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Monday, November 28, 2016

Juicy Nibble

Here is a video of the Canadian National Anthem with beautiful photos of the country!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Juicy Nibble

Happy Thanksgiving!!!
I am thankful for a class that works hard, respects each other and has a fun time learning!
We have been busy working on multiplication in math, finishing up our unit on Mexico and non fiction reading and completing a variety of writing activities.  We also are working on wild weather events and ocean currents in science.  More to come when we return form the Thanksgiving holiday! 
We created a holiday centerpiece for your table. Check out the tweets to see ALL of the 4th graders crafting together.  ENJOY!!! 
Mrs. Williams

Saturday, November 19, 2016

You're It!

Here is "You're it," for this week!  Way to go.🙆 #celebratealllearners

A Big Bite

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This week we focused on having an Attitude of Gratitude.  We practiced giving compliments AND receiving compliments.  We spent time discussing all of the many ways we are thankful for what we have and what we are able to do.  Our goal is to continue this work throughout the year.
We have really jumped into multi digit multiplication and there were many tweets sent out during our math lessons.  More to follow.😄
We have been focusing on the different structures of non fiction and the different text features found in non fiction as we learn about Mexico and more weather concepts.  Everyone loves it when we are able to participate in science and social studies in the same day and I love it when the curriculum overlaps in such a way that we are studying all of the subjects at once; it really is such a fun and cool experience.🙌
Many students have been working hard preparing their speeches for Tuesday.  I have seen many written speeches already and have given suggestions for revisions.  Great work so far!  These are going to be great and I can't wait.
Next week is a short week as we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday.  As always, there is plenty to do.  Be on the lookout for a writing project and a holiday craft to be coming home on Tuesday!

Students, please Click here to complete the latest student survey.  It is due on Monday, November 21, 2016.
Parents, here is a link to the latest parent survey if you have not yet had a chance to complete it.    Thanks!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

Friday, November 18, 2016

T-shirt of the day

And she does, always!!!!

T-shirt of the day

A twist on T-shirt of the day, it's, "Pencil of the day," and it is so true!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

T-shirt of the day

Yes they do AND yes they do sparkle and shine! #positivepeople

Friday, November 11, 2016

A Big Bite

Our week started off with Student Council Speeches and election and voting in a mock election for President of the United States.  All of the speeches were fantastic and it was a difficult decision for all! Congratulations to Jack who will be representing Room 23 on the JFK Student Council this year!

Voting for President of the United States

Mr. Whitmore came to JFK to discuss his trip to Antarctica and to share his expertise on penguins and other Antarctic animals.  It was insightful and fun!  How did you do on the quiz?  We did pretty well.  Thanks, Mr. Whitmore!

Thursday was Black and White Day as we celebrated the book, Mr. Popper's Penguins.  Below is a schedule of our day, which we had to tweak until the power came back on around 9:30.  It was a great day with many wonderful learning experiences.  Ask your child to tell you all about it!
Arctic Art
Black and White snacks
Arctic friends
A line plot of our snacks!
Science connection, The March of the Penguins, with all of 4th grade!

It was a short but busy week.  We are able to do so much in 4th grade and our days are always full. The success of Black and White day confirms for me that we are building community every day and appreciate our differences and diversity.
 We will start multiplication next week, in addition to non fiction reading in Reader's Workshop.  We will learn about precipitation in Science and start a fun writing project in Writer's Workshop.  
We remember and thank our nation's Veteran's today for all they have done to secure our freedom and liberty.  THANK YOU!!!
Have a great, long weekend!
PS-Click here for a link to the first episode ever of Scooby Doo, Where Are You?  I know that the students have been asking to see it. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

T-shirt of the day

Yes they are! I wonder, did they plan this? They are certainly living our mantra this week, #proudtobeanAmerican

Saturday, November 5, 2016

You're It!

Here is our next "It." Way to go!!! #celebratealllearners

A Big Bite

Our week started out with the Indian holiday of Diwali and the Halloween holiday.  Check out the JFK Ladybug and our Twitter feed for our Diwali pictures! We celebrated Halloween by completing a variety of curriculum activities that were Halloween themed.  The party in a bag snacks were great and everyone enjoyed their special treats.  The country of  Mexico, its history, people and culture is the next unit of study in Social Studies.  To learn about the Day of the Dead celebration we colored masks in addition to coloring flags to learn about the Mexican flag. Our weekly mantra was la persistencia conduce el exitio.  Ask your child what this Spanish mantra means, it is an important message.  The science quiz went very well, everyone is developing their own study habits and discovering what steps they need to take to be prepared for a quiz.  Great job! We finished the patterning unit in math and will be starting multiplication.  On Thursday, we will have Black and White day to celebrate the conclusion of Mr. Popper's Penguins.  Everyone is really enjoying the story and improving reading skills at the same time. Don't forget to study for the vocabulary quiz which will be next week!  Poetry teams are writing Cinquain poems about Mr. Popper's Penguins and we can't wait to share them with you!
As part of one of our morning meetings, we participated in our first debate! Students debated whether or not animals should be launched into space for the purposes of scientific research.  It was very lively! This is an activity that we will repeat throughout the year. So much fun!
It is a three day week for students next week, so we will be very busy trying to "get it all in."  4th grade is flying by!