Sunday, January 30, 2011

HW week of Jan 31-Feb 4

Grade 4: Read  and summarize Hachiko Waits
Mon. chapter 6
Tues chapter 7
Wed chapter 8
Thurs chapter 9
We will be reading Two Lands, One Heart in our Trophies reader. I am unsure if we will have the test on Fri due to the possibility of snow again. We have been spending a great deal of time on writing personal narratives. This (and the snow days) has interrupted our Friday testing schedule.
Here are some sites to use to practice the vocabulary words for the story>

Grade 5: read 20-30 minutes a night and have your bookmark signed

NEW Study Island assignments posted for both classes (lesson 12)
Mrs. K

Friday, January 28, 2011

Three word summary

We have been reading Uprising in class. It was written by one of our favorite authors: Margaret Peterson Haddix. After finishing the chapter about Yetta we each picked only 3 words to summarize what the chapter was about. Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Survival of the fittest

We have been learning about animal adaptations this week. Ask your child about the shark/fish game. Who survived? Why?
Mrs. Kennedy

Monday, January 24, 2011

HW week of Jan 24

Grade 4: Please have the children read a chapter a night in Hachiko Waits and summarize.
I will send home the writing assignment on A Day At An Amusement Park to rewrite the final copy on white paper. Please read the rough draft with them and make suggestions. This is just like the HW assignment for Snow Day. Please reread that post for more instructions. Due Friday.

Grade 5: Please read 20-30 minutes per night and have bookmark signed. Some writing assignments for NIE may be coming home for those who would like to type them.

Study Is: No new assignments. Please make sure they catch up this week.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Islands Of Adventure: The Hulk Roller Coaster

The 4th graders have been writing about taking a ride on a roller coaster. Watch this video to get the TRUE feeling! Mrs. Kennedy

Island of the Blue Dolphins: character traits

What kind of a girl is Karena in Is. of the Blue Dolphins? Watch us work with partners to find out. Mrs. Kennedy

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Hachi: A Dog's Tale - Official Movie Trailer

This is the trailer for the movie Hachi which was based on the book Hachiko Waits. Watch the trailer or rent the movie. What is different? What is the same?Mrs. Kennedy

Monday, January 17, 2011

Homework week of Jan 18

Grade 4: I will send home an MCAS question about MLK tomorrow. Please have your child complete it independently and then read it with an adult. Tues: read MLK paper and do the multiple choice, Wed: read again and complete the OR open response question. Please go over the MC with them and read what they write for the OR.  They need to practice putting lots of details in their writing. I will not collect them till Thursday.
Study Island assignment #11 for both grades 4 & 5

Games of the week: Hockey, kickball, and darts
Grade 4 is now in the lead!!!!Grade 5: Please read 20-30 minutes nightly in Walk Two Moons. Parents sign the back of the bookmark nightly.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Grade 4.reading buddies

Here is my first attempt at using a Flip camera! How fun! Mrs. K

Monday, January 10, 2011

Will it grow?

our plants under a grow light
Ask your child about our science experiment using test tubes, soil, fertilizer, vinegar, baby oil, baking soda, corn seeds and water. What is the difference between a control and a variable? Predict: which plants will grow, which will not, and why. Mrs. Kennedy

Sunday, January 9, 2011

HW for grade 5

We will be starting a new book Walk Two Moons by Sharon Screech. Please have your child read 20-30 minutes a day M-Th. I will be sending home a bookmark that you can initial daily to let me know your child did the nightly reading. They do not have to summarize. I will also start sending home NIE writing assignments. Here is the link to the kid newspaper edition last year:
We will be writing: a book review, an article about technology, a review of a movie, tv show or local restaurant, a poem or an essay about our pet and a Golden Apple award.
Mrs. K

Study Is. week of Jan 10

The 5th grade had the highest score this week. I have posted new assignments for the 4th grade: lesson 10. The games are: Beanbag, cheerleading and darts.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Writing HW grade 4

Homework grade 4 Jan 10 - 14 (we will not have any reading HW this week)

Monday and Tuesday:

Share and discuss your writing folder with a parent

Rewrite your rough draft (yellow paper) on Snow Day onto white paper

Fix spelling and capitalization mistakes

Add more details/ skills (use purple paper)

Add your small moment about sledding that you wrote on another piece of yellow paper (this should go in at about paragraph 3)

Add your small moment about a snowball fight to your final copy (around paragraph 5 or 6)

Make sure you skip a line and indent every paragraph

Final copy should be 2 pgs. minimum (you can write on the back)

Reread the FINAL copy to a parent

Pass in the folder and the white paper to Mrs. Kennedy on WED.


Practice writing small moments

Write a paragraph (small moment) about meeting your new puppy for the first time

Make sure you have:

Vivid verbs

Adjective noun combinations

A show don’t tell (your feelings)

Read the paragraph to an adult


Practice writing small moments

Write a paragraph about being on an amusement park ride ( a roller coaster would be an example)

Make sure you have:

Vivid verbs

Adjective noun combinations

3. A show don’t tell (your feelings)

Read the paragraph to an adult

Vocabulary for grade 4 The Cricket In Times Square

Please review these words with your child
Grade 4, Theme 3, The Cricket in Times Square

Vocabulary Words

wistfully longingly; sadly remembering something nice

scrounging looking for scraps of food or abandoned materials

acquaintance knowing someone or something

excitable very emotional; easily excited

eavesdropping listening secretly to a conversation

sympathetically in a way that shows concern for someone's feelings

logical reasonable; to be expected

Friday, January 7, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Homework week of Jan 3-6

Grade 4: We will be finishing Sarah Plain and Tall for HW this week. We read the first 3 chapters in school. Please have your child read a chapter or two each night and summarize. They should finish the whole book (chapter 9) by Thurs. night. I will check HW on Fri.
STUDY ISLAND : new assignment posted
                   Grades 4 & 5 the games for Study Is. this week are: Archery, banana toss and basketball
Grade 5: Poster on Hurricanes/text features  (See previous post for picture) is due on Tues. I will be sending home Greek and Latin roots flashcards to study (quiz on Fri). Focus on the words that are more commonly used. Those are the ones on the quiz.
Read a chapter a night in The Cay and summarize.
STUDY ISLAND: new assignment posted

yeast cells and balloons

Ask your child about the experiment we did with yeast, water, sugar, and salt. What happens when yeast cells divide? Mrs. Kennedy