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Hello!
A quick bit about me.  This is my 17th year teaching at Riverview, and my 19th year teaching overall.  After 15 years of teaching 5th grade I taught math and engineering for one year before teaching third grade this school year.  My first teaching experience was in Las Vegas, Nevada.  I spent two years teaching 3rd grade there.  I am a graduate of Fort Lewis College and Adams State.  My wife, two kids, two dogs, and two cats love Durango and we feel lucky to be part of this community. That's where you come in.  Thank you for taking the time to check in on what we have going on at school. Working with you and your family is such an important part of the success we find in the classroom on a daily basis.  
Thanks for visiting.  YOU, are important!
Sincerely,
Anthony Bonanno (Mr. B-)
970-247-3862 x-3217
 

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Engineering News: Week of 1/6/20

Calling all Engineers!
Welcome to our second week (Hupperts' class) of Engineering.  This week will see the students applying their simple machines from week one (lever, pulley, inclined plane, wheel and axle) in order to create a Rube Goldberg machine (see link: https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-rube-goldberg-machine).  Our primary goal is to utilize our newfound knowledge of the four simple machines mentioned above in such a way that we can combine all four into one working mechanism.  As kids plan, design, and test their work, I will be recording any machines that go into action and sharing those videos with the students via email.  This is the most exciting week of engineering since last week, so we're sure to see some creativity and invention on display. 
Keep in touch.  My door is always open.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)
247-3862 x-3217

3rd Grade Math News: Week of 12/2/19

3rd Graders!!
We were able to wrap up the unit 1-4 benchmark assessment and have now began to journey into the realm of division.  Over the next two weeks we will work hard to keep solidifying our multiplication and division facts as well as introduce ourselves to the division algorithm.  This practice should take us up to the week of December 16th, and at that juncture we will look at assessment options (if we feel we are ready) during that week.  Your child has access to the Pearson Realize platform via the internet and can guide you through their prior assessments.  Please let me know if I can help provide further information.  Thanks for your interest in what we are practicing.  Happy winter season!
Sincerely,
Anthony (Mr. B-) 

Week of 12/2/19: 4th Grade Math News

Dear Math Friends-
Our 4th grade math class has been working away at our craft.  Over the last weeks we were able to complete both the unit studies and the benchmark assessment for units 5-8 in the Pearson Realize platform.  The students showed an extremely high level of proficiency with the content.  Please take the opportunity to have your child help you navigate in Pearson and together you can look at their progress within our assessments.  
 
Following this benchmark assessment, we have journeyed into the world of computing fractions with multiplication and division.  An even greater focus is around problem solving with fractions and navigating different forms of fractions such as improper fractions and mixed numbers.  Our goal is to carry this practice through and come to a concluding point over the next two weeks so we will be ready to jump right back in come January.  We are carrying a great pace right now.
 
Thank you for your interest in what has been going on in our classroom.  Please contact me with any questions.
 
Sincerely.
Anthony (Mr. B-)

Week of 12/2/19: 5th Grade Math News

Fellow Mathematicians-
This last week our 5th grade math team completed the unit-2 assessment from our Big Ideas math curriculum.  The content was heavy in computation and problem solving with fractions and mixed numbers.  Students had the opportunity to review and edit their work and practice further problem solving where necessary.  Our assessment is a great tool to gauge where we can focus additional practice and hone skills.  Additionally, upon return from winter break, we will have a chance to do a second benchmark using the iready platform.  This will give us another look at the improvements we have been making.
 
This week we have began unit-3 in Big Ideas.  This unit focuses primarily on multiplying and dividing with decimals.  Our goal is to come to a solid understanding and completion point with this unit by December 20th.  We will be working hard with estimating, rounding, and lots of computation over the next two weeks.  
 
Thank you for your interest in our class!  If you have any questions, please reach out.  Happy winter days:-)
 
Sincerely,
Anthony (Mr. B-)

New Engineering Rotation!! Week of 12/2/19

Fellow Engineers-
Our boat project has sailed.  What a fun time and great practice with the engineering design process.  All students worked on boats and recorded both text and photographic evidence.  Materials were sent home at the end of each rotation.  We have some amazing engineers and problem solvers.
 
This week we started our third go-around.  The focus is machines.  Specifically, simple machines.  Each day, for the 1st week, students will learn about, design, and test pulleys, inclined planes, wheels and axles, as well as levers.  The second week of the rotation will have the students combining these simple machines to complete a task.  Again, we will gather written and photographic evidence of our work. 
 
Thanks for your interest in our class!  Please get in touch with any questions.  Signing off, for now.
 
Anthony Bonanno (Mr. B-) 

Engineering for 11/18/19

Crew-
Ms. Ames' class is sailing their way into the second week of engineering.  Conceiving, planning, designing, testing and refining...
That is the key process we are focused on for the entire rotation.  Students are designing a boat from recyclable materials washed ashore on their island.  The boat must have speed, cargo capacity, and travel the mandatory distance to the mainland.  Our criteria for success=
cargo x distance in inches - seconds traveled + extra cargo x extra distance= B
Talk to your kids about their work and how they are testing these elements in addition to how they are logging their progress in their boat log each step of the way.  We will sail on Friday.  Ahoy!!
Mr. B-)   

4th Grade Math News for the Week of 11/18/19

4th Grade Math Team-
Students are loving their review work! This last week saw us taking some time to complete the unit 5-8 benchmark assessment and we will use that as a tool to guide us for the remainder of the week as we reflect on our strengths and areas to continue practicing.  The students showed a 95% proficiency rate, which is phenomenal.  Moving forward after break we will look more into multiplication and even division with fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals.  This will put us in a great spot to extend on the 4th grade curriculum after break and on schedule to work into 5th grade in the spring.  Stop in any time and join us if you're interested.  Our door is always open.
Thanks so much-
Mr. B-)

3rd Grade Math News for the Week of 11/18/19

3rd Grade Math Team-
Students are loving their review work! This last week saw us taking some time to complete the units 1-4 benchmark assessment and we will use that as a tool to guide us for the remainder of the week as we reflect on our strengths and areas to continue practicing.  As a whole, the students showed a great level of proficiency.  Moving forward we will be working into units 5 and 6, which are a continuation of multiplication and then an introduction to division.  Math facts will also be a focus for these units.  Stop in any time and join us if you're interested.  Our door is always open.
Thanks so much-
Mr. B-)

5th Grade Math for the Week of 11/18/19

Math Team-
Students are rollicking through unit-2 (all about fractions).  Tuesday saw us complete the unit-2 assessment.  We will use this as a reflection piece for the week to assure that the skills are solid going forward.  The later part of the week will be focused on multiplication and division of decimals, as this is an introduction to unit-3.  Upon return form break we will charge right into this unit and look to wrap that up before the winter break as well.  Come join us if you'd like!  Our door is always open.
Thanks so much-
Mr. B-)

Engineering News for the Week of 11/4

Crew-
Ms. Hupperts' class is sailing their way into the second week of engineering.  Conceiving, planning, designing, testing and refining...
That is the key process we are focused on for the entire rotation.  Students are designing a boat from recyclable materials washed ashore on their island.  The boat must have speed, cargo capacity, and travel the mandatory distance to the mainland.  Our criteria for success=
cargo x distance in inches - seconds traveled + extra cargo x extra distance= B
Talk to your kids about their work and how they are testing these elements in addition to how they are logging their progress in their boat log each step of the way.  We will sail on Friday.  Ahoy!!
Mr. B-)   

3rd Grade Math news of the week for the week of 11/4

Boys and Girls-
3rd grade math is refining our understanding of multiplication and different algorithms to accomplish this goal.  As we move forward students will transition into multi by multi digit equations as well as strategies to estimate and check their work.  As an accessory we have also been, and will be, reinforcing both multiplication and division math facts.  Multiplication carries us through the next 3 units of study (units-4, 5, and 6) and that is followed by division in unit-7.  We will focus on equal parts accuracy in computation as well as applying our skills in problem solving.  This will include using geometry, looking into data, and how we can use one operation to check for another.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions!  Look for updates and let me know what else I can offer you and your child as part of our practice here at school.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)

4th Grade Math news of the week for the week of 11/4

Boys and Girls-
4th graders are practicing math all around the adding and subtracting of fractions.  This study is primarily focused around unit-12 of the 4th grade curriculum.  Over the last two weeks we practiced navigating fractions in terms of equivalency, simplifying, divisibility of whole numbers, and factoring greater numbers.  This has allowed us to move into addition and subtraction of fractions with unlike denominators.  As the students gain proficiency we will move into applied problem solving and working more with how to incorporate mixed numbers and improper fractions.  We will update our progress in the coming weeks.  Please contact me with any questions or if you'd just like to talk math, or otherwise.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)

5th Grade Math news of the week for the week of 11/4

Boys and Girls-
The whole thing is happening with fractions.  We are well into our second unit of study and the skills your child should be able to present to you are as follows...
*Adding and subtraction fractions with unlike denominators
*Multiplying and dividing fractions
*Transitioning between fractions and mixed numbers & vice versa
*Reducing, simplifying and creating equivalent fractions
*Comparing and ordering fractions for size
*Applying fractional parts to solving geometric problems
**We will next begin to applying concepts from unit 1 (using expressions and order of operations) while incorporating fractions.
**Extended practice with multiplication and division of fractions with mixed numbers and presented as improper fractions is also upcoming this week
Thank you for the continued support and please keep in touch with any questions.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)  

This Week (of 10/7/19) in 5th grade Math

Welcome!  Here's the scoop.  We are working through Big Ideas Unit-1 very efficiently at this juncture.  We have tackled expressions (6n-1 or 6 times a number minus 1) in the beginning of the unit and are now moving into properties of multiplication and addition (commutative, associative, distributive, zero and identity) and evaluating how they work to help simplify expressions.  Of course we continue practicing computation daily and reviewing concepts.  Our latest practice involved negative numbers.  Ask your kids about these topics.  Let me know what they can share!  Thanks for your interest in our work.  I am always available to chat.
Sincerely,
Mr. B-)