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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Juicy Nibble

A few students volunteered to have their Thanksgiving speech video taped and then put on the blog. Enjoy!

Friday, November 19, 2010

A Big Bite

We had a cool and fun week. We wrapped up the Life Cycle unit in Science with the Heredity test. Our next unit will be weather. In Social Studies we began to learn about Canada by making Canadian flags and watching a power point on the provinces and territories in Canada. This went along with reader's workshop and our lessons on how to read non fiction. We also finished Macbeth. The class loved it! We decided that two of the many themes in this story were grief, and suffering from a guilty conscience. It was a rough ending, but we loved it. Mrs. Williams says that we will read more Shakespeare together this year. We finished chapter 4 in math and took a test. Next week will be full of fun activities having to do with Thanksgiving, mostly writing and our speeches are due on Tuesday. If you haven't brought in a wire hanger yet, don't forget to bring it on on Monday! Our week ended with a movie party to celebrate earning 30 parrots at our specials. We watched Toy Story 3. It was sad and funny at the same time. Mrs. W's free yoga class will be on Monday December 6th. Don't forget to sign up by having your parents email Mrs. Williams.
Have a great weekend!
Christina and Nasir

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Author Alert!

Andrew Clements will be appearing at Tatnuck Booksellers in Westborough, MA on Saturday December 4, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. Andrew Clements is a very popular author for elementary school students. Click here for more information on this event.

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Big Bite

Last week was a great week. We did so much! On Friday we celebrated the end of Mr. Popper's Penguins with an all day celebration. On black and white day we had black and white snacks, cold weather stuffed animals on our desks, we wore black and white clothes, and we watched March of the Penguins. We took a short test on the book, played Pictionary with some of the vocabulary words and made Arctic drawings on black construction paper. It was so much fun!! This week we will be taking a math test and a test on heredity. We will be starting to learn about Canada, and will be working on the genre of non fiction in reader's workshop. We have been working very hard in specials since September and have earned 30 parrots for our good behavior and effort. As a class, we voted to have a movie and special snack party as a reward. The movie will be Toy Story 3 and we will watch it this Friday.
Christina and Mrs. W

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Brenna just had a rigorous tryout for the 4th grade Metro teams and made the “A” team, so she will be playing competitive basketball until March.Brenna loves to wear knee pads when she plays – it enables her to get down and dirty on the court and she won’t hesitate to dive for a loose ball. She has a ritual when shooting fouls shots: bounce three times with right hand, spin ball, set stance, shoot. She loves to shoot hoops with the kids in the neighborhood and our driveway is often the location for a game or a “tournament.” She really values the friendships she is making and responds very well to coaching. She plays hard, she has a good time, and it is a lot of fun to watch her.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A Big Bite

It was a short week in room 23 but we got a lot done. On Monday, we learned about the Mexican holiday , "Day of the Dead," by watching a Power Point Presentation and by making skull masks. We did this with Mrs. Merten's class. On Friday we finished the unit on Mexico by taking a test. In science, we learned about what makes us unique and Gregor Mendel. In Reader's Workshop, we have almost finished Mr. Popper's Penguins and will be celebrating the end of the book next Friday with Black and White Day. A notice went home today explaining all about the celebration. Our new book count is 250 books read so far this year! After Brenna's book talk on Who Was William Shakespeare, Mrs. Williams started reading Macbeth to us. She is reading the Bruce Coville version which is written for kids. We never knew a 400 year old story would be so good! It is a tragedy. We are comparing this text to Mr. Popper's Penguins. The skills that we are working on in Mr. Poppers Penguins, we are working on in Macbeth too! We have been talking about predictions, connections, questions, character traits and cliffhangers. We have begun to talk about Macbeth's character traits. We have even questioned whether or not Macbeth is evil or good. We learned about "cliffhangers," and we have left off wondering whether or not Macbeth will kill the king. We have made some interesting predictions about it. Stay tuned, because we will find out next week. In writing, we are working on the district writing prompt. We hope to finish next week so that we can get back to some poetry. In math, we have started chapter 4 which is all about decimals. Our tessellation projects are almost done! On Monday we heard the student council speeches from the students in our room, and Riley was the winner. Congratulations to everyone who participated!
By Shaelin and Mrs. W