Friday, April 26, 2013

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Post by Natalie

 Our week began with continued work on our essay research papers. We are just about completed with our revision. We also started our slide show presentations and got to learn how to use animations. Our math lesson was on finding the "Area" of a parallelogram. It was a little confusing trying to find the right angle to measure height.

Maine Maritime Museum Shipyard
 On Tuesday we missed Guidance and went to the Maine Maritime Museum. There, we built a model of a boat and learned how old clipper ships were built in Maine. We also got to drill holes in wood the old fashioned way and push oakum in between planks. This was done to make ships water tight. Oakum is made of torn up ropes and hemp and soaked in tar. Men were paid 1 penny a foot to hammer oakum into ships planking. "What a job!"

On Wednesday we played Quititch in gym. We also started our new unit on seeds and plants. We soaked seeds and open them up to observe what is in a seed. You can actually see the first leaves. We then completed some scientific drawings. In math we learned how to find the area of a triangle. (b x h ) * one half. Another new formula to practice. A little tricky! Wednesday was also teacher appreciation day and we achieved our goal of filling the school with flowers!!
Planting our classroom greenhouse
As Thursday rolled around, we had art. While our clay was cooking, we made our own cartoon figures. We also began a new poetry unit in writer's workshop. We learned that inferencing is the most important reading skill to poetry. You really have to use your schema when reading some types of poetry. Another thing we did in poetry was discuss the meaning of "mood" and "imagery." We learned how an author uses certain words to create a mood or picture in the reader's mind.  The poet we focused on this week was e.e. cummings. Do you know what e.e. stands for?

On Friday we had music. We also planted lettuce, radish, beans, and zucchini in our classroom greenhouse. Playing in the dirt was so much fun! 
Hammering Oakum!
Planning the Greenhouse


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Post by Jack M.
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Hello again, it's me Jack. On Monday we worked on perimeter in math and went to library, we also started to wrap up our Maine state essays. Tuesday we learned that a new student was coming. Her name is Charlen. We also went to Guidance with Mrs. Spellman. In Math we started Area and practiced the formula for finding area. As Wednesday rolled around and we went to P.E. and continued our final work on our essays. Charlen was supposed to come to school but, she was sick. Can you tell that we are excited to meet her?
Meet our new classmate Charlen

Thursday we finished our essays and organized our portfolios. Boy that took a long time! We got to play board games and have a relaxing day just before Spring Break. Charlen finally came in today and everybody was excited to talk to her and show her around school. We also finished our clay projects in art. At the end of the day, we celebrated Loey's birthday. Have a good vacation. I'll be back again soon by. -Jack   


Friday, April 5, 2013

Post by Chloe
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This was a busy week with a lot of things happening. We started our week off with a great Monday morning with multiplying fractions. We found this to be easy and really enjoyed it, as a class we're pretty good at it. It was an especially fun day because of  "Beach Day" at lunch. Tuesday was awesome! We went to Jillson's Farm to see how sap is turned into maple syrup. Mrs. Rollins bought us all some maple cotton candy. It was fantastic! We had lunch there with all of our friends and then we all got a large scoop of vanilla ice cream with maple syrup poured on top. YUMMY! We got home a little early and got to go outside for free play. We got Mrs. Rollins to play "Blob" tag. She was it! It was so fun to see her laughing and running around like crazy. 

On Wednesday we started our math unit on perimeter and area. Everyone loves this unit. By the time Thursday came we were measuring our classroom and learning the difference between a draft drawing and a scale drawing of a room or building. We are learning how to make scale drawings. We also continued our work on the lap tops with our non fiction essays. Thursday and Friday were also interesting days because we had our "Learn About Your Body" video and question sessions. We learned about how we are growing. At the end of Friday, we earned our "Team Time" and got to work on our wigwams. Making wigwams is a lot harder than the Abanaki made it look. That's our week.