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Meridy's Update 6-8-2020

posted Jun 8, 2020, 10:32 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Hello everyone!  Welcome to the last week of school!!!  Congratulations, summer is just around the corner.  Somewhere behind all those clouds. 

This is a quick reminder of the Zoom meetings this week:
Monday - Move Up Day.  I have already sent the link to those whole volunteered to greet the new arrivals to our class.  
Tuesday - PFFRGD - Wear Pajamas, Build a fort around your computer (be creative!), Bring something for the feast and bring a book you have been reading to share.  If we have time we will also play a game    
Wednesday - Final Zoom meeting.  I have something special planned... Really this time.  

I have also put some fun activities on Seesaw for your entertainment.  I'll be adding to it with more fun activities :)
See most of you later today and the rest of you tomorrow.
Thanks,
Meridy

Emily's Update 6-8-2020

posted Jun 8, 2020, 10:30 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Move Up Day Reminders

Tomorrow is a special day!

 

Third graders will be joining their fourth grade teachers for a special Zoom meeting and won’t come to our regular 8:15 meeting until Tuesday.

 

First and second graders have the OPTION of coming to our meeting and helping out as student mentors as we welcome our new students.  Current students who join us should be ready to share a kind message with our kindergarten guests. 

 

Because of Move Up Day, I won’t be assigning Seesaw works.  Kids who are still working on their Peacemaker reports can use this time to finish up.  They can also check out the great examples on the class blog for inspiration.

 

Wave Parade Tuesday, 3:30 – 4:00

To celebrate the end of an amazing year, Carmen and I will be at Ridgeline on Tuesday from 3:30 to 4:00.  Kids, pets, parents, and stuffies are all invited to drive by with a socially distanced smile and a wave.  We’d love to see your smiling faces!


Thanks, 

Emily

Meridy's Update 6-1-2020

posted Jun 1, 2020, 4:13 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Hi there and Happy June!  
An early shout out to all the June birthdays out there.  I know there are many of you!  

Here we are in week 11 already.  You all have pushed through.  You kept at it and now you are on the last stretch!  The final sprint as we used to say in the track world.  Time to put your head down, pump your arms and stretch your legs as you sprint toward the finish line!

This week looks a little bit different on Seesaw. You will find some new assignments and some different renditions of regular assignments. Hope you enjoy!
On your own, you should continue Khan, Prodigy, cultural studies, and typing practice.

Remember to check your user name before you come to the Zoom meeting. I will only let people in with their name, a parents name, or a siblings. I will not accept animals or nicknames or phrases.

Meridy's Weekly Update 5-26-2020

posted May 26, 2020, 2:48 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Tuesday!  
I hope you all appreciated your long weekend and were able to enjoy the extra day off.  

Remember that we voted to have a meeting on Wednesday.  Some fellow classmates have asked to present on Wednesday so if you have something to present, let me know and I'll make sure to add you in!    (You could read your one minute speech!)

As always, things are flexible! but you have to stay in contact with me.  I've seen some awesome pictures of people sewing, finding cool things while out on a walk, taking artistic pictures, building sheds.  All these things are amazing!  Keep it up and share those real life experiences with me.  They can be more meaningful than sitting in front of a computer.  Email me pictures, and a sentence or two (or three or four) telling me what new thing you did this week, or what things you learned outside of the computer.

Things are a little different because of the short week.  Look for the highlighted works for more information.  This week on Seesaw you will find:
-UJ Quote  Not this week
-UJ Writing Choose between this and the Current Event 
-Daily Reading Summary Not this week
-Current Event   Choose between this and the UJ writing
-New this week - Opinion writing
-Geometry
-Poetry
-Ecology is continuing from last week.  Finish up those Creature Creations!  
-What is it? Wednesday
-Science Thursday
-Melanie's Art Class
-Dan's P.E. Class 
-Any Past assignments you were too busy to finish?  Try to find time this week!

Things you won't find on Seesaw but are still on your activity list:
-Typing 20min per week at typing.com
-Cultural Studies - I've seen some great research so far.  Keep it up!
-Khan Academy 
-Prodigy
-FFL with the big reveal to What is it? Wednesday.

I hope you have a great week! I'll see you tomorrow at 9am.  
Thanks,
Meridy

Meridy's Update 5-18-2020

posted May 19, 2020, 9:41 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome, once again, to another fabulous week of distance learning.  You all, as a class and as individuals, are amazing.   The amount and quality of work I have seen from you is incredible.  Thank you for continuing to learn during this crazy time.  Thank you for continuing to put on your best face and keep pushing through, even when sometimes you don't want to.  That's called perseverance.  And you all have it!

If you haven't yet updated to Zoom 5.0, please do so sometime this week.  It will help keep our meetings safe.  You can access the upgrade here
---Reminder to sign on using a name I would recognize, either yours or that of a family member. I will not admit anyone who has a username like "fluffykitty6" or "homeiPad."

As always, things are flexible! but you have to stay in contact with me.  Learning how to fix a flat tire?  Arranging flowers for the kitchen table?  Let me know!  This is an amazing time to try new things and get some life experience under your belt.  Email me pictures, or a sentence or two (or three or four) telling me what new thing you did this week, or what things you learned outside of the computer.

This week on Seesaw you will find:
-UJ Quote
-UJ Writing
-Daily Reading Summary
-Current Event
-Geometry
-Poetry
-Ecology
-What is it? Wednesday
-Science Thursday
-Melanie's Art Class
-Dan's P.E. Class 

Things you won't find on Seesaw but are still on your activity list:
-Typing 20min per week at typing.com
-Cultural Studies - I've seen some great research so far.  Keep it up!
-Khan Academy 
-Prodigy
-FFL with the big reveal to What is it? Wednesday.

I hope you have a great week! I'll see you at 9
Thanks,
Meridy

Meridy's Update 5-11-2020

posted May 11, 2020, 11:12 AM by Cynthia Friedman

Happy Monday Room 9!
Did I tell you recently that I miss you?  Well, I do!  So much so that I want to start having lunch with you.  Zoom style.  We'll talk about it at the Zoom meeting this morning. 

You people have been rocking' the Seesaw!  Thanks everyone for signing in and completing activities.  Remember, some things you will find on Seesaw, and others you have to do on your own.  

Things that you will find on Seesaw:
-UJ Quote
-UJ Writing
-Daily Reading Summary
-Current Event
-Geometry
-Poetry
-Ecology
-What is it Wednesday
-Science Thursday
-Melanie's Art Class
-Dan's P.E. Class 

Things you won't find on Seesaw but are still on your activity list:
-Typing 20min per week at typing.com
-Cultural Studies - everyone should be researching an ancient civilization.  If you need me to send the email with guidelines again, email me and let me know.
-Khan Academy 
-Prodigy
-FFL with the big reveal to What is it? Wednesday.

As always, things are flexible! but you have to stay in contact with me.  Helping Dad in the garden or helping Mom build a new shed?  Let me know!  This is an amazing time to try new things and get some life experience under your belt.  Email me pictures, or a sentence or two (or three or four) telling me what new thing you did this week, or what things you learned outside of khan and seesaw.

I hope you have a great week! I'll see you at 9
Thanks,
Meridy

Meridy's Update 5-4-2020

posted May 4, 2020, 12:59 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome to warm sunny May, where we see the purpose of all that rain in our beautiful flowers, green trees, and lush lawns.  There may be some leftover rain, but for the most part we are headed straight into the sun, so remember to wear your sunglasses! 😎

And today is May 4th..... May the 4th be with you.   If you have any Star Wars regalia, please bring (or wear) it to our Zoom meeting! 

We had a great second week on Seesaw.  Thanks everyone for signing in and completing activities.  Remember, some things you will find on Seesaw, and others you have to do on your own.  

Things that you will find on Seesaw:
-UJ Quote
-UJ Writing
-Daily Reading Summary
-Current Event
-Geometry
-What is it Wednesday
-Science Thursday
-Melanie's Art Class
-NEW Dan's P.E. Class 
-Poetry
-NEW Ecology! (On Tuesday)

Things you won't find on Seesaw but are still on your activity list:
-Typing 20min per week at typing.com
-Cultural Studies - everyone should be starting a new ancient (oxymoron?) civilization.  If you haven't already told me which civilization you want to research, please email me.
-Khan Academy 
-Prodigy
-FFL with the big reveal to What is it? Wednesday.

As always, things are flexible! but you have to stay in contact with me.  Helping Dad in the garden or helping Mom build a new shed?  Let me know!  This is an amazing time to try new things and get some life experience under your belt.  Email me pictures, or just a sentence telling me what new thing you did this week, or what things you learned outside of khan and seesaw.

Have a great week, I'll see you at 9.
Thanks,
Meridy

Meridy's Update 4-20-2020

posted Apr 20, 2020, 10:54 AM by Cynthia Friedman

And now, let's jump right in...
There will be lots of changes this week.  We are moving to a new online tool called Seesaw.  It.  Is.  So.  Cool.  Instead of me sending an email on Monday with your assignments, you will receive them and turn them in through Seesaw.  Great news though...you can still write your assignments on Google Docs or if you are using pencil and paper, you can take a picture and send it that way, just like you are doing now.... but using the Seesaw webpage.

I know it's pretty scary to have to start something new just as we are getting used to the way we are doing it, but I think this will make our life so much easier.  No more scrolling through emails to find the one you are looking for, it's all in one place! (except for the twice weekly Zoom meetings, those will still be on email, as well as some of the fun emails that don't require responses (like Chin Chin photos and videos)).

This week we will do a mix of Seesaw and what we were doing before as you get used to the Seesaw website.  
Your first task: Sign into Seesaw and try to "Add Response" to the first couple assignments, by WEDNESDAY.   I will have a couple up on Monday and add a couple on Tuesday.  If you don't figure it out, that's okay!  Write down your questions and we will talk about it and screen share at the Wednesday Zoom meeting. 

You should be receiving your Seesaw login information at 9am Monday (that's today!).  Please wait until after our Zoom meeting to check it out.  If you are having problems logging into Seesaw, there will be a help email address on your login email from the office.

Here is your list of assignments to do The old way.  We will gradually change over to Seesaw as we get better at using it.

Math - No new lessons on Khan Academy but keep working through the ones that are on there. PLEASE email me if you are stuck or confused or having trouble with Khan. I recognize that Khan teaches in a really different way than I do. It's okay to ask for help (in fact I want you too, I miss you guys :)


Also spend 30 minutes on Prodigy every day.


Reading - Recommended 30 minutes a day and either write a summary or make a video about what you read (Yes, this can be a current event).


Unconventional Journal - Writing Prompt / Quote. Adriene will send the writing prompt and the quote sometime today. Just like at regular school, this is a once a week assignment. Please make sure to share with both Adriene and myself when you complete them either in Google Docs or an email. If you need to write it with paper and pencil, take a picture and email it to us if you can.

--Write at least a paragraph for the prompt. For the quote write a paragraph and tell us what you think about the quote (Do you like it?  Why or Why not?) and how it might pertain to your life (e.g. How can you apply it in your life? Where have you seen this idea in person?  Has it ever happened to you?).


Cultural - This is the week to finish Egypt if you are still working on it. Please have both the written and art/visual part finished by Friday April 24th. If you are already working on a different civilization, keep going!


 I will send out What is it WednesdayScience Thursday and Friday Fun Links (FFL) on their respective days via email for this week.  That will change as we all get used to Seesaw.

This is so exciting to move forward and grow in our online schooling.  Thanks for being brave in this new world :) 
See you at 9am!
Meridy

Meridy's Update 4-13-2020

posted Apr 13, 2020, 12:50 PM by Cynthia Friedman

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome to Week 3 of online school! 


I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and were able to relax in the sun for a minute or two...with your sunscreen on of course!


Parent Note-
Please Remember
- This is a recommended list of activities. Please adjust it to your needs and comfort level. Many of you have been in touch with me to discuss hiccups or hangups. Thank you! Communication is the best thing we can do right now to support each other. Let me know if I can help in any way. I am here to support you and your student during this time.

I am trying to keep a balance of regular activities to help you schedule and structure as well as a variety of fun/experiential activities. If you are doing an activity not on the list, send a picture! I love to see what your student is up to even if it's not a recommended activity.

Thank you for supporting your student through this online learning experience.


Recommended Activities for Online School - Week 3 - April 13 - April 17

-Math - There is a new lesson group assigned at Khan Academy. Don't worry if you didn't finish last week! Just alternate between them. Please spend at least 30 minutes a day here.

Also spend 30 minutes a day on Prodigy.


-Reading - Recommended 30 minutes a day and either write a summary or make a video about what you read (Yes, this can be a current event).


-Unconventional Journal - Daily Journal / Writing Prompt / Quote. Adriene will send the writing prompt and the quote sometime today. Just like at regular school, this is a once a week assignment. Please make sure to share with both Adriene and myself when you complete them either in Google Docs or an email. If you need to write it with paper and pencil, take a picture and email it to us if you can.

--Write at least a paragraph for the prompt. For the quote write a paragraph and tell us what you think about the quote (Do you like it?  Why or Why not?) and how it might pertain to your life (e.g. How can you apply it in your life? Where have you seen this idea in person?  Has it ever happened to you?).


-Cultural - Last week I sent an email to all of you depending on whether you were still working on Egypt or not. When you finish your Egypt research project, I will send the new Cultural studies activity.


-Current Event - Find an article and write a summary. Do at least one this week. Remember your summary must include:

--Publisher and Author and date if stated.

--At least a paragraph about the article (Who? What? Where? When? Why is this article important? Why did you choose this article?)

-Articles can be found at:

-Dogo News https://www.dogonews.com/

-Time For Kids for current https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/

-National Geographic Kids https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

-NEW OPTION-The Weekly Junior-this will open as a PDF instead of a regular website, but has some really interesting articles. Check it out! https://drive.google.com/file/d/1b-HUqsznAnsr4KtAXICwXz8aV8pOphd3/preview


-Geometry - Go on a Shape scavenger hunt! Find as many different shapes as you can (Make a goal! Try to find at least ten 2D shapes and five 3D shapes). Take pictures and label them for me or if that isn't possible, draw them in a Google Doc and explain where you found them.
2D Shapes-Square, Rectangle, Equilateral Triangle, Isosceles Triangle, Scalene Triangle, Right Triangle, Acute Triangle, Obtuse Triangle, Rhombus, Parallelogram, Trapezoid, Kite, Circle, Oval, Semicircle Pentagon, Hexagon, Heptagon, Octogon, Nanogon.... to name a few.
3D Shapes - Cylinder, Cube, Cone, Sphere, Tetrahedron (3 sided Pyramid), Square Pyramid (4 sided Pyramid), Triangular Prism, Rectangular Prism (also known as a cuboid).
4D Shapes - Extra points if you find a 4D shape while on your scavenger hunt.

I'll send out another STEM science activity list on Thursday. Do not feel like you have to do those activities on Thursday. I suggest doing them in a week timeframe before the new list comes next Thursday. When you do decide to do something, send me a picture so I can see your awesome creativity at work!

Well, that's all for now.  I'll see your student at the meeting 9am on Monday and we will go over this and any questions they may have.  Remember, I'll have my office hour at 12 noon to 1pm every day for any questions you may have.  

Your students are the best online class I've ever had  :)
Meridy

Meridy's Update 4-6-2020

posted Apr 6, 2020, 11:35 AM by Cynthia Friedman


Meridy Wheeler

Sun, Apr 5, 7:16 PM (16 hours ago)
to Michelleme
Hello good students of the online Room 9!  Welcome to week 2 of online school. 

We're ramping it up a bit this week adding UJ, Current Event, and Geometry.  (Yes, the current event may take place of the "read for 30 minutes and write a summary assignment for the day).    

But first, our Zoom meeting is Monday (today!) at 9am)  (You should have also received a separate email invitation). 

As always, if that doesn't work, chat or email with me to figure it out.  Last time it seemed that the link worked for some and not others, while the Meeting ID worked for some and not others.  So TRY both!

Online School Week 2 (4/6 - 4/10)

-Math - Khan Academy Lesson (Assigned On Khan) and Prodigy (recommended 30 minutes of each every day)

-Reading - Recommended 30 minutes a day and either write a summary or make a video about what you read.

-Unconventional Journal - Daily Journal / Writing Prompt/Quote. Adriene will send the writing prompt and the quote sometime today. Just like at regular school, this is a once a week assignment. Please make sure to share with both Adriene and myself when you complete them either in Google Docs or an email. Or if you need to write it with paper and pencil, take a picture and email it to us if you can.

--Write at least a paragraph for the prompt. For the quote write a paragraph and tell us what you think about the quote (Do you like it?  Why or Why not?) and how it might pertain to your life (e.g. How can you apply it in your life? Where have you seen this idea in person?  Has it ever happened to you?).

-Cultural - From those that responded to my inquiry about Egypt, many either had their notes already or were ready to start research. I will email each student with further directions later today depending on how they answered the request.

-Current Event - Find an article and write a summary. Do at least one this week. Remember your summary must include:

--Publisher and Author and date if stated. (For example: "The article Facts About Coronavirus is from National Geographic Kids written by C.M. Tomlin. The date was not provided").

--At least a paragraph about the article (Who? What? Where? When? Why is this article important? Why did you choose this article?)

Articles can be found at:

-Dogo News https://www.dogonews.com/

-Time For Kids for current https://www.timeforkids.com/g56/

-National Geographic Kids https://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

-Geometry - Find 3 obtuse angles, 3 acute angles and 3 right angles around your home or outside on a walk or wherever!
If you can, take pictures and email them to me explaining what angle each is and where you found it. If you If you can't take pictures, open a Google Doc, click the "Insert" tab then scroll down to the "Drawing" function draw them for me. If you have a protractor then measure the angle! If you don't, make your best guess at what the angle might be.
 
Well, I'll see you all at the meeting at 9 and we will go over this and any questions you may have.  See you all there!  Remember, I'll have office hour at 12 noon to 1pm for any questions you may have that weren't answered at the meeting.  

Thanks and I miss you all!
Meridy

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