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My Arizona Tanka


Grand Canyon HDR Panorama from S. Rim

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Tanka is a short Japanese verse that contains five lines. Line 1 contains 5 syllables; line 2 contains 7 syllables; line 3 contains 5 syllables; lines 4 and 5 both contain 7 syllables. These are some amazing Tanka poems written by 4th graders. Which one is your favorite? Do you think you can write your own?

My Arizona Tanka


Hot Arizona.

You see lots of scorpions.

There is beauty there.

The cacti there is awesome.

Arizona is the best.


Arizona Tanka

Grand Arizona   

A very colorful state

Snakes slither around

The beauty is a delight

The mountains are high and nice

By: Penelope

My Arizona Tanka


Hot Arizona.

It is so colorful there.

The cacti is green.

My favorite color is gold.

Arizona is awesome.

My Arizona Tanka

Beautiful snakes rock       

They live in Arizona  

It is so hot here

It is very beautiful

Arizona has hot air.

By: Krisalyn

Summarizing Our Nights of the Pufflings


Summarizing is an important skill as we read different types of genres in our every day reading. It helps build our knowledge of what is occurring in our types of stories and lets us keep track of the narrative elements when we write. Please reflect what you have read by clicking on the summarizing link.



Our Class Poems on Puffins


“The Birds Of The Sea”

The puffin is as smooth as silk.The puffin is as loud as an angry dog barking.The puffin is as funny as a clown. The tip of a puffin’s nose is as orange as a pumpkin. The puffin is as soft as my furry winter blanket. A puffin’s belly is as white as paper.

By Cali

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Our Dream Speeches


cropped-DSCN0192-29dd6rc.jpgI Have a Dream…..

Why do people laugh at someone who is different? Everyday I see a person being laughed at and I hate to see people suffer. My dream is to stop people from being laughed at. I was one of those people who had to hide at school because I was being made fun of. This dream became realistic for me because it began with my sister when she was in the 2nd grade. She was being laughed at because she was the only black kid in her whole class. So I went on the computer and typed in her serious problem and  Martin Luther King Jr. popped up and I read what he stood for and what he represented and I was amazed. Once I was done reading, I realized that I wanted to help people not feel glum and feel left out. Those that are picked on and made fun of because they are different should have a happy, glorious, terrific day instead of being made fun of because of the color of their skin or because they look different. They are all apart of this universe and should be appreciated with respect like any other child or person. My actions are to go up to someone who is being picked on and help them with their problem and become their friend. This will help me achieve my dream.

By: Alawna


I have a Dream

Did you ever have the feeling that you, your family, and your friends were going to get hurt during a really bad storm? If you did have that feeling would you be scared? I would be scared, I also get that feeling sometimes. When I get that feeling I usually hold on to something like my sister, brother, mother, or father.

I have a dream and that dream is to help anybody that gets hurt during a volcanic eruption, hurricane, and tornado. I want to be a doctor that travels all over the  world. I want to be a girl that everybody adores. I wish I was famous like other doctors. I hope my dream comes true but, if it does not then I will just try to make all my other dreams come true. I hope your dreams come true too.

                     Written by: Brianna

I Have a Dream…

  I have a dream to have people have a great education, to be smarter. So no one will fall back in their grades and not to be troublesome in school. I want others to get great jobs like to be in the military, or to be an architect and not become homeless. I want people to have respect. Let people have great jobs and homes. If they get a great education children like me and others can do what they want like be a boss or a comic maker. If they do fall back in school for math or whatever they may have trouble with their academics when they get older. They will not be able to function out their in the real world without that knowledge. Some will get educated and get good jobs, and some people that had a hard childhood can become rich or complete their life goal, like climb Mt.Everest, or being a mechanic and not become homeless.

 By Seth


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What Does My Name Mean?


by Mrs. Renzulli 2012


Have you ever asked yourself, “What does my name mean?”  Most people have some idea of their name meaning or where their name came from. You will have the chance to look up your name and of its history.  Etymology and onomastics is a great resource to do just that. These are a few links that you can click on to do your research. Once you’ve found supportive evidence you will then post your findings here. Happy findings!

Meaning of names


Behind the Name


Some of the student responses were:

August 29th, 2012 at 6:26 pm e     ReplyJorja Says:
Wow my name is American and English and my name is with the state Georgia.

August 29th, 2012 at 6:27 pm e     ReplyXander Says:

Mrs.Renzulli,I figured out where my name is popular in English and Dutch.

August 29th, 2012 at 7:15 pm e     Replylydian Says:

Mrs.Renzulli my name means a musical note in a guitar.

August 29th, 2012 at 7:21 pm e     Replyluke Says:

Mrs Renzulli my last name means the son of luke.

August 29th, 2012 at 11:15 pm e     ReplyChristina Says:

Cool my name is from Greece.

August 30th, 2012 at 5:39 pm e     Replyrudy Says:Mrs.Renzulli my name means a very famous wolf and it lives in Germany and in the United States. That is very cool

August 30th, 2012 at 7:06 pm e     Replydakota Says:Mrs.Renzulli my name means friend. My name also stands for a native language.

 August 30th, 2012 at 7:09 pm e     Replyzane Says:Mrs. Renzulli my name means a gift from God and a beloved one, that is cool.

 August 31st, 2012 at 1:07 am e     ReplyMakayla Says:My name is from Ireland and English. Mrs.Renzulli I hope you like where my first name comes from!

 August 31st, 2012 at 1:13 am e     ReplyMakayla Says:It’s from English and Ireland.
August 31st, 2012 at 6:05 pmeReplyTristen Says:
My name is American and English and it stands for being bold and outgoing.
August 31st, 2012 at 6:06 pmeReplykody Says:
My name means helpful from England.
August 31st, 2012 at 6:12 pmeReplycallie Says:
My name means beautiful,forest,and lark.
August 31st, 2012 at 7:26 pmeReplyhailey Says:
My name means hero.

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Our Wall Wisher


by Mrs. Renzulli 2013

Please check out your Wall Wisher Board and respond to each wall.

Donavan’s Word Jar

My Name is Maria Isabel

My Summary of My Name is Maria Isabel

My Exit Card with my vocabulary

My Summary on How to Babysit an Orangutan


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Our Stories and Poems about Puffins


post written by Mrs. Renzulli and class 2012

The Puffins Are Here  

Here come the stranded puffins. Soon they landed. We nestled  the puffins. The adult puffins ventured for food. Some made burrows. Some ate fish. Some found  uninhabited homes. Then they instinctively leave their island to go back to the sea.

By Callie


Rudy’s Poem

                                       The Puffling Saviors                                        

       One bright morning, Hailey saw a flock of pufflings bringing food back to their burrow to feed their baby pufflings. Hailey was happy she loved baby pufflings. She loved to take pictures and she loved to hear them peap. She even saw a bird holding 20 fish in her beak. Then Hailey released baby puffins never come out. She studied all night. She learned that they don’t come out until they grow up.

       The next day Hailey was taking a walk and she saw a bird she went up to it to take a picture.The bird was scared she would touch her baby puffling. The bird instinctively swooped down to the burrow but she went to the wrong burrow it was a uninhabited  burrow.She wanted to go home and find  her baby she had to defend herself .

        The momma peeped and peeped it scared hailey away . She flew back to her baby while Hailey ran away. Hailey knew puffling weren’t mean she just wanted her  baby back and to just go home. So Hailey still like little puffins she still thought they were nice and cute.

        The puffins finally grown up and there parents left them. For a week the puffins rest and  relax.When the week ended  the puffins leave.That whole night they stayed up looking for stranded puffins. They had to venture because they were scared of the cars. Hailey saw a dog chasing a puffin she beat the dog to the puffin Hailey  nestles it in her hand.She saved it all her friends called a saviour. After that she took it home and let it free the next day.

    By Marissa


Cool Facts About Puffins     

Puffins talk in their underground burrows. They nest in the soft Earth in underground tunnels.  A puffin nests in a underground tunnel and only lays one egg. In Iceland people call puffins a Lundi. On top of all this is its outstanding natural beauty with its varied landscape and wildlife which makes the islands a popular stopping place for shorter or longer visits. The puffins are stocky, short winged and short tailed birds, with black upper parts and white or brownish-grey underparts. Puffins breed in colonies on coasts and islands. Puffins weigh up to 780 grams or 1.7 pounds. Puffins form long-term relationships. Puffins eat fish and zooplankton. The specie name for puffins is Fratercula Arctica. Puffins can live up to 20-30 years.     The smallest type of puffin is an Atlantic Puffin.

The height of an Atlantic Puffin is 18 centimeters tall! A puffin spends most of its time swimming, diving, and feeding. A puffin is a very poor flier. It only flies a little at a time. Did you know in Latin puffin means “Little Brother”. An Tufted Puffin is a medium sized, stocky, seabird with a rounded head. An Tufted Puffins call is low like this “Errrrr”. A Tufted Puffin also eats squid, octopus, crabs, jellyfish, and zooplankton. Puffins can carry 5-20 fish at a time to the nest they made. The Atlantic Puffin is sometimes called “The clown of the sea” or “Sea Parrot. That’s my second paragraph.Now going to the third.

Very young puffins look like tiny balls of black, downy feathers. Did you know the oldest living puffin on record is 32 years old! Atlantic Puffins can dive approximately 50-200 feet underwater. Puffin pairs often mate for life. In Newfoundland and Labrador there are more than 500,000 pairs. That’s 1,000,000 individual puffins. Puffins will sometimes compete over territory by locking beaks and wrestling until one of them is on the ground. Puffins burrows are 1 to 2 meters deep, often turning at angles right, left, up and down. Puffins nest on coastal islands in Maine, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, Labrador, and in Canadian Arctic. Puffins also nest in Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and the British Isles. Did you know when people see puffins they expect them to be a bigger.

By Tristen                                                                                  

Papegaaiduiker in een licht sneeuwbuitje!
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The Puffins Are Here     

The crowd is here!

The children is here.

Here is the birds.

They venture out of the burrows instinctively!

Children nestle the birds.

Birds are here and birds are coming.

They go and stay wherever you are going.

They are stranded everywhere.

Some are uninhabited.

Some are here and out beyond the sea.

Crowds cheer and hear pufflings there.

They are here and there they stay.

Here they are all flying with happiness.

With a smile on everybody’s faces.

They all laugh and cheer when they are here.

              By Makayla


The Puffins Are Back

By Xander

The puffins are instinctively flying toward the uninhabited island they’re going to make burrows.

The puffling nestles with his mom.

The puffling ventures out of his burrow.

The nights of the pufflings are here.

Time to rescue stranded pufflings and bring them back to sea.


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My Hero


post written by Mrs. Renzulli in 2012

Who is your hero? Everyone has a hero in their life or someone who has made a huge impact. As we are reading Lou Gehrig we will discover that he was a hero to his fans and has given those fans a way to enjoy baseball. As you finish your reading, I want you to think about who that special hero has been for you. There are many heroes who have encountered our lives, so it is O.K if you focus just on one.  Please look at the following example of some of my heroes who have made a difference in my life. Remember to have fun with this!


“My Heroes”

My special hero who has impacted my life in many ways was my grandmother. She was a teacher, and because of this I was able to see her in action working with her students. It was amazing to see such learning occur in her classroom. I had the chance to hang out with her for the day. In that time I was fascinated to learn new and interesting things.  She has played a huge role in my education and has given me hope when all else seemed to look grim for me.

Another special hero who has impacted my life was my sixth grade teacher Mrs. Ross. Mrs. Ross always had a way with words and her tone was always a peaceful tone that always seemed to reasure me that everything would be O.K. She was one of the reasons why I chose to be a teacher. I knew that this was what I wanted to become.

It was these special heroes in my life that helped shape and mold me to become the person who I am today and I am grateful for that. I know that my life will be filled with other individuals who will continue to help me grow and change.

Thank you to my special heroes for the memories, the belief, and the passion you have shown me.

What you will do now is click here and begin your published work.


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October Project is here!


We need the water! 

You will be reading “Nights of the Pufflings”, by Bruce McMillan. We will be participating in some amazing projects. Take a look at the following websites so that you can look ahead as to what you will be exploring with.

 Bruce McMillan’s Website

 Plans and Activites


Read Aloud

Puffin Cam

Poetry about Puffins

Facts about Puffins

Questions about Puffins




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