April 23-27

Alex and Rohan

Science- This week in science we learned about conductors and insulators. Conductors are things that if you touch two wires (in an open circuit) to it, it makes a circuit work. They are also metal. Insulators are the opposite. We tried all of the test objects in this experiment. For example, a piece of copper is a conductor and yarn is an insulator. From this activity I learned what things are conductors and insulators. (Alex)

This week in science we made 2 circuits. The 2 circuits we made were a motor circuit and a bulb circuit. Once we hooked it all up the light bulb lit up and the motor ran. For example, the way it was hooked up was the bulb connected to a wire, which was connected to the D-cell, which was connected to the switch, which was hooked up to the bulb. From this activity I learned how to make a circuit. (Alex)

Reading- This week in reading we learned about functional texts. A functional text is basically anything that gives you more information. For example, a few days ago we read paper air plane instructions. In the paper airplane instructions there were pictures to help you get an example of what a paper airplane would look like. There were also tips so you can have the best you can get. Another day we saw a school lunch menu. The menu was divided into sections so everything isn’t crammed together. There were also symbols telling you what was in the food. For example, an example of a text feature of a functional text is a heading. From this activity I learned how to get information from a functional text.

Math- This week in math we learned how to compare fractions with the same numerator and denominator. We did two activities to practice. First we used fraction strips. When Mrs. Gold wrote two fractions on the board we used the fraction strips to see which one was bigger. Second, we used fraction cards and put them in piles by either their numerators or denominators. We then organized the piles so that in each pile it was the smallest fraction to the biggest fraction. For example, if you have these two fractions (1/4 and 4/1), 4 wholes is bigger. From this activity I learned how to compare fractions by the numerator and denominator. (Rohan)

Writing- This week in writing we did internet and book research on a specific animal you chose and you took notes on that animal. When you took notes with the book when you found an important fact you would summarize it so you wouldn’t write the same thing as in the book. When you did internet research you had to summarize what was shown on the monitor just like the book. For example, one of the websites you could find information about your animal is www.a-zanimals.com. From this activity I learned a very good way to practice summarizing information. (Rohan)

Other- This week in school we had a Mystery Reader! Mrs. Antonowitz (our librarian) was the Mystery Reader! The book was called Jumanji. For example, the book was about two kids playing a game and once they landed on something it came to life. From this activity I learned about a fun story. (Alex)

   April 16-20

Charis and Jillian

Science- This week in science we did a thing called “Hidden Magnets”. Hidden Magnets is when Mrs. Gold gives us a box that has 2 magnets taped to different places inside of it. Then among our table groups, we had to use a compass and other objects to try and find the magnets. For example, some of the objects we used were washers, compasses, metal screens, and paper clips. From this activity I learned that compasses can tell where magnets are because of their iron arrows. (Jillian)

This week in science we learned how to break a magnetic force. We took a scale, magnets, and washers and tested how many washers it would take to break a magnetic force. For example, we took the scale and put cups on either side of it. Then we took a magnet on the tip of a stick and a loose magnet. We put the magnet on a stick under the cup and we put the loose magnet inside the cup (at the bottom). Then we put spacers in the middle of the attracting magnets and washers in the cup at the other side of the scale. We saw how many washers and spacers it would take to break the force of the two magnets. From this activity I learned that the more the space, the less the force. (Jillian)

Reading- This week in reading we discussed two non-fiction articles, “Hopscotch” and “Origami”. While reading the articles we learned a couple of new expository text features. Expository text features help you understand the text better. For example, some of the new text features are headings, maps, diagrams, and titles. From this activity I learned about different text features and why they are in books. (Charis)

Math- This week in math we learned about number lines and played a game called “Pigs Go Home”. You take a dice that has fractions. On the dice there were 3 fractions which were ¼, 1/6, and 1/8. When you roll the dice and get ¼, start at ¼ and move one space on the number line. The object of the game is to get all of your pigs/counters to the house on the right. If your ¼ is home, and you roll a ¼, you don’t move anything. From this activity I learned how to draw and write fraction number lines. (Charis)

Writing- This week in writing we learned how to take notes. Lots of people think taking notes is just copying from the book. Instead you have to use your own words to say the sentence. For example, a sentence in the book could be, “Since cubs are so small, even a little PCB can make them very sick.” If you use your own words, it will turn out like this: “Because cubs are small, they can get very sick by a little PCB.” From this activity I learned how to take notes. (Charis)

Other- This week in school we had a guidance lesson about bullying. In the lesson we learned how to tell if something is a bullying situation or not. For example, we got strips of paper that had situations on them and we had to decide if they were a bullying situation or not. We also had to answer questions like, “Was it one sided?” and “How did it make the person feel?”. From this activity I learned how to tell if something is a bullying situation. (Jillian)

   April 9-13

Maanav and Ella

Science- This week in science we wrote about a magnet’s day so you have to write what you think would happen to a magnet in a day. For example, I wrote that the magnet gets stuck to an iron chair, a mail box, and a desk. From this activity I learned what happens to a magnet. (Maanav)

This week in science we did cook magnet tricks. We used magnets to do tricks. For example, we put a magnet on top of the desk and one underneath. You move the one under and the one on top also moves because the force of attraction pulls the one on top. From this activity I learned things magnets can do. (Maanav)

Reading- This week in reading we read Reptiles. The book has photographs and captions added to the text features. The captions tell you about the photos and they’re in a little blue rectangle. For example, did you know that a rattle snake smells with his tongue? Or a baby leather-back sea turtle can be between 1.4 or 4.2 cm. From this activity I learned more about reptiles. (Ella)

Math- This week in math we played Fraction Connect 4! It’s just like Connect 4, only with fractions! For example, you had to color in the fraction with your color and whichever one you color in you have to build that fraction with fraction blocks. From this activity I learned more about fractions. (Ella)

Writing- This week in writing we learned how expository books are organized. They are all organized in different ways and there is no right or wrong answer to that! For example, expository information can be organized by question and answer, alphabetical order, or life cycle. From this activity I learned more about expository books. (Ella)

Other- This week in school on Arbor Day, Naina’s mom came to talk about how to plant a tree. An arborist also came to talk about trees and what he did. He showed us some of his tools. For example, he showed us a really long rope. From this activity I learned how to plant a tree. (Maanav)

   March 19-23

Alessandra and Sean

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made Lenape posters. We made these posters to show our knowledge on the Lenape Indians. We made the posters with oil pastels and then had to write about what we drew. For example. We had to include six topics in our drawings- transportation, clothing, food, environment, tools, and shelter. From this activity I learned a lot of facts about the Lenape. (Alessandra)

This week in Social Studies we read Lenape legends. Now we have to write our own. This week we started our story triangles. For example, my story is about how the Earth got water. I need to make my legend fake. Legends need to explain things or teach lessons. From this activity I learned about legends. (Alessandra)

This week in Social Studies we had an assembly by Kevin 2 Steps! Kevin 2 Steps is an Lenape Indian. He has many cool Lenape artifacts. For example, he has toys, tools, clothes, and lots of animal skins. Most of the Lenape toys were made out of wood. The tools were made out of wood, rock, and bone. The clothes were made out of deer skin. From this activity I learned about Lenape Indians. (Alessandra)

Reading- This week in reading we learned about expository text features. Text features can be found in a non-fiction book. Some examples are index, fun facts, and learn more. For example, from a text feature you can learn a lot like in fun facts I learned that one bald eagle’s nest was found and was as heavy as a car! From this activity I learned a lot of new things in a book. (Sean)

Math- This week in math we watched a video called Multiplication Rock. It was to help us learn our facts by singing songs. For example, one of the songs was called “Zero My Hero”. From this activity I learned lots of songs to help me remember my facts. (Sean)

Writing- This week in writing we finished our opinion writing. This week I did editing and peer editing. Editing is looking for spelling and punctuation that is wrong. Peer editing is when you find a partner, read the writing to them, then switch writing and edit theirs. For example, I looked for periods and capitals when I was editing. From this activity I learned what each “there” meant because there are three “there’s” and I didn’t write all of them in the right spot. (Sean)

   March 12-16

Drew and Brandon

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made Lenape Longhouses. We weaved roofs out of green and brown construction paper (to show that they made them out of plants and trees), made furniture and put it into a shoe box, we glued the weaved roof on the shoebox, glued brown paper on the shoebox to cover up spots of the shoe box, and we were finished! How to weave: #1 Fold a paper in half #2 From the fold, cut up until you get to about an inch from the edge, and you fold (cut as many slits as desired) #3 cut strips the appropriate length with a different paper. #4 Put a strip of paper through the slit from the top to the bottom and keep doing this until there are no more slits to get the strip of paper in through. #5 repeat #4 until there is no more room to keep inserting paper. From this activity I learned how the Lenape made some items by weaving. (Brandon)

This week in social studies we made advertisements for a Lenape hardware store. We read a packet containing a lot of Lenape tools, we made up a catchy phrase, made up a name for the hardware store, we made pictures of tools the Lenape used, gave the tools the appropriate color, and put it all together on a piece of paper. For example, I made clay pots, baskets, bows and arrows, walking sticks, spears, backpacks, fishing rods, plates, mats, needles, tables, axes, nets, canoes, paddles, harpoons, and utensils. My hardware store was called Lenape Tools Delight. Anything that was stone was colored black and anything that was wooden was colored brown. From this activity I learned how the Lenape made certain tools. (Brandon)

Reading- This week in reading we learned how to do Book Club Jobs. My favorite is called Connector and this is how you do it. You have 3 big boxes on your paper with lines on them. You read the assigned chapters of your book and then you make a connection to your life, a movie, or a different book. You have to make one of each. For example, if I were making a connection to my life of someone raking the leaves, I would say, "The part in the story when he was raking leaves reminds me of when me and my friend raked so many leaves that it was 3 feet tall!" From this activity I learned how to do the connector book club job. (Drew)

Math- This week in math we learned 2-step problems. A 2-step problem is a math problem where you need to write 2 number sentences to figure it out. We did some together and wrote down the number model on our white boards. When we did our last question we all got packets and had to do a bunch of problems in the packet. Also at the end of the packet, we wrote our own 2-step problems. For example, this is a 2-step problem: Catie had 10 beads. She gave 5 to Alex. Then she got 15 more from the store. You would have to write 10-5 = 5, then 5 + 15 = 20 and that's your answer. From this activity I learned how to solve 2-step problems. (Drew)

Writing- This week in writing we made limericks. A limerick is a poem where the last word in the first, second, and fifth sentence rhyme. Also the 3rd and 4th sentences' last words rhyme. It is only 5 lines. They also have to be telling a story that makes sense. Limericks are Irish poems. Then after we wrote them we put a paper Leprechaun's head and shoulders on top with glue. Then we put feet on the bottom (so it looked like the leprechaun was holding the limerick). For example, this is a limerick named "Drew": There once was a fellow named Drew. He jumped off a rock and he flew! He was flying that day, then fell on some hay. So Drew tightened his wings with a screw. From this activity I learned how to write a poem. (Drew)

Other- This week in school we went to an assembly called Sunjata. It was an interactive African storytelling about a boy named Sunjata who defeated an evil spirit. Everyone got to participate! For example, people in the crowd kept coming up to perform different parts of the story. There weren’t enough parts for everyone to get a part, so they just danced and did certain things in certain parts of the story at their seats. From this activity I learned how to tell stories in a different way. (Brandon)

   March 5-9

Sharon and Winston

Social Studies- This week in social studies we did our Montgomery projects. We had to make a diarrama about Montgomery before the 1600s, the1600-1700s, the1800s, or 1900-2012. For example, if you were assigned to do 16-1700 you would make things from that time. We made a wagon, wood house, and a 1-room school house. From this activity I learned about Montgomery before 1600 through 2012. I also learned about Lenape Indians, colonists, and soldiers in Montgomery. (Winston)

This week in social studies we learned what Lenape people ate. We learned that they ate lots of different foods. For example, they ate fish, birds, meats, vegetables. They made lots of good food like the sunflower seeds with beans. They made and cooked salmon, washed sunflower seeds, turkey, deer, mashed beans, corn, and lots more. From this activity I learned that the Lenape made lots and lots of really good food. (Winston)

Reading- This week in reading we started Book Clubs! In book clubs, we each get a certain job. One of the jobs is Summarizer. If your job is Summarizer, you have to summarize the story. One of the other jobs is Inference Investigator! If you do Inference Investigator, you have to make 4 inferences about a character. For example, if I were Inference Investigator and my character is a boy named Eugene, I would say “Eugene was happy because …” and you say what you inferred. From this activity I learned how to do Book Club jobs! (Sharon)

Math- This week in math we practiced working on multiplication number stories. Multiplication stories are stories that tell you any type of multiplication fact. For example, there were 5 groups and 3 kids in each group. How many kids in all? From this activity I learned how to write multiplication number stories. (Sharon)

Writing- This week in writing we did opinion writings! Opinion writings tell your opinion of something. My topic was “should cars have garages?” I said yes, so I have to keep on writing reasons why houses should have garages. One reason houses should have garages is that when you have relatives over, cars will have more room. See how fast that was? That was my first reason. For example, really how you write opinion writings is you have to choose a topic and write reasons to back up your topic. From this activity I learned how to write opinion writings! (Sharon)

Other- Last week in school we had Read Across America Day! We mostly celebrated Dr. Seuss books. For example, we compared Horton Hears A Who book and a movie. Mrs. Gold also made green eggs and ham. We also looked for nouns, verbs, and adjectives in Dr. Seuss books. From this activity I learned how to compare things like movies and books. I also learned that Dr. Seuss made his first book called To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street. (Winston)

 

   February 13-17

Ella and Ronith

Social Studies- This week in social studies we studied the history of transportation in Montgomery. We had to fill out a worksheet that had 4 columns: Before 1600, 1600-1700, 1800s, and 1900-2012. To the left of the columns were: The Lenape Indians, Colonists/Soldiers, Dutch Farmers, and Our Families. We had to watch a power point and fill in how the people used transportation. For example, the Lenape Indians used the land for farming and they also went on hikes, and traveled for hunting/fishing. From this activity I learned more about Montgomery Township, from the past. (Ella)

This week in social studies we read a book called Pictures of Montgomery. We also had a quiz to go along with it. We had to choose a partner to work with. There were 27 questions in the quiz. For example, in the book it told us about Montgomery. My favorite part was when they showed us the windmills that helped to get water. From this activity I learned more about the history of Montgomery. (Ella)

Reading- This week in reading we discussed questions about the book Brave Irene. The book is about a girl that is a really brave girl that needs to give a dress to a palace and is lost in the middle of the story, but then she sees a glow and she finds the palace! The girl reached the palace and then she was inside. She told every single detail but they said that she will go back to her mom’s house tomorrow. Then when she went home she told her mom that she gave the dress and they were happy. For example, some questions we wondered were: Will she fail? Will she give the dress? Will she give up? From this activity I learned being brave will make you a winner. (Ronith)

Math- This week in math we graphed candy hearts by saying. It’s like a normal graph except in this one you graph by what the candy heart says. For example, you make a graph and you write on each line what the hearts say. Then how much ever hearts have that saying, you color it in. From this activity I learned different ways of graphing. (Ronith)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote candy heart letters to our parents! We had a fun time. This is how we did it. We got a box of candy hearts and use them to write sentences. For example, if we had a heart that said “I love you”, we would write a sentence that used that phrase in it. “Dear Mom and Dad, When I am into my TV you want me to go to bed. I do not like it, but I LOVE YOU anyway!” From this activity I learned how fun writing letters to parents can be! (Ronith)

Other- This week in school we had a Valentines Day party! We had some Hawaiian punch (I added some whipped cream to mine) and Billy’s mom made some very cute cupcakes that had a Hershey Kiss on top! Mine was a caramel filling. Some of the fun things we did were exchanging Valentines and making the “Smile” bags for the homeless shelter. From this activity I learned that Valentines Day isn’t about receiving, it’s about love and giving. (Ella)

   February 6-10

Billy and Nikhil

Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about old Montgomery schools. The Montgomery school we learned about was Bedensville School. For example, these are some facts about Bedensville School: Boys and girls go in through different doors. There are different grades in one classroom. The classroom is one floor. From this activity I learned about old Montgomery schools. (Billy)

This week in social studies we learned about old Montgomery houses from the 1600s to 2012. For example, here are some facts: The chimney was inside the house. The houses were only one floor. Rich people built their houses out of stone. From this activity I learned about old Montgomery houses.

Reading- This week in reading we read Mailing May and did a visualizing activity. In it we read an excerpt from the book and then we drew a picture of what we visualized. For example, the excerpt says that May was on a train, and was going over the mountains. The first thing you would picture (probably) could be a train riding on the mountains. Or you could draw a window and then a background of mountainery. From this activity I learned how to practice visualizing and how you're supposed to take a part of a story and draw it up. (Nikhil)

Math- This week in math we did "Valuable Animals". When you do this, you would go get an animal picture that is made of various pattern blocks. For example, if you took Leo the Lion, and filled him up with pattern blocks, you would then need to calculate how much he's worth. To do that, you would look at the worksheet which said things like a hexagon was worth 25 centes, or a diamond plus a square are both 10 cents. From this activity I learned that if there's a shape next to another shape that's the same size and shape but turned around, it's still congruent. And I also learned how to count money. (Nikhil)

Writing- This week in writing I'm starting to finish my fictional story on the writing process. The writing process goes from brainstorm, rough draft, revise/edit, peer edit, teacher conference, and finally publish! Sometimes after you're done with publishing you go back to branstorm and start your next story. For example, if your story was about a war, to revise, you would add in WHY are they having the war. From this activity I learned how to go through the writing process to make a book. (Nikhil)

Other- This week in school we had an assembly. The assembly was about Seymour Simon (an author) and his books. For example, Seymour Simon wrote Dinosaur Riddles, and a lot of other non-fiction books about the rainforest, dolphins, penguins, space, and more! From this activity I learned about Seymour Simon. (Billy)

   January 30-February 3

Sean and Naina

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made a Black History postage stamp. We answered questions in a packet about famous African Americans. Then we picked four people in the packet, then narrowed it down to two, and then one. For example, I did Robert H. Lawrence because he let people know it’s okay to go into space. From this activity I learned a lot of famous African American people. (Sean)

This week in social studies we made brochures about NJ. The brochure included the four regions of NJ, what resources it provides, what it looks like, and other interesting facts. For example, I wrote that the Atlantic Coastal Plain provides animals, dairy products, and water. From this activity I learned how to make a brochure. (Sean)

This week in social studies we made postcards for the schools in the 50 states that wrote postcards to us. For example, Mrs. Gold would call on us and we would tell her something about NJ. She would type it up and she printed it out and we would glue it on a postcard of our state to mail. From this activity I learned how to make a postcard. (Sean)

Reading- This week in reading we finished reading A Day's Work. This story was about a boy named Francisco and his grandfather. They are looking for a job. When they find a job for gardening, Francisco says that his grandfather is a "fine gardener" but isn't. When they go to garden, they are supposed to pull out the weeds and leave the plants. They do the exact opposite! Francisco and his grandfather get in big trouble. Since they tried very hard and wanted the job so badly they get another chance to fix it the next day. For example, while reading this story we were wondering and writing down our questions. After the story we shared our thoughts that we wondered and if they were answered indirectly or directly. From this activity I learned that if you work very hard but don't do something wrong, you could still get another chance. (Naina)

Math- This week in math we learned about symmetry. We started out by cutting out a bunch of shapes, then we folded each shape in all the ways that were possible one by one. Both sides had to be equal when we opened it. For example, if we were folding a square in half both halves would have to be equal to each other. From this activity we learned that a circle can have lots of lines of symmetry. (Naina)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote our fiction stories. We have already published two. I'm writing about a boy named Tom. He loves soccer but only played it once. He asks his mom if he can play soccer and she says no. Tom asks again and she finally says yes! Tom starts soccer with a friend. On his first game, he scores the winning goal! Later he becomes a soccer player. From this activity I learned how to write a really good story with lots of detail. (Naina)

 

   January 23-27

Drew and Khushi

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made New Jersey quilts! It’s where we all looked at a small book of fun facts about our state. Then we got pieces of paper shaped like a quilt square. You and your table work together to make a quilt of the fun facts about NJ, like the state animal, insect, climate, flower, etc… We connect it together by stick gluing it and taping it, and it becomes a big quilt of fun facts! For example, I did the state animal. I drew a horse at the bottom and wrote ANIMAL at the top. Then I wrote a fact. My fact was “In 1977, Governor Brendan T Byrne signed a law making the horse the state animal.” From this activity I learned many fun facts about our state. (Drew)

Reading- This week in reading we read a book called A Day’s Work. While we were reading the book we would start writing questions when Mrs. Gold stopped. The kind of questions we were writing were “wondering” questions. After we would write our questions we would have to share them with our reading partners. We would also have to discuss if it was answered directly or indirectly which meant that if it was answered straight out or not straight out. For example, one of the questions I wrote was “Will they finish the job?”. From this activity I learned that writing wondering questions can be hard. (Khushi)

Math- This week in math we learned about lines, rays, and line segments. This is all things in geometry. So a line segment is a line with two end points. A ray is something similar , except it goes on forever in one direction. From this activity I learned about how line segments, rays, and lines work in geometry. (Khushi)

Writing- This week in writing we did cursive. But this time in cursive it was very difficult than other times. We learned about how “tow truck letters” work in cursive. When you write a tow truck letter it is different from how you’d norally write the letter. It looks weird in my opinion. A tow truck letter is a letter that connects at the top of a letter so all the next letters must start from the top, so it looks weird. From this activity I learned about how the tow truck letters look different in cursive. (Khushi)

Other- This week in school Ms. Laera (our guidance counselor) came to tell us more about respect. She gave us a sheet of paper with a story on it and told us to underline any signs of respect. Next we listed things we could do to be respectful. After that, we picked one we need to work on. For example, I picked “think before you act” because I sometimes just do stuff I’m not supposed to be doing randomly. Also because I get in trouble when I don’t think. From this activity I learned some more ways to be respectful. (Drew)

This week in school we had a Mystery Reader! Mrs. Katramados (Billy’s mom) brought in a lot of information about a football player on the Broncos named Tim Tebow. He is a good role model because he is kind and helpful. For example, after every game instead of celebrating with his team mates he goes to help people who are disabled. He also helps with whatever they need. From this activity I learned more about Tim Tebow. (Drew)


   January 16-20

Charis and Ruchitha

Social Studies- This week in social studies we shared our New Jersey People Biography projects. Everyone in the class got a partner and were assigned a famous person from NJ! We read a book on that person and made a book about them! Today, we shared the books we made with different kids in our class. After we read each other’s books, we got a paper and had to write the famous person’s name, what that person is known for, and one other interesting fact we learned. For example, I learned about Clara Barton from Rohan’s book. Clara Barton is known for helping the soldiers in the Civil War and created the American Red Cross. One other interesting fact I learned was that Clara Barton is brave because of what she had done in the Revolutionary War. From this activity I learned about different people in NJ. (Charis)

Reading- This week in reading we learned how to use the new strategy- wondering! We read books and listed a bunch of things we wondered about during the story. For example, we read a book called The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Some examples of things we wondered about were why the girl didn’t like any other animals than horses, or why she didn’t wake up when rain stated to fall and thunder and lightening started to strike. From this activity I learned how to use the strategy- wondering! (Ruchitha)

Math- This week in math we had math centers. We played 4 games. Their names were Multiplication War, Guess My Number, Partner Number Quiz, and Number Top It to the Millions. For example, I played Guess My Number with Rohan. We had white boards and we had to write a number up to the millions or if you wanted to go higher you could go up to the ten millions or hundred millions. Then you write the number. After you write the number you have to tell your partner which number goes in which place. Like a 5 in the hundred millions p lace, a 2 in the tens place, a 6 in the thousands place, a 4 in the ten thousands place, and so on. From this activity I learned how to play good games to practice place value. (Ruchitha)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote three story triangles. We had to make up our own fiction story and then as we thought about how the story should happen, we write it on the story triangle in that order. There were three parts to the story triangle- beginning, climax (the most exciting part of the story, towards the end), and conclusion. In between the beginning and climax and climax to conclusion there had to be at least 8 details happening. For example, I wrote a story called Rabbit and the Carrot Machine. I wrote about a rabbit that wants to make a carrot invention so he’ll never be hungry. He makes this machine and goes somewhere to get a bunch of things. He puts it in and it comes out as a carrot! Then he puts something very big in and it breaks. Rabbit is very sad. Then he gets an idea. He makes his machine and this time he makes buttons small, medium, and large. So when he puts something in and pushes one of the buttons, it would come out that size. And when rabbit tried it, it worked! And he was never hungry again! From this activity I learned how to create a story triangle. (Ruchitha)


   January 9-13

Cameron and Alex

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made a resource map. First we made a list of all the resources in NJ. Next we drew all of the resources on a picture of NJ. Finally we made a key of everything and hung it on the wall. For example, some resources we drew were trees, fish, paper, and water. From this activity I learned different resources that are found in NJ. (Alex)

This week in social studies we watched a Martin Luther King Jr. video. It was about his life. The video was about a couple of kids who go back in time and learn about him. For example, some of the things I learned about him were that his favorite sport was baseball and he was born in Montgomery, Alabama. From this activity I learned facts about Martin Luther King Jr. (Alex)

This week in social studies we started a biography of a famous person from NJ. We had to get into partners and pick a famous person from NJ. Then you have to write an 8-page biography about the person. For example, I’m writing about Shaquille O’Neil. From this activity I learned about different people from NJ. (Alex)

Reading- This week in reading we started to do "wondering". For wondering we read a book called The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses. Mrs. Gold read us the book and at some parts of the story we told her what we were wondering. We shared with our reading partners too. For example, my partner was Sean. So one part of the story was when the girl disappeared and me and Sean wondered where she went. From this activity I learned how to do wondering. (Cameron)

Math- This week in math we did a large numbers hunt. For the large numbers hunt we had partners. We had this book and you had to look for numbers in it. We had this paper and it said 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8 and whatever number you found if it had 5 digits you'd write it in the 5 place on the paper. For example, I opened a page and I saw "1199". It is a 4-digit number so I would put it in the 4 place on the paper we had. (Cameron)

Writing- This week in writing we did story triangles. For the story triangles, Mrs. Gold read us 3 stories and one of them was Rotton Richie and the Ultimate Dare. The other ones were Babushka's Doll and Some Birthday- they were all by Patricia Polacco. A story triangle is a triangle that says the beginning, climax, and conclusion of a story. You have to write the beginning, the climax, and the conclusion of the story on the triangle. For example, for Some Birthday, for the conclusion I wrote when everyone celebrated her birthday. From this activity I learned how to do a story triangle. (Cameron)


   January 3-6

Ada and Sadie

Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about the 4 regions of NJ. The regions are the Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Piedmont, the Highlands, and the Ridge and Valley. All of the regions are known for something. For example, the Atlantic Coastal Plainis known for its farmlands and forests. The Piedmont is known for its Pallasades Mountains, the Highlands are known for its lakes, and the Ridge and Valley is known for its dairy farming. From this activity I learned the 4 regions of NJ. (Sadie)

This week in Social Studies we learned about the counties in NJ. we did a worksheet with a picture of NJ. It had the counties on it but they were not labeled so we had to label our own and the counites around it. There was also a sheet like that with the coutnies labeled so we could look at them. For example, one of the counties listed was Somerset County- that's where I live! One of the other counties was Mercer County. From this activity I learned the counties in NJ. (Sadie)

Reading- This week in Reading, we made a story triangle about the book The Littlest Snowman by Charles Tazewell. After we read the book we made a story triangle. Then we made a snowman. This snowman has a beginning, climax, and end. You can flip up a showball and then read what is in the beginning, climax, and end. For example, we wrote for the conclusion was that "The littlest snowman was thin. He ate lots of ice cream to fatten up. He went to the top of the biggest Christmas tree, the wind blew, and the snow came." From this activity I learned how to make a story triangle. (Ada)

Math- This week in Math, we learned place value to the millions. Mrs. Gold would write a number on the white board and we would read it. Then Mrs. Gold would ask us which digit was in what place. For example, if the number was 4,352,802 the four would be in the millions place, the 5 would be in the ten-thousands place, and the 0 would be in the tens place. From this activity I learned place value to the millions. (Sadie)

Writing- This week in Writing, we made a story triangle about the book Babushka's Doll by Patricia Polacco. A story triangle has a beginning, climax, and conclusion. You write things on the triangle that happened in the story. For example, in the beginning of the book it said that a girl was really naughty and selfish. So in our story triangles, we wrote that a girl was really naughty and selfish where it says "beginning". From this activity I learned what a story triangle is and how to write a summary. (Ada)

Other- This week in school we had our Behavior Party! We watched Alvin and the Chipmunks, The Squeakquil, while eating popcorn. We also got to change into our PJs and bring a stuffed animal. From this activity I learned that if you're good, you'll get a reward. (Ada)

 

   December 12-16

Eva and Ronith

Social Studies- This week in social studies we completed fantasy land maps we were working on. We finished the questions too. All of the maps looked really colorful. For example, people came around with rulers and you explain what your maps are supposed to be and then the person answers your questions. From this activity I learned the compass rose correctly. (Ronith)

This week in social studies we learned about the 5 regions of the US- midwest, northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest, and west. Southwest has 4 states (New Mexico and Texas are example), southeast has 12 states (Tennessee and Florida are examples), the midwest has 12 states (Michigan and Ohio are examples) west has 9 states (utah and Idaho are examples), and northeast has 10 states (NY and Vermont are examples). From this activity I learned about the 5 regions of the US. (Ronith)

Reading- This week in Reading, we read a book called City Green and used prompts for discussion. The prompts were:
1. In addition to what ___ said, I think....
2. I disagree with ____ because....
3. I agree with _____ because...

We use prompts because then we could have a class discussion. For example, if we didn't have prompts we wouldn't have a class discussion. From this activity I learned how to use prompts to have a class discussion. (Eva)

Math- This week in Math, we learned a game called Baseball Multiplication. Baseball Multiplication is a way to practice multiplication. For example, if you rolled a 6 and a 5, you would do 6x5 which equals 30. Then you would check a chart and 30 might be a triple so you go a triple on a baseball form. From this activity I learned a new game that helps me practice my multiplication facts. (Eva)

Writing- This week in Writing, we learned about the writing process and how it works. The steps are:

1. Brainstorm- make a web or start thinking about a story
2. Rough Draft- write your story
3. Revise/Edit- check your story over and add more detail
4. Partner Edit- check your story over with a partner
5. Teacher Conference- let the teacher check your writing
6. Publish
- write and illustrate your story

I am on step 5. For example, step 5 is to show your teacher your story and let her correct any mistakes. From this activity I learned more about the writing process. (Eva)

This week in writing we made personal narratives. They are real things that happened and you use the writing process. For example, personal narratives are where you write about a thing that really happened. You write the title, then you put the place it happened and you put the time frame and then what the story is about. You also write about the five senses and how you feel. From this activity I learned how personal narratives are written. (Ronith)

   December 5-9

Jillian and Nikhil

Social Studies- This week in social studies we started to make Fantasy Land Maps. In our maps, we need a key, scale, and compass-rose. If you draw something on your map, you have to put it in your key. For example, I named my land "Gem World". The mountain range was called The Emerald Mountains. From this activity I learned about the symbols on maps and what they mean. (Nikhil)

This week in social studies we made maps of our classroom. We needed a key and a compass rose. After we made our maps we made a sign of treasure on our key. Our partner would then find our treasure which was a note card with our name on it. For example, if I was Alex's partner I would follow his map to let's say the entrance of the classroom. I would find his notecard. From this activity I learned how to use a map, use a compass rose, scale, and key. (Nikhil)

Reading- This week in Reading, we started new reading groups.  Most of the groups had the same people together as the last groups but there were a few groups that changed.  Some of the groups started their new reading assignment books, and the other groups will start next week.  For the groups that did not get their new assignment, they were assigned to do either Buddy Reading, Independent Reading, Journal work, or work on the computer if it was their computer day.  For example, one group did Independent Reading and Buddy Reading and one group did Independent Reading and Journal work.  From this activity, I learned that when you read with a buddy, you can understand your own book better. (Jillian)

Math- This week in Math, we learned short cuts for multiplication and division and learned how to use the Multiplication and Division Table.  The whole class got a number they had to multiply or divide and had to figure out the answers from the Table.  We also played Math Baseball with a partner where we had to roll two dice and the first partner had to describe the multiplication problem of the numbers on the dice to the other partner.  The other partner then had to figure out the answer to the multiplication problem.  The first partner would then say correct or incorrect.  If the answer was correct, you would move a certain number of bases.  After 3 outs, the partners would switch roles.  From this activity, I learned more about how to solve multiplication and division math problems.  (Jillian)

Writing- This week in Writing, we talked about what a kind of writing goes into a Personal Narrative.  We also read some books by Patricia Polacco that were all in the Personal Narrative genre.  Some examples of her books are the following:  My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother and When Lightning Comes in a Jar.  We also read another Personal Narrative book by a different author, Julie Brinckloe, called Fire Flies.  Everyone in the class paired up with their writing partners, and we all read two books that we each pair picked.  Then we got together as a class, and we discussed what we read so we could understand the features that are in a Personal Narrative.  For example, we discussed that a Personal Narrative has to be a “real story,” a moment that changed the author’s life in some way, and it is written from the first-person perspective.  From this activity, I learned how to write a Personal Narrative. (Jillian)

Other- This week in school we went to a chorus concert in the gym. We heard folk songs like "Bidi Bidi Bom Bom" and "Come Celebrate". Some of the orchestra was there. There were 5 violins, 3 cellos, and 1 viola, plus a piano. My favorite song was "Spin Dreidel Spin" For example, the chorus would play one song and the orchestra would play another. They just played seperate songs but at the end they played together. From this activity I learned about folk songs and how you can tell them from "normal songs". (Nikhil)

   November 21 to December 3

Naina and Maanav

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we learned the symbols of road maps and played Bingo with the road map symbols. If you got 5 in a row then you get Bingo and 5 Bonus Bucks! For example, some of the symbols I learned were a star is a capital. A school house looks like a box with a flag on it, and a III is train tracks. From this activity I learned the road map symbols. (Naina)

This week in social studies we made compass roses. A compass rose has 8 directions and they are north, south, east, west, northeast, southeast, northwest, and southwest. We made compass roses on paper. First we colored in each direction and then cut it out and glued each piece on a big piece of construction paper. For example, a compass rose is a compass that shows the directions you are going. From this activity I learned the correct ways of a compass. (Naina)

Reading- This week in reading we did inferring. Inferring is thinking of a way to describe a character. If somebody ran 37 miles that person would be inferred as fast. For example, if Joe lifted something that was 100 pounds he would be inferred as really strong. From this activity I learned an easier way to describe people. (Maanav)

Math- This week in math we started multiplication. We made multiplication word problems. Multiplication is just adding equal groups like 6x4 = 24 because 6 + 6 + 6 + 6 = 24. For example, I have 5 jars of cookies. Each jar has 10 cookies. How many cookies are there? 50. From this activity I learned how to do multiplication. (Maanav)

Writing- This week in writing we learned how to write in cursive. We got books that help us practice. We even spelled words. It is really fun! From this activity I learned how to write in cursive. (Maanav)

Other- Last week in school we had a Thanksgiving play and feast! Everyone got a food from their culture because it was a multi-cultural feast. There were two plays (ABC’s of Thanksgiving and T’was the Night Before Thanksgiving) In the first play it was non-fiction (real). We all had to draw on a poster for what our lines meant. For example, if my lines were “B is for Big Ship. The pilgrims sailed in a big ship called the Mayflower.” Then I would draw a big ship on my poster. T’was The Night Before Thanksgiving was about a family who was having Thanksgiving and they were making lots of food, but having a little trouble. One of the relatives was late in a snowstorm, but got there in time. It was a fun play. From this activity I learned how to memorize my lines. (Naina)

 

   November 14-18

Khushi and Harrison

Science- This week in science we learned about photosynthesis and the steps of it. We learned that photosynthesis is how plants make food. We did something where the steps of photosynthesis were not numbered and we had to guess which step was next. The steps of photosynthesis are:

  1.  Sunlight absorbs into a leaf through its clear skin.
  2. The sunlight travels into each food-making cell’s tiny chloroplasts.
  3. The chlorophyll inside the chloroplasts catches the sunlight.
  4. Carbon Dioxide from the air enters tiny openings in the leaf. Water moves up through the roots and stem.
  5. The chlorophyll uses the sunlight for energy to change the water and carbon dioxide into sugar.
  6. The sugar is then carried as food from the leaf to other parts of a plant.
  7. At the end of the process, oxygen is given off.

For example, we had a celery experiment which had two vases. In one vase we put blue food coloring and in the other we put red food coloring. We watched the celery turn colors. From this activity I learned about the steps of photosynthesis and how the steps work.  (Khushi)

This week in science we did something called the Scientific Method. We did a cycle about wasy that we observed our plants. There were four different experiments and we each made a poster about one experiment. The things you had to write about are:

  1. Test
  2. Predictions
  3. Observations
  4. Theory

For example, I wrote about “no air”. We wrote what would happen if we did not add air to a plant. From this activity I learned that a plant would grow even if it’s in a plastic bag (but not as healthy). (Khushi)

This week in science we learned about how plants and bees are dependent on each other. We did a worksheet saying why plants need bees and why bees need plants. In the worksheet we had to write about how they need each other, after we wrote you would have to draw a picture to go with what you wrote. Also you would have to add color to your drawing to make it look pretty. For example, bees need plants’ pollen to make their food and plants need their pollen so they can make new or more plants. From this activity I learned how plants and bees are similar to each other and dependent on each other and need each other. (Khushi)

Reading- This week in reading we did inferencing with The Paper Bag Princess. Inferencing is where you come up with the characteristics of a character. The Paper Bag Princess is about a princess whose castle got burned down by a dragon. She tries to save the prince from being eaten by the dragon. For example, we described the princess as smart, brave, funny, and courageous. We re-read the story and got more characteristics than the first time. From this activity I learned how to do inferencing. (Harrison)

Math- This week in math we learned about perimeter. It is where you measure the distance around  a shape and add all of the sides distances to find the perimeter. We did a math sheet to learn about it. We also used things called Anglegs where you can make shapes. We measured the perimeter of them too. We measured trapezoid’s, triangles, squares, parallelograms, and rectangles. For example, there were 3 different Anglegs. One was 6 inches, one was about a foot, and the other was 3 inches. We found the perimeter. From this activity I learned how to use Anglegs and find perimeter. (Harrison)

Writing- This week in writing we put new words in replacement for boring words like “good”. We also learned how to use a thesaurus. A thesaurus is a book with different names for a word. There are 4 different ones- an easy one, a medium one, and a hard one, and an intense one. I used the hard one for “good” and a lot of other words. For example I changed one of my “good”s to “awesome”. There were other “goods” that I changed. From this activity I learned how to use a thesaurus and how to change overused words. (Harrison)

 

   November 17-21

Ada and Nihkil

Reading- This week in reading we were taught about visualizing pictures in books, just by listening to the description. Visualizing is when someone would read you a story and they would not show you the pictures. So you have created them in your mind. For example, once there was a book that my teacher read to my class, so there was a sentence that said something about long legs and I visualized a grasshopper. From this activity I learned to create pictures in my mind when listening to descriptive words. (Nikhil)

Writing- This week in writing we made up characters like ourselves to write about. We would make up a character and write a page about how the character was like us. For example, my character was a devil and was excited to go to a new school. From this activity I learned to make up a story about a made up character. (Nikhil)

Math- This week in math we made "start-change-end diagrams" with addition and subtraction. When you do start-change-end with an addition problem, you start with one number, you change with the number you're adding, and then you would end with the sum. For example, there would be a problem like: 10+12. Then we would do (start) 10 (change) +12 (end) 22. From this activity I learned to use a strategy to solve number stories. (Nikhil)

Science- This week in science, we started a Venn Diagram and compared myself to someone in our class. The point of doing it is because we made it about how plants are different and so are we. But we were only comparing the outsides of ourselves. For example, I compared myself to a girl in my class named Ruchitha. From this activity I learned how to use Venn Diagrams and how plants are different. (Ada)

This week in science we talked about how plants are important and we read a book called Cactus Hotel. Then we wrote a letter to these townspeople who wanted to knock these trees down and make a shopping mall. We convinced them not to knock us down in our letters. For example, I wanted to be an apple tree so I wrote to them, "Why do you want to destroy us when we can give you yummy apple cider?" From this activity I learned how plants are important. (Ada)

Other- This week in school we had mix-it-up-at-lunch! Before lunch your teacher will give you a name tag with a different color ink. Then in the lunch room there will be balloons tied on each table. So the whole point about mix-it-up-at-lunch is to mix everyone up and make new friends. For example, my color was yellow so I had to go sit at the table with the yellow balloons. Some conversations I had were about our favorite sports. From this activity I learned how to make new friends and how to start a conversation with them. (Ada)

 

   October 31-November 4

Ruchitha and Alessandra
 

Reading- This week in reading we did some independent visualizing. Mrs. Gold would put on a timer for five minutes. In those five minutes we would read and visualize. Each time we read a sentence that made us visualize we would stick a post-it note on it. When the timer rang to signal five minutes were over, we would share what we visualized. For example, when I read Samantha Learns A Lesson, I came across a sentence that read: “The net was set up for lawn tennis.” When I read this sentence I visualized a net in a big green lawn. After the timer rang, I shared my mental picture with Drew, who was sitting across from me. From this lesson I learned that visualizing helps you to understand what you’re reading. (Alessandra)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote a candy advertisement during Candy Day (after Halloween). We observed our candy and wrote about how they looked, felt, smelled, tasted, and sounded when we ate them. We had to use descriptive words. For example, I wrote about a Kit Kat. I described its smooth texture and how it made a “crunch” sound each time you would bite into it. From this activity I learned that if you add lots of detail to your writing, lots of people will want to read it. (Alessandra)

Math- This week in math we wrote our first Exemplar! We had to go through 7 steps to figure out a number story:

  1. Read the problem.
  2. List what you know.
  3. List what you want to find out.
  4. Describe your strategy.
  5. Explain why you chose that strategy.
  6. Write the final answer and the number model.
  7. Explain why it makes sense.

For example, we used this approach to solve a number problem about how many cookies someone should bake. From this activity I learned that sometimes working step-by-step on a problem can help you to understand it. (Alessandra)

Science- This week in science we did a fun science lesson called Edible Plants. We got to eat salads and we saw fruits, flowers, stem, roots, leaves, and seeds and we got to eat them. For example, if we were looking for fruits in our salad some examples were cucumber, tomatoes, squash, peppers, and green beans. From this activity I learned which fruits and vegetables are fruits, flowers, stems, roots, and seeds. (Ruchitha)

This week in science we learned how seeds transport from one place to another. We had different stations. The first station, we tried if a seed will move if you blow with a straw (wind). The second station, we tried if a seed would stick to a sock. The third station we tried if a seed can float in water. The fourth station we tried to make something to help the seed transport. The last station, we had to guess which seed was which. For example, if I was at center 3, I would put a seed in water and see if it could float. From this activity I learned how seeds transport from one place to another. (Ruchitha)

Other- This week in school we had a Halloween party!! We had food, we made spiders and witches out of cookies, and we played games and got lots of candy! We ate pudding, cookies, rice krispie treats, and cheese sticks (that looked like finger-nails!) The games were called Toss The Candy and Stick The Monster. For example, when you play Stick The Monster you pick a part of a picture and then you have to close your eyes and try to stick that piece in the correct place (kind of like Pin The Tail On The Donkey). From this activity I learned how to play different games and how to make spiders and witches out of cookies. (Ruchitha)

 

   October 24-28, 2011

Cameron and Brandon
 

Reading- This week in reading we learned how reading groups work. During reading groups there are four groups and four centers. Each group has a different book and the four centers are independent reading, buddy reading, journal work, and RAZ-Kids (if it’s your computer day). We have two centers a day. For example, one of the reading groups is The Shadow People so that group would go to one center and then meet with Mrs. Gold. From this activity I learned different ways to read. (Brandon)

Writing- This week in writing we finished our rough drafts so we can publish it next week. We chose a writing in our lifebooks that we can improve or didn’t finish, to finish this week so we can publish next week. For example, I wrote a bunch of reasons why my brother is nice but I forgot to add the word “but” in one of the sentences so I corrected it. From this activity I learned the first part of the writing process. (Brandon)

Math- This week in math we did Pumpkin Math. Each table got a pumpkin to do certain math problems like “How tall is your pumpkin and stem all together?” “What is the difference between your guess and the real weight”, “What is the circumference of your pumpkin?” etc…For example, a group’s pumpkin was 10 ½ inches tall without the stem. The same group’s pumpkin’s stem was 2 ½ inches tall. The next question was “How tall is the pumpkin and the stem” so the group added the totals together to get the answer. From this activity I learned how to do math in a different way. (Brandon)

Science- This week in science we observed dead bees. They were gross. We had to use tweezers, magnifying glass, and a cup with a dead bee. We had to pick it up by their wings because they were dry and might break. For example, I had a gross bee and we observed their body. We were learning about the bees’ body parts. From this activity I learned about bees. (Cameron)

This week in science we wrote “What Am I?” riddles about bees. We took words about bees that we learned about and made riddles out of them. For example, some of the words we used were “hive, pupa, and larva”. From this activity I learned how to write “What Am I?” riddles. (Cameron)

Other- This week in school we learned about fires. The fire men came to teach us about fires. He showed us the big fire truck and about the big fire truck. For example, we went in the smoke house and one of the firemen let us go inside the smoke house. From this activity I learned now to stay in the house when there is a fire. (Cameron)

 

   October 10-14

Rohan and Eva

Reading- This week in reading we did something called "Reading Is...". We wrote something that describes reading, but instead of just saying "reading is cool", you say something that gives a better imagination, like "reading is a nice experience." For example, "Reading is a journey into the book. That is what reading is." From this activity I learned how to use better describing words. (Rohan)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote about our memories. When we write about our memories we write about memories that we will remember for a long time. You also need to use describing words. For example, I wrote about when I was sick for one and a half weeks. I threw up so many times I'm not going to forget about that for a while. From this activity I learned how to write about my memories better. (Rohan)

Math- This week in math we learned "What's My Rule?". In "What's My Rule?", you start with a number. Then you look at that rule. The rule is the thing that you add or subtract from your number. Imagine if +9 was your rule and 3 was your starting number. You had 9 to 3 and you have 12. So that's your answer. It's pretty much a normal addition or subtraction fact except it's printed different on the paper. From this activity I learned about "What's My Rule?". (Rohan)

Science- This week in science, we thinned and transplanted our Wisconsin Fast Plants. If people had more than one plant in each quad, they would thin it. That means to slowly and carefully pull one of your plants out. If you have zero in one quad the person who has an extra plant will give it to them. For example, I would give Ella one if she had none in one of her quads and I had two in a quad. From this activity I learned how to thin and transplant our plants. (Eva)

This week in science we graphed the heights of our Wisconsin Fast Plants. We first wrote on our post-it notes how many cm's it was on our plants on the last day we observed them. Mine was only 4.5 cm. The highest was 7 cm. After we collected the data, we colored in a graph. For example, if we had five sevens we would color five boxes on the seven on the graph. From this activity I learned some strategies of making a bar graph. (Eva)

Social Studies- This week in social studies we read about Christopher Columbus and about his travels. We read about him and then we did a project. The project was to get a poster-board and glue on the continents. Next we glued the three boats that were made out of Styrofoam egg cartons to show a path of where he sailed. Last we wrote where Christopher Columbus traveled to. Christopher Columbus was very brave. For example, when he was sailing, he got caught in storms. Some say he was attacked by pirates. From this activity I learned more about Christopher Columbus and how he loved to travel on ships.

 

   October 3-7

Jillian and Charis

Reading- This week in reading we learned how to re-read books. Re-reading books are good because you can find new things that are really cool. For example, in Miss Nelson Is Missing, in the first reading we read it but we didn't realize the capitals were on the back of the page and on the 2nd time we realized it. From this activity I learned why we need to re-read books. (Charis)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote a poem called "I Know It's Fall When..." We first used the five senses to make the sentences . Then we made it more interesting by putting describing words in front of each noun. For example, "I taste sweet candy my little naughty brother collected." From this activity I learned how to add describing words in front of nouns. (Charis)

Math- This week in math we made graphs. In graphs, we got large posters and made them into graphs. Your group has to pick a topic and ask people what is their favorite. Then they put a tally mark next to the thing you like and then you record it on the big graph paper. For example, some of the graphs were animals, pets, seasons, holidays, and subjects. From this activity I learned how to make graphs. (Charis)

Science- This week in science, we observed our Wisconsin fast plants and their growth. They are called Wisconsin fast plants because they grow much faster than other plants. For example, other plants take about 2-3 days to grow 1 centimeter when the Wisconsin fast plant take 3 days to grow 3 centimeters. One other thing we did was we had to write in our science notebooks what color they are in very detailed writing. From this activity, I learned how plants grow. (Jillian)

This week in science, we made predictions of what a plant needs to grow and what they will look like. What we would do is we would write what we think would happen to it and draw what it would look like. For example, we made predictions of if we thought a plant would survive without……fertilizer, light, air, water, and, no air no fertilizer, or light combined. From this activity, I learned what a plant needs in order to grow. (Jillian)

Other- This week in school, we had red ribbon week. In red ribbon week we had an assembly for CPR. CPR stands for Children Practicing Respect. At the assembly we watched a video. The video was about these two kids that were in a class and had to make a project about how they could give the world CPR. For example, they thought that having respect will help the world be a better place. The next day, they wrote what they thought they could not do. Then they put all of the papers in a box, and they buried it in the dirt and they started saying I can, I will, and I’ll try. From this activity, I learned that no matter what our differences are we can all respect each other. (Jillian)

   September 26-30, 2011

Ella and Maanav

Reading- This week in reading we did Book Recommendations. We wrote about a book that we were really interested in, and we recommended it to our classmates. For example, I wrote about the book What Is A Million? I recommend it because it's a really mathematical book! From this activity I learned more about books. (Ella)

Writing- This week in writing we did a Quick Write. We wrote for 5 minutes without stopping. It was extremely tiring. For example, I wrote about my summer vacation for five minutes without stopping. From this activity I learned how to write faster. (Ella)

Math- This week in math we did frames and arrows. We had to fill in the rule and missing numbers. For example, say the rule was +20 but you aren't supposed to fill it in. You put in the numbers 20, 80, 200, and 220. The person solving your frames and arrows has to fill in the missing numbers right. From this activity I learned about number adding and subtracting (Ella).

Science- This week in Science we observed seeds in our science notebook. We observed a lima bean seed and we wrote what we saw, and what it smelled like, and felt like. For example, where it said color, I wrote peach and beige. You have to write at least two things. From this activity I learned more about what seeds look like. (Maanav)

This week in science we planted seeds. A few parents came to our class to help each table. We had lots of fun. First we put four wicks in a cup (the wicks water the plants), then we filled it up half-way with soil, then we added the seeds, filled it up with soil, and watered it. From this activity I learned how to plant a seed. (Maanav)

This week in science we dissected a seed. Some people were lucky so their embryos had a few small leaves. Another part is the cotyledon. It stores the food. Lastly, the seed coat protects the seed from splitting in half. For example the parts of the seed are the cotyledon, embryo, and seed coat. From this activity I learned what is inside a seed.

 

   September 19-23, 2011

Billy and Harrison

Reading- This week in reading we learned genres of fiction and non-fiction. These are some fiction that we learned: Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Traditional Fiction, and Science Fiction. Types of non-fiction are Biography and Informational. For example, I read a fantasy book called Arthur. I also read a non-fiction Informational book called Safari Animals. From this activity I learned different types of fiction and non-fiction. (Billy)

Writing- This week in writing we read a book called Grandpa's Face. It's about this girl and her grandpa and her grandpa plays a character in a show. After we read the book we wrote about a time when we were upset with a family member. For example, I wrote about me and my friend, how he played with my brother and not me. From this activity I learned that sometimes we get upset with our family members and it's ok. (Billy)

Math- This week in math we played Beat The Calculator. This is how you would play: one player gets a calculator. One uses their brain. One picks two cards from the deck. When he/she flips two cards they have a race to see who could get the answer faster. For example, if the caller flips a 1 and a 9, the calculator has to enter it in the calculator while the brain solves it in his/her head. From this activity I learned that brains and calculators use the same amount of energy to solve answers. (Harrison)

This week in math we learned how to do time. We did a time with an analog clock. For example, Mrs. Gold told us a time and we showed it on our clocks. From this activity I learned how to tell time. (Billy)

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we wrote about a villain's perspective. We studied on a certain book for a day and we wrote about it. But the book had to be fantasy. It was a little hard because we had to make the villain innocent. For example, a group picked The Wizard Of Oz. They made sure the witch was innocent. From this activity I learned just because a villain's bad in a story doesn't mean that it will really be mean to the world. (Harrison)

Other- This week in school we read a book called Crick Wing. It's about a cockroach that has a crooked wing so everyone calls him Crick Wing. So he stays away from other cockroaches. Every animal that sees him tries to eat him. When he saw ants since they were smaller than him so he bullied them. For example, he made a trap in the ground. He also made ants get stuck on a leaf. From this activity I learned that just because someone is smaller than you doesn't mean that you could bully them. (Harrison)

   September 12-16, 2011

Sean and Alessandra
 

Reading- This week in reading we used post-its to write our thoughts. We wrote connections, feelings, likes, and dislikes. For example, a connection (I had) was in the morning I like to watch TV. In this story, the boy was watching TV in the morning. From this activity, I learned that you can read and think at the same time.

Writing- This week in writing, we learned how to write in our lifebooks. We can write about letters to anyone you want, poems, memories, or lists of any kind. For example, I wrote compliments about the whole class. From this activity, I learned how to write in my lifebook.

Math- This week in math, we found numbers around the room. We had to look for numbers by measuring things, counting things, or just looking for numbers. For example, I measured the white board. From this activity I learned that there are tons of numbers around the room.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we wrote from a villain's perspective. Mrs. Gold told the class The True Story of the Three Little Pigs from the Wolf's perspective and we talked about how we should listen to other people's perspectives. For example, the wolf in The Three Little Pigs was only trying to get a cup of sugar but the reporters changed everything! From this activity I learned we should listen to other people's perspecitves and you will sometimes realize why they were doing what they were doing.

Other- This week in school we made acrostic poems about one another. We had partners. We told them about ourselves. For example, I made one for Alex. I used different words that describe him like "athletic" for A, "likes baseball" for L, "enthusiastic" for E, and "X-tra special" for X! From this activity I learned about Alex's hobbies, likes, dislikes, and what he's like.

This week in school we made a class puzzle. We each had a puzzle piece that we could decorate. We put them together. For example, I put a sun, a cloud, a book, and a pencil on my piece. Other students put dots and stripes. From this activity, I learned each of us is a special member of our class and without you our class would not be complete.