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

Monday, September 13, 2010

Having fun at Nature's Classroom

Just the boys
All 16 of us waiting for lunch

Monday, September 6, 2010

Planning for our trip

Our class trip to Nature's Classroom is scheduled for Sept 13-17. A packet of info will go home with your child the first day of school. Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

supply list

Here is a supply list for 4th/5th graders:
  • one inch binder with front and back pockets
  • highlighters of various colors needed for school and home
  • magic markers
  • colored pencils
  • hand held sharpener
  • post it notes in various colors
  • pencil case for desk
  • glue sticks
  • pencils
  • erasers
  • tissues, Clorox wipes, and paper towels are always welcome
Thanks, Mrs. Kennedy