This school year my students and I are grateful to have The Walking Classroom. It is a program that provides mp3 players for all your students. There are over 160 different lessons that focus on topics from language arts to science and social studies. There are also many lessons on famous or … [Read more...]
A Grieving Classroom
A few weeks ago one of my fourth graders lost her father. Needless to say, the two weeks before break were difficult. Not only did the school, families, and community gather around the family, but so did my students. It is never easy having someone close to your students pass away. The parent … [Read more...]
Finding Strawberry DNA!
This week during science we did a lesson extracting DNA from strawberries. The students were so engaged and had a lot of great questions. First, we talked about what is DNA and where you find it? Then for the experiment, students chose a strawberry, putting in their bag. They smashed the … [Read more...]
A Unique Mission Project
Every year my 4th graders do a project when we study the California Missions. It almost is a right of passage with 4th grade. A few years ago, my partner and I decided to open the choices around the mission project. We were aware some families were on the third or fourth mission project, depending … [Read more...]
Hearts All Around!
Like many of you, we had a exciting Valentine's Day right before the our four day weekend. My students created an art project that day. We designed Valentine's Day trees. Once they were decorated, we added phrases that went with friendship and the holiday. Another thing that we did school … [Read more...]
TpT Valentine’s Day Giveaway!
a Rafflecopter giveaway *** VALENTINE'S DAY GIVEAWAY ***To help with the purchasing of Valentine's Day and Spring resources for your classroom, a team of amazing teachers and I have grouped together to gift ONE awesome, lucky teacher with a TPT gift card!PRIZES INCLUDE 1 x $150 … [Read more...]
My Computer Takes a Fall
Well, I missed my blog last week due to the fact I dropped my computer on the treadmill. Surprisingly, I didn't shatter the screen, which I thought was a for sure when it hit with a grand thud. But when I rebooted it, the screen was completely black. I could hear the computer running like normal, … [Read more...]
What Is Your Word?
Our class has been working on "What is your word?" since we returned from winter break. Students had to decide what word defined them or was something they wanted to become in the future. Once everyone had their word, I had them share it with the class. Everyone said, "My word is _________". … [Read more...]
This week my 4th graders were finishing up their math unit in geometry. So, I decided to do a review of the vocabulary and concepts with Table Geometry. The day before the review, I baited my students by telling them there was going to be a surprise for them in the morning. When they came in the … [Read more...]
New Year and New Beginnings
It is hard to believe that 2019 is already here. It is normal for us to come up with resolutions, get healthy, make changes, or all the above. I am no exception. I took a few weeks during the holidays to take a break and reflect on my blog. I have decided to move forward with what was working in … [Read more...]
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