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Friday, May 19, 2017

A Big Bite

Math MCAS was this week and everyone worked hard!  We are in the home stretch and after the geometry test, we will be able to focus on math enrichment projects for the rest of the year.  The students are excited to get started on the projects.
We have been experimenting with magnets this week as we start the magnetism and electricity unit.  This is a very engaging unit of study and the students are motivated to lean through an inquiry based method of instruction.  Look at the mazes that they have created!
We created posters for our friends in the GOALS program to help send them off to the Special Olympics on Thursday; so much fun!
We played Kahoot with Mrs. Merten's class to review for the geometry test on Friday.  There were many cheers of, "YESSSS!!!!" when the game was announced.  Congratulations to Hi! who scored the highest number of points. 😊
We are using the strategy of Reader's Theater for our last interactive read aloud, Charlotte's Web.  We made use of the MCAS ready math bulletin board by writing about favorite characters on chart paper. Sometimes writing on the wall is allowed. 😏

Our daily morning meeting always features a fun historical fact and a question to ponder.  Look closely at Wednesday's fact and the question.  Tell us your thoughts on Spaghetti-Os. 
The end of the year is so close and there is so much left to do.  The students are looking forward to all of the end of the year projects and celebrations of learning in 4th grade.  Buckle your seat belt, it is going to be a wild ride!
Mrs. Williams

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Poetry, Please

This shirt is actually a Shape Poem!!!!! Love it!!!!!

T-shirt of the day

They have the right idea!

Friday, May 12, 2017

A Big Bite

We started off our week with IVAN day and it was so much fun!  We participated in a jungle yoga set during our grade level community meeting, painted with finger paints like Ivan and played pictionary with our word study.  We also watched Disney's Tarzan and were able to make comparisons of the characters and plot between the movie and our novel.  This is an important English Arts Standard for 4th graders and the observations made by the students were very astute.  We also saw some very interesting snacks and "stuffies," on desks.  Thank you for helping your child become fully engaged in this book celebration.  
I didn't take many pictures this week, but there was PLENTY of learning happening in Room 23.  We learned many new skills in geometry and began our review of all math standards as we approach the end of the school year.  We are writing non fiction pieces about animal adaptations in writer's workshop and are continuing to write poetry. We will finish studying the west next week and will begin electricity in science.  The end of the year is action packed with learning, we don't stop or slow down in fourth grade!
Happy Mother's Day to all!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Big Bite!

Time is flying by and 4th graders continue to work hard and learn many new skills every day.  This week we have focused on geometry in math and we worked with transparent mirrors while studying symmetry.  We are going to create a poem based on one of our "mirror image," drawings.  We were fortunate to have Elizabeth "Ms. Liz," Gordon McKim, Poet Laureate, join us for a week of poetry workshops.  Check out our video on Twitter/Periscope as we begin our work with Ms. Liz.  Thanks to the PCC for supporting this enrichment program every year for JFK fourth graders.  Parents will have the opportunity to meet Ms. Liz at the Poetry Coffeehouse in June so save the date!  In reading, we completed the novel Love That Dog and are half way done with the sequel, Hate That Cat, both by Sharon Creech.  We will finish reading next week.  Ivan Day will take place this Monday so don't forget your jungle snacks and stuffies for your desk. 😃 Another highlight from this week was a virtual visit to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.  This visit was different from the visit the students participated in as third graders.  There is so much to learn about the National Parks! Check out our video on Twitter/Periscope to see some of the visit.

Thank you so much for all of the wonderful gifts during Teacher Appreciation Week; you are too kind! #lovemyclass.
Have a great weekend, stay dry!
Mrs. Williams 

Monday, May 1, 2017