posted Sep 24, 2018, 2:19 PM by James Falletti
How did the planets get their names? MYTHOLOGY (my·thol·o·gy) məˈTHäləjē/ noun noun: mythology; plural noun: mythologies
a collection of myths, especially one belonging to a particular religious or cultural tradition.
All of the planets, except for Earth, were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses. Jupiter, Saturn, Mars, Venus and Mercury were given their names thousands of years ago. The other planets were not discovered until much later, after telescopes were invented. The tradition of naming the planets after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses was carried on for the other planets discovered as well. Mercury was named after the Roman god of travel. Venus was named after the Roman goddess of love and beauty. Mars was the Roman god of War. Jupiter was the king of the Roman gods Saturn was the Roman god of agriculture. Uranus (Ouranus) was named after an ancient Greek king of the gods. Neptune was the Roman god of the Sea. Pluto, which is now classified as a dwarf planet, was the Roman god of the underworld. The name Earth is an English/German name which simply means the ground.
Homework: Cut out the images that I provided you on the handout and paste them in your notebook. Match the Gods and Goddess with their planets. Don't forget to LABEL the Images with the name of the Planet/God or Goddess. 
posted Sep 18, 2018, 1:48 PM by James Falletti
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The 4th Grade classes will be Exploring the Solar System this year in the Makerspace. Today, students were introduced to their first lesson asking: What is a Planet? Vocabulary/Terms Asteroid Comet Dwarf Planet Inertia Kuiper Belt Mass Oort Cloud Orbit Planet Plutoid
List of Planets in our Solar System Mercury Venus Earth Mars Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune
What is a Planet? Everyone knows that Earth, Mars and Jupiter are planets. At least, they are for now. Both Pluto and Ceres were once considered planets until new discoveries triggered scientific debate about how to best describe them—a vigorous debate that continues to this day. The most recent definition of a planet was adopted by the International Astronomical Union in 2006. It says a planet must do three things: It must orbit a star (in our cosmic neighborhood, the Sun). It must be big enough to have enough gravity to force it into a spherical shape. It must be big enough that its gravity cleared away any other objects of a similar size near its orbit around the Sun.
Homework: Color and Cut out the Solar System Image that I printed for you, then paste it in your STEM Notebook. 
posted Apr 23, 2018, 12:16 PM by James Falletti
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Today we continued to fly our paper airplanes and collect data for our little STEM Experiment of how weight and balance affect airplane flight. As we were measuring the distance in Feet (') and Inches ("), we now need to convert all our measurements into just inches. How do we do that?
Well.... Let's say you had measured the distance of your plane as 11 feet exactly (11'). Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches So simply multiply 11 Feet by 12 to get your answer 11 x 12 = 132 inches or 132"
Let's try this one... you had measured the distance of your plane as 15 feet 4 inches (15' 4"). Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches Multiply 15 Feet by 12 to get your answer 15 x 12 = 180 inches or 180" ....but we're not done yet. We still have 4 inches left from our measurement So, take the 180" + 4" = 184 inches or 184"
Let's try one more... you had measured the distance of your plane as 33 feet 5.5 inches (33' 5.5"). Remember that 1 foot is equal to 12 inches Multiply 33 Feet by 12 to get your answer 33 x 12 = 396 inches or 396" ....but we're not done yet. We still have 5.5 inches left from our measurement So, take the 396" + 5.5" = 401.5 inches or 401.5"
Now it's you turn (Homework) Complete the 12 Times Table in your STEM Notebook up to 12 x 44 (you may go further, but not less). Make sure it's neat and organized. Remember that if I cannot read it, I will not accept it. Due April 30, 2018. Example: 12 x 44 = 528 etc...
 Finish converting your measurements that you had written in your STEM Notebook from Feet (') and Inches (") to just Inches ("). This will be turned in for a quiz grade. Due April 30, 2018.
If you do not have five (5) measurements written in your STEM Notebook, make up a distance between 30 and 44 feet 
posted Dec 11, 2017, 11:09 AM by James Falletti
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Log in to www.prodigygame.com/play with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week. Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 10 Battles per day to get an "O" Play Three (3) days minimum with 10 Battles per day to get an "S" Anything less than three (3) days and less than 10 Battles per day will result in a lower grade Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)
Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break Also  students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week. write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use. use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can
Here are some problems with fractions with step by step instructions on how to figure out the answer. Feel free to use the following link to help you with your problems as a way to check your answers: https://www.hackmath.net/en/calculator/fractionAdding Fractions with like Denominators 14 + 14= 12 = 0.5Add: 14 + 14 = 14 + 1 + 14 = 24= 12The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of the both denominators  LCM(4, 4) = 4
Subtracting Fractions with like Denominators98 68 = 38= 0.375Subtract: 98 68 = 9  68 = 38 The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of the both denominators  LCM(8, 8) = 8
Subtracting Fractions with different Denominators6224  54= 43 = 113 ≅ 1.333333Subtract: 6224  54 =6224  5 x 64 x 6= 6224  3024 = 62  3024 = 3224= 43 The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of the both denominators  LCM(24, 4) = 24
Adding Fractions with different Denominators412 + 112 = 512 ≅ 0.4166667Add: 412 + 112 = 4 = 112 = 512 The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of the both denominators  LCM(12, 12) = 12
Dividing Fractions with different Denominators13 / 25 = 56 ≅ 0.8333333Divide: 13 / 25 = 13 / 52 = 1 x 53 x 2 = 56 To divide one fraction by another, invert (turn upsidedown) the second fraction, then multiply.
Adding Fractions with different Denominators62 + 43 = 133 = 413 ≅ 4.333333Add: 62 + 43 = 6 x 32 x 3 + 4 x 23 x 2 = 186 + 86 = 18 + 86 = 266 = 133 The common denominator you can calculate as the least common multiple of the both denominators  LCM(2, 3) = 6
Multiplying Fractions with different Denominators34 x 63 = 32 = 112 = 1.5Multiple: 34 x 63 = 3 x 64 x 3 = 1812 = 32 Multiply both numerators and denominators. Result fraction keep to lowest possible denominator GCD(18, 12) = 6

posted Dec 5, 2017, 7:34 AM by James Falletti
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Log in to www.prodigygame.com/play with the credentials that I gave you in class and practice. Here's how you're going to get graded each week. Play Four (4) to Seven (7) Days with 10 Battles to get an "O" Play Three (3) days minimum with 10 Battles to get an "S" Anything less than three (3) days and less than 10 Battles will result in a lower grade Not logging in and practicing will result in a Zero (0)
Bonus Points for anyone who practices Five (5) Days with 10 Battles over the Christmas Break Also  students need to bring in a one (1) subject notebook to class every week. write your username and password for both your email, prodigy, and any other school program that you use. use the pages as a doodle notebook where you can

posted Nov 20, 2017, 12:36 PM by James Falletti
What an amazing day we had today as we introduced a new program to our curriculum called Prodigy. It's a free program designed to help students work on not only their computer skills, but work on their MATH skills too. Here are the instructions needed to sign on: Go to www.prodigygame.com/play
 sign in with your username and password
 if you missed class > click on New Student
 Enter the Class Code then follow the instructions
 CLASS CODE is CDE274
 When you are playing from home, select HOME
 NO MEMBERSHIP IS NEEDED

posted Nov 14, 2017, 10:07 AM by James Falletti
We are going to type in MLA Format
What is MLA Format? Times New Roman Font 12 Font Size Double Spaced 1” Margins
How to type a heading in MLA Format? 
posted Oct 24, 2017, 5:49 AM by James Falletti
Today I gave everyone in 4A a Corpus Christi School email account. Students should check their emails regularly as their teachers and classmates may send important information, reminders, and updates to them throughout the school year.
Their Email formatted so that it's the First Initial + Last Name + @corpuschristischool.net. For example  Jack Smith email is jsmith@corpuschristischool.net .
Their Password was changed in class and written on an index card which I requested that they keep at home or in their folder for safekeeping.
Their @corpuschristischool.net email address is powered by Gmail (Google) which means they now have full access to Google Drive and all it's Apps, including: Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, etc... . Please note that as a safety feature, students will not be able to contact anyone from outside @corpuschristischool.net and vice versa. Students can only contact and be contacted by other students, teachers, and administration from Corpus Christi School.
Please make sure that students have access to their account while at home. Moving forward, all documents will be typed using Google Docs and saved to Google Drive  which I will show them in class. 
posted Oct 3, 2017, 1:25 PM by James Falletti
I missed your class on Monday, October 2nd  but here's a letter to discuss your new email. If you are unsure, just let me know tomorrow when I see you in school.
Congratulations! As a 4th grader, you now have access to a Corpus Christi School Email Account. Please remember the following information about your account: Do not share your password with anyone, except: Your parents/guardian Myself Your pet or a rock
You can only contact the following people: Sign on any device at home that you use/own, including: Smartphone Tablet Laptop Desktop
Your @corpuschristischool.net email account is powered by Gmail, which means you need to sign in gmail with your special CCS account. Be respectful while using this privilege and remember that by using this email account, you are representing Corpus Christi School. Any abuse of this privilege will be dealt with and loss of privilege will occur.
Email First Initial + Last Name + @corpuschristischool.net
For Example: James Falletti (that’s me) jfalletti@corpuschristischool.net
Generic Password: corpus123 (all lowercase) ...BUT...  You need to change your password to something that you’ll always remember.
 Use a combination of letters and numbers (ex  birthday321 or pirate123)

posted Sep 22, 2017, 3:17 PM by James Falletti
Greetings & Salutations! Today you selected your Chromebooks and assigned your Google Account to it. This is the start to an amazing adventure in STEM & Makerspace Fun. Here are a few things to remember as we move forward into the school year: Always remember your Username and Password If you do NOT have an email, please let me know ASAP EMAIL should be first initial + last name + corpuschristschool.net Example: John Doe’s email is jdoe@corpuschristischool.net
If you CANNOT remember your email PASSWORD, please Try it first  maybe you put a capital letter in there Try it again Let me know
Remember your Chromebook Number, because that’s your Device for the 20172018 school year. Check your emails on a regular basis You’ll never know from who or when an email is coming your way Remember that you CAN connect your School Account to your personal electronic devices, because it is run by GMAIL (GOOGLE).
Familiarise yourself with Google Applications, including: Google Drive, Google Docs, Gmail, Google Slides, Google Sheets, Google Forms, Google Translate, Google Earth, Etc. Be RESPONSIBLE with your account. Remember SpiderMan: “with great powers come greater responsibilities.” If you abuse this responsibility, privileges may be taken away, and we don’t want that.
Be Inspired and have FUN

