Its a new year and many people make resolutions. Do you know what a resolution is? A resolution is a decision to either stop doing something, to do something better, or to start something new. It is very similar to a goal. When we got back from Winter Break we decided to make resolutions for the school year. All the students thought of 5 things they wanted to improve, stop doing, or start when thinking about school.
Take our survey to see if you share any of the same goals with us.
This week we read a story called The Kids Invention Book. This story was all about different inventions that kids have created over the years. Did you know that Earmuffs were actually invented by a kid? As a class we are working on a project that has us researching inventors, inventions and creating our own. We will be turning them into magazine that we will be sharing with you soon!
What kind of Inventions do you think will be created in 20 years?
Last year my class and I had the opportunity to learn about different states by being involved in a post card exchange. I would love to do it again this year and try to get all 49 states and even some countries involved. For those who haven’t done a post card exchange before it is pretty simple and fun. We could do either digital postcards or regular ones sent in the mail. You can either design a postcard or have parents donate some that represent your state. On the back of each one, you write interesting facts about the state you live in and your class/school. We then hung ours up on a big map of the United States and had yarn going to each state. The kids loved learning about the different states. If you are interested and would like to participate, please fill out the Google form below. To make it work all postcards would need to be sent out by March 22, 2013. (Due to the extent of the project, I will be limiting the post card exchange to 1 classroom per state for now, so it will be first come, first serve.)
Challenge 2 asked us to talk a little bit about where we live and places to visit. Back in December each student in our class planned a vacation for their family. They had to visit different places in Arizona and write about the things they would see and do there. Visit this post to see all of our wonderful slideshows. Many of our students visited a lot of the same famous landmarks and that is how we ranked our 6 places to visit.
Click on the links to read about each place, and then please participate in our poll about which one you would like to visit so we can graph the results!
Its Spring Break here in Arizona and our 4th grade class is busy enjoying our family and friends. My family and I spent the first half of spring break at Knotts Berry Farm in California and at the beach. We had a lot of fun relaxing! A big thank you to Mr. Miller’s class for all your wonderful comments on our blog! When we get back on Monday, March 19th, we will enjoy answering many of your questions!
My son Benjamin and I with Snoopy!
Do you have a Spring Break? If so when is it?
Are you doing anything special with your family or friends?
I have 8 students who are going to be trying out the student blogging challenge this year and getting their own blog. I wish them luck as they being this adventure and hope that you will help by checking out their blog and leaving thoughtful, quality comments! Their websites are listed on our sidebar under Student Blogs!