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All students have weekly jobs. Each week, two people will be assigned the job of Class Reporter. The Class Reporters jobs are to write a few sentences about each subject area and the things we're doing in school with that particular subject. It will be posted online weekly for parents to read about, and to get an understanding of what goes on in school during the week.

To read reporters from past years, click on the Archives page!



Week of February 4-8
Reported by Alex and Vignesh

Reading- This week in reading we worked on inferencing from the book Alexander That Would Not Move. An inference is an action, thing, motion, or sound in the book that has proof. For example, one inference I did was when Alex said, “I’m not going to move.” Then I knew he was stubborn. From this activity I learned more about inferencing. (Alex)

Writing- This week in writing we talked about the details critics use. We were talking about the different details in movies, books, toys, and restaurants. For example, for movies, we talked about how much action it might have and if it’s realistic or animation, and how much suspense it has. In books, we talked about if it was easy to follow, what genre it was in, who the author and illustrator are, and how challenging the book was. For toys, we talked about the quality and how well it’s made, graphics on a video game, and the price of it. From this activity I learned what details critics use. (Vignesh)

This week in writing we worked on a persuasive review on why gummy worms are good and another review on why they are bad. I said they were good because they were sour and had a good texture and they were yummy. Some of the reasons we talked about not wanting to buy gummy worms was that they were too sour, too slimy, and they get stuck in your teeth. From this activity I learned more about how to write a review. (Alex)

Math- This week in math we played a game called Mystery Numbers. It is a game where you draw a number on your white board and you would say “I have a 5 in the millions” and you would do every number until they get it. For example, I draw a number on my white board. Say I put 5,987,512. I would say, “8 in the ten thousands place, two in the ones, and 1 in the tens.” I would say every number and my partner would guess at the end. From this activity I learned more about place value. (Alex)

This week in math we had a review day. We did a Stoplight Review, went on Mrs. Gold’s Website, played Number Top It, and did a Mystery Number Quiz. In the Stoplight Review, we filled out questions that were going to be on our test. Then we were supposed to say if it was easy (green), if it was a little hard (yellow), and if you didn’t understand it at all (red). For example, the review asked, “What does the 1 represent in 10,205?” On the review, I would have colored yellow because it was a little hard for me. From this activity I learned to practice my place value. (Vignesh)

Social Studies-This week in social studies we made a NJ Biography prject where you’re supposed to pick a book about a famous person from  NJ with a partner. We picked the book Paul Robeson. First we did a timeline of his life. After that, we made up pictures about his accomplishments in life. Then we made up questions that we would ask Paul Robeson if he was alive. For example, one of the questions I wrote was, “Why did you go to different states to act? Why couldn’t you just stay in NJ?” From this activity I learned about Paul Robeson. (Vignesh)



Week of January 14-18
Reported by Emily and William

Reading- This week in reading I did my reading goals. What we would do is look at the reading goal bookmark with our reading goals on it. The book we are reading is when we practice our goals. For example, my goal is inferencing. Since I read Harry Potter, I wrote, “Harry acts scared since he was late for school. I inferenced this because he panicked.” From this activity I learned how to inference. (William)

Writing- This week in writing we read/commented on everyone’s opinion essay. There would be a comment sheet on everyone’s desk. Each time you would read someone’s essay you would then write the person a compliment on their paper. For example, I read Alex’s essay and then I wrote, “I really liked your description.” From this activity I learned how to comment on someone’s essay. (William)

Math- This week in math I did multiplication baseball on the computer. How it works is the batter will throw you a ball with a problem on it. Before he throws a ball you could choose single (easy problem), double (sort of hard problem), and home run (hard problem). For example, I clicked single and the problem was 7x7. I knew right away it was 49. I clicked on it and it was right. From this activity I learned how to play multiplication baseball. (William)

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made topographical maps. A topographical map is a map that you can feel. The mountains are raised up. We used the model magic clay for the Appalachian Mountains and the Rocky Mountains. It was fun to learn, color and put on model magic or clay. We also learned about the five regions of the United States- the Northeast, Southeast, Mid-west, West, and Southwest. For example, we live in the northeast. The Grand Canyon is in the southwest. From this activity I learned about the five regions of the US. (Emily)

This week in social studies we learned about New Jersey’s regions. We answered questions and read a packet. The four regions are the Atlantic Coastal Plain, Piedmont, Highlands, and Ridge and Valley. For example, the Piedmont is the most populated region in NJ. From this activity I learned about the four regions of NJ. (Emily)

This week in social studies we were reading about New Jersey’s resources. The resources are forests, soil, water, minerals, and fuels. For example, water comes from the Atlantic Coastal Plain and Ridge and Valley. From this activity I learned about New Jersey’s resources. (Emily)



Week of January 7-11
Reported by Daniela and Ananya

Reading- This week in reading we were inferencing using a book called Boundless Grace. We also did a character web for a tool to inference. We would make a huge bubble with Grace’s name on it and put a line outside the bubble to make an inference. For example, Grace was very upset because she was going to leave her papa to go back to America and she hadn’t seen her father since she was very little, so it was very hard for her to say goodbye to papa. She said, “Saying goodbye to papa was the hardest.” From this activity I learned a new planning tool to help me inference. (Daniela)

Writing- This week in writing we learned how to write an opinion essay with everything an opinion essay has. It has a catchy lead, thesis, 3 reasons, evidence for the 3 paragraphs, and a final thought. For example, I wrote about how families can be helpful. My three reasons are: they can encourage you, be there for you, and be a buddy. From this activity I learned how to write an opinion essay. (Daniela)

Math- This week in math we played Beat The Calculator. There would be a “Caller”, a “Brain”, and a “Calculator”. The Caller would call the math problem, the Brain would try to get the right answer, and the Calculator would have to type in the problem on a calculator. For example, my group was Alex, Elizabeth, and me. Alex was the Brain, Elizabeth was the Calculator, and I was the Caller. I would call 5x5 and Alex would always say it first because figuring it out on your own is faster than with a calculator. (Daniela)

Social Studies-This week in social studies we made balloon globes. Mrs. Gold gave us all a blue balloon at snack time. Mrs. Gold told us to cut the continents out and the oceans. First we drew the equator with a sharpie on the balloon, then Mrs. Gold told us how to glue the continents on. For example, we glued Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, and Australia. We also glued on the Indian Ocean, Arctic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, and Atlantic Ocean. From this activity I learned how to make a balloon globe. (Ananya)

This week in social studies we made a 5-Region USA map. We would read about each region then color it on the map. First we read about the northeast, then we colored it on the map. We did the middle west, the southeast, and the west, and last but not least the southwest. For example, here are some states in the northeast- Maine, NJ, NY, Delaware. From this activity I learned the 5 regions of America. (Ananya)

This week in social studies we did a venn diagram comparing a map and a globe. We looked at the globe and map and wrote differences between them and things that are the same between the globe and the map. For example, we put bumpy for the globe, and flat for the map. We wrote that they both had a scale. From this activity I learned the differences between a map and a globe. (Ananya)



Week of January 2-4
Reported by Edward and Michele M.

Reading- This week in reading we practiced tapping the sounds in the words, like c-a-t. For example, it is like this: s-n-a-c-k and you tap with each sound. From this activity I learned it is easier to spell once you can tap. (Edward)

This week in reading we made a character web. It was really interesting because in the beginning of the book, Julius the Baby of the World, Lilly was mean to her little brother. At the end, Lilly was nice to her little brother. When we were finished making a character web, there were a lot of different words to describe Lilly. Also, in order to make the character web, we had to inference  which is taking clues from the story and figuring out how the character feels. For example, some of the words to describe Lilly were “nice, mean, selfish, and regretful”. From this activity I learned how to make a character web. (Michele)

Writing- This week in writing we learned the Giant I planning tool for our essays. This helps us plan the parts of our essay. For example, we need to write an introduction, three body paragraphs, with supporting information, and a conclusion. From this activity I learned how to plan for an opinion essay. (Edward)

Math- This week in math I learned how to make and read arrays to solve multiplication problems. For example, if you have two rows with two things in each row, your array looks like this:

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From this activity I learned how to solve multiplication problems using arrays. (Edward)

Social Studies- This week in social studies we made fantasy land maps. Fantasy land maps are maps based on something you like. We had to have ten or more symbols and 5 questions to go along with our maps. For example, if someone really liked candy they would make their map based on candy like a licorice zip line or a lollypop forest. From this activity I learned how to create a map. (Michele)

Other- This week in school we had Book Club Lunch! We talked about the stories each of us read. Each month we have a Book Club Lunch. Every month there’s a different genre and if you read a book and fill out the packet you can go! For example, this month’s genre was traditional fiction. Some of the books people read were Greek gods and Aesop’s fables. From this activity I learned about different books. (Michele)



Week of November 5-9
Reported by Elizabeth

Writing- This week in writing we learned how to write personal narratives instead of a summary. We took a few minutes to look over our writing and see if it was step-by-step or if it had feeling, dialogue, and other things. For example, if it was step-by-step, it was a summary (but we wanted a personal narrative). If it had feeling and dialogue, it was a personal narrative. From this activity I learned how personal narratives are different from summaries. (Elizabeth)

This week in writing we learned how to write in cursive! We started up with a cursive warm-up and made lines, loops, and other things. From this activity I learned how to write in cursive. (Elizabeth)

Science- This week in science we pretended to be bees. We had to go around our table and take a cheese puff, get our hands cheesy, eat the cheese puff, and then wipe our hands on a paper flower. When we were all done, we observed the cheesy flower and saw how bees spread pollen. For example, we used the cheese puffs as pollen and we would eat it, then rub it on the flower. From this activity I learned how bees pollinate. (Elizabeth)



Week of October 22-26
Reported by Holly and Michele

Reading- This week in reading we read The Man Who Walked Between the Towers. We practiced talking with our partners and predicting. It was super cool. For example, some of the questions Mrs. Gold asked us was how to predict what was going to happen next. From this activity I learned how to talk more with my partners. (Michele M.)

Writing- This week in writing we talked about our stories that we are taking through the whole writing process with our writing partners. They would tell you what you did good and what you need to work on. For example, I would tell my story and my partner would tell me feedback. From this activity I learned how to work on communicating with my partner. (Michele M.)

Math- This week in math we learned part-part-total. There were two boxes next to each other that said “part” and then one bigger box on top of those two that said “total”. For example, if there was a problem that said, “Bob had $60.00 and Rose had $45.00. How much more did Bob have?” You would put the $60 in the total and the $45 in one of the parts, and a ? in the other part. From this activity I learned how to use part-part-total. (Michele M.)

Science- This week in science we observed bees. We looked at bees and observed their thorax, head, abdomen, and the rest of their body. Next we looked at our picture of the bee and colored the part that we thought made the bee a good pollinator. For example, the part I colored in was the pollen basket because that’s where they keep the pollen they collect. From this activity I learned the parts of a bee. (Holly)

This week in science we read a book called Busy Bees. It’s where we look in a book and answer the questions that our science packet asked us. We worked in partnerships. I worked with Michelle. When we finished that we made bee riddles. For example, one of the questions was, “What are the 3 types of bees?” The answer was “honey bees, bumble bees, and carpenter bees”. From this activity I learned the different types of bees. (Holly)

Other- This week in school we learned about UNICEF. It is an organization where they go to kids who aren’t getting the childhood they deserve. UNICEF brings them vitamins, nutrition, water, and school. UNICEF saves people’s lives too. For example, if we were in need for water, UNICEF would bring us water. From this activity I learned how important it is to be healthy and how lucky we are to be living like we do. (Holly)



Week of October 15-19
Reported by Noah

Reading- This week in reading we read Ms. Nelson is Missing and we chatted with our reading partners and talked about what happened in the story. Then after a couple days we re-read the book and the reason we re-read it was because maybe the first time we did not see something but this time we saw what we missed. For example, we read Ms. Nelson Is Missing two times and chatted with our partners to talk about what happened. From this activity I learned why to re-read books that you don't understand. (Noah)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote poems about how you know it's fall. We circled all the nouns, then added a detail to each one. Afterward we wrote our poems and added even better sentences to describe the words better. For example, "I smell the delicious pumpkin pie"- but an even better sentence would be, "I smell the hot delicious pumpkin pie baking in the house." From this activity I learned how to make fall poems.

Math- This week in math we learned how to do "in and out boxes". There's a big box and you sometimes have to figure out the rule or you have to figure out the empty boxes. For example, you have to figure out the rule and the missing numbers.

In
Out
82  
  19
35 12

From this activity I learned how to do in and out boxes.

Week of October 8-12
Reported by Eric and Abby

Reading- This week in reading we learned Raz-Kids. It’s a website w here you read a book and take a quiz and get points. For example, I read a book about Obama. From this activity I learned that President Obama was from Hawaii. (Eric)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote rules for Writing Conferences. First, we watched a video about a writing conference and the teacher gave ideas to the kid like writing about people and places. For example, one of the rules we made was not to disturb the teacher while in a conference. From this activity I learned rules for a writing conference. (Eric)

Math- This week in math we made an exemplar. An exemplar is explaining how you did a word problem. We wrote one together as a class and then one with a partner. For example, there are 7 steps of writing one.

  1. I read the problem.
  2. I know that…
  3. I want to know…
  4. The strategy I used was…
  5. I used this strategy because…
  6. My final answer is…
  7. It makes sense because…

From this activity I learned how to write an exemplar. (Eric)

Science- This week in science we learned how to do our observation packets for our plants. First we wrote how old it was and it’s height in cm. Then we drew the plant in detail. Finally, we wrote any observations. For example, my plant was 5cm tall and had two round green leaves. From this activity I learned that plants can be different. (Abby)

This week in science we transplanted our plants. But only I had more than 1 in a quad. If we had all quads full then we gave one to someone else. In order to do that we have to be very careful. We used toothpicks for shovels. For example, I had 2 plants in each quad so I had to give it away. From this activity I learned how to transplant. (Abby)

School- This week in school we had a guidance lesson with Mrs. Fornal. First we all got put into groups. Each group got a poster. Our poster said, “Joining A Group”. We wrote the steps for joining a group. For example, the first step is to stand nearby and see what they’re playing. From this activity I learned the steps to joining a group. (Abby)

Week of October 1-5
Reported by Elizabeth and Connor

Reading- This week in reading we read Some Birthday by Patricia Polacco. It was good! For example, in the story the dad scared his children in the clay pit. From this activity I learned that surprises in a story make it interesting. (Connor)

Writing- This week in writing we took samples of personal narratives and highlighted the important parts of a personal narrative. For example, we highlighted feelings, actions, and characters. From this activity I learned what the recipe for a personal narrative was. (Connor)

Math- This week in math we learned how to add a bunch of money. It was really fun! For example, Mrs. Brown gave us coins to count up to make certain amounts of money. From this activity I learned that you could use different combinations of coins to make the same amount. (Connor)

Science- This week in science we played “Is it living or non-living?”. We made two cards. One said Living and one said Non-Living. Mrs. Gold made a power point with things that were living or non-living. For example, the first one was a snowman. We all put up non-living and she asked us why it was living or non-living. From this activity I learned about living and non-living. (Elizabeth)

This week in science we planted seeds! We got all of our supplies. First, we took these little cups called planter quads. Then we put wicks in them. Then we filled dirt in the cups half-way, then we put in fertilizer and the seeds, and we filled the rest of the quad with dirt and watered it. From this activity I learned how to grow seeds. (Elizabeth)

School- This week in school we had our Book Club Lunch. Book Club Lunch is when we get packets at the beginning of the month. On the front of the packet, it has what genre it was that month. The genre of September was fantasy. For example, we had to read a book that was fantasy and fill out a page with questions on it and then we had to bring it in and discuss it during lunch with the teacher. From this activity I learned what happens at a Book Club Lunch. (Elizabeth)

Week ofSeptember 24-28
Reported by Michele M.

Math- This week in math we played Beat The Calculator. We played in groups of 3 and 4. It was a lot of fun and really cool. For example, one person would be the caller who picked two numbers and there would be two other people. One had a calculator and the other person would have to solve it in their head. From this activity I learned how to tell differences with numbers. (Michele)

Science- This week in science we predicted how lima beans changed over 24 hours after soaking and filled out a sheet of observations telling what it looked like now. For example, we guessed what the color would be and the smell and feel. From this activity I learned how to predict. (Michele)

Other- This week in school we played jeopardy about our classroom. The other team won but it was a lot of fun. The different columns were behavior, earnings, classroom job, and some others that I forget. For example, there were five columns nad if I picked “classroom job for 400” Mrs. Gold would ask me a hard questions. If I got it right my team would get 400 points. If she asked me 3 class rules, I would give the answer and if I got it wrong, it would go to the other team and the points would go to them. (Michele)

Week ofSeptember 17-21
Reported by Adam and Noah

Reading- This week in reading we learned about different book genres. Here are just a few: poetry, folk tales, biography, autobiography, and fantasy. For example, Mrs. Gold would hold up a book and with our cards we would say if it was fiction or non-fiction. From this activity I learned which books are fiction and non-fiction. (Adam)

Writing- This week in writing we had a parent-nigh quiz and we quizzed our parents on how much they knew about us. For example, our favorite color was there. Then when you came in you guessed what I had on my list of favorites. From this activity my parents learned more about me. (Noah)

This week in writing we wrote about someone who was special to us and we picked a small moment. Then we brainstormed and wrote about our small moments. For example, I chose Mason to write about and I wrote about the first time he caught a baseball. Another thing I can write about is the first time he said my name. From this activity I learned that there is always something to write about. (Adam)

Math- This week in math we used number grids to help us find the differences in numbers. Say I am at 58 and I go 2 to the left. I’d be at 56. For example, if you go up one is ten less. If you go down one it’s ten more. From this activity I learned that numbers can be in between numbers. (Adam)

This week in math we learned how to use number grids. If you move up one space on a number grid, you are subtracting 10. For example, 180 to 190 is 10 apart from that number. From this activity I learned how to understand number grids. (Noah)

Social Studies- This week in social studies we learned about fairy tales from the villain’s perspective.
We made up our own stories, and made the villain look good. For example, our group wrote about the 3 Little Pigs and the villain was the wolf. From this activity I learned more about the villain’s perspective in fairy tales. (Noah)

Week ofSeptember 6-14
Reported by Eric and Joey

Reading-This week in reading we read a lot of personal choice books. For example Mrs. Gold and Ms. Brown gave us quiet time to read and select our own books.  From this activity I learned that it is important to pick the right level books. I enjoyed all of the books that I read. (Joey)

Writing- This week in writing we wrote bio poems.  For example, we wrote about ourselves using a guide sheet that our teachers made for us.  From this activity I learned a lot about myself.  We traced our heads and glued our poems on the silhouettes.  I liked this project because we got to know about everyone in the class. (Joey)

Math- In math, we did m & m math.  For example, we learned how to estimate amounts, sort by color and then find the exact numbers.  From this activity, I learned how to make a bar graph and read it to find out information about the m & m’s.  We also went to summermoviecash.com and I won two free movie tickets.  What an exciting week we had. (Joey)

Social Studies- This week in social studies we did a classroom puzzle. Each person in my class had to color a piece with their name on it. Then we had to put it together. For example, I put down a lot of pieces for other people. From this activity I learned how to cooperate with each other. (Eric)

Other- This week in school we did a tour of our school. We walked around the school while Mrs. Gold was pointing out all of the places in the school. For example, I got to know where the gym was. From this activity I learned the places of my school. (Eric)

 

 

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