Mystery Book Clubs

Here are the book choices for our new book clubs.  Preview the choices.  You can see the front and back cover of each book and two pages from a random place in the book. Read them and see if it feels like a good fit.  We’ve got between 4 and 6 copies of each book so you each should be able to get one of your top choices.  List your top three choices in a comment below today or tomorrow, and we’ll figure out how to get these mysteries started!  📚😃🔍

A to Z Mysteries ~Detective Camp 130 pages

Ballpark Mysteries ~ Fenway Foul-Up 95 pages

Brixton Brothers ~ The Case of the Case of Mistaken Identity 179 pages

The Buddy Files ~ The Case of the School Ghost 129 pages

Mariella Mystery Investigates ~ The Spaghetti Yeti 176 pages

Third Grade Detectives~ The Mystery of the Stolen Statue 70 pages

Shredderman ~ Secret Identity 138 pages

Our Day – Wednesday, April 8

Good Morning! I hope you are feeling good about all you are doing.  It’s a lot!  Thank you!  Check this affirmations poster when you’re feeling overwhelmed or not enough.  YOU ARE AMAZING!

Morning Work – I hope you will start off your learning day by completing your weather graph, noting the temperature on the section of the graph you color in and the type of cloud you see.  Use the symbols on the cloud finder.

Stop to put your gratefulness rock in your pocket. Think of something new that you are grateful for as your day begins and add it to your Gratitude Jar.  Then check out each others blogs and leave a comment or two.

Keep up with independent reading suggestions by checking out all the comments you’ve each been leaving.  Keep reading each and every day!

Morning Meeting –  I have chosen this book today to that remind us again of the importance of celebrating ourselves. School is happening in a whole new way and you are doing it!  W will get through this together and we’ll be stronger because of our determination.

Let’s start by listening to Naked Mole Rat Get’s Dressed.  Wilbur started a trend, just by asking, “why not?” It was cool that Grand-pah take him seriously.  It seems to me, Wilbur helped all the mole rats have a good time – “no exceptions.”

After thinking about what Wilbur had done, I wanted to make sure you knew how to exercise your power of positivity.  Wendy Baker shared these pages on her site Thinking Zing.  They can help us thing like Wilbur – “what if” and “why not.”  What’s on your bucket list?  What do you like?  What do you look forward to accomplishing in your life?  Here’s a brainstorming guide.  It is a list of questions and prompts designed to make the Bucket List Activity easier to complete. When you’ve finished (and you don’t have to finish this in one day) share on your blog. Lots of times sharing your hopes and dreams with others means they can help you achieve them.

Take a break, get a snack and move around.  If you’d like, here are two  Go Noodle videos to move here with Believer and here to develop confidence with Chin up.

How are you feeling about mysteries and the elements of that genre?

Shared Reading –  You did a great job with yesterday’s riddles.  Here are the answers: silverware and dishes, the alphabet and your voice

Riddle #1  A girl fell off a 20 foot ladder.  She wasn’t hurt.  Why?

Riddle #2 What has lots of eyes, but can’t see?

Riddle #3 What is full of holes, but still holds water?

If  you’ve got an answer for any of today’s riddles, leave your guess in a comment.

Listen to this mystery,  The Deductive Detective.  See if you can figure out what deductive means.  After listening complete The Detective Case Report for this book too.  You did a great job with this yesterday.  Please find a way to share it by sending a photo in an email or by creating a post on your blog.

Take a break, go outside, look for new signs of spring, practice your recorder, make some art.

Here’s a note from Mrs. Oliver ~ I know it isn’t a music day yet, but this is a cool new project and I thought you’d like to get started!

The 50th anniversary of Earth Day will be celebrated April 22, 2020.  In honor of that day, I am offering all students an opportunity to create an instrument using items you would normally recycle.  I have uploaded a video to my website with more information.  This is optional but I think it will be fun.  If you take time to decorate your instrument, please send an image to Mrs. Nardone.  Mrs. Oliver would love to see and hear your instrument being played.  Send those clips to
I also have a new recorder song for students to watch, learn and play along.  Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send me videos of students playing their recorder songs.  I would love to see and hear from more students.  It is the only way I know if you are participating in music while we are apart.
Here is my website where you can find lots of videos of recorder songs and the information on Recycled Instruments.
Enjoy your music making and be well.
Mrs. Oliver

ReadingFind a nice quiet place to read and enjoy at least 30 minutes with a great book.  If you’re wishing for some new book/reading options you can find some fabulous picture book recordings at Storyline Online and recorded books here at Audible. The Elementary selections look great.  Enjoy!

At the end of reading today, choose two or three things from the Book Talk Questions grid when you leave a comment about what you read today on the blog.

Go outside, have some lunch, play a game, count the birds in your yard.  Relax.

Writer’s Workshop  –  Today we’ll continue writing about weather.  Here’s a review of the steps we’ve taken so far if you need to catch up with the process.

We began with a lead.

Then we used our concept map to make a plan.  We learned about topic sentences and paragraphing.  You wrote about your first subtopic paragraph.

We’ve followed those same steps to  write about subtopic 2, and subtopic 3.

When you’re ready to write today, go to all posts and open your weather post.  Read your feedback and make revisions paragraphs.  Delete the feedback and add the next new paragraph(s) about that one subtopic.  Remember to use your elaboration strategies.  When you have finished writing about that subtopic  STOP and save your draft.  Don’t submit it.  You’ll be learning more about the conclusion the next time you write.

(If you have bits and pieces of your travel journal to finish up, do them when you have time.)

Inquiry Workshop – Social Studies  –  This is week to create our souvenirs. You may have found your souvenir planner in your blue folder.  If you didn’t, here’s a copy – souvenir planner – think about supplies you have on hand, talk to your family and then begin creating.  If you need help, ask for it.  Today, hopefully, you’re working on souvenir 3.  The plan is to submit a photograph of your completed souvenirs on Monday, April 13.

think this may be where our  1:00 Zoom meeting will fit.  Today we’ll be talking about what makes a mystery a mystery.  What kind of mysteries would you like to explore and solve?

MathHere are  today’s warm-ups Fact Family Arrays and Fact Family Triangles.  Both of them are practicing with fact families.  I know you understand this concept at this point.  Take time with the equations and notice if they are facts you know automatically.  If they are not write them down put them on your mirror, repeat them often until they do become automatic.  Knowing your facts in all four operations makes all of math so much easier.

How did Line ‘Em Up go yesterday?  If you have time, play again to feel more comfortable with remainders.  Not every amount can be divided evenly

Next, here are today’s problems to choose from.  See if there are two that feel like just right challenges.   You can solve them in your journal or on a piece of paper.  It would be most helpful to put the color and the date the problem was posted.  Thanks!

Edward was building a model of the St. Basil’s Cathedral with Legos.  He had 2,035 bricks in a bin when he started building.

When he was finished there were 68 bricks left. 

How many Legos did Edward use in his building project?

Van, Vera and Landon are learning about the size of their countries in square miles.

France is 248,573 square miles.

Italy is 116,437 square miles

Greece is 50,949 square miles.

How many square miles do those three countries cover altogether in Europe?

How much bigger is France than Germany?

How much bigger is Italy than Greece?

Katherine and Landin are learning about the number of people who live in their countries.  They are comparing the population

Brazil has 212,207,808 people living there.

Peru has 32,864,434 people living there.

How many people is that altogether?

How many more people live in Brazil than in Peru?

Estella was building a model of the Great Wall of China with Legos.  She had 534 bricks in a bin when she started building.

When she was finished there were 89 bricks left. 

How many Legos did Estella use in her building project?

Holden and Max are learning about the size of their countries in square miles.

Australia is 2,970,000 square miles.

Egypt is 390,100 square miles.

How many square miles do the two countries cover altogether?

How much bigger is Australia than Egypt?

May learned that kiwi birds weigh about 5 ½ pounds.  If she had 12 kiwi birds, how much would they weigh altogether?

Ostriches weigh about 320 pounds.  How many kiwis would it take to equal the weight of one ostrich?

If you’ve worked through that, it’s definitely time for a game here at ABCya. If you want to try Prodigy talk to your parents.  Did anyone else find another game to recommend?  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.  Did anyone else find another game you like.  Leave the name in a comment so we can all have fun.

UA’s for today…

Spanish ~ I know Señora Murphy has posted some new lessons for you to explore. Library ~ there are lots of great resources there for read aloud, and opportunities to draw with author illustrators like Mo Willems (Piggie and Gerald) and Jarrett Krosoczka (Lunch Lady)

I hope you had a Wonderful Wednesday!

Thanks for all the work you do!  You make a difference every day!


💕Mrs. Eaves