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What are Opinions…


What is an Opinion? How can details help support your opinion? As a writer it is important that we use strategies and tools to help us organize our writing. As we begin to write an opinionated piece of writing we need to be able to do the following:

a. Introduce a topic or text clearly, state an opinion, and create an organizational structure in which related ideas are grouped to support the writer’s purpose.

b. Provide reasons that are supported by facts and details.

c. Link opinion and reasons using words and phrases (e.g., for instance, in order to, in addition).

d. Provide a concluding statement or section related to the opinion presented.

Keeping this in mind I would like you to write about the following topic: Are Trampolines Too Dangerous? Please click on the following link to post your opinions on the matter. 

My Opinions on Padlet

Color Guard…What does it mean?


United State of Art
Photo Credit: qthomasbower via Compfight

Color Guard…What does it mean?


Vertebrates Vs. Invertebrates




Paraphrasing information and recalling relevant information from experiences and or from print or digital sources is another way to express your findings and or recording your thoughts and organizing your ideas. Please share your information of what you have discovered in science today with vertebrates and invertebrates.





What have you discovered in Science this week?



Animal Cell





Plant Cell

The World According to Humphrey


You can learn a lot about a life by observing species. That’s what Humphrey was told when he was brought to room 26. What do you think that statement means? Please collaborate about what your point of view is and share with one another. Remember to be engaging in your conversations and to pose validating questions.


Working with Math


Lattice and Break Apart from S Hamman on Vimeo.

Cause and Effect Slide Presentations


Slide 1


Slide 2


Slide 3

Our Simile Poems


“Monster From The Savanna”

Rhino’s skin is as rough as a rock. Their brains are small as a peanut. They can run fast like a cheetah. Rhinos weigh about 3,500 pounds that’s about how much a fire truck weighs. Rhinos roll in the mud like pigs.Their as fat as a cow. Rhinos’ tusks are like our fingernails because they are made out of the same material. They attack like a bull Because they are protectors.

Thanks for reading my similes.

By Zac

My Puffins’ Similes

Puffins are as soft as a pillow. They are as loud as a horn. They really look like clowns. Puffins are as colorful as a rainbow. Puffins are probably not as heavy as a truck. Puffin chicks are as gray as the sky when it rains. They are as black as the night sky. They fly in the air like airplane. When they’re hungry they look for food like a lion.They swim like a fish. They search like a scout. They are like a cat when they eat their food. Their heads are as round as an M&M.

By Adrien

Giving Thanks!


The Fourth Grade would like to give thanks this month. Giving thanks is something we look forward to. So as we share our Giving Thanks Video we would like for you to take the time to think about those who have inspired you or have impacted your life by taking the time to express and let them know how you feel.





Fourth Grade Video from S Hamman on Vimeo.

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.



Math Problem of the Day :)


post written by Mrs. Renzulli in 2012


As part of your Math Problem of the Day, please click on the following link. Once you look at that problem please solve that number for the day and respond with your explaination on Linoit. Remember you must explain your thinking and how you got that as an answer. 🙂


Probabilty Word Problems

Word Problem Day 2

Word Problem Day 3

Word Problem Day 4

W ord Problem Day 5


Figurative Language


Post written by Mrs. Renzulli in 2012

As you read through these poems think about figuartive language that the author is using and discuss with your classmates what was interesting about that poem. Ask your self the following questions:

Did the author use similes in their poem?

Did the author use personification in their poem?

What was interesting about the author’s poem?

Why do you think the author used these types of figurative language in their poem?

What is the author really trying to express in their poem?



Mrs. Hammon’s Class Poetry



Facts and Opinions about Cricket in Times Square


Post written by Mrs. Renzulli in December of 2012

Sometimes in a story we might have opinions and or facts that we want to share with one another. Please decide how you will share your information. Remember when stating a fact you have evidence that supports your findings. When you are stating an opinion it is your own personal view. Collaborate with one another and have fun.

How Do You Become an American Citizen?


How do you become an American Citizen? Is this an easy process? You’re story this week informs you about many families becoming an American Citizen. You will research more about this on your own. Once you have gathered some information you will post it on Linoit the process of becoming an American Citizen.

A Very Important Day-Resources

My Quiz

My response on Linoit

Look to the North


You will do each activity on this link. Remember to follow your rubric that I gave you. Have fun with this project!

Look to the North: A Wolf Pup Diary


Activity 1

Linoit Activity 4 Class Discussion

Cricket in Time Square


Our story is about meeting and building friendships with each other. What I would like you to do is to post your thoughts and opinions on linoit for each chapter you read. I would also like for you to go on to our other page and collaborate with each other about your conclusions of each chapter. It is important that we have these discussions as we move forward in our literature studies.

Chapter 1: Tucker

Chapter 2: Mario

Chapter 3: Chester

Chapter 4: Harry Cat

Chapter 5: Sunday Morning

Chapter 6: Sai Fong

Chapter 7: The Cricket Cage

Chapter 8: Tucker’s Life Savings

Chapter 9: The Chinese Dinner

Chapter 10: The Dinner Party

Chapter 11: The Jinx

Chapter 12: Mr. Smedley

Chapter 13: Fame

Chapter 14: Orpheus

Chapter 15: Grand Central Station

Please click on this link to listen to the Podcast for each chapter.

Podcast for Cricket in Times Square Ch. 1-15

The Cricket in Times Square

Where is Time Square? Do you know? Click on this link for a virtal tour to Times Square.

Times Square





How to Babysit an Orangutan


Why do you think this title How to Babysit an Orangutan was chosen by the author?


Why is it important to rescue the baby orangutans and return them back to the rain forest?

What was interesting that you discovered when reading this cool non-fiction book?


Please make sure to answer these three questions and then reflect your answers on the linoit tab.



Harcourt Activities

Facts about Orangutans

Monkey Game

Figurative Language


My Prezi

What is Figurative Language? Figurative Language is a tool that many authors use in their writing. It is a way to express something different from the exact meaning of the individual words. The most that is used often and is recognized by readers are the following:

Similes- two things that are compared with the words like or as.

Example: She was as cold as an iceberg.

Metaphors- two things that are different from each other that are compared without using the words like or as.

Example: Mary is a pack rat

Personification – is when a writer makes a non-human object or idea seem like a person.

Example: I could hear the wind whistling through the trees.

What do you think is being personified?

Our Classroom Books

Brain Pop

I Wonder?

Science News

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