How to Weave

Here’s a great project to try…weaving! Our class tried it after learning that many Native Americans learned to make and weave yarn during the days of the missions. We enjoyed it and we think you will too! Watch our video to find out how to do it. Let us know what you think by clicking on the “comments” link below the screen. Have fun!

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Tree House Stories

Story Treehouse



 Climb on up and find a spot on the floor (ignore the sign;  everyone is welcome!).   Click on one of the links below and have a  listen.  Our class has  some good stories to tell.   Write us a comment below.  We’d  love to hear from you!

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Wash Your Hands!

This year everyone  fears the dreaded H1N1 flu.  And they should because it has made many people very sick.  But there is something you can do begin to protect yourself from the flu and even other diseases. WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!

Many diseases are caused by microscopic,  living things called germs.  While some germs are good for you, some can make you sick.  And germs are everywhere: on your desk; on your books, on your toys, even on your kitchen counter! But you can protect yourself from them by washing your hands, keeping your things clean and by keeping your hands out of your eyes, nose and mouth. Watch the video of my friend, Syd the Science Kid under “Health” in the links on the right side of this site, to learn how germs travel and make you sick. Also, he’ll show you how to protect yourself from disease caused by germs.  Then come back to write a comment to tell other ways to stay  disease free!

Ready, Set, Learn!


Supplies…check.  Back pack, pencil, notebooks…check.  Early to bed…check.  Breakfast…check!   You’re ready!But what do you plan to accomplish this year?  Click on “Comment” below and  tell what your goals are for this year.  What subject will you excell in?  What subject will you improve in? What will you do to accomplish these goals?

Gung Hay Fat Choy!

Dragon dances through the street!Those words mean “Have a prosperous and good New Year!”  Chinese New Year began January 26th on the 1st new moon of the year and celebrations will continue for 15 days until the 1st full moon.   This is the year of the Ox.  People born in this year are believed to be strong, patient, hard workers; they make others feel confident in themselves.  They can also be stubborn… an Ox! 

Chinese New Year is celebrated with special fireworks, parades and many family reunions. Special foods are prepared that have symbolic meaning to the Asian people.  Shrimp represent happiness; a whole fish symbolizes abundance.  Noodles that are uncut represent long life. 

Red and gold  are favorite colors for Chinese New Year and have meaning. Many people think that wearing red on that day will bring them a joyful future.  During this holiday people also give each other red and gold envelopes with money in them.

At the end of the 15 days of celebration there is a special parade. A dragon appears at the end of the parade, strolling through the street. He is the symbol of strength and goodness.  It is a way of wishing everyone peace and good luck for the coming year.

Blog Tamers, click on the link on the right that says “Find your Chinese Zodiac Animal”.  Find the animal for the year you were born. Then come back to this site. Click on “comment” to tell what qualities you have that were listed for your animal and tell which ones you disagree with that were listed for your zodiac animal.

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Knowledge Is Power!

Blog Tamers, did you know…..Dr. Daniel Hale Williams

Dr. Daniel Hale Williams was the first doctor to do open heart surgery, more than 100 years ago in Chicago’s Provident Hospital? He was also African American!  You can read about him in your Open Court reader, right?

Here’s another African American doctor you should know…..Dr. Dr. Benjamin CarsonBenjamin Carson! In 1987, he became the first doctor to operate to separate conjoined twins…and both twins lived!

Blog Tamers, click on “comment” below and write to compare and contrast these two doctors: how are they they alike and how are they different?  Also, Blog Tamers, why do you think “Knowledge is Power”?

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Welcome to 2009!

Happy New Year! We’ve had a great vacation and plenty of time for some holiday fun. Now let’s get back to some new learning adventures!

This semester our 4th grade classes will be doing some projects with computer technology. Our first project will be to learn how to blog. Blogging is a way to share your ideas  by writing them on a website for others to see. People who read them can respond by “posting a comment”. That means they can add their ideas about what you wrote to the website also. This way we can communicate and share with people around the world on our computers!

So, Blog Tamers, put on your thinking caps!  Here’s my first question to you…..Now that 2008 has come and gone, what was the best school activity of the year?  

Barack Obama's Inauguration Day

On January 20th President Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. Throngs of people visited Washington D. C. to witness the event and to celebrate this historic day. After he was sworn in, he made his inaugural address to the people of the United States to restate his plans for America and to remind Americans that there is much work to be done by all of us to lift up our country. Afterwards,  there was a parade, and later that night thousands of people attended  balls in celebration of the new president.

Blog tamers, why do you think it was important for Barack Obama to be president?

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