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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

We Have Had an Excellent Beginning to the School Year!

There has been so much learning going on this year in Miss Tripp's fourth grade class, my head is spinning to keep up with these exciting new learners!  Here is the video for Our Class Hopes and Dreams, and we're looking forward to seeing if any of these come true!

We're working hard to get our blogs started, so check back in the next couple weeks to view our math and science learning.  Google Voice has been a big hit this year.  We've been using it to communicate our thoughts, questions, and ideas about school.  Recently, it's been a excellent tool for skip counting by 3's and 4's.  Here are a couple students in action:

I had quite an unusually request over Google voice and it made me smile so much.  Jared was definitely resourceful in using his technology to figure out his assignment.  He did tell me later he had forgotten his assignment was written in his Agenda :)  Thank you for the humor Jared...you made my day!

We used our student response system for our first science quiz, and the students loved this way of taking an assessment.  They also were able to use the flip video cameras to share their progress in skip counting.  We are also in the process of coming up with team names and mottos as well as developing our video for our class promises.

Another exciting event our class experienced was our first Skype session with survivors of the earthquake in the Washington, DC area. Some of us even felt the earthquake here in South Carolina, but our Skype guests felt the full effect of this because they were so close to the center of the quake. We can't wait to share our video footage with you later.

We've been using a lot of music in our classes, and this Friday we video our song, The Quadrilateral Dance...we're excited to share this with you.  Also, we've learned a song for the water cycle and began analyzing a rap about clouds!  Many exciting new wonderful adventures are taking place in our Garden of Learning!!!