A Very Potter Trunk or Treat

CLS had their Trunk or Treat last night, and once again it was a fun time for all involved.  I decided to do a Harry Potter themed trunk, and with the help of some great girls, we got it all set up with a few minutes to spare before the event started.  Enjoy some pictures of the trunk, and also some sweet 4th grade Harry Potter fans who stopped by to say hello!  🙂

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A view of the whole car, complete with the tables surrounding it…

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Close up of the “classrooms” at Hogwarts

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Quidditch!!  Those rings made it for part of the night!  🙂

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My wonderful helpers, all decked out in HP garb.  🙂  We looked fabulous!

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One of my students, modeling the Azkaban photo booth for us.  Quite convincingly, actually…

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Two of the kiddos from my class, dressed in HP outfits…we were quite the matching trio.  Gotta love it!  🙂

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Conference Learning!

Hey all!

Wow, 4 days worth of conferences and learning for me over the last 6 days.  My brain is full!  So many great ideas from the INPEC conference in Indy.  Favorite speaker was Kim Bearden, she is fabulous, and full of so many cool games, activities, and other ideas I can use in my classroom.  My music conference in River Forest is coming to a close in a few short minutes here, and I feel like I have learned much from my sessions here as well.  Hopefully will be implementing new things into choir, but maybe also bringing some of that musical knowledge into the classroom as well.

Thank you for being so patient with my absence from school.  Assuming all goes well with travel this afternoon heading back, I will be back bright and early tomorrow morning!

Have a great day!!  🙂

Boat Building

To finish up our study of technology and design, we built boats out of clay and aluminum foil, and tested how well they floated in a tub of water when “cargo” (paperclips) were added.  Some designs lasted only a short time, while others lasted so long that we ran out of paperclips before they could sink!  It was a great way to wrap up our chapter, and also a great end to the 1st quarter.  (Can you believe how fast the year is going?!)

Enjoy some pictures from our experiment afternoon.  🙂

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Tall Tale Reader’s Theaters

We are almost finished with our study of Tall Tales.  Yesterday we performed two different reader’s theater plays for different classes.

Mrs. Potter’s 2nd grade class was a great audience for our John Henry reader’s theater.

Miss James’ kindergarteners (our Book Buddies) were a great audience for our Johnny Appleseed reader’s theater.

Our fourth graders did a great job with both of these plays.  We practiced speaking with a good flow, and were complimented by our audiences that our voices were easy to hear and had a lot of expression.  Great job, 4th grade!!

Paper Airplanes!

The Science chapter we’re currently studying is about Technology and Design.  Today we started talking about the design process: making a model, testing the model, and changing things to improve the model.

Once our paper airplanes were designed, we took them to the gym for testing.  After a few trial flights, we found that planes with long, narrow wing designs fly farther than designs with wide, short wings.

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Intense concentration…

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Ready, set…

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…throw!

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We had a contest for whose plane could stay in the air the longest, and whose flew the furthest.  These are our two winners.