Passion Story Green Screen Project 2016

This past week, Holy Week, we spent our Religion class recreating the Passion Story of Jesus.  The students used paper to create small puppets and props for their group’s scene.  Then, using green straws (thank you, Starbucks!!), they attached their creations and acted out the scenes in front of a green screen while reading their part of the story from the Bible.  Scenes were set on a background they found online, that went with their scene.  Wonderful creativity in the creating of their people and scenery for these scenes.  And what a great story to tell.  Enjoy this journey to the cross, which begins on Maundy Thursday and concludes after Jesus rose on Easter Sunday.  Christ is risen!!

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!!)

Green Screens and the Passion Story of Jesus

We have spent this week leading up to Spring Break working hard on a technology project for Religion class.  The students were put into groups, and each group was assigned a portion of the Passion/Easter story from the Bible.  They then were to make people, props, and anything else they would need to act out their part in front of a green screen.  The catch was, it had to be small in size, as our green screens were just pieces of construction paper, and our people and props were attached to green straws (Shout out to Starbucks!  Thanks for letting us “borrow” them!).

Here are some pictures of the filming process today.  At the end of this post is the finished product, with all the parts stitched together to tell the greatest story ever told.

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4R Fall Fun 2014

With my growing love of Instagram and Twitter, I have found myself blogging on our class blog less and less.  This must change!  You, our faithful followers, deserve more.  So even if you follow my other accounts, those are only part of the story…a 140 character glimpse into the goings-on in 4R.  Here is where you get the whole story.  So now, without further adieu, I will attempt to bring you up to speed on what we’ve been up to in our classroom over the last month.

Since the topic of the Great Flood and Noah’s Ark kept coming up in our Science and Social Studies discussions, we decided we needed to take some time to read the story of the flood and dig deeper into that story.  One afternoon we took to the soccer field and measured out the actual size of Noah’s ark.  I don’t need to tell you, it was huge!!

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We also did some creative writing.  The students chose from a list of 10 different Noah’s Ark-related writing prompts, and wrote something to add to our board.  They were very entertaining.

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This fall we also tried our hand at some iPad projects.  The students chose a favorite book, and did either a book review/summary or read the entire picture book.  The apps we used for this project were ChatterPix, Tellagami, and Educreations.  The first two are limited to only 30 second recordings, so they worked well for the reviews.  Educreations worked for both ideas, and made for some pretty neat longer-length videos.  Once they had created their video recording, I entered each review into a QR code, and we hung them from the front bulletin board.  This allowed for parents and other students to scan the codes and see what they had created!  Too fun.

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At the end of October, we talked about the life of Martin Luther for quite awhile.  As part of this discussion, the students created Reformation word clouds on the iPads, and also wrote out Reformation tweets.  They had to write, in 140 characters or less, something that might have been posted in 1517 if Twitter had existed.  I took their tweets and posted them on my own Twitter account.  We received many favorites for these, but also had some great conversations with some commenters.  Our assistant principal commented on many of our tweets as if he was someone from that time period.  We had fun coming up with responses to his and other comments.

We also had a Reformation/Fall Party, complete with Luther seal temporary tattoos and “Diet of Worms” cake.  🙂

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In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of exploration in our Science labs.  To go along with our study of Technology and Design in chapter 2, we wrapped up the chapter with a boat design lab.  The object was to design a boat that would hold the most cargo.

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Most recently in Science, we began our chapter about Motion.  What better way to introduce the idea of motion than with wind-up toys, rulers, and stopwatches?!

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about what we’ve been up to in 4R so far this fall.  More to come, but this post is full enough for tonight.  🙂

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!  🙂