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Mr. E's class blog. We're a fifth grade class from Connecticut and are excited to share our learning with everybody. Please look around and let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment or two. We'd love to read about you too!

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Article posted June 3, 2010 at 05:28 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 139

Fourth grade was probably one of my favorite years ever! We did lots of blogging, reading and writing. We did a lot with the idea of simple machines and we also watch a lot of short, fun videos called Tim and Moby!

When we do blogging on our classroom blog it's REALLY fun. Some of what we blog about are assignments, and sometimes we blog about something that we came up with. It's also exiting to leave comments on other people's work, and it's even MORE exiting to get a comment back!

In fourth grade, we also do a lot of reading and writing! Some of the things we read are, Time for kids or Scholastic magazines or books like Shiloh and The Witches. Or a lot of times, we read our own free reading books, (there are lots of choices in our small "Library" in our classroom)

But my favorite thing to do in fourth grade is, WRITE!!! And that's lucky for me because here in fourth grade we do an ENORMOUS amount or writing! We write about provided writing prompts, like what's your favorite season and who's your superhero? We also write our blank books at the end of the year and illustrate them, which I'm sure you know is LOTS of fun! But the thing we do most is free writing, writing about anything you want. You choose your won topic or story!

We also do a lot of fun projects and stuff with simple machines. We studied about the six different types of simple machines (Lever pulley, inclined plane, screw, wheel and axle and the wedge.) Then we make our own simple machines and did a presentation in front of the class.

O.K., now here's a REALLY fun thing about 4th grade: Tim and Moby! I'll bet that you don't know what Tim and Moby is, do you? Well let me explain. Tim and Moby are short little "Movies" about, well about everything! Science, social studies, math, reading all sorts of things! We watch them frequently about stuff we just learned or about things that we are ABOUT to lean!



That was fourth grade, and it really WAS one of my favorite years EVER=http://

Article posted June 3, 2010 at 05:28 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 139



Article posted April 30, 2010 at 04:50 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 63

Picture number three showed people working with the lever. One person was standing on one end and the other person was pushing down, trying to lift the other person up. It was harder to lift the person when the fulcrum (the part in the middle) was closer to the person trying to lift the other picture. When the fulcrum was closer to the person being lifted, it was easier to lift them.



This simple machine is called a lever. A lever is a board with a fulcrum ( or point) in the middle. This machine works better when the fulcrum is closer to the object that is being lifted.

Article posted April 30, 2010 at 04:50 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 63



Article posted April 27, 2010 at 06:58 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 54

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blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue blue

dolphin dolphin dolphin dolphin dolphin dolphin dolphin dolphin

jumped jumped jumped jumped jumped jumped jumped jumped

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and and and and and and and and and and and and and and and

landed landed landed landed landed landed landed landed landed

on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on on

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Article posted April 27, 2010 at 06:58 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 54



Article posted April 23, 2010 at 08:41 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 65

This picture looked like a bunch of people were trying to escape their countries "boats" because they were in trouble. They wanted to come to America's "boat" because they thought America had better opportunities for them. They came from Asia and Europe and they were all trying to come to America to escape many things such as: famines, war, poverty and more. But whatever their situation was, they all wanted to come to America.

Article posted April 23, 2010 at 08:41 PM GMT0 • comment (1) • Reads 65



Article posted April 14, 2010 at 05:52 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 67

If I lived back in the 1900's I would rather be the upper-class girl. I would have a big two story house and I would have no chores to do! I would have a bike, roller skates and a tennis court! I wouldn't have to go to school either! I would be home-schooled by a tutor. Life would be mostly easy, and I wouldn't have many things to worry about in life that most people in the 1900's had to face in life! This is why I would like to be the upper-class girl!!!

Article posted April 14, 2010 at 05:52 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 67



Article posted April 9, 2010 at 04:40 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 64

A is blue, like the sky on a clear day, or a bluebird chirping in the tree by the forever rolling waves of the ocean. Maybe it is the glittering scales of a fish while it swims in the clear blue water. A could be the blue in the future, that we don't know that is yet to be discovered.



E is orange, orange like a juicy orange on a hot summer day. Or maybe orange is the fire that we set on the campfire to roast marshmallows. Orange could be an unfinished thought that is in the mind of a slow walking tiger.



I is yellow. Yellow like the sun on a spring day. yellow is happiness that only you can know. Yellow can be the color of the old torn pages of a book that is passed on for all generations. Yellow is the nice sand on a relaxing beach.



O is green. Green like the leaves of a tree of the color of an unfound planet. Green is the open freedom and happiness that you find in the open fields of grass.



U is rainbow. An opening array of possibilities, a nice colorful surprise after it rains. Rainbow is whatever YOU want it to be. Rainbow is your choice of open possibilities yet to be found.

Article posted April 9, 2010 at 04:40 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 64



Article posted April 8, 2010 at 10:08 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 70

The Sluth and the Case of the Missing Tooth



This poem that is told,

is about a sleuth

who works on a case

of the missing tooth.

He has a hunch

that the bunch

of people

who work at the booth

had something to do

with the missing tooth.

They get into mischief

and so it seemed that

those meandering people

who worked at the steeple booth

had something to do with the missing tooth.

So this detective he did recruit

all his nonchalant friends

(who went around all the dangerous bends.)

And with much apprehension,

this group went to the crime,

half past three was the time.

Yes this undeterred group

with a leader of a sleuth

went to the crime,

and found that a dime

had been left for the tooth.

They then realized

that this was no crime,

but only a misunderstanding.

For what had happened was this:

A neighborhood child

(who was very wild)

had lost his tooth,

what a sight.

So then on that night

the tooth fairy came

and left the child a dime.

So the story is told

of this sleuth and his friends

with a problem that they didn't know,

wasn't a problem,

not at all,

but only a tooth losing child.

Article posted April 8, 2010 at 10:08 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 70



Article posted April 6, 2010 at 03:48 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 99

I just finished a really good book called Hoot, by Carl Hiaasen. Hoot is about this boy who's name is Roy. Roy moves around a lot, and has just moved from the highlands of Montana to the lowlands of Coconut Grove, Florida. There he is very unfortunately bullied by a large kid named Dana Matherson. Being bullied we all know is not fun, and has no up sides to it. But Roy would have never noticed the running boy if Dana hadn't been in the middle of squishing Roy's face up against the bus window. Therefore, since Roy's face was smashed on the window, he sees the running boy. This boy runs fast past the bus with no shoes, no backpack and no sign of stopping for the school bus. As soon as Dana releases Roy's face, he runs off the bus hoping to catch the running boy. In the middle of doing so, Roy bumps into a soccer girl named Beatrice who is trying to get on the bus as Roy tries to get off. She tells him to watch where he is going but he is running off the bus towards the running boy. He follows him through backyards and then to a golf corse. He attempts to follow the running boy all of the way but a golf ball unexpectedly hits him in the head.



Now, on the same day, there is construction site for a mother paula's pancake house. Curly, the bald construction foreman is angrily talking to a police man named officer Delinko. Curly is angry because someone has pulled his survey stakes out of the ground. He is mad and says that this is a crime of trespassing and vandalism. He yells at officer Delinko to file a report immediately. But Officer Delinko is curious. He asks Curly if maybe this is a comeback from a pancake rival. Or maybe a prank from some kids. Officer Delinko says that he isn't sure that pulling survey stakes out of the ground is a crime, but Curly is convinced.



Back to Roy. He is getting bullied by Dana Matherson more and more. But it hardly seems to bother him because he is so curious about the running boy. He wants to know what was going on and why Beatrice didn't want him to get off the bus. But he soon finds out. He is at lunch and bumps into Beatrice. Also known as Beatrice the bear. He makes an bad mistake and pulls Beatrice over to ask her if she knows the running boy. She tells him that it's not his beeswax and walks away. Roy has some suspicions about her and that she DOES know the running boy. But with Beatrice not telling him, he decides to go back to the golf corse and find out for himself. When he gets there he goes past the golf corse the the trees and finds a camp. But no boy. He stumbles upon a brown sack and when curiosity gets the best of him, he dumps the bag on the ground. He then finds that the sack holds cottonmouth moccasins, a very poisonous type of snake. These snakes are on the ground, slithering around and Roy is very afraid. Then, a voice behind him says: On the count of three, step back. Roy does not listen so the person (whoever they might be) pulls him back. This boy does not want his identity to be revealed, so he covers Roy's head with a jacket. Roy assumes that this is the running boy.



Curly is raging with fury. More pranks have been pulled and he is NOT happy about it. Crocodiles have been put in the toilets, more survey stakes have been pulled out of the ground, snakes have been put on theground and seats have been pulled off of the bulldozers. All of these odd pranks have been done for a very good reason that unfortunately, Curly does not know. They have been pulled because of owls. Tiny little owls that live in holes underground left behind from other animals. They live where the construction is about to happen. That means that the little baby owls will be buried if the construction goes as planned. And who do you think was doing all of these pranks? The running boy. Also known as Mullet Fingers, and get this, He is Beatrice the bear's STEP BROTHER!!! When Roy finds this out, he is determined to help. But how does all of this work out? Find out if you read Hoot.



I REALLY liked this book, and I REALLY recommend that you read it too!

Article posted April 6, 2010 at 03:48 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 99



Article posted March 19, 2010 at 06:51 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 65

I read the article "I'm an artist" by Aliki Grafft. It talked about her being a cartoon artist for the TV show Phinias and Ferb. When she was little she would watch her grandpa draw cartoons. I think that this gave her insperation. Aliki studied art at the university of Southern California. She also writes songs for the cartoon show Phinias and Ferb. It was really interesting to learn about her!

Article posted March 19, 2010 at 06:51 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 65



Article posted March 12, 2010 at 04:12 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 75

A family affair was about president Barack Obama's kids and how they spend time with their parents just like us! They spend time with their Dad, (Barack Obama), their Mom and they do lots of fun things together! They go swimming in their pool, they can watch a movie in their movie theater and they can go bowling in the bowling ally too!

I think that the author's purpose for writing this article was to show you that no matter what, you can always spend time with your parents!

I think that this was a very interesting article.

Article posted March 12, 2010 at 04:12 PM GMT0 • comment • Reads 75



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