During our last weeks of school, we learned about Tropical Rainforests. One of our activities was this reader’s theater puppet show based on the book “The Great Kapok Tree”. 4R students performed this for our Kindergarten Book Buddies. Enjoy the show!
We recently celebrated Holy Week, and we’ve been focusing on the story of Jesus from Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. The students were assigned parts of the story, and created the people and props that went along with their assigned parts. Then, using a green screen app, they filmed their portion of the story, using green Starbucks straws to move their characters without being seen. Once all the parts were put together into this iMovie, it tells the whole story of the Passion of Jesus Christ!
Here is the finished product:
Today we performed a Readers’ Theater version of “The Great Kapok Tree”. They made their puppets this week and performed for our Kindergarten Book Buddies this morning.
Enjoy the performance! And remember…save the rainforest!!
This week is Holy Week, so we’ve been focusing on the story of Jesus from Maundy Thursday through Easter Sunday. The students were assigned parts of the story, and created the people and props that went along with their assigned parts. Then, using a green screen app, they filmed their portion of the story, using green Starbucks straws to move their characters without being seen. Once all the parts were put together into this iMovie, it tells the whole story of the Passion of Jesus Christ!
Here is their finished product. Have a blessed Holy Week and Easter (and Spring Break!!)!!
(Not sure why there’s a random man as the thumbnail for our video…maybe an ad? I promise if you click play, you’ll see our class project. Technology…gotta love it…)
This past week we performed Readers Theaters of the story The Great Kapok Tree for the Kindergarten classes. The 4th graders did an awesome job making their puppets to use for the performances and also did a great job with speaking clearly and using some fun voices for their animals. Nice job, 4th grade!! Enjoy the performances below!!
What better time than during Holy Week to share the video the students in 4R made using a green screen app to share the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus!! They did an amazing job. 🙂 Enjoy!!
Yesterday, the 4th grade classes hosted a Fashion Extravaganza! Outfits were created from some of the most mis-matched pieces of clothing we could find. Then the students worked together to write creative descriptions of the clothing, in order to make it sound like the next greatest fashion trend. Below is a video of our Fashion Show. Our crowd was very enthusiastic, so a few descriptions are difficult to hear, but the students did an awesome job with this project! And, let’s face it…they look fabulous!
We are nearing the end of our Tall Tales unit study, and one of the activities we do with our unit is to perform two different reader’s theater plays for other classes. We performed a Johnny Appleseed play for our Kindergarten book buddies, and a John Henry play for one of the 2nd Grade classes. Enjoy these performances, they were excellent this year!
This past Friday we celebrated National Punctuation Day with an English-themed day. From comma studies to Phonetic Punctuation (by Victor Borge…hilarious, check him out!) to Sentence Surgeries, we had a packed full day of punctuation fun! Below are pictures of our Comma People (where we practiced using commas in all their various uses correctly), Sentence Surgeries (where we operated on sick grammarians, repairing their grammar mistakes with band-aids), and a video of our version of Phonetic Punctuation. Enjoy our National Punctuation Day fun!!
We recently wrapped up a study of the different National Parks in the United States. Since this year is the celebration of the National Park Service Centennial, it seemed like a great time to introduce our 4th graders to all of the amazing sites that are protected by the NPS.
To set the scene in our room, we had camping-style decor (that we actually “camped out” in!).
Our big project was creating a brochure about one of the National Parks. Each student researched a different park (nps.gov is an AMAZING resource!!), and found facts to share about their park. We created the brochures, as well as bookmarks and trading cards, to share with one of the 2nd grade classes, who were studying Yellowstone National Park. It was a blast sharing our research with such a great audience.
As part of our research, we also created fact cards about our parks. While working on our research, we were able to travel (via green screen) to our parks for a visit. 🙂
I definitely enjoyed this short unit, as the National Parks are some of my favorite places to take trips. I hope some of our students were inspired to travel to a National Park someday!! 🙂