Smore News

March Issue

Hello! I’m Fabi, and I’m the new editor for the Smore team. We have awesome members who just joined the team! Please give a warm welcome to Kaylen, Milana, Joshua Ro., and Joshua H.! Here is our Smore Newsletter, I hope you enjoy it!
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Wow! Our class studied poetry a few weeks ago. It was very exciting. We have already done haikus and cinquains. The last poems we studied were diamantes.

Diamantes are poems that don’t rhyme. They are shaped like a diamond. They have opposite words at the top and bottom; for example, black and white, cat and dog, happy and sad, people and animals, and land and water.

Haikus are poems that have three lines with five syllables on the top and bottom, and seven syllables in the middle. They only describe one thing. For example, the theme could be animals (piggies), people (us), and weather (rain).

Cinquains are poems that have a topic on the top, two words in the bottom three words on the third line, a phrase on the second to last line, and one word that describes the top word.

Thank you for reading this article. We will tell you what will happen next in our class!

Abby and Peaches

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Hello everyone! It’s Ayane here with some fantastic news! A group of people called #HashtagLunchbag are helping the people around their community. They help by going downtown and making sandwiches that go in nice bags that they made. They then take those sandwiches and give them to the less fortunate. But guess what?! You can still be awesome without having to go downtown! You can be a great person just by picking up after your trash and and treating everyone the same. We all make difference in the world and we can spread kindness around the world too. So remember to be the best person that you can be.

Your friend and writer: Ayane

Rocks Rock!

Hello everyone. This is Ethan and Noah. Today we are doing an article on rocks and minerals because we just studied it. Ethan is writing about rocks and Noah is going to do minerals.

First, Ethan is going to tell you about rocks. First, I’ll start by telling you about the 3 scientific classes of rocks: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. Fact: igneous means fire.

I’ll start with igneous rocks. They are made by cooled lava. Some igneous rocks cooled faster and are different because the bubbles will pop, forming little holes. If you go to the bottom, you will find a picture of a lava rock from Iceland. If you read my fact, you would know that igneous means fire. I will give you a couple of examples. Pumice is so light, it can float, obsidian is crystal black and is very sharp when cut, and lastly, granite makes beautiful countertops.

On to metamorphic rocks, both of our favorites. Metamorphic rocks are just other rocks that have been changed by high heat and pressure. Morph is in the word, which means to change. There are some example pictures on the bottom. Now I’ll give some examples of metamorphic rocks: serpentine which has serpent green lines going down it and it is green and red; schist, a coarse-grained metamorphic rock.

Next are sedimentary rocks. Sedimentary rocks are made by sedimentation which is the process of sediments getting eroded, deposited, then hardened together. Pictures will be at the bottom. Here is an example; sandstone a compound word made of sand and stone.

Hello, this is Noah and I’m going to tell you about minerals. A mineral is a natural occurring solid that is arranged in a crystal pattern. Rocks are made from one or more minerals. Some minerals like these are valuable: gold and diamonds. Minerals make up useful things like granite, marble, quartz countertops, river rock tile, cobblestone, stone tile, and concrete. Well that's a wrap. We hoped you enjoyed our article.

Round Tables

Nooooooooooooo! Now at school we have round tables! Our precious desks are gone! Mrs.Mihalik says she decided to use round tables instead of desks because too many kids had their hands in their desk. At fist, we thought that it would be terrible. But when you get used to the tables, it gets quite nice after a while. Each of us have little cubbys to put our personal belongings like your pencil box, for instance. Plus, there’s a good part about these round tables. When we used to have desks, the desks would move around because they were not one whole table. Now the round tables barely move. We can easily move from table to table when we move to different tables. When we had desks, we had to move the whole desks around or take everything out. That was a very tiring process. But now with round tables, we can just take our chair pockets (and maybe some decoration! I call it personal objects) and move it to a different table. It’s WAY easier with round tables. What do you think? Thanks for reading my article! Well, that’s a wrap!



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Math Olympiad is over!

Nooooooo! Math Olympiad is over! Did you know that Tuesday, March 8, 2016 was the last lesson of Math Olympiad? Math Olympiad is a great program where children can learn some fun and challenging math problems. In Math Olympiad, you get five contest days, a lot of lesson days, and the final contest has a pizza party afterwards. If you are hungry for more problems even though Math Olympiad is over, there are three different Math Olympiad books full of problems from many contests from years ago. Even though we had a pizza party at the end of the year, I still can’t wait for November because Math Olympiad starts again in fifth grade.


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The last Thursday Tinkerers challenge was...being able to follow a line!! The robots used a COLOR SENSOR to “see” the line. The robots checked for the line, then moved, then checked for the line, then moved... etc. The robots were programmed to turn away from white and move towards the line. If the robot went over the line, then it would turn away from the white and move towards the line.* The robots could also be modified so that they moved 5 times the speed of the others.**

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Stephen: GET READY TO RUMBLLLLLEE!!!! Our latest challenge in Thursday Tinkerers is the Sumobot challenge!

The Sumobot challenge is a challenge where three groups have to build robots that can flip over another bot, push the other bot out of the ring, or collect points when it goes over the green circles. Now to Roshan, for the inside scoop.

Roshan: The challenge has many ways to win. For example, if you flip over a robot and it can’t move you win. The arena will be circular with five point-giving dots arranged in the circle. There are four around the outside, and one in the middle. Now, back to Stephen.

Stephen: The challenge hasn’t started yet, so we’ll see who wins!

Steoshan: We will see you after a short break!

Track and Field P.E.

When our class E-33 does P.E., first we do stretches like jumping jacks, push-ups and lunges. Right now we are doing track and field. Some examples of things we do during track and field are hurdles, relay races and the standing long jump. That is what E-33 does at P.E.


Special, Spectacular Spike!

Have you ever met our blithesome pet, (which used to be a caterpillar) Spike? Well, it all happened when big news hit our school. Near by our field, trees were swaying in the wind beautifully until visitors came. A humongous army of caterpillars was taking over our trees! They were black, but had red spots on them, and had the red spots on their feet too (Not exactly feet, though). Many students were curious, like me, and decided to go glance at the caterpillars. The thorny looking insects already laid their larva on the tree! It looked a lot like a miniature cranberry, and stuck into a spider’s dried up cobweb. The creatures moved further and further up the tree, then into another tree, and so on.

One of my classmates decided to go “Caterpillar Hunting” and managed to snatch a caterpillar. We put it in our old habitat container from our Painted Lady butterflies, which we let go quite a while ago. Our class decided we should give the thorny caterpillar a name, and so it was decided: Spike! It fit perfectly for him because he’s… well, spikey! Now he’s in his chrysalis, with a deep color mixed of grey and brown. All our class has to do now is to wait until he becomes his beautiful, unique, and his own-self butterfly… And when he does, he can fly away like the wind, freely. When we let our little Spike go someday…


Busy Bees

Hello, we are Milana and Kaylen to tell you about the busy bees that were buzzing in our PLANTER!! We had a HUGE bee hive in front of our classroom. We had to go through our back door and out to our patio to get in and out of our classroom. One day we had to evacuate to the ELC because there was a BEE in our classroom!!!! We had to get the bee out, and we did. The bees made the beehive on March 17, 2016, and were told about it when we got back from lunch. We were all freaking out because of the BEES! The bees were there for two days and then swarmed off to a new place. Thank you for reading Milana and Kaylen’s Smore article. See you later!!!!

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Relaxing Riveting Ridiculous Ravishing Recorders

We’re Mason, Mei-Lin and Fabiola (Fabmei-Son) back at it again with an amazing Smore article!!! We’re doing a report on recorders. Right now we are going to explain the exciting and twisting history of the recorder, an ancient and beautiful wind instrument. It has been here since the 1500s!

Mei-Lin: Quick fun fact: The recorder has three parts! Back to you, Mei-Son! Get it?

Mason: People have been playing the recorders in Europe since the 1500s! Don’t believe us? Go ahead and look it up. We’ll wait. Did you look it up? Good.

Mei-Lin: Quick fun fact: King Henry VII of England had a grand collection of 76 recorders. That’s a lot!!! Most recorders were built from maple, or other hard wood. They could also be crafted from ivory or in some cases, plastic, rather than wood.

Why do they call it the recorder? The amazing “recorder” flute is so amazing…

Mason: Wait...Mei, that’s so cliche so I’m changing it to….hmm…uhh...fascinating!

Mei-Lin: Let me do that again. The amazing “recorder” flute is so fascinating because when it appeared in the 14th century, it was considered a good, simple instrument for students to use when they were learning and practicing “recording” a piece of music. How many holes does the recorder have? The true recorders are different from other internal duct flutes by having eight finger holes; seven on the front of the instrument and one, for the upper hand thumb, on the back, and having its widest end at the mouthpiece.

Mason: The recorder is a woodwind musical instrument in a group of instruments known as the internal duct flutes—flutes with a whistle mouthpiece. It has been considered to have a rather shrill sound when playing. It’s different from other duct flutes by having a thumb-hole for the upper hand and seven finger-holes: Three for the upper hand and four for the lower. It is the most eminent, meaning high in rank, duct flute in the western classical tradition. (I have no idea why it’s pronounced “ducked.”) (And just in case you want to know how we used grown-up words, we looked them up.) As some people know, they think that it’s a flute in other languages. In Italian, the recorder is called “flauto dolce.” In the Filipino language, it’s pronounced “tagapagtala.” In Korean, it’s named d“기록계,” (giloggye). In Spanish, it’s called “grabadora”. In French, it’s called “enregistreur.” In Chinese it’s (implified)“录音机” and “錄音機” for recorder. The one on the left is simplified version while the one the one on the right is traditional. In Esperonto, it’s ”kronikisto.”

Hawaiian, it’s “kākau moʻo'ōlelo.” And last but not least, Arabic! “مسجل” is Arabic for recorder!

Thank you for reading our article about recorders!

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Innovation Fun Run!

“First lap is a walking lap!” Said Mrs. Thomas. The fun Run is where kids run on the track for 45 minutes and try to get as many laps as they can, but the jiminey kids come and do warm ups. My class is at the right top corner of the track. Once you get your first walking lap done, then you can start running! Some kids in my class got 22 or 27 but I got 18. Everyone was having a good time. Finally we had a cool down lap and then everyone got off the track and headed toward the lunch tables. We had oranges and otter pops.

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Crazy Hair and Hat Day!