Sunday, January 13, 2008

Friday, November 30, 2007

Back to the blog

We have been quite busy in the 4th grade these last weeks. We began to Voicethread about our favorite literature with kids from around the world, such as Thailand. We created our own avatar. In history, we landed at Jamestown and our stockholders in the Virginia Company did not make out well. However, we finally found a new cash crop-tobacco- and we are growing "green gold" crazily. We each designed and created our own plantations. In Science we began a new unit on electricity and electrical circuits. Yesterday we went to hear the patriotic Navy quartet. Today we saw David Parker, who is a genius sign language teacher, author, student, and hilarious performer. Our Word Study words have gotten quite difficult and we had an assessment today. Most of the class has finished the historical fiction novel about the diary on the Mayflower, which ties in with the study of colonies. We read a fantastic poem by Langston Hughes. He is very inspiring to us up and coming poets. Now we are raising enough food for people without food. Each of us are Earning-A-Can by doing hard chores, above the normal. You have to "Sweat-to-Get" cans. We are only two days in and have almost 50 cans. We'll keep you posted, we promise! Love-Class

Monday, October 29, 2007

Fall finally begins

Today we began the day atop four-wheeled scooters in PE. In Foreign Language we learned about masculine and feminine adjectives. We are currently reading the afterward in the amazing novel Lost on a Mountain in Maine. The main character, Donn, was finally discover and the search party was shocked that he survived. In Math we learned about elapsed time and algebraic expressions. We each received our own list of exciting words for Word Study. Each night we have harsh, but necessary, homework. Today we are discussing the theories about the Lost Colony. Our brilliant ideas are quite varied. Were they attacked by the Spanish? Native Americans? or absorbed into the Native tribes, such as the Lumbee? Could it have been foul weather? We will hopefully find out soon.

The Class

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Finding the Lost Colony

Today was an interesting day. We began by creating a goal for the day. Some choose behavior, some academic, some social. We rotated into our reading groups and made a significant dent on our novels. In math, we used clocks in order to calculate elapsed time. We also created benchmarks for time-sec.min. and hour. After lunch we had our 4th Wordly Wise test, which seemed to go fairly well. In Mrs. Bushman's Science class we created a cloud in a jar, learned about water cycle, and created video. In History we pushed the desks back, took off our shoes, popped popcorn, and weeded through the research we brought in about the Lost Colony. We are trying to find the answer to the history mystery of the Roanoke Island colony. Each bit of information causes us to have more questions than answers. Are we ever going to get to the bottom of this mystery???

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Wacky Wednesday

This morning we did Wordly Wise page thirtysix. Then we started the amazing books Hatchet and Danger on midnight river. We went to terrific art and we made really friendly dragon flies. Then we went to math and we did word problems and started our homework. Crazy Mr.Evans read amazingly fun Lost in a mountain in Maine. The class went to magic magic lunch. We played a amazing history game where we had to only use our sense of touch to identify Native American artifacts. It was very difficult ting to do. Then we went to science and did a super cool science eperanet. Now we are playing sparkle. We are going to go home!

Signing off: KEZ RDS

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Ohh What a Day

Today we began our day with a nice trip to the library. We learned more about different genres, like MYSTERIES. In music, we had our first test on America the Beautiful. Some of us even memorized all the stanzas. In Math, we did some hard work on problem-solving with addition and subtraction. Our reading groups each did about one chapter in the Gary Paulson books. We had a good lunch and then it was off to recess, where we played a great game of Nation Ball. In science, we learned a lot about different kinds of instruments that help find out about the weather. We even went out to record some data about the weather, which was a great time! In history, we played a review game to help us with our exam tomorrow. Our team was the Buckle People and the other was the MayflowerZZZ. It helped a bunch on what questions we should look at again. In Wordly Wise, we were really talking about Mt Everest and the weather up there at 29,000 feet. Our highest part of VA is only 5,000 feet up. It was very cool day.
Bloggers: AW and NR

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Thriller Thursday

If you want to know about Thriller Thursday, then read this blog! First, the class was visited by the most shocking and amazing story-teller ever. Frank Bedora came to the Reed auditorium and told us he was making a "real" movie about Alice in Wonderland. He grasped or attention with spectacular story-telling and interacted with us a lot. He even had cool cards and video to share with us. We received free cards, posters, and tattoos. It really makes you want to read all of his books. Today we also had a great swimming class. We read a survival story about a boy who was lost in a Maine mountain. It shows us that we don't always have what we need to be in the wilderness. Well, our teacher Mr. Evans is crazy and teaches us how to have fun in school and is amazing. Last Friday he danced like a mad man. We looked at poetry in songs and realized that there can be deeper meaning that needs to be looked at.Now we are working on a Virginia Brochure, which helps us for our next History exam on Wednesday. It is on the amazing regions of VA. All of this is why we had a fabulous day of the year for now.