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Saturday, April 26, 2014

Bookworm Buzz

Lulu's Mysterious MissionLulu's Mysterious Mission by Judith Viorst
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I LOVED the latest installment in the Lulu series.  Lulu is up to her old tricks but it seems that she may have met her match.  Can't wait to share this with readers on Monday.

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I did enjoy the latest installment in the Babymouse series, but i couldn't help feeling a little bad  for Babymouse.  Why does Felicia have to be so mean?  I am hoping that she will grow up one day.  Would love to hear what you think, reader.

A Big Biteb

I hope that everyone has had a great vacation.  I have been very busy with my family and today is the first time I have had to sit down at my computer!  I can't wait to hear about how you have spent your week. :)
In the two weeks prior to vacation, we had a lot of fun.  It was great to get back into the full swing of reader's workshop without test prep.  There are several book groups involved in different genres and everyone is coming close to reaching their reading goals for the year.  We are writing expert pieces in writer's workshop and are having a fun time with National Poetry Month.  Rock poetry day was rockin'!  We enjoyed another visit from the Haffenreffer Museum and finished learning about the southeast.  We are almost done with our study of weather in science and will be learning about wild weather events next.  We are all done with geometry in math and had a lot of fun using protractors.  In the upcoming weeks we will begin a unit on electricity in science, travel to the Midwest and prepare for the math MCAS.  Ms. Liz, our poet in residence will be joining us during the first week of May and this is always a highlight of the year.  With only 39 school days remaining, we will be packing a lot in during our remaining time together.  Enjoy the weekend and I will see you on Monday!
Mrs. W

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Juicy Nibble

This is the story of Theseus and the Minotaur.  How does it compare to the myths we have read in class?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Mrs. Williams

Juicy Nibble

This is from the Mythic Warriors Series.  Click to watch the Story of Persephone and the Winter Seeds.  If you want to watch other myths, search for Mythic Warriors on YouTube, just ask for permission first.  Have fun!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Juicy Nibble/Take me out to the ball game

Students who have earned a silver belt in recorder karate had the opportunity to play "Take me Out to the Ball Game," for the the Red Sox home opener on Friday during the morning announcements.  They sound wonderful!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Juciy Nibble/The Lightning Thief Full Audiobook

A Big Bite

As expected, everyone has been enjoying reading Greek myths and we all agree that Medusa is one of the most misunderstood creatures of Greek mythology.  We will finish Greek Mythology next week and will begin another interactive read aloud.  Those students who would like to join The Lightning Thief book group will have an opportunity to do so next week.  I will post a new gadget with a link to the audio version of the book so that students can listen as they read.  In math, we have finished our study of measurement, time concepts and graphing.  We have started geometry and will finish before April vacation.  We are learning about the jet stream in science and have begun our travels around the southeast.  In writer's workshop we are writing "expert," pieces and it is exciting.  In honor of National Poetry Month, we have been writing some unique poems (see post below).  The last third of fourth grade is here and it is amazing how quickly the year has passed.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. W

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Poetry, Please!

We experimented with "Spine Poetry," today and it was A LOT of fun!  To create a Spine Poem, browse through the library and put titles together to create a free verse poem. We used books from the classroom library and individual book bags, in addition to many different picture books to create poems.   Students will have an opportunity to create spine poems at home and upload them to their Google Drive accounts.  The directions for this will go home tomorrow. :)  Take a look at some of the spine poems that students created today.  They are VERY Creative.