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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 11/30/12

Today’s reporters are Matthew (right) and Vincent (left).

In our Science Notebooks we recorded our saturation activity. It’s about putting water into a sponge and seeing how much comes out. We needed to put in the exact amount of water to saturate the sponge and not have any come out. Saturation means sucking up the water.

In class this week we are reading Joey Pigza Swallows the Key. It is about a kid who has lots of adventures. He’s so wired! He was trying to cut paper and he needed the special sharp scissors. Maria Dombrowski jumped in front of him and he was wearing bunny shoes. He slipped and cut off the tip of her nose! Then he went to her house to apologize and make sure she was ok. It’s a funny book. It’s interesting and whenever we finish a chapter we want to hear more.

Every morning this week we have started with a circle. We come together and talk about what we’re looking forward to. Yesterday we talked about it and someone said “I’m looking forward to Christmas!” We talk about what we did last weekend. We go around the circle and everyone has a chance to contribute. Some people choose to pass. Some topics people aren’t allowed to pass, everyone has to share.

Another project we did this week is called Tuolomne in My Tap. We had two visitors, Peter and Sam, who came to talk to us about where our water comes from. Our water comes from Hetch Hetchy, where there’s a dam to keep the water in. We also heard about animals that care about the water, like rainbow trout, bald eagle, black bear, salmon, and rattlesnake. The salmon is called the King Salmon and he swims around saying “I’m the King!” with a hat on his head. No, not really!

Animals care about the water. We need to take shorter baths and showers so that we can save water. Why do people need water? Somebody said “To hydrate!”


Ms. Zapata's 4th & 5th grade class


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