Grandparents’ Day 2014

Today was Grandparents’ Day!!  I love when the grandparents visit our church and school.  It is neat to hear them talk about their lives.  One grandparent I talked with today shared how he had taught at a mission school many years ago.  It was so interesting!  What an incredible wealth of wisdom, knowledge, and stories we can gain from interacting with our grandparents!  🙂

This year’s celebration was difficult for me, as I lost my grandpa last December, and just a few weeks ago was his birthday.  I love thinking back on all the times he supported me, came to my events, and showed the love that these grandparents showed to their grandkids today.  I hope that someday my students can look back and have great memories of their grandparents to cherish as I do with mine.

Our afternoon started with a chapel service in the church, followed by classroom time.  In our room, I let the students be in charge.  They had stories to share from our recent Tall Tales unit, art projects to brag about, technology to explain, and a fun (or frustrating, depending on who you talked to…ahem…me…) packet of brain-teaser puzzles to try to figure out.  It was a wonderful afternoon of bonding time, and it appeared that everyone was enjoying the day very much.

Thank you for visiting, Grandparents!  We hope to see you again at other events; or if you want to stop in for a visit any other time, you are more than welcome!!

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Technology and Design

This week we started a Science chapter on Technology and Design.  On Monday we made paper “helicopters” and talked about what types of modifications we could make to change how the helicopters fly.  (They were also really fun to drop!)

Today we made all different types of paper airplanes.  One plane had wide wings, and the other had narrow wings.  We found that the wide wings caused the plane to stay in the air longer, while the narrow winged planes flew farther.  (We had a great time doing test flights in the gym.)  Here are some pictures and video clips from our designing experience today.  Enjoy!

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Recorder Concert 2014

Last Thursday night was the annual 4th grade recorder concert.  It is one of my favorite events, because the kids are so excited and so proud of themselves for all of the hard work they put in learning the recorder in music class this quarter!!

Once again, they sounded great.  If you don’t believe me, take a listen to the video clips from Thursday night’s concert.  Enjoy!

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Tall Tales Adventures 2014

We’ve been studying Tall Tales in Reading class for the past few weeks.  We are almost done, after a unit review tomorrow and a quiz on Friday.  So, I thought it only right that I share a few of the things we’ve been working on with this unit!

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One of the first things we learned about in this unit was hyperbole.  A hyperbole is an extreme exaggeration, and tall tales are FULL of them!  We tried our hand at writing some of our own.

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We read about four tall tale characters, Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, Johnny Appleseed, and John Henry, and learned about how they helped shape our growing nation during the time the pioneers were moving West to settle.

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One of the last activities we did with this unit were two different reader’s theater productions, one about Johnny Appleseed, and the other about John Henry.  We performed for the Kindergarten and 2nd grade classes today.  Here is our cast of characters:

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And here you can see the videos of the performances:

We are hard at work writing our own Tall Tales, and hope to have those finished and published within the next few weeks.  Tomorrow we will do a unit review of our stories and characters.  Then that will wrap up our study of Tall Tales!!  What a fun unit!!