NEW Reading Challenge for 2015-16

Congratulations to all 4th graders who achieved a medal in the A-Z reading challenge! I witnessed the hard work and wide reading that is, of course, the true reward of participation.


Welcome to the new 2015/16 Reading Challenge. Rather than reading our way through the alphabet, this new challenge requires participants to read according to categories. We think this is going to be lots of fun. Reading for the challenge begins the afternoon of June 2nd. Details are below:
2015-16 Reading Challenge

Mrs. Lewis created a helpful organizer that can be printed and used to keep track of books read for each category.
2015-16 Reading Challenge Organizer

Happy Reading!

Weekly Review by Alisa

It is getting close to the end of the year. Our class had to make a project for our SLC’s.

SLC is the Student Led Conference.
 We made reflections on most of our subjects we do in school. For language arts we had a success criteria and we have to follow the questions on the success criteria.
For math we filled out a sheet and answered all of the questions. Then we transformed all of the writing into a reflection. We did the same thing for Jewish studies. We would choose an artifact we did throughout the year, and we would write a small post about it. My artifact was Passover.
When we had our student led conference we showed all of the reflections we did.
Some pictures from last week in language arts from documentarians Aleeya and Mason.
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Weekly LA Post by Josh

This week we finished the book that we were reading, Under the Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald. It was about a girl trying to find out a mystery behind a strange painting from the Renaissance. After we finished, we rated the book. I rated it 5 because it was a mystery with lots of suspense, and I like those kinds of books. Then, we learned about artists from the Renaissance in art class. We learned about Rafael, Leonardo da Vinci, and Michelangelo.
Image Credit: Mrs. Gutterman

Image Credit: Mrs. Gutterman

We also worked on our endangered animal essays, where we write about an endangered animal. For this project, we researched information, and wrote the essay in three separate parts: The introduction, the body, and the conclusion. (Note from Ms. H: Students are also working on writing a bibliography with Mrs. Hallett’s assistance). Everyone has different animals, and mine is the Javan slow loris.


Weekly LA Review by Eliana

This week we started working on our Mammal March Madness essays.  We started working on our introductions.  We watched a video to teach us about all the components in an introduction. Attachment-1 We worked on our hook questions, and we shared some of them with the class.  Here are a few examples of our hook questions:

  • Would you like it if you were named after one of your body parts? –Saylor S.
  • How would you feel if your home was destroyed and you had nowhere to live? –Anna F
  • How would you feel if your home was like a garbage can? –Ariel O.


My animal is the Sumatran rhinoceros.  Here is my introduction:

How would you feel if you were getting killed just for a part of your body?  You would feel scared and sad, right?  That is probably how the Sumatran rhinoceros feels because they get killed for their meat and their horns.  The Sumatran rhino is a critically endangered animal from the forests of Sumatra.  Would you like to learn more about the Sumatran rhino?

Here is another example of an introduction:

How would you feel if people were destroying your home and killing your family and friends? You  feel sad and mad right. Well that is how the GBT cloud rat feels very day. What you are going to learn is why they are endangered, where they live and habitat, and their family life.Ava J.
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We also read Under the Egg some more.  It has gotten very intense.  Every time Mrs. H. stops reading, everybody begs her to read more.  I will not tell you about the book, because some people who read the blog might decide to read Under the Egg, and I don’t want to spoil the book for them.