Mrs. Barbara Hollish
Primary and Intermediate Schools Gifted Support Teacher
Upper Moreland School District
215-325-1700 ext. 6230

"Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure they become everything that they can."

-Carol Tomlinson, author of The Differentiated Classroom

What do we have for Super Star Math Homework?

for the week of 1/16/16:







Please come prepared each week with your Superstar Math.

Problems are due by Thursday for in-class review Remember- even attempts get star credit!

Please attempt to make corrections on Thursday nights by showing or explaining your work. Simply changing the answer and stating that you misunderstood or made a calculation error is not sufficient evidence to show your rethinking and understanding of the problem. Remember, the best part of making a mistake is what we can learn from it!

Corrections are due Friday for full credit.

Take time to put forth the extra effort that it takes to review your answers and apply new learning!

Remember- The more you use your brain, the more brain you'll have to use!

What was our focus this week in class?



For this past week of:


First Grade:

After quite a long process of brainstorming important qualities of a principal, looking through resources, choosing a topic, reading text, using a graphic organizer to record notes to support our big ideas, and publishing our findings, the kids have finally completed our Famous person Bloom's Taxonomy project! Their posters look wonderful and are now hanging in the hall. Your child is coming home with a photo of the project so you can share in his or her accomplishment. Well done 1st Grade!!

Second Grade:

Second graders are busy reading our new text P.W. Cracker Sees the World and will be completing activities both in class and at home to show their thinking and their understanding of the text. They have also begun to learn about the characteristics of the Northeast region of our country and the part that Pennsylvania plays in that region, so that we will be able to develop both regional and state clues as we dive into our Artifact Box exchange research.

Third Grade:

This week third graders finished up with their work and their readings on cells and have been given a handout on the requirements of their upcoming cell project. Although the kids have plenty of time before the February deadline, please encourage them to start thinking about their project by finding household/craft items they might be able to use to represent the various organelles and drawing a rough draft of what their project might look like. Some of the third graders also had class time this week to check out the fibers of various fabrics under the microscope! They were very excited to get an up-close look at some of the common materials we wear or use every day!

Fourth Grade:

Fourth graders spent much of their time this week reading a non-fiction text on a woman who applied her strengths in the visual-spatial intelligence- photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White. The students viewed some of her most influential photos and learned about this brave woman through much of her life's work. The text, which is filled with a great deal of challenging vocabulary, has led to discussions of different types of context clues that are helpful in uncovering word meanings. The students have been learning about and practicing with six different types of clues and will use their learning to make more sense of this challenging text! Don't foget- our Multiple Intelligence projects are due on the 25th, so please continue to encourage your child to work on his or her website or game board so we can be finished by the deadline and begin to share. If they have any issues or problems as they are working, please have them address them with me as they arise, rather than waiting until the day before the assignment is due!

Fifth Grade:

This week the fifth graders spent time learning about and understanding irony. After viewing a few humorous examples of situational irony, the kids began working through the very challenging writing of O. Henry's classic tale of irony, "The Gift of the Magi". The kids worked to uncover the meaning of some extremely challenging vocabulary, identified the problem of the story, discussed historical references used in the text, as well as several examples of symbolism. They all began to predict what they thought the ironic twist was going to be and took great satisfaction in their predictions as the irony began to unfold. Next week fifth graders will take a look at how the author used the "Significance of Three," commonly used in all types of literature, to help set the mood of the story or make a description more powerful.

"Whether you think you can or think you can't- you are right." -Henry Ford
Announcements, Resources, & Reminders:

First Grade:

Second Grade:

Third Grade:

Fourth Grade: !

Fifth Grade:

Here are a few great websites for all grades to try:

Mensa for Kids


Make Me Genius