Weekly Post from Danny

Thank you to Danny for writing this week’s blog post. Documentarians this week were Aleeya and Saylor.

Here at MJGDS Language Arts we did a lot of cool things this week!

On Monday we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and we did Daily 3. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Daily 3 it is when you  read to self, work on writing, and word work. We also learned how to make connections while reading. In order to connect you have to link it to something in a book, in real life, or in the world.

On Tuesday we had our pajama reading party. We read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane and we did Daily 3. We also learned the steps of how you become CHAMPS. C is for Conversation, H is for Help, A is for Activity, M is for Movement, P is for Participation, S is for Success. We also read The Lion And The Mouse.

On Wednesday we did Daily 3 and The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. On Thursday We did Daily 3 and we read The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. We also learned what a personal narrative is. This week was REALLY FUN!!!


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What does the Mishna say about a kosher sukkah

For the past two weeks we studied the halachot (rules) from the Mishna for a kosher and non kosher sukkah.  For example you are allowed to build a sukkah on a camel, on a balcony and on a boat but not under an existing tree. image


We also studied about the  ארבעת המינים (Four Species) and their connection to the various characteristics the Jewish People.  We also discussed who is obligated to dwell in the sukkah and who is not.

Weekly Post from Eliana

Eliana was our classroom blogger this week. We combined two weeks into one post since we have had such short weeks. Thank you, Eliana, for sharing our news!

We are reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, and we are now on Chapter 10 and are really into the story. We are making all sorts of predictions, from Edward is going to fall off the railing of a ship so he can start his miraculous journey, to the grandmother cursing Edward in a mysterious story.

We are participating in a Global Read Aloud which will go until November. You can go to Twitter and search #GRAEdward to find tweets and predictions about The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. You can also go to Twitter and search @4thmjgds to find my Fourth Grade class’s page and start following us to.

We are learning how to visual note take by using many pictures and few words, and our art teacher Mrs. Gutterman even came in to help us really understand the process. We read a chapter in the book, and she took visualized notes. She said that even though she has never read this book before, that taking visualized notes helped her understand the book better. Visual note taking is not for everyone, but some people say it really helps them understand better. I personally like to use visual note taking, and just like to picture what is happening in the story in my head, but that doesn’t mean that everyone has to like it or dislike it because different people have different tastes.

Here are some pictures from my class’s documentarians Ava and Eva!

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Everyday Arrays

In Fourth Grade Math, the students are learning about factors. We worked on understanding factors using rectangular arrays. Array: an arrangement of objects, pictures, or numbers in columns and rows.

Students were asked to find examples of “everyday arrays”, and we held an Array Showcase. Here are some of the arrays that they shared:


6 x 4 = 24 case of water bottles

4 x 4 = 16 waffle

4 x 4 = 16 waffle


How will we become a unified class? הכיתה המאוחדת

We read a story about a girl who needed help, and unfortunately, nobody offered to help her. It led us to our classroom discussion on the “rules” of becoming a unified class.  The students recognized what the problem was in the story, then they conferred on what ideas could have helped the situation, and finally, they determined a solution. The first rule that we learned is that We Should Always Help a Classmate.  ואהבת לרעך כמוך (You should treat your friend the way you want to be treated) which is a famous quote from Rabbi Akivah.  

Seven steps of T’shuva

For the past two weeks we continued to discuss the steps for T’shuva according to the Rambam. Students are learning that there is a seven step process to complete when correcting wrong behavior.  This applies to everyday throughout the year, not just during Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur.  Students enjoyed listening to the Hebrew story How Do We Make T’shuva?  Following the story, each student acted out one of the steps and the other students guessed the step.   We also worked as a group to put the steps in the correct order.

Ask your child what are the seven steps of T’shuva according to the Rambamphoto-20Sanah Tova!


Reading, Writing, Word Work….and a Quiz!

Today I (Mrs. H) am the “special guest blogger.” Although, as a student told me, “It sounds more interesting when the kids say it” (and I do agree), I thought I would take an opportunity to share some thoughts and updates about 4th grade language arts.

Writing: We worked this week on persuasive writing. Each student wrote to his or her parents, attempting to convince them to get a particular pet. You’re welcome! I have told them that if they get the pet due to the convincing power of their words, it’s an automatic A. Your “parent homework” is to read your child’s blog post and leave a quality comment.

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Reading: The goal of Daily 3 reading is independence and meeting the needs of each reader in a diverse group. As such, there are many different things going on while I am still getting to know each child as a reader. We do not find the time for reading every day in class, although I try really hard to carve out at least 15 minutes each day.

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I can not stress enough the importance of reading at home. Reading is homework. This includes the wonderful and valuable act of reading to your child. One of the biggest ways you can help assure your child’s success in language arts this year is to help him/her:

  • make time for reading
  • talk with your child about what he/she is reading
  • help your child remember to bring his/her book to school every dayphoto 2

Word Work: I plan to introduce word work next week. Word work includes spelling, vocabulary building and word origins. There are many apps that make word work enjoyable.

Grammar: We have been working with mentor sentences as a way to focus on grammar and conventions in the context of good writing. We will be taking a quiz on Weds. covering rules of capitalization. Each child has an account on the site noredink.com, and they can use that site to practice for the quiz. Here is the link to the capitalization practice section. The quiz will cover: beginning of a sentence, days and months, holidays, streets, cities and other places; names, pronouns and titles, and brand & product names.

Language arts is everywhere, and so are opportunities for learning. You can reinforce classroom learning in a million fun ways. Try this: next time you are in the car or out and about, hunt for prepositions (or adjectives, nouns, verbs, etc) with your child.

Shana Tova!

This Week in Language Arts

Thank you, Saylor S, for writing this informative blog post!

Collage by Eliana M.
Collage by Eliana M.

This week in Language Arts we read the book My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco. She is also the author of Thank You, Mr. Falker. Every week, we get a sentence from a different book. This week’s sentence was ”Richard gave me one of his extra-rotten, weasel-eyed, greeny-toothed grins.”

All week we focus on that one sentence. On Monday, we wrote down what we noticed about the sentence (Like a bullet list.) On Tuesday, we wrote down the parts of speech in the sentence. On Wednesday, we used to just change one or two words of the sentence. But, we decided to combine Wednesday and Thursday. So, instead of doing work in our notebook, we read or something like that. On Thursday, we imitate the sentence. That means that we build our own sentence from the structure of the mentor sentence*. On Friday, we took our test on what we learned. ( We have a secret word for it, but it wouldn’t be a secret if I told you.)
*As Mrs. Hernandez says.

We also read a lot this week. We read for 15-20 minutes mostly every day. If we don’t have any time, then we won’t read.

We also had to write a blog post about our shelfies. A shelfie is when you take a picture of yourself with your favorite book/series. I did ‘The Land of Stories’ by Chris Colfer. It is a small series. There are three books in the series. I have read two of them. I’m looking forward to reading the third book. Anyway, the blog post that we wrote had to be about our book/series and had to include your shelfie. My whole class created shelfies using the app Pic Collage. It is one of my favorite apps!

                            STEPS TO MAKING YOUR OWN SHELFIE
1. Have someone take a picture of you with your favorite book. (When I say book, I mean book/series but my fingers are getting tired of doing that.) I recommend somewhere where there is a solid color behind you.
2. Double click it and push ‘Set as Background’.
3. Flick your tiny picture into the trash can in the upper right corner.
4. Press the ‘+’ on the bottom-middle and push ‘add text’.
5. Type in the word ‘read’ and choose your color, font, and background for you writing.
6. Move the word ‘read’ with your fingers to the plain color.
Now, I’ll tell you how to decorate.
1. Press the ‘+’ on the bottom-middle
2. Press ‘add stickers’.
You can start with the starter pack, purchase some sticker packs, or download some of the free ones.

Well, that’s another great week all wrapped up!
Bye for now!