Indiana History is SOOOO Yummy!!

Today for Social Studies we did a little work with Indiana’s cities.  Using their books (and their brains), 4th graders had to locate all of Indiana’s past and present capitol cities.  (Did you know our capitol moved 3 times!?)  They also had to find Ft. Wayne, and where Lake Michigan touches Indiana.  Once finished, they could eat their work.  How often can you say that: eat their work?  🙂

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Learning About Disabilities with our Book Buddies

Today for kindergarten book buddies, we talked about people who have disabilities.  We read a book illustrated by Joni Eareckson Tada, called the Great Alphabet Fight.  She illustrated the book (and does some REALLY cool artwork) using her mouth to hold her art tool.  She was paralyzed from the neck down as a teenager when she dove into water and hit her head on a rock.  What an exciting witness she is of how we can trust in God to get us through tough times, which is how she was able to make it through her ordeal as well.

To see what it would be like to only be able to do art using your mouth, our 4th graders and kindergarteners painted pictures today…holding their paintbrush in their mouth.  When asked if they would like to do art this way all the time, we were met with a resounding, “NO!” from the students.  A great reminder of how blessed we are.

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Chinese New Year- Lantern Parade

Today was the last day of our Chinese New Year unit.  We celebrated with some awesome cupcakes (thanks to Isaac’s mom!) and a lantern parade around the school.  It took us a few days to prepare for our parade.  We made dragon masks, Chinese hats, dragon puppets, and fish lanterns!

We paraded through the school, visiting different classes along the way.  We shared some facts about the Chinese New Year and wished everyone “Kung Hey Fat Choi!”

Also, during music class over the last two weeks, our class has been learning a Chinese fan dance.  Yesterday was their final performance, so I stopped in to check it out.  (Check out the video below!)

Enjoy these pictures of our celebration, as well as the dance video!  Kung Hey Fat Choi!!  🙂

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Area and Perimeter

We began our chapter on Area and Perimeter today.  This is always one of the biggest topics hit on the 4th grade ISTEPs, so unless they change their test-writing ways, we are going to need to know this!  I found some great things on Pinterest to use to get us into the topic.  Today we explored area and perimeter using Cheez-Its and Twizzlers Pull-n-Peel.  We laid out the square crackers in different sized shapes, and outlined them with the licorice.  The licorice was the perimeter, while the crackers were the area.  Helped to visualize.

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Tomorrow we begin a more in depth study of perimeter.  To get you in the mood, here’s an awesome video that should (by the end, I hope!!) help you remember how we solve for perimeter. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday, Hermoine!

Today was the birthday (observed) of our class pet, Hermione Piper.  (She was named after two beloved book characters, Hermione from Harry Potter, and Piper from The Lost Hero.  Interesting fact.)  We aren’t sure when she was born, so we picked today.  It was fun, she loved the attention.  She is such a sweet rat.

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Our birthday treat…yes, it is supposed to be a rat.  (Kinda looks like a lion, I know, I know.)

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Enjoying her birthday cracker.  We didn’t give her any cheese, though she probably would have loved it!

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Rocking the party hat.  What a good rat.  She puts up with so much from us.  🙂

Happy Birthday, Hermione!!

Chinese New Year- Chopstick Day

Today was an exciting day in our study of the Chinese New Year.  We have already made paper lanterns, talked about how rice and silk are made, and read a few Chinese folk tales.  But today we learned how to eat with chopsticks.  A very valuable lesson for anyone learning about the Chinese culture.

We first practiced with fruit snacks and goldfish crackers (which were harder than they looked!), and then moved on to bigger and yummier things.  One of our room parents brought in noodles and chicken, both of which were delicious!  I borrowed a rice cooker to make sticky steamed rice, and another family made “sushi” out of rice crispy treats and fruit roll ups.  Quite the delicious spread!

The students were then given the option to take their chopsticks to lunch if they wanted.  (I chose today because of the popcorn chicken meal we were having at lunch…seemed chopstick appropriate.)

Enjoy these pictures from our day today.  Some are of us practicing, and some are at lunchtime.  (Watch out for the chopstick cheaters!)

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Um, yummy!

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Practice makes perfect!

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They’ve got it down!  They can even pick up trash with their chopsticks!

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Now trying it with real food!

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Boots: a clever chopstick holster for carrying to the lunchroom.

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Trying it with our lunches!

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Cheater!

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Yogurt?  Impressive!

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Such fun times!  🙂