Friday, October 31, 2014


Week 3 10/31/14
Bloggers: Duncan & Rufus


We are continuing to study measurements. We made triangles using straws and twist ties and measured the perimeters. The perimeter is the length of the outside lines. 


We are wrapping up our Personal Narratives. These are true stories about our lives.  Rufus wrote about the time he crashed his bike on Blood Corner on Cliff Island.  Duncan wrote about the time he and a friend almost flipped a Boston Whaler off Bailey Island. 


We are predicting what characters/ourselves are going to do in the stories we're reading. This helps us become smarter readers. 


As part of our Geology unit, we are learning about erosion. Miss Debbie from the Cumberland County Soil and Water Management Agency came in to do a few experiments with us. We got to build villages and flood them.  It was cool. 


On Halloween we went on a field trio to Mt. Appetite Farm in Auburn to find rocks.  Each of us got to bring one home.  Duncan was surprised by the amount of mica. "They might as well call it Mt. Mica," said Geologist Duncan.  Rufus thought the baby Mammoth tooth was crazy.  "I think that Mammoth needed a special dentist and some fluoride rinse," said Geologist Rufus. 

You can make your own visit to Mt. Apatite. Contact Cookin Carol at She is very kind in allowing us to visit and welcomes you and your family to her farm, just get in touch first for a great family day!


Next Wednesday November 5th we are going on a field trip to the Rock Gym.  Parents, please remember to put your kids in comfortable clothes that are suitable for climbing.

Next Friday November 7th Mrs. Reich will begin Junior Achievement with us.  

And that's the latest news  from your bloggers at the YES Herald. 

Your Bloggers Duncan and Rufus
A great example of garnet. 

Jedi Master Hazel made a guest appearance on Halloween riding her trusty steed. :)

Friday, October 24, 2014


Blog Week 2 October 24th 
Bloggers: Ella and Norah


We are learning measurements. Using cubes, straws and geoboards we learned how to measure the interior and exterior of objects. We also did a project called Class Foot. We took the average foot size of all the kids and used it to measure items around the classroom like  the white board, heating vent and a few other things. We also cut out  rulers  that took different  size measurements.
Fun Fact:  Norah is 52 inches tall.   Ella is 47 inches tall.  How tall are you? 


We are learning how to write the heart of a story.  That means we focus on the central point we're trying to make and add details to it.  Norah wrote about a family vacation in New Hampshire. The heart of her story was about finding a few special rocks.  Ella wrote about her cousin's birthday.

This week we were assigned writing partners.  Mr. Abbott found each student a partner whose writing style matched their own.  We'll share our  writing with our  partners several days a week. We may switch partners after December vacation. 
Fun Fact:  Norah and Ella are writing partners.

In spelling we're learning homophones, words that sound the same but are spelled differently, like or, ore and oar, and two, to and too.
We also took a spelling test called tick tock clock.  The two trickiest words were "world" and "important."


It was Book Fair  this week in the library.  Lots of us got new books. Yea! 
We started  new books this week in our reading groups.  Some of us are reading Mr. Poppers Penguins.  Other groups are reading  Cat Wings and Freckle Juice.  

We're also using our NEW Reading Response Journals. These help us remember important details about the books and make us better readers. 

Mr. Abbott is reading two books to us.   In the morning we're reading The Tiger Rising. After lunch,  we read  Because of Winn Dixie. Both books are written by Kate DiCamillo.   


We made crystals using  Epsom salts and water. We also watched 2 videos, one about rocks,the other about  volcanoes. Both were narrated by Bill Nye The Science Guy. He's funny.  

Our bloggers Ella and Norah


---On Thursday we had a school-wide lock down.  We locked the doors, pulled down the shades,  and  sat together quietly in the corner. The most important part of the lock down is being very quiet. 

---Mr. Mason, Aaron's Dad, came in and told spooky stories during a school assembly. Thanks Mr Mason!

---We had 3 substitutes this week.  Mrs. Garneux, Mrs Clifford and Mrs Kirk.

---We're getting watercolor pictures ready. They'll go into our portfolios.


Parent conferences are next week.  Don't forget your time slot.

On Friday 31st we are going on a field trip to Mr Appetite. Parents need  to send in $5 if they plan on attending with us (the parents, that is. Kids are free!).

On Wednesday Oct 29th Mr Mason will come back to YES to tell stories   The first session at 5:30 p.m. is for younger kids,  The 7p.m. reading is a bit more frightening.  Come if you dare.


Halloween Fun.  Mr. Abbott's baby daughter  Hazel will come to our class in costume.  We'll also guess the number of seeds in our pumpkin and perform tricks for treats.  

Friday, October 17, 2014

YES Herald October, 17 2014

YES HERALD Oct 17 2014
Week 1 Bloggers Jack  & Zach


This week we learned "trades first subtraction."  Parents may remember this as borrowing numbers,  but Mr. Abbott calls it trading.  We also learned "partial sums addition."  We're able to add some huge numbers using these techniques. 


Everyone personalized the covers of their writing journals this week. They look awesome.   Zach did a soccer theme.  Jack focused on hockey players.


Mrs. Hagerty and Mrs. Brown came in to read with us.  We finished "The One And Only Ivan"  and "Stone Fox."  Zach loved all the details in Ivan.  Jack really enjoyed both books. Here are a few of us reading independently during Reading Workshop:



We did a  cool experiment with Starburst Candies.   We squished  orange, cherry and lemon flavors all together.  Then  we chewed the candy 5 times, 20 times, and finally  a whole bunch of times.  We wrote down observations after each chewing session.  Delicious.  

Your Bloggers: Jack  and Zach