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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 2/15/13

Today’s reporters are Hernan and Theo.

On Valentine’s Day we talked about what a friend is. Theo: “A friend is someone who respects you and you respect them back.” Hernan:  “A friend is someone who is kind to you and plays with you.” Then we had a party in the afternoon before choir. Some people gave out candy and some people just ate it. Some people just sat down and ate all the candy they got. We also had bags of chips, cupcakes, cookies and juice boxes.

David checks out the cupcakes.

David & cupcakes

This morning we had an AIM (Adventures In Music) concert. The 4/5 and 2/3 classes attended. There was a flute, a clarinet, an oboe, a bassoon, and a French horn. The musicians talked about their instruments, when they started learning to play their instruments, and how they started. The musicians called people from the audience to conduct them. Some of the conductors were Marie and Raishad (see below). The music was nice and they played for an hour.

Raishad conducts

Also this week we learned about synonyms. A synonym is a word that means the same thing as another word. We had to find a word in our Word Work and then find a synonym for it. Word Work is the study of how words are spelled. We get an envelope with slips of paper inside with words on them. Then we sort out the words and write them down in our Word Work Notebooks. There are different ways of sorting the words; we’re assigned how to sort them.

We read about the Magna Carta. The Magna Carta is a document so that Englishmen can have basic rights. It was signed by an English king, King John, in the 13th century. Some of the rights are: the king couldn’t arrest a person without a fair trial, a person’s land and money can’t be taken without permission of the Parliament. The Magna Carta is important because it makes the Parliament more powerful than the king, so the king can’t just do whatever he wants.

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

 

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