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Saturday, April 27, 2019

Juicy Nibble

Read Now. Read Forever. #everychildareader
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Bookworm Buzz

Next Saturday, May 4th, is Free Comic Book Day.  There are two great independent comic book stores in Bellingham, Friendly Neighborhood Comics and Rubber Chicken Comics. The owners and staff in both stores are very helpful and friendly and I love both of these stores.  Click here to learn more about Free Comic Book Day.  What a great way to end National Children's Book week, with a free comic book!  Let me know if you go and participate.

You're It

Here is this week's, "You're It!" #goodforyou #takeabow #keepitup

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Yes it does!  And she always remembers that motto!

Sound advice from someone who lives this motto!

A Big Bite

Scientist Sam visited 4th grade this week to teach us about light and other fun physics concepts, it was a highlight for many students!  We are learning to use protractors in math as we continue to focus on geometry.  There will be a test this coming Thursday.  Two days this week were spent on the ELA MCAS and everyone worked hard, math will be in the middle of May.  On Friday, some students chose to stay inside for recess and watch a fun video of songs and animals which is a favorite of one of our classmates.  Thanks to Mrs. Merten for letting us watch in her room with some of our friends in room 24.  The students told me that they cannot believe that there are only 35 days left in fourth grade.  The most common response was, "This year has gone by so fast!"  Yes it has gang, yes it has.

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Bookworm Buzz

The Bell RangThe Bell Rang by James E. Ransome
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Absolutely loved it. Everything about it. Make sure to read the author's note.

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Fantastic FlowersFantastic Flowers by Susan Stockdale
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Beautiful illustrations coupled with poetry,a great non fiction read! Will definitely add this to the stack for our life science curriculum. Many cross curricular possibilities here!

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A wonderful story of friendships. Beautiful illustrations.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Wonderful message of hope and perseverance. The illustrations are exquisite.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love, love. My artist friends ESPECIALLY will love this story of friendship and believing in yourself. Niko and Iris are simply wonderful.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I loved this version of The Princess and the Pea! The glossary at the BEGINNING of the book will help readers who do not speak Spanish. Make sure to read the illustrator's note. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love love! Beautiful story about gratitude and modern day life for citizens of the Cherokee nation. This will be a great addition to our stack of books for regions of the United States. Make sure to read the author's note.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love, love. Such an inspiring story of perseverance and following your dreams. Make sure you read the author's note and the illustrator's note.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love, love. The possibilities are endless with this one!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love, love! Yuyi Morales is one of my absolute favorite authors...and she is an amazing illustrator too! Make sure you read her note too...very important!

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
In a fast paced world, this is just the book we need. Absolutely brilliant. 

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Love, love, love! Will definitely add this to the stack for life science. The illustrations are beautiful. 

Saturday, April 13, 2019

You're It

Here is this week's, "You're It!" #goodforyou #takeabow

Friday, April 12, 2019

A Juicy Nibble

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are coming into a very busy and fun time of the year for our Fourth Grade students.
Below is a list of some of the events that are coming up.
More information about many of these events will be coming home soon.
If you have any questions about these events or dates please don't hesitate
to ask your child’s teacher.

Wednesday, April 24 - ELA MCAS
Thursday, April 25 - ELA MCAS
Tuesday,  May 14th- Math MCAS
Wednesday, May 15th- Math MCAS
Thursday, May 23th-Tying of shirts-all shirts due
Tuesday, May 28th -Tie-Dye Tuesday(Parent volunteer opportunity)
Thursday, June 6th- Sports Day (Rain Date 6/11)
Friday, June 7th- Poetry Coffeehouse (Parents Invited into the classroom)
9-9:45 Mrs. A. Williams
9:45-10:30 Mrs. Merten
10:30-11:15 Mrs. E. Williams
Thursday, June 13th- 4th Grade Chorus Concert (9:45)
Wednesday, June 12th- Amazing Race (Parent volunteer opportunity)
Monday, June 17th- Last Day of School (Half Day)

Thank you,
The Fourth Grade Team

A Big Bite

Blog Post 1,000!!!! Woohoo!!!!!!
We had a great last week before vacation.  In math, we focused on geometry skills.  We built quadrilaterals with straws and twist ties and then created HUGE polygon pals on butcher paper.  Currently, we are writing limericks about the polygon pals.  The students are very engaged in this learning.  The Houston Zoo Ape cam has been a great one to watch this week.  We have been able to observe the silver back in his habitat, along with a female ape and some river hogs.  It is fascinating!  We are two thirds of the way through The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate and should finish after vacation.  Our focus for this book has been noticing how characters change over time and discovering the themes with supporting evidence.  The Midwest test was a success and we will travel to the West region next.  Fourth graders participate in many engaging activities during the last eight weeks of school, please look for a notice with important dates in your child's go home folder today.  I will post the notice to the blog as well.
Ask your child about the pictures below, there is so  much to tell!
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

Friday, April 5, 2019

A Big Bite

The students in Room 23 have been learning so much the past two weeks.  The biggest highlight was welcoming a new fourth grader to JFK!  We are excited to have Julia in our class and she has fit right in! We have finished the measurement unit in math and have started geometry.  We created a human line plot to display the circumference of each students' head in cm; it was very cool to see the visual!  We have finished our travels to the southeast and have moved on to the Midwest.  Keep practicing those states and capitals.  Mrs. K has created a Quizlet for practice; click here to access the Quizlet.  In reader's workshop, we have been enjoying The One and Only Ivan as our latest interactive read aloud.  We have been observing apes, gorillas and elephants on web cams from various zoos around the country and we even have been observing animals in the wild on different African web cams.  On Monday, we participated in a Skype Classroom with other children around the world to hear Dr. Jane Goodall.  It was short but exciting.  In writer's workshop, we read a story about a seal and now we are writing it from the point of view of the seal.  We should finish before vacation.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams


Twinning! And they didn't even plan it!

Human line plot