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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Book club

@rabinowitz4thgr: Bookclub times switched this week due to testing. New times for this wednesday are 9:15-9:45 and 1:15-2:00

Monday, April 23, 2012


You will present information you have learned about your country starting the week of April 30. What you choose to present is entirely up to you. Be creative! You will have a maximum of 10 minutes to present. The criteria for your presentation is:

• your presentation must be rehearsed
• be creative
• be prepared and show what you know
• you must be able to answer questions relating to the topic of your presentation

I know many of you have already started planning your presentations and have some great ideas. Here is a list of ways you can present your research project.

poetry stories diaries interviews
plays time lines puppet show construct model
3-D maps readers theater diorama make costumes
mural models illustrations video presentation
recipes filmstrips display boards script for radio show
alphabet books brochures
You are not limited to these ideas. Use your imagination and make your presentation uniquely yours. What’s important is that you are showing me what you have learned and that you have a deep understanding of the information you have studied.
Happy Presenting!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Wednesday's Field Trip

We will leave school at 10:00 and return around 1:00.
We are going to the Adams Mystery Playhouse to see Mystery of the Wizard's Wand.
Students will get to apply their inferring, identifying, and listening skills. Please remind
and discuss with your child about their responsibilities as an ambassador of our school.
Should be fun!!!

Monday, April 16, 2012

Country Reports

Today we drafted out there bibliography.
Remember, they were to include a minimum of one book and one website.
The final copy is due Friday. All students have a checklist, in which you must sign
before they can turn it in. The presentation is a separate project. Stay involved and
help anyway you see fit. Email me any questions, comments or concerns you have.

Mr. Rabinowitz

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

This Week in Literacy

In Sweden, people say tja (very informal; pronounced sha). This week we are revising our country reports. Monday was spent drafting up the conclusion and revising our topic sentences. Tuesday, writers met in their response group to get feedback from peers. Wednesday will center around 
using transition words in our details. Thursday will be spent editing. We are aiming to have the final copies finished by the 20th of April. Stay strong. 4th graders 
share the spelling game you learned today in class. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Autism Month

April is Autism Awareness Month

Autism facts to discuss with your students:

• Fact for the week of April 12- 1/88 people are living with autism; this is up from last year due to better identification processes.

• Fact for the week of April 19- Autism is a spectrum disorder, this means that people living with Autism are not all the same; some people can talk just like you and me and others have to communicate in a different way, some people can attend regular school classes will others have to go to a special class room that meets their needs. (These are just a few examples, there are many!!)

• Fact for the week of April 27- Anyone living with a disability prefers being acknowledged as a person first. This means that our friends at school are not autistic kids, they are kids with autism. Think of it this way, if you used a wheelchair would you want to be the “wheelchair kid or the kid who uses a wheelchair” or “a cancer patient or person living with cancer”?

I would like everyone to keep in mind when discussing our students with autism to always facilitate the conversation based on the fact that we are all different. That everybody deserves respect and kindness. Our students with autism are kids, they still like to play, do art, participate in gym, read books, and do puzzles; it just maybe in a different way than most.

We are having a school wide event on Fri. April 27th!

• Blue is the color chosen to represent autism.

• Please wear something blue to acknowledge autism.

• We ask that on Friday April 27th if you choose to wear blue to donate $1.00, in order to help buy our Autism classrooms software and ipads, please see Ms. Liz or Mr. Haude to donate!