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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

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