May 11-15, 2009
By Stephanie and Sam
Reading- This week in reading we finished biography centers. The ones marked with stars you have to do first. These are the centers: Poetry Center, History Center, Writing Center, Art Center, Creativity Center, and Research Center. For example, at the Creativity Center you create a briefcase that your biography person might bring on vacation. Then you explain why they would bring the items you might think they would bring. At the Art Center, you create a poster that has facts and drawings about their life events. From this activity I learned more about Harriet Tubman and to think more about what their accomplishments.
Writing- This week in writing we started writing hard cover books. It could have drawings. You could write about any topic. For example, my title is As Far As The Prairie Goes and it's about the Oregon Trail in the 1800s. From this activity I learned to use research to write a book.
Math- This week in math we had review centers. There were four centers. The first center was multiplying 2 digits by 2 digits in lattice. The second was chapter 9 websites. The third was Factor Bingo, and the last one is Challenge Packet and Math Boxes. For example, my favorite center is lattice practice because lattice is a fun way of doing math. From this activity we reviewed chapter nine.
Science- This week in science we got to observe our plants and learn about the parts of the flower. The parts are stigma, anther, and pistil. For example, the stamen (stigma) is the inside of the flower which is made up of the anther and pistil. The anther makes the pollen, and the pistil holds the seeds. From this activity I learned what the parts of the flower are.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we played Chilkat Jeopardy. We had 3 columns. The first was environment, the second was celebrations, and the third was totem poles. For example, a question would be, "What does Potlatch mean?" From this activity I learned a lot more about the Chilkat!
Other- This week we had Mrs. Gold's baby shower. We tested baby food, found our classmates' baby pictures, estimated how much the baby weighs, and calculating how big it will be, and we also changed a diaper! From this activity I learned how to change a diaper!
May 4-8, 2009
By Ian and Emily
Reading- This week in reading our class did literature centers. One of our centers is where you make a cut-out figure of the person you are reading about and you either make a timeline or an acrostic poem of their name, which tells facts about their life in order. For example, on the timeline, we have to do +5 and -5. We have to rate what kinds of things are bad and what kinds of things are good in their life. From this activity I learned more about Ben Franklin's life and accomplishments.
Writing- This week in writing our class started our pen pal letters. We had to write about New Jersey or Montgomery and about our favorite thing in 3rd grade this year. I did all of them. My favorite was New Jersey. For example, New Jersey has warm weather and hot weather. Also, New Jersey has a river and if you cross it on a ferry you'll go to New York City. From this activity I learned how to write my 3rd grade pen pal letter.
Math- This week in math I learned about lattice and partial products in tens. For partial products, say 20x35, you do
20x30= 600 and then 20x5=100 and then add them. From this activity I learned to do partial products in tens.
Science- This week in science we learned how to pollinate. We had to make bee sticks. It was disgusting because the bees were dried and dirty. We are going to use the bees to pollinate our flowers. For example, to make bee sticks you would put a tooth pick in glue and then stick the bee on it. From this activity I learned how to pollinate.
This week in science we had edible plants. We had to identify each salad ingredient on a plant. The food was delicious. Mrs. Gold would say, "Eat a root." Then all of us would look for a carrot because we knew that a carrot was a root. For example, did you know that broccoli is a flower? Also, celery is a stem, green beans are a seed pod, and tomatoes are fruit. From this activity I learned about what fruits are what part of a plant.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about the Chilkat's totem poles. We painted Styrofoam totem poles. The totem poles were used for many things. For example, one of the things a totem pole was used for was to hold up houses. From this activity I learned about totem poles.
April 27-May 1, 2009
By Ryan and Michael
Reading- This week in reading we started Biography Centers! There are two centers you have to do. One is called History Center where you make a chart of events in the person's life, then you have to rate it in between the numbers of +5 and -5. You also have to make a character cutout and paste your work on it. Another optional center is the Writing Center where you make a Bio-Pyramid about the character you are studying. For me, it would be Ben Franklin. A Bio-Pyramid is a pyramid with 8 lines that describe the person. From this activity I learned how to do Biography Centers.
Writing- This week in writing we prepared for the NJASK next week. We did two writing prompts. Mrs. Gold taught us to be very descriptive and to have a good beginning and end. For example, "It was a bright summer day when I decided to explore the stream down the street." From this activity I got prepared for the NJASK.
Math- This week in math we did a thing called Broken Calculator Division. We try to answer problems that we can easily solve with division without using division! For example, one of the strategies we could have used was repeated addition. From this activity I learned how to use other strategies besides division.
Science- This week in science we went through the plant cycle. What we did was, Mrs. Gold pulled down the projector and turned off the lights and she took us step by step showing us what is going to happen with our plants next. For example, we had packets and when Mrs. Gold showed us a new slide we would have to draw it and label how many days this will happen. From this activity I learned the cycle of the Wisconsin Fast Plants.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about Potlatches! We got this packet and we read through it and learned about Potlatches. Then we partnered up and filled out these questions about Potlatches. For example, it might say "What is a Potlatch" and you would have to answer, "A Potlatch is a big ceremony." Or "What did guests arrive in for a Potlatch?" "They arrived in war canoes." From this activity I learned about a Potlatch.
Other- This week in school we had Biography Day! First we dressed up as the person we were researching. Then we went to the cafeteria where all the other kids were dressed up too. After that we got an autograph book where we could get other people's autographs. But to get someone's autograph you had to share 3 facts about your person. When that was over, we found our pen pals who we were writing to and we interviewed them. At 9:30 we set up in a circle and we had to pose for the parents as Wax Statues. For example, I was Jackie Robinson so I had a bat and I stood there in a batting position. From this activity I learned a lot about Jackie Robinson.
April 20-24, 2009
By Megan and Alex A.
Reading- This week in reading we worked on finishing our books and jobs for reading. This is going to be the last job for the books we are reading now. For example, my job is connector and I'm reading about Benjamin Franklin. From this activity I learned all of Benjamin Franklin's life.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote letters to the troops in the army. We are doing it because a girl from the high school who is in Girl Scouts is doing a project and wants us to send letters. For example, I did a poem in my letter called "A Soldier's Prayer". An example of this poem is, "In the foggy air where the people used to walk and the cannons fire I pray for us to win this war for our country." From this activity I learned you can do many things to help the soldiers.
Math- This week in math we learned about partial products. For example, partial products are when you take a problem like 23x4 and do 20x4 and then 3x4 and add your answers together and get the real answer. From this activity I learned how to do partial products.
Science- This week in science we transplanted our plants. We did it by digging up our extra plants and giving them to people who needed them. For example, the reason we transplant is because if we didn't transplant, the two plants in each quad would end up fighting over the nutrients and they would end up dying. From this activity I learned what transplant means.
Other- This week in school we watched a Chilkat movie and wrote a comparison chart to the other tribes we studied. We did it by watching and observing the movie then writing what their weather, land, food, clothing, and locations were. For example, when the TV said it was rainy and the temperature was mild, I wrote that down. From this activity I learned about the life of the Chilkat.
This week in school we did our Poetry Cafe. We did it by serving our parents breakfast and then we gave them the bill and we read our favorite types of poems. For example, the certain kind of poem I read about was Alliterations. I told the parents how to write an alliteration and gave two examples. From this activity I learned what it is like to be a waiter.
April 13-17, 2009
By Josh and Gavin
Reading- This week in reading we met in Literature Circles for the 2nd time. I am reading Ben Franklin biography. In literature circles we have jobs. For example, my job is Passage Picker. I am supposed to write at least five sentences and then in a box below I would write re-write it in different words but the same meaning. From this activity I learned that Ben Franklin plucked lighting from the sky.
Writing- This week in writing we made Diamonte Poems. Diamonte poems are a poem that have 2 subjects (completely different or opposite). The first may be one noun which is subject 1, line 2 is 2 adjectives describing the subject. Line 3 is 3 "ing" words that tell about subject 1, line 4 is 2 nouns that relate to subject 1 and the other 2 nouns that relate to subject 2, and then you do all of the last 3 lines the way you did the first 3 lines (only backward). For example, I will write a Diamonte.
Snow tubing, sledding, snow boarding
Hanukkah, Christmas, Vacation, Outdoors
Swimming, Camping, Playing
That is a Diamonte poem. From this activity I learned how to write a Diamonte poem.
Math- This week in math we did extended facts in multiplication. So say 8x7=56, but it would be extended. For example, 8x70=560 and 8x700=5,600. That is an extended fact. From this activity I learned how to extend facts.
Science- This week in science we dissected a seed. Dissecting a seed was very fun because we learned about what was inside of it. The things inside of it are the embryo, seed coat, and the cotyledon. For an example, the seed coat protects the seed and the embryo's job is to be the baby plant and the cotyledon stores food and sun and water. From this activity I learned that there are 3 things in a plant- the embryo, cotyledon, and seed coat. They all have different jobs.
Also this week in science we planted seeds. We put in soil, water, seeds, fertilizer pellets, and we put it in a certain order so that the seed will grow very nice in the soil. For an example, we put a little dirt in, then the seeds, and fertilizer pellets then more soil and watered it. From this activity I learned that plants can take work to make them stay alive.
Other- This week in school we went to a Janet Wong assembly. (She is a famous author) In this assembly she taught us about how she got her ideas. She also said, "You can always write a poem, even in 5 minutes". For an example, if there is only five minutes before dinner you could write one or two poems. Poems can be any way you want them to be. From this activity I learned I can always write a poem.
March 23-27, 2009
By Stephen and Annika
Reading- This week in reading we filled out a Dr. Seuss contract. A Dr. Seuss contract has many activities for us to do with Dr. Seuss books. There are Must Do's and Can Do's. I completed 2 or 3 activities. For example, an activity I chose was "It's A Puzzler". You have to draw a picture of your favorite Dr. Seuss book and make it into a puzzle. From this activity I learned more about Dr. Seuss.
Writing- This week in writing we did a poem called a Shape Poem. The Shape Poem is a poem you write around the outline of a shape. After we did another shape poem about ourselves around a picture of our self. For example, this is a shape poem that would be written around an arrow: I point my head along in the direction you need go, so follow me and drive along! From this activity I learned to write Shape Poetry.
Math- This week in math we did Dr. Seuss math word problems. There was problems we had to answer about Seuss, his books, and characters. For example, there was one about The Grinch That Stole Christmas. From this activity I learned to show my work when I answer word problems.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made pictographs! The Sioux Indians used little symbols to tell their friends what they think, that's what pictographs are. For example, I wrote a pictograph about Indians going to the woods and hunting deer. But it started to rain so they went home and had a Pow Wow (a kind of celebration). From this activity I learned how to write paragraphs and how the Sioux Indians used to communicate with each other.
Another thing we did in Social Studies this week was to learn what the buffalo uses were. Did you know the Sioux Indians ate the buffalo's tongue? For example, the buffalo's tail was used to make the broom's sweeping part. And of course the skin of the buffalo was used to make clothes. From this activity I learned the Sioux Indians used every part of the buffalo for something.
This week in Social Studies we learned what the Sioux Indians' clothes were like. The men's clothes looked very fancy. There were feathers, beads, and other decorations on the men's clothes. For example, I never knew that women's clothes were so plain and not fancy like the men's clothes. From this activity I learned how the Sioux Indians dressed up.
March 16-20, 2009
By Mita and Heather
Reading- This week in reading we're doing Literature Circles for biography books. Literature Circles is kind of like guided reading but kids run the group. For example, I'm Passage Picker. I have to turn a passage from the story and put it into my own words. Every person in the group has a job. From this activity I learned that Benjamin Franklin worked in a print shop when he was young.
Writing- This week in writing we made Limericks. Limericks are poems that rhyme to a beat. For example, a limerick would like like this: There once was a cute little lamb, she sat on some terrible ham. She hated the way, it squished all day, so she ran away with some jam. From this activity I learned how to make a poem that rhymes to the beat.
Math- This week in math we made fraction number lines. The fraction number lines are basically folding the number line a certain amount of folds. Then we made lines and labeled them. For example, with a fraction like 1/2 we folded the paper in half and made a line and labeled it 1/2. From this activity I learned to understand more about fractions.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about the Sioux (pronounced Sue) jobs. For example, the men made tools, hunted, and protected the tribe. The women had a lot of jobs. I'm only going to name a few. They tanned hides, sewed, cooked, and made tipis. We also did a comparison chart. From this activity I learned the jobs of the Sioux Indians.
This week in social studies we also watched a movie on the Sioux. We filled in a comparison chart we fill in every time we work on a new Indian tribe. For example, the chart would have the weather, food, homes, clothing, and location of the Indians we're studying. From this activity I learned the difference from us and the Sioux.
Science- This week in science Mr. Nusbaum came in and we made generators! To make the generator, we had a cardboard box and taped 2 magnets together, stuck the magnets on a nail, and poked the nail through the cardboard box. For example, to make it work we had to turn the nail to make the magnets turn and make electricity. From this activity I learned how to make a generator.
March 9-13, 2009
By Sam and Jessica
Reading- This week in reading Mrs. Gold introduced our new biography project and our biography unit. We have to read a biography in our reading group. For example, the books were on Harriet Tubman, Ben Franklin, Harry Houdini, and Walt Disney. From this activity I learned who Harriet Tubman was.
Writing- This week in writing we learned to make "Rainbow Poems". A Rainbow Poem is a poem with a noun and describing the noun with descriptive words that relate to the colors of the rainbow. For example, for red you could do "Red is a ripe apple getting plucked from a huge apple tree." From this activity I learned how descriptive a poem could be.
Math- This week in math we had our Chapter 7 review centers. Review centers are fun math related games on the computers and on worksheets. For example, Center 1 is "Challenge Packet and Math boxes", Center 2 is "Math Computer Games", Center 3 is "Multiplication Bingo", and Center 4 is "Multiplication Baseball". From this activity I learned some of my math facts.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we went to an assembly about the Lenape Indians. There was a real Indian. His name was Kevin 2 Step. He told us stories and told us how to make an ax. For example, he told us that we had to make a groove in the ax. A groove is the part of the ax where sticks attach. From this activity I learned a lot more about the Lenape Indians.
Science- This week in science we made telegraphs. We communicated using the STREAM code. Each letter in the word STREAM has a number. Like S has the number 1. If we want to spell something with S we would do 1 click. If we wanted to do T, we would do 2 clicks and so on. For example, if I wanted to spell cat I would do 4 clicks, 5 clicks, and 2 clicks. Then someone would try to guess my word.
This week in science we also learned about static electricity. It was really fun because we did experiments about static electricity like we rubbed a balloon on our head then put it next to salt and pepper and it picked up the pepper because the salt was too heavy. For example, when we rubbed the balloon on our head and put it on the wall the balloon stuck. From this activity I learned what static electricity is. I also learned that static is made of electrons.
February 23-27, 2009
By Mike and Eddie
Reading- This week in reading we started literature centers. What we did was we got a piece of paper that had a lot of centers on it that we could do, but there was one center that we had to do which was called Book Comparison Chart. When you finish that center then you can do any center. For example, we make a chart and there's 4 categories (that compare Patricia Polacco's books). Each category has a different writing on it and whichever category you are on, you have to answer that category's question. From this activity I learned how to do a literature center job.
Math- This week in math we played Multiplication Bingo. What we did was we had a game mat and we had to write certain numbers on it. Then you would flip two cards and multiply them. After you got your answer you would see if that number was on your game mat and you would put a penny on that number. If you cover 4 spaces in a row, you win. For example, if you flipped a ten and a five, you would do 10x5 and if you had 50 on your game mat, you would cover it with a penny. From this activity I learned a new game.
This week in math we also learned to write parentheses using products. What we did was we had a board and on the board it had columns with "3 points", "2 points", and "1 point". We had to use 3, points, 2 points and 1 points to make the number 10. For example, if we used a 3 pointer we would write a one under the 3 point column, and if we used 2-2 pointers, we would write a two under the two point column. Same thing with the ones. After you did that, you would write (1x3) + (2x2) + (3x1) which equals ten. From this activity I learned how to use parentheses.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made African American postage stamps. We read papers about the first African Americans. It was about the first African Americans did that changed the world. After, we had to list 4 African Americans who we thought were important and pick two out of the four and create postage stamps that represent that African American. Then we had to choose one out of the two and create a final postage stamp. For example, I chose Robert H. Lawrence who was the first African American astronaut. From this activity I learned that a lot of African Americans changed the world.
Science- This week in science we did the "String of Lights" problem. The string of lights problem was making a parallel circuit (a parallel circuit is a circuit that has two circles on each end of the D-cell) with 8 bulbs and we also made a series circuit (a circuit that goes in a big circle) with 8 bulbs too. After we made the circuits we took an index card and slid it under a bulb on the parallel circuit and the series circuit (to see what happens when a bulb burns out). For example, when we slid the card under one bulb on the parallel circuit, one bulb went out but the rest didn't. When we slid the card under a bulb on that series circuit, one went out and then the rest of them went out. From this activity I learned that when one bulb burns out and it is in the parallel circuit, the rest are still lit. Also, when a bulb burns out and it's in a series circuit the rest burns out.
Other- This week in school we presented our Intergenerational Projects. We presented them by order. We ate lots of food adn learned a lot about other different kinds of cultures. Here are some of the foods we ate and drank: mango juice, dumplings, eggs, bread, and lots more. For example, the dumplings came from Stephen (who is Asian) and the mango juice came from Mita (who is Indian). From this activity I learned about other countries.
February 9-20, 2009
By Sam and Chris
Reading- This week in reading we finished our Literature Circles. Literature Circles are when you have a job, like I was Passage Picker and I had to write a passage at least 3 sentences and put it in my own words. For connector, they find connections that they have from a life experience, book, or movie. They have to make 3 connections. Synonym Strip Maker has to pick 6 sentences from the story and define words that you don't know what they mean, and find words that have the same meaning. Character Education Finder is when you find good or bad characteristics of people in books. Discussion Director leads the discussion. They let other people share their jobs, tell people in the group to give a summary, and writes down questions to ask the group about the book. The first type of question they ask is called Right There. The answer is right there. The second is called Think and Search. You have to read the entire book to find out the answer. The next two questions are called Author and You and On My Own.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote letters to parents using candy hearts messages in the sentences. It was fun using the messages on the candy hearts as part of our writing. For example, some messages say, "XOXO, Email Me, LOL, or Gotcha". From this activity I learned how to use phrases to make sentences in a letter.
Math- This week in math we used the same candy hearts messages to graph them by the messages and not the color of the hearts! First, we sorted them out, then we tallied them. Then we charted them in different colors. For example, some say "E-mail Me, Be True, Love You, or Yes." From this activity I learned how much time sorting candy hearts can be.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we had an Iroquois discussion. In our groups, we had questions and answered them. For example, we talked about what types of things the Iroquois fought over, and what types of things we see people today fighting over. From this activity I learned how to have a discussion.
Science- This week in science we made a series circuit. A series circuit is a circuit that's a huge circle. For example, we took a switch, a circuit board, two D-cells, two bulbs, and four wires and made a series circuit. From this activity I learned how to make a series circuit.
Other- This week in school we had our Caring Party. We got 4 stations.
1- the bag making station
2- the flower making station
3- PB&J sandwich making station
4- packing station
For example, the party was all about helping the homeless. From this activity I learned how to make a PBJ sandwich.
February 2-6, 2009
By Gavin and Courtney
Reading- This week in reading we took a really long time to do the discussion director job because it is really hard. I will explain it. Discussion Director job is when you read a book and then write 4 types of questions. Right There, Think and Search, On My Own, and Author and You. Right there is where you could open to a page and the answer will be "right there". That is the easiest one! Think and Search is the hardest one because you have to read the whole book to know what's going on. On My Own is where you would ask "have you ever been there and why?" Author and You questions are like, "What do you think happened after" or "What do you think happened before?" For an example for right there I said, "Who was color blind?" (her dad). From this activity I learned how to sort my questions.
Writing- This week in writing we did our hero writings. In hero writings we would pick a hero we personally know and a hero we don't know personally. The hero I knew personally was my mom, the hero I don't know is Donavon McNabb. For an example, I chose my mom because she is nice and caring. From this activity I learned that there are many heroes in my life like you!
Math- This week in math we did symmetry. Symmetry is when a shape is the same on both sides. For an example, a circle, square, and triangle- basically most of the shapes. 3D shapes can be symmetric too. From this activity I learned that a shape could have more than one line of symmetry.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about the uses of deer. You can use deer for many things like clothes, moccasins, and more. For example, they used bones for knives, hoes, and lots of other things. Also they used flesh, bones, sinew, hide, and teeth. From this activity I learned that you can use deer for many different things.
This week in social studies we made long houses. The Iroquois lived in long houses. We did this so we could get a feeling of what it looks like. For example, we made them out of paper and a shoe box. We wove green and brown paper because it showed they used stuff from outside. From this activity I learned how to make a long house.
Science- This week in science we did Mystery Circuits. We had to find wires that were hidden to make a complete circuit. For example, if we put two wires against two brass fasteners, and the wires were hidden by cardboard, the light bulb would light up because it was a complete circuit. From this activity I learned you have to try a lot to find the right combination.
January 26-30, 2009
By Sonali and Alex R.
Reading- This week in reading we read the book My Ol' Man by Patricia Polacco. It was about Patricia's dad getting fired from his job and then they found a magic rock and it helped the dad get a job in the end. After we read the book we broke up into groups and we learned a job for Literature Circles called Passage Picker. Passage Picker is when you pick a paragraph from the book you were reading and then retell the paragraph in your own words. An example of a word you can change can be a describing word. From this activity I learned how to find words to match other words.
Writing- This week in writing we were writing about our heroes. One hero we know personally and one hero we don't know personally. The main thing we are learning to do is learn paragraphs. We are going to write four paragraphs. First comes the hero you know personally. First you do one paragraph telling about your hero. The next paragraph is how you can make the person proud of you. The next two paragraphs are the same thing but you're talking about the person you don't know personally. Some examples that kids did as their heroes are their parents, soldiers, and more. From this activity I learned about paragraphs.
Math- This week in math we learned about quadrangles. We learned that the beginning of a shape is a number meaning there is that many sides, angles, and vertices in that shape. When we were doing that lesson, we made quadrangles with anglegs. Some examples of quadrangles are squares, heptagons, octagons, and pentagons. From this activity I learned how to make a heptagon.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned what the Iroquois used trees for. They used trees for many things. They always found a way to use the trees they cut down. For example, they used dried logs for fire wood. In this lesson, I learned what the Iroquois used trees for.
Science- This week in science we created a bulb circuit. It consists of a bulb, D-Cell, and 2 wires. When one side of it touches the battery and the other side touches the lightbulb, (both have to do it) it lights up. For example, a circuit is a circle of electricity. In this lesson, I learned what a circuit is and how a light bulb lights up.
Other- This week in School we had a Mystery Reader! It was Mrs. Brodsky! She read Something About Hensleys by Patricia Polacco. It's about Hensleys store that has everything in it. For example, when someone came for a special thing not found, Hensley had it. In this lesson I learned something about Patricia Polacco's life.
January 12-16, 2009
By Heather and Ian
Reading- This week in reading we read Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare. It's about this girl named Patricia and she dares her brother Richie to dance in her recital and Richie says ok if she plays in his hockey game. Finally it's the day and Patricia scored the winning goal! Then it was dance time. Patricia was so embarrassed but then at the end, Richie was good at it! After the story, we did a job called Collage Maker for our Literature Circles. It's a job where you draw three pictures from the story and write about it. From this activity I learned don't say it's too easy before you try it!
Writing- This week in writing we wrote a Presidential Speech. It was a contest! The school had 3 winners. One from 3rd grade, one from 4th grade, and one if you wrote in from your computer at home. For example, we did the contest because President Obama is going to do a speech on Tuesday. From this activity I learned what a speech is like.
Math- This week in math we learned line segments, lines, and rays. A line segment has a start and an ending point. A ray has a starting point but goes on forever. A line doesn't have a starting or ending point like a number line. From this activity I learned what a line, a line segment, and a ray are.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we watched a movie called "Our Friend Martin". It tells us about Martin Luther King Jr. and what would happen if Martin Luther King didn't do his speech. For example, it would be a disaster because there would be a lot of fighting. From this activity I learned that blacks and whites should be treated equally.
Also this week in social studies we learned about the Iroquois food by making a menu. You have to make your own foods and describe what's in it. For example, Bear Fish. It has bear meat with a side of fish meat. From this activity I learned how to make an Iroquois menu.
Science- This week in science we broke the force of magnets. For example, there would be a scale with two magnets sticking together and you would put washers in them. You would see how many washers would break the force. From this activity I learned to break the force of magnets.
January 5-9, 2009
By Sonali and Ryan
Reading- This week in reading we worked on Literature Centers. Literature Centers are centers that you do after every unit of reading. We have 6 centers in all. We have to do the Mystery Wheel center before we do any other center. Mystery Wheel is a wheel that you put together and put the elements of the story you read on it. For example, some of the elements are suspect, clues, evidence, conclusion, and victim. From this mystery unit I learned how to find detective clues and to write good mysteries.
Writing- This week in writing we are working on "Invent A Holiday". Inventing a holiday is where you first to do a brainstorm and when we do our publishing you write down your holiday and information and draw a picture. Some examples that kids did are Dogs Day, Dranukkah, and Nature Night. From this activity I learned how to believe and create.
Math- This week in math we were learning decimals in the thousandths place. We also did a challenging math lesson. We are learning how to transfer things to mm. For example, thousandths decimals are a 3 digit number after the point with 1 or 2 numbers before the point. From this activity I learned all about decimals and their fractions.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we watched a movie on the Iroquois Indians. It was about where they lived, what they did, and their jobs. For example, one of the woman's jobs was to choose the leaders of the villages. From this activity I learned about the Iroquois.
Science- This week in science we went around the classroom finding things that were attracted to our magnets. Only iron and steel can attract magnets. For example, one of the things that attracted to my magnet was the chair leg. From this activity I learned that only iron and steel attract magnets.
Other- This week in school we had a real detective come to our classroom! His name was officer Heddy. He taught us all about his job. For example, one of the things he taught us was about finger prints. From this activity I learned what a real detective does.
December 15-19, 2008
By Ishaan and Megan
Reading- This week in reading we finished the Nancy Drew book that Mrs. Gold assigned us. After we finished the book the whole group met. We shared our clues, detective case report, and suspect list. After that Mrs. Gold told us that we had to do Literature Centers. For example, Literature Centers are centers having to do with the book you just read. From this activity I learned how to predict who committed the crime in a book.
Writing- This week in writing we started a writing assignment called "Invent a Holiday". My holiday is called Friendship Day. It is about going to your friend's house because they are throwing a party. At your friend's house, there will be many other people who you make friends with that you don't know. The next Friendship Day you go to your other friend's house and celebrate there and make new friends again. For example, Friendship Day is celebrated on Dec. 15th. From this activity I learned how to invent a holiday.
Math- This week in math we calculated our age in minutes. We did it step by step. We worked in partners, I worked with Josh. How we did it was we had to multiply our age by 365, then we would times that answer with 24. Then you would times that answer with 60 and you would know how many minutes you were alive. For example, I am 8 years old so I multiplied 8 x 365. That equaled 2920 so I'm 2920 days old. From this activity I learned how to calculate my age in minutes.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we reviewed for our Hopi test by making a Quiz Star. On the Quiz Star, it asked you questions. For example, some of the questions were...where did the Hopi lives and describe that place. What were the Hopi houses called, and then we got to make up our own question. Then you had to draw a picture on the back. From this activity I learned all about the Hopis and their culture.
This week in social studies we had a Hopi discussion. We had to discuss questions on a sheet in our table groups. For example, some of the questions were...where did the Hopi live and if you could live with the Hopi would you and why? From this activity I learned that everybody should have their own opinion.
Other- This week in school we had a Mystery Reader. This was a very special Mystery Reader because Julia's parents brought in two Kachina dolls and two Nut Crackers. For example, they talked about their trip (before Julia was born) to a place where you could see Hopi houses. They also talked about the nut crackers. One was the girl that was in the play, The Nutcracker (Clara) and the Nut Cracker itself. From this activity I learned what the Hopi houses really looked like.
December 8-12, 2008
By Eddie and Josh
Reading- This week in reading we are finishing our mysteries. My mystery is A to Z Mysteries The Empty Envelope. It's about three kids that get five envelopes that someone wants. The three kids, known as Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose find who wants them. Josh, Dink, and Ruth Rose made a plan to catch Doris Duncan and Otto Bird. They fell into their trap and Doris Duncan and O. Bird are not seen again. While we read, we took notes inside our detective journals about the clues. For example, in our detective journals it asks what was the conclusion, what happened at the end, and lots more questions. From this activity I learned how to write clues and use the clues to put them together and solve the mystery.
Writing- This week in writing we learned how to write a short summary about the Ugly Duckling. It's about a duck getting born, but he's so ugly that he's embarrassed that he decides to run away. After the duck became a swan, he realized he wasn't a duck, he was a swan. After we read the Ugly Duckling, Mrs. Gold taught us how to write a short summary. For example, if we write a journal we can make the beginning one sentence, the middle one sentence, and the end one sentence. From this activity I learned how to write short summaries.
Math- This week in math we learned place value. The values we learned were million, hundred thousand, ten thousand, thousand, hundred, tens, and one, but there are more values we didn't learn yet like the billions and the trillions and so on. For example, if you see a number like this: 9,675,623, the millions is a 9, the hundred thousand is 6, ten thousand is 7, thousand is 5, hundred is 6, ten is 2, and lastly 3 is the ones. From this activity I learned what is place value.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we did research on Hopi Indian jobs. Some of the jobs were hunting, weaving, and farming. We had to do a triple Venn diagram. We would write a fact about the men, women, and children- then we would write what they have in common. From this activity I learned Hopi Indian jobs.
This week in social studies we wrote legends about the Hopi Indians. So we thought of something in the Arizona area. I thought about "How the desert got it's name". For example, I wrote how sand got it's name because it had to do with the Hopi and it's make believe. From this activity I learned how to write a legend.
December 1-5, 2008
By Chris and Julia
Reading- This week in reading we started our reading groups. Mrs. Gold gave us a book to read. The four books were A-Z Mysteries, Box Car Children Mystery in NY, Box Car Children Campout Mystery, and Nancy Drew. I was chosen to do A-Z Mysteries. For example, you had to read the chapters that the teacher told you and you will have to find as many clues as you can. Some of my clues were jelly prints on the envelope and four envelopes had one stamp each. From this activity I learned what a suspect is.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote back to our pen pals about how we help in school. We made a brainstorm with the class and then we started writing to our pen pals. Last time we got their letters, they gave us Thanksgiving stuff. For example, some of the things that we thought about was your homework, keeping the bathrooms clean, and keeping the school clean. From this activity I learned more about our pen pals.
Math- This week in math we learned what a map scale is. Mrs. Gold told us the page in our math journals and we started doing all the questions by looking at a map with famous places in the United States of America. For example, on the map it said one inch is 300 miles, and some of the places on the map were Statue of Liberty, The White House, and I forget the other eight. You also had to measure place to place and figure out how many miles it was. From this activity I learned what a map scale really is.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we drew a picture of the Hopi environment. We did it so we could learn how the Hopi adapted to their environment. We drew a picture of what it would look like in Arizona when they lived there. For example, in the picture I drew a snake because there are snakes in the desert. From this activity I learned several things that were in the desert when the Hopi were alive.
This week in social studies we also read a chapter about the Hopi and then answer some questions to learn more about the Hopi Indians. For example, one of the questions was to name two ways you can learn about people that lived long ago and I wrote archeologists passing down tales. From this activity I learned more about the Hopi Indians.
Other- This week in school we had a Mystery Reader. A Mystery Reader is someone who comes in and reads us a story but we don't know who it is. Mrs. Gold gives us a clue before and after special. Our Mystery Reader was Mr. Dolan! For example, one of the clues was "I like the Yankees and the Giants." From this activity I learned some facts about Mr. Dolan.
November 17-21, 2008
By Courtney and Stephen
Reading- This week in reading we were assigned a mystery to read in school. I'm reading The Empty Envelope. We have a detective notebook we have to fill out when we read. For example, sometimes things we fill out are suspects, clues, and more important things. From this activity I learned how to think while I'm reading.
Writing- This week in writing we finished our thank you letters to someone who worked in the school. I wrote to Mrs. Lizzi. For example, I wrote "thank you so much for teaching me music." and I wrote lots more. From this activity I learned how to write very descriptively when I write about someone.
Math- This week in math we learned the dividend, divisor, and quotient. The dividend is the first number in a division problem. The divisor is the number you're dividing by and the quotient is the total (answer). For example, 24 divided by 12 = 2. The dividend is 24, the divisor is 12 and the quotient is 2. From this activity I learned what the dividend, divisor, and quotient are.
Science- This week in science we went to the computer lab to research our birthstones. Each of us chose the birth stone we want to do. I did Turquoise, the birthstone of December. Then we made flip books about the stones. Inside there was the color, hardness, history, and more. For example, in my flip book I wrote color: turquoise and blue and hardness 5 and 6 on the Moh's Scale. From this activity I learned more about birthstones. We used this chance to learn about different rocks and minerals.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made New Jersey acrostic poems to conclude our New Jersey unit. We had to think of facts about New Jersey with the letters N-E-W J-E-R-S-E-Y then we put a picture of New Jersey on our poem. For example, I wrote for letter N, "New Jersey's state colors are buff and blue." I wrote for the letter E "Edison was the first person to invent a light bulb." From this activity I learned new facts that I did not know about New Jersey before.
November 10-14, 2008
By Alex R. and Mita
Reading- This week in reading we (read a short mystery about "The Case Of The Ruined Roses" and then) made Mystery Cubes. We had the mystery elements (victim, clues, solution, suspects, problem, and sleuth). We put different things for the elements. For example, I put coach for victim, Alex, Sam, and Mike for suspects, and Nina and Max for Sleuths. From this activity, I learned what the mystery elements are.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote thank you letters. We were assigned to write thank you letters to people who work here. Eddie was assigned to Mrs. O'Connor. I was assigned to the bus drivers. For example, I wrote "Dear Bus Drivers, thank you for obeying the rules of the road to give us a safe ride..." From this activity, I learned how to write a thank you letter.
Math- This week in math we learned the 3x diameter and circumference rule. The diameter is always 1/3 of the circumference. As long as it's circular, it works. For example, if the diameter is 10 1/3, the circumference is 31. From this activity I learned what diameter and circumference are.
Science- This week in science we made edible rocks! Everyone had an awesome time making the rocks. First we made a sedimentary rock. The sedimentary rock was a cookie with raisins, sprinkles, white chocolate chips on top smashed in layers. Then the igneous which was melted chocolate chips spread between two sheets of wax paper and frozen. Finally the metamorphic rock was made out of two pieces of bread smashed together. For example, we would make some kind of food related to the rock. From this activity I learned about sedimentary rocks, igneous rocks, and metamorphic rocks.
Also in science, we did a review of sedimentary igneous, and metamorphic rocks. we did it with a Magic School Bus book. We had to read the book and then answer the questions on the paper we were using. For example, the questions were like, "What is a volcano?" From this activity I learned a little more about rocks.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made NJ Brochures for our pen pals. This is how you make a brochure. There is a six pages on a brochure. The cover was to have a title of some sort. It depends on what your brochure is about. Then you also have to have pictures on the cover. The rest of the pages are for information. For example, one of the pages says NJ Trivia. That means facts about NJ. From this activity I learned how to make a brochure.
October 27-31, 2008
Reading- This week in reading we had reading groups. My group is Mystery at the Zoo. My job is to write a mystery. It has to have a problem and a solution. My mystery should be at least one page long. When you are done writing the mystery, you have to answer questions on a page that could help you write mysteries better. For example, I wrote a mystery about stolen money. From this activity I learned how to write a mystery.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote a poem. It's about a fall noun and what you would do if you were that thing. You have to start at the beginning with "If I were a..." then the fall noun. Then you would write what you would do. Your senses is a thing that you would write if you were that fall noun. For example, I wrote if I was a piece of candy, for the fall poem. From this activity I learned how to write a poem from an object's perspective.
Math- This week in math we did Pumpkin Math. Each table got a pumpkin. We estimated how many seeds were in the pumpkin and counted them. We measured the pumpkin. We measured the height, the weight, and the perimeter of the pumpkin. We counted and estimated how many lines there were on the pumpkin. The last thing we did was to carve the pumpkin. For example, my table weighed the pumpkin and it was 15 pounds! From this activity I learned that an object has many measurements such as weight, height, and perimeter.
October 20-24, 2008
By Ian and Emily
Reading- This week in reading we did reading gruops. I read Smudge Face and I had to write a story that was similar to the Smudge Face story and change a little part to it. For example, it was like Smudge Face and I changed the characters to animals. From this activity, I learned to change a little part of a story.
Writing- This week in writing we learned how to expand our sentences. It's like when you pick a scary sentence and expand it by using who, what, where, when, why, and how. For example, "Ghosts fly fast at night in the house because they haunt!" From this activity I learned how to expand my sentences.
Math- This week in math we learned how to measure to the nearest 1/2 inch and 1/4 inch. It's when we get a ruler and write 1/2 in between the inch mark and then we wrote 1/4 in between the 1/2. For example: 0 1/4 1/2 3/4 1. From this activity, I learned how to measure with 1/2 and 1/4.
Science- This week in science we looked into our evaporation dishes to see if Calcite was there. The week before that we put rocks in vinegar and poured the vinegar into the evaporation dish. For example, we found out that marble and limestone had Calcite because it looked just like the Calcite when it dried up (dried up white powder). From this activity I learned how to evaporate things.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made New Jersey books. Each table made their own book about New Jersey. For example, some things we had to put in the book were the state flower, bird, insect, and more. From this activity I learned how to write a book with different people doing it with me, and also about the state dinosaur (Hadrosaurus) state animal (horse).
October 13-17, 2008
By Ryan and Michael
Reading- This week in reading we met with our reading group! There are three groups. I am in Mystery at the Zoo. The other groups are Smudge Face and Two Cold Ears. My reading job is to read the book, answer the questions in the back of the book, and brainstorm our own mystery. For example, one of the questions was "How did Adam and Julie know Tim stole Stretch?" From this activity, I learned how to work in a reading group.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote a fall sensory poem. We kind of just wrote a poem about fall like what I smell, what I feel, what I see, and all of your senses. And then we put describing words in our poems. For example, "I know it's fall when I smell the delicious apple pie on a wonderful Thanksgiving day!" From this activity, I learned how to write a sensory poem.
Math- This week in math we learned how to use the trade first method. We did subtraction problems using the trade first method. For example 374-242. We can't minus 4 from 2, so we take one ten, so the tens place now has 6. Now subtract the columns. From this activity I learned how to subtract using the trade first method.
Science- This week in science we did something called a Rock Riddle. We had to take a rock into school and explain/observe what they were like. Then we played a game with them. The game we had to find out which rock it was with the sheet of paper that had the observations on it. For example, my rock was redish brownish, smelled like nothing, and had dots on it. From this activity I learned how to observe a rock.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned the 4 regions of New Jersey. Mrs. Gold pulled down a map and showed us what they were and what they were famous for. The four regions were Atlantic Coastal, it is known for being the biggest. Piedmont is the most populated. Highlands is known for glowing rocks. Ridge and Valley has rocky soil. For example, we got a packet of the four regions and it told us a little bit about each of the regions. From this activity I learned the four regions.
Other- This week in school fire fighters visited us! They showed us what a ladder truck is and we got to go in a smoke room. For example, we went in this room with a fire fighter and there were things that were not supposed to be there adn we had to tell him what they were, like a rag was on the stove. From this activity I learned how not to start a fire.
October 6-10, 2008
By Megan and Alexander
Reading- This week in reading we learned about punctuation marks- question marks, periods, and exclamation points. The whole class would have to write 3 sentences and at the end we would have to put either a period, question mark, or an exclamation point. For example, What's your sister's name? My hair is brown. I'm getting a dog one year from now! The class would have to guess what was the punctuation. From this activity I learned that when you read a sentence with a period at the end your voice stays the same, when you read a question mark or an exclamation point that your voice gets higher.
Writing- This week in writing we finally finished our pen pal letters! We went from Brainstorming, to drafting, to editing, to response, to evaluation, to final copy. And each time Mrs. Gold would give us 1 or 2 subjects to write about. This one was about yourself and about school. For example, I wrote to Caitlin and talked about my classmates and what my favorite things are. From this activity I learned that writing to other kids that are far away can be fun!
Math- This week in math we learned about ballpark estimates. Ballpark estimates are where we would take a math problem, take the 2 numbers and write down the closest 10 to that number. For example, say we had to solve 26 + 45. We would say 26 is closest to 30 and 45 is closest to 50. 30 + 50 = 80. That's your ballpark estimate! From this activity I learned that there are 2 and 3 answers to a problem.
Science- This week in science we observed 4 minerals and did a scratch test on them. The hardest one was Quartz and the softest was Gypsum. For example, I made a big scratch in the Gypsum with a penny, and a small one with the Calcite and penny. From this activity I learned how to identify different minerals.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made a classroom map. We have to have at least 15 landmarks. It needs lots of color. We worked in groups of four. For example, I drew the carpet on the key. Then I drew it in color on the map where it was. From this activity I learned how to make a good map.
September 29-October 3, 2008
By Josh and Gavin
Reading- This week in reading we had the Book Club Lunch! The Book Club Lunch is when somebody reads 6 hours (and then we all meet in a group to eat lunch and talk about the books we read). So when they read 6 hours they have to fill out a form. For example, you have to fill out 5 important events from the story, write a summary, a connection, favorite part, on a scale of 1-10 what you would rate the book. From this activity I learned what you do at the Book Club Lunch.
Writing- This week in writing we got Pen Pals from California! Pen pals are people you write to back and forth. My pen pal's name is Neal. For example, one month he will write to me and one month I will write to him. From this activity I learned how writing to a pen pal is fun!
Math- This week in math we took our first exemplar. An exemplar is when you explain a math problem step by step until you find out the answer. For example, some of the steps are:
I read the problem.
List important stuff
I want to find out...
The strategy I used was...
I used this strategy because...
My final answer is...
It makes sense because...
From this activity I learned to do the exemplar step by step until we found out the answer.
Science- This week in science we dissolved mock rocks then evaporated them. The way we did it was, we crushed up mock rocks then we put it in a vile and shook it up and for a few days we let it settle. After that, we put it in an evaporation dish and let that evaporate. For example, me and my partner Annika and the whole class discovered that the sand mock rocks were made of different types of salt. From this activity I learned how to discover smaller things in big things.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we played "Mother or Father May I?" This is how we played. We went outside and the mother or father said hop or something like that, then a direction like east or southeast. Then we would ask mother or father may I? Then they would say yes or no! For example, they could say 3 steps east or 8 hops north. From this activity I learned different directions like northwest.
Other- This week in school we watched Sam's Power Point! What Sam did was to make a slide show of how to save the Earth from pollution. In the beginning there was a little movie then there were facts about how to save the Earth. It was quite amazing! For example, he showed us not to pollute and also to not use your thermostat too much. From this activity I learned different ways to help the Earth.
September 22-26, 2008
By Julia and Sonali
Reading- This week in reading we learned how to do our reading response journals. Every 2 weeks we have to write a report on a book we read. She gave us an example and we get points for if we write certain things. For example, if we read a book called Yoko we would write a short summary and then you write two connections. Then write likes and dislikes. From this activity I learned how to write a report.
Writing- This week in writing we learned how to fill out our editing checklist. With the editing checklist when we're done with our writing we go down the checklist and if we find a mistake we underline it with a certain color. For example, if we found a place where it was very sloppy we would underline it in red and then fix it. From this activity I learned that there is a lot of stuff to edit!
Math- This week in math we did centers. We would switch from one center to the other. The centers were Name That Number (game), the money game, challenge packet or math boxes, and make a schedule. For example, in make a schedule you would write all the things that you do that day. Then you would write the time that you start and the time that you end, and you find the elapsed time. From this activity I learned that after each unit we get to do math centers.
Science- This week in science we were breaking apart mock rocks with a tool that geologists use. It is called a pick. Geologists are people who study rocks and minerals. We were pretending to be geologists and pick the rock very gently so that we don't get hurt. When we broke the rock we observed and talked about the rock. We also did an experiment and put the dirt of the mock rock in water. We observed it a little and we were waiting til Monday to see what happens. I can't wait till then! From this activity I learned a mineral is made out of only one ingredient.
Social Studies- This week in social studies we made flip books about where we live. We talked about where we live and saw pictures of our land. For example, we wrote Montgomery is in Somerset County. I learned that the USA is in North America.
Other- This week in spelling we talked a little bit about our spelling homework. We also got to see what group we were in. Mrs. Gold said we could choose our own activity for homework. We also got our handbook so we can see what to do when we have to do an activity we chose. For example, some activities have stars. If there's a star, you need to get a parent signature because they are activities that you can't on paper like cheering your words and writing your words in shaving cream. From this activity, I learned how the spelling homework routine works.
September 15-19, 2008
By Stephen and Annika
Reading- This week in reading we used post-its to mark the pages with our thoughts as we read. Mrs. Gold gave us a list of thoughts we could mark. For example, we can mark facts, new words, interesting drawings, and more! From this activity I learned to write down my thoughts and it will be easier to go back and review them.
Writing- This week in writing we wrote bio-poems which describe ourselves. There are many formats. The one we used is below:
Line 1: I am _____
Line 2: For adjectives to describe yourself
Line 3: Who is son or daughter of ________
End your poem with "welcome you to my poem".
I am Stephen
Nice, happy, caring, helpful
Who is son of Ida and Ben
From this activity, I learned to be a better poem writer and more about myself.
Math- This week in math we learned to count money. We used a vending machine picture with teh snacks and drinks prices to count the total cash and change. For example, Mrs. Gold said "Marcy wants to buy chocolate milk for 40 cents and a strawberry yogurt drink for 70 cents. She inserts $2. How much is her change?" From this activity I learned to use addition and subtraction.
Science- will be starting next week!
Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned I Messages that explain our feelings. You say it when someone is doing something you don't like. You also can write it down so you can remember it. You also can use it to your brothers and sisters. For example, "I feel sad when you call me something bad because I don't' like to be called that. Could you please not call me that again?" From this activity, I learned to use I Messages instead of saying, "stop!" and to not call people names.
This week in social studies we got to do character education plays where you do plays in little groups. Then perform them in front of Mrs. Gold's classmates. I think it's fun! For example, my play was trustworthiness. The play was about a boy that promised to sell a skateboard to another boy. From this activity I learned that plays are fun and it does not need to be a girl or a boy because it's all about fun!
This week in social studies we told stories from the villain's perspective that we write about the bad person. Then we performed it in front of Mrs. Gold's Class. For example, I am the villain in the Snow White story. We wrote about the witch who was just jealous about Snow White. From this activity I learned that there are two sides to each story.