Tuesday, April 22, 2014

March (and April) Math Madness

During the months of March and April, parents have joined with us to do "Math Madness."  They have visited our classrooms to talk to us about how they use math in their jobs and careers.  It has been very educational, informational, but most of all fun!  Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedules to share your lives with us!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Art Projects: The Mysterious and the Mundane

Catching up... quite the title for something I never feel like I completely do.  Here is a look into some of our recent art projects.  We read the book The Mysteries of Harris Burdick, by Chris Van Allsburg.  If you haven't read it, it's a must!  We looked at the mysterious pictures and decided to draw "What Happened Next." It's amazing what can be accomplished with a pencil and drawing paper.

This second project was not greeted with much enthusiasm.  The students whined, moaned, and complained that they were not capable of drawing their shoes.  They proved themselves wrong, though, and the end product is pretty cool.  My only regret is not taking a picture of the classroom full of one-shoed 4th graders and shoes on top of all of the desks.  We untied our shoes and hoped that the fire alarm didn't choose to go off that morning.  It was only a project about a shoe, which is why it got the title part of "mundane," but we now know that art can start with

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mr. Beins Brought Rocks!

Mr. Wade Beins visited fourth grade to talk about rocks and geology.  It was a fun presentation and he brought along many visuals that he used in very humorous ways.  So glad to have people who love what they do that are willing to share their knowledge with our kids!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

History with Dr. Smith

Dr. Tom Smith is a professor of history at Chadron State College and a father to one of the students in our classs.  When discussing the topic of "slavery" during January, I found out that my fourth graders had a plethora of questions for which they really wanted answers.  Dr. Smith agreed to join us during social studies to teach us more and to help us start finding some answers.  It was a great discussion and left us even more curious than before.  Thanks for your time and for sharing your knowledge with us!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Book-It Pizza Party

This fabulous group of readers got a pizza party today to celebrate a commitment to reading for six full months.  Logging thousands of minutes since October, each of these students read, logged minutes, and turned in their calendars for every month of Book-it.  It makes me smile to think of all of the amazing books that were devoured during that time.  We are very proud of you all!

Matt Rothko Art with Jackson's Mom

Mrs. Caporaso visited us this spring to teach us an art lesson about Matt Rothko, a famous painter.  She did a fantastic job and we enjoyed using pastels to create our original designs.