Underground Railroad and Civil War Unit

We are wrapping up our study of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War with tomorrow’s unit test.  It’s one of my favorite units to teach as there are so many cool projects and activities that go along with it.

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First, we split the room in half: North/Union and South/Confederacy.

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Each student was assigned a different state.  Some we will never forget.  For example, Samuel was the first state to secede from the Union (South Carolina), Justin and Elly can’t make up their mind (Missouri), and so on.  🙂

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We read the story behind the song “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” which led thousands of slaves to freedom.  After reading the story, we made a Freedom Quilt.  Each quilt square was designed by our students, and had something to do with either the Underground Railroad or the Civil War.  It turned out really neat, and tells a story about the things we had been learning about.

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Our last event of our unit was our review game for the test.  In true Civil War fashion, the teams were the Union…

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…vs. the Confederacy:

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(In case you were curious, the review game ended in a tie.)

Such an exciting unit, and I’m sad to see it end.  I guess this means we’ll have to move on to more exciting things after Spring Break!  🙂

March Madness!!

No, not the basketball kind!  It has been quite a while since I’ve updated about our classroom activities.  This post will include several activities/projects that we’ve been up to lately.

First off, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Green is my favorite color, and one of our school colors, so it’s only natural that we celebrate!  🙂  We had a St. Patrick’s Day devotion and discussed 4-leaf clovers.  Then, we came up with these:

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Then we learned about food chains in Science.  The sun makes the grass grow, deer eat the grass, wolves eat the deer…it’s the circle of life, friends!  Check out these cool food chain projects:

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We also started out the month with Alaska-themed projects in honor of the Iditarod.  The class competed in a reading Iditarod, and tied our record for finishing in just 4 days!  That’s over 1,000 combined pages in just 4 days!  Here are our Iditarod projects:

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Finally, last weekend was the last skating party of the year.  There were quite a few 4th graders there, and one teacher who forgot how much it hurts the next day when you haven’t skated in years.

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It has truly been a wild, crazy, mad month of March!  🙂

Ecosystem Dioramas!!

Friday we presented our Science projects about 5 different ecosystems.  Each student made a diorama of their assigned ecosystem, and also shared some facts and information that they learned about their ecosystem.  We studied Grassland, Tundra, Wetland, Tropical Rainforest, and Desert ecosystems.  Everyone did such a great job!  They will be on display up in the library until Spring Break, so come on in and check them out!!  🙂

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Desert

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Grassland

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Tundra

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Wetland

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Tropical Rainforest