Friday, February 27, 2015

Exeter-Milligan Fourth Grade Classroom

Chase Vnoucek spends some time on his ipad doing Core 5 work.

Gabe Jindra picks which app he wants to use for some Core 5 time.
Above- The girls in the fourth grade (l-r) Sophia Gillam, Jozie Kanode and Olivea Swanson stick together with their ipads.
Below: The fourth grade class with their teacher Mrs. Shelli Mueller.  Back row from the left Mrs. Shelli Mueller, Jozie Kanode, Gabe Jindra and Cade Kresak.  Front row from the left Olivea Swanson, Sophia Gillam, Marcus Krupicka and Chase Vnoucek.
Above: Cade Kresak (left), Olivea Swanson and Marcus Krupicka (right) are excited to dig into the manipulatives to make tessellations (which is tiling of a plane using one or more geometric shapes, called tiles, with no overlaps and no gaps).

 Above: The fourth grade class all works on their tessellations.
Below: Olivea Swanson makes a pretty pattern.

Above: Gabe Jindra makes some adjustments to his tiles to make a repeating pattern.
Below: Artwork the fourth grade class did using repeating patterns.

The fourth grade class together from the left Gabe Jindra, Chase Vnoucek, Marcus Krupicka, Cade Kresak, Olivea Swanson, Jozie Kanode and Sophia Gillam.

The Exeter-Milligan fourth grade class made be small with just seven class members but after gaining two girls this year they are definitely growing.

Their teacher, Mrs. Shelli Mueller has enjoyed the smaller class, “It is unique to have this size of class. They all get a lot of one on one attention during the day. With that being said, there are many personalities that I have come to enjoy and look forward to inspiring each day.”

Their typical day starts with reading, spelling and math.  This year, one change at the Milligan campus, is that the students have recess first and then have lunch.  After lunch they have language and then on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s the students rotate between music, art and library. They end the day with science or Nebraska studies and writing. On Tuesday’s and Thursday’s the fourth graders have P.E.  

One of the concepts the fourth graders are currently learning about is the process by which a rock forms, also known as the rock cycle.  Mueller described some of the tools they use to learn, “Using their Ipads, the student's took picture of the cycle I created on my computer, then they had to label the missing pieces using an app called Skitch. After the students have finished labeling their picture, they email me their assignment.”
Ipads are integral part of the learning experience in their classroom.  Each student has their own Ipad to use during the school day.

Fourth grade curriculum includes the study of Nebraska and this spring the third and fourth grade class will visit the State Capitol in Lincoln.  They will also tour Memorial Stadium and Morril Hall.  “This ties in perfectly as we finish the year and get the third graders ready for next year,” explained Mueller.

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