Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Delicious, Stupendous Descriptive Words

This clever group of 4th grade students is working tirelessly to write pieces and stories that contain more vivid, colorful, descriptive language. They are practicing this feat by breaking sentences first into nouns and verbs. Once they know what they are writing about, the students identify words they can use (adjectives and adverbs) to describe the nouns and verbs in their sentences. Finally, these intelligent, diligent learners create phrases (sometimes called transitions in class) to add just a little more detail to what they have written.

Please share some of your creative ideas in the comments section. Feel free to write someone and tell them something you like about their sentence(s). Sitting here at my computer, I wait anxiously, yearning to read your wonderful words.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Kate Visited The Pacific Science Center!

Hello! Have you ever gone to the Pacific Science Center in Seattle? Well, I was there earlier in November. There were exhibits like finger printing, telekinesis, and displays about different diseases. One of the best parts of the day was getting to touch an actual human brain! I made a Photo Story about my trip. To find out more about the Pacific Science Center, go to

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lost in Space

The class recently began studying space science with a focus on the Earth, its moon, and our sun. Getting through a lesson was incredibly difficult because the class has so many questions about space. In order to establish some common understandings and point us in a clear direction, we had a science period devoted to some art and question creation. We will revisit the questions throughout the unit to share students' learning and increasing understanding of our planet and the solar system.

Here is what students came up with!

Please comment! What are questions you have about space or what are some things you have learned about space?

Monday, November 7, 2011

Ravenous Readers Reaching Goal?

It's been a while since I updated the total number of reading minutes for our class. The latest total is...

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  • We have been in school 41 days. How many minutes has the class read each day?
  • We have 30 students. Use the total from above to help you figure out how much each student has read per day.
  • Our goal is to read 250,000 minutes altogether. How many more minutes do we need to read in order to reach our goal?
  • Do you think we will reach our goal?