The Exeter-Milligan fourth grade class is pictured: front row from the left are Jonah Geiger, Avery Nichols, Carver Kanode, Trevin Ronne, Brett Kallhoff, Logan Krupicka, Jase Luzum, Tucker Svec and Ronnie Babula. Back row from the left are Alexis Saatmann, Alivia Luzum, Kiley Oldehoeft, Selah Petersen and Mrs. Shelli Mueller. Kaydence Haase is not pictured.
The Exeter-Milligan fourth grade class started the year by reading “The Energy Bus” by John Gordon. Their teacher, Shelli Mueller, explained how this theme of positivity helps in the classroom, “When a student comes to me with a problem, we talk about how to solve the problem and make sure we follow the five rules of the energy bus. One that I use a lot is to not let them on your bus and drain your fuel.”
Mueller has especially enjoyed the love of reading that this class has, “They love to be read to. They listen very well, and I love reading books to them.”
Currently the class is reading “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” in their reading class. During Makerspace last week, the students made witches wand. The immediately shared them with Mueller and explained to her that they were for Oz. “They are making connections,” according to Mueller.
Even fourth graders deal with stress and that is one subject that the students are exploring in health.
Mueller explains, “We sit on the floor and talk about the different posters. We started with stress and how to deal with stress. We also talked about good stress and bad stress. Now we have moved into conflict and ways to deal with that. It ties in really well with ‘The Energy Bus’.”
The afternoon in the fourth grade class starts with a quick sentence to correct on the smart board. Above, Jonah Geiger makes the correction he identified.
Alexis Saatmann (left) and Jonah Geiger (right) tear pieces of paper to help understand the science concept of physical change (a change that begins and ends with the same type of matter).