Five for Friday - February 27, 2015 - The Learning Effect

Five for Friday - February 27, 2015

We've been learning about prepositions for the last two weeks! Each year when we learn about prepositional phrases, we write Prepositional Phrase Poems. Students love this activity. They choose an object and where it's located - and it can be anywhere. Most kids choose something in their home. These two boys chose an object at our school and a subway train in NYC (funny since we live in Utah). Then, they write lines with instructions on how to get to their object, starting each line with a preposition/prepositional phrase. They draw a picture of the object and write under the secret flap what they were describing.

I love science. It's by far one of my favorite things to plan and teach. We're currently studying Utah Environments, which is the biggest and last unit in our 4th grade science curriculum. On Tuesday, we studied Utah's amphibian's and classified them with a simple dichotomous key. Utah only has 18 amphibians, which amazed my students. I can't wait to dive into our wrap up project - research and dioramas!

I don't know about you, but I thought this was a pretty darn good idea! I made a bookmark for my planner. This makes it so much easier to quickly turn to the current week. I can't believe I didn't think of this sooner.

Another "a-ha" moment I had was to create covers/labels/signs - whatever you want to call them - for my file boxes. My students are responsible for getting themselves new graphs for 6 Minute Solution when they need them. They were always so confused on which box it was and would waste time opening both to see which was which. I made covers for all 4 sides of the boxes so no matter how they're put back, students can quickly see which box they need to pull out.

I am pretty lucky to teach in a place that has so many awesome (and free!) programs for 4th grade. Each year we have classroom visits from the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, KSL Jr Weather Specialists, Utah Mining, and every other year from the Natural History Museum of Utah. Today the NHMU visited 4th grade with their Museum on the Move program. We learned about animal adaptations and classifications - which aligned perfectly with our current unit. Everything is hands-on and inquiry-based. We got to look at some amazingly preserved specimen in jars, animal skulls, feathers, and so much more. If you teach 4th grade in Utah, I highly recommend this program. We have the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium coming this Wednesday with their Wetlands van - and they bring live animals!

I've been working this week on updating some files that I've had on TpT for a while now. If you've purchased any of the following (thank you), please redownload!


  1. Love the bookmark! I've been using a sticky note all these years. Primary Teaching Resources

  2. I love your science ideas! Where did you get your amphibian fact cards (in color!)? Do you sell them?

    1. Hi Tiffany,
      Thank you! I remade them based off of curriculum from UEN. The ones they had weren't in color. I don't currently sell them. They're on my "to add" list. :)


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