Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving, 2013!

This  week we had a wonderful time preparing for


One way we did that was by measuring and
 mixing up the ingredients 
for our own loaf of pumpkin bread!

Enjoy our slide show, and see what with did 
with the bread after it was baked!

 Let's Celebrate Thanksgiving! on PhotoPeach

In addition to making our special pumpkin bread gifts to share, we have been busy with a cornucopia of
other Thanksgiving projects!

We wrote paragraphs about the people and things 
for which we are thankful.

We wrote paragraphs about our Thanksgiving feasts and hid them inside a beautifully colored cornucopia!

Finally, we created a very unique book report called 
"How Do You Dress a Turkey?"
We each disguised a turkey as a book character and wrote about the character's personality and actions in the book we read!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, everyone!


What do you think of all our special projects?
How will you celebrate Thanksgiving?
What are you most thankful for?

Monday, November 11, 2013

Hurray for Veterans Day!

On November 11, America celebrates Veterans Day. 
It is the day we honor the men and women who have served 
in the armed forces. 

Veterans Day is a national holiday! 

Photo by Mrs. Ranney

Veterans: Men and women who have served in the armed forces.
Soldiers: Men and women who are currently serving in the armed forces.

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Here is a link to a wonderful BrainPop video entitled
Armed Forces. What did you learn about America's Armed Forces?

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In class, we will be sending holiday cards to active military personnel. Chance and Nate from Mrs. Yollis' class are in a Cub Scout Troop, and they provided the cards for the "Holiday Cards for the Troops" project. 

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Are any of your relatives or friends veterans?

Please tell us about them and thank them for their service to America!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Learn to Write a Compound Sentence!

Mrs. Ranney's students are always trying to improve their writing skills.

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 A compound sentence:
  1. Combines two shorter related sentences (This means it has two subjects and two predicates!)
  2. Joins the two sentences with  a conjunction (and, or, but, so)
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Here are some sample compound sentences, and they are all about Thanksgiving!
(Hey, that's a compound sentence!)  


Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November, and many families gather for a traditional feast. 

In 1620, the Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts, but they had really 
planned a trip to Virginia. 

The Massachusetts winter was extremely cold and harsh, so everyone 
had to work together to survive!

The Wampanoag Indians helped the struggling Pilgrims, so they were able to harvest crops for their first feast!

Modern Americans dine on turkey and stuffing at home, or they make a 
reservation at a local restaurant.

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Comment Challenge!
In the comment section, tell about your plans for Thanksgiving. Be sure to include at least two COMPOUND SENTENCES!

Friday, November 1, 2013

November is Family Blogging Month!

Mrs. Ranney and her students to share what they are
learning and experiencing.

In an effort to include more family members in our online community, we are proclaiming:

November is Family Blogging Month!

Each student made a list of their family members. After looking through the archive, students selected specific posts tailored to the interest of a particular relative. 

We're inviting everyone to comment: moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts, and cousins.
We welcome friends, too!

Students will be inviting their family and friends to participate in a conversation! 

Frogger, the Blogger, says: 
"Maybe we'll get some 2-point comments! Follow the chart below for some tips!"

Here is the key we will use for  Family Blogging Month~

What do you think of our idea?

Who are you inviting to be a part of our online community?

Please leave a comment and introduce yourself!