Thursday, December 20, 2012

             Welcome to our classroom Bubbles..we hope you like your new home.
              Can we "train our new pet goldfish"?
As we learn the steps to the  scientific process - students are getting  first hand experience doing their own experiment.
            They have set up an experiment to try and train "Bubbles" to come to the top of his bowl when he sees a hand above it- first step OBSERVATIONS..

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Witches

I can’t stress enough just how much I adore the works of
 Roald Dahl, and The Witches is easily one of my favorites.
The Witches is a book about an unnamed young boy who, having recently lost his parents in a car accident, goes to live with his grandmother. She tells him all about witches and her previous encounters with their ilk. She reveals that all witches hate children and want to get them because the smell of a child is particularly off-putting to witches. Needless to say, reading this as a kid was pretty scary. This sets the scene for one of the coolest supernatural children’s adventures ever. Unable to leave the country on a planned vacation due to the grandmother’s illness, the pair journeys instead to a luxury costal hotel. What could possibly go wrong? Nothing—other than the fact that all of England’s witches just happen to be having their yearly convention at the same hotel! I really don’t want to give anything else away, in case someone reading this post hasn’t read the book before. I will say that after first reading it, I looked at the hands and hair of every single woman I saw in public to see if she was wearing a wig and gloves (to cover her baldness and claws, of course!). Luckily, I never ran into any witches, and I eventually stopped checking for wigs and gloves. I did, however, continue to read and love the works of Roald Dahl.
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You can find The Witches in Arrow October: Teachers|Parents.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

NY games & puzzles

                  New On Spelling City!

The Empire State Games Page
New York StateNew York is home to so much natural beauty. It is also rich in history and culture. The state symbols of New York are an important part of both. To make it fun to learn, kids can play games to learn that the Rose is the state flower and the Sugar Maple is the state tree. The Empire State has never been more interesting! Have fun learning about the state of New York!!

New York Games, Videos & Printables
New York State Symbols
New York State Memory Match
Unscramble the Symbols
Fun with New York Vocabulary
Spell New York Vocab Words
Hangmouse In New York
New York Word Search
New York
New York Video
Empire State Building
Printable NY Unscramble
New York State Flag Puzzle
New York Stories By You
New York Word-O-Rama

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Have Fun With these Cool Links

Grade 4 ELA Learning Links

Language Arts

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

talk like a pirate day 9-19-12

If you haven't yet acknowledged Talk Like a Pirate Day, there's time to "patch" things up. Use our Featured Movie!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

BrainPOP characters, Tim and Moby, help explain what happened on the morning of September  11, 2011 through this video.  You do not need to have a BrainPOP account to access the video.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Our first read -a- loud will be 

The story

Fourth grader Peter Hatcher has a terrible problem – his little brother Fudge! The first in a very funny five book series.

Judy says

When I began to write our babysitter, Willie Mae Bartlett, brought me an article from the newspaper about a toddler who swallowed a tiny pet turtle. This was in the late sixties, when you could still buy turtles for pets. Willie Mae thought the story might inspire me. And it certainly did! I sat down and wrote a picture book called "Peter, Fudge and Dribble." I submitted my manuscript to several publishers but they all rejected it. Two editors wrote personal notes saying they found the story very funny but one was concerned that it could lead to small children swallowing turtles, and the other found it too unbelievable to publish.
A few years later, my first agent submitted the story to Ann Durell, editor of children's books at E.P. Dutton. Ann invited me to lunch. I was so nervous I could hardly eat but she was so warm and friendly I finally relaxed. Ann liked my story but she suggested, instead of a picture book, I consider writing a longer book about the Hatcher family, using "Peter, Fudge and Dribble" as one of the chapters.
I loved her idea and went home fired up and ready to write. That summer I wrote the book, basing the character of Fudge on my son, Larry, when he was a toddler. Though I still lived in suburban New Jersey, I set the book in New York City, in the building where my best friend, Mary Weaver, lived with her family. I changed the address but the elevator I describe in the book with its mirrored wall and upholstered bench is exactly as it was, and still is, in Mary’s building.
I proudly sent the finished manuscript to my agent but after she’d read it she said, "I don't think this is anything like what Ann had in mind." I was stunned and asked her to show it to Ann anyway. She did. Ann liked the manuscript and offered to publish it just as it was (I think it was the only book I’ve ever written that I didn’t revise). I was ecstatic.


We had a problem with my original title, "Peter, Fudge and Dribble," because another book had just come out called "Peter Potts." I couldn't come up with anything I liked as well and finally sent Ann a list of twenty possibilities, among them, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing. That's the one Ann chose.


The book is dedicated to Larry, of course, and to Willie Mae, who brought me that article from the paper.
“Will bring a chorus of laughter from sympathetic readers.”–Publishers Weekly
Visit Judy Blume's web site for kids

practice sheets

Back to School

Welcome back to school 4th graders..
I can't wait to see you tomorrow!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Simply Primary had a fantastic end of the year gift that I just had to try.  
Give each student a beach ball and let them autograph them as a personalized keepsake. 

“I’m glad I was your teacher
I’ve come to love you so.
I can’t believe the end is here.
I hate to see you go.
Remember all the fun we had
In all the things we did.
But most of all remember …
You’re a Very Special Kid!”

              We Had A BaLL in 3rd Grade!
I Had a BALL in School This Year! --- Think I'll do this! :) We can go outside and play with them at recess on the last day! :)                                        What were some of your favorite 3rd Grade Memories?

Friday, June 8, 2012

Cinderella Around The World..

Class 3-1 has read and enjoyed many versions of the traditional fairytale Cinderella.
Essential Question:

Why do different cultures have similar fairytales?
Of all the fairytales ever written, why has the story of Cinderella been the one to capture the hearts of so many generations and cultures?

Which Version Is Your Favorite?


June Writing Calendar

Photo: Keep kids writing every day of the month with a FREE writing prompts calendar! What are your kids’ favorite writing topics?

Thursday, June 7, 2012

3-1 Studies the art of Georgia O'Keefe

A pioneer Of Modern Art- Georgia O'Keefe

 "When you take a flower in your hand 

              and really look at it,

        it's your world for the moment. 

I want to give that world to someone else." 

                  – Georgia O'Keeffe

Artist, painter. Born on November 15, 1887, in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Known for her strikingflower paintings and other captivating works, Georgia O'Keeffe was one of the greatest American artists of the twentieth century. She took to making art at a young age and went to study at the Art Institute of Chicago in the early 1900s. Later, while living in New York, she studied with such artists as William Merritt Chase as a member of the Art Students League.
Students Experienced:
  • Learning about Georgia O’Keeffe and her flower paintings
  • Working on creating art in Georgia O'Keeffe's style
  •  Drew an object larger than life
My students with the help of our lovely & talented art teacher used paper plates to create their flower designs.
Some students decided to paint their flower designs on large paper.
This was such an easy enjoyable lesson.
For more information about Georgia O'Keeffe, visit

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literature circles in 3-1

 I actually love all of the amazing learning, and discussions that go on during
                                               Literature Circles...
One of the first things we did in the classroom is let the entire class experience all of the jobs in literature circles, while we all read a chapter book together.  This year we started with the book Charlotte's Web, which was wonderful..After we finished the book, many groups choose Judy Blume books - The Fudge series, but some of my groups actually choose 
Stuart Little and I was delighted that they did!  Their discussions usually started with a comparison between the two literary pieces and why they liked Snowbell more than Templeton.. make sure we knew all of our jobs an to keep moving the discussions along  I decided to ... 
Let the class make literature circle badges (worked like a charm) 
The front of the badge said the members role and the back described how to do the job!
It's amazing that something so simple really kept the students
 focused and responsible!and..engaged! WELL DONE 3-1..

web site for these book marks-www. / 
Students in 3-1 thoroughly enjoyed exploring characters in books they have read by identifying traits and providing evidence in their character bags.