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Friday, October 4, 2019

A Big Bite

We packed A LOT into four days!  We built terrariums, continued learning more about multiplication and properties of multiplication, started a new interactive read aloud, learned about the poet Walt Whitman, practiced finding exact locations in earth using degrees of latitude and longitude and even took our first virtual field trip in technology workshop.  Building a strong classroom community is important to us and we are working on that every day.  Ask your child to tell you about the pictures that you see posted below. 
Books donated to our class by Dr. Sabolinski, former Superintendent of the Franklin Public Schools

Morning meeting!

Juicy Nibble

Here are some helpful links to prepare for the Social Studies test next Friday, October 11th.


Author Alert!!! Jeff Kinney!!!

Tickets go on Sale Next Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. to meet Jeff Kinney at his bookstore in Plainville!

Get ready for chaos and construction! We’re going to tear it down with Jeff Kinney to celebrate the newest DIARY OF A WIMPY KID book, WRECKING BALL. When the Heffleys start to renovate their home, their lives get turned upside down. Don’t miss the epic demolition event!*
*No bookstores will be harmed in the making of this event.

Friday, September 27, 2019

T-shirt of the Day

All good advice!


...and she does!


Mrs. A was inspired to read, I'm trying to Love Spiders, when she saw this shirt!

A Big Bite

Kahoot! We played Kahoot to review for the math quiz and everyone was engaged and having fun.  The grades were great and many students said that the math quiz was their "high," from the week.  We have started multiplication so keep working on those facts.  We enjoyed a Skype visit with author, Amy Neilander.  We learned about her writing process and how she was able to publish The Ladybug Race.  We learned so much!  Our focus in reader's workshop has been how to read a graphic novel and we read the novel, Mighty Jack, by Ben Hatke.  Almost everyone has signed up to read the sequel, Mighty Jack and The Goblin King.  I have reserved two copies of the book at my library. :)  We are learning how to find exact locations on earth using longitude and latitude coordinates.  A study guide for the Maps and Globes quiz went home today and the quiz will be on October 11th.  We will be building terrariums next Wednesday, so make sure that you have a container.  Remember, an empty, clear soda bottle works great!  
Have  great weekend!

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Juicy Nibble

Help for subtracting across zeros courtesy of Mrs. E!

Please use the link for directions below for help with subtracting across zeros.

4.5 Subtracting Across Zeros: Visual learning

or go the

1. log in and go to Table of Contents
2. go to Topic 4
3. Click on lesson 4.5
4. Click on Subtracting Across Zeros: Visual Learning

Friday, September 20, 2019

At the Core

Mrs. Merten has shared a great resource about homework.  As a class, we are doing a great job with homework and this list may help make things go even more smoothly than they are right now.

(Reposted from the Department of Education. You can see the full article here.)

✪ Make sure your child has a quiet, well-lit place to do homework. 
Avoid having your child do homework with the television on or in places with other distractions, such as people coming and going.
✪ Make sure the materials your child needs, such as paper, pencils and a dictionary, are available. Ask your child if special materials will be needed for some projects and get them in advance.
✪ Help your child with time management. Establish a set time each day for doing homework. Don‘t let your child leave homework until just
before bedtime. Think about using a weekend morning or afternoon for working on big projects, especially if the project involves getting together with classmates.
✪ Be positive about homework. Tell your child how important school is. The attitude you express about homework will be the attitude your child acquires.
✪ When your child does homework, you do homework. Show your child that the skills they are learning are related to things you do as an adult. If your child
is reading, you read too. If your child is doing math, balance your checkbook.
✪ When your child asks for help, provide guidance, not answers. Giving answers means your child will not learn the material. Too much help teaches your child that when the going gets rough, someone will do the work for him or her. 
✪ When the teacher asks that you play a role in homework, do it. Cooperate with the teacher. It shows your child that the school and home are a team. Follow the directions given by the teacher.
✪ If homework is meant to be done by your child alone, stay away.
Too much parent involvement can prevent homework from having some positive effects.  Homework is a great way for kids to develop independent, lifelong learning skills.
✪ Stay informed. Talk with your child‘s teacher. Make sure you know the purpose of homework and what your child‘s class rules are.
✪ Help your child figure out what is hard homework and what is easy homework. Have your child do the hard work first. This will mean he will be most alert when facing the biggest challenges. Easy material will seem to go fast when fatigue begins to set in.