Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Taking Learning into His Own Hands

Preston loves to build. For his Birthday, his mom bought him a robotic arm kit. He said that he worked on putting the arm together over a period of five to six days. "There were a lot of little parts and a big manual of instructions." I asked Preston if he would be willing to share it with the class. Preston even let each child "play" with the robotic arm. We had fun picking up pencils and pulling tissues from the box. 

Agate Fossil Beds

We didn't let the wind and cool weather prevent us from having a wonderful time yesterday.  This was the first year Chadron fourth graders took a trip to Agate. The Rangers did such a nice job with the presentations. We learned about the animals that lived in the area at least 20 million years ago. We hiked and saw the dens of the Paleocastors. Inside the visitor center we learned about Native Americans and even got to try on a tanned buffalo hide! It was a great learning experience. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Sweet Writing!

It is another year of prepping our fourth grade students for the Statewide Writing Assessment that will be in February.  I think writing is fun, but the students do not always agree with me.  We started the year off right by using M&M's and 7-UP.  We talked about consequences and how there are good and bad consequences.  The children each got to grab a handful of M&M's, but were not told what the consequence would be if they took a lot (one handful) or only a few (minimum of 5).  Then we talked about 7-UP sentences.  This is a sentence that has at least seven words or more.  Then each child got a can of pop.  Finally, the students were told what they had to do with the M&M's.  For each chocolate candy, they had to write a 7-UP sentence about themselves!   It was a fun way to learn about each child and they got to enjoy a special treat while doing it.  I may have given in with a child or two since they chose more than 20 M&M's;)

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

First Day of School 2015-2016

Today went so fast that we didn't even have/take the time to take a picture of the group! I need to make sure that we get that done before the end of the week.  We had a fun time getting to know each other.  I have 16 students in my room this year.  That is quite a difference from the 24 that I started the year with last year!  We unpacked supplies, learned about the procedures used in 4th grade and did a few activities.  We even enjoyed a yummy snack (see sample picture below) while Mrs. Anderson started the first read aloud of the school year, Little House on the Prairie.  

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Tasting Party

This year was our first try at a Nebraska Tasting Party.  The students wrote letters to NE companies telling them about our culminating event and asked for edible donations.  It was fun once the replies started rolling in! Even though we did not hear back from some of the companies, we enjoyed samples from several places in NE. We tasted: pie, popcorn, pickled asparagus, salad dressing, pancakes, beans, bread, chocolate, and jellies! It was quite a delicious party!

NE Day

My students chose a famous Nebraskan to represent.  They each researched and then wrote a report on the person.  They created a slide show and recorded their report using an ipad.  Mr. Horst then put it all together and used YouTube to publish the "movies."  Listen to your child's report using the link below.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015


The Middle School visitation was today.  What a welcome we had! The 6th grade band played songs for us and Mr. Rischling told the 4th graders about the opportunities they will get when it comes to band and choir.  Then we went on a tour of the middle school.  We ended the morning with a question and answer session.

What is the Outcome?

The Fourth Graders learned about probability and chance in Math class.  We took a look at spinners and determined the probability of the arrow landing on a certain sector of the spinner. We also talked about chance and how a meteorologist mentions the chance of rain in a weather report.  We ended the period with some probability experiments using dot cubes.  

Field trip

What a fun-filled day! The Fourth graders visited Chimney Rock and Scotts Bluff National Monument. It was a beautiful day. Thank you to the parents who went along.

A Shocking Experience

So no one was shocked, be we did have fun playing with electricity. In science, the students had a wire, D battery, and a lightbulb. The group had to find more than one way to get the bulb to light.  We talked about open and closed circuits.  Then they had to use materials from two groups and use two batteries and light up two bulbs.  It was a fun day of science. 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Getting a Charge

We are having a lot of fun learning about magnetism and electricity. Today we experimented with static electricity. It was so much fun watching the students explore with charged balloons. The best part about it all was listening to the conversations among partners. They were applying what we had learned about positive and negative poles in magnets to positive and negative charges.  We ended the lesson with a bang!  We had to get rid of the inflated balloons somehow;)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Music on the Trail

Nebraska native Donna Gunn performed for the third and fourth graders at Chadron Intermediate School on Monday, March 30th.  She taught the students about the importance of music in the lives of pioneers and explorers.  The students had the opportunity to sing along while Donna played the piano.  

Friday, March 27, 2015

Math Madness

We love March! This is a month where the Fourth Grade teachers ask parents to speak to the students about how they use math in their daily lives. The students learned about paying taxes the first day. The pictures on this blog show a mother teaching the students how to find the diameter of a tree without cutting the tree down;)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

What Can Air Do?

This week in Science, the students are learning about air, wind, and the atmosphere. To kick off the new topic, they did an activity which included making a parachute.  I always find it interesting to watch the students work together to try and solve a problem.