In Language Arts we use a program called Membean. Membean helps you learn vocabulary by putting you through training sessions where you answer questions about words you already have and then you learn new words. We try to learn enough new words that we go up to the next level. Mrs. Donnelly can give us a quiz if she wants to. I like Membean so far and I think it is great. We got to write to the creator of Membean and suggest something to add and he wrote back! I would definitely recommend Membean to another school.
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In language arts we are reading a book called The Giver. In The Giver Jonas gets memories from the receiver. The memory I would give first would be a memory of a sled going down a hill in the snow. I would give this memory because it is a fun introduction to memory sharing. It would also be a calm memory before the pain memories. That is why I would share the sled memory first.
In Language Arts we read a mystery book called The Westing Game. It is about a man named Sam Westing who owns a huge company and is trying to find his true heir. He makes a game with 16 possible heirs but in the end only one will win.
We had to draw each character from the book and then put it into a trading card. Trading cards is an app on our iPad. For each card we had two fill in a bunch of information about the characters. At the end there was a test and we were allowed to use our cards. Mrs. Donnelly picked one card to grade and we picked the other and that was how it worked. The Westing Game is a good book and I definitely recommend it.
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Over the past month in Language Arts we worked on hero books. To make them we stamped paper and then ripped it. We made books that had a front scene, like sand, and a back scene, like water. The books were about a hero, like a relative in our life. My hero is my grandpa. After we made them, they were displayed in the FRANK Gallery in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. There was a reception and kids brought their family members and their heroes.
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