Friday, December 18, 2009

Holiday Sing-a-long



Christmas is here,
Smiles all around
All is so bright,
All is so bright!
Santa will come,
To see our town,
Into the night,
Into the night!

And it’s Christmastime I love,
People are smiling,
Holiday singing,
There’s a good feeling!

(repeat)

Christmas is here,
Gifts all around,
All is a-light,
All is a-light!

Santa will come,
To see our town,
Into the night,
Into the night!

And it’s Christmastime I love,
People are smiling,
Holiday singing,
There’s a good feeling

(repeat)




Oh Hanukkah! Oh Hanukkah,
come light the menorah
Let's have a party,
we'll all dance the hora
Gather round the table,
we'll give you a treat
Dreidels to play with and latkes to eat

And while we are playing
The candles are burning low
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago
One for each night, they shed a sweet light
To remind us of days long ago




Write a comment about your favorite part of the holiday performance.

Friday, December 11, 2009

All About Sentence Combining

We have been working hard to learn how to write better sentences. One way we are improving our sentences is by combining two complete sentences into
one longer sentence.




To do this correctly, we have learned to

  • Make sure we have two complete sentences to combine that belong together
  • Connect the two sentences with a comma and a conjunction, like and, but, or so
  • Look at the finished product to make sure there are two subjects, one from each of the two sentences we combined


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Below are some wonderful examples of sentence combining written by skillful students who really have the hang of it!

Notice that each subject has been highlighted in red!


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Lots of cows live in grassy meadows, and some cows live on dirty farms. By Natalie


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I walked into the peaceful meadow, and I realized that there was an enormous brown deer behind me. By Andrew


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The water from the giant spring ran down the canyon, and the farmers used the water in the meadow. By Iyla




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I went to the hot and dry canyon, and I had a fascinating voyage. By Carson




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The children like to play in the grassy meadow, and they like to play at the entertaining playground. By Cameron



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We explored a deep canyon, so we could get photos for our lovely family. By Eli




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I went for a walk in a big green meadow, and I saw some yellow daffodils. By Sam



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Please leave a comment by telling us something you enjoyed about one of the sentences, and try writing one of your own!



Make sure you start with two complete sentences that each have a subject.
Then combine them using a comma and a conjunction.




For an A sentence, be sure to add an adjective or two!




You may write about a topic of your choice!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

The Chumash: Our Local Native American Tribe

Our Visit to the Chumash Museum on PhotoPeach
Enjoy the photos from our Chumash Interpretive Center field trip.
The captions for each slide were composed by the students!
They learned so much!








Listen to the Chumash song we learned.
Panther thought we were perfect!


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What was the most interesting fact you learned about the Chumash at the museum?

If you were a Chumash Indian, what do you think would be the most challenging
activity and why?