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Friday, August 30, 2013

A Big Bite

We have had an excellent first week of school and 4th grade is awesome, a blast and phenomenal.  We liked reading, writing and getting to know each other.  Poetry and technology were awesome.  Mrs. Merten is nice and is a terrific tech teacher.  We got to learn classroom routines and about what we will be studying this year.  WE are looking forward to reading, chorus, science and social studies.  Next week is a short week, but it will be fun. We love 4th grade so far and Mrs. Williams isn't so bad. :D
Written by the Students in Room 23

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Juicy Nibble

Imagine my surprise tonight when I got home from yoga and saw that there were 18 comments waiting for me!  I am so glad that you are feeling excited about school and that you love all of the things that we have done so far!  The past two days have been fun for me as well, I have loved getting to know all of you.  This is going to be a great year, I just know it!!  See you in the morning! :)

Monday, August 26, 2013

Juicy Nibble

Hi gang!  Here are a few pictures of our classroom.  I can't wait to meet you tomorrow. :) Get a good rest tonight and enjoy your breakfast.  Luke has asked me to make pancakes and sausage.  Try not to be too nervous, we are going to have a great time together and plenty of fun.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Bookworm Buzz

For Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How OldFor Good Measure: The Ways We Say How Much, How Far, How Heavy, How Big, How Old by Ken Robbins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great non fiction picture book about measurement and the origins of measurement vocabulary.  The photos are fantastic!  This book will be used many times throughout the school year.

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Middle School - How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake HillMiddle School - How I Survived Bullies, Broccoli, and Snake Hill by Chris Tebbetts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Rafe has to deal with even more bullies in the latest installment of this series.  I'm not sure the adults are accurately portrayed and am a bit concerned about what students will think of them.  I enjoy the Rafe character, but am hoping for some different adventures in future books.

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Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar (Middle School, #3)Middle School: My Brother Is a Big, Fat Liar by James Patterson
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Interesting to hear from Georgia, Rafe's sister, and her point of view.  i didn't think the portrayal of teachers was accurate and even hurtful. There were some interesting plot twists which helped the plot, but only if you are already familiar with the series and the Rafe character.  Wait until middle school to start this series.

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Friday, August 16, 2013

Juicy Nibble

Welcome to 4th grade and Room 23!  By now, you have learned that you have me for a teacher.  I can't wait to meet you; we are going to have so much fun together.  Don't forget to read the "August letter for Students," and the "August letter for Parents," in the Important Documents gadget at the right.  There is really good information in both of these documents. You will also find a "Meet Mrs. W," document and a "Suggested Supply List," in case you misplaced the one that was in your report card at the end of third grade.  If you have any questions for me, leave them in the comment section of this post and I will answer them.  Remember to check with your parents first!  Enjoy your last week of summer vacation, I know I will! :)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

A Big Bite

Welcome to our class blog, "The Shiny Red Apple"!  I hope you will find this page helpful, whether you are a parent, student or teacher!  If you are new to our blog, welcome, and sign up to be a follower or to receive automatic updates via email (the gadgets to do so are on the right and at the bottom of the blog)!  If you are a returning guest, welcome back!  I'd like to share a few things with you, to guide you through using our blog.

We love to receive comments on our blog from families as well as from our students.  I began encouraging this last year, and have left some instructions on how to best comment in the sidebar to the right.  Please follow the instructions and comment away!  
I like to use Twitter to communicate "up to the minute" updates to our blog.  There is a twitter gadget also in the sidebar to the right.  You may find pictures, links or just some quick "tweets".  If you are on Twitter, follow us @shinyredapples.
I have posted some links to important information to the right as well.  You will find summer letters to both parents and students, as well as the suggested supply list for incoming Fourth Graders.  You will also see our class handbook, however I haven't updated that quite yet.
I try to post updates to our blog on Fridays or early Saturday morning, and very often include pictures or videos of our week.  I also try to include links (games, study guides, videos, etc.)  which could help students with homework or studying.  
If you or other members of your family speak a different language, I've included a translator gadget at the top of this page, underneath the header.  This will help families from around the world to keep updated with your child's school activities in their own language!  We love to see the many places in the world that people are from who visit our blog.!
In a few days, you will know if you are in Room 23.  I can’t wait to meet all of you and get started on our journey together! :)