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Wonderful Group of 4th Grade Students!
We were on our way to PE and everyone was present, and I thought it would be fun to have one last 'Class Photo of the 2023-2024 School Year'.
This class is growing so much academically and socially. It is important to remember that they were in Kindergarten when we all went into the lockdown time in March 2021. It had a big impact on them. Every day they are learning empathy and nurturing their own feelings to figure out things that happen in life and create things that they want.
There are so many ways that they will contribute and be involved. They give me hope for what will come!
Nez Perce Historical Park in Lapwai  We talked to the big cedar tree!
The kids learned about how the chinook salmon are so important to the culture of the Nez Perce Tribe. They had a chance to set up a tipi, one of the shelter types used by the indigenous people. And, they had a chance to sit in quiet and do some sketching while enjoying the natural space. Then we walked around to see the old home site of the Spaldings from 1836.
The bus trip gave everyone a lot of time to socialize since the road work gave us 1 1/2 hours each way! 
The rangers at this National Park are full of interesting stories and great programming.
If you can get down, the whole museum has been renovated and will have a grand opening on May 31!
This was our last field trip for the year! It was an important one for Idaho and U.S. History, Science, Art, and ELA!
Lani and Loren in full concentration as they wrote in cursive what Part of Speech examples they used in their Cursive and Grammar Freewrite.
All students were given the prompt to include 3 adjectives, 5 nouns, and 3 conjunctions in the 24-line assignment. Then I had each student choose one from each category to write and we analyzed the words.  We had fun conversations about language.
Lilian and Amy memorized the poem at the base of the Statue of Liberty, by Emma Lazarus, 1883.
"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretchd Refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the tempest-tost to me,
I life my lamp beside the Golden Door!"
We had been talking about where we are in Idaho History and looking at maps and thinking about who has come to this country and why.  There is an informative video about the history of the statue and what it means.
The United States has a complex and amazing story that hthe kids have enjoyed learning about this year.
 Math and Science Experiment - Lilian shoots the rubberband around the track making it in full circle in 100 shots. She was so focused and the first to complete the task with 83 shots.
The class liked the challenge and most were able to make it. They were much more careful with their resource than when we did this at the first of the year! 
Yay for growing up!
 To JumpShot and Not Jump Shot
Ily works on her experiment as Lani takes notes as Gavin, Emily, Loren, Lilianna, and Michelle look on.
They took turns shooting the ball and finding out how an arc impacts how the ball enters the hoop and how overcoming gravity makes a difference in shooting the ball.
 It was FUN afternoon of schoolwork! In true North Central Idaho Spring Weather-- it hailed little balls on us as we were playing with basketballs!
Luna and Amy show some of the experiments of Force, Gravity, and Energy.
The whole class went outside and worked with Job Partners to shoot baskets and dribble. The process of Science was followed with the usual procedures of following directions, collecting data, discussing ideas, making observations, and writing conclusions. 
All Day at McConnell Mansion and Centennial Annex!!
Thank you to Ms. Katelynn  Anderson, Museum Curator, and Ms. Denise Thomson, Docent, who enthralled the kids with so much information and how historical societies are important and relevant to everyone.
The kids were learning about primary and secondary sources pictures and clothing, tools, and waffle iron!
          Plus, they had a house item scavenger hunt, etchings of door hinges, seeing human hair art, a bear coat, and how many people were boarders and shared this big old house.
The kids built up a lot of academic stamina by staying focused and working hard taking notes! Good growth!
Amy, Phaedra, Lani, Ily, and Michelle were in the shade and writing or coloring at Hordemann's Pond yesterday.
The kids did a variety of fun things during the hour there!
Sophia, Amy, Luna, Loren, and Bruce enjoy Tree Talks and Limb Lounging at Hordemanns' Park for the 1 Hour of Celebration!
The kids filled the Marbelous Mug with marbles and got to vote and decide what to do with their collective reward for student behavior and thinking.
Today, they brought books, art materials, multiplication keys, and snacks to hang out together or on their own to play.
I am looking forward to them getting the mug filled again!
Phaedra looks closely at the newly born calves at the UI Dairy. The newborns weigh 80 lbs! 
There was a lot of information about what it takes to produce milk, how cows create it in their system, and comparisons to other types of milk in terms of nutrition. The kids were very amazed at the Milking Parlor because it only takes  5-8 minutes to milk a cow!
Before we got started looking at dairy, we studied the My Plate Healthy Diet recommendations. The kids thought about what they eat and how to make choices that help grow their body and brain. We thought about how dairy fits into our daily lives.
 Max shares his role for the MCS Play - ELA, Cursive & Grammar, and Theater Combined Practice
      Working with other teachers is so much rewarding for me and the kids! Ms Fisher is helping the kids think more deeply about their characters for the play and I helped by having them write too.
      Then they shared in a Writers' Circle to learn from each other and to find out what each knows about their part. It makes the play more meaningful. 
      We do grammar during the lesson and consider how things are phrased so that there is plenty of English Language practice and work.
It was a very effective hour of sharing and a lot of fun hearing them become their characters!
Oregon Trail Adjectives about Reactions to Three Island Crossing!
It is the longest entry that the kids read about-- the very scary crossing for the immigrants make their way through the desert of southern Idaho to the Willamette Valley. There was good discussion and thoughts. The kids are in the 4 groups of Person, Place, Thing, or Idea. Once of the adjectives on the small white board is describing on of those things from the journal entry.
Getting ELA lessons integrated into Social Studies or any subject is always fun.
Eos, Ily, and Ezra acted out their phrase during ELA (English Language Arts) to the whole class.
Job Partners worked together to do this!
The kids communicated so well non-verbally, were respectful to the game, and had some interesting fun. They felt so successful as a class when they got the phrases! 
It was a wonderful lesson in cooperation and the power of communication is another form.
Lilian and Lilianna pack for the 6-month trip on the Oregon Trail
The kids are working with their Job Partners to go through and think about all the items they will need for their trip. They are packing food and housewares that can't exceed 2,400 pounds. They have a budget, but right now are just doing the math to make sure they will have enough food for the trip.
It was an exciting morning when they saw the size of the wagon when I laid out the dimensions with meter sticks to approximate 4' x 10'. There was discussion about the oxen, that as kids they would be leaving behind all that they have now.
They are considering what is really important for a family to travel this far.