Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas sing along

What a special way to spend time together. The third and fourth graders got together and sang Christmas songs.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Christmas early!

The fourth grade teachers received iPads today. They will begin working on a Nebraska social studies e-book project.

Friday, November 2, 2012

The End of the World-FINAL DRAFT

The fourth grade students have been working hard on writing personal narratives.  The class wrote a personal narrative together.   We had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy it!

The End of the World

“It feels like the end of the world.  I... am... so... scared!” Chadron Intermediate School is like a haunted house.  In the basement, also known as the dungeon, there are little spider webs that look like silly string. The students are brave knights in shining armor.  They are very smart and athletic.  The teacher seems mysterious.  She seems like a worried chicken.  Everyone was worried about being in a new class with a new teacher. 
We were wondering if we were going to get bad grades. We all felt super scared.  Billy Bob Joe cried, “What will my grades be like?”  Then I saw my wacky friends; I was so happy.  I talked to them about my problem and we decided that we would do our best.
  I was also wondering how hard the work would be.  Would it be super hard or super easy?  As I was thumbing through my book I saw a problem and it looked soooo hard. “One hundred sixty-two divided by three!” I moaned.  I wondered when my first test would come and hoped I would do well. 
I was thinking in my head, “Did I forget something at home?” I started to fret and checked my backpack.  Thankfully everything was there.  I raced through the school supply list and checked each item off. 
Everyone acted like scared rabbits because they wondered about Chadron Intermediate School and the people and things in it.  We met our teacher and some new friends and talked to them about our feelings and our worries.  We are so glad that we didn’t die. Well, today wasn’t the end of the world, it was AWESOME!  Just wait until fifth grade; it will be waaay worse. 

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Plant a Tree!

Today, the students participated in a project that will make a real difference.  The third and fourth grade students planted 7 trees in the backyard of our school.   The students did all of the work with the assistance of Lucinda and the Tree Planting Crew from the City of Chadron, US Forest Service, NE State Forest Service, and Chadron State College.  It was a fun time to get dirty and get a big job done!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Color Wheel

This week we are going to try a project that I found on a wonderful art site.  The students are always excited to start a new art project.  I think they will really enjoy making a hidden color wheel.  Anytime paint is involved they have a blast!  Thank you Mrs. Brown for these wonderful ideas!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Animals are divided into two main groups: vertebrates and invertebrates.  For every 100 animals, 95 of them are invertebrates.  The students enjoyed watching a Bill Nye the Science Guy video about invertebrates.  We decided that we are very thankful that we are vertebrates!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The End of the World

The fourth grade students are learning how to write a personal narrative in Language class.  The whole class is working together to write a personal narrative about the first day of school.  It has been a fun process brainstorming together and voting on our favorite title, problems, opening sentence, and closing sentence.  We filled out a graphic organizer and then started writing our story.  Here is what we have so far...

The End of the World

“It feels like the end of the world.  I... am... so... scared!” Chadron Intermediate School is haunted.  In the basement, also known as the dungeon, there are little spider webs. The students are brave.  They are very smart and athletic.  The teacher seems mysterious.  She seems like a worried chicken.  Everyone was worried about being in a new class with a new teacher. 
We were wondering if we were going to get bad grades. We all felt super scared.  Then I saw my friends; I was so happy.  I talked to them about my problem and we decided that we would do our best. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sweet Treat

What is Nebraska's state insect?  It is the Honey Bee.  Today we had a sweet treat, honey and apples!  Thank you Mrs. Piercy for making us a little bit sweeter!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Plant Reproduction

The students are learning about plant reproduction and growth.  We will watch a video on Wednesday that will help the students learn the process of pollination and fertilization.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012


This week the students are learning about plants and how they reproduce and grow.  Today we did an activity where we will observe some seeds to see how they change over a period of ten days.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Time to Celebrate!

Chadron Public Schools is proud of all students.  Our test scores prove that we have amazing students!

These 4th graders were above the state average in two of the tests!
These 4th graders were above the state average in one of the tests!

We had a celebration and praised all of the third and fourth graders.  Each child then got a fudge popsicle as a special treat.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


This week the students will begin adding three-digit numbers.  Here is a great site that walks the students through the process of adding three-digit numbers with regrouping:

Monday, August 27, 2012


We are learning about living things in Science.  Last week we learned about the parts of a plant and animal cell.  For a review, the students got to make an edible animal cell with a partner.  Can you tell me what a plant cell has that an animal cell does not?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nebraska's Neighbors

This year's fourth graders are touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to learning about Nebraska for the year.  This week we are reading about Prehistoric Nebraska and how our state was once under water.  Today the students did a color, cut, and paste activity to study Nebraska's neighbors and where they are located (north, south, etc).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

First Day of School

We had a lot of fun learning about each other today.  We started out by filling out a sheet on our "favorites."  Then we found friends who had similar favorites.  We also started a fun art project.  We traced our silhouettes and drew pictures of items/objects that represent us best.  Then we started painting them.  We hope to finish our art project before the Open House so the parents can see our artwork.  The students also got to "play" with the SMARTboard.  They day went by quickly!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Digital Connections Boot Camp

Whoever said that teachers do nothing during the summer obviously doesn't know a teacher personally! Going to workshops in the summer is how we keep up. I am spending two days learning new and innovative ways to incorporate technology in my classroom.  I am excited to share what I have learned with my cohorts in a few weeks. I already have some great ideas that I want to try within the first few days of the new school year.

Digital Connections Boot Camp

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Acting it Out

After a fun year of learning about our wonderful state of Nebraska, the students wrapped up the year with a Nebraska Program.  Each student chose a famous Nebraskan, wrote a report about his/her character, and then portrayed the character in front of family and friends.  The students also learned the song, "Beautiful Nebraska", played songs on a recorder, and did a dance from pioneer days.  It was a fun-filled learning experience for all! 

Monday, May 7, 2012

NETA Conference

This year our school had a contest to see who would get to attend the technology(NETA) conference.  Each contestant had to create a 1-2 minute video and then post it on you tube.  With a little artistic help from my students, I was chosen as one of the four winners!   I was so excited.  It amazes me how fast technology is changing and advancing.  It is true, now is the time to be BOLD and NOT OLD!  Check out a youtube video that one of the keynote speakers made when he was a teenager.  It is scary and yet exciting to think how education will change in the next few years.

What is Your Perspective?

The fourth graders learned about perspective this week.  We were excited to have Whitney from Ta-da! Art Studio to teach an art lesson.  The students drew the Nebraska State Capitol during the lesson.  They were all amazed at what artists they became!

Monday, April 16, 2012


Volume is the amount of space an object takes up.  The students had fun discovering the volume of a piece of clay.  They put 50 mL of water in a graduated cylinder.  They then added the clay to the water and measured the water level.  They had to decide the volume of the clay.  We discussed how they could find the volume by using the measurements.  We repeated the measurements with more than one shape of the same piece of clay.  It was interesting to discuss their findings. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Identifying Matter

Everything that takes up space, has mass, and can be seen, touched, or felt is matter.  Is air matter?  That was the question of the day.  The fourth graders had fun exploring with balloons and bubbles to answer the question.  We found evidence to support that air IS matter.  How else does a balloon get bigger? It was fun to watch the children make their own discoveries, especially when they had a chance to "play" with the bubbles! 

Thursday, March 15, 2012

NETA Contest

Well, with the help of my artistic students, I created a video for the NETA contest.  It is a chance to attend a technology conference in Omaha at the end of April.  I think it will be an exciting opportunity to find out how little I know when it comes to technology!  :) 

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Perfect Profiles

The students learned a new vocabulary word: silhouette.  In order to get a better idea of the term, the students traced their silhouette and drew pictures of things that represented them inside the silhouette.  We then discussed how to use watercolors: how much water to use, how to make a darker color or a lighter color, the type of brush to use, etc.  The students used a black marker to trace over the pencil marks and then painted their silhouette.  Each one is unique!

Friday, March 2, 2012


Radon is an odorless, tasteless and invisible gas produced by the decay of naturally occurring uranium in soil and water.EPA estimates that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year in the U.S. are radon-related. Exposure to radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.  Radon is a form of ionizing radiation and a proven carcinogen. Lung cancer is the only known effect on human health from exposure to radon in air.

Fourth graders at Chadron Intermediate School are trying to spread the word about the danger of radon.  Each student created a poster and competed in a poster contest put on by Panhandle Public Health District.  The first place winner, Tate Ryan, second place winner, Isaiah Beye, and third place winner was Kristian Bartlett. 

The classes are also competing for free duffle bags.  The class who convinces the most friends and family to request a free radon test and submit the test for their radon results will win free duffle bags.  Please take the time to test your home for radon.  Call 1-(866)701-7173 ext. 107 for your free radon test.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Water, Water, Everywhere!

We have begun a new chapter in Science this week.  The students are learning about water.  Water is found in many places and in many forms.  Who knew there was so much to learn about H2O?

Nebraska History

The state of Nebraska requires that 4th graders learn about Nebraska History.  The students have been learning about our State through the use of the Nebraska Studies Weekly newspapers.  I am excited to begin preparing for our Nebraska History Day.  Each student will get to pick a famous Nebraskan to study.  This is my first go at it, so I am very excited to see how it all turns out!

A fun and interactive Nebraska History site