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4th Graders Wrote “How to” Essays

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This past week, the students worked tirelessly on their “how to” posts.  Most have them completed their essays and posted them on their blogs.  They also were encouraged to add hyperlinks, video, and/or images to their post to enhance their writing.  Overall, everyone did a great job.  Next week, we will be working on creating a dialogue between animals.  It is their chance to be creative.  The goal is to practice their quotation, comma, and punctuation usage.  Following that assignment, students will be working on their expository essays for the election process.  Writing is a big part of our classroom.  Please check out the students’ blogs and comment on them.  It helps give them confidence and motivation to continue to work hard on their writing skills.  Here are a couple of the “how to” posts.

HOW TO MAKE A PEANUT BUTTER & JELLY SANDWICH

BY: Emily T

If you want to know how to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then you’re  in luck.  I’m teaching you this so if you’re hungry, it’s really easy to make, and it’s a very common lunch choice.

First, you need to get your ingredients.  Here are your ingredients: bread, peanut butter, and jelly.  You would also need supplies like a knife and a plate.

Then, you open the peanut butter, and get the jelly.  Place two pieces of bread on a plate.  Use the knife and get a scoop of peanut butter, and spread it evenly on one piece of bread.  After that, wash the knife, and get a scoop of jelly and spread it on the other piece of bread.  Last, put the two pieces of bread together, take a bite, and you’re done.

That’s how you make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  Next time that you’re hungry, use my advice, and make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.  I hope you liked it.

If you would like to see pictures for each step, then click here.

Image Credit: http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=search&txt=peanut+butter+and+jelly+sandwich&w=1&x=0&y=0

MAKING MEATBALLS

By: Ayden I

Doesn’t everybody love a good meatball. I know I do. That’s why I’m going to teach you how to make meatballs. You will want to make meatballs to feed your family. Another reason to make meatballs is if you’re catering a party.There are many uses for a wonderful meatball.
Meatballs take many steps to prepare. First, you need to get the ingredients. You need raw meat, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, a pan, a big bowl, and 2 raw eggs. Now, you put the ingredients in the bowl. Then, you thoroughly mix the ingredients with your hands. After that, you take the mix and shape it into balls. Next, you put the balls on the pan. Finally, you cook the meatballs at 400 for 20 minutes.
That is how you make meatballs.I hope you enjoy them. Meatballs are also good in pasta. As mentioned, it takes 20 minutes. If you can’t wait, you might want to make something quicker. Meatballs make a great meal.

   Image credit:    Image ID: 1352559 http://www.sxc.hu    

 

Most people say that you need a piano teacher to teach the keys in piano.  Did you ever think of asking a friend? If you want to know more about more about piano, I will tell you right now!  Furthermore, when you play piano you become relaxed.    The first thing you need to know, is that you have a number for each finger.
 I am going to start with the left hand.  Your thumb is number 1, your index finger is number 2, your middle finger is number 3, ring finger 4, and last pinky 5.  You will use the same number fingering for your right hand.  These will be useful when you need to switch fingers fingers. (These will be found on the top of the first line.)

The next thing you need to remember, is how you are going to know where each note is.  If you stick out your right hand, you have five lines. You start off with you right hand pinky, remember these words, every good boy does fine.  The first letters of each word are E, G, B, D, and F are the notes that go on those lines.  Now we will do the spaces on your left hand.  So now take your left hand out and and touch each space between your fingers and say these letters.  F,A,C, and E, which spells face.  That is how you remember your notes on your left hand, now on to your right hand.  Take out your right hand, point to each finger and say good boys do fine always.  The first noten of each of those words are G,B,D,F, and A.  Now on to the spaces.  The word for each space is all cows eat grass.  The letters for those notes are A,C,E, and G. Now you now you notes.
 I almost forgot to mention where middle C is. Middle C is next to the two middle black keys.   If you really feel like you might like piano you should ask your parents to let you take some lessons.   Taking piano lessons is a big responsibility I  hope you enjoy it
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