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We are a fourth grade class in Iowa gearing up for a great new adventure in learning. This year we will be using our blog to share what we are doing each week, along with thoughts about books we read and the writing we have done. Be sure to keep checking in to see what we are up to!

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Article posted February 24, 2013 at 09:38 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 1850

In science this year we have been hard at work learning about animal classification and adaptations. To showcase what they have learned, students each researched an animal of their choice to write a research paper on. We would like to share our final products with all of you and invite you to comment or ask questions about what we have learned.

Article posted February 24, 2013 at 09:38 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 1850



Article posted September 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM GMT-6 • comment (2) • Reads 55

We're happy to see you again. Quadrangles, parallelograms and other 2D shapes are things we've been working with in math. We made shapes with our straws and pipe cleaners. We've been learning about angles. We learned that vertices are points that connect the sides of a shape.



We learned with Bill Nye the science guy about amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. We are learning the characteristics of these groups. In science we have been writing animal fact cards to prepare for when we write our animal reports.



We are reading Nightmare at the Book Fair out loud. It is a good book. Each of us now have made goals for our September reading.



We are having a great school year so far.

Article posted September 14, 2012 at 02:15 PM GMT-6 • comment (2) • Reads 55



Article posted August 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 70

In our first two weeks of class we have learned about all kinds of things. We've been doing reading, math and science. In science we are starting to learn about classification. We are going to group animals into mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and fish. They are vertebrates. Worms, insects and mollusks. These animals are invertebrates. In reading we've talked about what good readers do. We are doing a 40 book challenge. Each of us has to read 40 books this year- even Ms. Reidy. We defined what reading is. (Check back for our Wordle on that) We also are working on choosing good fit books. Another challenge we are doing is to read 1 million words each. We should be reading at least 400 minutes a month at home. In math we are learning geometry. We got new math textbooks.



It has been really hot this week, so we've gotten out early. Our teacher is learning about us. We are having fun! Thank you for looking at our blog. We hope you'll come back and join us during our year of fourth grade.

Article posted August 31, 2012 at 12:38 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 70



Article posted August 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 49

It is back to school time! Tonight students and their families brought in their new school supplies in anticipation of a new year which will begin on Monday. I am looking forward to a great year filled with lots of learning and fun. I hope we can keep you all updated on the great things we are learning throughout the year. Come join us on our adventures through fourth grade.

Article posted August 17, 2012 at 10:14 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 49



Article posted September 2, 2011 at 08:49 AM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 58

Interested in some new titles? Here is a list of our favorites reads for August. Be sure to check back as we will be doing more of our top reads each month.



I Survived the Shark Attacks of 1916 by Lauren Tarshish

The White Wolf by Ron Roy

Natures Dangerous Creatures

The Kid Who Became President by Dan Gutman

The Absent Author by Ron Roy

The Battlefield Ghost

Paintball Blast

Amphibians by Heather Hammonds

Weird Creatures by Mary Kay Carson and More

The Disappearing Friend Mystery Gertude Chandler Werner

Article posted September 2, 2011 at 08:49 AM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 58



Article posted August 29, 2011 at 03:02 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 93

We had a wonderful week at school. One of the things we did was make a time capsule. We included how tall we are, how big our hands and feet are and some of our current favorite things. We did some cool art projects. One of them was our self-portraits. We picked out new books. We are going to read more than 21,000,000 words this year! We are reading Nightmare at the Book Fair. It is the best book ever.

There are 21 students in our classroom. We have 11 boys and 10 girls. We are excited about our classroom economy and can't wait to get our first paychecks! We are also excited about Mastery Club! It is going to be an awesome year!

Article posted August 29, 2011 at 03:02 PM GMT-6 • comment (1) • Reads 93



Article posted August 25, 2011 at 02:21 PM GMT-6 • comment (4) • Reads 78

We're off to a great start in fourth grade! I am so impressed with the students so far. Earlier today we completed activities revolving around the number 4 since it was our fourth day in fourth grade. One of our writing pieces was to brainstorm four of our favorite authors. We combined all of them into one list to share with other classroom bloggers. If you have a favorite author you would like to share with us, we would love to hear from you.



1. Jeff Kinney

2. Dr. Suess

3. Mary Pope Osborn

4. Louis Sachar

5. David Catrow

6. Marc Brown

7. R.L. Stein

8. Suzy kline

9. Beverly Cleary

10. Rick Riordan

11. Carolyn Keene

12. Dan Gutman

13. Ron Roy

14. J.K Rowling

15. Bill Wallace

16. Chris D'Lacey

17. Jan Brett

18. Vincent Servent

19. Jerry Spinelli

20. Barbara Parks

21. Marcia Jones

22. Roald Dahl

23. Dave Pilkey

Article posted August 25, 2011 at 02:21 PM GMT-6 • comment (4) • Reads 78



Article posted April 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 35

Students have been studying the genre of biographies and learning all about some really interesting people. As part of their project each student created a pipe cleaner person of their subject and wrote a short "Important Poem" to sum up each person's accomplishments. We hope you like learning more about these special individuals.

Article posted April 21, 2011 at 02:59 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 35



Article posted February 6, 2011 at 04:54 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 36

We are back...

After some minor technical difficulites and a super busy holiday season, we are back on the blog. Students worked extremely hard before Christmas on a research project finding out more about animals. Each student has posted their animal report here on their blog to share what they learned. We hope you enjoy the reports and learn as much as we did. Please feel free to offer comments or ask questions about the animals we studied.

Article posted February 6, 2011 at 04:54 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 36



Article posted November 17, 2010 at 06:23 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 38

Wordle: Mysteries



We have been learning all about the genre of mysteries. For the past several weeks students have been reading a variety of mystery stories. We would like to share some of our favorite titles so that others can enjoy them too. Be sure to weigh in with your favorite mysteries as we are always on the look out for a good book!

Article posted November 17, 2010 at 06:23 PM GMT-6 • comment • Reads 38



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I love to read! My favorite books are mysteries and suspense stories, but I also enjoy historical fiction. Some of my favorite pastimes include spending time with my family and working on our class website. I am really excited about using this new tool in our classroom to help share what we are learning with our families and others. Locations of visitors to this page

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