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.
BIG HEADLINES FOR THE WEEK
---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.