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Day In the Classroom

Reflecting on the every day happenings in our fourth grade classroom; including the triumphs, the drama, the tragedy, and especially the comedy and joy!

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Using Bitstrips for School

Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:49:24 +0000

For the past two years I have been blogging on Blogger at Day’s Class Notes.  Here is a little bit of information about my most recent post. Earlier this school year I ran an after school Digital Story Telling class … Continue reading

Blogging Plans for the New School Year

Thu, 26 Jul 2012 21:04:12 +0000

This post is a duplicate of my post for today on Prospecting for Treasure.  This week is registration at school.  I haven’t been in to work on my classroom, because our custodians are still cleaning and waxing, but I will … Continue reading

Hands On Activities for the American Revolution

Wed, 21 Mar 2012 15:34:12 +0000

Phillips is a Core Knowledge school, so in fourth grade, we always spend time learning about the American Revolution. For the past two years we completed a webquest, researching and writing about the causes of the revolution and the impact … Continue reading

Foldables and Anchor Charts for Geometry

Sat, 10 Mar 2012 16:43:41 +0000

I haven’t been doing very well with my blogging this year.  In fact my last published post was in January, and I started this one in January as well.  I’ve been trying lots of new things this year, but instead … Continue reading

Picking Partners

Sat, 14 Jan 2012 15:30:09 +0000

In our classroom, we do a lot of partner and group work.  Sometimes it can be tricky matching kids that will work well together.  There are times that I let kids choose their own partners, but we often end up … Continue reading

Mountain Trek WebQuest

Sun, 04 Dec 2011 01:40:44 +0000

I have not been doing very well keeping up this blog this year.  My last post was on October 25th.  That’s because we have been so busy.  We have already completed our first Core Knowledge Unit about mountains, and we … Continue reading

On-line Math Practice With TenMarks

Wed, 26 Oct 2011 02:16:40 +0000

My class just started using a website for math practice called Ten Marks.  You can find it at  It was mentioned by several people in the 4thchat on Twitter last Monday.  I had looked at this website before, but … Continue reading

Books, Blogs, and Tests

Sat, 15 Oct 2011 13:34:18 +0000

  It’s hard to believe that it’s already the middle of October.  We had parent/teacher conferences this week.  The fall party is coming up in two weeks, and before you know it, we will be into the holiday season.  Our … Continue reading

Pinterest; A Treasure Chest of Inspiration

Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:56:25 +0000

Have you checked out Pinterest?  It’s another social networking site, but with a twist.  You really don’t interact with other people as much as you do with their ideas and interests.  Pinterest works like a virtual bulletin board.  You create … Continue reading

Tricks of the Trade

Sat, 20 Aug 2011 00:57:05 +0000

This is the beginning of my 25th year in the classroom.  During that time I have been responsible for setting up a classroom for eight different groups of first graders, one group of second graders, a group of third graders, … Continue reading