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Monday, April 23, 2018

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It looks like some of our classmates had VERY EXCITING vacations!!! #seethenationalparks





Friday, April 13, 2018

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Over the last few weeks, during Technology Workshop, 4th graders have been working on creating videos.  The students worked in groups to first determine a topic for their video that they felt would be helpful to other fourth graders. After deciding on a topic, students wrote scripts, practiced and finally recorded the videos.  This was the FIRST time doing this, and although there were some glitches, I think you will agree, the students did an amazing job. 


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What a week!  We had 2 days of MCAS mixed in with a full week of learning.  I didn't even have time to take many pictures.  😡  Everyone persevered on the ELA MCAS and I expect the same will happen during math in May.  #HARDWORKERS #BEPROUDOFYOURSELF
We have continued to read The One and Only Ivan in reader's workshop and are LOVING the story.  Students are observing safari animals in their natural habitat, elephants at the National Zoo and apes at the Houston Zoo.  It is great to visit other parts of the world without leaving our classroom. 
The Lightning Thief viewing party was a success.  Although, most everyone agreed that the book was more enjoyable than the movie. #MYHEARTISSINGING! 
We have finished our unit on measurement and are starting a unit on Geometry.  I love this unit and can't wait to get started after vacation.
Our travels around the Midwest are complete and everyone did a great job on the quiz.  We will be traveling to the west next!
Keep practicing those recorders, the concert will be here before you know it!
Have a great April vacation, get outside and play.  Send me pictures of your activities and the fun places you visit.  Don't forget to read!
Mrs. Williams

Throwing balls in math for a line plot.
A little yoga before the MCAS!


Friday, April 6, 2018

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Our "You're It!" board has been transformed into a "bucket board!"  We are all finding time during the busy school week to fill a classmate's bucket with words of encouragement, a positive thought or a thank you.  When a student notices a peer doing something that is important and unique to that person, he/she will "fill the bucket," of that student.  We cherish our classroom community and the relationships that we have with one another. This is the next step in continuing to build community and to support the social/emotional learning of all! We are hoping that everyone's bucket will be overflowing by the end of the school year.  Everyone has at least one drop in their bucket so far! 
ELA MCAS is next week and we are ready for it!!! Remember to get a good night's sleep, eat a satisfying breakfast and to BREATHE!!!!  We are going to do well!
Have a great weekend.
Mrs. Williams

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Juicy Nibble

Thanks to Mrs. K for making a quizlet for the midwest states and capitals.
Click here for the quizlet.

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It was a short week for students in Room 23.  We have started a unit on measurement in math, had a mystery Skype visit with 4th graders in Georgia and began a new interactive read loud, The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate.  We will be using our skills as scientists to observe apes and other safari animals in the upcoming weeks.  All of our book clubs wrapped up this week and a notice went home about a fun after school event on April 10th.  Writer's workshop has been busy with students focusing on writing stories from different points of view.  We are also finishing rap poems and starting mythology poems.  We have started our travels to the mid west and  are looking forward to another VR lesson with Mrs. Merten next week.  Good times!
In an effort to continue building community in Room 23, we have started "filling a bucket," for a classmate.  Ask your student what this means and who filled their bucket this week.  We are also working on recognizing those instances/triggers that make us feel anxious, scared, nervous and/or silly and how to handle those feelings in order to relax and focus.  We work hard to stay in the green zone.
Have a great weekend and Happy Easter to all of those families who will be celebrating.
Mrs. Williams

Friday, March 23, 2018

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The last two weeks have been busy!! Where is March going?  We have had time to create sleds as part of an engineering challenge for Snow Treasure Day and we raced them.  Thanks to everyone who sent in materials to complete this project. In reading, we continued to learn about modern day heroes and read more Greek myths.  We have three book clubs going that are all interest based and revolve around myths. The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan is a parent/student group and even parents have homework!! So far so good parents, everything looks great! ;)  We are learning Greek adages as part of word study; what is your Achilles Heel? For many students in room 23, it is some type of food, particularly chocolate. Leave a comment and let us know. In writer’s workshop we have completed two, “You be the author,” writing pieces.  We have written chapter 31 in Snow Treasure and are working in teams to write stories from a different point of view. It is very exciting work!
In math, we have finished our study of fractions and decimals and will be moving on to measurement next.  Keep practicing your facts! We also celebrated Pi Day on March 14th. The students ran 3.14 miles (80 laps of the gym) in 21 minutes. They ran the laps in a relay, no one ran 3.14 miles by themself! check out the pictures below. :)
We will finish our travels around the southeast this week and take a test on Tuesday.  The study guide and flashcards went home earlier this week. We will move on to the midwest next week.
As we begin the third term and the last push before fifth grade, students are working toward increasing independence, improving organizational skills and focusing on following oral and written directions.  All of these school survival skills will be vital in fifth grade and throughout the remaining school years.
Report cards are being sent home today so look for this in your student’s backpack.  Now is a good time to have your child set a goal for the remainder of the year. It has been a great year so far and I know that third term will be just as fantastic as the rest of the year has been.
Mrs. Williams