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Friday letters from September
September 28, 2007
Some of the students are working on telling time to the minute and elapsed time.  Others are finished with this work and doing multiple step problem solving.  Everyday we begin be doing four math "boxes" or maintenance problems.  We also do a daily word problem or P.O.D.  Last week we learned a card game called "Target Number" where you try to use as many cards as possible in a math problem that ends up with the target number as the answer.
We finished "There's a Boy in the Girls' Bathroom" and we're now reading another Louis Sachar book called, "Sideways Stories from Wayside School."  Literature Circles will start on Monday.  We are all going to read "Henry Huggins."
We took our first spelling test today.  We have been writing about our lives (personal narratives) in our beautiful writing notebooks.  We're working on being able to write a story like it's happening right now instead of writing a past tense summary.  We also began cursive this week.  We started with the letters 'c', 'a', 'd', and 'g'.  We think it's easy.
We have been singing:
The Eagle
I Have a Dream
Grandma's Feather Bed
I Love the Mountains
Little Blue Top
Camp Granada
We also learned the "Electric Slide" dance.
We took a trip to Lilydale to hunt for fossils.  It was really muddy and wet.  It used to be a brickyard, so there were brick pieces everywhere.  There was a cave with bats and guano.  There was a steep hill where we found all the fossils.  Some of the clay was deep enough to sink into and people were falling everywhere.  James washed all our fossils and the next day we tried to them and have a fossil museum.  See our Photo Gallery for pics.
In class, we made sedimentary and metamorphic rocks using crayon shavings, and playdoh to show how fossils are formed.  Today we will try to make an igneous rock from crayon shavings.  Lots of kids are bringing their rock collections to share.
Composed by:  Kiera, Ilhan, Lewie and Nathan

From the Teacher:
I am still in need of Literature Circle volunteers for Thursdays and Fridays.  I could also use someone to type up this letter on Friday afternoons.  Thanks.

September 14, 2007

In math, we are doing math boxes. They are math problems in four boxes. We are also doing math games like the awesome game in the awesome game you draw cards 1 through 9 and who ever has the most points under 1000 you win. We were also telling time and problem solving and stuff.

In gym we are learning how to juggle. Juggling is real hard when you use balls. We are also learning how to throw a football. We did fitness stations. In fitness stations the stations were jump rope, push ups, sit ups, juggling and more.

In writing, we pick a topic and write a story about it. First, we decorate our notebooks. Then we practiced coming up with ideas to write about.

This week we read "There's a Boy in the Girl's Bathroom." It's good. We also read  "The Mouse and the Motorcycle." It's also really good. We do that popcorn style.

Written by Dana, Clark, Owen and Tulsi