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Friday, September 18, 2020

A Big Bite


Welcome back to school; the new year is here and we are excited to get 4th grade rolling.  We are learning in a remote environment but that doesn't stop us!  We have done a great job of getting to know each other and building our classroom community.  Here is the constitution that we decided upon after celebrating Constitution Day and reading books like "I Promise," by LeBron James and "You Hold Me Up," by Monique Grey Smith.

We Hold Each Other Up When...

... we work hard and never give up.

...we encourage each other to do their best.

... we follow guidelines for behavior, online, and in person.

... we work cooperatively together.

... we stay focused, when we listen, and when we have self control.

... we are patient with ourselves and others.

... we treat each other with respect and kindness. 

...we look out for each other.

... we take risks with our learning and when we learn from our mistakes.


We also spent a good deal of time creating and building. Here are some pictures of workstations, inspired creations and paper chains.

What a wonderful group of young people!  I am so excited for this year!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. A

Monday, August 10, 2020

Picture Book 10 For 10

  pb10for10 hashtag on Twitter

It has been a while since I have participated in Picture Book 10 For 10, hosted by Mandy Robek on the Enjoy and Embrace Learning blog, and Cathy Mere at the Reflect & Refine: Building a Learning Community blog, but I am back!!!  I have been cultivating a text set of  #Ownvoices picture books; books written and/or illustrated by Indigneous authors and illustrators from The United States and Canada.  Several contain Indigenous text, a glossary, and many have author's notes for more in depth learning and reading experiences. They are class FAVORITES and several have become the foundation for class mottos and mantras.  These books are KEY to establishing, fostering and maintaining classroom community and will be prominent selections in the early weeks of my remote teaching experience this fall.  Thank you to all of these authors and illustrators for their amazing works and dedication to making this world one place for ALL of us. Ahhh, it is good to be back. 

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith, illustrated by Danielle Daniel.  This WAS our class motto, every student knew it and lived by it.  We hold EACH OTHER UP!

We Are Grateful: Otsaliheliga by Traci Sorell, illustrated by Frané Lessac.  We often discuss how we are grateful for so many things; people, places, things, large and small.

At the Mountain’s Base by Traci Sorell by illustrated by Weshoyot Alvitre.  Empowering and thought provoking.  Traci Sorell is a fan favorite!

Birdsong written and illustrated by Julie Flett.  A touching story of relationships, art  and what it means to think of others first.

Bowwow Powow by Brenda J Child, translated by Gordon Jourdan and illustrated by Jonathan Thunder.  Celebrations, history and the relationships between people and animals.

The Elders Are Watching by David Bouchard illustrated by Roy Henry Vickers.  An important story told in poems about taking care of the earth. 

Thunder Boy Jr by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Yuyi Morales.  What is in a name?  A great mentor text for beginning of the year “get to know you,” in writer’s workshop.

Fishing with Grandma  by Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula and illustrated by Charlene Chua.  A fun story about fishing, family and the importance of multigenerational  connections.

Fry Bread by Kevin Noble Maillard and illustrated by Juana Martinez Neal.  Family, traditions and food told from an important perspective.  I love the Author’s Notes at the end, so very important!

A Day with Yayah by Nicola I. Campbell, pictures by Julie Flett.  A First Nations family and their intergenerational relationships are explored as the family goes on a picnic and learns about nature from their grandmother.  

Thursday, June 18, 2020

A Big Bite

Handshakes, Highfives and Hugs on our last day!  Oh, and a video of Mr. Williams and me dancing on the last Dance Party celebration. Thanks for a great year!  Enjoy your summer; eat lots of ice cream, wear sunscreen, drink lemonade, make art, play music, exercise, relax and READ, READ,
 READ!!!! Good luck in 5th grade.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Seniors 2020

***Updated June 5th-see new slides below***

Every year I attend Franklin High School Graduation.  I head to the cafeteria to see the Seniors, my former 4th graders, to take a picture with them and find out their plans for the future before they walk into the gymnasium.  Then, on Friday night, while they are enjoying the all night party, I post the pictures to the blog.  This has been one of the highlights of my career; getting to see my students, all grown up and heading out into the world to blaze new paths and make their mark.  This year I have had to come up with a different plan.  I emailed as many of them as I coud track down and asked them to create a slideshow for me to share, just like I would  any other year. This year's Senior class is one of the FINEST!!! They were in a class of 26 in 4th grade and many of them have stayed in Franklin.  A fewof those who have not stayed in Franklin have been in touch. These incredible JFK Ladybugs are going to do so many amazing things with their lives; there are going to be teachers, artists, engineers, business people, scientists, and musicians, one of whom will attend MY alma mater, The College of St. Rose! One of these outstanding seniors is joining the United States Army and I think this is just WONDERFUL!!!!  Some of them are still deciding what they are going to do with their lives and that is OKAY!! It is difficult to know what you want to do EXACTLY with your life when you are 17 or 18.  They will figure it out, I know, because they are hard working, determined and special human beings.  Go forth Ladybugs, be happy, live in peace, follow your dreams and make yourselves proud.  I'm already proud of you. 
Mrs. Williams

Monday, May 4, 2020

A Big Bite

Thank you everyone for such a wonderful surprise!  I love it!!!!
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