The school received a packet of materials inviting us to participate in the Nebraska Environment calendar. The fourth graders took full advantage of that and did an excellent job! They worked very hard on their pictures and slogans and portrayed the importance of the protecting the environment. Below are some of their entries that will be sent in! Click to enlarge the photo and see who the artist is!
Jesse listens while Garrett and Addy take turns reading.
This past week we started a new program in 4th grade! High School Buddies! I was so excited that we got to do this. We had 6 HS students come over to the fourth grade classroom and work with the students. Some were in groups of 3 and other were in groups of 2. The HS students and fourth graders took turns reading to each other, checked out books from the library, and wrote stories together. It was so cool to see the interaction! The HS students worked so well and encouraged my students and were great role models! We will be having HS buddies about every other week and I am looking forward to more great things happening!
One of my favorite parts of my job are all the hilarious things that my students say. Most times I laugh to myself, sometimes I laugh out loud, and then there are those times I give them that "I can't believe you just said that" stare. To brighten your days as much as mine have been brightened, here are some of my favorite sayings/writings so far this year.
When asking about Halloween costumes: Student: "You should dress as the best teacher and then you wouldn't have to dress up because you already are the best teacher."
Halloween day: Student: "Why are you dressed like that? You already are that everyday!" Me: "What am I everyday?" Student: "A princess."
Student: "Video games are a boys best friend." Other student: "No. God is my best friend."
Student: "Why you being so cra-cra?"
Student: "Miss Baker, do you wear granny panties? Because my mom does!"
Student: "She eats grass! Other student: "So, my mom raised me on a cow. It's the same thing!"
Student: "I'm gonna buy a Dr. Pepper." Me: "You don't have to do that. Save your money." Student: "Why else would I ask my dad for 2 extra dollars?!"
Student: "I've never had a girlfriend. I mean I haven't even found my perfect woman yet so why would I date just because!?"
Student: "Did you know my grandpa is having a bull sale on Friday?" Me: "No I did not." (silence, silence, silence) Me: "And?" Student: "Nothing. I just wanted you to know."
Student: "You know why I had a 100% in math? It's because I had chicken for dinner last night."
Me: "You can warm up your garlic bread." Student: "It's not garlic bread. It's garlic CHEESE bread."
Student: "You will have to keep up updated so I hope to see you at Wal-Mart this weekend so you can tell us!" Me: "I will be going to Wal-Mart this weekend." Student: (fist pump in the air) Yes! I'm so telling my mom we have to go to Wal-Mart so I can see you!"
Student: "He always gets everything because he has two moms. It's not fair."
Leave me a comment about your favorite quote. Or if you are a fellow teacher, what is the funniest thing you have heard from students?
Laughter keeps the world moving. <3
On Wednesday, March 6th, students K-12 had the opportunity to attend the Edgerton Explorit program. The Edgerton Explorit Center is based out of Aurora, Nebraska. At the program students learned about different types of matter, the laws of motion, and electricity. There was many laughs, ooo's and ahhh's from the audience throughout the program. Dan (the presenter) did a great job of using volunteers and all the kids, young and old, did a great job helping him out! Here are some responses from the fourth grade class and what they learned!
"My favorite part was the hover craft. I like it so much I said that I was going to make one. I think it was awesome!"--Lane D
"I learned that when things get cold, they shrink and how copper changed the color of the flame. I liked the hover board. Static electricity goes to the ground and repels from plastic."--Lane W
I learned that dry ice is very cold. My favorite part was when I got to ride the hover board. It was very fun. The show was awesome!--Aury
"I think the coolest thing was the helium balloons. I hope I can see him next year."--Addy S
"What I liked best at the science program was when he exploded the balloons. I also like when he put dry ice in the blue water. I so hope he comes again next year! It was so fun!"--Kaylee
One of my favorite new activities (and the students too) is "Draw a story". I found this idea on Pinterest and am so glad that I did. I have four different colors of sticks for students to draw from. Red is the main character, yellow is the setting, blue is the conflict, and orange is a "special" item in the story. Each student draws one of each color and creates a story using those sticks. The kids love being creative and writing their own stories and its a fun way for them to learn sentence structure, creativity, and story writing. Below are some student excerpts from their story writing.
"Once upon a time there was a zookeeper. His job was to feed the animals. His name was Mr. Doodle. He was going to feed the monkeys. The monkeys were in the middle of tea in outer space. When Mr. Doodle got there the monkeys were screaming "someone is hurt."---Addy
"The next morning he heard a moan, a "mooooo" and a crash! He went to the barn to discover what happened. His cow was gone! Believe it or not, it was his favorite one. The next hour he sat and thought who did it. Then he decided to go into his house to eat dog cookies. He had tea and enjoyed the rest of the day."---Lane D.
The students were so creative with their writing and I loved reading them all!
Here in the daily happenings you can learn what goes on in our classroom! I will try to post as often as possible, but I'm gonna be honest...it won't actually be "daily". I will try to cover each day of the week and the fun activities that kids are learning! I hope you enjoy readin