The Grillo Gazette
Fiction writers are deep into realistic fiction plots! Students understand
that writers get ideas for stories from books they wished existed in the world. We developed our main characters internal and external traits and wrote small “seed” scenes which highlight characters motivations and struggles. Writers sketched plot mountains to identify the problem, rising action, climax and solution to their stories. Writers also recognize their role during a Writer’s Workshop conference. After role playing two hypothetical conferences, students are better prepared on how to approach a writing conference with the teacher.
Scientists identified ecosystems as all the living and non-living elements in a place. We traveled outside to observe our environment and study the relationship between the living and non-living things we observed. Students observed and compared three soil types, gravel, sand and topsoil. Scientists conducted water absorption tests on each of these types and inferred that different soils are suitable for different plants. We also worked with ipads to identify various ecosystems and the creatures that live there.
Geographers understand their “place in the world” as we explored Haddonfield’s historical presence. Explorers recognized the first people in Haddonfield, the Lenni- Lenape, while noting their culture and identifying symbolic traditions. Explorers recognized Lenape culture while identifying symbolic traditions. Students studied wigwams, longhouses, cradleboards, and moccasins and defined the symbolism in totem poles. Students should have brought home a copy of their S.S. project ideas which are due 10/6.
Students discovered various genres in our classroom library and discussed ways readers choose books. We reviewed that “Reading is Thinking” and noted places in our reading where we make connections, ask questions, make predictions, visualize, and evaluate text. Students created their “Reader’s Notebook” and also determined techniques to find a book that is “just right” for them. Students also practiced writing evidence based reader's responses. 4G is working on building reading stamina and developing a passion for reading! Ask your child which book club they are in!
Happy Birthday Cooper!
All About Mrs. Nave!
9/23 Dine Out for Tatem Night, Villa Rosa 4:30-7:00 PM
9/25 School Closed for Rosh Hashanah