Third & Fourth Grade
Our classroom is located in building 5. Numbers can be found on the end of each building. There is a sign above the door that says 3rd/4th grade.
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When you make light values of a color, you’re creating tints. To make a tint, you start with white paint add a little bit of color and mix together. Each time you add a little more of that same color, you create a different tint. Enjoy these tinted polar bear paintings!
This painting was a collaborative project created by several students.
Rain Shadow using, “Puffy Paint”
Check out the figurative language found then these cartoons
Learn the States and Capitals
The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
We are all unique!
Find Science Project Information Here…..science-project-2
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Take a look at some of the activities we did in 2015/2016
Number the Stars
Currently we are reading, Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. One of Lois Lowry’s best pieces of writing, this book tells the story from the point of view of Annemarie Johansen. The story is set in the city of Copenhagen, Denmark in September 1943, in the third year of the Nazi occupation. Lowry builds more and more anticipation in each chapter and every year I have taught this book the class has been on the edge of their seats. Each night students will be asked to reread the chapter read in class and complete some journal activities at home. Click here for Number the Stars Reading Log Questions
- Students should be reading Number the Stars out loud at home. This is a great chance to share an exciting book with your child and to help them with their reading!
- Encourage your child to pause and take a breath at the periods and commas, to read the dialogue as if it is being said in “real life”, and to try out different voices for the characters.
- Students who struggle with comprehension should try to read an interesting and descriptive section of text (just a sentence or two), and try to visualize it by creating a movie in their mind. After they have the picture in their mind, ask them a few questions until you are sure he or she is seeing the picture of the words read, in detail. Drawing a picture of the “mind movie” is also helpful.
- Students who are having trouble with decoding the text can try, “shared reading”. The adult reads a short section (this could be a sentence or a paragraph) and the student reads it after he or she has heard it read.
- Choppy reading? After the child has read the chapter, try having the child read one page several times until he or she becomes more fluent with the words. You may want to time your child using a kitchen timer. This keeps the rereading exciting and shows the child their improvement. Sometimes I read in-between timings so the student can hear how it should sound when it is read fluently.
- Advanced Reader? Try reading the story using different voices for the characters and narrator. Different voices can be created by combinations of slowing your reading down or speeding it up. Additional character voices are made by reading in a higher or lower voice. Eventually you can combine the combinations. For instance, when I want to create an “old person” voice, I slow my reading down and use a low almost choppy voice. When I read the BFG I sped my reading up and used a high voice for Sophie, I read super slow in a very low voice for the Big Friendly Giant. If I am reading a narrator part, I try to keep my voice neutral. When reading Number the Stars, I use a slower but very clear childlike voice for Annemarie and a faster stern voice for the soldiers!
Number the Stars Journal Entries Info
- Students should be completing their journals at home each night. I correct them the next day at snack time. Each child can correct the entries at home and bring up their grades. They will not have time to make corrections in class. Students may discuss journal entry answers with a parent…often talking over an answer with someone makes it easier to put into words. If your child has lost some of the journal questions you can download them here: Number the Stars Reading Log Questions
Read a Million Minutes in March! Only three weeks left to reach our school wide goal of 90,000 minutes. Go Foothills!
RAMM Dress Up Days!
Studies show that special days in a business or school help build morale. We incorporated dress up days into our March reading month.
Our first dress up day was, “Superhero Day”. The class designed masks to go with their costumes!
Civil War Unit Artifacts
Civil War Soldiers, Underground Railroad Quilt Squares, Cotton Plant
Create your own reptile
Setting the Land Unit
Joshua told the Israelites that the monument at Gilgal was a reminder of what God had done for his people. Students brought in rocks from home to recreate the monument.
Sarah Plain and Tall Unit
Sarah Plain and Tall is a picture of writing as art. The writer has chosen words carefully, and is a master at, “showing verses telling”. The details are never generalized. Instead, they are shown through sensory detail that allows the reader to “see” the story. In addition this story has a music in the language that create emphasis, repeat tones, and provide a cadence, as it is read. My goal is for students to read and study good writing and learn from it. Just as art students copy picture of famous art work, we can copy bits of a writing style. Often this book is taught to young students, because of its simple plot and relation to history, but by studying it when students are a little older they can glean much about writing! Take a look at the journal part of this unit here…Sarah Plain and Tall Journal Directions
More Information about our classroom…
Feel free to send a snack for your child’s birthday. We usually eat birthday snacks at lunch time. Summer birthdays may send in a birthday snack in September, May, June, or on their 1/2 birthday.
We have snack every day. Please send in something healthy for your child to eat. Apples, cheese, and granola bars are great choices.
Students may bring in pop-top water bottles to keep in class. Pop-top bottes work best. When wide mouth bottles tip over, they spill a lot of water…usually all over someone and their work.
Volunteers are always needed and appreciated. If you have time, please consider volunteering in our class, or for recess duty. Just let me know in advance when you would like to come in, so I can have something ready for you. Also let me know if there is something you really enjoy doing (like grading papers or reading with students).
Show & Tell
Show & Tell will be held on Friday morning. It’s a great way for students to share a little bit about who they are and what they like with the class.
We will have lunch in the classroom and there is a microwave available for student use. Pizza is offered on Fridays, (order forms coming in September). The school store offers the sale of soda on Fridays. Let me know if you want your child to be able to purchase soda.
Our class will go on at least one field trip a quarter. The ability to have many trips each year is a distinctive of our school. We use these trips to learn, grow, and build community. As a parent you can attend events with your child (often at a reduced school price), get to know your child’s friends, and meet their parents. You can be a blessing to other families by helping them feel welcome and included.
Field trip transportation is by bus or private car and we often need drivers. In order to drive children, other than your own, we are required to have you fill out a background check and need a photocopy of your proof of insurance and driver’s license. Please have money and permission slips turned in on time so that the trip will be organized. Please pay for field trips using cash only (It makes the paperwork easier).
There are several ways we will be able to communicate with each other throughout the year.
- Weekly Newsletter – This newsletter will keep you up to date on what is going on in our classroom and will be sent out every Friday.
- E-mail I check my email in the morning and afternoon.
- Talk with me before or after school.
- Write a note in your child’s agenda.
- Check out the school website.