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One of the members of our community, Sadie, has left the class. We all miss Sadie. She was more than a classmate, she was a piece of our community. But fortunately, she has given us all her contacts. So we might have lost her as a classmate, but never as a friend. We miss you,...
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P.E. This week in P.E. we did lots of different activities outside. The unit we’re on right now is soccer. We played sharks and minnows with soccer balls, and practiced dribbling, passing and shooting. Next week we will play football. We go through most of the sports in the whole year. Noah
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This week many interesting things have been going on. In science we have been experimenting with making rock candy. From this we will be exploring crystals and solutions. Some groups have crystals that are already large while others are growing slower. It takes several days for the crystals to grow, so it’s been fun looking...
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Upper West has been a busy classroom. Miss Natasha showed us how to make rock candy. We can use the stove, but a teacher has to be watching us. Also, we got new science groups. In history, we got the great lessons, all five.  And we learned about the population increase from the 1700’s to...
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Hello from Upper West!  This week, you would have loved to join us as we explored dialogue, creating scenes, and using our narrative voice in our notebooks! It was thrilling to hear us talk about adverbs, multiples, and peg boards. We’re really quite good at composing letters in ancient languages and sorting living beings by...
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This week we had our 4th Great Lesson on the Coming of Writing. Miss Deb taught us how early humans had a need to count the things they saw in nature and that everything started with pictograms, or symbols. Writing progressed over time with different societies, including the Phoenicians, Sumerians, Hebrews, and beyond. We’re also...
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This week in school we get our Chromebooks so we can do research and Spanish. We also got a temporary new class pet (a wheel bug, soon to be released back into the wild). Kermit’s tank is dirty, but Kendall cleaned it today. We have been having lots of lessons and we took a walk...
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This week in the Upper West we started lessons and specials. We have also been sharing recess with Upper East and Middle school. Cross country has started and Band too. There are new jobs and new science experiments each week. Last week Mr. Dave gave us the first Great Lesson on the Coming of the...
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This week we played some games. They helped us get to know each other. My favorite game was called: “What’s My Gesture?” You walked around the classroom and asked a classmate a question on the sheet you had. For example, “Do you have a vegetable garden”? If they said yes you put their name in...
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This week was spent putting the finishing touches on the larger projects we’ve been working on, including the informational writing book, geography focus project, and literature circle group presentation. We also spend the week reviewing concepts learned previously. Our read aloud book, “A Wish in the Dark,” has been a huge hit and will be...
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