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Happy holidays.

We had a holiday-themed day today!  The students were filled with excitement and energy and we utilized their positive energy for some holiday projects.

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The STEM Tree Building Challenge was really fun!  Every student was engaged and involved in the process.  Every team met the challenge goal!  See the finished products in the photos below.

J’s grandmother was a guest reader in our class.  She shared The Great Pirate Christmas Battle by Michael G. Lewis and Santa Cows by Cooper Edens.  The children loved the stories.  Thank you for volunteering to read to our class!

I just wanted to take a moment to thank each and every one of you for the cards, presents, and the generous classroom gift.  I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity.  THANK YOU!  I love spending every day with the students in our class.  We have a kind, thoughtful, creative, intelligent group of children and they make each day new and exciting.  I hope everyone has a safe and fun winter vacation.  Happy Holidays!

 

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Thanksgiving week.

It’s been a busy Thanksgiving-themed week!  Our class has been having conversations about all of the things we are grateful for.  We filled out feathers to add to the school turkey and we wore tags displaying our gratitude.

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In math we have been working in groups to solve our turkey problems.  It has proved to be fun and engaging.  Check out our hard work below!

turkey-part-2-work-2016

Suggested Interview Questions” for the Molly’s Pilgrim Project are due Monday, December 5th.  Students should interview their “pilgrim” (or relative/friend of a pilgrim) and record their answers on a separate piece of paper.

What is your full name? Are you a pilgrim? If not, who is the pilgrim you will tell me about?

What country and city did you come from?

Was it a difficult decision to come to America?

Tell me about your life in your home country, such as friends and things you did in your spare time.

What city and state did you arrive in (U.S.)?

What year did you leave your country to come to the United States?

Tell me about the journey from your country. Did you come on a boat, plane, or car to the U.S.? How long did it take? Explain in detail.

How old were you when you came to the U.S.?

Why did you leave your country?

Did you come to the U.S. with anyone else? If so, who?

Tell me about your family.

What was your job in your first country? What was your job in the U.S.?

When you came to the U.S. what did you do first?

What do you miss about your home town?

What do you love about the U.S.?

Do you ever travel back to your old country? Why or why not?

Are you happy with your decision to come to the U.S.?

If the person is no longer alive, when did they die?

*Feel free to write your own questions!

 

I hope everyone has an enjoyable and safe Thanksgiving with family and friends.

 

Homework update.

STATE PROJECT. Students are continuing to work on their state projects.  Everyone should have completed the state map and the first four pages of the packet (Quick State Facts, Products, Industry, and Famous People).  Friday, November 4 the next three pages are due (Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, and Big Cities).  By Monday, November 14 a short written report, picture, and cover will be due.  The short report should have four paragraphs:

Paragraph 1–Important Facts/History

Paragraph 2–Geography

Paragraph 3–Landmarks

Paragraph 4–Fun and Interesting Information

Students should also provide the sources for their information.

The students have been collecting information for the written report in library.  At a later date students will be creating a presentation using the green screen in the Kennedy Makerspace!  Ms. Labaire and I will be working with Lesley University for this exciting project.

A GOOD NIGHT’S SLEEP. Students are logging when they go to bed and when they wake up to calculate the total number of hours and minutes slept each night.  They are also recording their observations about how they are feeling and why they think they are feeling that way.  After a week of recording their data, students will make conclusions based on their sleep record and observations. The entire packet, including the comprehension questions, is due Wednesday, November 2.

Also, don’t forget to follow me on Instagram @mrstremonte.  I make a weekly post about our classroom happenings.  If you don’t have an Instagram account it is really easy to sign up!

 

Pilgrim project.

Where in the world do we come from?

Before Thanksgiving break, our class read Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.  Molly was born in Russia. Her pilgrim doll looked like a Russian doll. Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

By now, each student has interviewed a family member or friend about someone who was a “pilgrim”. Share any information, pictures, memories, etc. Write a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” you interviewed.  Then, like Molly, make a doll that represents the family member (or friend) you interviewed. Be creative!  The project (the writing AND the doll) is due Friday, December 18, 2015. Students will be presenting their dolls and their stories the week of December 21st.

We have already started working on our writing in class, and we will continue working on the writing in class this week (the week of December 7th).  Students should come to school prepared with their project materials.

Please use common materials found around your home to make the doll (paper towel rolls, old clothing, paper, etc.). There is no need to spend a lot of money at Michael’s. Our best dolls have always been made with recycled materials!

New england state project.

Each child has started to learn about a New England State of their choice (Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, or Maine). Your child should have already completed a map of their state. By the end of this week, your child will come home with a “My State Report Booklet” to further their study of their state. They can find information and helpful resources online. A list of websites is available at our classroom website under the “For Children” tab:

https://mrstremonte.wordpress.com/for-children/

If you scroll down you can see the “New England State Project Links”.

Due by Friday, October 30th:

Quick State Facts, Products, Industry, Famous People

Due by Friday, November 6th:

Tourist Attractions, Landmarks, Big Cities

More information will be provided, but there will be a short written report and picture due by Friday, November 13th, and presentations the week of November 16th.

Each child will be given one “My State Report Booklet”. Each student needs to be responsible and organized, and keep this booklet in his or her homework folder at all times.  Thank you!

Poetry and the moon.

It’s our first week back to the school in 2015 and we have some new curriculum topics for the new year.

This week we began our poetry unit.  Students have been discussing the difference between poetry and prose, and they have been learning to write and identify metaphors and similes.  Next week students will begin writing metaphors and similes about the moon for homework.  Which brings us to our next new topic, the moon!  This week students have started to observe and record the moon on a nightly basis.  Check your child’s homework folder to see the Student Moon Record.  We will be observing the moon (and recording it) every night for one month.  There is also a classroom moon chart if students cannot see the moon due to cloud cover.  Your child can use the classroom chart to update and/or check his or her moon record.  Encourage your child to talk about the patterns they notice while looking at the moon.

moon classroom chart
Classroom Moon Chart

 

moon student chart
Student Moon Record

 

Our dolls.

Our boys and girls brought their Molly’s Pilgrim projects to school today.  The dolls are very creative and students from all grades have been stopping by to check out the dolls.  Come by to read our narrative stories and to see the dolls on display!

dolls

Heritage project.

Our class has been reading Molly’s Pilgrim by Barbara Cohen.  Each student has interviewed a family member about someone who was a “pilgrim”.

molly's pilgrim

Where in the world do we come from?

Molly was born in Russia. Her pilgrim doll looked like a Russian doll. Which country were you born in? Where did your birth parents, adoptive parents, or grandparents come from? Maybe you left a country and came to the United States of America, or maybe your parents, grandparents, or great-grandparents left their original countries. Think about why you or your ancestors came to the United States.

Share any information, pictures, memories, etc. Write a narrative story from the perspective of the “pilgrim” you interviewed.  Then, like Molly, make a doll that represents the family member you interviewed. Be creative!  The project is due Friday, December 19, 2014.

On Monday afternoon, December 15, we will be working on the project in class.  Students will have the opportunity to work on their doll and/or their story.  Students should come to school on Monday with their project materials.  Be prepared!