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Monday, October 31, 2016

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Getting in the spirit! #HappyHalloween!

Friday, October 28, 2016

A Big Bite

Another full week!  We are really accomplishing so much during the full weeks.  We participated in math centers, took a math test AND started a new math unit.  We played a game with Mrs. Merten's class called, "Ring that Bell," to help prepare for the social studies class.  It was so much fun! We are really enjoying Mr. Popper's Penguins and are working hard to improve our skills in writing in response to reading. As part of our word study, we are examining the four different types of sentences and will be tracking sentences during nightly reading.  Writing teams have been working to provide specific feedback for revision of narratives to individual team members.  We are practicing using feedback other than, "good story," or "I liked your story," to help each other make changes to written work.  This can be hard but everyone is trying to be as specific as possible with their feedback.  We will work on this all year.  List poems are almost complete in poetry workshop and we will be writing partner poems next week.  The science quiz on weather instruments, air pressure and the water cycle will be on Wednesday.
Our grade level meeting on Monday morning, daily morning meetings in the classroom and end of the week class meeting are a great way for us to build community in the classroom and help us all to learn and grow together.  It was fun to have Mrs. McNeil join us on Wednesday morning.  We had just shared with each other what we had eaten for dinner on Tuesday night and Mrs. McNeil jumped right into the conversation.  It was exciting to learn what she had for dinner on Tuesday; ask your child if they remember what she ate, it was a very interesting and fun dinner!
Monday is Halloween and should be a fun filled day.  Don't forget your, "party in a bag!"
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Sunday is Diwali!! Happy Holiday!

Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Williams

You're It!

Here is this week's "it!" Her classmates made some very astute observations as evidenced by the hashtags. #celebratealllearners

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Positive messages from positive people.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

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This guy sure loves his bacon! #whodoesn't?
The force is strong with these two! #guarantee #IamLuke'smother

Author Alert!

 Matt de la Pena will be at the Wellesley Book Store!!!  Click here for more details!  I love this book and would love to meet Matt.  Let me know if you are going to make the trip to see him.
Saturday, November 5, 11:00 AM.  Last Stop On Market Street was the surprise winner of the Newbery Award this year, and now you can meet the author of this delightful picture book!  Join Matt de la Pena for a reading and signing of his terrific book about a young boy and his grandma's bus ride through a bustling diverse community.  Discover why this book won multiple awards including the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, the Caldecott Honor Award, and more!

Friday, October 21, 2016

You're It!

It is the second week for, "You're It!" Who would have thought that so many people would want to be, "It?" Check out the growth mindset on the shirt of this week's, "It!"  #takeabow #celebratealllearners 

A Big Bite

It was our first full week in a while and we filled every moment!  We kicked the week off with our 4th grade community meeting and we received a package from Antarctica that contained a stuffed penguin, a puzzle and a copy of Mr. Popper's Penguins by Florence and Richard Atwater.  Check out the big "reveal," in the video below.  
We are continuing to build classroom community by holding daily meetings and end of the week classroom meetings.  It continues to be a learning experience for everyone.  Ask your child about what happens at, "morning meeting," you may be surprised by what you learn. 
In reading, we are tracking character traits, answering thick and thin questions and using predicting as a strategy for monitoring comprehension as focus skills for this book.  We also had a great author visit from Bad Kitty author, Nick Bruel.  He was so funny and we learned all about how he creates a fiction story.  We will try his strategies when it is time for us to write fiction stories.  In writer's workshop we worked on creating strong leads and are ready to start drafting narratives.  We all completed rough drafts of list poem s in poetry workshop. 
Topic one in math, basic multiplication and division, wrapped up on Friday and we will be participating in centers on Monday before taking the topic test on Tuesday.  We  finished learning about maps and globes in social studies and participated in the first of four presentations about Native Americans with an interactive program presented by the Haffenreffer Museum from Brown University.  The archaeologists had a lot of fun digging for artifacts.  Our first mini weather unit is complete and we will take a test on weather instruments, the atmosphere, high and low pressure and the water cycle on November 2nd.  4th grade is fun,  full of excitement and learning!  

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Who doesn't love bacon?

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Yes he can!

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

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You know we will! #ifit'stooloudyou'retooold!😎

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Author Alert

Attention all Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans!!! Jeff Kinney will be at his store, An Unlikely Story, on November 11th at 10 am.  It is Veteran's Day, so we have the day off from school to celebrate our Veteran's.  Tickets for the event go on sale Friday October 28th at 10 am. Click here for a link to the store's event page for more information.

Jeff KinneyWe have inked the date, Friday, November 11th at 10am, on our Unlikely Events calendar with Jeff Kinney for the release of Diary of a Wimpy Kid 11: Double Down! Tickets will go on sale on Friday, October 28th at 10am, but in the meantime, at our Cece Bell event on Saturday, October 15th at 4pm, two lucky attendees can win a pair of tickets.

Pre-order your copy of Double Down on our website now to receive a signed copy of the book, plus an exclusive give-away only from An Unlikely Story! 

You're It!

During the school year, we will be celebrating individual students each week by recognizing their efforts, accomplishments and citizenship as members of Room 23.  The celebration generally will take place at our end of the week meeting on Friday, but may take place at any other time.  Each student will be chosen at least once, but may be chosen a second time based on individual efforts.  Always put forth your best because you never know if you may get caught being, "It!"  At our class meeting we will brainstorm hashtags that are personalized to each student.  Congratulations to our first, "It!"  #takeabow!

A Big Bite

Multiplication, division, Puff mobile races, writing, science, social studies, reading, Open House, community meetings, and classroom celebrations!  I will let the pictures do the talking for the past two weeks.  Ask your student about all of the happenings in room 23 over the past two weeks.  Make sure that you check out the 4th grade Team blog and the Twitter feed for other exciting news and updates!