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November 12, 2009 Dear Families, Our class just finished reading The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo. The students really seemed to enjoy this book. There were many adventures, and even a few sad parts. We had many class discussions around different events in the story. In honor of finishing the book, this week students began working on writing their first book response of the year. Students are focusing on their favorite part, and also explaining why they liked that part best. My favorite part was when the fisherman found Edward floating in the ocean and decided to talk him home to his wife. Ask your children about this story, and see what their favorite part was. On Tuesday we had our second session of Four Winds. We learned a lot of interesting information about leaves. An interesting fact I learned was that there are three different kinds of leaves; pinnate, palmate, and parallel. The students were able to see a puppet show, do leaf rubbings, and learn about how the food we eat comes from plants. Did you know hamburgers come from plants? Ask your child to see if they can explain the connection. Be sure to check out our blog to see pictures and a video of the puppet show. We kicked off our new unit on Colonial America by going on a hike. We hiked up the hill in front of our school to an area that used to be inhabited by the Abenaki. We imagined what it may have looked like long ago when the Native Americans were living there. We also discussed how things are different now compared to long ago. We later returned to our classroom, and students drew pictures of what the area might have looked like then and what it looks like now. Thank you everyone who was able to help out with the media sale this past weekend, and a special thanks to Kathleen Eustace who helped organize and run this event. With all of your help we were able to raise over $1000. We couldn’t have done it without all of you! I am sending home a book order in Thursday folders this week, so if you and your child would like to buy some books you are welcome to. Some of you may be thinking of ordering some books as Christmas gifts for your child, if this is the case let me know and I will keep the orders a secret. Please try and return forms and money by the end of next week. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Erin


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