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Saturday, October 17, 2015

A Big Bite

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Fall is upon us, the leaves are magnificent and it was another busy week in room 23. :)  We continue to make progress in Reader's Workshop both in independent reading and with our interactive read aloud, Mr. Popper's Penguins.  Students are embracing the concept of "just right books," and are making good progress with independent reading.  We are writing across the curriculum, not just in poetry and writer's workshop but in math, reading and science as well.  Multiplication and division are all the rage in math.  Students are working hard to apply these skills to word problems and to explaining thinking in writing.  We spent time learning how to find exact locations on a map with coordinate grids and degrees for latitude and longitude.  It was fun and everyone did a great job!  Next week looks like a big assessment week with tests in social studies and math and a quiz in word study.  We will review for each of these assessments BEFORE the day of the test, but students should study at home as well.  All maps and globes folders were to be taken home on Friday along with the weekly reading log and the math study guide.  

Thanks to Ms. Henrichon for making me aware of the Every Kind in a Park program sponsored by the White House and the National Park Service.  According to the website: Beginning September 1st all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov. This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!

The Every Kid in a Park pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Information on obtaining the pass is available by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov.
National Parks are some of my favorite places to visit and really are some of the most beautiful landscapes our great nation has to offer.  Go to a park, have some fun!

I am looking forward to seeing students and families at An Unlikely Story Bookstore in Plainville today to meet Kazu Kibuishi!  Mrs. Merten and I will be there and are hoping to get a photo with the author that we can post to the blog.  Check back later in the weekend for photos! 
Good luck to all runners who will be participating in the Ladybug 5k tomorrow!  Stay warm and strong, kick the finish! 

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams


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