Room 26 News

January 16, 2015

The First Month Back From Winter Break! By: Carlie and Ryann

We are happy about being back from winter break.

"I feel good and excited!!!!" said Kristal

"It's good to be back because school is such a good place!" said Nick.

We think it has been fun here at school for the last couple of weeks.

Here are some things that have been happening in our class:

1. Dividing and multiplying decimals

2. Learning proper verb tenses

3.Doing iMovies for our Endangered Animal Reports

4. Welcoming a new student

5. Learning about water and weather in science

We have had a new student in our class for the last week. Her name is Ava. She is a good listener and is very good at working hard. She already has a lot of stuff finished. Also, she is starting to get to know the class routine. We think she is happy that she is in our class. She is very nice and we're glad to have Ava in our class!

Blood On the River By: Kendall and Amaris

In Room 26 we read one amazing book called Blood on the River, by Elisa Carbone. This was a historical fiction book that was hard to put down. It took you back in time to Jamestown, Virginia. A boy named Samuel survived in the new world facing many challenges such as Indians, hunger, starvation and sickness. Each student picked a character from the the book, and wrote a diary as if they really were that person and expressed their opinion about it.

The main character, Samuel, was brave, tough, and overcame many challenges thanks to his master Captain Smith. Other characters in this book were Reverend Hunt, Captain Ratcliffe, Henry, and Chief Powhatan. We recommend this book to kids who can handle a little bit of violence, and who are ages 10 and up. This was one of the best books we have ever read in book club and we highly suggest you read it!

The Water Cycle By: Logan and Andrew

The water cycle is a cycle that water goes through to make rivers and streams move. The water cycle is mainly a consistent path that always goes in circles by doing the same thing. The way it works is that if a puddle of water or large body of water, some of the water evaporates up into the sky. The next stage of the water cycle is that the water builds up and turns into clouds. This is called condensation. Then, the clouds rain or snow depending on the temperature. This water, or precipiation, falls to the ground and the water cycle starts again. The water cycle has been around since the begining of earth and all water is recycled.

Ability Awareness By: Alex M and Patrick

It is Ability Awareness Week! Ability Awareness Week is when people who have disabilities come to our school to talk about their disabilities. Last year, Kevin Pearce came here to talk about his brain injury. This year, Jesse Billauer came to Skyline. His favorite sport is surfing, but while he was surfing, he fell off his surfboard and hit his head on the sandbar. From that injury he broke his spinal cord, and now his legs are paralyzed. Since his injury, he has been traveling across the country to inspire many people.

Jesse has talked to Skyline about his injury and how being different is normal. Some interesting facts about Jesse are that he founded a non-profit foundation called Life Rolls On. Jesse inspires lots of other people all around the world. Jesse now, because of his injury, has to use a wheelchair. Overall, Jesse is a very inspiring person.

Ezra Frech By: Daniella and Ryan

Ezra Frech is a nine year old boy who came to visit our school on Monday, January 12, 2015. He is a well known young boy because he needs a prosthetic leg. When he was born his left leg was crooked and smaller than the right and he only had 1 finger on his left hand. When he was 3 years old, he had to get surgery on his left leg and move his big toe to his left hand. Ezra came to our school because Ability Awareness week is all about thats its okay to be different. This means that if you have lost a limb it doesn't mean that you can't do the things you love. Wow! Ezra is such an inspiring kid. We are so lucky to have Ezra come to our school! This was such an amazing opportunity.

The Pain and The Great one By: Kristal

The story I am reading is about a girl named Judy. She was going to have a sleepover birthday party. When her brother heard that she was going to have her party he said that he was sick.Then Judy's mom had to call Judy's friends to see if they were still coming. Some of Judy's friends said that they weren't coming to Judy's party. Only one of Judy's friends came and they had fun at her party. In the end they ate ice-cream cake.

In my opinion the book was funny and entertaining. The author who wrote the book was Judy Blume. I liked it because it was clever and funny. I recommend this book because it is about the girl's siblings and how she treats them.

The Land Of Stories A Grimm Warning By: Evan

The book that I am reading is called The Land Of Stories A Grim Warning. The setting In the book are castles and a kingdom.The problem in the book is Conner and Alex must find their dad. The dragon awakes at the last kingdom, but their fairy god mother helps them. Alex is going to be the next fairy god mother. They saw the masked man steal a poison and they followed him and they were lead into a dead end. Then the masked man removed his mask and they were surprised!

I think the book was good, but also a bit boring. Some of the best parts were at the beginning and some of the last parts of the book. There were a lot of stories in the book. There was also a lot of action in the book like fighting and killing dragons. I would recommend this book if you like fairy tales.

Ask Astrid By: Emily and Parks

Dear Astrid,

When I work at my desk, two boys at my table keep talking, and I can never concentrate! When I ask them to stop, they always mimic me, and keep chatting until I can't take it any more. I don't want to hurt their feelings, so what should I do?


Concerned Student

Dear Concerned Student,

Here is some advice for your problem. You could politely ask them to stop, and if they don't, ignore them, or ask an adult for help. You can also say, "please stop mimicking me!" You could also share how you feel and can say it is taking away your learning time. Finally, you could tell them to bring it up in a class meeting. I hope this advice helps!



Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader? By: Eric and Nick

1. What is 3.17259 multiplied by 10 to the 6th power?

2. What is a barometer?

a. A device that measures air pressure

b. A type of ruler

c. A math tool that measures angles

3. What year did the Jamestown settlers set sail to Virginia?

a. 1602

b. 1607

c. 1612

4. How much of Earth's water is fresh water?

a. 2/100

b. 1/100

c. 3/100

5. When snow melts on a mountain, where does it go?

a. The sky

b. Tributaries

c. Rivers

Answer key

1. 312590.

2. a

3. b

4. c

5. b

Merry Christmas or Happy Halloween? By: Stella and Juanita

Christmas is well loved by a majority of Room 26. Twenty kids (out of twenty seven kids in our class) like Christmas the best. In second place is Easter, with two kids in our class choosing that as their favorite holiday. Third place, with a tie, is Halloween and Valentine's Day. Lastly, in fourth place is Thanksgiving. All in all, Room 26 loves holidays!

1.) Christmas

2.) Easter

3.) Halloween and Valentine's Day

4.) Thanksgiving

Longer Lunch Time By: Litzy and Callie

In our school, we have 20 minutes to eat lunch. We believe that we should have 10 more minutes to eat. Many other people think that we should have longer lunch time too. Kids at our school have said that when they are about half way through their lunch, the first signal rings and they don't have time to finish. We think that kids deserve to have more eating time at both lunch and snack. Perhaps if we have more time to eat, we will be healthier and satisfied!

Seen and Heard by Will and James

Editors: Greta and Kyle