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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Great Job Today!

Fourth Graders,

I can't tell you enough how happy I am about your behavior on today's field trip! I hope that you continue to impress me on all upcoming field trips!

Keep up the great work, and I hope you enjoy your *warm thoughts* as much as I enjoy having each one of you in my class!

See you tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Tuesday, December 18 Homework

-Study Link 5.2
-Multiplication Packet due Thursday
READING: Practice Poem (Performances tomorrow!)
SCIENCE: Parent Signature on purple study guide--TEST THURSDAY
WRITING: Finish 2nd and 3rd paragraphs of expository essay
OTHER: library books due tomorrow

Monday, December 17, 2007

12/17 3 & 3

1. We had 14 minutes added to our minute bank for being on-task during Science.
2. We discoverd that limestone and marble both contain calcite!
3. In Math class, we discovered a short cut to solving the extended multiplication facts.

(We ran out of time for a goal, but I would love to see everyone feeling healthy throughout the rest of the week!)

Monday, 12/17 Homework

-Practice Multiplication Facts (Fact Triangles, Math fact website, Multiplication Packet)
-Multiplication Packet due Thursday
READING: Read---Work towards your reading goal!
SCIENCE: Test Thursday---Study Word Bank
WRITING: Cursive--due the Monday after winter break
OTHER: If you have not turned in your permission slip for THIS THURSDAY'S (December 20) field trip, please do so!

Daily Detective Week of 12/17

MONDAY: This state shares its border with six other states.
TUESDAY: All the anthracite (hard coal) produced in the United States is supplied by the eastern part of this state.
WEDNESDAY: The capital of the United States was located in this state from 1790 to 1800.
THURSDAY: In this state, Hershey built the world's largest chocolate factory in a city named after him.
FRIDAY: History was made in this state when the Declaration of Independence was signed here in 1776.

Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Great job in Reading!

Fourth graders,

You did an awesome job with this morning's reading activity! Non-fiction is so much fun when we do our 5-senses charts before reading an article! You all did such a nice job participating and sharing your thoughts about inventions. Keep up the great work!

: )

Thursday, 12/13 Homework

MATH: Study for Unit 4 Test tomorrow
-Study for Native American test tomorrow
-Finish reading TFK
-TFK Quiz tomorrow
SCIENCE: SIJ due tomorrow
WRITING: Cursive

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Tuesday Homework 12/11

MATH: -Study Link 4.10 (both sides)
-Unit 4 Test Friday
READING: -Work towards your independent reading goal
-Key Concept Activities due Thursday
-Native American Tribe test Friday
WRITING: cursive
OTHER: Library books due tomorrow!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Tuesday's Field Trip Postponed

PARENTS: Please see the red note sent home with your child today concerning tomorrow's field trip to the museum.

Thank you!

Daily Detective Week of 12/10

MONDAY: Elvis Presley, a singer who became famous as the King of Rock and Roll, was born in this state on January 8, 1935.
TUESDAY: Coca-Cola was first bottled in 1894 in this state. Joseph A. Biedenharn poured the popular beverage into bottles so it could be delivered to rural areas that didn't have their own soda fountains.
WEDNESDAY: This state is sometimes called the Mud-Cat state for the many catfish that feed near the muddy bottoms of the state's waterways.
THURSDAY: This state's state bird, the mockingbird, is a copycat. The small gray bird imitates all sorts of noises, from playing pianos to barking dogs.
FRIDAY: More upholstered (padded and covered) furniture comes from this state than from any other state in the country.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Monday Homework 12/10

MATH: Study Link 4.9 (BOTH SIDES); Use SRB p. 129 & 130 for help
READING: Read: Work towards your goal!!
WRITING: Cursive packet due a week from today
SCIENCE: SIJ due Friday

12/10 3 & 3

1. Gym class- We played Mission Impossible
2. Reading- We began making our Native American little books, and Miss Anderson was proud of how we helped each other.
3. Outside at recess, everyone played well together and only built onto snow creations (without destroying anyone else's work.)

1. Be safe on the ice: walk with our hands OUT OF our pockets just in case we need to catch ourselves from a fall!
2. Clean up crew: count Nifty Thrifty Fifty tallies, and erase them for a fresh start!
3. Do not run outside on the ice.

Friday, December 7, 2007

What We Learned About Sharks

Before reading the article, "Summer of the Shark," we created an anchor chart describing what we already knew about sharks. To help us organize the information, we created subheadings that include:

I hear...

I smell...

I taste...

I feel...

I see...

After reading the article, we found that a lot of what we THOUGHT we knew was actually just the "Hollywood" interpretation of sharks! Read our comments to find out what we LEARNED after reading the article!
*To read the actual article, click on the title, "What We Learned About Sharks."

Thursday, December 6, 2007


Reminder: If you want to play in the snow at recess, you MUST wear SNOW PANTS and BOOTS!

Thursday, 12/6 Homework

MATH: Study Link 4.8 (only do the "a" section of each problem. Also, make sure you do the "Practice" problems at the bottom.) DO NOT do the "Lesson 4.8" side.
SPELLING: colorful spelling
WRITING: Wednesday AND Thursday DLR
SCIENCE: SIJ due tomorrow


*Scholastic book orders due tomorrow
*Return field trip permission slip

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Snow Day!

Happy snow day fourth graders! I hope you are enjoying this time off to play in the snow! :)

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Challenge Question:

We found out that a Whale Shark is 46,300 pounds. This is equal to:

2 school busses
356 Miss Andersons
700 fourth graders

What else is that equal to?

Tuesday, December 4 Homework

MATH: Study Link 4.7---Use the chart we filled out in class today and your journal (p. 94 &95) for help.
WRITING: Tuesday DLR and Cursive
Library books due tomorrow
Book orders due Friday!

Please return field trip form with your child asap!

Click on "Tuesday, December 4 Homework" to find out more about our field trip to the museum!
Or go to:

12/4 3 & 3

1. In Reading, we learned the weight and the length of certain sharks.
2. In Science, we watched a BrainPop video that taught us about the Rock Cycle and how rocks can change from one kind into another.
3. In math, we stood up to give ourselves a round of applause for sticking with the thousandths lesson! Way to go!!

1. Earn more cotton balls.
2. Earn a fry for answering the reading challenge question.
3. Listen & take out materials quickly to earn more minutes in our bank.

Monday, December 3, 2007

12/3 3 & 3


1. We enjoyed learning about the crystals that we found in our evaporation dishes. (They are salt crystals!)
2. We played the yellow card teamwork game.
3. We played basketball in gym class.


1. Earn more fries.
2. Follow directions the first time they are given.
3. Don't talk when someone else is talking.

Monday December 3 Homework

MATH: Study Link 4.6
New Multiplication Packet due Thursday, Dec. 20 (Try to do one a day.)
LA: Monday DLR
Cursive Packet due Monday
OTHER: Book Orders due THIS Friday

Thursday, November 29, 2007


What do you think the ingredients in your evaporation dish will look like tomorrow???

Post a response, and you earn a fry!

Thursday Homework 11/29

MATH: Study Link 4.2, both sides. Multiplication Packet due tomorrow
SS: Thursday DG
READING: November Reading Goal due tomorrow. I will have a conference with each of you tomorrow, and we will set a new goal for the month of December.
SCIENCE: Science Inquiry Journal due (Just the first page)

REMINDER: Tomorrow is the LAST DAY to turn in your LUNCHTIME READERS forms!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

1 & 1

During our mock rocks investigation, we read from the cool rock books.

Use our time more wisely.

Tuesday, November 27 Homework

WRITING: Banana Peel Story (I can't wait to read these!)
MATH: Study Link 4.4 (Both sides)
SS: Tuesday DG


Remember: Lunchtime readers forms are due Friday.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Daily Detective Week of 11/26

MONDAY: This stae is the nation's leader in lumber production.
TUESDAY: John Jacob Astor built a fur trading post in this state in 1811. It became the first white settlement in the state.
WEDNESDAY: The deepest lake in the United States is found in this state. It lies in the crater of an extinct volcano.
THURSDAY: The Cascade Mountains in this state contain some of the highest peaks in North America.
FRIDAY: This state contains the end of the longest overland trail used by early settlers as they traveled west in the 1800s.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Monday, November 26 Homework

SS: Monday DG
LAWORKSHOP: NTF Dictionary Entry: New NTF Words: electcitity & happiness
(November Reading Goal due this Friday.)
MATH: Study Link 4.3--Look at examples on the back for help.
(Multiplication packet due this Friday.)

Welcome Back!

Today we begin a new science unit: Rocks and Minerals!!

Click on the "Welcome Back" title to access a site that really rocks!

Friday, November 16, 2007

Have a great break!

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Native American Cultural Regions

To learn more about the Native Americans from the different cultural regions, click on the title, "Native American Cultural Regions."

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

3 & 3 (11/13)

1. We had our cotton ball celebration!
2. We almost finished our Native American Cultural Regions Map.
3. We are in the lead for Smart Stepping.

1. Finish our Native American Cultural Regions Map.
2. Fill in more hearts on our "Scholastic Book Clubs Classrooms Care" poster.
3. Add more cotton balls to our jar to earn ANOTHER cotton ball celebration.

Daily Detective Week of 11/12

MONDAY: Oil is the most valuable mineral in this state.
TUESDAY: This state has more volcanoes than any other state.
WEDNESDAY: Secretary of State William H. Seward bought this state from Russia for only $7,200,000.
THURSDAY: The highest peak in the United States is found in this state.
FRIDAY: This is the state's flag.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Homework Tuesday 11/13

MATH: Unit 3 Test tomorrow. Your study guide tells you everything you need to know! Ask someone at home to quiz you, and use your journal, study link, and SRB to guide you!


WRITING: Cursive

*Return your LIBRARY BOOKS!!!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Homework Thursday 11/8

MATH: Facts Test Tomorrow: Study those multiplication facts!
Study Link 3.11


READING: Finish reading your TFK...Quiz tomorrow.

CURSIVE: due Monday

DAILY DETECTIVE: For those of you who are having trouble accessing last week's Daily Detective clues, here are some tips:
1. Go to the right hand side of the blog, where you see the names of the months.
2. Click on the arrow next to "October." (This will open up all of October's posts.)
3. Click on "Daily Detective Week of 10/29"
4. Post your guess!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Homework Wednesday 11/7

Math: Study Link 3.8 (only the number stories side) & Study Link 3.10---Remember to do your best on Study LInk 3.10, but don't stress out over the parts with multiple sets of parentheses! We will talk about those tomorrow! : )

Social Studies: Tuesday and Wednesday DG

Writing: Cursive

Monday, November 5, 2007


Wow fourth graders!! You found/used/heard the NTF words 134 times last week! That's incredible!

You also filled the cotton ball jar today! I am looking forward to celebrating all your hard work with you during our cotton ball celebration!

Have a nice day off tomorrow! See you Wednesday! : )

3 & 3 (11/5)

1. Gym Class--We had fun moving through stations.
2. Social Studies: We started researching the southwest states.
3. We are in the lead for smart stepping!

1. Have at least 50% of our class do smart stepping on Wednesday.
2. Save side conversations for appropriate times.
3. Have 100% of our class return library books on Wednesday.

Homework Monday 11/5

Social Studies: Test Wednesday...Click on the title above (Homework Monday 11/5) to take the Internet Tutorial. The test is on Chapter 2. Also, remember to ask for a parent signature on the study guide!

Math: Study Link 3.9, BOTH SIDES

Spelling: Finish colorful Spelling and complete November Word Wall fill-in-the-blank sheet.

Writing: Week 2 Cursive, due next Monday


Thursday, November 1, 2007

Thursday 11/1 Homework

MATH: Study Link 3.7--Both sides. You may skip #5 on the side with the ruler.
READING: Practice your poem---Poetry performances are tomorrow!
WRITING: Cursive

Have a great evening! See you tomorrow! : )

Wednesday, October 31, 2007


Our room representatives have a very exciting afternoon planned for us. We are so lucky!

I hope you all have a very fun and safe day!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

3 & 3 Tuesday 10/30

• Social Studies: We enjoyed drawing pictures of WHY people followed migration routes from Siberia to North and South America.
• We had a dance party (with signature moves) to celebrate using all our nifty thrifty words.
• We found the word "impossible" MANY times!!

• We hope our Halloween party goes well tomorrow.
• We hope our classroom is filled with good, scary decorations.
• We hope to completely fill our cotton ball jar.

Tuesday 10/30 Homework

MATH: Study Links 3.4 AND 3.5
READING: Finish reading TFK, write margin notes as you STOP, THINK, and REACT!
WRITING: Cursive (due Monday)

Monday, October 29, 2007

Daily Detective Week of 10/29

MONDAY: Because of its breathtaking scenery, this state is called the Land of Enchantment.
TUESDAY: The world's first atomic bomb was tested in this state near Alamogordo in 1945.
WEDNESDAY: This state's longest and most important river is the Rio Grande, which flows south across the entire state.
THURSDAY: This state's capital was founded in 1610 and is the oldest capital city in the United States.
FRIDAY: Carlsbad Caverns are located in the southeastern part of this state.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

What's Coming Up Soon:

-TFK (You will use margin notes to help me assess your understanding of the articles.)
-Class discussion: What We Learned About Monitoring Comprehension
-Reading Goal due Thursday---I look forward to having a conference with each of you!
-November Reading Goals
-TFK Quiz

-Multiplication & Divition
-Finding Air Distances

-Continue descriptive essays

- Chapter 2: Native Americans and Their Land
- Test Wednesday November 7

Monday, October 29 HOMEWORK

Tonight's Homework:
• Monday's DG: Use Map A
• NTF Story: Use 14 out of the 15 NTF words
• Practice multiplication facts for tomorrow's fact test

1 & 1 (10/29)

We didn't have time for 3 & 3 today, so we shortened it to "1 & 1!"

We learned a new word for drinking fountain: BUBBLER

We want to learn more cool words tomorrow!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Thursday, October 25

Wow! You all did a fabulous job with the show this afternoon! You were all very loud and animated, and the audience LOVED it! You should be very proud of all your hard work!

REMINDER: Social studies test tomorrow: Parent signature due on your study guide. Click on the date above (Thursday, October 25) to go directly to the Internet Tutorial.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Wednesday, October 24

Some friendly reminders:

-Wear black for the fourth grade show tomorrow.
-Math journal pages due tomorrow.
-Social Studies Chapter 1 test on Friday.

3 & 3 (10/24)

1. We had a successful fourth grade show.
2. We used Google Earth to see a satellite image of the U.S., Illinois, Arlington Heights, and then Ivy Hill!
3. We learned how to STOP, THINK, and REACT to an article.

1. We hope to have no gaps in the aisles or on the steps for the show. Also, we do not want to bump the curtains.
2. Continue to walk down the halls quietly.
3. Keep working hard to achieve our reading goals--We have 1 more week to reach our goals!

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

3 & 3 (10/23)

* 3 & 3 is our special way to reflect upon the day's events. As a class, we discuss three of the day's events that were really great or especially interesting. We then create three goals that we hope to achieve the next school day. And that's why it's called 3 & 3!

Here's today's 3 & 3:
1. We are close to filling our cotton ball jar.
2. The fire safety trailor was interesting and Miss Anderson was really proud of our behavior.
3. We created our pumpkin glyphs (pictoral representations of data).

1. Perform a perfect show tomorrow.
2. Earn even more cotton balls and fries.
3. Continue to walk down the halls quietly. (We did a great job of this today!)

Tuesday 10/23

Some friendly reminders:

• Tomorrow is the fourth grade show. Remember to wear black!
• Math Homework: Journal page 54 and 55 due Thursday 10/25. Please see me TOMORROW (Wed.) with any questions.
• Library books due Wednesday.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Daily Detective Week 10/22

MONDAY: A city in this state is known as the Astronomy Capital of the World.
TUESDAY: You don't have to travel to England to see the London Bridge. It was moved to this state and reassembled in 1971.
WEDNESDAY: When a large meteor crashed into this state, it formed a crater that is 4.180 feet wide and 570 feet deep.
THURSDAY: Most of the people in this state live in desert areas.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Room 258 Weekly News-10/15 to 10/19

• We wrote our -art and -ank poems.
• We created our edible volcanoes. It was cool, fun, and all about teamwork!
• We took our volcanoes test.
• We started social studies. We sketched a graph of objects on our tile floor with and without using a grid.
• We did the yellow card class teamwork activity. It was fun and funny.
• We created a sensory chart and floorplan of our favorite room to use for our descriptive essays.
• In LMC, we did Type to Learn and played states games.
• We used to macbooks to learn about the Grand Canyon. We wore 3-D glasses to look at pictures.
• We are looking forward to movie night tonight and our fouth grade show next week!

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Dear Fourth Graders,

You did a terrific job using the macbooks this afternoon. I hope you had as much fun as I did! Also, I would like to compliment you all on being very respectful and attentive during the bus evacuation drill this morning. In addition, you did a fabulous job walking through the halls with your hands to yourself, your face forward, and your voices off. Keep up the great work!!

: )

Your teacher,
Miss Anderson

Watch the Webcast

Click above, then scroll down to "Video Broadcast." Click on that image. Remember to turn up the volume on your computer!

Sounds of the Grand Canyon

Turn up the volume on your computer and click the title above.

I love the Grand Canyon!

3-D Tour of the Grand Canyon

Put on your 3-D glasses and click on the title above. Then, use your vision and your imagination to feel like you are actually a visitor at the Grand Canyon!!

Grand Canyon Photos

Click on the title "Grand Canyon Photos" above to view incredible photographs of the Grand Canyon.

After looking at the pictures, what adjective (describing word) would you use to describe the Grand Canyon?

Into The Canyon

Click on this title for an awesome website about the Grand Canyon. If it asks you to login with a username and password, please enter the following:

username: grand
password: canyon


Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Do You Know?????

In which state will you find the Grand Canyon??

Monday, October 15, 2007

Daily Detective Week of 10/15

MONDAY: Jean Nicolet, the first explorer to arrive in this state, was disappointed to discover he had not landed in China.
TUESDAY: Christopher L. Sholes, an inventor, journalist, and politician, helped invent the first practical typewriter in 1867 while working in this state.
WEDNESDAY: This state is known as "America's Dairyland." It leads the nation in the production of milk.
THURSDAY: This state's capital is named after the fourth President of the United States.
FRIDAY: Thousands of people come to this state to visit the beaches, resorts, and countryside of Door Peninsula, located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Daily Detective-Friday

Friday: James W. Marshall discovered gold in this state while building a sawmill for John Sutter.

Remember: I must receive your posting by 6:00pm today! Good luck!

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Daily Detective Clue-Thursday

Thursday: The remains of saber-toothed tigers and other Ice Age animals have been found in this state's La Brea tar pits.

*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Daily Detective Clue-Wednesday

Wednesday: This state has te tallest and oldest living trees in the world.

Daily Detective Clue-Wednesday

Wednesday: This state has te tallest and oldest living trees in the world.
*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Daily Detective Clues-Monday & Tuesday

Monday: Down, down, down! In this state you will find a desert with the lowest elevation of any place in North America.
Tuesday: The explorer John C. Fremont helped obtain this land for the United States.
*Daily Detective name and clues copywrited by Instructional Fair, Inc.

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Globalization....Did you know?

Please watch this powerful and eye-opening video. It will give you some insight into what the future holds for your child(ren).

Wednesday, August 29, 2007


Welcome to Miss Anderson's classroom blog! I am very excited about beginning a new year with you, and I am looking forward to sharing my love for learning with you!

What are you most looking forward to in fourth grade?