Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Sunday, December 19, 2010

HW week of Dec 20-22

Grade 5:
Read The Cay one chapter per night and summarize (Mon, Tues, Wed)
Work on Science project/poster on hurricanes due Jan 4, 2011
Mon: Chapter 12
Tues: Chapter 13
Wed: Chapter 14
Grade 4:
Read a chapter a night and summarize of Skinnybones
The book will be finished by Wed.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

cell sites Here are the bookmarks for the cell websites we looked at on the Smartboard. Please explore them on your own to learn more about the cell. Mrs Kennedy

Holiday party

Our Holiday Party is next Wed, Dec 22 at 11:30 am. We cannot have the party in the afternoon Wed because a Science lesson with a GE volunteer has already been scheduled. I will have the children pass out the snacks and we will watch Tuck Everlasting on video. If we have time after the Science lesson in the afternoon we will watch more of the movie. Thursday afternoon is the Holiday Show.
Here is the list for who is bringing in snacks:
Paris: cupcakes or brownies
Kyllie: chips or popcorn
Chris: drinks
Shane: cookies or candy
Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Science poster Grade 5

This is a picture of my poster on hurricane Wilma 2005
An assignment on hurricanes went home today. I will delay the due date because of the holidays and vacation to Tues, Jan 4, 2011. The children need to pick a hurricane to study and complete a poster with 8 text features. I gave them a list of the types of things I am looking for. Also, an example of the poster (on hurricane Wilma 2005) is hanging in our class. Mrs. Kennedy

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Homework week of Dec 13-17

Grade 5: The Cay, read and summarize
Mon: Chapters 6 & 7
Tues: Chapters 8 & 9
Wed: Chapter 10
Thurs: Chapter 11
Quite a few fourth and fifth graders are behind in Study Island. Please have them spend some time catching up. I do not want to post new assignments with so many of the assignments left undone.
Grade 4: Skinnybones, read and summarize
Mon: Chapter 6
Tues: Chapter 7
Wed: Chapter 8
Thurs: Chapter 9

We will be reading How To Babysit an Orangutan in our Trophies book. Here are some sites to go along with the story.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Lynn Item article about School House Rock production

"Friday, December 10, 2010

Roughly half of the school’s 150 students are participating in the production.

Wrangling a group of more than 70 students from kindergarten to fifth grade is a brave task to take on, but for parent volunteers, Wendy Whitcomb and Shauna Hemenway, the task is as rewarding as it is challenging.

“Seeing the kids faces light up on stage is adorable,” said Whitcomb. “We really want to nurture their talent at a young age and to have them be a part of something.”

Whitcomb and Hemenway volunteered four years ago to start a drama club at the school in an effort to allow the students to get exposed to theatre and the arts while they’re young.

Four years and four productions later, the productions have raised enough money for the school to be able to purchase a new set of stage curtains. “That was a great feeling knowing that we started this club and can now give back and improve the school,” said Hemenway.

But new curtains aren’t the only advantage that has derived from the Lynn Woods Drama Club.

Whitcomb says witnessing the team-building and camaraderie that students engage in during rehearsals is the best part.

“They are learning how to perform, how to talk to each other and are gaining a sense of self-respect and respect for others,” she said. “These kids are pretty young and they"

School House rocked!

Boys and girls, you did a fabulous job! I loved the songs, and acting and the great costumes. Its terrific that you all learned so much about grammar, math and history as well!I am proud of all of your hard work. Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Feeding Chickadees and Downy Woodpecker

Today we were reading about the chickadee. Here is a video of a human feeding chickadees out of their hand. This sure looks like an interesting activity to watch. Thanks Steven for the idea!. Mrs. K

Sunday, December 5, 2010

POLL: Which state has been hit the most by hurricanes? – Flisti

Which state has been hit the most by hurricanes? – Flisti Grade 5: click on the link to take this poll about hurricanes.
If you would like to do some research go to this site:
Hurricane direct hits on the mainland U.S. coastline and for individual states by Saffir/Simpson category

Grade 4 HW Dec 6 - 9

Monday- Thursday read a chapter a night in Skinnybones. Summarize each chapter.
We will be reading The Garden of Happiness this week. Here are some sites to practice vocab, summarizing and cause and effect for that story.

Quite a few students are behind in the Study Island lessons. I would like them to spend this week catching up on lessons they missed. Mrs. Kennedy

Saturday, December 4, 2010

HW grade 5 Dec 6-9

Grade 5: Monday- writing assignment on Tuck Everlasting. It is posted on our Kidblog. You can write your answers on the blog or do them on paper. I will give you a worksheet on Mon.
Also, find out 5 facts about Curacao (see map above) including its capital. It is the setting of our next book.
Tues: Read one chapter of The Cay and summarize
Wed: read one chapter of The Cay   "
Thurs: read one chapter of The Cay    "
Play this game of battleship for fun! 
Directions: you hit the boxes on the left to try to sink the computer's battleships.

Take these  chapter quizes about The Cay online:

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Four Legged Heroes: Togo & Balto

Iditarod Webquest

Grade 5: Here is a webquest for the Iditarod.
  • When and why did the Iditarod start?
  • What is the starting date this year?
  • I met a famous Ititarod musher when I was in Alaska. See if you can figure out who she is. hints: She was born in Minnesota and move to Alaska at age 17 by herself.

Study Is. Winners this week

Grade 4:
Most items completed: Allison
Highest score: Jesse

Grade 5:
Most items completed: Shane
Highest score: Kevin

Grade 5 wins this week for the highest GPA: 74.6% (grade 4 had 71%)

HW week of Nov 29-Dec 3

Grade 5: Tuck Everlasting
Mon: 23 and 24 read and summarize nightly
Tues 25
Wed: Epilogue
Thurs: complete Webquest on the Iditarod

NEW Study Is. assignments posted for both classes
Games: Bowling, Curcuit Master and Ski JumpGrade 4: Catwings
Mon: chapter 1 read and summarize nightly
Tues: chapter 2
Wed: chapter 3
Thurs: chapter 4
***see post about Youtube videos and sites to visit to learn more about puffins (our Trophies story of the week is Nights of the Pufflings)
Mrs. Kennedy

Grade 4 Nights of the Pufflings

We will be reading Nights of the Pufflings this week.
Here are some websites to visit and a Youtube video that goes along nicely with our story.

Iceland Puffins

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

After school extra help in ELA and Math for the next two weeks (Nov 29 and 30 and Dec 6 and 7) has been cancelled. It will resume the week of Dec 13. Mrs. Kennedy and Mrs. Melanson

And the winner is....

Congratulations Shane! You sold the most LW turkey raffles. We appreciate how hard you worked. Mrs. K

Monday, November 22, 2010

In Search Of The Lost Colony of Roanoke (Part 2 of 2)

Grade 5: Here is a video about The Lost Colony of Roanoke that we read about in our Social Studies book. It shows many theories about what could have happened to the colonists. What do you think is the best theory? Mrs. K

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Mysteries from History series Grade 5, here is a Wallwisher about The Mysteries from History series. Which book was your favorite? You have to read all 4 to vote.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Homework for Nov 22 and 23

Grade 5: Tuck Everlasting read and respond
Mon: Chapters 19 and 20
Tues: Chapters 21 and 22
Quiz on the elements of poetry on Wed. (They have flashcards to study)
New assignments on Study Is. and Spelling City. Also I posted a Youtube video on The Mary Celeste that I would like them to watch. We read the story in class.
The Study this week for both classes are: Home run derby, archery and splat
Grade 4:  I am sending home an MCAS release question called The Mustard Seed. Please have them read  it and start the multiple choice questions on Mon. and reread it Tues. and do the open response. I would like them to highlight and number where the answers are for both the multiple choice and the open response. It is due on Wed.New assignments on Study Is. and Spelling City. Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, November 18, 2010

What did happen to the Mary Celeste?

Today in school the fifth graders read The Mary Celeste, A Mystery from History by Jane Yolen. This Youtube video from The History Channel does a good job of telling the story. What is your theory about what happened to the Mary Celeste? Mrs. K

Gr 4 New detention policy

Dear parents,

After meeting with Mrs Fritz and Mrs Kennedy it has been decided some of the behavior in fourth grade needs stronger consequences.  Although they are all good kids, the chatting, speaking out, and moving around during a lesson is unacceptable.  Therefore, we have initiated a detention program.  The following rules are now in place. 

The students will be given a warning to change a behavior and their name will be put on a list.  If throughout the day in either class, they are told again to behave they will be sent to the office and given a detention slip.  This results in one hour of after school time with Mrs Fritz, once parents have been notified.  If this does not correct the behavior over time we will adjust the consequences as needed. 

Academically, we have a full agenda daily.  In order to meet all grade level standards before June, lessons cannot continue to be disrupted.  I am sure you and your child understand there decisions are being made in the best interest of your child and to ensure that each child can learn in a positive classroom climate.  Please have a discussion with your child to be sure he/she understands the new policy.

Rewards will be given to those children who show self-control and are not put on the list throughout the week. 

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Study Island

Grade 4: The winners are...
Most items completed: Allison
Highest GPA: Kati
Games winner: Cam

Grade 5: The winners are...
Most items completed: Shane
Highest GPA: Kevin
Games winner: Shane

Grade 5 has the highest GPA this week! 75.4%, Grade 4 was 74.1%

Our new games for this week are: Cup stacking, kickball and maze

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Homework week of Nov 15 - 19

Grade 5: Read two chapters a night in Tuck Everlasting and summarize
Mon: 11 & 12 
Tues 13 & 14 Also, make a poster on the water cycle
Wed 15 & 16   BAKE SALE Gr 3
Thurs: 17 & 18
A new assignment has been posted on Study Is. and Spelling City.Last week the 4th graders beat the 5th graders. They had the highest GPA!
Spelling test this Thursday on Spelling City words (Oct & Nov)
Science test on the water cycle Friday. Please study flashcards nightly.
Social Studies tests went home last week. Please send back those who had to be signed and returned.

Grade 4 Read a chapter a night in Fourth Grade Rats and summarize. This book should be finished this week.
A new assignment has been posted on Study Is. and Spelling City.Last week the 4th graders beat the 5th graders. They had the highest GPA!
Spelling test this Thursday on Spelling City words (Oct & Nov)
Monday night I will send home a writing assignment: write a letter to a veteran
Mrs. K

Friday, November 12, 2010

Storyline online
Grade 4: This website has some of my favorite Patricia Polacco books online for you to listen to and read along.
  • My Rotten Readheaded Older Brother
  • Thank you, Mr. Falker
Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, November 11, 2010

a copy of the spelling words

Spelling words from lists for Oct/Nov

(these words were found misspelled in homework and daily writing assignments and tests throughout the last 6 weeks)

Test date: Thursday, Nov 18 Mrs. Kennedy

hoping expensive famous mysteries doesn’t happily a lot

family easier actually families worried amazed starve instead

across again beautiful being calendar library happened whole

popping surprised believing police hole whole somebody

government remembered lawyer couldn’t dangerous experience

carry cheese disappear hear jewelry would wouldn’t accident

porch popular invited excitement won’t die dying pupil

grimaced believe addition eight ate example friend grateful

guess might elegant practical flew cheerful annoying delighted

Spelling test grades 4 and 5

Next Thursday I will give the children in grades 4 and 5 a spelling test on the words I have been posting weekly on Spelling City from Oct. and Nov. Please have your child review all the lists to prepare.  For those of you that have trouble getting the online quizes I will send home a list (paper copy)of all of the words from Oct and Nov. Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Museum of Science visits Lynn Woods

Grade 5: What did you learn from the Museum of Science program? Post your answers on kidblogs. Mrs. Kennedy

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Gr 4 & 5 from Mrs. Melanson

The math tests scheduled for Friday have to be changed to early next week.  The dates will be announced later this week.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Gr 4 from Mrs. Melanson

The fourth grade Holiday Fair basket will have a sports theme.  All donations are appreciated.  The Fair is Wed, Dec 15.

Tomorrow Bob Metcalf from the Saugus Watershed will be in the class presenting a lesson on climate.

Wed.,  The Museum of Science will present a program on Electromagnetism.  It'll be SHOCKING!

No school Thursday for Veterans' Day.

Friday, the chapter 5 math test will be given.

Keep working on learning the New England states and capitals.

Basket for the Holiday Fair

The 5th graders are responsible for a kitchen basket: cooking utensils, gadgets, coffee, teas, mugs, spices, cookbooks etc.

Please contact Kim P. 781-593-3365

Andrea F. 781-842-2065

Leah W. 781-586-0026

with any questions (The fair is Wed, Dec 15)

Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Gr 5 from Mrs. Melanson

The next math test for chapter 10 is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12.  Keep practicing your multiplication facts as you'll need to use them finding the Least Common Denominator to add and subtract fractions.

Gr 4 from Mrs. Melanson

Your Veterans' Day performance was great!  I'm so proud of you.

Remember the Social Studies assignment is due tomorrow.  Chapter 3 should be read and you should know the 6 states and capital cities for the New England region.

The Chapter 5 math test is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 12.  Keep praticing your math facts both addition/subtraction  and multiplication/division.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Homework week of Nov 7 - 12

Grade 5: read Tuck Everlasting and summarize nightly
Mon: Chapters 3 & 4
Tues: 5 & 6
Wed: 7 & 8
Thurs: 9 & 10  No School Veterans Day
Please watch the Youtube videos on the water cycle and Roberto Clemente. We will be studying both of these subjects this week.                New assignments posted on Study Island and Spelling City
The games for the week are: Kickball, paratroopers and ski jump

Grade 4:  read Fourth Grade Rats and summarize nightly
Mon: Chap 6
Tues: Chap 7
Wed: Chap 8
Thurs: Chap 9 No School Veterans Day
New assignments posted on Study Island and Spelling City  the games for the week are kickball, paratroopers and ski jump

New Assignments posted on Study Island and Spelling City

Veterans Day ceremony

A.J. Mariano, framed by members of the Lynn English High School Jr. ROTC Color Guard, pledges allegiance to the flag during opening ceremonies at the Veterans Day celebration at Lynn Woods School Friday. Item photo / Owen O'Rourke
   Please read the great article in the Lynn Item about our Lynn Woods Veterans Day ceremony.
On Thursday, November 11, the Item will be printing essays written by children. The topic was: What does Veterans Day mean to me. Please pick up a copy to see if any of the fifth graders had their essays printed. Mrs. Kennedy

Friday, November 5, 2010

The Water Cycle Song

Our next  5th grade Science topic is the water cycle. Please watch this Youtube video and sing along! Mrs. Kennedy

Roberto Clemente: More Than Baseball

The 5th graders will be reading about Roberto Clemente this week. Here is a short video about his baseball career. Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, November 4, 2010

testing all rocks!

testing for conductivity

Notice the glasses!

Recently we did experiments on various rocks and minerals. Here is a list of our tests:
  • texture
  • color
  • luster
  • transparency
  • hardness
  • streak
  • magnetism
  • conductivity
  • florescence   
Ask your child what new information they learned about rocks and minerals. Mrs. K

testing rocks for hardness

Gr 4 Social Studies assignment from Mrs Melanson

Social Studies assignment due Mon, Nov 8:  Read Chapter 3 New England Region  p 75 - 93.  Learn the six states and capitals and their locations.

Remember to wear red, white, and/or blue tomorrow for the Veterans' Day show.  It's at 1:00pm.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gr 5 from Mrs Melanson

Reminder:  The chapter 9 math test will be completed Wed.  Make sure you're ready!

Gr 4 from Mrs. Melanson

Reminder:  There is no school tomorrow, Tues, Nov. 2, due to staff workshops.  The math test for Chap 4 is Wednesday.  Please prepare for this by practicing your math multiplication facts and fact families.  You can also review on p. 109 of the text book.

Have a good day off.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Veterans Day writing assignment grade 5

On November 11 the Lynn Item is publishing a section written by children answering the question: What does Veterans Day mean to me? Essays can be submitted through: 
I have had the children start the essay in school. They can give it to me by Nov 4 or send it to the above email address. Please have them put the following information in: Name, School, grade, teacher. 200 words or less. Here is a video to watch on the history of Veterans Day. Mrs. Kennedy

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Homework week of Nov 1

Grade 4: Read a chapter a night in Fourth Grade Rats. Summarize nightly.
Mon: Chap 2
Tues: No School Chapter 3
Wed: Chap 4
Thurs: Chap 5

We will not be reading a Trophies story again this week. I will focus on MCAS nonfiction and they will have an MCAS question as a test again on Friday.

Study Island: a new assignment has been posted. The games this week are: darts, bean bag, and ski jump
Spelling City: a new list was added this week.

Grade 5: Reread Discovery of the Americas with an adult in preparation for a test on Thursday.
I will send home the book and a study guide.
Mon: Study for S.S. test (reread Discovery of the Americas)
Tues: No School study for S.S. Test
Wed. Study for S.S. test
Thurs: Complete Webquest on Mexico and pass in the answers (You can do it early if you like)

Webquest: I posted a webquest on Mexico because the setting of our Trophies story this week is Mexico.
I want the children to have some fun exploring the sites while they build background knowledge about the country. It is posted below our Halloween pictures so keep scrolling down.

Study Island: a new assignment has been posted. The games this week are: darts, bean bag, and ski jump

Spelling City     a new list has been posted

Friday, October 29, 2010

Happy Halloween from grades 4 and 5

Ask your children about Miss Alaneius

Webquest: Mexico! Grade 5

The next story in the fifth grade Trophies is set in Mexico. Here is a webquest to help you expand your background knowledge about the country:
Use the following links below to answer these questions...
1. What is the capital of Mexico?
2. What countries border Mexico?
3. What bodies of water surround Mexico?
4. What are the colors of the Mexican flag?
5. Find an interesting fact about Chichen Itza.
6. Find Puerto Morelos on the map. I have visited the 3 closest archaeological sites (ruins) to Puerto Morelos (where my dad lives). See if you can guess which ones I have been to. Have fun Mrs. Kennedy            this is the link for the map
just for fun: See if you can learn how to count in Spanish!
I like the puzzle of Chichen Itza as well. See if you can put it together faster than me (2 minutes 37 seconds)

Gr 5 from Mrs Melanson

Just a reminder that there will be a Chapter 9 math test Monday.  We will review during morning classtime and have the test during extra math at 1pm.  Be prepared!

Have a safe, fun Halloween.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Highest game scores on Study Island

Highest school scores (games) on Study Island this week in grades 4 & 5:
1. Cameron Greene
2. and 3. tie between Cam Greenleaf and AJ Reyes
Can you beat them? Can you beat them? Mrs. Kennedy

Sunday, October 24, 2010

webquest on Rosa Parks

YouTube - Biography: Biography: Rosa Parks The fifth graders will be studying Rosa Parks this week. I have put together a webquest for them to complete. Answer the following questions:
  1. When and where was Rosa Parks born?
  2. How old was she when she refused to give up her seat on the bus?
  3. How did she feel about being called The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement?
  4. Name three awards she received in her life.
  5. Where was Rosa Park's casket displayed after her death (famous place)?
  6. How old was she when she died? What year did she die?
The Youtube video will help you on your quest. Click the link in blue above. Here are some other websites to check out:

Please write down the questions and the answers to bring to school on Friday. I will assign this as homework for Thursday night because we will be finished with Saving Shiloh on Wed. If you want to do the assignment ahead of time you can. That way you would have no homework on Thursday night. Mrs. Kennedy

Saturday, October 23, 2010

homework for the week of Oct 25

Grade 4
I will be sending home a character analysis worksheet (it will have stickers with it) and a biography project this week for HW: M-TH
Mon: Character analysis worksheet, read biography that was sent home
Tues: Read biography to an adult, discuss your famous person
Wed: Complete worksheet on your famous person (biography)
Thurs: Write a one page report on the famous person,(you can use the worksheet as a brainstorm) make the cover ( you can print out a picture for your cover or draw a picture if you would like). I will send the paper for the report home as well.

Study Island: 2 assignments were posted. The games of the week are: paratroopers, island hopper, and the memory game.
No Trophies test this week. They will be given an MCAS question on Friday that I will use as a test grade.
Progress reports were sent home on Friday, please sign and return on Monday

Grade 5:

Saving Shiloh
Mon: Chapters 15 and16, summarize nightly
Tues: 17 and 18
Wed: Finish the book
Thurs: TBA
Study Island: 2 assignments were posted. The games of the week are: paratroopers, island hopper, and the memory game.

Progress reports were sent home on Friday, please sign and return on Monday

Mrs. Kennedy

Tuesday, October 19, 2010


Here is the video about Iqbal. Boys and girls, please watch it and discuss it with a parent. You may want to ask your parents to read the handout from today. We will be writing about Iqbal in our journals tomorrow. Mrs. Kennedy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Gold medalists in Grade 5

Congratulations girls! I am very proud of you for doing so much reading over the summer. The students of Lynn Woods earned over $1,000 during our yearly Readathon. The money raised goes towards buying new books and supplies for our library. How exciting! Mrs. K

Statue of Liberty Deconstructed

                                    Grade 4: We are reading Lily and Miss Liberty for homework this week. Watch this really cool video to learn more about the Statue of Liberty. Mrs. K

Amelia Earhart, 1897 to 1937

Grade 4 students please watch this video. We will be studying Amelia Earhart this week in class. What famous person did Amelia meet? Mrs. K

Homework for the week of Oct 18-22

Grade 4: We are starting a new book - Lily and Miss Liberty
Mon: chapters 1 and 2 (summarize each night)
Tues: 3 and 4
Wed: 5 and 6
Thurs: finish the story
Work on Study Island assignments and Spelling City
Also, watch the Youtube videos that I put up for 4th graders

Grade 5:  Saving Shiloh
Mon: 7 & 8 (summarize each night)
Tues 9 & 10
Wed 11 & 12
Thurs 13 & 14
Work on Study Island assignments and Spelling City
Also, watch any Youtube videos I put up for 5th graders

Friday, October 15, 2010

Study Island games

The 4th and 5th graders will compete on Study Island with the following games:
  • archery
  • baseball
  • cheerleading
The assignments are up on
Have fun! Mrs. K

Will our boat float?

Here are some pictures from our Science lesson: which type of water is more buoyant - salt water or fresh water? Mrs. Kennedy

Important dates

Monday, Oct 18 is Picture Day. Envelopes went home with the children.
Tuesday, Oct 19 grade 4 bake sale
Friday, Oct 22 is the Halloween Dance  6 pm - 7:30 pm (Grade 5 is running the snack table)
Friday, Oct 29  Halloween Parade at 1:30 ish (Party 12:45 - 1:30 pm)
Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, October 14, 2010

"The Luckiest Man on the Face of the Earth", Lou Gehrig

The 4th graders have done quite a bit of reading about Lou Gehrig this week. Here is a clip of Lou giving his famous speech at Yankee Stadium on Lou Gehrig Appreciation Day. What are some of Lou Gehrig's character traits? Mrs. Kennedy

school dance

Our LW school dance is next Friday, Oct 22. The fifth graders are responsible for providing items to sell at the bake sale. We need baked goods, snacks, drinks, and raffle items. All proceeds go toward end of the year activities. Please see Grace McManus if you can help out that night. She will be putting together a sign up sheet. Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy

Info about grade 5 classroom parties

Here is a list of party assignments for the 5th graders:

Melissa - cupcakes or brownies
Olivia - chips or popcorn
Steven - drinks
Kevin - cookies or candies

Paris - cupcakes or brownies
Kyllie - chips or popcorn
Chris - drinks
Shane - cookies or candies

Valentines Day
AJ - cupcakes or brownies
Sydney - chips or popcorn
Jarrod Michael- drinks
Caitlin - cookies or candies

End of the Year: (breakfast foods for our brunch)

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

HW week of Oct 12-15

Grade 4: We will be reading about Lou Gehrig in our Trophies book in class this week.
Mon: No School Columbus Day
Tues: read Lou Gehrig: Pride of the Yankees pages 1-4 both sides of worksheet (no summarizing)
Wed:     "                                                         pages 5-8 complete worksheet               "
Thurs:     "                                                         finish story complete worksheet              "

Grade 5:
Mon: No School
Tues: Saving Shiloh chapters 1-2, summarize
Wed:   "                  chapters 3-4, "
Thurs:  "                  chapters 5-6, "

Please have your child complete the Study Island assignments (due Sat.) and work on Spelling City.
Mrs. Kennedy

Monday, October 11, 2010

Topsfield Fair Let me know about your favorite activity at the Topsfield Fair by leaving a message on the wall. You double click to add a sticky. Mrs. K.


Saturday, October 9, 2010

Study Island

I have posted the first assignment of the year on Study Island. Please have your child go to and log in under user name (last name, first initial, then lw) for example: smithjlw

the password is the first and last initial with a 1

example: js1

They can change the password but make sure you write it down. I do not get an update of who changes passwords. Mrs. Fritz is the only one who can get you that information if you loose it. (Some children have already changed passwords)

Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Topsfield Fair tomorrow!

The weather looks okay (60ish and windy), but I think the ground will be muddy or wet. You may want to send boots instead of sneakers.They should also wear play clothes. The children can bring a lunch or $$ to pay for food. If they get school lunch we can pack it up for them. Please remind them to stay with the chaperone they were assigned to at all times.I will be giving them all an assignment to do at the fair. We will not be playing games or going on rides. Any money you send with them will be spent on food or toys. (Please talk to them about how much money is for food and how much is for toys).I did not assign any homework for Thurs. night, but you could have them go on Directions to our word list can be found on my previous post. Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Spelling City

I have posted a list of words for my 4/5th graders to practice on . These are some of the words I noticed were misspelled in our homework journals and other assignments over the last week. The site gives them tests and games to play. It seems like a fun way to practice spelling. Please encourage them to go on it. To get to my list you need to go to find a list, then search by:
  • user name is lynnwoods (one word)
or if you have trouble:
  • teacher is christine kennedy

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Reading homework

Grade 4: Summarize all chapters (most important events from the beginning, middle and end of the chapter)
Thurs: Jake Drake, Chapters 6 and 7
Next week:
Mon, Oct 4: Chapter 8
Tues., Oct 5: Chapter 9
Wed., Chap 10 (finish the book)
Thurs: no HW, field trip
Reading tests will be on Fridays except for short weeks (field trips/holidays)
Extra Reading help for grade 4 on Tuesday, Oct 5, is cancelled due to faculty meeting

Grade 5: Summarize all chapters Among The Hidden
Mon., Oct 4: Chapters 22, 23, 24
Tues., Oct 5, 25, 26, 27
Wed., Oct 6 finish the book
Thurs: no HW field trip
We will be having a Science test next Wednesday. I will send home the study guide.
Extra Reading help after school on Monday for grade 5 2:15-2:45pm
Reading tests will be on Fridays except for short weeks (field trips/holidays)
Mrs. Kennedy

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Open House agenda

Dear Parents,
If you were unable to attend the Lynn Woods Open House his is a list of the topics covered:
Grade 4
  • I teach Reading andWriting (ELA) for 1:45 minutes daily
  • Materials I use:
  1. Trophies Reading Series
  2. Picture books (to teach reading strategies)
  3. Paperback books
  4. MCAS release questions
  • Binder system: check out your child's binder weekly
  • Homework: M-TH read and respond in a journal (summary of the chapters)
  • Literacy bags: please check out on Monday, return on Friday if possible
  • Lynn Woods School general blog:
  • Night back for 4th graders with Mrs. Kennedy is Tuesdays 2:15-2:45 pm
Grade 5 students:
  • I teach Reading, Writing (ELA), Science and Social Studies to the 5th graders
  • Materials I use:
  1. Trophies reading series
  2. Picture books ( to teach reading strategies)
  3. Paperback books
  4. MCAS release questions
  • Binder system: please check your child's binder weekly
  • HW M-TH read and respond (summarize the chapters)
  • Lynn Woods general blog:
  • Night back for 5th graders is Monday 2:15-2:45 pm
Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Important dates

Topsfield Fair Oct 7: please send in the permission slips and $5 for the bus
Veterans Day Oct 11: No school
Summer Reading ceremony: Oct 15 at 1:00 pm
Picture Day: Oct 18
Dance: Oct 22 6-7:30 pm
Hope to see you at Open House next Tues, Sept 28
Mrs. Kennedy

Thursday, September 16, 2010

home tomorrow/ last blog post from NC

The plan is to leave here 10:45-11:00 am on Friday. With luck we will arrive at Great Woods Rd. 12:15-12:45 pm. Here are some final pictures from our Thursday activities. See you soon. Mrs. Kennedy

rat dissection

Burma bridge

Thursday, day four at NC

Last night the children experienced a simulation of the Underground Railroad. Many of them absolutely loved it and learned a great deal about what it would feel like to be a runaway slave. Mrs. Fritz joined us yesterday and got to experience the role of "conductor" on the UGRR. Steven, Makayla, Paris, Breanna, and Ryan all got to dissect a turtle yesterday. The got to see the liver, heart and intestines of the animal up close. Right now they are playing a large game of tag called predator and prey with Shoemaker and Moses Brown students(about 100 5/6 graders in all). Breakfast this morning was homemade french toast with syrup. Lunch today is BLTs and dinner will be pizza. Tonight is skit night-every field group puts on a short skit to entertain the crowd. Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Day 3 at NC

 The weather has really cooperated this week. The children are off with their field groups. Paris, Melissa, Kerry and Makayla went look at monark butterflies with Nora, the Nature's Classroom instructor. Breakfast was delicious scrambled eggs with cheese and home fries. Chris and Caitlin were our waitrons today. They had to serve their table and help with the clean up. It was fun watching them sing and dance to the ORT report. All the children have their turn at being the waitron. It also involves sweeping and wiping down the table. I am sure they will continue to do this when they go home. The girls have been singing and dancing in the cabins to entertain the chaperones. I told the boys to clean up their rooms because Mrs. Fritz is coming. No dirty socks on the floor. They are all happy and healthy. Mrs. Kennedy

scraping plates after dinner

Mom, I will do this at home

favorite classes at Nature's Classroom

Kevin: made a toothpaste machine(the machine squeezed toothpaste out of the tube, eventually)
Cam, AJ and Steven: water rockets
Chris: the night hike
Ryan, Caitlin, Lendi, Paris: Stalking prey class( Ryan loved it because he could roll around in the dirt!)
Melissa: building an arch bridge
Kyllie: building your own civilization
Makayla: how to use a compass
Kerry, Elizabeth, Olivia, Breanna: American Sign Language

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

A class with Mr. Intensity

Our successful water rocket
Our Nature's Classroom teacher, Mr. Intensity, taught us how to make a water rocket. Our rocket went over the roof of the building. When it came down it landed on a rock. By Steven

Nature's Classroom Day 2

Melissa, Kyllie, and Olivia dancing!
We woke up to a wonderful breakfast of pancakes, cereal, fruit salad, bagels, toast or yogurt. Next, we went off on a two hour nature walk with the field group leaders. Some children ate leaves and licked a slug (yuck!) and other found frogs and salamanders. Cam and Kevin told me they loved playing a game called wolfpack. Lunch was tacos,cheese nachos, soup and salad. The afternoon classes include: making rockets, learning sign language, and building a simple machine. I believe pasta is on the menu for dinner tonight. Everyone is having fun. Mrs. Kennedy

Mrs Kennedy is making us write!
a soccer game in between classes
waiting for our classes to start