•   Dinner Conversation Starters:(The more kids talk about school with their parents, the better; so I try to word each of these "conversation starters" in a manner that avoids yes/no replies.) Please pardon any misspellings. I do this at the very end of the day, and this particular software does not grace me with SpellCheck. 

     

    Monday, September 30th- 

    • Tell me about your new teacher.

    • Did you get a chance to introduce yourself?  What did you say?

    • What did you do in P.E. today?

    • Tell me about today's Kahoot.  Who did you team up with?  How'd you do?

    • Do you feel like your ready for the Wordly Wise quiz?

    • What did you notice about the science artifact today that you missed before?

    • What did you write down as goals for yourself this week?

    • What'sthis week's reading workshop skill.strategy?

    • Did you notice any characters actin "out of character" today? Who?  How??

    • Summerize the part of Wonder that Mr. Gulian read to you today.

    • Describe the Wordly Wise game you played after the Kahoot.

    • How many consecutive sentences did the class string together?  What ones do you remember?

     

    Friday, September 27th- 

    • Where are your school pictures?

    • Show me your Gulian Gamut Weekly Progress report.

    • What are you goals for next week?

    • What was today's assembly about?

    • Tell me three things you remember from the assembly.

    • What did you do in music today?

    • Who played in today's TGIF concert ?  Did you?

    • Who did you partner up with in science today?

    • What was your role?  What was theirs?  What did you learn?

    • What did you learn in instrumental music?

    • When is the 5th grade math test?  (next Tues. or Wed.)

    Thursday, September 26th- 

    •  Where is your practice test/study guide for the first math test?

    • When is the 5th grade math test?  (next Tues. or Wed.)

    • When is the 6th grade math test? (next Tues. or Wed.)

    • What did you do in ART today?

    • Who won the 2nd Connect Four tournament?  (Patrick)

    • Think back to today's read-aloud.  Why do you think Auggie cut off his Padawan braid?

    • Think back to today's read-aloud.  What does the author reveal about Auggie's facial features? (his eyes are too low, his cheeks are sunken in, and his moth is like a tortoise's)

    •  How long did it take you to learn how to open and navigate the simulation of changing constellations in the night sky?

    • What did you learn from the simulation of changing constellations in the night sky?

    •  What did you do during library check-out today?  What new books did you get?

      How do you think tomorrow's weekly progress report will be different from last week's?  What have you been working on?

    • Tell me about the "Day 4" reading notebook assignment you chose today.

     

     

    Wednesday, September 25th-

     

    •  Where is your practice test/ study guide from today's math lesson?  When will the first math test be? (next Tues. or Wed.)

    • How long did it take you to learn how to open and navigate the simulation of changing constellations in the night sky?

      What did you learn from the simulation of changing constellations in the night sky?

    • What did questions do you have about the simulation?

      What did you learn in Spanish today?  Habla en Espanol por favor.

    • What was today's read-aoud book?  (Wonder)  How many chapters did Mr. Gulian read to you?

    • What did the character named Summer do that reveals her inner kindness?

    • What did their behavior in the lunch room reveal about the other girls?

    • What is Mr. Browne's September precept?  (Choose kind)

    • What did you do in social studies today?

    • When was the fire drill?  What did Mr. Gulian tell you that the class needs to do a better job of during a fire drill?

    • Tell me about the second blueprint you made for the spaghetti challenge.  How did you improve your original design?

       

     

    Tuesday, September 24th-

     

    • What was today's STEM challenge called? (Spaghetti Tower)

    • Tell me about the blueprint you made for the spaghetti challenge.

    • How did your "tower" turn out?  Who did you work with?

    • What would you do differently, if you did it again?

    • What did you do in P.E. today?

    • Summarize the news story you wrote in our morning pages today.  What was the headline?

    • Tell me a choice a character in your silent reading book made. What "character trait" does that choice reveal?

    • Tell me a positive choice a kid in your class made today. What "character trait" does that choice reveal?

    • Tell me about today's "Taste-test Tuesday" mystery food.  What was it?  Who tried some?  Did you?  Was it better than last week's figs?

    • Tell me a formula to calculate volume.

    • Where is you planner?  Show me what you've written in it.

    Monday, September 23rd-

    • What was the title of today's read-aloud book? (The Summer My Father Was Ten)

    • Summarize The Summer My Father Was Ten.

    • Tell me a choice a character made in The Summer My Father Was Ten What "character trait" does that choice reveal?

    • What are some of you GOALS for this week?

    • Describe the "artifacts" you're analyzing in science.

    • What do you think the message on the wooden artifact mean?

    • How many sections are there on the other artifact?  (four)

    • What do the sections have in common? (sun, plants, stars)

    • How are they different?

    • What did you do in music today?  Sing me a song.

    • How many formulas for finding VOLUME have you learned?  (two)

    • Tell me a formula you've used to find VOLUME. (L x W x H) or (base x height)

    • Where's your reading log?  When is it due? (Friday)  How many minutes per night are you supposed to read? (10-30)

    • Show me your planner.

     

    Friday, September 20th-

    • Who was your substitute teacher for most of the day? (Mrs. Roberts)

    • What was the easiest question on the science quiz?

    • What was the hardest question on the science quiz?

    • How do you think you did on the science quiz?  Aren't you glad you used the study guide he passed out on Wednesday?

    • What did you do in Art today? 

    • Where's your weekly progress report?  What's it called again? (The Gulian Gamut)

    • Where's your new reading log?  What grade did you get on the old one?

    • How's you do on the last Wordly Wise quiz?  Where is it?

    • What are three goals you have for next week?

    • Tell me about this year's Richard School shirts.  Where's yours?

    • Tell me about the NWEA reading assessment.  How long did that take?  Did you do you best?

    Thursday, September 19th-

    • What did you do during instrumental music today? 

    • Where's your instrument? (I hope it's not at school!)

    • What can you play for me?

    • Tell me about the artifacts you looked at in science.

    • What are some of your hypotheses about the relics?

    • That's a big word.  What is a hypothesis?.

    • What did you learn in Spanish today?  Habla en Espanol, por favor.

    • Tell me all about the new Spanish teacher.

    • Who won the Connect Four tournament?

    • Where's your study guide for the science quiz?

    • When is the science quiz? (Friday)?

     

    Wednesday, September 18th-

    • What did you do in P.E. today? (soccer) 

    • Where's your study guide for the science quiz?

    • When is the science quiz? (Friday)?

    • What was today's Wordly Wise quiz like?  How many sentences did you write? 

    • Use there, their, and they're correctly.

    • Sing The Unicorn song for me.

    • How can you tell edible mushrooms from poisonous ones? (your can't!!!)

    • How many pages did you read during silent reading today?

    • What book are you reading during silent reading?

    • Tell me a choice that a character from your book made.  What does thast reveal about that character?

    • REVIEW:
      • What three variables have you changed in your pendulum investigation? (length, weight, and starting position)

      • Which variables did NOT affect the number of cycles? (weight, starting angle)

      • What is the relationship between a pendulum's length and its speed? (inverse; opposite; as length increases- speed decreases, and vice-versa)

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    Tuesday, September 17th-

    • Name three things you could've written a news story about in your morning pages.  (Richard' Fun Run Connect Four, Lion football, or any topic of your choice)

    • What news article did you end up writing about today?

    • What was today's Taste-test Tuesday?  Who tried some?  Did you?  What was it like?

    • Tell me about your silent reading book.

      When is your first Wordly Wise quiz? (tomorrow) Are you ready?  What can I do to help you review?

    • What three variables have you changed in your pendulum investigation? (length, weight, and starting position)

    • Which variables did NOT affect the number of cycles? (weight, starting angle)

    • What is the relationship between a pendulum's length and its speed? (inverse; opposite; as length increases- speed decreases, and vice-versa)

    • What did you sing in music today?  (Jingle Bell Rock) 

    • Sing it for me

    • What character traits did you notice in Charlotte and/or Auggie during reading workshop today?  What makes you say that?

    • Did we turn in our party money yet?

    • What was today's social studies lesson about?

     

    Monday, September 16th-

    • Why did you talk about grandfather clocks in science? (they have pendulums)

    • What should you do to the pendulum of a grandfather clock that is running too slowly?  (make it shorter)

    • What if it was running too fast? (lengthen the pendulum)

    • Did you remember to turn in your Gulian Gamut (newsletter and weekly progress report

    • What did you do in art today?  Draw me

    • What was today's reading lesson about? (how character traits are revealed through a person's choices and actions)

    • What grade did you earn in your reading notebook last week? 

    • What are some of your goals for this week?

    • What song did your class sing with Mr. Gulian this morning? (the unicorn song)  Sing it for me.

    • What rhymes with area? (squaria)  What rhymes with perimeter? (limiter)

    • What choice did Auggie make at the end of today's read-aloud? (the he will GO to school rather than be home-schooled by his mother)

     

    Friday, September 13th-

    • Where's your weekly newsletter?  What is it called?  (the Gulian Gamut)

    • Ask Siri or Alexa what the word gamut means.  What did she say?

    • Where do I sign?  When is it due back? (Monday)

    • What did you learn in Spanish today? 

    • What's the name of your new Spanish teacher? 

    • Speak a little Spanish to me.

    • What was your CONCLUSION in today's pendulum investigation? (angle did NOT affect the number of cycles)

    • Tell me about TODAY'S pendulum investigation.

    • What was the variable" today?" (angle/pennies)

    • What book(s) did you check out in the library today?

    • Who did you work with in science today?  How did it go?

    • What was today's assembly about?  (the fun run)

    • Tell me about the Richard Fun Run

    • What did you give yourseldf for a grade in reading workshop this week?  Why?  What are your goals for next week?

     

    Thursday, September 12th-

    • What was your CONCLUSION in today's pendulum investigation? (weight did NOT affect the number of cycles)

    • Tell me about TODAY'S pendulum investigation.

    • What was the variable" today?" (weight/pennies)

    • How many points did you put on your graph in science? (6)

    • What kind of pattern did the points make?  (a horizontal line)

    • What did you do in gym today?

    • What "Blue Card" summarizing activity did you choose during reading workshop today?  Tell me about what you did.

    • What does Auggie (from Wonder) do that tells you he's shy?

    • What did you do in social studies today?

    • Name as many of this week's Wordly Wise words as you can.

     

    Wednesday, September 11th-

    • What are "variables"? (things you change in a science experiment)

    • Tell me about TODAY'S pendulum investigation.

    • What was the variable" today?" (weight/pennies)

    • How many pendulums did you test today?

    • What did you do in music today?

    • What "character traits" did you discover during today's reading workshop?

    • What did you do in social studies today?

    • Name as many of this week's Wordly Wise words as you can.

    • What is a scavenger hunt?  What kind of scavenger hunt did you do in math today?  (scouring the index to find page numbers for certain topics)

    • What made you smile today?

     

    Tuesday, September 10th-

     

    • Tell me about "pendulums."

    • How many pendulums did you test today?

    • What did you do?  What did you learn about long pendulums vs. short ones? (long ones are slower; short onesd are faster)

    • Tell me about your social studies teacher.  What did she teach you today?

    • Whatare character traits?  (personality traits that are "on the inside.")

    • How do character traits reveal themselves?  (through a character's actions and choices)

    • Tell me some character traits of a character from the read-aloud book.

    • What book is Mr. Gulian reading aloud to you? (Wonder)

    • What "special did you have today?  (art)

    • What did you do in art today?

    • What's you favorite special?  why?

    • What do you think was my favorite special?  Why?