Tuesday, October 23, 2012


All members of the 4th Grade Book Club, please note that we decided to change the November Book from SKELLIG by David Almond to HOMELESS BIRD by Gloria Whelan!!  We will NOT be reading SKELLIG in the 4th Grade Book Club.  Sorry for any inconvenience...the descriptions were deemed just a tad too creepy for some and we don't want anyone having nightmares as they read their Book Club book...even if it is Hallween time!

Friday, October 12, 2012

¡Feliz otoño! Happy Autumn!

Happy Autumn!  ¡Feliz otoño!

Spanish classes are in full swing and every grade level has started a new unit.  Please visit my Spanish class blog for an update on our October class activities. 

Señora Carrancho

Thursday, October 11, 2012

5th Graders Compete!

Bridget T. and partner Thomas B. from Ms. Machain's class work together
searching for answers about Inca rulers during the Ancient Civilization Scavenger
Hunt in Library and Technology classes. The project will run
through mid October.
Fifth graders in Technology and Library classes recently kicked off an Ancient Civilization Scavenger Hunt!  Students are paired in teams of two and are using multiple online resources on the iPads and PCs as well as good old fashioned books to answer questions about ancient civilizations of the Americas - specifically Inca, Maya and Aztec civilizations.  Teams have to search for answers to questions which are worth 4 to 6 points.  Teams can collect up to 100 points based on correct answers, correct spelling and citation of all sources.  Teams who reach 100 will choose from an array of FABULOUS prizes provided by Mrs. Seymour and Ms. Silag.  The project complements the Ancient Civilization unit taught in the 5th grade Social Studies curriculum. 

Elizabeth and partner Hannah debate what the correct answer is to an Ancient Civ. Scavenger Hunt question as they use iPad apps and non-fiction books to research Mayan civilization.

                                Students make themselves comfortable as they spread out in the school library
                           and the technology lab while they do their work.