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Sunday, January 31, 2016

Juicy Nibble


Saturday, February 6, 2016 is Take your Child to the Library Day!!! Go use those library cards and check out all that your library has to offer. :)

T-shirt of the day

We all laughed out loud, as if! Also, someone's in a NY state of mind! :)

Friday, January 29, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Saturday, January 23, 2016

A Big Bite

WOW!! So much is going on in 4th grade, we are very busy people!  The concert this week was a great success and everyone sang beautifully.  What a performance, I can't wait until the spring for the next one!  Now that our study of the US has begun, we are focusing on Skype in tech.  We have successfully Skyped with a 4th grade class in PA and are looking forward to another mystery Skype this week.  In addition, we Skyped with Liv Williams, and learned how to make unique snowflakes using geometry skills and artistic license.  We will use the snowflakes that we have created as a muse for free verse poetry next week.  It was a fun way to tie together several curriculum areas, math, science, language arts and Art.  Our first fraction unit is complete and we will tackle even more fraction concepts in the upcoming weeks during math.  Our essays are coming together nicely and everyone has created their own thesis statement to develop into an essay. Students feel passionate about their favorite vacation places!  In reader's workshop, we are focusing on so many important skills with Snow Treasure, our newest interactive read aloud.  Students are studying figurative language, author's craft, author's voice, drawing conclusions and cause/effect relationships in a text.  Independent reading is going well and students are really starting to branch out and try new genres!  It is exciting to see. :)  We have had some pretty great book talks this past week as well, so keep 'em coming!  
If you would like to make your own rain gauge (or snow gauge!) just click here for the directions.  Feel free to send me a picture of your rain gauge and I will post it to the blog.  Have fun!
Mrs. Williams

Monday, January 18, 2016

Friday, January 8, 2016

A Big Bite

Yes, we were eating ice cream today!  We have done some interesting quick writes this week as part of the essay unit in writer's workshop, in fact we wrote about chocolate vs. vanilla ice cream.  We enjoyed ice cream during the reading zone today in reader's workshop.  We also used non fiction books about weather and weather events as mentor texts for a poem about weather.  It was fun!  The students have been working on videos in tech workshop.  Click here to see some of the published videos.

We have started a math unit on fractions which will take several weeks to complete, in fact we will not be finished until some time in March.  This is challenging work and will take time to master. At home, families can talk about fractions daily and make connections to real world experiences and basic fraction concepts, like identifying fractions, finding equivalent fractions, and adding and subtracting fractions.  Have fun!
We will begin our travels around the Northeast next week as part of the US regions unit and will continue work on humidity and precipitation in science.
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In reading, we have introduced a new interactive read aloud, Snow Treasure, by Marie McSwigan.  We took a virtual tour of the fiords in Norway and are excited to start a new genre, historical fiction.  We will be working on many skills with this book and are going to be making connections to our independent reading books.  It is an older book but a perennial favorite with 4th graders!
Please review the important dates gadget for updates! Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

T-shirt of the day

Wow! Lots to say today. :)

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

T-shirt of the day

Follow up....there's a purse too!

T-shirt of the day

How about that? We could get some good opinion writing about this one!

Monday, January 4, 2016

Juicy Nibble

Here is the fun regions video that Mrs. Merten found for us.