Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Homework Monday
Read 20 Minutes
Write a paragraph about a virtue and why it is important to you.
Create a story/skit to explain the virtue

Homework Tuesday
Read 20 minutes
Math Wkbk-Daily Routines p. 273-275
Begin 3-D cell project

Homework Wednesday
Read 20 minutes
Math finish p. 607-609
Science Packet first page, L1
3 Things Prep.
Begin 3-D cell project

Homework Thursday
Read 20 minutes
Math finish p.611, 612
Begin 3-D cell project

Sunday, March 22, 2009



Homework Wednesday

Read 20 minutes
Math finish page in book and do wkbk page that goes with Ch. 26 lesson 2

Homework Thursday
Read 20 minutes
Math p.569-570
Study for test on Integers
Practice News Team Speech
Bring items, if necessary, for 3 Things Video
DLR/Spelling/Vocab Test Friday

Weekly Quotes: Spring
“Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.”

“Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"--Robin Williams

Dear Parents,
* We had quite a fun learning experience on our field trip to the Monterey Bay Weather Station on Friday. This trip was a perfect end to our unit of study about weather.

* This week our class will be sharing our President Cubes that we worked so hard on the last month in computers.

* Room 12 will also resume News Teams this week. Because of the budget crunch, local businesses have stopped donating the newspapers to our school. Consequently, we will use the computers in the lab to look up current news and print the stories for our teams to present next Monday.

* After recently purchasing a digital video camera for our class and the after school program, I have planned a new project entitled, "My Three Words." Ask your child about the powerful video we saw together to understand the project a little more. To go along with this project, we will learn 15 virtues/values this week. For instance, integrity, perseverance, honesty, etc.

* In math we will be studying Statistics/Probability this week, so we will talk about the odds and potential pairings for the NCAA Finals. We're down to the Sweet 16!

* I will be researching 5th grade American History Plays this week for a drama performance at the end of the year. Please let me know if you know of any good plays.

* In writing we will be doing a 5-paragraph narrative essay.

That's it for now. See you at school!
Mr. Sweet

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Week 28

Homework Monday
Read 20 minutes
Math-Team A Daily Routines Wkbk p. 170-172, Team B-p.171-173

Homework Tuesday
Finish writing final draft of Limerick + Color Pic
Write an Irish Fairy Tale

Homework Wednesday

Read 20min.
Social Studies Take Home Test
Ch. 9 use book
St. Patrick's Day Quotes

Oh, the music in the air!
An' the joy that's ivrywhere -
Shure, the whole blue vault of heaven is wan grand triumphal arch,
An' the earth below is gay
Wid its tender green th'-day,
Fur the whole world is Irish on the Seventeenth o' March!
~Thomas Augustin Daly

When Irish eyes are smiling,
'Tis like a morn in spring.
With a lilt of Irish laughter
You can hear the angels sing.
~Author Unknown

May your blessings outnumber
The shamrocks that grow,
And may trouble avoid you
Wherever you go.
~Irish Blessing
Dear Parents,
I am very proud of each child's progress this last trimester and if you have any questions, or would like to schedule a time to meet, please let me know. This week we will be setting our goals for the last trimester for Accelerated Reader. The goals are set based on their reading level and previous point totals. This Tuesday in the computer lab we will hopefully finish and print our President Cube project. Next week we will share them with the class. Please make sure your child brings a box of tissue for the assignment if they have not already done so. This coming week our class will continue our creative writing assignment. We are all writing our own American Revolution lyrics to our favorite songs. Some of these songs are: Ring of Fire, In Bloom, Breakaway, Hey Jude and many more. It is quite a fun project and the students will perform them for extra-credit. This project will take the place of the Chapter 9 test. (I know we are sad about this).

This Friday we will be going to the Monterey Bay Weather Station. We will need to be back for the big spin at 1pm. We are short one driver (4 students) at this point so if you can drive please let me know. Here are the drivers that have signed up: Kean (3), Linda (4), Kristin (4), Tara (5), Diane (6), Lisa (3). It would be great to get two more drivers because Kristin was a last resort driver who has gone on almost every trip and probably needs a break.

Our next field trip will be on Friday, April 24th when we go to the county courthouse for "Cookie Court." Keep an eye out for the permission slip.

Here is a list of the students that HAVE (less than half) paid the $28 for the Roaring Camp Field Trip. If your child is not on the list, please send it in by Friday. It is on my credit card. I know money is tight for all of us, so if you need a scholarship, please let me know. Also, here is the link to this amazing field trip. http://www.roaringcamp.com/schlgrps.html
Dante, Graham, Rachel F., Christopher, Jack H., Haley, Jade, Kate, Daniel, Jack O., Olivia, Rachel S., Alyna

That's it for now!
Mr. Sweet

P.S. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Our band is playing at the Crow's Nest on Tuesday for those parents who can get away on a date.

Sunday, March 8, 2009


Reading 20 min. A.R.
Math-Finish p.305+p.129in HWWKB
Science-Do study guide-Test Thursday on Weather Unit of study
Social Studies-finish p. 92,93
BRING CUBE TO CLASS FOR PROJECT-We'll work on it at the lab.

Thursday Homework
Read 20min.
Study for tests

Monday, March 2, 2009


Read p. 76-88
Math - Finish Ch.3 test (No parent help)
Finish p. 89
Writing-Finish Rough Draft of American Revolution Story
Newspaper Book Report Due Thursday

Read p. 97-111
Math - Team A-p. 121HW WKBK/p. 134 Daily
Team B- p. 170 Daily/157, 158 Hw Wkbk
Newspaper Book Report Due Thursday

Finish Math - p. 301-302
Finish Bookmark
Finish Final Draft of Revolutionary Writing

Weather Unit Review…Test-Thursday, March 12th.

1. Describe the three levels of the Earth’s atmosphere. Which level has the most pressure? Thickest? Where does most of the weather take place?

2. Why is air pressure highest at sea level?

3. Describe what happens in an area of high pressure.

4. What are convection currents?

5. What happens to cause a sea breeze?

6. Describe the flow of the California current.

7. Where on Earth does the water evaporate the fastest?

8. Understand: humidity, current, precipitation and wind.

9. Understand the difference between: cirrus, cumulus, cumulonimbus and stratus clouds.

10. What are condensed small water droplets that are near ground level?

11. Describe what a barometer, hygrometer, anemometer and thermometer measure.

12. Every air mass has two characteristics…what are they?

13. Understand different air masses and the type of weather they bring.

14. What is the difference and what results from a cold/warm front?

15. How does wind interact with a tropical depression?

16. Describe what happens in a hurricane. On land, at sea, how fast are the winds?

17. If air pressure is going up each day what can you infer about the weather that is coming? Why? Explain.


This project will give you the opportunity to research one of our nation's past presidents! You will present and explain your cube in front of the class for an oral grade.

Directions: You may gather information about your president using your Social Studies book, encyclopedias, other books, the Internet, or any other appropriate resources. Neatly type or write the information onto a separate piece of paper and glue it to the cube. Cover a square tissue box with white or colored paper. Decorate your cube with borders and accents. You may use colored pencils, markers, crayons, stickers, construction paper, or any other appropriate materials.

Your cube has six sides. Below is a list of the information that must be on the cube.

Side 1: The President's Name (in large letters)
• The years he served as president
• His numerical order (Washington was the 1st president)
• The number of terms in office (each term is 4 years)
• Optional information: political party (republican, democrat, etc.) and vice presidents
Side 2: Previous life experience
• This side should include any information about previous jobs held by this president (lawyer, governor, actor, etc.)
Side 3: Major Historical Events during the president's term
• List any historical events that occurred while that president was in office (was there a war during his term, etc.)
• This side should also mention any well-known policies enacted by the president such as FDR’s "New Deal."
Side 4: Personal Information
• This information must include the date of birth and death (if applicable), the cause of death, and information on his family (wife, children, etc.)
Side 5: Map of your president's home state
• This map should be hand drawn, in color, include the capital and the city of the president's birth
Side 6: A picture of the president
• A hand drawn picture of your president
• This picture can be traced or sketched free-hand. It cannot be a photocopy, a photo from a book, or printed from a computer.
Remember: Neatness and Creativity Count