Tuesday, February 27, 2018


In our study of matter, students had fun learning to measure volume with graduated cylinders.  If students followed the directions very carefully, they ended up with all the colors of the rainbow. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Properties of Matter in 4th Grade

Here are students completing an investigation in Science class where they identified the physical properties of matter.  Better yet, the matter was different kinds of candy. 

Saturday, February 3, 2018

STUDENTS TAKING CHARGE!! Parent-Teacher Conferences 2018

Here are some great photos of my students leading their parent-teacher conferences on Thursday, February 1st.  Students were involved in some self-evaluation and goal-setting that they shared with parents.  They challenged their parents to a game of Snicker Snack (identifying parts of speech), and some parents even also got to show off their own cursive handwriting­čśÇ . The favorite activity was demonstrating how and WHY popcorn pops??  ­čŹ┐ . It was fun to share our progress and show off what has been going on in 4th grade.

Showing Off our Snowmen!

Students did such a nice job making their family a snowman for Christmas.  Here they are showing them off!  (Oops - kids told me not to post until after they Christmas so as not to ruin the surprise--but I'm a little late)

Tuesday, December 19, 2017




It was an exciting day at CIS today.  Students traveled "Around the World" to learn about how Christmas is celebrated in other countries.  Students spent 30 minutes each in seven different classrooms learning about customs from Iceland, Japan, Norway, Holland, Turkey, Germany, and Poland.

My stop was learning about the mistletoe and how the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe came to be.  The custom comes from Norse Mythology.  According to the myth, Frigga, the goddess of love, made the mistletoe a symbol of peace and love after her son Balder was killed by the mistletoe.  The white berries on the mistletoe represent the tears of Frigga.

We also learned that mistletoe is a parasitic plant that lives on trees.  It most often ends up growing on trees through bird droppings.  In Anglo Saxon, the world mistletoe comes from two words:  "mistel" which means dung, and "tan" which means twig or stick.  In others words, "poo on a stick."  Students didn't think that was too romantic!!

Mrs. Schmidt teaching about Christmas in Turkey.

Students learning about Christmas in Holland in Mrs. Motz's Room.

Learning about Christmas in Iceland in Mrs. Hoffman's room.

Here are students traveling to Japan in Mrs. Whidby's room.

Mrs. Olson's group is making an advent calendar from Germany.

Friday, November 3, 2017


Here are my Second Quarter CARDS CLUB members.  Our activity for our club this week was prepared by Mrs. Ambrose and focused on learning about Veteran's Day and celebrating the freedom we have because of our brave veterans.  Here we are working together to make a poppy wreath to be taken to our community partner, Crestview Care Center, for Veteran's Day decorations as well as to thank them for letting us come trick-or-treating on Tuesday.  

What is CARDS CLUB?  On early-out Fridays from 8:00 to 8:30, every staff member in our building has a small group of students, and we get together and complete activities focusing on social skills and building community in our school!  CARDS stands for Caring, Appreciative, Respectful, Dependable, Successful Students and Staff.  GO CARDS!