Hello Parents!

It was great seeing everyone today after our Christmas break! I am looking forward to the wonderful work our scholars will produce this 3rd Quarter! Our scholars received their new Reading and Math STACK Rotation books today that will be used daily in class.

In Math, we are beginning our new unit on Geometry focusing on Drawing & Identifying Geometric Terms and Classifying 2-D Shapes. Homework was sent home today, and we will have our Quiz on Friday. Scholars were also given notes to be placed in their journals and are free to take their journals home nightly as they do homework and practice for their quiz.

This week in Reading, we are starting our new book “Because of Winn-Dixie”! We started diving into this book today and scholars are truly excited about our new characters! In small group we will be focusing on Making Inferences. We will continue to work on Inferences throughout our rotations this week and will have a quiz on Friday.

In Social Studies, we are beginning our new unit on the Revolutionary War learning about Loyalists and Patriots and the split that occurred in the American colonies. Scholars will be working on their Unity flag in class which is due Friday. In Writing, we are starting our unit on Informational essays and will dive deeper into this as we explore the Revolutionary War and being to write informational essays based on what we’re learning.

In Science, our scholars will be learning about Ecosystems and the Food Chain. In this Mystery Science lesson, students develop their thinking about the relationships among organisms in their everyday world. In the activity, students play a card game which deepens their understanding of organisms’ interrelationships. Mystery Science question responses will be due on Friday.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Have a wonderful day and Happy 2018!

Hello Parents!

As we are wrapping up quarter two and getting ready for our Holiday break, please be sure to let me know if your scholar will be missing any days next week or leaving for vacation early. I’ll be sure to plan their assignments accordingly.

We will be having our in-class class Holiday celebration next Friday, December 22nd. More details will be posted on Bloomz.

This week in Math we will continue our Unit on Fractions with converting Fractions to Decimals. Scholars brought home their Homework yesterday and will have their Quiz on Friday.

This week in Reading, we are continuing our book Tuck Everlasting and focusing on root words in our small group. In Social Studies, we are continuing to learn about the history of Florida focusing on Pioneer Life in Florida.

In Science, our scholars will be learning about natural hazards. This lesson will be tied into our community outreach project supporting Puerto Rico and the devastation caused by the recent Hurricane. Our Mystery Science lesson will discuss various storms such as Hurricanes, Tornadoes and Dust Storms. In this activity, scholars will design multiple solutions to keep a house from blowing away in a windstorm.

In Writing, we are wrapping up our unit on persuasive essays and publishing our work for our in class writing celebration. Scholars will bring in an item from home that depicts their essay to share with their group.

As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions!

Have a wonderful day!

           Our Class Format: "STACK" & Technology Based Classroom

 What is a “STACK” classroom

 STACK or Small group, Technology, Apply, Create and Kinesthetic is a teaching style which provides diversity in student learning.

 What this looks like in our classroom:

S (Small group) – Students will meet with the teacher for specific, targeting skill instruction. Interactive notebooks, technology and games are a few activities that teachers will use to guide instruction.

T (Technology) – this is the time students will concentrate on their i-Ready instruction. I-Ready is a program that individualizes reading and math learning through interactive games, story-telling and mini-progress assessments at the end of every lesson. When a student struggles with a lesson in i-Ready, the “float” teacher (the teacher not teaching in small group), will pull that student and work through the lesson with them.

A (Apply) – utilizing technology, students will receive online reinforcement of current skills, especially grammar and spelling in Reading. During Math STACK skills will align with Florida Math standards. A variety of programs will be used at this time, including:,, and

C (Create) – students will create artifacts utilizing the skills and strategies being taught in class. For example, students may be asked to create quiz questions based off a book they are reading or create a Glogster ( about the Native American Tribes of Florida they are learning about in Social Studies. During this time, students will be at our listening center. Create center always starts with students listening and reading along to chapters in a book, or another text related to their “create” item for that rotation. During Math STACK students will engage in Flip Classroom which means they may be watching a video reinforcing the targeted math skill of the week and then creating an artifact based on that video.

K (Kinesthetic) -  students will engage in hands-on learning and exploration in this center. Generally, this is our Social Studies or Science focused center. Students will create maps, play games about the pre-Columbian and Columbian explorers, or engage in science experiments, research and study. This is our “Genius Hour” and we will be pushing students to expand their knowledge and inquiry skills.

Since STACK uses a lot of technology and interactive notebooks, generally, day-to-day artifacts will not be sent home until the end of the quarter. The interactive STACK books will be used throughout the year as review, and will not be sent home until the end of the year. It is very important that parents monitor progress book regularly. If you have any questions, please let us know!