Monday, October 3, 2016

Happy Monday Parents!

I wanted to update you about some of the software that we have been using in class. This is educational software that is designed to engage students while also allowing them to practice essential skills. The neat part about all these programs though, is that that they can be used at home on a PC, Mac, or mobile device! I encourage the students to practice at home and use these programs whenever possible.  All the students have user names and passwords for these programs, however, if they have forgotten them, feel free to send me an email and I can give you that information.

Without further ado, here they are:

1. IXL: This is a math practice program that quizzes students on the topics that they have been learning in class already. There is an extensive list correlated to the Common Core Math Standards, Just log-in at the top right of the page, then choose a grade (5 or 6). Topics will be displayed and students can choose what topic and sub-topic to practice.

2.Typing: This is a free typing practice program. There are lessons, typing games, and typing tests designed to improve students typing abilities. The lessons range from beginner to advanced, and I have found that the typing games are quite popular (while still giving the students a chance to practice typing skills). I don't need to tell you how crucial a skill typing is these days, it's also part of the common core curriculum for ELA (English Language Arts). By the end of the year students are expected to be able to type in one sitting either 2 pages (5th grade) or 3 pages (6th grade). So, practice, Practice, PRACTICE!

3. Khan Academy: This one is great not only for reviewing math (there is an entire section devoted to EngageNY, the curriculum that we use in the school), but also for any other extra-curricular interests that students might have. It's totally free, and you may but do not need to create an account to use. So, students having trouble figuring out a particular lesson we've gone over in class? Well, jump on Khan Academy and find the elementary math section, the right grade, then scroll down to the bottom of the page and look for a box that says "EngageNY". You'll find a wealth of videos and practice quizzes too.

I hope you find these useful and that they will support your students in their learning both in and out of school.

Until next time,

Mr. B    

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


The Class will be participating in StarBase this year as part of our unit on motion and forces.

We've just scratched the surface of Newton's Laws, but we'll be getting ready to study more so that the class has a basic understanding of the concepts behind the work that they will be doing there.

The dates for these full day trips are as follows:

Friday,October 14th
Friday, October 21st
Friday, October 28th
Friday, November 4th
Thursday, November 10th

I am looking for a parent or guardian chaperone to accompany us on these trips, especially the 21st, as a substitute will be going on the trip instead of myself. If you are available, even just one day, please email me and let me know.
Hello All! Welcome to the blog for the SCS 5th and 6th Grade Class! The purpose of this Blog is to keep you up to date on the things we're learning about in class, the field trips we have scheduled, and give you an opportunity to interact with me and each other so we can work as a community to support our students in every way possible. 

I will be making weekly updates to let you know what we'll be learning about in the classroom and posting we pertinent when there are new updates for the class and the school. 

I hope you find this a helpful resource, let me know if you have any questions, or would like to see an additional type of content on here.