Sunday, December 18, 2016

Wetlands Projects

Over the course of the last month, we have been learning about the importance of wetlands to people, animals, and the environment. The kids were presented with a situation: should we protect the wetlands at Bear Creek, or should we build playgrounds where the wetlands currently stand. To help the kids make an informed choice, we also researched the benefits of exercise on kids' brains and bodies.

Once we learned about wetlands and the benefits of exercise, the kids chose a claim. Would they protect the wetlands or would the choose to build a playground? The students overwhelmingly chose to protect the wetlands, but we did have some people choose to build the playgrounds. Once they decided upon their claim, they had to figure out how they would get their message across to our audience. Students chose letters, blog posts / articles, books, podcasts, movies, SmartAmp presentations, and posters. They have been working hard to polish these presentations so that they will convince you to agree with their claim.

Now it's your turn to choose! You can follow the links to our kidblog sites or check out the updates to this post, to gather your information. Then we'd like you to vote. Will you choose to protect the wetlands, or will you choose to build more playgrounds? The choice is yours!

Here are the links to follow:
You can listen to some podcasts right here!

Check out Gabe's podcast in support of building playgrounds:


Listen to Haley support the wetlands:

Brooke supports saving the wetlands:

Gabe S. threw his support behind the wetlands:

Nick believes we should save the wetlands:

Sarah thinks we should save the wetlands, too:


You can also watch this very entertaining movie by Toren!


And here is an informative and entertaining video by Olivia!

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Check back often because more projects will be added throughout the week. Once you feel as though you have the information you need, please cast your vote:


Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Comparing Numbers - AM Class

Over the last few weeks, we have been trying to answer the question, "What do numbers mean?" To answer this question, we have focused on learning the different places digits can "park" in, how their value changes in each place, and how to tell the differences between numbers.

To demonstrate their knowledge the Bair's Den AM Class used the Show Me app to complete their comparing and ordering assessments. This app allowed everybody to talk about their thinking as they were doing the work. While not all of the Show Mes are posted, you can view several of them by visiting our class's Show Me page. You can find your child's work by looking for their name. Feel free to ask us any questions about our projects.


Comparing Numbers - AM Class

Over the last few weeks, we have been trying to answer the question, "What do numbers mean?" To answer this question, we have focused on learning the different places digits can "park" in, how their value changes in each place, and how to tell the differences between numbers.

To demonstrate their knowledge the Bair's Den AM Class used the Show Me app to complete their comparing and ordering assessments. This app allowed everybody to talk about their thinking as they were doing the work. While not all of the Show Mes are posted, you can view several of them by visiting our class's Show Me page. You can find your child's work by looking for their name. Feel free to ask us any questions about our projects.

Be on the look out for the PM Class's slideshows coming soon!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

School Spirit and Word of the Week

This week's word of the week is thoughtful. Fourth grade has been having some trouble at times when teachers aren't around, so we are working together to be more thoughtful about our words and our actions.

On Monday we talked about this quote from Margaret Meade, a famous anthropologist during the 1960's:


We changed the word citizens to students, and we changed the word world to school. And then we talked about how things might change if we were thoughtful about how we talked to each other and if we were thoughtful about our actions. We talked about how sometimes it's hard to do the right thing when others aren't, and we talked about how good it feels when you take the time to do something, like pick up trash in the hallway or help a friend, just because it's the right thing to do. This week we are all focusing on being thoughtful about our words and actions, and hopefully we will be the group to make that difference here at Bear Creek.

Last week, we participated in five different school spirit days to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. These days helped us have some fun, show our school spirit, and also bring awareness to the fact that drugs and alcohol aren't the answer to problems when we get older. Again, we need to be all of our words of the week: Brave, Responsible, Helpful, Adaptable, and Thoughtful. If we continue to live these words, we will be able to avoid situations where we might encounter drugs and alcohol.

Our favorite of the week was Crazy Hair Day! Check out our pictures --- even the teachers got in on the fun!!

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School Spirit and Word of the Week

This week's word of the week is thoughtful. Fourth grade has been having some trouble at times when teachers aren't around, so we are working together to be more thoughtful about our words and our actions.

On Monday we talked about this quote from Margaret Meade, a famous anthropologist during the 1960's:


We changed the word citizens to students, and we changed the word world to school. And then we talked about how things might change if we were thoughtful about how we talked to each other and if we were thoughtful about our actions. We talked about how sometimes it's hard to do the right thing when others aren't, and we talked about how good it feels when you take the time to do something, like pick up trash in the hallway or help a friend, just because it's the right thing to do. This week we are all focusing on being thoughtful about our words and actions, and hopefully we will be the group to make that difference here at Bear Creek.

Last week, we participated in five different school spirit days to celebrate Red Ribbon Week. These days helped us have some fun, show our school spirit, and also bring awareness to the fact that drugs and alcohol aren't the answer to problems when we get older. Again, we need to be all of our words of the week: Brave, Responsible, Helpful, Adaptable, and Thoughtful. If we continue to live these words, we will be able to avoid situations where we might encounter drugs and alcohol.

Our favorite of the week was Crazy Hair Day! Check out our pictures --- even the teachers got in on the fun!!

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Multiplication Suggestions

Today everybody moved on to practicing multiplication facts. While each student received flashcards for their current level, you aren't expected to do flashcards every night. Here are some fun ways to practice your facts.

1. The Dice Game: Get two dice, and use masking tape to cover the numbers on one die. Write the numbers 7-12 on that die. Roll the dice and multiply the two numbers together. The highest product gets a point. The first person to 15 points wins!

2. Multiplication War: Played like regular war, but you flip two cards instead of one. Every card is face value, while jacks, queens, and kings are worth 10. The person with the highest product wins the cards. If the products are equal, do "I De-Clare War" and add the 4 cards together. The highest sum gets all cards.

3. Egg Carton Game: Get an empty egg carton and number the spots 1-12. Add two pennies, and close the lid. Shake the carton. Open it up and multiply the numbers where the pennies landed.

4. Skip Counting: Multiplication is really all about skip counting the multiples of a number. Have your child practice skip counting in any way. You can actually make them skip while they count by their fact number (2, 4, 6, 8, 10.....), they can write / paint / draw their multiples when skip counting, or if you're looking for some messy fun you can write the skip counting in shaving cream! Skip counting is a great strategy that the kids can use during their fact tests.

These are four simple ways to get started reviewing or practicing those facts. If you have any great ideas you'd like to share, please let me know and we'll add them to the list.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

We Are Water

We started off the school year learning about fresh and salt water bodies of water, and then we learned that fresh water bodies of water can be either lentic systems (bodies of water that stand still) or lotic systems (bodies of water that move from one place to another). But a huge question remained. Where exactly does all of the water come from?? How do we get all of that water into those bodies of water?

This week we started answering those questions by starting our unit on the water cycle. We learned that precipitation is water that falls from the sky, and it falls in the form of rain, snow, sleet or hail. Once it falls to the earth's surface, precipitation can become runoff, it can be part of a collection (as a puddle or one of our bodies of water), or it can become ground water.

Take a look at the videos below. The students in the Bair's Den became water drops and experienced runoff and collection. Ask your child to explain the process to you while you watch!

The Bair's Den AM - Runoff and Collection
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The Bair's Den PM - Runoff and Collection

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