What a wonderful day of learning. The students finished the informational piece on The Wide-Open West today. We have learned so much about the history, culture, economy, and geography of our region. We will continue to read about our region in reading groups. The students have done an excellent job of applying all the reading skills we have learned this year.
We reviewed multiplication strategies today during our math time. The students quickly remembered the strategies that worked best for them and were able to apply these strategies during their independent work time. Tomorrow, the students will review division.
The students started to prepare for our Pompey's Pillar field trip as we started reading about the Lewis and Clark expedition. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one of the reasons President Thomas Jefferson wanted the trip to take place. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
Mrs. Grewell came to the class today to discuss expectations and the itinerary for our field trip on Friday. the students will be able to bring 1 electronic device and/or a book for the 40 minute bus ride out to her ranch. We will get an opportunity to compare some of the old and modern farm equipment, see livestock, see the parts of a horse and care for a horse, see the Grewell's brand, and experience a branding lunch. The day will be a fun filled day of hands on learning. It will be important for students to be quiet and safe around all the animals as to avoid injury. Also, the students must be respectful of the Grewell ranch and their property. All students are excited to go on this field trip and I know I will not have any issues with any student.
We started reading about the Pacific region of the Western part of the United States. The students also had the opportunity to work on their Western region vacation today. The students are beginning to see the work that goes into planning a trip along with learning about the Western U.S.
The students also learned about the history of farming and ranching today. The assignment notebook code for today is for the students to identify one fact they learned about the history of farming and ranching. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
"You can learn something new each day if you simply listen."
This quote truly applied to many students today as we continued learning about the Wide-Open West. The students learning about the geography, economy, culture, and history of the Mountain Sates. We learned how the Navajo people and Pueblo people worked together to learn new trades. We also learned how Colorado River plays an important role to the economy of the West. Students have started researching their itinerary for their unit 7 inquiry projects. The students will create a trip plan for a vacation of the West. The students are given $5,000 to plan a trip with another adult that will tour at least 2 states in the Western region of the United States. I look forward to seeing what the students come up with.
We started our next project for PLTW today. The students are to design a pulley system that will be used to move furniture from the ground to their "tree house." Many students finished building the pulley system today and will start designing a system that will complete their task.
Students started working on their genius hour projects today. The students will be given an hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays to learn a new task or research something they have wanted to learn. The students are keeping a reflection log on how they accomplish their task and what they can do differently in order to keep their learning going. The purpose for this project is for the students to reflect on their learning and see that the learning process happens outside of school as well. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify what they want to learn. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
As the end of the year draws near, I am so very thankful for all of the hard work that continues to persist in our classroom. Today the students continued learning about the Wide-Open West during our Lead21 time. The students will create a travel itinerary detailing the events that could take place if they went on a trip of the west with another adult and $5,000. I look forward to seeing what the students will create for their travel plans.
We finished discussing the forms of energy that help us create electricity to power light sources. We will continue learning about different forms of energy and how they meet a human need/want.
The students used their volume conversion skills today in order to convert different units of measurement used in a recipe. The students will review multiplication and division for the remainder of the week as this is one of the major concepts students wanted to review in class. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify how many quarts are in a gallon. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a wonderful end to our week. Most students have completed their end of the year essays with the remainder of the students finishing on Monday. I am impressed with the writing each student has produced and how far they have come this year.
The students started reading about the Western region of the United States during our reading today. We will learn about the remainder of the states in our country and how geography, economy, culture, and history are tied to the region.
We have been researching forms of energy during our PLTW time. The students have learned how we convert different forms of energy into useable, electrical power. I am impressed with the quality of research each student has put into their project.
Our word of the day today was inspired by the spirit of all students in our class. Many students are vivacious and ecstatic to be in class. The assignment notebook code for today is for the students to identify a synonym for the word vivacious. I hope you all have a great weekend and I look forward to another great week of learning!
"You must expect great things of yourself before you can do them." ~Michael Jordan
This quote represents how students took on their unit 6 inquiry projects. The pride in each student as they presented their research was inspiring to watch. I am so very impressed with how far each student has come this year. I have learned a lot about animals and the ecosystems they live in.
The students started their end of the year writing prompt today. The students are writing about 3 parts of our lives they would tell someone in the early 20th century. The students are doing a great job of showcasing all they have learned in writing throughout this past year!
The students started learning about the 3 regions of Montana today. We used an outline of Montana to identify the three regions and some mountain ranges in each area. The students will learn more about these regions tomorrow. We also finished reading about the southwest region today. The students will finish up their ThingLinks next week. The ThingLinks are showcasing what we have read in the text and what the students have researched on their own.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify one fact they learned from another person's research. I am so very proud of all the hard work each student is putting into their learning. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another day of learning!
What a wonderful week of showing what we have learned. The students are in the middle of presenting their inquiry presentations. I am so very impressed with the research the students have presented and their dioramas/posters they completed at home. I have learned so much about the animals in our world! I look forward to another round of presentations tomorrow!
We are finishing up with our end of the year assessments this week. I am so impressed with the growth the students have made with the SRI reading assessment. Our average class growth was 139. Please make sure that students continue reading throughout the summer so they can start next year right where they finished this year.
We are finishing up our decimal unit in math with an assessment tomorrow. The students have now finished all of the math and will spend the remainder of the year reviewing what we learned during fourth grade.
We are on our way to finishing the PLTW unit. The students started researching an energy source today during out science time. The assignment notebook code for the night is for each student to identify what energy they are researching. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
What a beautiful Monday! The students took their Scholastic Reading Inventory (SRI) today. I am so very proud of all the hard work students put into this test. Celebrations were in order for many students as they surpassed their goal by hundreds of points. We have some amazing readers in this class and I so very proud of all the hard word each of them put into their reading this year.
The students had one more day to finalize their inquiry projects. The first 8 students will present their inquiry tomorrow. I will send home the projects after the students have presented their work. I am very impressed with the quality of work each student put into their project.
We have finished all the concepts we are required to learn in fourth grade. The students will have time tomorrow to review for the decimals/fractions assessment on Wednesday. We discussed as a class what we want to review for the remainder of the year. I will build lessons for students to complete that will allow them to review what we have covered in fourth grade.
The students discovered what makes a light illuminate when attached to a battery. The students were given an LED light with electrical conductors and a lithium battery. They has to figure out how to light the LED light and how to make it change colors. The students are now using this knowledge to determine how they can light a flashlight.
The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify the fraction equivalent to 0.034. I hope you all have a wonderful night and I look forward to another great day of learning!
To say I feel appreciated is an understatement. I am a teacher because I love being part of the growth and learning of each student. Today, I feel so very grateful for the appreciation and support I received this week during Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you for the wonderful gift cards. My husband and I will be enjoying many date nights because of your generous gifts (Mrs. Deborah has agreed to watch Devin for us)! I also enjoyed the beautiful flowers and anecdotes as seen through the eyes of the children. I have truly enjoyed being each student's teacher this year and I am so very glad I get to have at least 5 more weeks of being their teacher. Thank you again for all of your heartfelt gifts and words of gratitude!
As you have already heard, our field trip for Arbor Day did not turn out as planned. There was miscommunication between Parks and Recreation and our school that caused the Parks and Recreation not ho have any room for us during the Arbor Day festivities. As a result, you will all be refunded the $3 for this field trip. Thankfully, I had spent some time with the Audubon Center that allowed me to give some pointers on the plants on Norms Island. The students all did a great job with being flexible and keeping a positive attitude.
The assignment notebook code for today is for the students to identify one plant they learned about during our walk on Norm's Island. The students learning about the wild licorice plant, the willow, the cotton wood tree, and the rose hip bush. I hope you all enjoy your Mother's Day weekend and I look forward to another week of learning!
We all had a great time celebrating our walk/bike to school week today. The students who brought their bikes were able to take 30 minutes of the day to bike and the rest of us took part in a walking scavenger hunt. The kids did a great job and enjoyed getting some exercise!
The students took part in a lot of review today. We continued to learn about our ecosystems during reading and reviewed polygons during math. The assignment notebook code for tonight is for the students to identify the type of polygon that has five sides. The correct answer is a pentagon. I hope you all have a great night and I look forward to a fun day of learning tomorrow!
I am a fourth grade teacher going on my seventh year of teaching. I have truly loved every year that I have taught and I look forward to sharing classroom activities we take part in during this upcoming school year!