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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A Big Bite

Michael Shoulders, author!

Little Red Reading Hood, Relaxing Hood, Retail Hood, Running Hood, Royal Hood and Radiant Rock Star Hood!
T-Shirt of the day-love the messages!
Tara Lazar, author of Little Red Gliding Hood, had a Skype visit with the 4th graders.
T-Shirt of the day!
Picture book selections from last week
Skyping with authors!
Speeches!! Videos are on the way.

WOW!! It has been a very exciting and FUN week and a half in room 23.  We finished a unit on multiplication in math and will start division next week.  In science, we are done with the life cycles unit and will begin  a unit on weather soon.  Our study of Mexico is done and we will begin a journey to Canada next week.  In addition, we will be staring fiction writing in writer's workshop.  In reader's workshop, we have started a new interactive read aloud, Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer.  We are studying point of view, author's craft, fact/opinion and theme in this book and are making connections with our independent reading books.  To wrap up #NovemberPictureBookMonth, we were able to Skype with two different picture book authors, Tara Lazar and Michael Shoulders.  It was very exciting and we learned so much! Ask your student to tell you how many pages there are in a picture book, you will be fascinated by the answer! 
The quote of the week belongs to Michael Shoulders, "I never said it would be easy, I said it would be worth it."  Words to live by for sure!
The speeches were great and everyone survived!  Only two more speeches to go this year. :)
This holiday, I am thankful to be a part of the JFK community with such wonderful and supportive parents and students who are kind and caring citizens who give their best everyday!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoy time with family and friends.
Mrs. Williams

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Juicy Nibble

Thankful wreaths and centerpieces for your holiday table!  Enjoy!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

A Big Bite

Multi Step multiplication
Mrs. Merten reads Interrupting Chicken!
Our selections for week 2 of #PictureBookMonth

Families are participating in #PictureBookMonth at home!! I love this book!

We have been learning many new skills this week like multi step multiplication in math, all about Mexico in social studies and inherited and non inherited traits in science.  There were some very interesting pictures of ancestors shared with the class and we had fun looking for similarities between the ancestors and their descendants.  We saw relatives with similar smiles, eyes, chins and hair color to name a few.  In reading we have focused on using text features to improve comprehension when reading non fiction.  We are continuing to write poetry and have completed a quick write on a favorite noise.  Mrs. Merten is keeping us busy in Tech workshop by teaching us how to make videos!  Everyone has chosen to make a book trailer as their video project.  It is hard to believe that we only have seven days of school before the Thanksgiving break.  Make sure you check out the important dates gadget for information about upcoming tests and projects.  Students, please leave a comment about your favorite picture book from this past week!
Have a great weekend, stay warm!
Mrs. Williams

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Big Bite

We are studying Robert Frost and we created a Wordle of fall themed words to go with the Acrostic Poems that we are writing.  It was fun!
It was a short week in room 23.  It was wonderful to meet with everyone at conferences to discuss progress and set goals.  I know that it will continue to be a great year!

November is Picture Book month and we have been reading at least one picture book a day!  On Friday, after recess, we gathered as a grade in the library, to hear a picture book together.  Mrs. Williams was the first to read and she chose Walter the Farting Dog by Williams Kotzwinkle and Glenn Murray.  It was Laugh Out Loud funny.  Miss Farrell showed the pictures on the interactive whiteboard as the story was read.  Will continue to do this every Friday in November and each of the 4th grade teachers will read.  In addition, we have arranged to have s Skype visit with at least one picture book author and may have one more potential author to Skype with one day.  If you read a picture book as a family, please send me a picture and I will post it to the blog.  Happy reading!
These are the picture books that we read this week!  Students should leave a comment indicating which book was their favorite.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Juicy Nibble

Many great speeches from the Student Council candidates! It's going to be a tough decision, all good choices.

T-shirt of the day

Wear it like a Williams!