Reading- This week in reading we finished our reading jobs. The way reading jobs work is we have a special book and each group has a different book, depending on your level, and every person has a different job. For example, some facts I learned was Ben died in the year 1709 and his wife died when he was in England. Also his youngest son died  when he was poor. From this activity, I learned about Ben Franklin.

Writing- This week in writing we are writing books and these books are the real deal. They're real hard cover books and they can be about anything you want it to be. For example, my book is about a mouse named Chester on a quest to steel a block of cheese. Then he meets some new friends on the way. From this activity, I learned how to write a really good book.

Math- This week in math we had our ice cream party. For the ice cream party every time you master a fact table you earn something for the sundae. For example, I finished everything I wanted that I could have. From this activity, I learned my multiplication facts.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we had different assemblies. One of them was Kevin 2 Steps. Kevin 2 Step's ancestors were Lenni Lenape and we saw the games that the Lenape played, the fur that they would use, listened to songs they sang, and watched Kevin dance. He told us legends and stories. Kevin 2 Steps told us how he got his name. Kevin 2 Step showed us how they used and made tools.

Also, in Social Studies we did the ABC's of Montgomery. What you did was, you had to write words about Montgomery from A-Z. We wrote people, places, names, and other miscellaneous words that fit about Montgomery.

In Social Studies we had a field trip around Montgomery to learn more about the township. We saw and learned about the Blawenburg Church and the Bedensville School. We experienced how school was like and sat in the sitting places in the church (pews).

Thank you for reading!

Other- This week in school we had a visit

Reading- This week in reading we read our biography books. We are reading Walt Disney and learning a lot of facts. For example, we learned that Walt Disney and his wife named Mickey Mouse by "tossing words". "Tossing Words" means to say names back and forth until they come up with a name they both agree on. From this activity,  I learned what "tossing words" means and I learned how Walt Disney got the name Mickey Mouse.

Writing- This week in writing we wrote in our books. Our books can be about anything that's appropriate for school. For example, I am writing a story about American Idol with my friends in it. It has three stages in it from American Idol: The Audition Stage, the Hollywood Stage, and the Finals Stage. When we're publishing we get hard covered books and we get to write a dedication page. From this activity, I learned how to write a book.

Math- This week in math we measured volume. Volume is like area because volume is the inside of a 3-D object and area is the inside of a 2-D object. For example, this is how you tell volume without looking inside the object. You count how many cubes are on the base and then you count the height and then you multiply them together and you get the volume! From this activity I learned how to measure volume.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about the Chilkat Tribe. The Chilkat Tribe lives in the Northwest Coast. Their main food was salmon and they lived in big houses. For example, they used Red Wood Trees to build log houses. From this activity I learned that Red Woods are the main trees.

Science- This week in science we observed our plants. We planted plants and are now observing them by drawing pictures and taking notes each day. For example, we have 4 plants and we have to observe one of them. My plant is 5 inches tall. From this activity I learned how to take care of a plant.

Other- This week in school we had a visit from the 2nd graders. They came to learn about third grade. For example, everyone had different questions to answer. My question was "What events does Village have?" From this activity I learned how much third grade has taught me. I have learned a lot.

Reading- This week in reading we had Literacy Week. First we read The Dumpster Diver. It’s about Steve who dives into garbage and he cuts himself up and (with recycling) his friends make a wheelchair. After we read that, we went outside the room to look at garbage and thought, “What can I invent with the garbage?”. For example, someone invented a cardboard tree house. From this activity, I learned that with recycling we can do a lot of things.

Writing- This week in writing we wrote Hink Pinks. Hink Pinks are something like guessing poetry. You have to think of two rhyming words and then find two words that mean the same thing. For example, “tall mall” rhyme and “large store” means the same, so you write the question- “What do you call a large store? A Tall Mall!” From this activity I learned how to write Hink Pinks.

Math- This week in math we played Factor Bingo. Factor Bingo is a game that we get to make a bingo board and we shuffle the cards, pick up a card, and look on our card to see if any of our numbers can equal that number with multiplication. For example, 7x8 = 56 and if I pull a card (7, which is my factor) and I have 56 on my board, I put a penny down. From this activity, I learned how to play Factor Bingo.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we studied a new tribe- the Sioux. First we watched a movie on them and we wrote the facts that we learned on a chart. We wrote about their weather, food, land, homes, clothing, and location in the USA. After the movie, we made a chart. For example, I drew a picture of a bison, wrote what it means, and then I wrote how I would remember it. From this activity, I learned more about the Sioux.

Science- This week in science after we got to wet our seeds in the water, we peeled their skin off and examined it. For example, I wrote that it’s whitish with a little bit of tan and yellow. It’s shape is like a small orange or peanut. It’s texture is smooth and soft and it smells really bad and kind of like barf. Also it was bigger than before and it’s 3 cms. After that, we saw the seed coat which was meant to protect the seed and the embryo’s job is to grow into a plant and last but not least we saw the cotyledon, which is meant to grow into the leaves.

This week in science we planted our seed. First we got the tools and made our containers. Then every day we watered our plants. Also, on Friday we water our plants really good so we won’t starve over the weekend. For example, how we water them is we take a tube that has a flat end and we squeeze the fat end and when the front is in the water so the tube fills with water, then we squirt the water on our soil in our plants. We keep on doing that until these cloth things on the bottom drop water. From this activity I learned how to water plants.

Reading- This week in reading we finished up our Patricia Polacco unit. For example, we had different centers like Book Comparison, Research Center, and many other ones. From this activity, I learned two things. One, who Patricia Polacco is, and what books she writes.

Writing- This week in writing we did shape poetry. For example, we made pose, Mrs. Gold took a picture of us, and we cut it out, wrote a poem all around ourselves and decorated it. I think it was the best poem ever. From this activity, I learned that poetry can be fun and creative.

Math- This week in math we did multiplying by 10s, 100s, and 1000s. Here are some examples of them:

5x2=10

50x2=100

500x2=1000

5000x2=10,000 

For example, we did millions of these and in the end they were very easy. From this activity I learned how to multiply by 10s, 100s, and 1000s.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we played Jeopardy to review our Iroquois facts. We picked the category and number of points you got if it was right and Mrs. Gold read you a question you had to answer. For example, if you were asked, "What were the five Iroquois tribes?" you would have to answer it. From this activity, I learned how to play Jeopardy.

This week in social studies we made earth friendly posters. We wrote the Earth friendly thing we did, drew a picture, and explained how it was Earth friendly. Then we did the same for the Iroquois side. For example, I don't litter. The Iroquois only killed the animals they needed. From this activity I learned how we can be Earth friendly, and how the Iroquois didn't waste.

Science- This week in science we observed and named seeds. We got lima bean seeds and we wrote the texture, color, shape, size, and odor and named all the seeds we could think of. For example, I thought of dandelion, acorn, and poppy seeds. From this activity, I learned that many things come from seeds.

 

Reading-This week in reading we did Patricia Polacco Centers. In one center we do a project called "Polacco Book Comparison". We take a big piece of paper and fold it into 16 squares. In those squares, you write and draw about books by Patricia Polacco. For example, in one square we draw a picture of one of her books such as Some Birthday. We also have to write about how the book relates to Patrica Polacco's life. Then you have to write about what happens in the story. Finally, you write what was the lesson learned in the story. From this activity, I learned how to make connections to Patricia Polacco's life.

Writing-This week in writing we did a poem called "If I Were a..." We needed to finish the title with a non-living object. For example, I picked a rocket. I wrote what it would be like to be that rocket. From this activity, I learned how to write a poem in cursive and not rhyme it.

Math- This week in math we played Fraction Top-It. It is like "War" but we played it with fractions. For example, I pick up 2/2 and the other player picked up 0/4. I would win. From this activity, I learned how to play Fraction Top-It.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we discovered our Family Clans and our Indian Names. First we listed our female ancestors on our mothers' side that would be our family clan in the Iroquois village. We listed the females because the Iroquois Indians lived by a matriarchal society which means that the females made up a clan. After that, we named our personalities to find out our Indian names, because the Indians gave names depending on your qualities and personalities. An example of an Indian name for a swift person would be Swift Falcon. What I learned from this activity was how the Iroquois formed their clans.

This week in social studies we made a menu of recipes that were possible to make in the woods. We created meals such as salads, meat, and stew. For example, you could make stew with chunks of deer meat, corn, beans, and season it with onions. What I learned from this activity was what the Indians ate, and what was their main diet.

Other- This week in school, Mrs. Buzinkai, Mrs. Sanford, and an arborist visited! Mrs. Buzinkai and Mrs. Sanford told us about the importance of trees and how they give us food, oxygen, and wood, and how to take care of them. The arborist told us how he worked- he showed us the ropes he used to climb and how to realize if a tree was sick. The signs are if the tree doesn't have a full canopy of leaves, things are sticking out of the trunk, and white stuff covers the trunk. For example, if you were walking in your yard and you noticed your favorite tree had trees on the right side and was bare on the left side. You asked your friend the arborist what was wrong with the tree and the arborist said that the tree was sick. From this activity, I learned how a tree can communicate with you when it needs something.

Reading-This week in reading we did Literature Circles. We had to do our jobs like Discussion Director, Collage Maker, Character Education Finder, Passage Picker, and Synonym Strip Maker. For example, our group is reading Mrs. Mack by Patricia Polacco. My job is Passage Picker. From this activity, I learned how to do my job.

Writing-This week in writing I did a Rainbow Poem, also known as a Simile Poem. We had to write colors and describe it. For example I did red and wrote, "Red is like a rose that has more smell than any other." From this activity, I learned how to write a poem.

Math- This week in math we did fractions. We learned 1/4, 2/4, 3/4, and many others. For example, this is how 1/4 sounds like. I had 4 boxes and I took one out. How many did I take out in fractions? From this activity I learned how to write fractions.

Social Studies- This week in social studies Tori's Grandfather came in and showed us rock carving and arrow heads and Native American axes and jewelry. He collected all that stuff. We learned that the chief wore a different pendant and Native Americans used knives and axes just like us. He showed us what the things were used for and how they were made. He showed us that axes were made by sharpening a rock and using wood to make the handle. From this activity, I learned all the uses the Iroquois had for rock.

Other- This week in school we had our intergenerational projects were due. Intergenerational projects are projects that have to do with your family heritage. For example, we had different projects to choose from. We had Family Tree projects and Food and Menu projects. Food and Menu project is where we had to write a menu about common food in that person's family heritage. Then they had to bring in a food for all of us to eat. In Family Tree project we had to design a family tree of our family- there was a lot more projects as well to choose from. From this activity, I learned about people's family.

This week we had a Grandparents Tea. A Grandparents Tea is when you invite people's grandparents over to the classroom and then let them talk about the old days and drink iced tea and eat cookies. For example, they talked about how they had to go home for lunch and walk to school every day and they didn't even have computers to research things! They also said that they lived in cramped houses and the TV only had two channels. We also learned that if you play hooky a police officer would drag you back to school. From this activity I learned that the days back then were a lot different.

Reading-This week in reading we played Reading Bingo. What we did was everyone in our class would have a sheet of paper that said things about reading and things you like to do with reading. For example, one of the questions was, "Do you like challenging books?". (The kids in the class needed to interview each other and sign on other people's Bingo boards.) From this activity, I learned that many of my classmates like to read challenging books.

Writing-This week in writing we typed up a book called Pancakes For Breakfast. Mrs. Gold would call on someone and she would make a picture come up on the screen and we had to make up a sentence or sentences for the picture. (All the pictures together made up a book/story) For example, Ally made up the character's name and most of us said what she was doing throughout the story. What I learned from this activity is that you can describe lots of things out of one simple picture!

Math- This week in math we had a parentheses lesson. We had long problems with at least 3 numbers. Then we would find where the parentheses went in the numbers. For example 4 x (2 + 4) = 24. You can see that the parentheses have to be placed there. The parentheses mean that you  must do the problem in the parentheses first. From this activity I learned that parentheses in math mean you must read it first!

Reading-This week in reading we had a Discussion Director job! we had to ask questions like Right There, Think and Search, Author and Me, and On My Own. For example, a question from Goldilocks and the Three Bears that's a Right There question is, "What was the little girl's name?" From this activity, I learned about questions.

Writing-This week in writing we made postage stamps. We had to draw a picture on a stamp representing an African American. For example, you could draw Tiger Woods on a postage stamp. From this activity, I learned more about African Americans.

Math- This week in math we had an Exemplar. We had to see how many shapes would fit around the border of a bulletin board. For example, there could be 2 circles, and 5 squares, but you have to count how many. From this activity, I learned more math.

Science-This week in science we did a review of our Electromagnets. We had a rivet, one long wire, 3-4 small wires, a D-cell, and a switch. For example, we were trying to find out if we had more wires around it, would it pick up more washers? Or if we had less wires would more washers come. From this activity, I learned that if we have less wires around an Electromagnet, we would have more washers come up.

Social Studies-This week in Social Studies we did stamps. we read a book about the African Americans and chose someone we liked. Then we made 2 stamps. We chose one stamp we thought was our favorite. For example, I chose Vanessa Williams and she was Miss America. From this activity, I learned more about the black Americans.

Other-This week in school we had a Caring Party! We decorated brown bags to put food in for the people who live in a homeless shelter because they don't have enough money to buy food. For example, we gave them juice, apples, rice krispy treats, and chips. From this activity, I learned how much the homeless need food.
 

Math-This week in math we did centers. The first center was computers and we went on chapter 6 games. The second center was The Robot Game. The Robot Game is when one person tells the robot what to do. I told my robot to do a half turn clockwise. You have to tell the robot to turn clockwise or counter clockwise. The third center was Angle Race. Angle Race is where you pick a card from a pile and one a geoboard you move a rubber band to that place in a circle on the geoboard. The last station was Symmetric and Congruent shapes. At that station we just made symmetric and congruent shapes out of pattern blocks. For example, I made a symmetric shape and if I split it in half, it was the same. From this activity, I learned more about geometry.

Reading- This week in reading we read Rotten Richie and the Ultimate Dare. After that we picked three scenes and drew them in boxes. After you draw the scene you describe what is happening. For example, I drew a picture of Patricia in the air and Richie holding his arms up about to catch her. From this activity I learned how to do the Collage Maker job in Literature Circles.

This week in reading we read Thank You Mr. Faulker. With this book we learned a literature circles job. The job we learned was Character Education Finder. For this job you have to find examples of people doing a pillar of character. For example, Mr. Faulker showed caring by teaching Patricia how to read. From this activity, I learned some of the pillars of character.

Science-This week in science we did parallel circuits and took wires, a D-cell, and light bulbs. We hooked wires up to each light bulb  and put two wires to each light bulb. For example, the parallel circuit looked like two ovals hooked up. It is called a parallel circuit because the bulbs use all the same electricity. It is also called a parallel circuit because there's two or more circuits.

This week in science we also did series circuits. We took batteries, light bulbs, and wires and hooked them all up to make a humungous circle. We took a battery and then put a light bulb, and put wires in between them and kept doing it. For example, at first the light bulbs were only dim. Then we put more batteries in and the light bulbs were brighter. From this activity, I learned how to make a series circuit.

This week in science we made electromagnets. We had a rivet (a small metal pole) and a wire, battery, and switch. We needed to find a way to hook all that up to make a whole circuit, and with a rivet, to pick up the washers. For example, we had to make the rivet a temporary magnet that could pick up washers. From this activity, I learned how to make an electromagnet.

Reading-This week in reading we made a Firetalking Fact Fireplace. We read the book Firetalking by Patricia Polacco. Then we each thought of a fact about her from the book and we wrote it down and put it on a "flame" to put in the "fireplace". For example, if Mrs. Gold read Firetalking, you would take a fact from the book and write it on a flame. From this activity, I learned facts about Patricia Polacco.

This week in reading we also were assigned long-term projects. These projects were based off the book The Keeping Quilt (also by Patricia Polacco) in honor of family heritage. For example, one of the projects was to create a family tree. From this activity, I learned Patricia Polacco's family history.

Math- This week in math we learned degrees in an angle. We made protractors that helped us measure angles. For example, you would line up the 0 to one of the sides of the angle and then you would get your answer. From this activity, I learned how to use a protractor.

Science-This week in science we did the Mystery Box! The Mystery Box is when you take a magnet and move it around the top, bottom, and sides of a box. Magnets are taped inside of the box. For example, you needed to use an iron or steel object to stick to the box. If it sticks, the magnet is there. From this activity, I learned how to find a magnet with something steel or iron.

This week in science we did a Mystery Circuit Board. A Mystery Circuit Board is a piece of cardboard with two wires connected to brass fasteners stuck into the cardboard. For example, you use two wires, a D-cell, a switch, and a light bulb (an open circuit) to find out where the wires are. When the light bulb lights up, that means that's where the wires are. From this activity, I learned how to find a wire with a brass fastener attached to it.

Other- This week in school we went to Rutgers Museum of Agriculture to learn about the Lenape Indians. That museum was pretty cool- we got to break wood, grind corn, and touch animal fur. For example, the first station was the hunting station, the second was the game station, the third was the Lenape Job station, and the last was when we got to see what Lenape houses looked like. From this activity, I learned how the Lenape's life was back then.

 

Reading-This week in reading we did Literature Centers. Literature Centers are centers about mysteries that we do like making a Mystery Wheel. If the center has a star next to it, you have to do it. For example, here are some of the centers: Computer Center, Creative Writing Center, Newspaper Report, Mystery Wheel, Reading Center, and Making Books Center. From this activity, I learned what Literature Centers are.

Writing-This week in writing we did the Box of Crayons activity. The Box of Crayons is about 6 crayons who don't like each other and so a guy buys them and starts drawing a picture. After that, they all like each other. So we wrote one of our dreams (like Martin Luther King did) and put it on a crayon and then Mrs. Gold put them on a giant paper crayon box. From this activity, I learned what the box of crayons was about.

Math- This week in math we did turns. Turns are when there's a straight line and it can be a full turn, 3/4 turn, 1/4 turn, and 1/2 turn. It can go clockwise (right) or counter clockwise (left). For example, you can turn it 3/4 clockwise or 3/4 counter clockwise. From this activity, I learned how to make those kinds of turns.

Science-This week in science we did something called Breaking The Force. What we did was we had a scale with cups and one side of it was held together by two magnets. We put washers in the other cup to see how much weight it took to break the magnetic field. For example, we put counters in between the magnets to see the different magnetic fields and then we graphed our results for how many washers it took to break the magnets apart. What I learned from this activity was more about magnetic fields.

This week in science we learned about induced magnetism. Induced magnetism is when magnets chain things. When something is connected to the magnet and then the item on the magnet is now a temporary magnet. For example, when a magnet picks up an iron item and then the iron item is a temporary magnet. What I learned from this activity is what induced magnetism and temporary magnets are.

Other- This week we had a real detective come to our class. They had very neat things in their briefcases! They showed us how the finger print kit worked. For example, we all put our fingers on the white board and they took out a brush and rubbed it around and like magic they appeared! What I learned from this activity was how to make fingerprints with a fingerprint kit.

Reading-This week in reading, we did Literature Centers. Once we finished our book we got to choose from six different centers: Book Report Center, Computer Center, News Report Center, Making Books Center, Art Center, and Creative Writing Center. For example, I liked the computer center the best. From this activity, I learned how to do literature centers.

Writing-This week in writing we did Hero Writings. We had to pick two people (who are our heroes). One for who we know and one for who we know but have never seen before. We write three paragraphs about each thing we chose for them (the reasons they are our heroes) and then we have 6 paragraphs in the whole Hero essay. For example, I wrote about my sister and the president. From this activity I learned how to write a six paragraph essay on my hero.

Math- This week in math we did geometry. We learned about parallel and intersecting lines, rays, and line segments. We learned how rays can be intersecting by crossing over each other. Parallel rays start and do not criss cross. Line segments start and end. Lines go on forever in both directions! For example, a ray would be like a flashlight or anything that goes on forever but has a starting point. From this activity I learned how to draw geometry.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made Quiz Stars for our test so we could study. (A quiz star has a review question on each point of the star.) One of the questions was "What is the clay called?" It's called adobe. For example, first we had to make up our own questions. Mine was, "What was the Hopi dolls names?" It's the Kachinas. From this activity, I learned how to make a pyramid of questions.

Other- This week in school we went on a field trip to the High School for the Winter Concert. One of the high school kids knows me and he said he will teach me one day! For example, they played some holiday songs for us because we were supposed to go before winter break and we didn't. From this activity, I learned that someone can play a xylophone with 4 sticks.

This week in school we went to a stringed instrument assembly. We had to sit down and listen very carefully to the changes. For example, one of them had a double bass and walked his fingers up and down the bass line. From this activity, I learned that there is a double bass in the world.

Reading-This week in reading, people that are finished with their books do Literature Centers. Literature Centers are centers where you do activities. There are 6 activities. They are the art center, the reading center, the computer center, the making books center, the creative writing center, and t he newspaper center. Mrs. Gold said that we have to do the art center first then we can choose whichever center we want. For example, I'm done with my book so I can do Literature Centers. I'm going to have to do the art center first because Mrs. Gold said and I'm still working on it. The computer center is the only center that you can do it only once because it involves games from a website called Mystery Kids. From this activity, I learned what kind of literature centers we have.

Writing-This week in writing we are doing hero writings. Hero writings are when you write about two heroes. The hero writings are a 6 paragraph essay. The first hero is a person that you know and the second hero is a person you don't know. For example, I chose my dad for the hero I know and George Washington for the hero I don't know. From this activity I learned how to write an essay.

Math- This week in math we made decimal flip books. Decimal flip books are when you cut out a paper and you staple pages together with numbers and it becomes a flip book. When you're done making the flip book, you find someone who's also done and you quiz them by having them make the number you say in their flip book. For example, Nola and I tested each other with decimals to the thousandths.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we learned about the Hopi jobs. The women's jobs were to make pots and pans to cook with. They also cooked one meal a day for their family. They also wove baskets. The mens jobs were to go hunting. They also had to plant corn, squash, beans, sunflowers, cotton, and tobacco. They also captured eaglets (baby eagles). The kids jobs were to hunt, farm, wove baskets, and make some pots and pans out of clay. Mrs. Gold gave us a packet of the Hopi jobs. We read about the men's job, the woman's job, and the kids' jobs. Then we did two activities about the jobs. For example, the activity was a wheel that secretly said all of the kids' jobs. For the girls you would underline every other letter, and for the boys you have to circle every other letters to find out the jobs. the second activity we did was a triple venn diagram. So there were 3 circles. One said men, one said women, and the other said children. We would have to write what the children's jobs were. There were also 1 circle in the middle of each one. The circle was between children and men you would write the same things they did. If the circle was in the middle of children and women you would write the same job they did. There was also a big circle in the middle of all three. In that, you would write what jobs everybody did. From this activity, we learned the Hopi jobs.

This week in social studies we wrote a Hopi Legend. A legend is a story that happened long ago and it keeps getting passed down from Native Americans. A legend explains in nature. Mrs. Gold wrote down all of these legends that we could write about. For example, we would choose a legend up on the board and we would write about it. From this activity, we learned how to write a legend.

Other- This week in school we learned about pet responsibility. So after PE we went outside. We met Carly's mom and her dog. It's name is Jack. We got to hold it at least one time. But Sabrina got to hold it at least five times. Carly also got to talk about how to take care of it. For example, Carly got to talk about how to take care of a pet like to feed it. From this activity, we learned how to take good care of a pet.

We all had a great week!!!

Reading-This week in reading we continued our mysteries. We moved on to the second part of our reading assignments because all of us were done with the first part. For example, I have a book called Nancy Drew, and everyone was done reading chapters 1-5, so we got to meet and then read chapters 6-7. From this activity, I learned what other people think about the book, when we discussed our opinions in reading group.

Writing-This week in writing we did a sensory poem. We chose from four subjects- New Years, Winter, Christmas, or Hanukkah and wrote about it using our 5 senses. Then we circled the nouns and put an adjective before it. For example, I chose winter so it would be something like this:

When I...
Taste sweet Christmas cookies made by me
Hear silver sleigh bells ringing in the white, cold, snow
Smell steaming hot chocolate waiting inside
See a white-streaked beautiful plain right in my yard
Touch the smooth surface of a gold Christmas ornament
I know it's winter!

From this activity, I learned how to be descriptive.

Math- This week in math, we learned differences in population. We looked on a map that told populations around the country and made differences between the populations. For example, if I was asked "Which city has about the same population as Seattle," well Seattle has around 563,374 so the answer would be Denver because Denver has about 554,636. From this activity, I learned how to make different comparisons.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we learned about the Hopi clothes. The Hopi clothes were made out of buck skin and rabbit skin. The girls dresses were like a sheet with a hole in the top fastened around with a belt. They had a blue piece of clothe over their left shoulder. The men had a shirt with lots of embroiderary. The men wore very loose trousers. For example, if I was a Hopi I would wear a brown dress with a blue cloth wrapped around my left shoulder. From this activity, I learned what the Hopi Indians wore.

Other- This week in school we did a Classroom Store. A Classroom Store only happens 3 times in the school year. For example, I bought a box of cards. It cost $50 with my class money. I will have to pay for it. From this activity, I learned how to save up your money.

This week in school we did Holiday Rotations. We went to three different classrooms. We went first to Hanukkah, then Kwanzaa, then Christmas. For example, in Hanukkah we read a book that said about the 8 days of Hanukkah. In Kwanzaa we read a book. It was about a girl who thought that her brother would miss Kwanzaa and on the 6th day he came. In Christmas we watched a movie about Christmas Around The World. We also did lots of caroling. From this activity, I learned about all of these holidays.

 

Reading-This week in reading we received Detective Notebooks. What we did was we read a mystery and while we were reading the book, we listed suspects and who the sleuths were. For example, if you were reading the book Nancy Drew and the Case of the Missing Teddy Bears, you discovered that a character named Arnold was suspicious so you wrote it down in your Detective Notebook. What I learned from this activity is what exactly a mystery is.

Writing-This week in writing we learned how to write the letters p, e, f, and l in cursive. What we did was Mrs. Gold would demonstrate the steps of writing the letter and we would do it on our own. From this activity, I learned how to write in cursive.

Math- This week in math we did an exemplar. What we did was we found partners and we did the following steps:
1.  Write "We read the problem."
2. "We found out exactly what the problem was.
3. We wrote the strategy we used to solve the problem
4. Why we used the strategy
5. What was the final answer
6. How it made sense

For example, the story said to find out how many fish 9 people could catch in all if each person caught 3 fish. What I learned from this activity was how to do an exemplar.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made Kachina Dolls. Kachina dolls are dolls that have meanings for the Hopi Indians. But we got to make our own Kachina Dolls. My Kachina is called Aqua. It's called Aqua because it brings water to the Hopis. From this activity, I learned what a Kachina Doll is.

This week in Social Studies we did a Postcard Exchange. The Postcard Exchange is when we get postcards from all over the USA. Also, we are sending postcards. For example, we wrote to them about New Jersey and one of the things we wrote was that we live very close to New York. From this activity, I learned facts about other states.

Science- This week in science we wrote our birthstone reports. We each chose a birthstone. We wrote a report on it. It was great. For example, I chose aquamarine. Aquamarine is very pretty. From this activity, I learned facts about aquamarine. I had a great week!

 

Reading-This week in reading we got mystery books. I got Nancy Drew. There's 2 Boxcar Children, and an A-Z Mysteries book. In Nancy Drew we have to read chapters 1-5. We also got Detective Notebooks in which we have to write the suspects of the case, the detectives, the red herrings, clues, and the conclusion. We have to take notes too. From this activity, I learned how interesting mysteries are.

Writing-This week in writing we did cursive. We learned letters a, d, c, h, g, and t. For example, we learned how to write had, dad, hat, gag, and add. From this activity, I learned how to write cursive.

Math- This week in math we played Multiplication Baseball. We had to move pennies as players. For example, we had to roll two dice as the pitch. Then we and to multiply those numbers and wherever the answer was depended on the hit. Double, single, triple, or home run. From this activity, I learned how to multiply.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made New Jersey brochures. We had to get facts from our NJ Packets then we would put it in the brochure. For example, in the brochure we would write something like "Thomas Edison was named the Wizard of Menlo Park" From this activity, I learned how to make a brochure.

Science- This week in science we wrote birthstone reports. We had to choose a birthstone and write about it. For example, I wrote about the garnet. It had colors like green, red, and even colorless. From this activity, I learned how to write reports.

Other- This week in school we went to the fall chorus concert in the gym. They would sing songs to the kids. For example, they sang "Jing Along Josie" and others. From this activity, I learned that the fall chorus is good at singing.

 

Writing-This week in writing we did our thankful letters. It's where we write letters to teachers thanking them for all they have done. For example, I am writing to Seniora Goris. From this activity, I learned how to thank people in a letter.

Math- This week in math we did multiplication. It is when you times the beginning number with the last number. For example 5x10=50. What I learned in this activity is how to multiply.

This week in math we also did division. Some people could just do it in their heads. Other people drew pictures. I had to draw a picture. For example, I did the Chocolate Chip Cookie method. (This is where you draw circles and put dots to show equal groups) From this activity, I learned how to divide.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned the four regions of New Jersey. We had a packet of NJ. It taught us about the 4 regions. For example, we learned the Piedmont, The Atlantic Coastal Plain, the Highlands, and the Ridge and Valley. From this activity, I learned what the 4 regions were.

Science- This week in science we did Edible Rocks! 2 parents came to help and Ms. Bellefioure and Ms. Andres helped too! We made three rocks and ate them! For example, we made igneous rock, sedimentary rock, and metamorphic rock. We got to eat them too! The igneous rock was made out of melted chocolate. Then we froze it. The sedimentary rock was made out of cookie dough with chocolate chips and raisins and sprinkles. The metamorphic rock we made out of bread squished together. From this activity, I learned the three types of rocks.

Other- This week in school we did our Thanksgiving feast and play. All the parents came and the Vice Principal came too! Every person took pictures of the play. Then we ate. I ate stuffing and mashed potatoes. There was pie too! The play was about these robots who tell these children what Thanksgiving is all about. For example, I was Christopher Columbus. From this activity, I learned what Thanksgiving was all about.

 

Reading- This week in reading we practiced our play. Our play is called THANKS ME. The play is about robots who show students why they have a special day set aside for Thanksgiving. For example, that day is put aside to thank God for all the wonderful things you have. From this activity, I learned why that day is set aside for us.

Writing-This week in writing we're writing thankful letters. A thankful letter is when you write a letter to someone who works in the school who you feel is important to the school. Only one child is allowed to write to one person, unless there's left over kids. For example, I'm writing to Mrs. Gold. From this activity, I learned how to write a thankful letter.

Math- This week in math we learned the area of items. The area is the inside space. For example, the area is like the space in a square or rectangle. From this activity, I learned the area.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made NJ Quilts. We got a packet about NJ and worked on it. For example, Mrs. Gold gave us a little rectangle and we wrote facts about NJ on each one. Then we glued them together. After that Mrs. Gold laminated them. From this activity, we learned a lot of facts like a state bird, state bug, state flower, state dinosaur, and many others.

This week in Social Studies we presented our Fantasy Maps that we've been working on at home. For example, first Mrs. Gold called us up to share. We had to tell what everything was and called. After that she would grade them and tell us what was wrong and what was right. From this activity, we learned what people's favorite things are and see how they made them into maps.

Science- This week in science we made volcanoes that actually exploded. We also watched a movie about volcanoes. For example, Mrs. Gold gave us paper plates and cups. Then we taped the cup to the plate face up. After that, we wrapped it with tin foil. Last but not least we poked a hole in the cup and put baking soda. We put the vinegar in together and it exploded!!! From this activity, I learned how they explode and what they leave and they make a new land.

Reading- This week in reading we did reading groups. We got new books to read then did the activity. For example, after we are done with our first book, we will get a new book. From this activity, I learned more harder words.

Writing-This week in writing we did Pumpkin Writing. We got a mini-pumpkin and then we described it. For example, we wrote about things that made it look different, then we mixed the papers and pumpkins up and we had to find someone else's pumpkin from their descriptions. From this I learned more describing words.

Math- This week in math we did Pumpkin Math. We got a big pumpkin then we weighed it, measured it, and described what it looks and feels like. For example, we got a pumpkin math packet and then counted how many lines it has. Then after that the room parents cut the pumpkin and we counted how many seeds we had. From this activity I learned other ways to count. I hope you enjoyed reading about what we did in school.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made classroom maps. On the maps we wrote a key and a compass rose. For example, on my map we put a key at the bottom of the page and a compass rose at the top right corner. From this activity, I learned how to make a map and how to use a key, also how to use a compass rose.

Science- This week in science we used a vinegar test on rocks named Basalt, Limestone, Sandstone, and Marble. The vinegar test was when we put each rock in a vile and diluted the rocks to see if there was calcite in them. For example, when we put vinegar into the vile, it bubbled a lot so it probably had Calcite in it. From this activity, I learned how to observe rocks and how to do a vinegar test and also how to find out if there is Calcite in a rock.

Other- This week in school we had Candy Day! On Candy Day, we made a venn diagram with the candy we brought in the classroom and we also made candy graphs, made candy ads too. For example, when I made my candy ad, I wrote things that described the candy. From this activity, I learned how to make a candy ad and also how to use more describing words. Thanks for reading!

 

Reading- This week in reading we did reading groups. I got the story Mystery in the Moonlight. It's a great book. It has a lot of challenging words. For example, each of us have 3 activities. Some activities are we had to do past, present, and future. They might give you the word run and the past would be ran and the future it will be will run. Another one was we had to make a web of what the character was like. From this activity, I learned that reading mysteries is suspenseful.

Writing-This week in writing we did a color coded checklist. We had to correct our mistakes and then we checked them off on the checklist. But after we have to go back to our writing and underline where we corrected things. For example, each category had a different color. That color we had to underline what mistake we did in that category. From this activity I learned checklists keep you organized.

This week in writing we also made a Writing Process Book. The writing stages are pre-writing, revising, editing, and publishing. From this activity I learned that the writing process is fun and hard. I had a great week in school!

Math- This week in math we also did centers. Every time we finish a math unit we have different review centers. We reviewed what we did in that unit. There are four centers: computers, games, math boxes, and "What's my rule tables". In "what's my rule tables" you have to make up a rule like +4. Then you would write numbers in the "in" box and you would have to do +4 and it would become 8. From this activity I learned that it is hard to make up "what's my rule tables" and solve them.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made maps of our classroom. First the whole class put the title and the key. We also needed to add a compass rose. A compass rose helps remember north, south, east, and west. For example, if you need help with the map, look on the map key or the compass rose. From this activity I learned about map symbols.

Science- This week in science we did the Scratch Test. The Scratch Test tests if a mineral is hard or not. We have used this test on Quartz, Gypsum, Fluorite, and Calcite. You need a penny, a paper clip, and your fingernail. If you don't have any tools to help you, just rub the minerals together and see if there is a scratch on one. For example, if I want to see what is harder between a gray mineral and a white mineral, do the Scratch Test. If you rub them together, you could find out which mineral is harder. From this activity, I learned to tell which minerals are harder.

Other- This week in school we went to the Pro-Kids assembly. At first, somebody named Bill sprayed the audience with water. That might be the introduction. He told us that we could still be friends if we're different. For example, if you like sports and another person likes deer, you could still be friends. From this activity, I learned that everybody is unique.

 

Reading- This week in reading we did reading groups. Reading groups are so much fun to me! Some activities are hard but the reading is fun. For example, the reading is fun, but the explaining is hard. From this activity, I learned how to do really hard activities.

Writing-This week in writing we did a new poem. It is called "I Know It's Fall" and I think I did a pretty good job, don't you think? For example, I wrote "When I smell good pear pie and roasted turkey". From this activity, I learned how to write a poem.

Math- This week in math, we did Part Part Total boxes. PPT boxes are my favorite! For example, you write the parts on the bottom boxes and the total in the top box. PPD are my favorite tip of math! From this activity, I learned how to do PPT.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we made compass roses. Everyone got two pieces of paper. One piece had 2 long points, and the other had two medium ones and four small ones. We glued them in order of a compass- N, S, W, NE, NW, SE, SW. For example, north is up, east is right, south is down, and west is left. NE is in the middle of North and East. From this activity, I learned the saying "Never Eat Soggy Waffles".

Science- This week in science, we found out the crystals in the mock rocks. First we poured water that was in the sand of the mock rock into an evaporation dish. Then we let it sit for 3 days. After we did that, we saw salt crystals and Mrs. Gold gave us a sheet and we found out what the crystals were. For example, we got evaporation dishes after a couple of days. We observed it and found crystals and figured out what they were. From this activity, I learned the different types of crystals.

Other- This week in school, we went to the Smoke Room! The Smoke Room is a trailer and we had to figure out what was wrong. The towel was on the stove. There was smoke in the room and the smoke alarm went off and we had to crawl through the trailer to get out. For example, there was a trailer and the smoke alarm went off and we had to feel the door and crawl to the door to get out. From this activity, I learned what to do if there is a fire.

 

Reading- This week in reading we got our first reading group assignment. In the reading assignment, we are supposed to do a Venn Diagram and a Visualization Box. Also, we are supposed to do predictions about the book. For example, if I was going to read one book, I would make a prediction and if it came true, I would write it on a sheet of paper. From this activity, I learned how to do a reading assignment.

Writing-This week in writing, we did a Character Sketch. How you do a Character Sketch is you take someone in your family and write their looks, personality, and interests. For example, if I chose my mom I would write her looks, interests, and personality. From this activity, I learned to write a Character Sketch.

Math- This week in math, we learned about Exemplar steps. Exemplar steps are one way to solve a problem and you use 7 steps to get through it. For example, (to explain my problem solving) I would use the Exemplar steps. From this activity, I learned how to write the Exemplar steps. (added to by Mrs. Gold)

Social Studies- In Social Studies, we did a little project about Christopher Columbus. We first started with a book about Christopher Columbus. We found out that he wasn't the best of a person after all. He made people slaves for a king and a queen, but he did find America. After that, we made a project of the world and we made little sail boats to make the path of Christopher Columbus' discovery from Spain to the West Indies. From this activity, I learned that Christopher Columbus was an adventurous man.

Science- This week in science, we observed mock rocks. When we were observing mock rocks, we were all wondering what was in the mock rocks because they all had different color rocks in them. So the next day we got to whack at the mock rocks with chisels (small nails). When we were doing that, it took so long and they weren't even made of real rocks so I feel bad for the scientists who have to break real rocks. Once we got them broken down, we sorted the parts out and it looked like the main ingredients were sand and gravel. Then most of us thought there was even more just inside the sand! So now we have the sand in water so the sand will break down and we can see if there is something in the sand after all. What I learned was things are made up of different ingredients.

Other- This week in school we learned something about everybody's talent. There were some amazing talents like Kate could wiggle her ears and Stephanie could tap dance. So it was so cool to see some of the people's talents. It was too bad that I couldn't show my talent because it was baseball. From this activity, I learned a lot about people's different talents.

Social Studies- This week in social studies we did character education readers' theatre. we got into groups and each group got a play and acted it out. Then we showed it to the class. For example, we did a play called Standing Tall and the class had to guess which pillar of character we were showing. From this activity, we learned how to do a readers theatre.

This week in social studies, we played Responsibility Bingo. Responsibility Bingo is Bingo, but it's some responsibilities that you should do for school, self, world, and home. For example, in the world column, it says you should recycle. From this activity I learned how to help the world.

Other- This week in school we shared something we were good at and something we need improvement on. Every morning four or five people would say what they were good at and something they need improvement on. For example, I said I'm good at sports and I need improvement on handwriting. From this activity, I learned what people are good at and need improvement on.

 

Reading- This week in reading we learned about different types of fiction and non-fiction. Non-fiction means it is real. Fiction means it is not real, as in magic. There is a lot of fiction books but a lot of non-fiction. I am reading a fiction book. For example, I was reading a book about vampires- that is fiction. From this activity, I learned non-fiction and fiction genres.

Writing-In writing we did a class dictionary. We had to fill out a sheet. It has your name and your name spelled wrong (pronunciation). We had to put our last name in order. It was a big challenge. Then we put it together and it looked cool. For example, my name is Nolan so I would fill out a sheet with my synonyms on it. I learned to be quick.

Math- In math, we did a game called Musical Name Collection Boxes. It was similar to musical chairs, but no chairs got taken away. Each person got a paper and wrote a number on it. We had to write one fact that equals to their number. For example, my number is 20 so 10+10=20. One thing I learned is to multiply.

Social Studies- This week in social studies, we wrote fairy tales from the villain's side. Mrs. Gold read the Little Red Riding Hood from the wolf's side. Then we got into groups and wrote different stories from the villain's side. For example, our group wrote about Goldie Locks and the Three Bears from Goldie Lock's side. From this activity, I learned to be creative.

This week in social studies, we made "wrinkled people". We wrote words that can hurt your feelings and every time we wrote a word, we wrinkled a part of the body. For example, say I wrote "You're dumb" on a body part, then I would wrinkle it. (Then, we tried to smooth it out, and the wrinkles never really came out) From this activity, I learned what types of words hurt people's feelings.

Other- This week in school, we talked about our Dream Classrooms. We had to tell the class how a fun classroom would look. For example, when it was our day to share you could make a picture and share it with the class. Or you could just think about it and then share it. From this activity, I learned not to be afraid of sharing with the class.

 

Reading- This week in reading we learned about what our post-it notes are for. We took a post-it note and made notes about the book we were reading. For example, I was reading a book and I found a sentence that I liked a lot. I would write the sentence on the post-it note. From this activity, I learned that reading is thinking.

Writing-This week in writing we learned about our lifebooks. Our lifebook is something that we could write anything we want in it. If the page is folded over and taped, that person does not want anyone to see it. For example, if I wanted to write about my puppy, I could. From this activity, I learned that a lifebook is like a diary.

Math- In math we learned about our Student Reference Books. A Student Reference Book is a book that will show you games and lots of other stuff. It has a glossary, index, and a Table of Contents. For example, if I wanted to play Less Than You, I would look in the Table of Contents and then I would find "Games" and I would look for Less Than You. I learned from this activity that a Student Reference Book is important.

Social Studies- This week in Social Studies we learned how to write an I-message. An I-message is when you get teased and you can give the person that teased you and I-message. It helps you not to get teased and to let the other person know how you're feeling. For example, me and Noah made a play and Noah ripped my paper and I gave him an I-message. From this activity, I learned how to say I-messages.

Other- This week in school, we brought garbage from our homes to the school. We also told people why it was garbage. It showed what we liked to use. For example, I brought in a toothbrush, wristband, crayon, and a card box. From this activity, I learned what other people like.

This week in school, we got assigned to do a job. We learned what our jobs were. I had a job that was Reporter. For example, reporters write stuff that goes onto the website. From this activity, I learned that at school we have jobs. You get money for doing jobs.