Thursday, October 5, 2017
Wow! What a week! It is always hard to give the students a day off in the middle of the week and have an in-service for the teachers, but it is always well worth it. Yesterday, the teachers attended the Technology Conference. The teachers and staff were the presenters. It was fun coming back and sharing what I learned with my students. One thing new I have started today was having my students use Khan Academy. I know that my students are at different levels in their math instruction. Khan Academy is a great tool to use at school and home to push your child in his math. Below is a link to Khan Academy. Right now we are using it to enhance our math instruction, but there is so much more to explore!
Thursday, September 28, 2017
What is the difference between the U.S. Customary System and the Metric System of Measurement? Well, if you do not know, you can ask a fourth grader! We had fun making a meter stick and then talked about millimeter, centimeter, meter, and kilometer. We also learned that our U.S. Customary System is definitely more confusing because it is more difficult to remember that there are 12 inches in a foot, 3 feet in a yard, and 5280 feet in a mile. No matter how hard it might be to learn, we all need to know about measuring length.
Monday, September 25, 2017
We had a fun-filled day today. The Nebraska Extension Office in Dawes County along with the support of Dawes County Farm Bureau and Farm Credit had a full day of activities for the 3rd and 4th graders where they learned about many aspects of agriculture. Some of the highlights of our day was getting to see a real uterus from both a cow and pig, a heart from a steer, learning how to mix a healthy ration, and so much more! Check out some of the pictures from our day.
We are currently studying Life Science in class. We started our unit by finding living and nonliving components around us. We are now looking at biomes. What is a biome? Biomes are large geographic areas defined by abiotic and biotic components, and their interactions. The students worked in groups to research one of the six biomes: desert, tundra, taiga, rainforest, deciduous forest, and grasslands. They then made a poster and gave a presentation about their assigned biome. The students had to take notes and are now working on a book that includes all six biomes.
Monday, September 11, 2017
Children love to be outside, so why not take Science outdoors? We are learning about biotic (living) and abiotic (nonliving) things. Today the students worked in groups of four to study a plot and discover the interactions of both living and nonliving organisms. They were so zoned in to the task that even the third graders coming out for recess didn't cause them to stray from the assignment.
Friday, August 25, 2017
Fourth graders learn about Nebraska history throughout the year. Today we got out the paper maps. Yes, it seems like a thing of the past, but you never know when Siri might lead you the wrong direction; ) I loved watching the students "play" with the maps. The conversations were about the names of Nebraska towns and the population.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
We are excited to begin a new Unit in Science: Physical Science. I will admit it, I LOVE physical science. Today we began describing the physical properties of matter. Physical properties include: color, shape, texture, and size. We also talked about Relative Size which is how big or small something is when compared to something else. Ask your child to give you an example using relative size. You will find that IT'S ALL RELATIVE!