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Monday, January 10, 2011

A Big Bite

Happy New Year! It was a great first week back! Everyone seemed to have a good vacation, but were ready to get back to work at school. In reading, we focused on historical fiction and drawing conclusions. Mrs. Williams read Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Levine, and The Bracelet by Yoshiko Uchida, as a way to study genre, and she read The Dot by Peter Reynolds, as a way to study drawing conclusions. She also began reading Hamlet to us, and we already know that Hamlet is drawing conclusions about his father's death that may not be accurate. In writer's workshop, we began a new personal narrative about having a day off from school. This was last year's MCAS long composition prompt for the 4th graders. We focused on writing a good lead, and using descriptive language. In math, we started long division! We are learning how to use the "low stress," method of long division which is causing some stress for parents. :) Mrs. Williams looked for a YouTube video on how to do "low stress," division, but couldn't find one. She is going to have Mrs. Merten tape her this week and post it on YouTube. Stay posted for an update.In Science, we continued to learn about weather instruments and how to read a weather map. There will be a quiz on Tuesday. In Social Studies, we started to learn about regions in the United States, landforms and climate. We can't wait to start learning all about our great country. Today, we had a moment of silence to remember all Americans, living and deceased, who come together in moments of joy and sadness. There will be a test on Friday about "what makes a region."
We got exciting news today from the Lifelong learning office. Mrs. W's yoga club has been approved and will start on Monday, January 25th at 7:15 a.m. Click here to sign up at the secure website.
By Brenna and Mrs. Williams

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