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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Juicy Nibble

Here are some fun videos that we have watched this week to support our learning in Science and Social Studies.  Enjoy!

The Water Cycle

Cardinal Directions

Friday, September 23, 2016

A Big Bite

So much going on this past week.  We sure know how to pack A LOT into a day, let alone a week.  We started science and social studies this week, ask your child about our units of study in these two areas.  Make sure that you check out the post on the engineering presentation that we had this past Monday.  It was awesome! We have a Skype visit planned with Amy Nielander, author of The Ladybug Race, nest week and it should be fun.  Thanks to the PCC for providing the funds to make this virtual author visit possible.  Check back next week for an update.

Juicy Nibble

On Monday, Peter and Andrew, Franklin High School Alum came to JFK to talk about engineering.  Peter is a former JFK Ladybug and had Mrs. Williams as a teacher when he was in the 4th grade and he remembers doing the Puff Mobile Project! Andrew went to Oak Street and is the son of our very own Mrs. Leenhouts.  They are both Civil Engineers and have agreed to be our "Engineers in Residence this year!! We learned so much and had a great time working with them. They showed us pictures and videos of what they do  and talked about all that they do as engineers every day.  They worked hard in school and are both pursuing their dreams.   Andrew even played for the San Francisco Giants before dedicating full time to his engineering career.  We can't wait to share our finished projects with them and are looking forward to when they return in the spring to help us with another engineering project!  Thanks, Peter and Andrew!!! You are an inspiration to us. :)

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Juicy Nibble

Okay gang, I was puttering around my garden this afternoon and was surprised by what I saw.  Do you see what I see?  Do you know what type of adaptation this creature is exhibiting?  Let me know on Monday.  Go outside in your yard and see if you can spot any animals in their natural habitat, it's beautiful outside!

Author Alert!

WOW!!! Fans of Rick Riordan, this one is for you!  Rick will be at Unlikely Story Bookstore in Wrentham on October 4th at 6:00 p.m.  There will also be some other great authors at the bookstore in September and October, like CeCe Bell (author of El Deafo) and Tom Angleberger, her husband (author of the Origami Yoda series) so make sure that you click here to scroll through the events calendar.
(Information was taken directly from the Unlikely Story website.  More information can be found here.)

Rick Riordan

We've got an event of mythological proportions with bestselling author Rick Riordan to celebrate the newest book in the Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, The Hammer of Thor. Please know that our seating capacity is limited to a maximum of 200 people, so not all who would like to attend will be able to purchase tickets.
Important Details:
  • Tickets go on sale Tuesday, September 20th at 6:00pm.
  • Tickets are $23.41 and include admission for two (2) people and one (1) copy of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Hammer of Thor. Additional copies will be available before and after the event.
  • The presentation will consist of a Powerpoint by Rick with Q & A, lasting about 45 minutes.
  • Rick will be signing and personalizing books following his presentation.
  • Photos will be allowed while in the signing line.
  • Rick will sign any books purchased at the event, and you can bring 2 books from home to be signed.

Friday, September 16, 2016

A Big Bite

Our first full week was great! We had Len Cabral tells us stories as a celebration of summer reading.  Ask your child about the story, "Shoulddo."  We have been writing all of our hopes and dreams for fourth grade in writer's workshop and writing bio poems in poetry workshop.  Developing routines in reader's workshop has been our focus and will continue to be for the next few weeks.  We also had two great book talks, one individual and one team talk.  We have had several people sign up and are ready to talk about great books next week.  The place value test is complete and the effort was wonderful; great job by everyone, we learned so much!  Creative Arts Friday continues to be a fan favorite this week.  Ask your child about their experience.  Another focus this past week has been  on working cooperatively in groups in preparation for all of the group work that we will do this year.  Our first project kicks off next week with a presentation on the Engineering Process by former FPS students and current engineers.  It will be so much fun!  Ask your child about the many ways we have been preparing to work in cooperative groups.  Science and Social Studies get underway next week, in addition to word study.  All of the pieces are coming together for a great year with this group of learners!  Ask your child to tell you all about the pictures below; they show many highlights from our week.  Don't forget to check out the 4th grade team blog, "4th grade News," in the gadget on the right to find out all about the 4th grade community. Thanks to Mrs. Merten for writing this week's post!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Big Bite

It was another great week in room 23!We are continuing to build community and establish routines both academically and socially.  We focused on math, reading and writing this week and will continue to do so next week.  We experienced our first "Creative Arts Friday," and it was a big hit.  Make sure that you check out the new fourth grade team blog for highlights from this week.  Just click on the 4th grade news gadget on the right.  Ask your child about the pictures below, there is so much to share!

T-shirt of the day

I can't keep up!