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Friday, September 23, 2011

And the Countdown Begins...

We officially have 72 hours until our 1st Field Trip as 4th Graders!! We teacher's, couldn't be more excited! The Hermitage is overflowing with exploring, learning, and FUN. You may click here to check out some interesting information about The Hermitage. TN History for kids has lots of exciting activities that will give you a great foundation for our trip! Happy Exploring! : )

Sunday, September 18, 2011

We're Lucky Ducks!

By now, I'm sure your kids have told you the latest craze around Watt Hardison Halls; Ducks! You heard right! : ) We wear our ducks loud and proud to show we are doing our part in marking our school bigger & better!! Encourage your kids to sell Cookie Dough <and other great items> until the final turn in date, September 28, 2011. Student's will earn ducks-which lead to prizes! Our class goal is 5 items per student, and I am pulling back my sleeves to sell along with them! ; ) If you have any questions about our fall fundraiser, please feel free to email!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Letters Home from Yosemite

This week we are reading “Letters Home from Yosemite” by Lisa Halvorsen. We will focus on some vocabulary words in this story. It would be helpful if you will reinforce the meaning of these words at home with your child. Also, you will find our spelling words for the week. Please practice these words at home as well. The words in italics are our challenge spelling words. Let’s have a great week!

Spelling Words: usual, huge, flute, mood, smooth, threw, afternoon, scooter, juice, cruise, truth, bruise, cruel, excuse, pupil, groove, confuse, humor, duty, curfew, influence, aluminum, nutrition, accumulate, igloo

Vocabulary Word
place that is in a natural state
person who studies living things
type of animal or plant
sides of a mountain
huge sheet of ice

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Compound Sentences Help!

This week, we have been looking at how we can join 2 simple sentences into a compound sentence. This activity will help students use conjunctions to merge 2 simple sentences together! Have fun! : )

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Field Trip!

We are super excited about our upcoming field trip. We are scheduled to visit The Hermitage, on Tuesday, September 27, 2011. Please check your child's binder this week for more details & permission slips! *Please remember, it is very important that we wear our class shirts during the field trip.* This is simply a safety measure, and individualizes our group. Please be sure your child wears his/her class shirt on September 27, 2011. (We will send shirts home as soon as they arrive.-If you have not purchased your child's class shirt, you may still turn it in. The cost is 8.00)

Please visit to check out all of the exciting things we will see during our visit!

*We will be participating in a Hands On History program. During this program, we will explore The Trail of Tears. Our objectives are listed below.*
A. Examine historical information from a variety of sources, including museum and library
collections, letters, maps, government documents, oral histories, firsthand accounts, and web
B. Analyze documentation to determine the reasoning, policies and outcomes of the Indian
Removal Act and the Trail of Tears.
C. Understand, through dialogue and discussion, how the Indian Removal Act and the Trail of
Tears was the culmination of a centuries-old attitude toward the Native Americans of the
United States.

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