Horton's Herons

Fabulous Fourth Grade Updates from room 319

T-Shirt Contest


This year we decided to do something a little bit different with the 4th grade T-shirts. We decided to let the students design the front logo for the shirts!! Each class had a ton of entries! We voted and the top 2 from each class were sent out to the hall for 4th grade voting….. Only a few hours until we know who’s design will represent the 2015 Mullen-Hall 4th graders!!! Here are the AMAZING designs submitted by Horton’s Herons! THANK YOU to everyone who participated- YOU ROCK!!!FullSizeRender IMG_2088 IMG_2089FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender_4 FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender_3 FullSizeRender_4 FullSizeRender

Arbor Day ROCKED!!!

The first Arbor Day took place on April 10, 1872 in Nebraska. It was the brainchild of Julius Sterling Morton (1832-1902), a Nebraska journalist and politician originally from Michigan.  Throughout his long and productive career, Morton worked to improve agricultural techniques in his adopted state and throughout the United States when he served as President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture. But his most important legacy is Arbor Day.Morton (photo, right) felt that Nebraska’s landscape and economy would benefit from the wide-scale planting of trees. He set an example himself planting orchards, shade trees and wind breaks on his own farm and he urged his neighbours to follow suit.  Morton’s real opportunity, though, arrived when he became a member of Nebraska’s state board of agriculture.  He proposed that a special day be set aside dedicated to tree planting and increasing awareness of the importance of trees.  Nebraska’s first Arbor Day was an amazing success.  More than one million trees were planted.  A second Arbor Day took place in 1884 and the young state made it an annual legal holiday in 1885, using April 22nd to coincide with Morton’s birthday.

In the years following that first Arbor Day, Morton’s idea spread beyond Nebraska with Kansas, Tennessee, Minnesota and Ohio all proclaiming their own Arbor Days.  Today all 50 states celebrate Arbor Day although the dates may vary in keeping with the local climate.  (State Arbor Days) At the federal level, in 1970, President Richard Nixon proclaimed the last Friday in April as National Arbor Day.  Arbor Day is also now celebrated in other countries including Australia.  Variations are celebrated as ‘Greening Week’ of Japan, ‘The New Year’s Days of Trees’ in Israel, ‘The Tree-loving Week’ of Korea, ‘The Reforestation Week’ of Yugoslavia, ‘The Students’ Afforestation Day’ of Iceland and ‘The National Festival of Tree Planting’ in India.  Julius Sterling Morton would be proud.  Sometimes one good idea can make a real difference.

For the homeowner, Arbor Day is an excellent opportunity to take stock of the trees on your property and plan for the future. Inspect your trees. Note any broken branches or evidence of disease or insect infestation. Think about how planting new trees might improve the look of your property or provide wind or heat protection.  Take a trip to your local nursery to see what’s available and to get new ideas. Walk around your neighbourhood. Are there any public areas where tree planting or tree maintenance might make a real difference to your community?  Talk with your neighbours.  Find out what their opinions are.  And, oh yes, plant a tree. http://arbor-day.net



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Working With Area and Perimeter


Today you will play a few games to determine the area and perimeter of a space


1. Review finding the area and perimeter of a space


2. Help Mr. Nussbaum create enclosures at the zoo for the animals!


3. Make a comment explaining to a 2nd grader how to find the:

Even # students- Perimeter of a space

Odd # students- Area of a space


Water Crisis in CA


We are working on a reading/writing reflection that involves a video and two articles that students are analyzing.

Here is the link to the video:




Virtual Field Trip to the Capital Building


Today we read about how our nation’s government decided to move the center of government to neutral land provided between the borders of Virginia and Maryland. This land is now known as Washington D.C or District of Columbia. Although the building was burned by the British in the war of 1812 it has since been rebuilt to twice the size of its original glory. As of 2008 a Capital Visitors Center was introduced as an underground space for people from around the world to learn about the development of the United States and important events in our history.

Virtual Tour of the Capital Building:


Detailed information (including information video) about the Capital Building



Math Games


Here is a site for fun and interactive math games for all learning levels :-)





Booker T. Washington


This week we are working on a Booker T. Washington close reading activity.

Here is a link to a mini biography on Booker T. Washington





We are going to begin a unit on poetry. We will begin by learning about different types of poems. I am attaching video clips and websites to help you identify types of poems. Students will then individually create a poetry project in class. Once you have put together your project we will move into group projects. You will work in groups of 3 for this project :-)

A video presentation about different types of poems.


A website with links to a wide variety of poems


Interactive Poetry Lesson for Kids


Poet Jack Prelutsky’s site



Read and Rate Published Poems!



Mrs. Warner’s Poetry Lessons~ We used these in class! :-)







Today we watched a video that helped us learn about turning decimals and fractions into percentages. The video blog Math Antics was a GREAT resource. Check out the video we watched today, they try exploring some of their other videos for more great math tips!



Getting Started w/ Simple Machines


Check out Bill Nye the Science Guy’s Simple Machines Overview!~

Bill Nye the Science Guy

Play with Edheads Simple Machine detector!


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