Friday, January 23, 2015

YES HERALD 1/23/15

Bloggers this week: Jillian, Ella, and Izzy
(Note from Publisher: this week's blog is late! That's my fault and not the bloggers' or the editor's! -Mr Abbott)


 This week we're learning how to measure the size of an angle in degrees. 
For example, a  right angle is 90 degrees. We're also learning the names of polygons.  Everyone knows a 3 sided shape is a triangle, but do you know what a 7 sided shape is called?


Most of us have chosen topics for our realistic fiction stories.   Izzy will write about a character named Asja who gets lost at the park.  Jillian is writing about a girl named Julie whose beloved dog dies.  
Mr. Abbott is teaching us how to scale Story Mountains.  Like mountains, stories must be scaled in stages. We start by introducing characters.  Then we bring in conflict, conflict resolution and  finally a happy ending.

We are learning not to write "and then" stories because it's a  boring way to tell a tale.  We're mixing up our sentence structure  for more creative story tellng.


Mr. Abbott is reading "The Mixed Up Files of Miss Basil E. Frankweiler."    The whole class loves this book.  Right now, the main characters are sleeping in a murderer's bed. Scary!  Wonder what will happen next? 

What really happened aboard the Mary Celeste?   We're reading a non-fiction (true) story about a ship that was abandoned more than 100 years ago. 


Every student has picked  a country to highlight in a slide show.
Jillian chose Ghana. Izzy  picked Norway and Ella chose England. 
We'll show our slide shows during parent  conferences.  


It's Lexi's birthday! The class will celebrate her special day with an origami party.

Our classmate Jeremiah left us this week. :(  He's going to be home schooled and we'll miss him.  

Community Meeting. 
Our class hosted this week. 
We taught "Head Shoulders, Knees and Toes" in Spanish,

French and Russian.  
Check out our video or ask us to perform it for you at home.

Parent Conferences!  Please sign up if you haven't already. 

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