Olympic Closing Ceremony

Today was the last day of our Olympic unit.  All events were turned in by the end of the day Wednesday (no late work accepted!!), and the last two nights were full of much grading, organizing, and preparing for our ceremony today.  Medals were awarded based on the number of points each student earned.  500 = Bronze, 750 = Silver, and 1000 = Gold.  Certificates were given for amounts less than 500.  We had a final medal count of 13 Gold, 1 Silver, and 4 Bronze medals, and 2 Certificates.  Great work, 4th graders!!  🙂

For our Closing Ceremony, we read each child’s name, the number of points they earned, and handed out the appropriate prize.  Then each student got to stand on our “podium” and have their picture taken with their award and the American flag.  Michael Phelps, eat your heart out!  🙂  Once the medals were all handed out, we enjoyed an amazing Olympic treat (courtesy of Pinterest and a wonderfully creative room mom!), and received a packet of all the events that were turned in to take home, all graded and scored for the competition.

And now, a few pictures from our day:

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Medals all ready for the ceremony to start!!

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Our highest point winner!  (Check out that podium!  Good stuff.)

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Group photo.  It took quite a few takes to get a good one…but they look great, don’t they?  🙂

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Check out the awesome cookie!  Such a great treat for our last day.  (And we had some leftover torch treat ingredients to munch on as well.)

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”  Philippians 4:13

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Olympic Guest Speaker

Today we had a guest speaker come in to talk to the 4th grade classes about the Olympics.  Her name was Judy Walker, and she is Samuel A.’s grandma.  She was in the Olympics in 1956 and 1960 for fencing.  She had some really cool stories from her trips to Melbourne, Australia, and Rome, Italy.  She also talked to us about different parts of the Olympics and the different Olympic sports.  There was time to ask questions at the end, and our 4th graders had some great things to ask her.  We were also able to answer some of her questions since we’ve been studying the Olympics for the last week.

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Many thanks again to our guest speaker for teaching us more about the Olympics.

Only 5 more school days left for the 4R Olympic Games.  Closing Ceremony is next week Friday.  🙂

Olympic Opening Ceremony!

Today was our Opening Ceremony for our Olympic unit.  We spent some time earlier in the week assigning countries to each child.  They colored their country’s flag, and also made a torch to carry.

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Torches ready to go for the Opening Ceremony!

So, when today arrived, we gathered our flags, torches, and the laptop with Olympic music and made our way out to the playground for the Parade of Nations.  (Let’s all take a moment to thank God that the rain came yesterday instead of today.  It was absolutely gorgeous outside!)  Each child’s name and country was announced, and they took a lap around the parking lot area of the playground while holding up their flag and torch (some chose to do quite a few laps!).

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We were very excited!  Check out the paraders in the background…all very into the Parade of Nations.  🙂

Once our country introductions were done, and we had completed many laps of the playground, we took a group picture and got ready to head back inside for more Olympic fun.

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While the warm weather was great, the Sun made our pictures a little interesting.

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Once back inside, we enjoyed a yummy “torch” treat before starting our Olympic art projects for the day.  A fun and exciting (and yummy!) Opening Ceremony for the 4R Olympics!!

4R Olympic games continue until Wednesday, August 29th.  All events are due that day.  Closing Ceremony will be on Friday, August 31st, when medals for events will be awarded.  Stay tuned for more updates on our Olympic unit!!

“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13

First Day!

We had a great first day of school today in 4th grade!  We went over rules and procedures, did some partner and group activities, and talked all about our Olympic unit that will be starting tomorrow.  Check out the pictures to see what we were up to today.  🙂

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Aren’t they sweet?

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This may be more typical?  Only time will tell!  🙂

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We did cup stacking today, but with a twist.  You still had to build the pyramid tower, but you couldn’t use your hands.  Or, later we clarified, your body at all.  Only what was given in the bag, which was this string and rubber band contraption.  We did really well!!  🙂  Teamwork, my friends.

Olympic opening ceremony on Friday!  Until then, we’ll be having a great week in 4R!

~Miss R.~

Back to School!!

Hello 4th Graders and Parents!!

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Looking forward to a great year!  See you Tuesday!!  🙂

~Miss R.~