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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Juicy Nibble

In case you didn't see these videos on the Choice Board, here they are!  I am with my cat sibling, Lady Deadlock; my dog nephew, Keva; and my dog niece, Ruby.  Who is your favorite?  Lady Deadlock has TWO literary names, watch the video to learn the other and leave a comment if you know what book is referenced by her other nickname.



Juicy Nibble

Here are some photos from last week.  Ask your child to tell you more about them.  Please check your email for a message from the 4th grade team.  Thanks!  Also, keep up with the Twitter feed on the right...lots of great information and resources for students and families while we engage in remote learning.













Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Juicy Nibble

The students are LOVING our unit on mythology.  Here are two Mythic Warrior videos that we did not watch in class but that the students have asked me to post.  Enjoy!

Medusa

Pandora

Saturday, March 7, 2020

You're It

Here is this week's "You're It!"  #goodforyou #keepitup

A Big Bite

Read Across America was this past Monday and we celebrated in many ways.  We started the March Madness Reading program, began a unit on mythology and read some favorite Dr. Seuss books together. I also shared the World Read Aloud Day slideshow (with families) that we created with Mrs. Henault's class.  We hope that you enjoyed it!










Non fiction research writing, writing the next chapter of a story and poetry have been our writing focuses this past week.  We love to read and write!
In math, we are wrapping up the unit on fractions and decimals and preparing for a test on Wednesday.  The students are prepared but every little bit of outside practice helps!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams


Saturday, February 29, 2020

You're It

Here is this week's, "You're It!"  #takeabow #goodforyou

A Big Bite

Who says that vacation is over?  We spent a great deal of time in Washington D.C.!  We watched a video about the memorials and monuments, took a virtual tour of D.C. with the VR googles, created the final copy booklet and started our research project.  In technology workshop, Mrs. Merten modeled the correct way to cite an internet resource and how to use the internet to take research notes.  Please see the chart below for a visual on the notes and search your in box for an email with specific details about technology workshop.  


 In math we have been focusing on decimals and fractions.  We have been using a beaded number line to develop these skills and the students find it to ba a very useful tool.   Here is a video on how we used the beaded number line.  Please note that we use BIG clothespins, not the mini ones that you see utilized in the video.
We also played "Decimal War," with decimal playing cards to compare decimals.  So fun and engaging!!


 Adverbs are the focus of word study in room 23. It is one skill to identify an averb in isolation but entirely another when you have to do it with an actual book.  This was a challenge for students but productive struggle is an important learning tool.

We embrace "productive struggle,"  in room 23 across all curriculum areas.  Here is a quick video that discusses what "productive struggle," is and what it looks like in the classroom.

Our next unit of study in reader's workshop is Mythology!!! The students are very excited to start this unit.  Students will be reading mini myths and will have the opportunity to view various short videos of myths and discuss the similarities and differences in the two mediums.  Also, be on the lookout this week for an email about an OPTIONAL book club that is for students and parents with the book, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.    Please note, this book is not a myth, it is a 375 page fantasy novel.  
We will be focusing on self control and respect this week in room 23 as we continue to build community and relationships.  As a contibutor the blog, Teachers, Books, Readers, I shared a post about the book The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy.  There was an overwhelmingly positive response from readers about the "Lines we Love and Live by," chart that we created as a class.  Charlie Mackesy himself even commented about how much he "loves what we do."  I am so glad that students had the chance to read this book and that so many families did too!
Here is a screen shot of his tweet:

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams