Taiko performances were outstanding!

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Passion based homework projects are being presented today. So far, carnival face painting, 3D architectural drawing and how to start a rock collection. Incredible stuff.

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Buddy science experiment, sink or float lab with Mrs Schillings class.

Sketching Our Ideas Through Art, a project from Mr. Stephens

My class is hoping to find funding for some art supplies, every little donation counts. Thank you! Spread the word if you can!

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We are finally at 1:1 tech to kid, Monday we try it out. #willtradeipadsforchromebooks

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We hosted Mrs. Schillings class of 2nd graders in the MakerSpace today. So much excitement and learning, it was so fun to see my 5th graders take ownership of the space and help students get comfortable out there.

Today we began wrapping up our 13 colonies unit. Students took part in the First Continental Congress and created their own Declaration of Independence. It was incredible to be a part of.

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Founding of America and 13 colonies speeches are off to a great start. And it's only day 3! This year is going to be incredible.

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Today's science challenge: build a cup tower without using your hands. Excellent team building.

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Hopes for the new school year!

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Join the 5th grade revolution!

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10 new chromebooks are ready for the new school year! Thank you Gresham Barlow Education Foundation!

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Year 9, complete.

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Thanks Gecko Team! See you in September, let's do it again!

Foster farm trip!

I was told to wait till the end of the month to announce this, and since this is the last full week of the month...here goes! I've been asked to loop up with my class to 5th grade next year! I simply can't believe that I get to teach this amazing set of students again next year. When I told them today they were ecstatic!

I have taught 4th grade all 9 years of my career, and I am excited to make the switch to 5th grade standards. I've already got the year framed out!

We accomplished so much this year...just wait till you see what we do in 5th grade!

A flyer with more information will be coming home this week.

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Pioneer Day 2016! Crazy fun, they are hoping for more days like this...not sure they could finish their final papers using quill and ink.

Quick reminder, Pioneer Day is tomorrow! Wash those finger nails, they will be inspected.

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PV PTC asked me to make a painting for this year's carnival silent auction...here goes!

Being Resourceful: PBIS Lifeskill (A Martian Parody)

Our class video for this year! Turned out fantastic!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNdq1VWqr1A

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May 18th is Pioneer School! Here is a photo of the letter that went home in case it didn't make it to parents.

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We have been working on our Resourcefulness life skill video little by little this year. I'm proud to say all video has been shot and we just need to do a quick voice over and it'll be ready for its premiere at the April 20th assembly. Such an amazing team to be able to pull this off.

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Pre-fun run stretching! Great day for a jog.

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Jason Coulter, you're still famous three times a year for PBIS expectations.

Students have written their resumes and been assigned to their newspaper departments! The 2016 Panther Times is in full swing. Some of the story ideas each department came up with are incredible, some hard hitting news is coming!

Mr Robertson and I are out at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School presenting what is STEM/STEAM? To about 90 parents.

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This is what happens when I get done early with report cards...

Winter report cards go home Monday, watch those backpacks!

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Ever seen where piranha attack an unsuspecting animal in the Amazon....yeah, I have a bad feeling that may happen when I show the class these new books tomorrow.

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So proud of my students' work to create a MakerFaire poster!

It seriously makes me so proud to hear compliments about my class when they impress other teachers. Today at PE my class ran in, grabbed their basketball tests, got busy without being asked to while Ms Kai finished working with a few students from the class before. Truly a wonderful group of dedicated and motivated learners. #teacherpride

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Students are gearing up their wagons and making some tough decisions today. Wagons Ho! What would be the first item you had to take on the Oregon Trail?

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As students begin working in the individual projects, it's important that they document their progress. Here's a quick example of a couple photos I took of a maker project I worked on for the upcoming Dinner with Dr. Seuss night on Tuesday.

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My class got to meet Intel Mechanical Engineer, Megan. She showed them so many different ways engineers plan, solve problems, and build solutions!

Today marked the first day of assigning Passion-Based Projects to my class. In one day here's what I saw being worked on by my class:

- three students working on researching and drawing fashion designs with plans to make the dresses.

- one student reading about and looking a Van Gogh paintings.

- a student talking about the need to make 12", 8" and 6" cakes for a wedding cake she wants to design.

- a student tweeted Pharell to seek permission to use his "Happy" song in a school wide music video.

- two student collaborating on a new Novel with hopes of getting it bound and made into a book

The list goes on and on....

Some changes to homework are incoming! Watch for a letter coming home tomorrow from me. Exciting projects are about to explode in this classroom.

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This has the makings of something pretty special. Can't wait to see what setting from a book it becomes.

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Science lunch, digging out bones carefully. These kits are awesome!

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Our final day with The Right Brain Initiative We added iron oxide to give our fossils an aged look. Can't wait to see how they turn out!

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New bulletin board incoming. #teachersecretmethods #howdyoumakethat #shh

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Our SimCity cities are now named, mottos created and logos designed. This is some very impressive work! Students will begin their YouTube commercials for their cities soon.

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Students are working with LEGO architecture sets to create settings for the books they are reading. Having finished Lewis and Clark recently, one student took on building Jefferson's home, Monticello.

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I picked these up yesterday at Powell's. I think the class is going to freak out.

Precept number 273: Fall seven times, stand up eight.

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After opening the new Lego Architecture book once, pages started falling out! Luckily LEGO is the best company in the world. Read their response below.

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Our new class pet: ceiling cat

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Absolutely thrilled to take the class out to the Makerspace at the end of today. There is so much potential for science and engineering in here!

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