A Different Way to Review

PhotoGrid_1422287283305On Friday, we played an awesome game in math. In math, we sit in groups of 3. You are one or two or three. You each get a dry erase board and a marker and eraser. On the smart board a problem shows up. One for number 1, one for number 2 and one for number 3. You estimate the problem and get an answer, then get the exact answer. Each problem is different for a different number. Then after doing that for a while we switch to word problems. When you do problems your numbers don’t matter. We had a lot of fun playing this.

By Danny

Quad-Blogging Week 2

This is our week to post AND comment. Your goal is to write a blog that will be interesting to the other children reading your blog. 

Your Posting Assignment:

You will write a blog post about our school.  This is your opportunity to teach other children what makes MJGDS unique.  Stay positive and elaborate.  Follow the steps below.

  1. Choose at least three topics to write about.  You have many to choose from: Jewish studies and Hebrew, our 1:1 iPad program, Daily 3, our classroom jobs, Knesset, etc.
  2. Use high level vocabulary.
  3. Edit carefully for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
  4. Give your post a title that also includes “Quad Blog” so that it will be easy for our audience to find the post. Example: Quad Blog: I Love MJGDS!
  5. Include at least one original image (photo or drawing).
  6. Submit blog draft in Google Drive to me no later than Wednesday, January 28th.  It must be posted to your blog by Friday, January 30th.
Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmasphere/20993325

Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmasphere/20993325

Your Commenting Assignment

  1. Find your name on this page. You will have either one or two assigned blogs.
  2. Go to Mrs. Heywood’s blog where you will see the students’ blogs listed. Find each blogging partners and visit that person’s blog.
  3. Look for the post titled “All About Me.” If the quad blogging post is not posted, you may comment on another post.
  4. Read the post thoughtfully.
  5. Leave a quality comment that is positive, well-written and makes a connection to the post.
  6. Edit carefully for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
  7. Before submitting your comment, copy it. Paste into an email and send to Mrs. H for credit.
  8. All comments must be posted by Monday!

 

Weekly Update by Moe

In Language arts we learned how to do a quality comment. A quality comment has to have six sentences or more. It must have few or no errors in spelling and punctuation. You must have correct capitalization. Make a connection to the writer. Your words must have energetic words. Proper grammar is very important. You never want to leave a bad comment on a post. If you do all of these steps then you will never have a bad comment.

We also started a book club. We used the app called Subtext. Subtext can be a very good app to use for groups reading. In Subtext if you’re a teacher you can make assignments. I’m reading A Single Shard on Subtext with five other kids. We do book club on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

We learn every day in language arts. We are doing lots of things in school.

Language Arts Update

We are starting a new quarter, so I wanted to share an update of what is happening in language arts, as well as some (hopefully helpful) reminders.

Reading
Last quarter, students’ grades were determined solely by independent reading as quantified by AR points. This quarter, all fourth graders will be participating in a book club. We are experimenting with an app called Subtext. We will be using the app to read and discuss the book.

Mrs. Hallett’s group is reading the unabridged classic, Around the World in 80 Days.
Mrs. Fennell’s group is reading A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park.
Mrs. Hernandez’s group is reading Frindle by Andrew Clements.

Students should still be reading independently at home each night! Most book club reading will be done independently with the twice-weekly meetings used to go deeper and focus on specific features and ideas from the text. Students should have another book that they are reading simultaneously.

Writing

We are in the midst of quad-blogging with three other classes. This week we discussed the success criteria for a quality comment. Next week we will be posting as well as commenting. We will also be working on poetry that will be used for a project in art.

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Habits of Mind
One expectation I have for all fourth graders is that they follow basic verbal and/or written directions. We use checklists and other tools to help with more complex directions. As we are moving into the second half of the year, we will be moving more quickly through assignments, and students must manage their class time efficiently to complete what is required or else finish work at home. Part of the Daily 3 model of choice is to teach skills like time management and prioritizing tasks. If students are to be successful, they must begin to develop effective work habits.

Parent Connect
Karin Hallett and I will be holding the next Parent Connect this Monday morning, January 26, at 8:30 AM. The topic is Reading Levels vs. Reading Lives. What is interesting about reading levels? Please join us to find out! All are welcome, so please bring a friend.

Welcome to Quad-Blogging: Leave a Quality Comment!

Welcome to quad-blogging.  We will have fun while learning to write for an audience and connecting with other young bloggers .  Each class is assigned one week to post, and the rest of the classes will read and comment.  

Our quad includes our class, a 5th grade class from Illinois, a 5th grade class from Trinidad, West Indies and a 4th grade class from Wisconsin. This week we will be commenting on posts from Mrs. Thompson’s students in Illinois.

Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmasphere/20993325

Image Credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dharmasphere/20993325

Your  assignment:

  1. Find your name on this spreadsheet. You will have either one or two assigned blogs.
  2. Go to Mrs. Thompson’s blog. Along the sidebar you will see the students’ blogs listed. Find your blogging partner(s) and visit that person’s blog.
  3. Look for the post titled “quad blogging.” If the quad blogging post is not posted, you may comment on another post.
  4. Read the post thoughtfully.
  5. Leave a quality comment that is positive, well-written and makes a connection to the post. Use the commenting policy you wrote for your blog as a guide for how you respond to others’ blogs (mutual respect!).
  6. Edit very carefully for spelling, punctuation, capitalization, and grammar.
  7. Before submitting your comment, copy it. Paste into an email and send to Mrs. H for credit.
  8. All comments must be posted by Friday, January 23rd.

The Weekly Blog Post by Daisy

On Monday we had a normal day; we did 3 rounds of Daily 3.
On Tuesday we had a mystery Skype!! A mystery Skype is a Skype when you try to find out where the other class/person/anyone lives. We had a Skype with a sixth grade class. We guessed their location first!! They asked some really good questions though. One of their questions was do you live east of the prime meridian. They live in Poughkeepsie, NY, USA.

Mystery Skype #2 - Google Docs

I was the note taker, and these were my notes.

These photos were taken by Anna who was one of the documentarians during the Skype.
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On Thursday we had Daily 3. The teachers previewed books that they are doing for our book clubs. Mrs. F is going to be reading A SINGLE SHARD and Mrs.H is going to be doing FRINDLE. Mrs. Hallett is doing the book AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS.
On Friday the whole time we had Daily 3.

What We Learned This Week by Danny

Documentarians were Ava and Moe

On Monday we learned how to use Comic Life. On Comic Life you pick a background, then you can put pictures, speech bubbles, and change the typing color. We wrote commenting policies using Comic Life. This is informational writing. We got information about quality commenting by reading Zoe’s blog post and watching the 5th grade video. We are preparing to do Quad Blogging.  Here is a link to my commenting policy.

We did daily 3.  During daily 3, work on writing was our commenting policies.  We learned a little bit about visual vocabulary. Visual vocabulary is when you find a interesting word, you write its meaning and part of speech, and you create or find a picture that shows the meaning of your word.

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Welcome Back!

I hope everyone has had a wonderful and relaxing winter break. I am looking forward to hearing about everyone’s time off and, hopefully, about what books have been read and enjoyed.

Before the break we finished reading the book Gooney Bird Greene by Lois Lowry. Gooney Bird (that is her real name) is a unique second grader who teaches her class all about the art of storytelling. Some of the students took sketchnotes while I read aloud.

Alisa

Alisa

Ariel

Ariel

Daisy

Daisy

We have lots of great reading, writing and word work planned for January and the rest of 2015! I can’t wait to see everyone tomorrow morning. xo, Mrs. H

The Chanukkah Story

It is Kislev and Chanuka is on the way! In class we are studying the history of the holiday.  The unit explores the question: what are the sources of the holiday and aims at understanding the Chanuka story from the perspective of its heroes.

We are learning the story of Chanuka from reading ancient scrolls.  Each  group of students was assigned a scroll.  They analyzed the problem, gave advice and found the solution. Now they are ready to present their work to the entire class by using their choice of app on the iPad (Pixie, Haiku Deck, etc).

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