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Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Big Bite

This week's blog post was written by Miss Decker, our student teacher.  Enjoy!


We have had a very exciting past week here in room 23! On Monday, Mrs Silvia came for her third visit and taught our class all about the Native American tribes of the Midwest. We learned about how they hunted, what they wore, and parts of their culture! Tuesday started Miss Decker’s last week of “take over days.” In math we have learned quite a bit about symmetry and reflections. We wrote “creepy clown” poems, drew reflections of pictures, and learned about lines of symmetry. In science we finished our “Wild Weather” unit with blizzards, but we have had a lot of first hand experience with that! For social studies, we have learned more about the Midwest and learned a lot about the important bodies of water there. In writing we began “apology poems” or “Forgive Me Nots,” inspired by William Carlos Williams and his poem “This Is Just To Say.” On Thursday we had the honor of having Ruby Bridges at our school! What an amazing time! She gave an amazing presentation on her experience as the first black student in the South to attend an all-white elementary school. Greyson even volunteered to pretend he was Ruby and tried to talk to the governor into letting him go to school! On Friday, we made a word splash as a class and wrote Ruby Bridges acrostic poems. They are fantastic! Overall, what a great week in room 23!
By Miss Decker

Saturday, April 13, 2013

A Big Bite

Rock and roll will free your soul! Anna and Mrs. W look like they bought their shirts together!

Where have the last two weeks gone?  4th grade is flying by! We took the reading MCAS and have been reading Love that Dog and Hate that Cat by Sharon Creech in reader's workshop.  In writer's workshop we continue to celebrate National Poetry month.  Creative Arts Friday rocked with  rock poetry. We created visual imagery dictionaries to illustrate everyone's poem.  We enjoyed hearing everyone's poem/song and a few of us even started dancing!  The theme of many of the poems/songs was about "breaking up."  We finished the morning with Kyle's poem, Here Comes the Sun, by "those people," (Greyson) The Beatles. It was an uplifting and positive way to end the morning.  In math we have been working on time and graphing.  We will be starting a unit on symmetry when we return from vacation and preparing for MCAS. We are starting our study of the Midwest and it is a very exciting region.  This week in science we learned about tornadoes and we even made plastic bottle tornadoes.  It was tons of fun! The warm weather this past week is making everyone hungry for spring and summer and happy to see winter gone.  The last few moths of 4th grade are filled with many exciting activities and the week after vacation is just the beginning.  We will have another presentation from the Haffenreffer Museum and a surprise later in the week.  :)
Have a great week and read lots!!!
Mrs. Williams

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Bookworm Buzz


I Wish I Were a ButterflyI Wish I Were a Butterfly by James Howe
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great lessons here, an oldie but goodie. The possibilities are endless1


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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Great mentor text for writing fiction; write an adventure for Louise! Students will love this one!

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great non fiction picture book that details the events before Mrs. Parks said "no." Great mentor text for narrative non fiction.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great mentor text, historical fiction.  Author's craft and voice will make a strong impression on readers in addition to the fact page and website.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A great life lesson wrapped up in poetry.  Rhyme, alliteration, you name it, this is a great mentor text across the curriculum.  Readers will discover something new with each read!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The reverso poem was fun to read, and a bit challenging.  I really needed to slow down and take my time to fully comprehend the poems.  I can't wait to try this poetic form in poetry workshop and this book IS the mentor text.  I'm sure students will have great ideas for how to create their own reverso poems.