Wednesday, November 4, 2015
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.
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
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
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
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!
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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embed/-T5Ho1UooGE?list= PL03APA7MA0R1p65GxFT1fRxm_AC_ Us0Fw" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
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.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
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
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;)