Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Welcome back 4th grade friends! We are off to another great week of book club work. This week, our focus remains interpretation in social issue clubs. Please find the correct padlet for your club. Happy posting!

Things Not Seen

Raymie Nightingale

Trouble Maker

The Boy on the Porch

Jake Drake: Class Clown

Jake Drake

Fig Pudding


Freak the Mighty

From the Mixed-Up Files...


Jake Drake: Know-It-All

Friday, February 10, 2017

Good morning! I hope you enjoyed the short story, Marble Champ, by Gary Soto. Please find your padlet to post your responses. Enjoy!

Marble Champ 1

Marble Champ 2

Marble Champ 3

Marble Champ 4

Marble Champ 5

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Good morning 4th graders! I hope you are excited to start your new padlets for the the short story, Stray, by Cynthia Rylant. Below, please find the correct padlet for your group! Happy interpreting!

Stray - Group 1

Stray - Group 2

Stray - Group 3

Stray - Group 4

Stray - Group 5

Monday, September 26, 2016

If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot

– Stephen King

Today our class worked with Mr. DeBerry, the Scarsdale ELA helping teacher, on turning the small moments in their lives into realistic fiction stories. They identified these "seeds" and thought about "adding a twist"; finding ways to imagine "what if...". What if my adventure happened this way? What if I had the chance to change the characters or ending?

Good writers play with writing, and words, and language. They imagine one way of sharing their story, and then revise it to make it even better. Realistic fiction writing is an opportunity for students to practice everything they know about good narrative writing and transform it into another genre of writing. They are living their lives as writers -- taking a moment in time and imagining a new version.