Monday, December 17, 2012


5/6 have a reading minute option over winter break.  They will be getting more information about it tomorrow.

6th Grade:
lit builder-personal narrative worksheet due Wednesday or after break
Math - journal pg.-162 and 163 (need geo-template!!!)
spelling-due wednesday or right after break

GINGERBREAD ITEMS should be brought in tomorrow!

Friday, December 14, 2012


Reading - Reading mintues and parent signature

Grammar homework due Monday

Porter - 5.9
Bolger - Study guide

Science - take notes over the investigation for unit 7

Gingerbread items by Tuesday!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

12/13 homework

reading hrm
Spelling test tomorrow
6th graders need rough draft of personal narrative paragraph
Porter 5.7 5.8
Bolger 5.11
Farnsworth - finish test tomorrow

Bring gingerbread items by Tuesday!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Lit. builder due tomorrow - Tin Lizzie
Spelling due Thursday

porter = X
bolger graph sheet
Farnsworth - Study guide - Test tomorrow!!!

Bring in gingerbread items!


Reading - HRM
6th grade lit. builder - Tin Lizzie

Porter - 5.5
Bolger - 5.10
Farnsworth - 4.11

Bring in gingerbread items!

Monday, December 10, 2012


6th grade Lit. builder - Tin Lizzie

Spelling - 5/6 due Thursday

porter:study link 5.4
bolger:study link 5.9
Farnsworth: p. 156 journal  S.L. 4.10

Gingerbread items can be brought in whenever!

Friday, December 7, 2012


Writing:Grammar (5th grade) / 6th grade pg.128
Farnsworth-Math pg.132 (unless done in class)
Science:How many magnets can hold how many washers?

Gingerbread letter - Tell your parents if you volunteered to bring something!!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

12/6 homework

Reading - HRM
Writing - Spelling test tomorrow!
6th grade - rough draft of descriptive paragraph due!

Math -
Farnsworth - 4.9
Bolger 5.7
Porter 5.3

Science - Make a list of things with magnets or that are magnetic

Team 3 Winter concert tomorrow at 2:00!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Reading:HRM due Monday
Writing:Spelling due Thursday
Bolger-Study guide
Farnsworth-S.L. 4.8
Science:Try to find things that are magnetic or a magnet

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

12/4 homework

Reading: HRM

Writing:Spelling due Thursday

Porter-S.L. 5.2
Farnsworth-S.L. 4.7

Science:seeing what is magnetic

Friday, November 30, 2012

11/30 homework

Reading - Total reading minutes and get a parent signature by Monday!!!

Writing - Grammar homework (6th grade - p.116)

Math -
Porter - 5.1
Bolger - 5.3
Farnsworth - 4.6

Thursday, November 29, 2012

11/29 homework

Reading - HRM

Writing - 6th grade - p. 115 grammar and rough draft of compare/contrast essay
Spelling test

Math -
Porter - 5.1
Bolger - Fractions sheet
Farnsworth - Nothing

Social Studies - Test over chapter 7 tomorrow

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

11/28 homework

Reading- HRM and Spelling due tomorro
6th- Lit Builder Margret Bourke White
Porter- pg 121, 122 and test corrected and signed
Bolger- SL 5.2
6th- SL 4.5
Other- TFK

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

11/27 Homework

Reading- HRM
6th- Lit. Builder
Porter: EM games 20 min
Bolger: SL 5.1

Monday, November 26, 2012

11/26 Homework

Reading- HRM, spelling, and signature
6th grade - Lit. builder Margret B.
Porter-Finish divition, study for test
Bolger- Divition
6th-Sl 4.3
S.S.- Chapter 7 notes

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

11/20 HW

Reading- HRM
Math- Porter- Computation Sheet
  Have A Great Break!

Monday, November 19, 2012

11/19 homework

Reading- HRM
Math-Porter-Study Guide-Bolger-Study Guide
Book orders due tomorro at 8:30

Thursday, November 15, 2012

11/15 homework

Reading - HRM
Writing - Spelling Test
Math -
Bolger - 4.7

Social Studies - Read and take notes about Rhode Island in your interactive notebook

Book orders due Monday

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

11/14 homework

Reading - HRM
6th graders lit builder due tomorrow - The Doppler Effect
Writing - Spelling due tomorrow!
Porter - 4.3
Bolger - 4.6
6th - None

Author Visit tomorrow (getting t-shirts)
Book orders due Nov. 20th - Class activation code - GQVZ4

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

11/13 homework

porter:spelling 4.4
Bolger:4.5 spelling
6th:study guide spelling lit builder

Monday, November 12, 2012

11/8 homework

bolger;4.4 spelling
6th;lit builder spelling pg 121 sl 3.10
PTO 6:30 tuesday

Thursday, November 8, 2012

11/8 homework

Have a great 3-day weekend!!!

Reading - Reading minutes signed and totaled by Monday.   Our goal minutes should be minimum of 80!!

Writing - Grammar due Monday
6th grade - Book Review needs to be done Monday

Porter - Test signed and corrected, 4.2
Farnsworth - SL 3.9 (done and corrected!)

6th grade is speaking to PTO Tuesday night at 6:30 about School of the Wild.  Come anyone who can!!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

11/7 homework

Reading - HRM
Writing - Spelling homework and test!!
6th grade - Book review rough draft, optional writing assignment, "Once upon a time I had a dream...."

Porter - finish 4.1
Bolger - map skills worksheet
Farnsworth - 3.8 SL

Social Studies - Take notes on the back of your cards and be ready to present tomorrow about your explorer!

Book Fair will run until Friday

Conferences will be Thursday after school and all day Friday (no school for students!)

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

11/6 homework

Reading - HRM

Writing - Spelling homework due Thursday
6th grade needs to write down the title of at least 2 books they have read this year (or stories from class) that they could write a book review for!

Porter - 4.1
Bolger - 4.2
Farnsworth - 3.7

Book Fair - We may visit the book fair Wednesday or Thursday, so if you want to send in money with students they would have about 15 minutes to look around.

Monday, November 5, 2012

11/5 homework

Reading - Keep those reading minutes and parent signatures coming in!!!

Writing - Spelling due Thursday (no extra day because we don't have school Friday!)

Porter - Family Letter
Bolger - SL 4.1
Farnsworth - Journal page 100 - 101 and LESSON 3.5 p. 84

Social Studies - Test signed and corrected

Voting packet - p. 28, 30 - 31, be ready to vote tomorrow!

Book Fair - Nov. 5 - 9  Our class will visit the book fair Wednesday possibly!

Friday, November 2, 2012

11/2 homework

Reading: HRM
Writing: Sentence Fluency (6th) grammar 5th
Math: Porter: computation sheet, Bolger: multiplacation sheet, Farnsworth: S.L. 3.4
Social Studies: Voting Packet- pg 23,24, or 25
Other: Original Works due nov. 5th, Author visit due nov 5th

Thursday, November 1, 2012

11/1 Homework

Can you believe it is November!  I hope everyone had fun and safe nights for trick-or-treating!

Reading - HRM
Writing - 6th grade - p. 80 - Indirect Objects
Porter - Study guide
Bolger - Test
Farnsworth - p. 92 journal 5 and 6, S.L. 3.3

Social Studies - Test over chapter 4 tomorrow!

Original artwork orders due Nov. 5th

Author visit book order due Nov. 5th

Friday is COMFY DAY!  No slippers or stuffed animals though!  Make sure you are dressed warm enough for recess and homework club!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Porter:study guide
Bolger:study guide
Farnsworth:3.3 if not finished
Social studies:finish chapter 4
Other:Original Works due Nov.5
Author visit book-Nov.5

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

10/30 homework

6th SL 3.2 and lit builder
orignal works due Nov 5
Author visot book due Nov.5

Monday, October 29, 2012

10/29 homework

Back to the grind!  I apologize for the lack of 5th grade homework on the blog last week, but with being gone to School of the Wild, I did not see my 5th graders at the end of the day!

** Just a reminder, 6th graders no longer have an extra day for their assignments without having to go to homework club on Friday.  We are trying to teach them to follow deadlines and be punctual with their work!

Reading - HRM
6th graders have a vocabulary lit. builder due THURSDAY!

Spelling - due THURSDAY!

Math -
Bolger -  3.9
Farnsworth - 3.1 S.L. and finish 3.1 journal pages if you were out of class!

Social Studies - Voting packet p. 16 (Party Animals)

Original Works order form due back Nov. 5th
Author visit order forms due back Nov. 5th

Mrs. Griffin releasing a hawk!! 

Friday, October 19, 2012

6th-study of the retake or project
6th-confrence remimders

10/19 homework

Reading - HRM

Math -
Mrs. Porter - 3.5

6th grade - Retake next week for some, Scientific Notation Project

Social Studies -
Election Posters about WHY SHOULD PEOPLE VOTE!!! (Optional)

Diorama Pictures!

The students did a great job representing a Native American Cultural Region through dioramas!  See if you can figure out the regions from the picture! (Some titles give it away!)  Here are the cultural regions studied:
California Intermountain, Northwest Coast, Southwest, Plateau, Great Plains, Eastern Woodlands, Southeast, and Arctic.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10/18 homework

Reading - HRM

6th grade practice for spelling test!

Mr. Bolger - 3.4

Science - Test tomorrow!  Review science journal.

All book orders need to be entered by tomorrow morning!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

10/16 homework

Reading - Read at home and record minutes!
6th graders - lit. builder due Thursday
6th graders - Practice spelling words from lesson 6!
Social Studies - Voting packet page 7

6th graders - School of the Wild permission form

Math tests tomorrow for Iowa Assessments!
Canned food drive begins next week!  A list of suggested items are coming home today. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

10/15 homework

Reading - HRM
6th grade - comprehension lit. builder "The Duckbilled Platypus"

6th spelling - practice words for the week (some are just doing challenge words, while others need to re-take the test!)

Social Studies - Voting packet p. 5 (1 - 4)

6th graders - SOW permission forms due Friday!!!!

Get a good night's rest and a healthy breakfast so you are ready for Iowa Assessments tomorrow!!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

10/11 homework

Reading - HRM
Math - Porter - maty box
Bolger - Test signed and 3.2

6th graders - School of the Wild permission forms

Eat at Chick-fil-A tonight!!

Looking for volunteers

From: Maureen Meyer []
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 5:35 PM
To: Pat James
Subject: I-WALK GPS Mapping

We are now looking for adult volunteers to assist with the third phase of the I-WALK Program, which involves creating a detailed map of the Van Allen community using an iPhone GPS app.  The GPS Mapping Day is scheduled for Wednesday, October 17, 2012.  We will be mapping Van Allen in the morning and Horn in the afternoon.

Van Allen Community
9:00 – 10:00am:  Training (at the North Liberty Community Center)
10:00am – 12:00pm:  GPS Mapping
12:00 – 12:45pm:  Lunch and Debriefing

Anyone who is interested in participating can email me.

I appreciate your help.  Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you!

Maureen S. Meyer, MPH
AmeriCorps Member
Johnson County Public Health
855 S. Dubuque Street, Suite 217
Iowa City, IA 52240

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

10/10 homework

Reading - HRM
6th grade lit. builder (vocabulary) due Thursday
Spelling - due Thursday

Bolger - 3.1
Farnsworth - Study guide WITH SRB! finish practice test, correct with calculator, study link 2.9 for extra practice!

6th graders - SOW permission forms due Oct. 19th

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

10/9 homework

Reading - HRM
6th grade vocabulary lit. builder

6th - practice computation with decimals
Bolger - Multiplication sheet

Spelling - due Thursday

6th grade SOW permission forms due Oct. 19th!

Monday, October 8, 2012

10/8 homework

Reading - HRM
6th grade lit. builder

Spelling due Thursday

Porter - Finish math test tomorrow
Bolger - Study Guide
6th grade - p. 68 journal and 2.8

Science - Bring in specimen to look at under microscope.  Needs to be small!

If 6th grade parents would like to join us at School of the Wild, you need to have the orange half-sheet in by Thursday!!!

Friday, October 5, 2012


BOLGER- 2.10

Thursday, October 4, 2012


6TH: 2.7 (1-5)

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

10/3 homework

Reading - HRM
6th grade lit. builder due tomorrow! (Whooping Crane)
Bolger and Porter 2.8
Farnsworth - 2.6

Science option - take "zoom" pictures (An object really close up and then the same object but far away)

Please pick up fundraising items TODAY between 3 and 5:30 :)

Did you run your 1 km today?  Most kids did at school!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012


6TH: 2.5 AND PG 63 (4 PROBLEMS)

Monday, October 1, 2012

10/1 homework

Happy October!!!
Reading - HRM minutes and signature was due today!
6th graders comprehension lit. builder - The Whooping Crane

Porter - 2.7
Farnsworth 2.4 study link

Social Studies - Take home test (Use the book to help you!!!)

5th graders - Show parents I-Walk information

Friday, September 28, 2012

9/28 homework

Reading - HRM
5th and 6th grade Grammar homework
6th Math - Lesson 2.4 What's my rule
Social STudies - Finishing presentations and dioramas on Monday
5th graders - I-Walk survey


Thursday, September 27, 2012

9/27 homework

Reading - HRM

Spelling/Writing - 6th grade rough draft due Friday, spelling test!

Math -
Hayes -
Porter - 2.6
Farnsworth - 2.3

Social Studies - Be ready to present your PowerPoint and share your diorama tomorrow!!!  You should bring a textbook home to take notes if you don't know what to say!!!

Science - Quiz over magnifiers tomorrow!  Know what makes a magnifier and examples of magnifiers!

Other - I-Walk survey due Sept. 30th
Band Practice

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


HRM, 6th grade lit. builder
Spelling due Thurs.
5th - finish paragraph

Math - 6th grade 2.2 (double-sided)
Porter - Data form
Hayes - 2.7

Social Studies - Dioramas need to be ready on Friday!!!  Don't forget labels!
5th grade parents - complete I-Walk survey

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

9/25 homework

Reading - HRM, 6th graders lit. builder crossword due Thursday
Spelling - due Thursday
Math - 6th grade study link 2.1 (double-sided)
Social Studies - bring in materials to finish diorama
5th grade parents - complete I-walk survey
Picture Day Wednesday!

Monday, September 24, 2012

9/24 homework

Reading - HRM, 6th grade has vocabulary lit. builder due Thursday
Spelling - due Thursday
Social Studies - Bring in materials for diorama Tuesday!
Science - pond water if you are near any.  Put it in a container with a tight-fitting lid!
Other - 5th graders have I-Walk survey
Picture day is Wednesday!

Friday, September 21, 2012

9/21 homework

Reading - HRM (get signature)
Writing - Grammar wksh due Monday
Math - Porter - 2.3, 6th - make sure PowerPoints are ready to share!
Social Studies - Finish your slides for the Native American cultural region, bring in materials for diorama
Other - 5th grade parents complete I-walk survey, bring in pond/river/stream/puddle water in a sealable jar if you are able to!  Label where you got the water!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

9/19 homework

Reading - HRM
Spelling - Due Thursday, 6th grade - Story map
Math - Hayes - LEsson 2.2 (2 pages)
            Porter - Partial Sums wksh
            6th - Finish ALL surveys and total your results
Social Studies - slides due Friday!!!

9/18 homework

Reading - HRM
Math - 6th grade - finish surveys
Social Studies - Read and take notes over your section for your PowerPoint
Science - When did they start making a new "tails" side of the penny?  Why did they change it?

Friday, September 14, 2012

9/14 homework

HRM signed!!!
Sentence fluency due Monday
6th grade math test signed and corrected
Wear red/white/blue Monday for Constitution Day!
Band practice sheets

Thursday, September 13, 2012

9/13 homework

Reading - HRM
Writing - Spelling test! (5th grade think of idea for narrative writing)
Hayes - 2.1 and test signed
Social Studies - Chapter 2 test tomorrow - Reread chapter!!!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

9/12 Homework

Reading - HRM
Spelling - DUE THURSDAY!!
Social Studies - Vocabulary page, test Friday

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Homework 9/11

Reading - HRM
Spelling - Homework due Thursday
Math 6th - p. 42 in journal, study link 1.12, and both sides of study guide (Use SRB!)

Curriculum Night tonight at 5:15!!

Students, ask your parents where they were on 9/11 and how they reacted.

Last call for student council and conflict managers!!  Get involved at your school!

Monday, September 10, 2012

9/10 homework

Reading - Continue recording home reading minutes
Spelling - Due Thursday for 5th and 6th.  Don't forget challenge section and finding words from your SSR book in the Connect to Reading (record in a different color so they stand out!)
Writing - 6th grade work on football story in class.  Due Thursday!
Math - Hayes - Study for test
6th - 1.11
Fundraising due tomorrow
Curriculum Night tomorrow 5:15 - 6:00
Student Council forms due Friday

Friday, September 7, 2012

9/7 Homework

Sorry I am a couple days behind!
Reading - Get reading minutes totaled and signed by Monday
Math - 6th grade 1.9 (need geo-template or the tool on page 2 of studylink)
            Mrs. Porter - 1.8
Social Studies - Get test signed and corrected
Writing - 6th grade- Finish the character planning sheet

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

9/4 homework

Reading - HRM
Writing - 6th grade needs to brainstorm setting ideas and have post card done by Thursday
Math -
6th - 1.8
5th Porter - 1.6
5h Hayes - 1.6-1.7
Social Studies - Test Thursday

Book orders due Thursday
Fundraising due 9/11
Curriculum night 9/11

Friday, August 31, 2012


Happy Labor Day weekend!!!  :)

Reading - Get reading minutes totaled and signed!!!
Writing - Sentence Fluency practice page
Math - Mrs. Hayes - 1.6
            6th - 1.5 study link

Book orders due Sept. 6th
Curriculum Night Sept. 11th
Fundraising packet due Sept. 11th

Thursday, August 30, 2012

8/30 homework

Reading - HRM (Home reading minutes)
Spelling - Test tomorrow
5th - 1.5
6th - 1.6

Book orders due Sept. 6th

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8/29 homework

Reading - Home reading minutes
Writing - Spelling due tomorrow!!!
5th - Porter - 1.4
6th - SL 1.4 and finish page 14 in journal
Other - Book orders due Sept. 6th

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

8/28 homework

Reading - Record home reading minutes in planner
Spelling - 3 pages of spelling homework due Thursday
Math : 5th - SL 1.3
           6th - SL 1.3 and journal page 11
Social Studies - Geography Challgenge 1A (need text, interactive notebook and colored pencils)

Scholastic Book Orders

Here is the link for online ordering!

Monday, August 27, 2012

8/27 Homework

Reading- Start recording home reading minutes (HRM) in planner.  Everyone should have at least 80 minutes by next Monday!!

Spelling - 5th and 6th due Thursday
Math - 6th - SL 1.2 done and corrected!
            5th - SL 1.2
S.S. - We will be finishing scavenger hunt tomorrow morning for morning work! 

(Late grammar homework needs to be in on Tuesday in order to not stay in for homework club!)

Friday, August 24, 2012

8/24 homework

Today the 5th and 6th graders had a sentence fluency worksheet.  This is due on Monday.

The 6th graders should be working on the final draft of their dialogue between two characters.  This should be done on Monday.

Starting on Monday, students will need to record their reading minutes. More information about that to come!!!

Homework from the first week

Spelling will be given out on Mondays and due on Thursdays!!!  More homework information to come!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Welcome to a great school year!!

Here is a poem that I thought is very fitting for the beginning of the year!

I dreamed I stood in a studio, and watched two sculptors there.
The clay they used was a young child’s mind, and they fashioned it with care.
One was a teacher – The tools she used were book, music, and art.
The other, a parent, worked with a guiding hand and a gentle, loving heart.
Day after day, the teacher toiled with touch that was careful, deft, and sure.
While the parent labored by her side and polished and smoothed it o’er.
And when at last their work was done, they were proud of what they had wrought.
For the things they had molded into the child could neither be sold nor bought.
And each agreed they would have failed if each had worked alone.
For behind the parent stood the school and behind the teacher, the home.
Author Unknown

Week 1 Assignments

I hope all the students and parents survived the first mini-week back!!  Here are the assignments due on Monday:
- Students need to complete both sides of a student survey.
- 6th grade math students need to complete a math survey.
- Parents need to complete a parent survey.
- Students are asked to bring in an "about me" bag with up to five items that will help to tell the class about themselves.
- All students need a planner by Monday.  They are $3.50. Cash or check are fine.

If you have any questions, please let me know!
~Mrs. Farnsworth