Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Don't take a Break from Learning

Christmas break is right around the corner.  I know that this is a busy time of year and it is always nice to have a break from homework.  Please don't let the learning stop!  Here is a great site for parents to help you know what your child should be learning and what a parent can do to help his/her child be successful.  Every little bit helps!  Click on the link below to see the benchmarks for each grade level.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Boss of the Plains

We read a story about John Stetson and how the Stetson hat came to be. Mrs. Piercy brought her husband's hat for the children to see.
The students also enjoyed watching a video on the making of the Stetson hat.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Echoes of an Era

Paul Siebert, an author and musician, visited our school today. He told us the story of his grandpa's journey from Russia to Nebraska through the use of music. He talked about the Nebraska state flag. This was such a great experience for the fourth graders because they study the history of Nebraska throughout the year. A Hammer dulcimer, guitar, and banjo were some of the musical instruments Mr. Siebert played during the presentation. He showed how important the blacksmith was in the growth of Nebraska.

Friday, November 15, 2013


The students enjoyed learning about perspective today. A parent came to our classroom and taught the students how to draw boxes. This will be a good skill to use when we draw the State Capitol later on this year.

Friday, November 1, 2013

What's my Subject?

Today, our class had a special visitor. A dad of one of my students taught us an art lesson. "The key to being an artist is to not make a big deal! " Each student was given a different subject(item) to draw after he gave a lesson on sketching. Good artists practice. The students divided their papers in fourths and did quick sketches. They were not allowed to erase "mistakes". I am sure they were having a good time from the giggles that I was hearing! Thank you to Buff for giving us an art lesson today.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Talking about tobacco

In preparation for Red Ribbon Week, the fourth grade students listened to a presentation about tobacco. A medical student from the medical university in Omaha gave the presentation. She had students actively participate and kept them engaged when discussing the effects of smoking.

Next week is Red Ribbon Week. We will focus on a theme each day.
MONDAY : "team up on drugs"
TUESDAY : "round up on drugs"
WEDNESDAY : "sock it to drugs"
THURSDAY : "put a scare on drugs"
FRIDAY : "cardinal red day"

Friday, October 18, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Terrific terrariums

We have been studying plant and animal life in science. We made terrariums in class yesterday. It was a dirty job, but we had fun doing it! One student brought his own cactus to plant in his terrarium. Students brought twigs, leaves, rocks, and worms, too. The students planted grass seed in their terrariums. We discussed how important it is to keep the soil moist and to make sure the worms has something to eat.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Supplies Needed

The students will get to make terrariums in Science class, but we need your help.  Please send a clean 2 liter bottle to school with your child.  Don't have one at home?  I bet the students would love a sweet drink and would be more than willing to empty a full 2 liter bottle for you;)  Thanks for your help!

Monday, September 16, 2013

David Nieves

Today, the students met author and herpetologist, David M. Nieves.  At the age of eight, David M. Nieves became captivated with reptiles while caring for a garter snake brought home by his brother. This began a lifelong fascination with the field of herpetology.  Since those early years, David has devoted himself to the field of herpetology.  Because of a strong commitment to educate others about this misunderstood and feared group of animals, David continues to present educational programs to people of all ages at schools, libraries, nature centers, literature festivals, children’s museums, expos, and zoos. His books have become an additional way to share and David is currently working onAmphibians Up Close.  (This information was taken from

Meeting Turner

The students had been asking when I was going to stop by so they could meet the newest addition.  Turner, Anna, and I made a surprise visit!

The students couldn't believe how tiny his feet are.

Monday, September 9, 2013


Nebraska's state soft drink is Kool-Aid.  Hastings, Nebraska is home of Kool-Aid Days.  The students enjoyed having a drink and making Kool-Aid pickles.  Doesn't sound appealing?  Give the recipe a try!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Edible cells

The fourth graders will be learning about living things. Today they made edible cells. One student commented, "gross! I don't want to eat a cell!" It was a perfect opener to talk about how cells are the building blocks of all living things and how we eat cells every day.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

First Day of School '13-'14

Today was the first day of school.  It always goes so quickly!  I think I am going to have another great bunch of students.  We found out a little bit about each other and made glyphs about ourselves.  I am looking forward to a year of learning!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

On the Oregon Trail

The fourth graders experienced part of the Oregon Trail! We had a blast. We only spotted one baby rattler and a big bull snake. It was a hot but enjoyable day!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Greener nebraska project

The students helped plant trees on the school playground. It is part of the Greener Nebraska Project. It was a perfect day for planting!