simple solutions pages   Reading– study vocabulary for end of selection test tomorrow. Sign Permission slip letters coming home for inner-school field trips next week to Central School and High school orchestra.

Thursday, May 19th –  Math- simple solutions pages .  Spelling- study for test .

Friday, May 20th-

 

Fossil Digging See video

Posted by Todd Wasil on May 13, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

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Curriculum and Homework May 9th-13th

Posted by Todd Wasil on May 6, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

Reading/Language Arts

This week, we will be starting Theme 5: Good Neighbors. In this theme, students discover that people in communities rely on one another for goods and services as well as support. They take a closer look at the interactions that make communities survive and thrive.

The first story of our theme will be: Leah’s Pony on pages 148-163. When dust storms devastate the crops, Leah’s family must auction off their livestock and farm equipment to repay a bank loan. Leah saves the family’s farm by selling her pony to buy papa’s tractor for $1. This inspires the neighbors to bid low and return everything to the family.

Our skills this week will include: learning new vocabulary, fact and opinion, self-questioning, compound words, alliteration, and vivid verbs. Our grammar work for the week will be: action verbs. In writing this week, children will be working on putting quotation marks into a sentence. This week, students will be working on compound words. Please look at these words each night and the spelling test will be on Friday.

 

Math

Continue on to chapter 10 with measurement and data. In this unit, students will review and extend their previous work with measures of length, weight, and capacity. Measurements will be displayed in graphs and frequency tables.  The emphasis on hands-on activities in this unit reflects the fact that anything that involves measures begins with the use of measuring tools. Children will also extend previous informal work with the median and mode of a set of data and introduce the standard method of calculating the mean.  These statistical measures are used to analyze and compare measurement data.  Unit 10 has three main areas of focus:

  • To review units, tools, and measures of weight, length, and capacity.
  • To introduce the mean of a set of data.
  • To gain experience with plotting points on a coordinate grid.

 

Science

Students will demonstrate and identify characteristics of fossils by making one of their own.  The class will identify how living things of the past compare with those of today and what extinction is. We will also have an opportunity to have a “fossil dig” later on in the week! This is a very short chapter and only consists of a few lessons. We will have a chapter quiz on this next week.

 

Homework: Will be updated daily as assigned.

Monday, May 9th–  Science- page 159 due by Wednesday.  Math-simple solutions pages 12-13 

Tuesday, May 10th -Math-simple solutions 14-15  Reading–  read Leah’s Pony on pages 148-163.

Wednesday, May 11th Math- simple solutions pages 16-17.  Reading– study vocabulary for end of selection test tomorrow.

Thursday, May 12th –  Math- simple solutions pages 18-19.  Spelling- study for test .

Friday, May 13th-

 

Teacher Appreciation all week- Thank you to all!!!

 

Curriculum and Homework May 2nd-6th

Posted by Todd Wasil on April 29, 2011 in Year past 3rd grade with Comments closed |

No HOMEWORK all week due to testing!!!

Monday- 5/2/11- Practicing and reviewing for Ohio Ach. Test on Tuesday morning from 9:30-12:00. Social Studies- preparing for our Cleveland Field trip on Thursday. Homework tonight- Get plenty of sleep and eat a great breakfast  tomorrow morning.


Tuesday- 5/3/11- Reading Ach. Test 9:30-12:00. A snack will be provided around 10:30.  Art class will be 12:30-1:30. The rest of the afternoon will be a class kick ball game outside. Mr. Wasil is playing all day pitcher.  Homework tonight- Get plenty of sleep and eat a great breakfast tomorrow morning.


Wednesday – 5/4/11- Math Ach. Test 9:30-12:00. A snack will be provided around 10:30. Music class will be in the afternoon. We will continue our Charlotte’s Web chapter book and summaries. We are making Power Point presentations in the computer lab over Charlotte’s Web. Social Studies- Cleveland Unit and note taking sheets. Homework- packed lunch, dress appropriately for field trip tomorrow. Wear red Highland Drive shirts or Indians shirts…

 

Thursday-5/5/11- Field Trip Today.

9:30- Leave Highland Drive
10:10- arrive at Progressive Field
10:10-11:10- tour the stadium
11:10-11:30- Gift Shop
11:35-12:25- Lunch in the grassy field in between the Baseball field and The Q arena
12:25-1:20 Lolly the Trolly tour
2:00- return to Highland

 

Friday- 5/6/11– Art Appreciation Day here at Highland. Do not have a schedule yet. Students will be going from room to room participating in different art projects. This is a yearly event and we thank the PSO for sponsoring it.

Next Week we will continue our Cleveland Unit in Social Studies, start a small unit in Science on fossils and begin Chapter 10 in math on measurement.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE FANTASTIC AND DEVOTED MOTHERS OUT THERE!!!

 

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