Animal Research

The students have spent a great deal of time researching animal life in various regions of Texas.  Each student chose a region of Texas and identified 3 animals that live there.  For each animal, they had to tell where it lives, what it eats, and at least one adaptation that helps the animal survive in its environment.  The students then used their research to create an online poster, or Glog, and posted it on their blogs.  I encourage you to check out their Glogs and leave some positive comments about their hard work!

What is a Friend?

  For the last few weeks, the fourth grade has been discussing the meaning of friendship.  The students have begun posting about friendship on their individual blogs.  To view a student’s blog, start by clicking on the “Student Blogs” tab at the top of this page, and then click on the name of the student whose blog you wish to view.  If you would like to receive an email each time your child makes a post, you will need to subscribe to your child’s blog.  Don’t be afraid to leave a positive comment on a post!  The kids LOVE to know that someone is actually viewing their hard work!

A Sensory Thanksgiving

The students have written sensory poems about Thanksgiving, and many of them have posted their creative writing on their blogs.  I encourage you to visit your child’s blog, and even some of the other students’ blogs, to view their writings.  (If you haven’t yet SUBSCRIBED to your child’s blog, please do so– you don’t want to miss any of his/her creative genius!)  Also, don’t forget to leave a positive comment, because EVERYONE likes to be bragged upon!

Halloween Alliteration

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One of our first major technology projects involved taking a fun writing assignment and creating a digital version of the writing.  The kids used computers and iPods to create Glogster posters of their creations.  They’re posting their Glogs on their blogs as they complete them.  I encourage you to check out their creations and leave comments.  Let us know what you think!  
The video below will show the students’ written versions of their creations being read in their own voices.  Enjoy!

Take our polls!

Please answer our five poll questions below.  We will use this information to create bar graphs and pictographs.  Thanks for helping us out!


Click on the play bar below to hear a message from our class!  (We used the voice recorder you helped us get from Sonic!)  Then visit each student’s page to see the Sense poems they wrote.  Click on the play bar on the poster (usually around the student’s name) to hear the student reading their writing.  Enjoy!

O.R.E.O. Project

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Our class recently participated in an Jen Wagner’s O.R.E.O. project.  The students were given two opportunities to stack as many oreos as they could before the stack fell over.  Check out the student’s pages to see how they did!

Below are the compiled resuts from all of the participating classes.

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blog-commentingCommenting is an important part of the blogging process, and the kids love to read positive comments about their creations.  Even in today’s age of texting and instant messaging, it is very important that students learn how to write sentences using the correct spelling, punctuation, and grammar.  After all, they will eventually have to complete a job application where their writing ability will be closely scrutinized.  While I encourage family members and friends to comment on posts, please remember to follow the rules of commenting.  You may view these rules by clicking on the “Commenting Rules” tab at the top of the blog.  I want parents and visitors to set good examples for the students to follow.  Also, do not limit yourself to commenting on one child’s page/post–comment on several!

All About Me

During the first week of school, my students wrote about themselves in their journals.  This week, each student typed his/her writing into a document and then generated a Wordle (word cloud) from the writing.    For an example, I created the Wordle below using names, subjects, and concepts that are involved in the third grade.  Please feel free to leave positive comments–the kids love knowing that their work is being viewed, and EVERYONE loves to be bragged on!

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