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Friday, December 21, 2012

A Big Bite

Vagmi and Claudia create a tessellation at recess

What a great week!  We started right off on Monday with tons of energy and excitement, it was a great week to learn!  We continued to work on long division in math and everyone did great on the quiz.  We have started to learn about weather in science .  In reader's workshop, we are working on non fiction reading and this ties in great with our study of Canada in Social Studies. Those of us who participated in the Cinderella story study read the Brothers Grimm version on Thursday which was the 200th anniversary of the publication of their first fairy tale collection.  It was a bit gross, but exciting to read.  We worked on narrative essays and rhyming poems in writer's workshop.  We worked on following directions and practicing patience with each other and ourselves this week.  The project we made required plenty of practice with those skills.  The holiday speeches were great.  Check out the videos of Will and Leah giving their speeches, they did a great job!  Everyone is really excited for the holidays and vacation and to deal with potential stress, we did a quick yoga set on Friday morning with Mrs. Merten's class.  Ask your child to show you some of the poses.  Thanks for all of the charitable donations that you have made on my behalf and for the Christmas treats, they are greatly appreciated.  I am touched by your kindness of spirit and generosity.  Have a great holiday and a relaxing vacation.  See you in 2013!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Juicy Nibble

Thanks Matt W. :):):) I needed that today! Hugs to all of you!  See you on Monday!
 Love, Mrs. W

Friday, December 14, 2012

Juicy Nibble

Here is a copy of the email that Ms. Lynch sent to Mrs. Merten about our food drive for the Franklin Food pantry.  As a grade, we collected 321.4 pounds of food.  Way to go!!!  Take a bow  :)

Hi Katie - 
From all of us here at the Franklin Food Pantry, THANK YOU!!
We really appreciate all your hard work organizing the Kennedy food drive. It was a great pleasure for me to be able to speak to your students and hear all their fantastic questions!
Congratulations to you all on a job well done - you collected 321.4 pounds of food!  This will go a long way towards helping our neighbors in need during these hard winter months.
I look forward to working with you again. Please contact me any time with questions.

Best regards,

Erin Lynch
Director of Development
Franklin Food Pantry

A Big Bite

It was a good week in room 23.  We finished The Family Under the Bridge and collected donations for the Franklin Food Pantry (see video below).  We also created Family Crests and mottoes which are in the post below.  Some of us are participating in a Cinderella story study and it is very interesting to read some of the many versions of Cinderella that have been written.  We can't WAIT to read the Grimm version :).We are almost finished with our favorite holiday narratives and will begin rhyming poems next week. In technology we finished our glogs.  Mrs. Merten wants us to show you the glogs we have created by logging in to Glogster with our user names and passwords.  In poetry workshop we learned about Robert Louis Stevenson.  We also learned about the painter Robert Singer Sargent because he painted a few portraits of Stevenson.  We have started "low stress," division in math by using easy multiples.  Mrs. Williams says that it is just ;like learning how to ride a bike, once we know how to do it we will be all set.  Be prepared for a division quiz next week.  Also, we have to present our speeches on Thursday.  We finished our study of Mexico and will begin Canada.  We also completed a "KWL," chart about weather and are excited to start the Weather unit in Science. Mrs. Williams says next week will be "loads of fun," and that we will all need to be flexible as she has a lot of fun activities planned for us before we leave for the holiday break.  Don't forget supplies for the craft on Monday!
Nate, Ava and Jeffrey

Juicy Nibble

We have created family crests as part of our study of The Family Under the Bridge by Natalie Savage Carlson.  Each student created a family motto to go along with the family crest.  Below is a list of the mottos:

Bower-You can't beat us
Brown-Never give up
Caporizzo-Try new things
Deverdits-Never give up
Dowling-Treat others the way you want to be treated
Fallon-Never give up
Garrett-To have it and not need it is better to need it and not have it-be prepared
Henrichon-Always honest
Honor-Never stop
Johnston-Never stop improving
Kane-Never quit
Kantheti-Practice makes perfect
Matthews-Move around the U.S.A
Parrella-We are great only if we have faith
Redwine-Don't be scared to be different
Roberts-Always having fun
Walker-Failure is not an option
Weidman-Think before you do
Whitmore-Never stop our travels
Wood-Don't think the past, think the future
Xiang-Keep on going

Mrs. Perry joined us and said that the Perry motto is "It's not a sprint, it's a marathon.
The Williams family motto is "Always on the move"

Friday, December 7, 2012

A Big Bite

Food Pantry Notes
Genoworm activity
Ojo De Dios

Ms. Lynch


Super Snack , Stuffed Animal Day

We have had a great two weeks since Thanksgiving!  We did some cool experiments in Science and everyone did great on the heredity test.  We have learned all about Mexico and made a craft, Ojo de Dios!
The Mexico test will be next Wednesday.  We are almost finished with The Family Under the Bridge, by Natalie Savage Carlson.  Ms. Lynch, from the Franklin food Pantry, came to talk to us about the hunger crisis in the world and right here in Franklin!  Did you know that 600 families in Franklin can't afford enough food to eat, and 38% of those families have children?  4th graders will be holding a food drive during the upcoming week to support the Franklin Food Pantry.  In writer's workshop, we are almost done writing our favorite holiday essays.  We will be learning about Robert Louis Stevenson in Poetry workshop next week.  In technology, Mrs. Merten has had us making Glogsters about the Native Americans of the Northeast.  It has been so much fun.  Our super snack, stuffed animal day was cool.  We finished off our day by making stained glass Menorah's to kick off the Hanukkah holiday tomorrow.  Report Card conferences are next week and Mrs. Williams said that we have done a great job so far this year!  Only two more weeks until the holiday and Mrs. Williams promises us that they will be action packed!
Emily and Mrs. W

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Poetry Please

Things to do if you are an eraser
By Abi

Go to school
get unpacked
get put on desks
erase kids mistakes
get dropped on the floor
get found by someone
make life much easier
have a lot of siblings
love pink
be colorful
watch kids work
sit on kids' pencils
have a short life