Hansel and Gretel by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Lorenzo Mattotti

a fire to keep them warm in the woods

Our 4th graders drew as they listened to Neil Gaiman’s retelling of “Hansel and Gretel.” I encouraged them to use a lot of black ink like Mattotti, but their expressiveness lies where it lies…..enjoy!

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Skype visit to Roald Dahl Museum in Great Missenden, England

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The 4th and 5th grade are big Roald Dahl fans thanks to the fun read alouds last year. Penguin invited us to visit the Roald Dahl Museum just north of London.
We learned that when Roald Dahl was a kid, candy companies would come to his school and have the kids taste-test new flavors. This made him feel very important, and inspired him to write Charlie & The Chocolate Factory! He ate chocolate so much that he lost his teeth. Every one of them. They are in the museum! As well as chocolate doors that SMELL like chocolate….mmmm….

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Battle For The Net

If you woke up tomorrow, and your internet looked like this, what would you do? Imagine all your favorite websites taking forever to load, while you get annoying notifications from your ISP suggesting you switch to one of their approved “Fast Lane” sites.Think about what we would lose: all the weird, alternative, interesting, and enlightening stuff that makes the Internet so much cooler than mainstream Cable TV. What if the only news sites you could reliably connect to were the ones that had deals with companies like Comcast and Verizon?On September 10th, just a few days before the FCC’s comment deadline, public interest organizations are issuing an open, international call for websites and internet users to unite for an “Internet Slowdown” to show the world what the web would be like if Team Cable gets their way and trashes net neutrality. Net neutrality is hard to explain, so our hope is that this action will help SHOW the world what’s really at stake if we lose the open Internet.If you’ve got a website, blog or tumblr, get the code to join the #InternetSlowdown here: https://battleforthenet.com/sept10thEveryone else, here’s a quick list of things you can do to help spread the word about the slowdown: http://tumblr.fightforthefuture.org/post/96020972118/be-a-part-of-the-great-internet-slowdown Get creative! Don’t let us tell you what to do. See you on the net September 10th!

via Battle For The Net.

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- Download Youtube Clips Easily

- Download Youtube Clips Easily.

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Just Juice by Karen Hesse

What if you are in third grade, not doing too well in school, and your parents are about to get evicted and need you to help them read letters from lawyers?

Then you have to deliver a baby because your mom can’t get to the hospital?

Read this if you think you have it hard!

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End of year Tech survey

Want to hear from folks so we can plan a better year integrating technology into our learning plans. 3 minutes max for this survey!

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Siblings Reading Club

Sibling Reading Club

Thanks for participating this year! Please fill out this survey so we can plan an even better club next year.

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