Summer Sites

 

Summer Web Sites for Students

The following web sites for elementary students have been recommended by educators. As always, parents should closely monitor children on the Internet.

Reading
Weekly Reader – http://www.weeklyreader.com/subcategory/74

SIKids – http://www.sikids.com/

National Geographic Kids – http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

National Geographic Explorer – ­ http://magma.nationalgeographic.com/ngexplorer/

HighlightsKids.com – http://www.highlightskids.com/

Language Arts
Writing Bugs – http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/writing_bugs.shtml

Scholastic’s The Stacks – http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/books/

Wacky Web Tales – http://www.eduplace.com/tales/

Fun Brain Spell Check – http://www.funbrain.com/spell/index.html

ReadWriteThink Student Interactives –
http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/student-interactives/

Math
Interactive Mathematics – http://www.intmath.com/

Math.com – http://www.math.com/students/practice/arithmeticpractice.htm

Math Baseball – http://www.funbrain.com/math/index.html

AAA Math Site – http://www.aaamath.com/grade4.html

CoolMath4Kids – http://www.coolmath4kids.com/

Science
The Exploratorium – http://www.exploratorium.edu/

Franklin Science Institute – http://www.fi.edu/

Discovery Kids – http://kids.discovery.com/

BrainPOP – http://www.brainpop.com/

Howstuffworks – http://www.howstuffworks.com/

Science Monster – http://www.sciencemonster.com/

Social Studies
The Library of Congress – http://www.loc.gov/

50states.com – http://www.50states.com/

Smithsonian Students – http://smithsonianeducation.org/students/index.html

Digital History – http://www.digitalhistory.uh.edu/

First Gov for Kids – http://www.kids.gov/

Wisconsin.gov Kids Page – http://www.wisconsin.gov/state/core/kids_page.html

Integrated Curriculum
Funbrain.com – http://www.funbrain.com/

KABOOSE – http://www.kidsdomain.com/

Education World Scavenger Hunts – http://www.educationworld.com/a_lesson/archives/hunt.shtml

PBS Kids – http://pbskids.org/

Discovery Students – http://www.discoveryeducation.com/students/

National Geographics Kids – http://www.nationalgeographic.com/kids/

Lists of Web Sites for Kids
Great Sites for Kids – http://www.ala.org/ala/alsc/greatwebsites/greatwebsiteskids.htm

Kidsclick! – http://www.kidsclick.org/

Just for Fun
Milwaukee County Zoo – http://www.milwaukeezoo.org/

Milwaukee Public Museum – http://www.mpm.edu/

Milwaukee County Parks –
http://www.county.milwaukee.gov/display/router.asp?docid=7720

Milwaukee Visitor’s Bureau – http://www.visitmilwaukee.org/

Milwaukee Brewers – http://www.brewers.com

Kopp’s Custard – http://www.kopps.com/

Wisconsin Department of Tourism – http://www.travelwisconsin.com/

 

Summer 2012

 

Photo Blog

camera4K has started a new project that incorporates technology and writing – a Class Photo Blog .

Each day one student takes a photo that tells the story of the life of a 4th grader at Richards School. The photographer dictates the title and text to match their photo to me, then I post the photo entry to the new photo blog.

You can view the Class Photo Blog  by clicking on the link here, or the link on the class blog page, or by typing this URL into your web browser – http://4krichards.posterous.com/

Summer Activities

Watermelon A few suggestions for keeping skills sharp…

  • Read at least 20 minutes each day; continue using a Reading Log or Journal
  • Read a variety of texts – fiction, realistic fiction, fantasy, informational, biography, jokes and riddles, maps, directions, magazines, and so on
  • Talk about books you enjoy reading with family and friends
  • Practice + – * / math facts frequently
  • Work on Math Journal pages that were not used in class
  • Play games using math – card games, board games, and computer games
  • Use math in “real life” – mall shopping, grocery shopping, sports, trips, projects, etc.
  • Visit the Zoo, Art Museum, Public Museum, Domes, Boerner Botanical Garden, Audubon Center, Summer Ethnic Festivals, Farmer’s Markets, the Lakefront, and other local attractions – lots of science and social studies here!
  • On your summer excursions and trips, read maps, books, and brochures about your destinations
  • Work on writing projects – letters (snail mail and email), a diary, a trip log, “to do” lists for weekly or vacation activities, stories, poems, Writing Bugs, etc.
  • Continue to publish on your personal 4K@Richards blog 🙂
  • Use the traits of a good writer as you write – and notice those same traits when you are reading great books during summer vacation
  • Practice your Type to Learn skills as you write (word process) on the computer
  • Do crossword puzzles and word searches, play word games like Scrabble and Boggle, create riddles, rhymes, and poetry, and other word building and spelling activities you enjoy

Best wishes for a wonderful year in fifth grade!
Ms. Kreul

Be an Expert at Music

Be an Expert at Music By Jordan and Zack

Do you want to know how to become an expert at music to impress your friends? Here are some tips to make you an expert!

  1. Have fun!
  2. Notice all the music notes and how they sound
  3. Adjust your voice to the right sound level
  4. Try to memorize the music
  5. Listen to the way your music teacher sings the notes so you know how it is suppose to sound
  6. Think outside of the box when thinking of melodies and music notes
  7. Don’t make other noises when people are singin
  8. Know the music notes
  9. Improve the music, by suggesting ways to make it artistic
  10. Not only sing, but also play an instrument

Be an Expert at Music

By Jordan and Zack

Do you want to know how to become an expert at music to impress your friends? Here are some tips to make you an expert!

  1. Have fun!
  2. Notice all the music notes and how they sound
  3. Adjust your voice to the right sound level
  4. Try to memorize the music
  5. Listen to the way your music teacher sings the notes so you know how it is suppose to sound.
  6. Think outside of the box when thinking of melodies and music notes.
  7. Don’t make other noises when people are singing.
  8. Know the music notes.
  9. Improve the music, by suggesting ways to make it artistic
  10. Not only sing, but also play an instrument

10 Ways To Become Fantastic at French

By Alec and Jieun

Bonjour! Have you ever wanted to study the French language? Here are some spectacular ways to start!

  • Study French before your teacher comes into the room.
  • Pay attention to your teacher.
  • Study French at home.
  • Learn the French alphabet.
  • Learn how to say numbers in French.
  • Write small French paragraphs.
  • Speak French at home.
  • Read French passages to other people.
  • Play French games.
  • Sing French songs.

Being an expert at science

By Chris, Davis, and Caroline

Here are the top 10 ways to be an expert at science –

  • Ask questions to clarify your understanding
  • Try things in different ways
  • Never give up
  • Get deeply involved don’t be lazy
  • Be daring to investigate
  • Don’t get frustrated if the experiment doesn’t work
  • Think outside the box
  • Try things that might not work
  • Be safe
  • Have fun but don’t go to overboard

10 Tips To Master the Skills of Writing!

By Katie and Maddy

Here’s 10 tips on how to make your writing magnificent. Follow these 10 ways wisely to write your next story!

  1. Imagination
  2. Personal voice
  3. Extravagent word choice
  4. Sequential organization while writing
  5. Very exciting and interesting topics
  6. Sentence fluency is an important key
  7. Every little convention counts in your piece
  8. Expressing your feelings on paper helps your writing
  9. Picking genres is just as signifigant as the text
  10. You need tremendous amounts of patience to write well

Top 10 for Becoming an Expert at Physical Education

By Emma, and Charlie

In our school we call our gym class Physical Education!
Here are the ways we think you can become an expert at Physical Education!

  1. Have fun!
  2. If you have an idea, say it
  3. Play fairly
  4. Play by the rules
  5. Cooperate with others
  6. Be safe
  7. Be yourself
  8. Listen when the instructor is talking
  9. Do your best
  10. It is easier to be athletic

Top 10 Ways To Become An Expert At….SPELLING!

By Emma and John

If you want a 100% percent on all your spelling tests, these are the top 10 ways to get it!

  • Practice every day
  • Study the difficult words
  • Think the words through
  • Do a practice test at home
  • Study the grammar of the words
  • Sound out the syllables
  • Make sure you know what the word means
  • Break the words into parts
  • Look at the spelling list
  • Challenge yourself with difficult words

How to be the ruler of reading

By Spencer and Kaitlyn

Do you struggle in reading class? Well, lots of us do. But there are a lot of things you have to remember like….

  • Have a book to read
  • Don’t always read because you’re told to.
  • Read for fun
  • Don’t get distracted
  • Have schema about the book you’re reading
  • Make connections, have questions, etc.
  • Make sure the book is just right for you
  • Make sure you can visulize all the ideas
  • Make sure you know what’s happening in the book
  • Be able to read the book, and finish it.

How We Became the Masters at Math

By Nathan and Susan

Do you know how to become an expert at math? We do! Here are our top 10 ways to be the masters of math!

  • Study the difficult facts
  • Do math in your spare moments
  • Listen to others ideas
  • Estimate on hard problems
  • Make your answers accurate and specific
  • Practice the math methods
  • Help other people
  • Have all your materials before you start
  • Proofread your work
  • Do your best!