Archive for January, 2014

The Science of SOUND

Written by ShenaK. Posted in 3rd Grade

We have ended our Science unit on the Human Body and have begun our new unit looking into the science of SOUND.  Students have begun investigations into different ways sound travels, how sounds are made, how sounds change in water, among others.  After a week of experiments students will begin their own Sound investigation, going around to many different parts of the school and measuring sound levels.  All this data will be compiled and students will type up their finding, complete with data analysis at the end of our unit.  As a final cumulative project, we will hold the 3rd Grade Science Fair on Tuesday, March 4th from 3:00 to 3:45.  Parents are most welcome and we hope you will be able to attend and see the hard work of your young scientists!  We will make sure to send out further details as the time draws closer, but want you to know about it now so you can plan ahead.

Taller de lectura: ” El genial oncle Anastasi”

Written by Anna Perez. Posted in ES CSCS

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Properament a la classe de català de Ms. Jefa i Ms. Anna començarem un taller de lectura, per tal d’incentivar als alumnes al món de la lectura. Abans de començar realitzarem un treball previ de manera conjunta per tal de familiaritzar-nos amb el llibre, el seu autor i il·lustrador.

Llegirem el llibre de manera conjunta a la classe, ampliant  vocabulari i treballant la comprensió. Tanmateix, farem activitats conjuntes durant la lectura i a l’acabar els alumnes  hauran realitzat un projecte que s’enduran a casa.

La notícia

Written by Anna Perez. Posted in ES CSCS

 Per tal de treballar l’estructura de la notícia  a la classe de Ms. Jefa i Ms. Anna ens hem convertit en periodistes.  Els alumnes a partir d’un titular han hagut d’escriure i inventar una notícia seguint l’estructura treballada a classe.  Han buscat fotografies i informació per tal d’elaborar la notícia amb totes les seves parts.

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Writing to Persuade

Written by ShenaK. Posted in 3rd Grade

In 3rd grade we have begun a new and exciting unit in Writing on Persuasive Writing.  Our first project was writing a collective essay on a chosen topic by the class.  Ms. Shena’s class decided upon the topic of persuading to have Just Dance time on Fridays.  Ms. Meritxell’s class is arguing to have a class pet.  They have been working hard on developing their reasons, strengthening them with examples, and thinking about what reasons will best appeal to their audience.  This week we will continue working on ways to find topics or ideas that they can write about.  Eventually next week each student will choose one idea, and “plant the seed,” devise their thesis, and begin to develop their reasons.  We can’t wait to see what they decide to do once they are to choose and develop the topic of their choice.  Stay tuned for more as the unit progresses!

Reading Workshop – Social Issues

Written by admin. Posted in 4th Grade

Our next reading unit is about social issues. The students will be able to read stories about poverty, homelessness, racism, and other situations that affect groups of people. The objective is for them to make connections and develop empathy. We will read some books aloud to the class and the students will also be able to read independently. If you are interested in finding books about social issues for your child to read at home, here are some options:

Animals/Animal Rights

Because of Winn-Dixie, by Kate DiCamillo

Family Relationships/Issues

Walk Two Moons, by Sharon Creech

Generational Issue

The Hundred Penny Box, by Sharon Bell Mathis

Sibling Rivalry

My Rotten Red-Headed Older Brother, by Patricia Plocco

Divorce

Dear Mr. Henshaw, by Beverly Cleary

Loss/Lonliness

Missing May, by Cynthia Rylant

Friendship

Big Al, by Andrew Clements

Social Pressure/Bullying

Fourth Grade Rats, by Jerry Spinelli

Fitting In/Being New

Freckle Juice, by Judy Blume

Growing Up

The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein

Gender Issues

Girls Hold Up This World, by Jada Pinkett Smith

Language

The Color of My Words, by Lynn Joseph

Community

The Other Side, by Jacqueline Woodson

Identity

Becoming Naomi Leon, by Nancy Farmer

Mental/Physical Disabilities

Small Steps, by Louis Sachar

Illiteracy

The Most Beautiful Place in the World, by Ann Cameron

 

-The Fourth Grade Team-