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Friday, November 5, 2010

A Big Bite

It was a short week in room 23 but we got a lot done. On Monday, we learned about the Mexican holiday , "Day of the Dead," by watching a Power Point Presentation and by making skull masks. We did this with Mrs. Merten's class. On Friday we finished the unit on Mexico by taking a test. In science, we learned about what makes us unique and Gregor Mendel. In Reader's Workshop, we have almost finished Mr. Popper's Penguins and will be celebrating the end of the book next Friday with Black and White Day. A notice went home today explaining all about the celebration. Our new book count is 250 books read so far this year! After Brenna's book talk on Who Was William Shakespeare, Mrs. Williams started reading Macbeth to us. She is reading the Bruce Coville version which is written for kids. We never knew a 400 year old story would be so good! It is a tragedy. We are comparing this text to Mr. Popper's Penguins. The skills that we are working on in Mr. Poppers Penguins, we are working on in Macbeth too! We have been talking about predictions, connections, questions, character traits and cliffhangers. We have begun to talk about Macbeth's character traits. We have even questioned whether or not Macbeth is evil or good. We learned about "cliffhangers," and we have left off wondering whether or not Macbeth will kill the king. We have made some interesting predictions about it. Stay tuned, because we will find out next week. In writing, we are working on the district writing prompt. We hope to finish next week so that we can get back to some poetry. In math, we have started chapter 4 which is all about decimals. Our tessellation projects are almost done! On Monday we heard the student council speeches from the students in our room, and Riley was the winner. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
By Shaelin and Mrs. W

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