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Monday, April 14, 2014

Wimpy Kid Fans!

My Book Club kids like reading, a lot!  One Series they really enjoy is the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney.  Here is Shayla, Jessica and Kayla reading Rodrick Rules, The Third Wheel and The Ugly Truth.  
We also really like the first book, The Last StrawDog Days, and Hard Luck.

Friday, April 11, 2014

March's Puma of the Month: Jose Manuel M.!

Congrats to Jose Manuel and his proud parents!  You're our March Puma of the Month!  Thanks for staying positive during hard times!
Jose likes nachos, dogs, 99.7, the color orange, P.E., his friends Raymond, Miguel, Luis, Ezequiel and Jonathan.  The people in Jose Manuel's family are his brother Joel, his sisters Jackelyn and Jocelyn, his dad Jose and his mom Sofia.  His goal this year is to finish his work.  When Jose Manuel grows up he wants to be a doctor.

Keep up the great attitude Jose Manuel!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Charlotte's Web Read-In

Happy Spring Break!  I meant to post this a bit ago...

My Book Club kids finishing off the story Charlotte's Web by E.B. White.  What a sweet story!  My students found lots of evidence on the theme of loyalty.  What was the author's message?

Friday, March 14, 2014

February's Puma of the Month: Vanessa P.!

Congrats Vanessa P. on being February's Puma of the Month!
About Vanessa:
Vanessa likes tacos, puppies, hip-hop, the color purple, Art, Arely, Hailey, and Roselin!

Friday, February 28, 2014


We took some time today to Drop Everything and Read in honor of Dr. Seuss' upcoming birthday.

What fun!  
Apparently we don't like to read in our seats if we can help it!

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!  <3 Eoin

On a side note we are missing our friend Jaime who just moved.   If you read this Blog Post Jaime, remember to go to academicsarecool.com to practice for Math is Cool and we can't wait to see you soon!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

More Twins???

Kids in our class are looking more and more alike!  Yesterday Roselin and Mia came to school dressed alike
and today Yaritza even had on the same sweater!

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Making Landscapes in the Style of Frank Lloyd Wright's "Fallingwater"

Our final project for our Land and Water Science unit was to create a landscape using all of the concepts we've learned from experimenting with our stream table models.  Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed the home called "Fallingwater" to be a part of the landscape.

So we set to work, thinking about if we wanted the land to be sloped, how fast we wanted the water to go, whether or not we wanted to add hills, vegetation, rocks, or other soil components.  Most importantly, we had to think about where our home-sites should be so that they wouldn't slide down the slope in a mudslide.  Aren't erosion and deposition fascinating?!

One group said they wished we had the magic token from The Castle in the Attic so that they could shrink themselves and walk around in their landscape!  What imaginations!

Here are some finished landscapes I caught on camera (before my battery died).
What a cool home-site!  I would live there!
Beautiful landscape!
Great use of pipes to divert the water!
We were very successful in our endeavors.  No houses were flooded when testing these landscapes!

I also wanted to mention two other big projects we've been working on.  First, we've been "walking-to" Math Routines so that we can practice the specific skills we need to work on with other kids working on the same skills.  We start with ordering fractions every morning.  Here's a colorful example of that oh-so-important work:
Surprisingly, these kiddos did NOT want to be in the picture!!!

Also, we've started a new unit about the Klondike Gold Rush with the story, Children of the Gold Rush.  Here's a video we watched for some background knowledge if you're interested:
We talked about how you had to be pretty tough to make it up to the Klondike, how conditions were rough, it was expensive once you got to Dawson City, and most people ended up broke.