4th Grade Reflections from the 2014-2015 School Year

As we finish the final week of the 2014-2015 school year, our teachers and students share some of their reflections from the year: favorite memories, how they've grown, and what they are grateful for. Enjoy this look back at the year through the eyes of our students and teachers. We start the week with reflections from our 4th grade.

Miss Leithart reflects:

One of my favorite memories from this year happened actually because of a mistake I made that the fourth graders redeemed. During Easter, I assigned an art project that involves food coloring, coffee filters, and syringes. It already sounds like potential for disaster, I know. Anyhow, I had carefully laid out a plastic table cloth in case the coloring leaked off of the filter and showed the fourth graders how to insert the dyed water into the syringe to then squirt onto the filters. At the end of the project, I envisioned flowerlike creations colored brilliantly. Instead, the fourth graders' hands were colored brilliantly with the food coloring, and it wasn't washing off! They could have been upset or worried, but instead they reveled in their pink, purple, and blue hands. Their joy and laughter was contagious and helped calm me at a time when I needed it most. In fact, that is what I'll remember most about this class. They are ever so joyful and full of laughter.

Students reflect on their favorite memories:
I basically liked everything about fourth grade, but one of my favorites was the Radio Show (a history project in imitation of the entertainment which was popular not so long ago). We made up this really cool plot and recorded it. It's about a detective and his sidekick and it's called "The Case of the Earl Mocha."

My favorite memory was when we learned the song "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot." When we were dancing and having fun we all seemed together, and the room was filled with eight voices in one!

I liked when we all played scatter ball together. Why? It was very fun and competitive.

Students reflect on how they've grown:

I came in strongly disliking math. Now I really like math, and especially liked when we learned beginning algebra. That was REALLY fun.

Something fascinating I learned was how to draw realistic trees. I liked it because now I know how to do it correctly. Also, I have changed. Quite a lot. I realized at the beginning of the year that I could make new friends in my class.

The most interesting thing I learned this year was mechanics, because I didn't know much about it before.

Students reflect on who they're grateful for:

I'm really grateful for Miss Leithart. She makes literally every single subject interesting.... I'm going to miss her when I graduate from 8th grade some day.

I am grateful for my mom because she has helped me when I have hard homework assignments and she is always there for me.

I am grateful for my little sisters. Because, even though they sometimes embarrass me or laugh at me, they still love me.

I am grateful for my teachers, my parents, and my coaches for teaching me everything I know.

My family. My family brings me to and from school. They have taken good care of my life.


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