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Friday, November 15, 2019

You're It

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

A Big Bite

Not too many pictures this week...we were busy doing A LOT of learning.  We are reading Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer, writing fiction stories, practicing multi digit multiplication and learning about the earth and earthquakes.  Over the next seven school days we will finish Little Dog, Lost, complete several writing projects, finish multiplication and begin division and continue to learn about the earth, its layers and earthquakes.  Stay tuned!!!

Friday, November 8, 2019

A Big Bite

Black and White day was a huge success!  We completed some end of book assessments about Mr. Popper's penguins, played penguin Pictionary, completed an art project and watched March of the Penguins.  We made a great bar graph of all of our black and white snacks.  It was great fun!  Thanks so much to the O'Connor family for sharing the book, 365 Penguins by Jean-Luc Fromental.  We were able to make so many great connections to Mr. Popper's penguins and solve some fun math problems at the same time!

 Our Student Council candidates gave wonderful speeches and everyone would have been a great representative for Room 23.  Congratulations to our winner!

 We continue to give many book talks in reader's workshop and inspire each other to try new books.  Here are just two examples of some of the most recent book talks.

Last week we listened to Mrs. Castro-Rivera tell us all bout Dia do los Muertos in Mexico and this week we played Kahoot to review for the open notes quiz.  Everyone did a great job!  Several 4th grade students are working on developing a community service project for a school in Mexico...more information to follow!

In math, we have started multi digit multiplication.  The goal is for students to UNDERSTAND and MODEL a multiplication problem through manipulatives and drawings.  It's not enough to use the traditional algorithm to solve problems, students need to understand why and how the numbers are arrived it in a problem.  More of this over the next two weeks!  Parents are always welcome to join us for a math class to see how we are solving math equations.  If you would like to attend, just send me an email and we can set up a time for you to observe and participate in a lesson.
In writing, we are working on fiction stories and quick writes.  The authors in room 23 have great ideas and such creative stories, I love reading them!
As part of the social/emotional curriculum standards, we are continuing to meet daily, sometimes twice a day, to review classroom situations.  Our goal has been to "build each other up," and to focus on strategies to reduce stress and anxiety.  Breathing is A GREAT strategy for reducing stress and anxiety and LAUGHTER is a great way to reduce tension.  We will continue to work on these skills and concepts.
Have a great weekend.

Friday, October 25, 2019

You're It

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

A Big Bite

We have been working on patterning in math with shapes and numbers.  Determining the rule for a number table is challenging but a great way to think about numbers.  Using manipulatives is one way to see a pattern!
We finished Mr. Popper's Penguins in reader's workshop and have been disecting short non fiction texts about penguins.  We are looking forward to "Black and White Day," on Thursday.
As part of writer's workshop, we are writing paragraphs and poetry and are learning how to use a dictionary.  This is such important work for writers.  Do you write every day?  We do!
Learning about Mexico is very popular in Room 23.  The students have learned about the geography, climate, natural resources and history of Mexico.  We will continue learning about our neighbors to the south next week.
There are two half days next week and Halloween, so our week will be short but busy!  I am looking forward to seeing parents and guardians at conferences next week.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

Friday, October 18, 2019

You're It

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

A Big Bite

Over the past two weeks we have been engaged in many new learning opportunities.  We have been showing our thinking in math by using unifix cubes and by drawing diagrams.  We will start patterning next week but keep working on those facts!  We played Kahoot to review for the map test and everyone did a great job.  Now we are learning about Mexico and  have started Spanish lessons on Duolingo.  Last week, The Haffenreffer Museum form Brown University came to JFK and the 4th graders participated in an archaeological dig.  Students learned about the Native Americans who lived in the northeast.  We completed the Puffmobiles and held the annual Puffmobile race.  We learned a great deal about the engineering process and team work. After developing interview questions and conducting research with families, students have been writing paragraphs about their unique qualities and family traditions.  We are also writing list poems and haiku in poetry workshop.  Mr. Popper's Penguins is a classic tale and the students are enjoying the story.  Many students are reading non fiction books about penguins for independent reading.  We continue to build community and relationships, not just during morning meeting, but all day long.  Looking forward to a full week next week!
Mrs. Williams