Sunday, October 30, 2011

HW for Oct 31- Nov 3

Grade 4: continue to read Lily and Miss Liberty a chapter a night
Study your Social Studies flashcards: states and capitals of the Middle Atlantic region -test on Friday

Grade 5: Continue to read Among The Hidden a chapter a night
Social Studies: an Explorers map went home last Friday  along with directions and a CD. Please complete the maps and send the kits back by Friday.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Halloween 2011 on PhotoPeach

Halloween parade and party

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Guitar lessons and some great news

Miss Cohen is teaching us how to play

Here's the good news: Its a girl!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Statue of Liberty Art Project

Here are some examples of the Statue of Liberty art projects that I sent home with the 4th graders. Have fun. Mrs. K.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Statue of Liberty Deconstructed

You can use this Youtube video to help you with your webquest. Mrs. K.

Webquest for the Statue of Liberty

Grade 4: Use the following websites to answer the questions on your worksheet:
You can also use the following Youtube video about the Statue of Liberty to help you. Mrs. K

HW Oct 24-27

Grade 4: Please start our new book Lily and Miss Liberty. Read a chapter a night and summarize
Mon: chap 1
Tues: chap 2
Wed chap 3
Thurs: chap 4
I also gave the children a character traits paper with stickers to complete at home as well as a webquest on the Statue of Liberty. The webquest needs to be completed by Friday. I will post the websites to use.

Grade 5: Among the Hidden read and summarize
Mon: chapters 12 and 13
Tues: 14 and 15
Wed: 16
Thurs: 17
Both classes can work on Study Island assignments. Bake Sale on Tues. Summer reading ceremony on Tues.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Dates to remember

Tues, Oct 25 grade 4 bake sale and Summer Reading ceremony
Fri, Oct 28, Halloween parade and party
Tues, Nov 8 No School...Professional Development Day
Thurs, Nov 10 Veteran's Day program 1 pm
Fri, Nov 11, No School Veteran's Day

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Museum of Science

Ask your child about the Museum of Science visit. What is static electricity? (gr 4) What are the 3states of matter? (gr 5) Mrs. K

Holiday party assignments

Jesse A. - chips, popcorn or pretzels
Samantha C. - paper goods ( plates, cups and napkins)
Kyle F.- nutritious snack
Brandon S. baked goods
Julia B. - Juice

Monday, October 17, 2011

Social Studies study guide gr 4

Chapter 3 lessons 1-4
Please reread the chapter with an adult and focus on:
mountain ranges, promontories, bogs, the ocean, climate, types of farming, potato, cranberry and dairy, lobster fishing
natural resources like: water (waterfalls as a power source)
timer- wood products and pulp
stones- quarries, slate , granite
Samuel Slater - textile mills...cloth
metropolitan area
high tech industries
ethnic neighborhoods

Saturday, October 15, 2011

HW Oct 17-21

Grade 4: Keep reading and summarizing Jake Drake
a chapter a night.
Mon: chapter 7
Tues: Chap 8
Wed: chap 9
Thurs: chap 10
Social Studies test on Chapter 3, The New England region on Friday. A study guide went home. Please reread the chapter with your child and discuss the words on the study guide. The test is about 20 multiple choice questions.
We are reading about Amelia Earhart in class. I posted a Youtube video about her that I would like the 4th graders to watch. It is below this post.

Grade 5: We will continue reading Among The Hidden
Monday: read chapters 5 and 6 (short chapters)
Tuesday: chapter 7
Wed: Chapter 8 ( we already read this in class) and chapter 9
Thurs: chapter chapter 10 and 11

Both classes: I have added Study Island assignments in ELA
The Science Museum will be visiting our school on Wed. I will try to post some pictures.
Mrs. K

Friday, October 14, 2011

Amelia Earhart, 1897 to 1937

The 4th graders are reading Eleanor and Amelia Take a Ride in their Trophies books this week. They had lots of questions about Amelia Earhart. Please have them watch this Youtube video about her. Mrs. K

Monday, October 10, 2011

Hw week of Oct 11-14

Grade 4: read and summarize Jake Drake. Also, study S.S. flashcards (yellow cards in binder) on the states, capitals and abbreviations of the N.E. states. Test on Friday.
Tues: Chapter 4
Wed: chap 5
Thurs: chap 6

Grade 5: A new book will be going home: Among The Hidden
We will start it on Tues. I am unsure which chapters they will have for HW. We may get to read all of Chapter one together Tues. If not, they will start with chapter one for HW on Tues.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Home Sweet Home & change of departure time

The camera came home with Mrs. Zukas yesterday.  Sorry to disappoint.

The class will eat lunch at 11:00 and then depart.  The children are leaving Nature's Classroom in Charlton MA @ 11:45.  Depending on traffic we are expecting them back at the park on Great Woods Road between 1:15 -2:00.  Please be sure that someone is there to meet them.  They will need a shower and lots of rest over the week-end!

  I know that they still have another night..... but I know I speak for all of the chaperons  when I say the 5th graders went beyond our expectations in terms of behavior and maturity.  It was a huge responsibility and they handled it exceptionally well.  I am extremely proud of them.  I hope I have not jinxed us!  Enjoy the long week-end. 
Mrs. Fritz

Greatest Sports Legends- Lou Gehrig's Farewell Speech

Grade 4 please watch this Youtube video about Lou Gehrig. Mrs. K

Wednesday, October 5, 2011


So today we said good bye and thank you to Mrs. Zukas and hello to Mrs. LoGiudice.  Mrs. Zukas told me that the kids have been amazing and last night was very smooth.  Tonight is the Under Ground Railroad experience.  I will keep you posted as I talk to Mrs. Lo.
 Waiting patiently for his turn at the hoop.
 Watron Duty
 Relaxing after breakfast
 Our after lunch entertainment
 Carter made a boat that floats.
Skylar made the United States out of Rice Krispies.....yummy.  She shared afterwards too!

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Tuesday continued

Some of the students, far braver than me, opted to dissect sharks.  Yes....sharks.
Others participated in magic math.

While some built and tested roller coasters other built dependable trays.

Dinner was a delicious turkey dinner served by Charlize. The ORT report and dance was given by Skyler and Charlize.

And finally the everyone, except Wendi, changed in warm, water proof clothes to go for a night time adventure in the woods to see darkness.  At this point, I checked out!


I just arrived in from my long day at Nature’s Classroom.  The sun and the rain took turns all day.  It seemed like we had an hour of one then the other.  It didn’t stop any of the learning or excitement.  The children are non-stop during the day and into the evening.  There are no tears and everyone is having fun.  I am going to post pictures and do my best to give a descriptive caption. 

For lunch we had hot dogs and our watron was Jeremy.  He did a fabulous job!  After lunch Katryn and Kylie did the ORT report.  Jesse and Wendi approve of the lunch!

Soon after the field groups began.  Jack and Carter designed and built an astronaut safe transport vehicle.  They tested it by seeing if it could carry an egg off when projected off the roof.  They watched from below. 

In between many kids opt for a basketball game.

They gather daily on the stairs to get their next assignment.

More to follow........

More from Day 1

From Mrs. Zukas:

Yesterday, the kids got their field group assignments where they were merged with students from Shoemaker. They chose a class to attend some of which included dissecting eyeballs or sharks. Lunch and dinner were delicious. At lunch our ORT was 19 and at dinner it was only 13! This is left over food. 

The students all have an opportunity to earn IALAC beads.  IALAC is anything that fits the acronym for ex: I am  loving and caring, individuals acting like a community, etc. They earn them by being kind or helpful, and then they can give them to someone else.   Some of our children earned them on day 1!

We had a nighttime sing along and then their behavior in the dorms was excellent.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Night Night......

Well Day 1 is nearly over and I might add a huge success!  Lights out at 9:45.  Let us hope they are all tired and sleep through the night.  Surely they have to be exhausted!  Dinner was chicken, broccoli and ziti and apparently quite delicious!  Judging by the smiles, we have some happy children!    I am looking forward to seeing them in the am.