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MCS Plastic Film Collection
5000 pounds or 2 1/2 tons for this school year!
Spencer and Emily are holding 19 pounds of plastic that came in yesterday during the school day.
Just this week, and it's Wednesday, our total so far is 45 pounds.
The City of Moscow collection total on Saturday was 2400 pounds!
Is Snow Colder than 0 Degrees Celsius?
Working with their job partner, a 10-minute sand timer,  and a thermometer, the kids chose 4 locations to test. They sang Happy Birthday 3 times and then took a reading. 
Once everyone was done-- with time to spare, we took one more reading at the front of the school. 
When we returned back to class, the kids sorted the data, wrote results, and drew a few conclusions. They also noted what was easy and hard about doing the science.
 They worked together really well!!
❄Playing Inside a Snowglobe!❄
The weather was perfect at recess this afternoon for all kinds of fun. It was so nice-- and felt so warm, it was the perfect day for a picture. Everybody was present!
These kids are really coming along together socially and academically.
👏A good way to start 2022!
Enchanted Elf Escapades!! 
The Exchange was so fun! Each elf gave and received a gift! They were gracious and fun all together, just like a good elf group!
Each has an elf name now too!
Thursday will be fun as they give homemade gifts.
Ely and Lila create the Square Number 64
In celebration of having my birthday on Thursday, I gave out to the kids my 'working stash' of Skittles for math. Each pair needed to create one of the square numbers on the multiplication chart. Helping create models is a process that allows for foundation building. It is really necessary for every content area.
They started it the number 9 (Those Skittles were edible and my treat to share for my birthday) since that is the day of the month that was were celebrating! I told them that I love Skittles because all the colors are included-- just like what we want for people in life. They appreciated that comment; to my surprise, they clapped in agreement. That was a great birthday present!
Feel the Light in the Darkest Night
This is the theme that our door shows!
The kids expressed that a lot has happened over the past 20 months and it has been hard and scary. We talked about how knowing difficult times is part of life and so is knowing that deep inside is the light of hope that keeps us going!
The little elf ornament that each person created fits with our Enchanted Elf Escapades Gift Exchange. The lightbulb has a quote from Elizabeth Barrett Browning who lived when Lewis and Clark did. It reads."Light Tomorrow with Today." The cloud that those two items are hanging from represents the cloud of sadness and confusion from these past months.
 Enchanted Elf Escapades is underway!!
These fun helpers, Declan, Wyatt, and Medora, are reminding us all that we have started our class game. It is a fun one!
The kids filled out information about themselves to share with others--things like favorite color, etc. Another classmate elf will get the name next week and the third week, the gifts will be exchanged. It is really a nice way to show how we have grown together! 
Everyone is keeping the name of who they get deep inside their 4th-grade brains! That way the game is fun and inexpensive (A $10 only budget for both gifts.)
Tis the season of merriment and light! 😁  
P.S. The theme they worked together on to create  for our door was  "Feel the light in the darkest night." 
4th Graders Ely and Deakin are really helping out with the MCS Food Drive!!
They have brought in a lot to help others. It is exciting to see the kids think and do for others. 
The Food Drive lasts until next Friday!
Emily and Loki are sharing a spinner (the pencil holds a paper clip in place) to create fraction models. Once those are created, then they order them from least to greatest.
Lots of practice this week with fractions so that the kids realize that how fun they are when you know your math facts for multiplication.
More collaboration from looking at the distance that Lewis and Clark traveled. We thought about it "as the crow flies" and actually by following the Missouri and Columbia rivers. You can see Benja, Spencer, Conner, Grayson, and Wyatt checking out and on each other's work. :)
Rulers are complicated and using them takes a lot of practice!
 Here you can see Ely, Clover, and Lila putting up their results for their table group. Working together and individually to correctly measure the information from the map is a multistep task that requires perseverance. It was good to get the kids to remember that cooperation happens because we have two ears and one mouth! Listening allows more voices to engage in the discussion.
Gallery Walk--- History of Pets Timelines
Understanding and then creating a graphic organizer for information takes time and many conversations. The kids did a very good job presenting their ideas and about how to show the information. Three students, Timber, Benja, and Declan, had their work chosen by their classmates at the strongest, meaning following the rubric most closely.
Each student has come a long way getting work completed in a timely manner and using our tools in class appropriately,
This work will come home tomorrow for you to "Ooh and Aah" over. :)
Hope you all have a restful and meaningful Thanksgiving with friends and family if you are able to share it.  
Take Care! Ms. Bonzo🦉
     The positive student behavior, work, and attitudes have filled another ginormous Reese's Mug! And this is how our class celebrated with a fraction model to show the choices!
      Emily and Benja who are Teacher's Assistants this week did the tally work. Each student got to choose between one salty Cheez It or one sweet Sour Patch chewy. As the kids chose, the TAs colored in the fraction. That way what was chosen was represented in the fractional model.
       The reason there was a choice between salty or sweet is that, at two different Morning Meetings, motions have been made for what will be the reward for all the good stuff the kids are doing. Yet, there hasn't been a unanimous choice even with all the good discussion. So today, I thought it would be fun to do an experiment and see which direction the class would go and made a hypothesis that it would be about 1/2 and 1/2 from the discussions. And look-- completely different outcome!
Using Math Data in Morning Meeting to Create a TIme Graph or How groups work together to do some problem-solving. It is learning how to work in committees :)
The kids brought their reading book to our meeting and during the Greeting stated the name of the book and the copyright date.
       (Aside- Yay! Reading Logs are coming in for the 2nd Quarter!
The kids are doing their learning!)
 The Sharing was that those dates were written on the whiteboard. Then, as an Activity, they got with their job partner to plan how to present the data set. After the two worked together, they were matched with another two. After that, we came together with a discussion about the criteria needed for this information to be communicated. 
 The Closing for the hour we had spent together was that they reviewed the steps to get this information to be represented. 
This afternoon, they will revise and turn in a final copy. All this work was the rough stuff.  And it showed how well that could go from beginning to end to accomplish a task. The work was broken into time chunks to make sure they could see that all of the steps could be completed. We spent time analyzing together too.
The criteria list that was presented by each group had the same info! Yay, they are getting the idea!
So Excited-- Front Row Seats for Collision of Rhythm Performance at the Gladish Community Center  
The kids were a terrific audience for these amazing performers. It was fun to have so many family members be able to come too!
Check out the link to see a look at them. They perform tonight!
Thanks to Festival Dance and its sponsors for providing this opportunity to students in our county. It was the first 'live' performance for most of the students!