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Friday, October 29, 2010

Poem of the Week

Things to do if You're a Musician
By Ali Grace

Bring happiness
Sound wonderful
Have fun
Tell about things
Make people smile
Make people dance
Be yourself
Make everyone laugh
Express yourself

Things to do if You're a Skateboard
By Joe

Jump some jumps
Have some wheels
Do some tricks
Do a 360
Jump curves
Get ridden by a pro
Roll on the ground
I think it would be fun to be a skateboard

Things in My School
by Ryan W

Swings and Things
So many things in my school

A Big Bite

It has been another busy week in room 23. We have finished chapter 3 in math and took the test on Friday. We also have been making good progress on the Tessellation project and on Friday we did a lot of Halloween math problems. We even solved a 6th grade logic puzzle. We spent two mornings in the technology lab, working on math facts and on the new Science unit. We read the Gene Scene and played a few games on the genetics site. In Social Studies, we are almost finished with our study of Mexico, and on Friday we made "God's eyes." On Monday we will learn about the Mexican Holiday, "Day of the Dead," and color masks. In Reader's Workshop, we have continued with our first interactive read aloud, Mr. Popper's Penguins. We are studying character traits, questioning, making predictions, answering open response questions and making connections to the literature. Tyler, Emily, Christina and Riley did great book talks this week. We are continuing to write our scary stories and will hopefully move to the publication stage next week. After the Math, English and Spelling tests, finishing Daily Geography, handwriting practice, Learning about Mexico's Art and Culture, finishing our Halloween Math activities, creating a coloring diorama and making God's Eyes, we celebrated Halloween with a "Party in a bag," with Mrs. Merten's class. It was a lot of fun. There were lots of great treats and eats, and Brenna shared pencils with everyone. Shaelin said it best to Mrs. Williams, she said, "Thanks for today!" You are welcome, Shae, and everyone else too!
Be safe on Sunday!!!
Nasir and Mrs. Williams

Friday, October 22, 2010

Poem of the Week

Here are a few list poems written by students in room 23.

Places to Go if You're a Piece of Luggage-by Emily
To an airport
To the Eiffel Tower in Paris
To the Penobscot River in Maine
Under a Tulip tree in India
To the White House in D.C
To the New England Aquarium in Boston
To the Grand Canyon in Arizona
To the Ferris Wheel at the Toys-R-Us in Times Square
To the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida
To Mount McKinley in Alaska
and to the Rocky Mountains in Colorado

Things to do if You're a Skateboard-by Nasir
Being a skateboard is so much fun
Tricks by the tons
kick flip
fake shove it
pop shove it
spine transfer
360 degree
720 degree
180 degree
rock fake
kick turns and
backward raock fakes
That's what you'd do if
you're a skateboard

Things to do if You're a Moon-by Christina
stay beautiful
keep your craters big
shine bright
be in space
be crescent
be round
be big
have wonder
be cool
guide things
pretend to be cheese
have a nice big face

A Big Bite

It has been a very busy two weeks in room 23. Last week we had the Puff mobile races and Open House. We learned how to play multiplication baseball in math and we spent time in the computer lab working on our math facts. Here is the link that we used. Also, Mrs. Y came in to help us with Open Response math questions. It was a lot of fun, especially when Mrs. Williams threw candy at us! Tessellations is the enrichment math project that we are working on right now. It is fun to use the pattern blocks to create unique dodecahedron puzzles. In reading, we finished our launching unit in Reader's workshop, took the first of four reading tests for the year, and started an interactive read aloud called Mr. Popper's Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater. We are working on predictions, character traits, asking questions, especially talk worthy questions, and making connections to the story. In writing, we have finished our list poems, are working on Halloween Haiku and will be writing a three paragraph "scary," story. We have finished our Science unit on the scientific method and microscopes, and took the unit test. We saw some pretty neat organisms under the microscope from Franklin Pond Water. Thanks to Jake, John and Ryan for bringing in the samples! We will be starting the heredity unit next week. In Social Studies, we have started to learn about Mexico, and are discovering that it is a really interesting country. A highlight of this week was going to the "Bubble Mania," show as a reward for summer reading. It was pretty cool to see. In P.E., we ran the mile and many of us qualified for one phase of either the Presidential or National Fitness award. There are several more phases to go, but we are proving to be a very physically fit class! Fourth grade is flying by!
Jackie, Christina and Mrs. Williams

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Juicy Nibble

Here are some pictures and videos from the Puff Mobile races today. Great job everyone!

Friday, October 8, 2010

A Big Bite

School just keeps rolling right along in room 23! In Reader's Workshop, we are working on learning about the many different reading genres, and writing in our reader's response journals. On Friday, we began to look at different strategies for reading non fiction, because this is such a popular genre in our classroom. List poems and free verse poems are all the rage in Writer's Workshop. We will be posting some of them when they have been published. Our work in math has centered around addition, subtraction and concepts involved with statistics and probability. We will be racing our Puff mobiles this coming week and will start a new project on Tessellations. We have wrapped up our unit on Maps and globes and will be taking the unit test on Wednesday. In Science, we have used microscopes to view salt crystals and will be looking at Franklin pond water next week. Our visit from Representative Vallee on Tuesday was a special treat this week (see post below). I am looking forward to seeing all of you at Open House this coming week. Thanks to Mrs. Carneiro I am up to 22 followers, yeah! Enjoy the long weekend!
Mrs. Williams

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Juicy Nibble

Representative Jim Vallee came to JFK today to present the 4th and 5th grade students with a proclamation from the State House, in reference to being named a Commendation School in Massachusetts. JFK is only 1 of 187 schools to receive this honor this year, and the only school in Franklin! Representative Vallee took questions from the students about his job and personal life. He also hinted that he would like to bring Governor Deval Patrick to our school to show him some of the excellent work being done by students and staff at JFK. We'll keep you posted!