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Friday, April 30, 2010

A Big Bite

It was a good week back from vacation. Everyone is working hard for the final push of fourth grade. We finished chapter 10 in math and have begun "crunching" for MCAS. In reading, we have started another interactive read aloud, Charlotte's Web, by. E.B. White. As a class, the students have read 948 books so far this year! We have continued to write poetry and are looking forward to our visits with Ms. Liz next week. There were some great projects from the West region, and our tour of the United States begins its last leg next week in the Southwest. The EXPO will be here before you know it! We have begun the last Science unit, Electricity and Magnetism, and have formed new science teams. Mrs. Trockman joined us for Open Circle on Friday as we continued to discuss cyber bullying, electronic etiquette and maintaining a positive attitude in our daily lives. There is so much technology available to students these days, especially at younger ages, and our class is working toward developing good on line habits and strategies for dealing with the electronic age. Thanks for all of the support you give at home to keep your children safe and aware when it comes to cell phones, email accounts, texting, and the Internet.

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Here is Nick with his trophy from the Pine Wood Derby. Great job Nick!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Big Bite

Thursday was National Poem in your Pocket Day. These are pictures of us with Mrs. Bliss's kindergarten class, sharing our poems. What fun!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Bookworm Buzz

Dear Reader,
What a great week for reading! The weather AND the timing has been perfect! A "just right" book that I have read is Big Nate in a Class by Himself, by Lincoln Pierce. If you are a fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid, you will like this book. Check it out!
On a separate note, I am starting a new gadget called "Books for my Old Friends." This gadget will be a list of books that I have read and enjoyed, or have been recommended to me by former students. The books in this list are meant for students in middle school and high school, and are not "just right," books for fourth graders because of the length, vocabulary or theme. There is so much great literature out there for you when you get older, that this list will be your "Someday" list when you are no longer in fourth grade. I hope that as you get older, you will check back if you ever need a book suggestion. I am using titles instead of authors, as many authors of intermediate and teen literature also write for elementary students and I do want to cause any confusion as to what is "just right" for all of you. Keep me posted as to what you are reading!
Read on, readers!
Mrs. W

Monday, April 19, 2010

A Juicy Nibble

On Friday, April 16th, room 23 celebrated Rock Poetry day. DJ Matt was at the controls, and we listened to tunes from various artists such as Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, The Beatles, Neil Young, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Daughtry, Bon Jovi, the Jonas Brothers and seveal others. It was a rockin' day! Mrs. W started the day off with one of her favorite KISS tunes, I Want You. We didn't expect that one!

A Big Bite

The two weeks before vacation were very busy. We finished the weather unit and EVERYONE did an incredible job on the last test. Well done, students. We started chapter 10 in math and will be getting ready for the MCAS when we return. We created toys with Unifix cubes and drew them on graph paper as part of our "gold medal reading reward."

Our travels around the U.S. continue in the West, and the next set of projects is due on Friday when we return from vacation. We have listened to Love that Dog and Hate that Cat in Reader's Workshop, and have tied that in to our poetry writing. The Poet's corner is really blossoming with so many poems. Speaking of poetry, Rock Poetry Day was a success. There were many unique and different poems presented and the students created visual imagery dictionaries about the poems. Some of us even dressed up for the occasion.
It's hard to believe that there will only be eight weeks of school when we return from vacation. Have a great week everyone!
Mrs. W

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Here is a shot of Matthew standing proud. This weekend Matthew's hockey team won 2nd place in their division. This was a huge accomplishment. They fought hard against KP Walpole in double overtime.

Bookworm Buzz

Dear Reader,

I have been reading a lot of "middle level," literature lately, trying to find some new books for some of my older friends. Four of my new favorites are Firegirl, by Tony Abbott, Green Witch by Alice Hoffman, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda by Tom Angleberger, and Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson. All of these books are very powerful and moving. I would love to hear from some of my older friends about these books. Let me know what you are reading!

Read on Readers!

Love, Mrs. W

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Juicy Nibble

Here is Ted in the "Citizen of the Month Chair." Way to go, Ted!

Friday, April 2, 2010

A Big Bite

Coolest t-shirt of the day!

Two projects from the Midwest-can you guess what they are?

Bryan's birthday snack-candy sushi rolls! No kidding!Unfortunately, the plate did not survive its encounter with the floor!

It was a short week in room 23, but much was accomplished! The ELA MCAS is over and we are happy to get back to our regular routine in Reader's Workshop. In math, we have continued in chapter 9 on decimals, fractions and percents. On Thursday we began a pop-up book of Mt. Rushmore which will get finished this week. In science we began talking about tides, currents and the ocean. This will be our last unit of study in weather, and we will also learn about the different types of wild weather. Many of us seem excited to participate in rock poetry day and several songs have been chosen already. There is a wide range of musical taste in our class! Mrs. Mac reports that we are all doing really well with recorder karate so keep practicing. Be on the look out for a notice with several important dates for grade level activities. I will post all dates to the blog when I distribute the notice. Have a great weekend!

Mrs. W