The Socially Distanced Classroom

I’ve managed to get the desks six feet apart to get things ready for a socially distanced classroom. Another reminder of how different this school year will be.

Last Week of School 2019-2020

It is absolutely amazing what the students accomplished during distance learning and it culminated with a Toastmasters experience Thursday night. During the week the students practiced their speeches but also had time for work on biodiversity and adaptations, a virtual field day, and a baby picture quiz. (Thanks parents for sharing the photos.) The Toastmasters…

Week 8 Distance Learning

The refrain of the classroom continues to be: learning, despite the distance. It is amazing what the kids continue to get done. We annotated for text evidence, divided with remainders, converted with different metric units, and we finished our animal reports. (We even did a peer edit via the Breakout Rooms in Zoom.) We also…

Week 7 Distance Learning

One of the things the kids have taught me is that learning is still possible despite the distance. We have pushed ahead in math with  students applying what they know about multi-digit addition and subtraction to metric conversations. For example 10 kg – 3 kg 268 m. Other students have secured multiplying using the standard…

Week 5 Distance Learning

The kids continue to impress as a routine is taking root in our digital classroom. We are working with more fourth grade standards, especially in math with some student tackling multi-digit rounding and others being introduced to the partial products algorithm. We reintroduced our Benchmark reading program and used Microsoft Forms to share answers. We…

Week 3: Distance Learning

We are thirteen instructional days into distance learning, so the kids did the most obvious thing you would do during our morning Zoom: they drew Pugicorns.  


Take a look at what the students have created to inform others about how to stay safe, healthy, and academically engaged during this period.

Near and Far

For this lesson, students selected a building they have visited or wanted to visit one day. To do this, they used Google Maps and the Street View. After drawing their building and adding details, they mixed colors to create a mood in the background. This was followed by selecting and applying analogous and complimentary colors…

Patterns and Motion

We continued to explore motion through a series of experiments. Students built wheel-and-axel systems, slopes, and twirly birds. As students did this, they refined their understanding of different forces, developed and tested predictions, and manipulated variables. These important core ideas will be further developed with additional experiences.  

Motion and Matter

This week we began our investigation into motion and matter. During the launch we explored two forces, magnetism and gravity, with a specific emphasis on the terms attract and repel. Among the investigations was understanding how a magnetic field works. Students manipulated this phenomena with studies around magnets and paperclips.  In the coming days, we…