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Monday, September 18, 2017

Saturday, September 16, 2017

A Big Bite

Our first full week was great! We had Len Cabral tells us stories as a celebration of summer reading.   We have been writing all of our hopes and dreams for fourth grade in writer's workshop and writing bio poems in poetry workshop.  Developing routines in reader's workshop has been our focus and will continue to be for the next few weeks.  We also had two great book talks. We love sharing great books with others.  I am ordering Amulet 8 and Mighty Jack 2 this weekend.  There will be a sign up/waiting list for when they come in.  We have had several people sign up and are ready to talk about great books next week.  The place value test is complete and the effort was wonderful; great job by everyone, we learned so much!  Participating in centers was one way that we prepared for the test.  We will engage in  math centers throughout the year in addition to enrichment math projects to synthesize and apply the fourth grade math standards.  
Creative Arts Friday continues to be a fan favorite this week.  Ask your child about their experience.  Another focus this past week has been  on working cooperatively in groups in preparation for all of the group work that we will do this year.  Our first project kicks off next week with a presentation on the Engineering Process by former FPS students and current engineers.  It will be so much fun!  Ask your child about the many ways we have been preparing to work in cooperative groups.
Science and Social Studies get underway next week, in addition to word study.  All of the pieces are coming together for a great year with this group of learners!  Ask your child to tell you all about the pictures below; they show many highlights from our week. 

We took time this week for a mid morning meeting to discuss how to handle conflicts with each other.  We agreed to apologize and "make a repair," if we hurt someone, and we also agreed to "forgive and forget." This is SUCH a great group of students who will have an amazing fourth grade experience as they grow and change throughout the year. I am looking forward to watching them continue to grow into the wonderful people that I know they will be.
It was great to see so many families this week at the curriculum afternoon.  If you were unable to make the meeting, the meeting Agenda and the handbook were sent home with your student.  In addition, I have been calling families to check in to see how things are going so far this year.  If you have not received a call from me, don't worry!  I plan on completing all calls by the end of this week.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email me: williamsa@franklinps.net or call em at 508-541-5260 ext 2023 and I will return your call ASAP.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams
End of the week meeting.  Our first "yarn web." So cool!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Friday, September 8, 2017

You're It

Who likes to be It? In Room 23, EVERYONE wants to be It! During the school year, we will be celebrating individual students each week by recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and citizenship as members of Room 23.  The celebration generally will take place at our end of the week meeting on Friday, but may take place at any other time.  Each student will be chosen at least once, but may be chosen a second time based on individual efforts.  Always put forth your best because you never know if you may get caught being, "It!"  At our class meeting we will brainstorm hashtags that are personalized to each student.  Congratulations to our first, "It!"  #takeabow! #happykid

A Big Bite

It was another great week in room 23!We are continuing to build community and establish routines both academically and socially.  We focused on math, reading and writing this week and will continue to do so next week.  We experienced our first "Creative Arts Friday," and it was a big hit. Check out the pictures of the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge that the students completed with Mrs. E Williams.  In poetry workshop we learned about John Keats and his poem, Song About Myself.  We began writing Biopoems and should finish next week.
Don't miss our live "Tweet," of the first Dance Party Friday. So much fun.
We started our week with our first grade level community meeting.  Our mantra for the week was "Getting to Know You!"  We even learned some new yoga poses. 😂
We will have a quiz on place value on Wednesday. Check out these videos as a way to prepare for the quiz.
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National Parks Program:
   Visiting National Parks is one of my favorite things to do and there are plenty to see here in Massachusetts and the New England area. Once again, this year, the government has announced a program for fourth graders called "Every Kid in a Park".  This initiative is to encourage fourth graders to visit the National Parks FREE OF CHARGE!  All fourth graders in the 2017-2018 school year. The pass will allow the student, family members under 16 and three adults into "for fee," National Parks across the country for free! So exciting. Let me know if you sign up and if you use the pass.  Information about this program can be found here.
Ask your student about their week, we sure did laugh a lot and we LEARNED A LOT!
Have a great weekend,
Mrs, Williams

Tuesday, September 5, 2017