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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 4/5/13

Above: the circulatory and respiratory systems. Today’s reporters are Raishad and Timyas. This week we’re focusing on the three different systems: the circulatory system, the respiratory system, and the digestive system. We watched videos about all the meaningful parts and where the food goes. Like how the food goes down to the intestines. The respiratory system is about breathing and the circulatory system is
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class Field Trip to Excelsior Science Workshop

Warning: some of these photographs are of fish dissections and show fish blood and guts. On Wednesday 3/20 Ms. Z’s class took a trip to the Excelsior Science Workshop. It’s brand-new and just opened last week. It is run by the same group that does the Mission Science Workshop, but we’re lucky that this is a lot closer for us- just a 10 minute
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/15/13

Today’s reporters are Winnie (left) and Caitlyn (right). This week we were writing in our science notebooks about how systems of the body work. We talked about the pulse. The pulse is from our heart beating. It moves in our arms and you can feel it in your veins. This morning we watched a movie about how the pulse goes in a cycle. We
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/8/13

Today’s reporters are Lena (left) and Taliyah (right). This week we had the Constitutional Convention, where we had to write why slavery should end and why we should have the right to vote. The groups were Northern Merchants and Bankers, White Women, Male Southern Plantation owners, free African Americans, enslaved African Americans, White Workers/Indentured Servants, and the Iroquois Nation. We were pretending to argue
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 3/1/13

Today’s reporters are Adriana (left) and Amalia (right). Ms. Z has been reading aloud a book called The Freedom Menu. We put down the page number and what we think about the text- what we know and what we have read so far. We do this to think more about what we read. The book is about when black people had their own separate
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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.
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 2/8/13

Today’s reporters are David and Franco. This week we went to the Asian Art Museum on Thursday. It was unique and a lot of fun. We learned a lot new stuff we didn’t know. David: My favorite part was the stories about the Buddha and how he was generous and giving. Franco: My favorite part was, when we were exploring, I saw a kitana
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 1/25/13

Today’s reporters are Melissa and Tavaidi. Tavaidi: We are learning about maps. The map is of all 50 states. We’re taking a test next Wednesday. Melissa: The test is a blank map of all 50 states and we need to fill in the names [Note: Ms. Z says the test on Wednesday is not on all 50 states!]. We also made windows- you open
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 class, 1/18/13

Today’s reporters are Philip and Raimon. Philip: This week we watched a Martin Luther King Jr. video. It was a speech from the day before he was assassinated. Also this week Ms. Z gave us our second block for the map. We’re memorizing the 50 states, one block at a time. This week my group’s block had Pennsylvania, New York, Maine, and the other
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Ms. Zapata’s 4/5 Class, 12/21/12

Above: Raishad and Vincent are showing how a cloud is made. Our reporters today are Kevin and Julia. We had Project Open House! Kevin: My project was about how to save water. When you shower, if you’re not using the water, don’t let it run. I also worked on a computer slide show about water. Julia: My project was a game. We had a
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