The Grillo Gazette

9/18/14

Writer's Workshop

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.

Science

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.

Social Studies

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.

Reader's Workshop

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!

Student Council

Congratulations to Wesley and Sophia for being elected to represent 4G this year as our Student Council Representatives! Excellent job on your powerful speeches!

Math

4G jumped into our first unit of study, geometry, and became familiar with points, line segments, lines, and rays. Students used straws and twist ties to construct angles, quadrangles, parallelograms and various polygons. The students became familiar with right angles, locating vertices, and parallel line segments. Our first math test will be Friday, 9/26.
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Happy Birthday Cooper!

All About Mrs. Nave!

It was so nice to meet all of you at Back To School Night! I feel very lucky to be working with such a talented teacher, amazing group of students, and supportive parents! I will be co-teaching during reading and math every day, and during writing on Days 1, 4, and 6. My goal is for students to be able to come to me as a resource during classroom activities, as well as to use my eBoard links and resources to support their independent learning when doing homework or studying. I really enjoy using technology, working in centers, and reading with students during book club. I'm looking forward to a wonderful year!

Upcoming Events

9/23 Individual Picture Day

9/23 Dine Out for Tatem Night, Villa Rosa 4:30-7:00 PM
9/25 School Closed for Rosh Hashanah