What’s happening with the 7/8/9s? – week 12

Greetings 7/8/9s Families,

Last week I was away from school for a literacy conference in Providence, Rhode Island for two days. The 7/8/9s spent Monday and Tuesday with the 5/6s and 6/7s and Brittany and had some really great adventures! Working towards the TDS food drive, they went on a trip to the community food bank to learn about the kinds of food we should collect for needy families in our community. They came back to school and wrote an onomatopoeia poem about the sounds they noticed working on an assembly line and all of the students performed their poem at town meeting on Wednesday. Please check out Brittany’s blog post over on the 5/6s & 6/7s blog to see some photos of the kids helping out at the food cupboard.

Since I’ve been back we’ve been working on writing personal narrative stories in writing using mentor texts that also tell stories in the 1st person and use many descriptive details to help the reader think about the story and make a movie in their minds.

In math we’ve continued our work with place value and addition and subtraction as we learned two new math games – “Close to 10” and “Close to 20” these games help the 7/8/9s practice their tens facts and number sense when adding multiple numbers together.

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We are nearing the end of our read aloud of “The Witches” by Roald Dahl and have been enjoying making predictions and connections about the story as we read. Since the story is a 1st person narrative, it’s also helping to inspire our writing projects.

Now I’ll leave this newsletter to the 7/8/9s to tell you more about the week through their eyes.




The remainder of this blogpost was dictated by the 7/8/9s and typed by me. You’ll also notice their illustrations from the week below! 



This week was awesome.

We were in Brittany’s class on Tuesday and Monday. We went to the food cupboard. We did at least 50 bags they were full of food for people that can’t get food by themselves. Cian, Will and Addy stuffed 12 carrots in a bag and then tied them. They did a whole sack. Some carrots were shaped like a boomerang and it was so fun.


“Addy, Me, and Will sorted carrots in a bag.”


“We are in the assembly line.”


“We are collecting food for the food drive.”


“We are at the food cupboard.”

On Monday we had our first music class. We learned rhythms and learned types of instruments. Our teacher’s name is Lisa.


Matthew, Noah, Willem and Nathaniel made paint ball guns out of snap cubes during work time and they pretended to shoot invisible zombies. Cian is working on a new sewing project. He is making a circular pillow. Chloe finished her finger knitting project it’s as long as Rapunzel’s hair in the movie. She had to wrap it around her neck a lot of times to make it a scarf.


“I finger knitted this week. I finished it.”

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On Wednesday we had work time in Brittany’s room. Some people did finger knitting and some people did blocks and other stuff. Kelley did finger knitting and then he drew pictures for a book. Chloe and the 6/7s girls finished painting the boxes we started painting earlier in the week for the food drive. Noah brought in some special soft string for finger knitting.


“We are finger knitting in Brittany’s room and other people are playing with blocks.”


“I finger knitted this week.”

In art this week we finished our soap carving. We used knives, and dentist tools to scrape the sides off and make details. We also curled up paper for a collage – how to do it is you curl it up and then put glue on it to make a perfect circle.


“We are curling up paper for art.”

We learned “Close to 20” in math and we had fun playing the game. To play you get 5 cards and you try to get 3 cards that equal to 20 and you write down the numbers and it can equal any number close to 20. They you write your score of how many away from 20 your number is. To win you try to get the smallest score.


“We played close to twenty, it was fun.”

From the 7/8/9s

Chloe, Cian, Kelley, Matthew, Noah, Nathaniel, an Will

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