Christmas in 4R 2015

December is such a crazy month, with preparations for Christmas concerts and programs, adjusted schedules, and weekend commitments.  It’s nice once the dust settles to look back at all the fun we had around Christmas time in our school.  🙂

We did everything from sharing candy canes with cars in the parking lot to Christmas programs full of angels and shepherds, Christmas parties to art projects.  Below are some pictures to show what we’ve been up to at Christmas time in 4R!

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I’ll leave you with one last picture from my Christmas celebration with my family.  Merry Christmas to you, and God’s blessings as we start a New Year!!

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Thanksgiving and Other Fall Fun in 4R

We have been having lots of Thanksgiving fun lately, and even though it is officially December now, I thought it would be nice to share what we’ve been up to during the month of November.

One of my favorite traditions are our “Thankful Cups”.  Every year, the students decorate their turkey cup, and we hang it on the “Oh Give Thanks” bulletin board.  Then, each day in November, we hand out two thankful slips, each with the phrase “I am thankful for ______ because…” written at the top.  Each child has slips with their name on them, and everyone in the class gets to write a reason why they are thankful for their classmate!  At the end of the month, before Thanksgiving, everyone gets their cup back, and they all get to read their slips together in class.  It is always so neat to see the smiles on the students’ faces as they read what their classmates say about them, even if they aren’t signed.

We also did a Thanksgiving themed Main Idea & Details review.  Students read a fact card about Native Americans, then showed their knowledge of Main Idea & Details by writing the main idea on their turkey’s body, with the supporting details on the feathers.  Informative, and also SUPER cute!!

To review multiplication and division facts, we did a Thanksgiving color-by-number.

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And for even more fall fun, in Art class this month we learned about Warm and Cool colors, which were displayed nicely on our fall leaves!

I’m sad to see Fall go, but am excited to enter into December and all of the Christmas fun that comes with it!!  (Not to mention some other exciting projects and units as well.  Stay tuned!!)

Tropical Rainforest Study-Week 3

This week as part of our tropical rainforest study, we did quite a bit of writing.  First, we did some creative writing with stories entitled “A Day in the Life of a Rainforest Leaf.”  Students had to write a story as if they were the leaf on a tree in the rainforest, and tell about their day from the leaf’s perspective.  Then, the stories were mounted onto “leaves” and hung up in our classroom rainforest display!

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Turned out quite nice, don’t you think?

Our next writing project was in the form of a business letter.  The students wrote a letter to either the president, senator, governor, or mayor, telling them about our rainforest study and asking them to help make laws to protect the rainforest.  These letters were mounted onto a rainforest creature of their choice, animal or plant.

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I just love how creative these are!!

Our final writing project this week was rainforest themed poems.  They could be about a plant, animal, or just the rainforest as a whole.  They did not have to rhyme, though many did.  Once written, they were finalized into a shape poem, meaning the words were written in a way that outlined the shape of the topic of their poem.

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I always love seeing how these poems turn out!

The last rainforest project that we finished this week was an art project we’ve been working on for a few weeks now.  It is made of different “textures”, which are made by using different colors and patterns.  A textured landscape is our fancy art term for the week.  These turned out really fun and colorful, and are a nice addition to our classroom wall.

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Next week is the last week of our rainforest study.  We have been working on a puppet show performance for the kindergarten classes, which we will perform next week.  Stay tuned for video of the productions!  🙂

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!  🙂