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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

A Big Bite

So much has happened in the last week and a half in room 23. We started learning about Canada in Social Studies. Mrs. Y came to do an MCAS lesson after we took the chapter 4 math test. Everyone did a great job on the test! We took another English test, this one was on writing better sentences. In writing, we created Thankful wreaths, finished our perfect weather day paragraphs and finished the first District Writing prompt. For Reader's workshop, we piloted a reading test called The Grade. We are the only fourth grade students in Franklin to do this test so far this year. We surely feel special. We learned more about theme in reading by listening to The Emperor and the Kite by Jane Yolen. There were many themes, but the most important theme was that it doesn't matter how small you are, even small people can do great things. Mrs. Richards dropped off some new books for us to read, and we can't wait to read them! We finally got to play Win , lose or draw with Mrs. W. The girls won 9-7. We all gave our first graded speech. Many people were nervous, but it went well. The speeches were very interesting to listen to. Today, we made centerpieces for our moms for the Thanksgiving dinner table. The picture above shows the many colorful turkeys that were created. We also made dioramas that show a cornucopia. Next week we will begin a new novel. Also, when everyone returns from the holiday, we can update our book count. Have a wonderful and filling Thanksgiving!
By all of the students in room 23.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Juicy Nibble

Today we found out that we won a contest that Mrs. W, Kiran and Julia entered in the beginning of October. They won a signed copy of Amulet #2, The Stonekeeper's Curse. They had to tell the contest officials why we liked the book so much. We were very excited when we found out that we won. At first, Mrs. W thought it was just a junk e-mail, but when she looked at the subject line closely, she realized that it wasn't junk e-mail afterall! Our book should arrive in 4 weeks. Here is a copy of the winning e-mail.

Congratulations!! You have been selected as one of the lucky winner of the AMULET: THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE Giveaway!!

Emily and Navin’s mother is in grave danger, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. Leon Redbeard, a mysterious fox, joins Emily, Navin and Miskit on their journey, as they are pursued by the Elf King’s son, Trellis, and his dangerous guard. In order to save them all, Emily has to unleash the power of the amulet --- but can she do so without destroying herself?

You will receive a copy of AMULET: THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE by Kazu Kibuishi within the next 4 weeks.

Happy reading!

Cristina Costales
Advertising/Promotion Assistant
The Book Report Network
250 West 57th Street - Suite 1228
New York, New York 10107

By Jack

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Juicy Nibble

Firemens' kids always stick together!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Juicy Nibble

Hi Gang!
This nibble isn't going to be too sweet, but, I have to go to Jury Duty on Monday. Sorry. Mrs. Merten and Mrs. Adams are going to help the substitute make sure that everything goes well for you all . When I see you on Tuesday, we will play charades from Mr. Popper and catch up on the last few days. I hope you are all enjoying this rainy Saturday! Move away from the television and the video games and read a book, it is the perfect weather for it! If you want to leave a comment, feel free, I will check back often. I miss you all.
Mrs. W

Friday, November 13, 2009

Students in room 23 celebrating the end of Mr. Popper's Penguins with black and white day.

Thanks to Mrs. Merten for taking these pictures , it sure looks like everyone was having a great time, and I LOVE all of your animals. Your smiling faces and great attitudes make teaching you such a pleasure. I am sorry that I couldn't have been there with you all today, but you know why(remember the note on the board?). I can't wait to hear all about it next week. I bet your snacks were very YUMMY!

During the past two weeks we have been very busy. We have been working with decimals in math and are continuing to work on multiplication and division facts. We have finished our study of Mexico and will begin a unit of study on Canada next week. In science, we have worked on concepts related to genetics and had a great time making "Geno-worms" with M&Ms. The students have written paragraphs about their perfect weather day and are completing the first District Writing Prompt this week. Next week, we will start a fun Thanksgiving writing project. Reader's Workshop continues to roll along and the children have completed their first interactive read aloud (see above). When we closed the book, there was loud applause and cheering!!! They loved the story and many were sorry that it had to end. It was an amazing experience to see the children so excited about a piece of literature. Do you ever remember applauding a book because it was SO GOOD? They are becoming very thoughtful readers. Take a minute and ask your child about the book, you will be amazed at all that they can tell you, especially about how the main character changed during the book. We have also had some teachers from Oak Street come and visit us and watch Reader's Workshop in action. They were very impressed with the students and were excited to try some of our techniques in their classrooms. Great job everyone!

One of our parents has been in the news recently for a very heroic act-check it out at . Click on the videos underneath the 7 day weather map, and look for "Dorchester Fire." Congratulations to Mr. Sameski! Well done! I will be wearing my Engine 16 t-shirt with pride next week!

Have a great weekend and I will see you next week-stay tuned to see if I still have Jury Duty!

Mrs. W

Mrs. Williams

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Juciy Nibble

Today we had the Student council Election. Everyone did a great job. The winner from room 23 is Jake! We know that he will do a fantastic job representing our class.
By, Bryan (with help from Ellie)

Monday, November 2, 2009

A Juicy Nibble

Eight students from room 23 made speeches for Student Council today. All of the speeches were great, and each candidate had wonderful ideas. It will be tough to decide on just one representative. The election will be on Wednesday, and we'll blog the results in the afternoon.
Great job everyone!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Juicy Nibble

Trick or Treaters, from room 23 and beyond!