Creating poems about Maine

Yesterday we were working to learn about the many recreational activities that we do in Maine during the different seasons. When we finished with our activities we made poems.

Need vs. Want

What do you need in a home?

We spent a long time today talking about what people NEED vs. WANT in a home. A kitchen, for example, is a need in a home. Do we all need a swimming pool? Believe it or not, that is debatable with a few of the kids! They were drawing homes today to represent a building that would house a family of four. As your child about what they put into their house that was needed vs. the things that were simply a want.

Analyzing Poetry

Analyzing poems can be hard for fourth graders, over the next few weeks we will read and analyze different poems. Today we were comparing and contrasting fireflies and stars.

Starting our Project Based Learning

This week we are starting a unit on Green Homes, we are looking at different houses and talking about why they have different features. Today we specifically focused on grass as insulation for a roof.

Working with the kindergarteners

Last Friday we started to work with our new reading buddies in Mrs. Rioux's room. The kids had to plan out what they would read, how long it would take to read it, and how to help their buddies.

State of Maine- 16 counties

On Tuesday we started to learn about the 16 counties in Maine and where they are located. We used a puzzle to help us learn. I took the puzzle and dumped it out on the rug and put the kids into 5 groups. They had to work as a team to put it together. The first time it took 12 minutes and the second time it was only 4! We also started to learn the 16 counties song.


Creating Nutcrackers after our Nutcracker debate

Was it a dream or was it magic?

Today I read a picture book of The Nutcracker at our morning meeting. When I was finished with the book I asked the kids to think about whether the actions in the story had been a dream or magic. Each child had to go back into the story to find evidence to back up his/her thinking. We then engaged in a lively debate!


Reading groups

Today most of the kids were finished with their reading group books. Each student connected their books to either their own life, another book, or the world. They wrote about it and then shared with each other. They had some great conversations.

Working on using air from the fan as a force

Today my challenge was for the kids to work in their groups to use a sail on their car to see if they could capture the force of the air from the fan. The goal was to see who could make their car go the farthest. They could make any car and create any sail. We had a lot of fun and I think we learned a lot about friction!