Saturday, May 14, 2016

Your Turn!


All year long, you've written blogs on a specific prompt. Now, it's your turn to write about something you want to say. Your job in this post is to think back over the year and pick out a topic about which you would like to write. The topic has to be related to our class and school, but you can select anything you want to tell about and then let everyone know your thoughts. You can select a trip or two that you liked, or maybe there was a study that you liked a lot and you want to tell about that. We met the author of one of our books this year, and we've created projects on a number of topics. You even made a webpage about Westminster Woods this year!  Science Night is a big event; maybe you want to tell about that! We have even gotten almost 10,000 hits on this blog this year from all over the world. That is quite an accomplishment! We have had some interesting discussions throughout the year, and there have been humorous times as well. Whatever you choose, it's up to you to decide what you want to say about it.

Be sure that you use good spelling, good conventions and your usual great ideas to tell people what you want with regard to a topic in this year's class. Support your opinions with strong ideas! This is your final post: make it your best!

And, well, you know-let's comment on each other's ideas, like we always do!

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  1. This seems like the most fun blog yet! I can't wait to start!

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  2. Me too! (insert exclamation point ∞ more times here)

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  3. This sounds really fun. I can't wait to start spilling out my ideas!

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  4. This year I have had many fun adventures. I enjoyed doing in-class work like reading discussions, books, and projects. However, Science Night and certain field trips were great memories as well. Basically, most of the activities this year were fun.

    I enjoyed all of the field trips, but my favorite one was the California Museum. I learned lots of history about how cruel humans can be, but also how persistent and resilient people can be. The Japanese were still very loyal to their country, even when America was stating that they were "enemy aliens." I would feel angry and sad if I were them, but they were courageous, positive, and loyal. The model of the barrack was small and I can't imagine living in such a tight space for two years of my childhood. This field trip taught me that when we think things have got to the worst point, we need to remember how much people had to suffer for us to be living the way we are today. This time period was touching to my heart, and it will always be something that I remember when I feel sad and angry.

    My favorite book this year would have to be "Woodsong." I remember when we started the book Mr. Lamarr asked me, "How do you like Woodsong so far?" I said that it was disgusting and that I didn't like it that much. Plus, I enjoy reading fiction much better than non-fiction, and I still do. However, this is my favorite non-fiction book yet. After a while, I started to realize how mysterious nature can be and that nature is a story that is still uncovered. In fact, it is one of the most interesting "stories" because we are in it and can change "the story" however we want to. There are still many more nature mysteries to be solved. Gary Paulsen told his story that inspired us. So, we should find all those nature mysteries (that he encouraged us to find) and solve them. Now, if someone asks me, "How did you like Woodsong?" my response will be, "I loved it!"

    This year, my favorite part of the day was the reading discussion. I like it better than the other subjects because it is something my parents can't teach me how to do at home, like math. However, thinking deeply and figuring authors' literature out is something that can't be taught. After lots of thinking (and maybe even saying things aloud to myself) I am finally able to decode the writing, and it is an amazing feeling when I finally do. Mr. Lamarr creates one-of-a-kind discussions, asking questions that I think at first are "nearly impossible." Then, after loads of hard thinking I am finally able to figure the answer out. Lots of these discussions teach real life lessons, that can be applied any time. A "Phantom Tollbooth" lesson that I liked was that "We should never waste time, for there are always productive things waiting to be done." This lesson was taught by Tock who taught everybody to never waste time. Reading discussions are a fun subject of a normal school day.

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  5. My favorite project this year was the "By the Great Horn Spoon" poster. It brought me back into time and while writing it I thought, "What if I could really send this poster back into time? I would be able to change history!" If developing the modern world by changing the past was a possibility, it would be a great feeling. The illustration part of the project was also fun, I enjoyed making the poster look like it came from the the California Gold Rush era. I also enjoyed the poetry webpage. I got to learn how technology works, and how much work is put into things like game websites and e-mail pages that we go to frequently. Best of all, I got to create my own website, with all the colors, backgrounds, words, and music that I wanted!

    Science Night is another excellent memory of fourth grade. I get embarrassed singing in front of large crowds. So, to me Science Night is a great replacement. It was done in such an organized fashion that it only took about three weeks to set it all up! Balloon Rocket was so fun, and Mr. La Marr gave our team helpful suggestions which made us really successful! I learned lots of facts about Science, Physics, and most of all teaching. Now, I understand how hard it can be to teach and how much effort is put into it. Science Night was one of the best memories of fourth grade!

    This year was a fascinating year. All of the memories above were spectacular, but my favorite memory was Westminster Woods. I had amazing cabin mates, and I learned lots about nature. I enjoyed going to the tide pools and climbing rocks, looking at interesting creatures, and jumping away from slippery algae. Westminster Woods was like a trip to paradise!

    We should thank Mr. La Marr for this excellent year. He is humorous, kind, and makes people who may not enjoy school, love school! I really enjoy looking at the class website. There are new and surprising updates almost every day! I still look back on the first day of school and it seems like it was yesterday. Mr. La Marr, thank you for being such an amazing inspiration for this year and thank you for a wonderful year! Thank you to the whole class for being so supportive, and collaborative. I wouldn't have had such a great year without you all.

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    1. WOW! Your ideas were so fun to read, Emelia! I got to relive the school year through your writing. I appreciate your touching on so many topics and fully explaining your ideas about them all. Thank you for the nice things you said; I appreciate the gratitude you have expressed, and I really like the idea at the end where you show appreciation for your entire class. Well written blog!

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    2. Great blog, Emelia. I agree about how awesome Mr. La Marr is. I like how much thinking is in it. I also thought creating our own page was the best of all. I like Phantom Tollbooth, and I agree that the lessons in the book are spectacular . What has been your favorite chapter? I think you did an amazing job.

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    3. I agree! Westminster Woods was like a trip to paradise! A camp paradise that is. By the way, stupendous job on your blog Emelia!

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  6. My Fourth Grade Highlights
    Friday Football
    Friday Football is an activity that Mr. LaMarr plays with our fourth grade class from 2:30-4:00. Mr. LaMarr acts as our all-time quarterback. During this, I really enjoyed running to try to pull someone’s flag off. When Friday Football began, I could barely even catch the ball! But eventually, I learned to catch the football from all different angles. Then I would turn around and sprint towards the end zone. I never actually ran into the touchdown zone, but I did catch the last ball of the year. I was so excited that I got to catch the last ball in the touchdown zone to end the game. This privilege
    Sacramento Kings Game
    The Kings game was where my teacher, Mr. LaMarr, got honored for winning teacher of the year. He even got an award! During the game, the Kings got off to a rough start. They were losing by a lot. Then they started up a rally. I didn’t actually see the whole game, though. Around halftime, I went over to see Mr. LaMarr and we went around the stadium having lots of fun. When we were wandering around, we saw “baby races” on the television. This event acted as part of the halftime show and the babies had to crawl from one person to another. When it started, only two babies actually started. One stayed at the starting line, and the other two took off. One baby was in the lead, but then tipped over and lay down on its back! That was so hilarious! Soon after, the other baby crossed the finish line to win the race.
    Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was an awesome field trip which lasted for four days! We had been hearing about this trip all year long. I was so excited that the time was finally here! We had heard so much about it that we a pretty good idea of how it was going to turn out. It took two hours to get to the redwood park. When we got there my cabin group headed to cabin number 22. We gave our group the title, double deuces. After we got completely set up, we got a tour of the place to see where everything was. My hiking group’s naturalist had the name Raven. When it was time for recreation I darted off to the cargo net. It was kind of a steep walk but it was worth it. When I got there, I jumped onto it and ran around. I was kind of nervous at first because it was hard to stay stable and to avoid letting my feet slip through the holes. My friend Will and I were tackling each other and trying to stay standing the longest. After that, we heard the whistle for dinner and ran back to the dining hall. The next two days were very similar and on the third day I hurt my eye on the cargo net. I was about to jump but I didn’t realize that my toes were slipped under a rope. So when I jumped, the net brought me back down hard on my face. It really stung but I didn’t cry. I was worried that it might get infected. I sat on the corner for a few minutes and then I decided I should tell a parent. We walked down to the front office where we got it cleaned and ointment for the injury. I was late for dinner and after I ate, I went to bed. In the morning, my class packed up and headed to the tide pools. While we were there, we saw almost all of the tide pool creatures that we studied in class. The tide pool creature my group studied wasn’t found until a while after we started exploring. At the end of the time I was sitting in the water, looking at a limpet. After that, we headed to the parking lot and drove to Armstrong Redwoods. Armstrong Redwoods is another redwood park. I took lots of pictures there and we got to crawl into some goose pens. Goose pens are blackened hollows that were made from the insides of trees getting burned out. The fire can consume the inside of the tree up to 100 feet into the tree. And the tree still survives! I personally think it’s amazing that a tree can survive after that damage. After that, we headed home.

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  7. River Cats Game
    The River Cats game was yet another place where we honored my teacher for winning teacher of the year. For the game, my friend and I both brought our baseball gloves in hope that we would have the chance to catch a foul ball. I was amazed at how fast and accurate they could throw the balls. Some of the pitchers could throw 90 mph fast balls right into the catcher’s glove! They put their entire body into each of their pitches. My friend got picked to be one of the kids to say, “Let’s play ball!” I was really happy for him and I was glad that he got a cool ball too. When we were walking around the stadium, my friend got his ball signed by random people! It was even more hilarious when someone actually thought there was a reason they were signing a ball. Then, we found a grass area where there was a hill. Part of my class was rolling down the hill and then jumping over people to get to the top. This was really fun and we stayed there for a while. When we finally got back to the seats, my parents were gone looking for me. We went up the stairs and ran into them around the corner. At that game, there were fireworks and we watched them until the big finish with all different designs and colors.
    Science Night
    For my group, our project was to find out what a good question is and to answer it thoroughly. We also had to create a poster as an advertisement. My team consisted of me, Calvin, and Will. We chose our assignment as tiny dancers. This is where we had a battery, three magnets, and a specially shaped copper wire. The copper wire would spin on the battery. The way it worked was when the electricity from the battery collides with the magnetism from the magnet, the copper wire spins. On our poster we had our question, a tiny dancer, and the words spinning tiny dancers. On the back, it was pretty much the same. When Science Night arrived we had two tables and we were pretty busy. The little kids were easier because they didn’t ask many questions. I think I answered the adults pretty well though. It all was cleaned up pretty quickly and I got to try some of the other stations as well. My fourth grade experience was truly amazing.

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    1. Great job, Jackson! I liked reading all of your ideas and getting to think back over the school year. I had fun with you at both the games, and I am glad you got to come to them. Baby races-ha ha ha ha! That was GREAT!!! I still remember that last pass of Friday Football! The original receiver I was looking for wasn't open, but then I saw you wide open! I am really glad you enjoyed 4th grade; I did too!

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    2. Amazing blog! It's so long and flows together nicely.

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    3. I love how you were so descriptive of all of the thoughts and events that you shared, Jackson!

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  8. I love fourth grade. My friends, my parents, and my teacher, Mr. La Marr, support me. My friends are nice, caring and loyal and Mr. La Marr is funny. Thank you to the people who have helped others and me through this school year. My fourth grade experience has been filled with fun!

    During fourth grade I have gone on many field trips with one more to go. One of the field trips was for Spanish. We went to Safetyville and talked mostly in Spanish. It was fun when we used a fake phone to say that there was a fire in our house all in Spanish. We got to walk inside of Safetyville’s small capitol. During one of our other field trips we ate lunch near the Capitol. I sat under a nice shady tree. Field trips in fourth grade are really educating and exciting!

    Mr. La Marr’s fourth grade does not act out a play. Instead, we do Science Night. We got in groups of threes and fours and each group does a science experiment. First we did it with the cohort at our school called the Innovators during the school day. Then we did it for our parents and had lots of fun until about eight in the evening when we left. My group included Leina, Zoey, and Naomi. We did an experiment called Traveling Water that uses cohesion. Cohesion is when particles of the same substance stick together. First we dyed water, put it in a cup and drenched a string in it. Then we taped the string to the bottom of an empty cup. The empty cup has to be dry. Afterward we held the string to the top of the filled cup and poured the water down the string. The molecules of the water stuck to the molecules that were left on the string after we drenched it. This will not work if the string touches the side of the previously empty cup. If the string touches the cup it will stop the bond. Science Night was amazing! I am sad that fourth grade is almost over, but I am happy that fifth grade is so much closer.

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    1. Good work, Ana. I like the lead paragraph as it demonstrates the gratitude that you show every single day, which I appreciate. I am glad you enjoyed fourth grade and that you are looking forward to fifth grade.

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    2. I agree Ana, I am also going to be sad to leave fourth grade. However, at the same time I am going to be happy to start fifth grade!

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    3. Great job on your blog, Ana! You explained our science experiment better than I could have done myself! (>'-')> hugs

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    4. Thanks for all the comments, and I like your blogs a lot.

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  9. This year was amazing! I liked to meet my new best friends like Leina, Naomi, and Ana! They are amazing and they are like sisters to me. I liked to do math in class and I have an amazing teacher, Mr. La Marr! The field trips were so much fun. My favorite was Westminster Woods! This is about some of the things I loved about Westminster Woods! I miss Kestrel so very much. She was cool and also sweet! Those are two of the many traits that I love about Kestrel. I liked sleeping with my friends and singing in the warmth of the campfire there, too. I loved the cargo net when people walked carefully around on the cargo net! It was like so much fun with my friends. The playground was so much fun. I liked the cargo net. I was a new girl but I now have a lot of best friends that are now a part of me! Leina is one of the girls I have mentioned. She is amazing in her ways but I always will think of her as my little sister that I love. Naomi is a sweet girl like me and I enjoy her company as well as Leina. They are both very beautiful including my last friend I will name. Ana is a sweet and nice girl. She is a lot like the rest and they all are silly! My B.F.F.’s are so sweet and we make a great team. Science night was so much fun with my B.F.F’s! In the next paragraph I will explain.

    Science Night was so much fun! The parts when I saw my mom taking pictures of me were like I was my mom’s little shining light! It was fun to get to teach the people coming to our station! Leina, Ana, Naomi, and me were in that group. We got a lot of complements and I was bathing in happiness! The Exploratorium was amazing! I loved the sound machine that changed the sound of the scientist’s voice to make it higher or lower. I did it with my car group, Leina and Ana. We took turns over it until we had to try different experiments. Ana bought us jellybeans from a gumball machine. My favorite book of the year our class read together was The Adventures of Pearley Monroe! The book was full of adventures and I loved that Marcy Siether came to see our class on the day our project for the book was due that day!

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    1. It sounds like you have made some very good new friends at your new school, Zoey. I am glad! I like the part about your mom taking pictures of you during Science Night. You have it right: we were shining stars that night!

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    2. Awesome job! I agree that Science night was really exciting and fun!

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    3. Great description of Science Night, Zoey! Great Blog!

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  10. I think fourth grade was the best school year I’ve ever had. One of my favorite parts of the school year was our 3 night field trip to Westminster Woods. Westminster Woods is a camp in the middle of a Coast Redwood forest with Dutch Bill creek in the middle. On the first night at Westminster Woods, we did a Camp fire involving several songs and stories, most of which had dances with it. I was tired at the end, but it was quite fun. The next day was my birthday. I’m hoping my Mom doesn’t find out, but I had five cookies that day. That was also the day we went to Salt Point to do Tide Pooling. Salt Point is a Beach alongside the Pacific Ocean with several structures of jagged rock structures. At one point we found a tide pool that looked more like a waiting pool then a tide pool. We found creatures in the tide pools such as bat stars and octopi and Chitons, which look like giant Rolly Pollys, and Sea Anemones. I enjoyed Salt Point because I got to climb around on the huge rock structures and search for the inhabitants of the tide pools. Out of all the things, I think rec time was always great. I admit, my knee stated its opinion on Thursday of rec time, but I enjoyed it. I liked rec time because it was just an hour where you could play on the playground, play gaga ball (A game where you try to slap a ball with your hands and hit someone’s legs) play on the cargo net (As the name would suggest, a ginormous net that is very large and bouncy. I found it hard to even stand on the cargo net, so I did not often play their) play on the tree house (Their wasn’t anything there) or explore the camp. Me and my friend Aidan would normally go and explore the camp during rec time, and found a variety of things thruought the camp. One thing we found was a bridge that was one board strait across the creek with a net surrounding it. Me and Aidan took turns crossing the bridge with one of us always saying, “What if the bridge stopped supporting your weight?” when the other was crossing the bridge. On Thursday night, we got to do a water molecules journey where we rolled a cube which decided where we went in nature. On Friday, we unfortunately we had to say goodbye to Westminster Woods. It was a sad day, but at least we had pizza for lunch.

    I also enjoyed fourth grade because I liked my Teacher, Mr. La marr. I liked Mr. La marr because he is funny and lets us come in to the classroom during recess and play games on the computer or work on a project if we have one. He also doesn’t just teach us certain topics out of the book, he makes games out of them. He also taught us things we weren’t supposed to have learned in fourth grade, such as the Internment camps and the Missions in California, when we were only supposed to have learned about the California Gold Rush. Therefore, I think fourth Grade was my favorite school year.

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    1. Now that it's on the Internet, unfortunately, I think your mom may find out about your birthday cookies! Lol! It sounds like you had a great time at camp. I hope it was a great way to spend a birthday. Next year, camp is on my birthday; let me know if that's a good place to spend a birthday. Thank you for the final paragraph, Tommy. I am happy that fourth grade is your favorite year, so far . . . I am really glad you were in my class this year. I have enjoyed talking with you throughout the year.

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    2. The tide pools was really fun to me too, great job!

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    3. I agree on every thing you said Tommy.

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    4. I agree, Tommy! MR. La Marr is both funny and awesome! Outstanding blog!

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  11. One of my favorite parts of 4th grade was Westminster Woods. Our trip was amazing because of all the fun things we did there. On the day that it was time to go to Westminster Woods, I was sick. I threw up the night before and woke up still feeling nauseous. I was very sad but also angry because I wasn’t able to go on the trip when my whole class did. I was also scared that I would miss the entire trip! Finally, I felt better at the end of the day and so my mom drove me to Petaluma. My dad drove from camp because he was a chaperone and met us in Petaluma. He took me to camp. I got there just in time for campfire night which was the start of all the fun!
    I met my camp counselor, Moose Dragon. He was really fun. On the hiking trails he would play games like Bieber Darts with us. One day of our trip we went to Salt Point. We found many sea creatures in the tide pools. We saw sea lions laying on the rocks, getting a sun bath. We climbed on rocks. It was super amazing. When we got back to camp from the tide pools, we had recreation time. I played on the cargo net. Mr. La Marr threw us around and it was super fun! Dinner was also amusing because that night it was meatball night, and all my friends were farting about.
    On the final day of our trip we packed and went on one last trail hike. We got to eat redwood sorrel. Redwood sorrel is a little plant that grows around the foot of redwood trees. They tasted sweet but also sour at the same time. On the drive home we listened to music and ate chips. When we got back to DPM we all went home feeling really exhausted but really happy. I’ll remember Westminster Woods as a highlight of 4th grade.

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    1. Well done, Kiran! Great organization lets the ideas flow smoothly. As a reader, I could tell by the tone that you had a great time at camp. I am so glad you got well and were able to join us. The trip would not have been the same without you. We were all glad to see you arrive at campfire!

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    2. I really enjoyed reading your blog. I think Moose Dragon was really fun as well.

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    3. Kiran, I loved your blog. Your blog also made me laugh a little! When I saw your dad but not you the morning we were leaving, I was so sad. :( But when I saw you at campfire, I was as happy as can be! :) I will also remember Westminster Woods as the highlight of 4th grade!

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    4. I agree! The tide pools were amazing! Great blog, Kiran!

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  12. I think one of my most favorite things all year was Westminster Woods. The car ride to get there was really fun. My car group was singing almost every song on the radio. When we pulled into Westminster Woods we were all singing a song and Lauryn was all over the middle seat, using me as a footrest. When we got there we got to meet our naturalists. I really liked my naturalist. Then after we explored the camp we got to go to our cabins and unpack our stuff. My cabin was on a hill so all my cabin mates including had to drag our stuff up the hill. By the time we got our cabin we all wanted to fall asleep. All of us picked out our beds and got them set up. We went near the playground to eat our lunch. Before dinner we had recreation time. I went to the cargo net, the tree house, the redwood grove, the playground, and just running around in the field. In the evening for dinner we had tacos. I went back for two tacos. Then a little bit later we went to the campfire. I liked the scat song. Then my cabin group had to walk along the dirt road from the campfire to the cabins. It took us a while to get ready for bed because we had to wait for he showers to clear out. Finally we didn’t all fall asleep till a little bit after 10:30. In the morning when I was still sleeping I heard a lot of rustling in the cabin. I thought that during the night a raccoon got into our cabin. As I got up I screamed a little because I aw something going through a suitcase. After I got a flashlight I realized it was just my cabin mates getting ready to go on a morning hike with Mr. LaMarr. I wanted to go so I hurried to get ready. When I was going down the bunk bed ladder I almost fell off because I was so excited. After we had gotten ready and brushed our teeth we went down to wait near the boxcar for Mr. LaMarr. As we were walking down because there was mud in path my shoe got stuck in the mud. I still got it out with my foot still on it but my shoe was muddy. After the morning hike it was time for breakfast but I was so tired I wanted to go back to my cabin to sleep. Then the car ride to the tide pools was also fun because it was like going to Westminster Woods but shorter. When we got there I was jumping from rock to rock. The tide pools was where I think I also got my tick which I didn’t find till I got home. After lunch when we were climbing down the sandstone on the last place to put my foot I to the side on the sandstone but it wasn’t hard. When we got back to camp for our playing time of the day I mostly spent my time in the tree house and sat on a bench. That dinner was probably one of my favorite meals at camp. After we had done our night activity my group went to our cabin and went straight to bed. The next day the redwoods were really fun and hot. After my hiking group had walked through redwoods, ferns, and occasional banana we finally stopped for lunch and bathroom break. After we had all finished lunch we played a game and started hiking up a giant hill to the top. Once we got to the top and looked out we played another game. The hike down seemed a lot quicker because of the steep hill I had to try to walk slower but had to move fast. After we got back from the redwoods for recreation time I played on the playground the whole time. The dinner that night was really fun because we had cupcakes for dessert. That night was the night hike where we saw a lot of constellations. That night my whole cabin went to sleep almost immediately after we got back. That was really sad because it was the last night of Westminster Woods. In the morning after we had woken up and brushed our teeth we packed our bags. We finished doing that my cabin went down the playground where Lauryn and I were going in and out of the bottom part’s windows. That morning was my most favorite breakfast at camp, the coffee cake.

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  13. These are both a part of my blog.

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  14. After that we played a game about a salmon’s life, which was really fun, and went down to Dutch Bill creek that ran through camp. When we were at the creek my group found a rare type of water spider. After we had gone to the creek and eaten lunch, which I think was the saddest part of Westminster Woods, we left. On the ride back we stopped to use the bathroom. Finally about three hours after we left we pulled up to the school. The day after we got back I found a tick on my leg. Westminster Woods was probably one of my most favorite field trip all year.


    Even though we haven’t finished it yet, I think my favorite book all year was The Phantom Tollbooth. I like that the author, Norton Juster, takes a lot of common sayings and creates characters, places, and actions out of them. Sometimes the author will make a point out of society into the book, which I like in a book it has something to compare to in society.


    I liked many other things through the school year but too much to type. This school year has probably been my most favorite school year. I thank Mr. LaMarr for this school year.

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    1. Lots of information, Alexis! You definitely summarized your camp experience well. I liked reading your own thoughts in there, too. It seems you really liked camp!

      I agree with you about The Phantom Tollbooth. I think the author is amazing to think of so many creative twists on common, ordinary things. I enjoy picking up his comments on society, and it seems you enjoy that too.

      I am glad you were in my 4th grade this year. The 33 of us are a great team, and you have done your part to help make it that!

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    2. I can tell you put lots of effort into this blog Alexis! I enjoyed the "salmon life" game too.

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    3. Alexis, really enjoyed reading your blog. So many of the thing you said I could, my car ride, and my cabin could relate to! And I agree, Westminster Woods was one of my favorite things about the school year. I can also see that you put a lot of effort into this blog.

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    4. I agree, Alexis! Norton Juster's book The Phantom Tollbooth was probably my favorite book of the year too!

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  15. This school year has been packed with fun filled things. I wish I could write about everything this year. I hope you enjoy reading about my amazing year!

    Science Night
    Science night has been one of the most exciting, stressing, and fun part of my experience in room 15. I loved it when the parents and kids did horizontal races. Mr. Finnerty was our raining champ. I thought is was funny when parents would stand back and watch kids do our experiment, but when they saw it in play they jumped right in with the kids to join in with the fun. Some kids came multiple times to do our amazing experiment. It was funny when Emma’s dad was doing our horizontal experiment and his balloon was going slow so I hit it forward and it went very fast. It was cool when I took the pump and blew up a long a balloon and it was 5 feet long.
    Exploratorium
    The Exploratorium was amazing. I wish we could have stayed there the whole day to see everything there. I loved the room where someone stepped on pebbles for about 2 yards. That person got measured on how quiet you could be. When I went in there my lowest score was 2.2! However, when I went louder than the lowest score, I went as loud as I could. My loudest score was to loud start again! I also enjoyed the voice changer. The voice is two people sit down and speak into microphone. Next to the microphone was a dial. When I turned it to the left my voice went lower. But to the left it got higher. It was so much fun to turn the dial and talk to my friends at the same time!
    Mr. LaMarr
    Mr. LaMarr has been more than a teacher to me; he is more like a friend to me. He has made this year so much more enjoyable. Everyday he is making me laugh. I really enjoy spending recces in the classroom with him. I am really sad to leave his class this year. This will be a school year and a teacher I will never forget.
    Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was such an enjoyable week for me. One of my favorite parts of Westminster Woods was Armstrong Redwoods. It was so fascinating to hear about the 300-foot-tall tree. The tide pools were really cool at looking at. There was so many things from octopuses to hermit crabs. Dutch Bill Creek was also cool. I loved flipping over the rocks looking for animals.

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  16. Coloma
    Coloma was really interesting. It was super cool to see the Monroe family’s family tree and some of the main characters in the book The Adventures of Pearly Monroe. We also got to see their graves and saw Pearly’s house that he made himself.
    Safetyville USA
    Safetyville was super fun. I liked that we did a scavenger hunt there. I love scavenger hunts. It was cool how some of the places in the town did actions. Like the railroad sign blinked and the fence went down. Also the intersection crosswalks worked. Another thing that worked was the garbage truck. The garbage truck worked by its backup lights blinked and made the beeping sound a big truck makes when it’s backing up. When we were eating lunch at the park, a dog kept on running under the tables were we were eating. After I finished my lunch I played baseball with my friends. After that I played on the playground with Josh and Naomi. At the end though it was sad because that was our last Spanish field trip at Del Paso Manor Elementary School.
    My Favorite Book
    By The Great Horn Spoon was my favorite book that we read in class this year. I liked that book so much because it was funny, interesting, exciting, and it taught me things about the California Gold Rush. One part that made me laugh was when the kittens were near the guy on the Lady Wilma who was fishing. Another part that made me laugh was since there were so many rats and mice in California during the gold rush, Jake and Praiseworthy used the cats on the Lady Wilma to get rid of some of the rats.
    Friday Basketball
    Friday basketball has been fun for me even though I have only done it once. I had like 7 shots, 2 assists, and 1 basket. And knowing me, that’s really good! So I am going to continue doing Friday basketball while I am at Del Paso Manor Elementary School! I might even come after I am done with school when I am in middle school. My goal for Friday basketball for next year is to have more shots and more baskets.
    Making Electricity
    Making electricity was really fun. We did it with a battery, folded up aluminum tin foil, a cloths pin, some electrical tape, and a mini light bulb. What it looked like at the end was one end of the tin foil was taped with the electrical tape to the negative side of the battery. Then the other end of the tin foil was rapped tightly around the bottom part of the light bulb. Then wear the tin foil was around the light bulb was were the the first indentation in the cloths pin was around. Then when the bottom of the light bulb touched the positive side of the battery, the light bulb lit up.
    Conclusion
    This has been an amazing year and I will never forget it. Thank you to Mr. LaMarr, my fellow classmates, and all of the parents that helped out. Thanks to you you have this one of the best school years of my life.

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  17. Reading this was like reviewing the whole school year, and it was fun, Declan! Thank you for sharing so many ideas about your school year. I appreciate having my own section and your kind words! I will miss having you in class next year. I am happy to see you touch on field trips, literature, Friday Basketball and science-you have many varied interests. Great blog!

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  18. This was such a long and enjoyable blog Declan! I agree that fourth grade will be an unforgettable year.

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  19. This school year was one of the best school year I ever had. Learn more about Social Studies, Math, Science, and Language Arts. I have an awesome teacher named Mr. La Marr. He helped me participate more, he taught me a lot of new things, and he helped me become a really nice person. I learn way more this year than any other school year I ever had. I read more books with him so he could help our vocabulary. He taught me why you should read out loud so we could understand the book much better. We do a lot of projects so we can be better with our writing skills, and our art skills. Mr. La Marr is super funny, but very serious. He is funny when it is time to be funny. Though Mr. La Marr is serious when we are doing badly in class. We had a lot of field trips this year. My favorite field trip is Westminster Woods. I had fun in the cargo net spending time with my friends. I enjoyed their food at Westminster Woods talking with my friends. Finally, I love to sing and dance at the campfire. I made lots of new friends. I made friends like Zoey, Josh, Emelia, Katie, Mr. La Marr, and Ana.

    One of my very best friends in the world is Zoey. She is really sweet, kind, funny, and loyal. When I started my fourth year at school, she seemed very sweet to let me join her friendship. I loved spending time with her because she always makes me laugh when I feel lonely. She will brighten everyone’s faces when they feel very lonely. Zoey is also very smart at school. Even though I gotten lonely a lot the last three years, she made me much happier this year.

    The books I read with my favorite teacher was The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, Number the Stars, Woodsong, and The Phantom Tollbooth. My favorite book that I read with Mr. La Marr is The Phantom Tollbooth. The Phantom Tollbooth talks about a little boy thinking that knowledge is useless. Then he learns more about sound, math, words, and more. He then soon finds out that knowledge is very valuable.

    I had so much fun when I went to fieldtrips. I learned a lot at my Westminster Woods field trip. It was fun seeing the creatures when us students went to the ocean. My favorite part at Westminster Woods was hanging out with my friends. I will always miss that place in my heart.


    When I thought that this school year was going to be dull, Mr. La Marr changed everything I thought about this school year. He made this school year the best school year I had in my life. He will always make anyone happy when they feel sad, or lonely. I thought that I was not going to have the best school year. Instead, he had changed my point of view about this year. I just wish I could have him every school year. He makes will always teach us new things so we will be prepared for Mrs. Darrow’s class. It is so fun being with him when I have to go outside just because he has yard duty.

    I think that this school year was the best school I had ever had. I had so much fun with my teacher Mr. La Marr. If I didn’t have a teacher like him, then everything will change for me. He will teach us many things and let us be prepared for Mrs. Darrow, and middle school.

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    2. Thank you for all the nice words, Naomi. I appreciate it very much. It sounds like you enjoyed fourth grade-I think it's the BEST grade! I agree with you about Westminster Woods. It is such an awesome place to go!

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  20. I agree Naomi that one of my favorite things to do at camp was to hang out with my friends. I also agree that Mr.LaMarr made this the school year the best school year I have had in my life.

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  21. This year, I have had lots of fun and learned many things. These are the highlights of this school year. +


    Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was the most exciting, adventurous, and educational field trip I've ever been on. On the morning of the first day, I hopped into the car with joy. I sang songs and played games with my friends as we drove to the camp. Once, we got there my hiking group and I got together and met our naturalist, Moose Dragon. We played trail games, learned about the environment in the camp, ate lots and lots of redwood sorrel, and explored the places we could go to. After recreation and dinner, I got to finally see my cabin and chose my bunk bed. After a great day, I left my cabin and hiked to the campfire. The next day, I was excited to go to Salt Point. But before that, I left with my cabin group to go on a morning hike with Mr. La Marr. It was a fun and steep hike up to the overlook. The overlook was beautiful. There were pretty trees and hills surrounding the glorious spot. After breakfast, my cabin group and I stepped into the car to go to the tide pools. At the tide pools, I had lots of fun finding sea creatures and getting wet. I found bat stars, sea anemones, sea slugs and an octopus. Once I got into the camp after the long drive, I went on a night hike with my hiking group after dinner. The walk was dark and enjoyable. We did a deer game of hearing with deer ears by cupping your hands facing them backwards. Our group hiked to the overlook and found many constellations of Orion, the Big Dipper, and the Little Dipper. Then after the thrilling hike, I went to sleep. On day three, I was eager to go to Armstrong Redwoods state park. After breakfast of day three, my cabin group and I drove to the redwood park. At Armstrong, we hiked and hiked up a steep hill, while my friend and I were at the front of the trail. We drove home and did the water cycle for the night activity. Friday was the last day. Our class got packed up and did the creek activity. My hiking group found water pennies, dragonfly larva and other small bugs. Then next we walked to have a pizza lunch at the camp before we left. We finished lunch and started saying goodbye to our naturalists we worked with. At last, my cabin group stepped into the car feeling sad and melancholy leaving the fun camp. Westminster Woods was the most thrilling, environmental, and fun camp that I will never forget.

    Science Night
    Science night was the best night I’ve had at school. My project was a soap powered boat. At first I didn’t like this idea. But at the end, it turned out like as a popular station. Many people were interested that a boat applied with soap would move in the water, even I was interested too.

    Phantom Tollbooth
    Phantom Tollbooth has been my favorite book we have read this year. Even though we haven’t finished it yet. The author, Norton Juster, has turned common words and idioms into characters and literal meanings. A watchdog was turned into a dog with a watch on his side. He was named Tock and keeps track on time. In one chapter, Milo the main character had to make a speech at a banquet. He made an actual speech while the others had made a speech about what they wanted to eat at the banquet. Milo had said “I didn’t know I had to eat my words,” that phrase is an idiom. Overall, this was the best book I have read throughout the school year.

    This school year was the best one I've ever had. Mr. La Marr was the best teacher I have ever had.

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    2. Great summary of Westminster Woods, Katie! I am glad yo ended up enjoying your Science Night activity. It was cool. Who knew soap could power a boat? Lots of people do now. Thank you for your very nice compliment.

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    3. I agree, Katie! Phantom Tollbooth is also my favorite book of the year!

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  22. What a good blog Katie! I agree that Westminster Woods was really exciting, adventurous, and educational.

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  23. These are my highlights of this school year.
    Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was the best school field trip I have ever been to in my life. Westminster Woods was a great experience for me because I got to hang out with my best friends and they were in my cabin group as well so I could sleep and make jokes with them as well. At Westminster Woods I got to go to play in a activity called Ga Ga ball. Ga Ga ball was amusing to watch and very fun to play. I liked the cargo net more than Ga Ga ball because the best teacher in the world named Mr.Lamarr was shaking the rope causing the people on the cargo net to fall to the ground. My best friend Jackson fell down on the cargo net and got a very bad rope burn by his eye. At Westminster Woods we got to go to Armstrong Redwoods! At Armstrong Redwoods my hiking group and I got to hike up this huge hill. On the way up the hill we saw a Gardener snake! The snake was on the side of the trail so most of my hiking trail got see it. When we stopped to take a brake we played a game. In the game the goal was to stay as quit as you can and if you talked you had to a person that tries to make you say something.
    Salt Point
    At Westminster Woods my class and another class went to a tide pool called Salt Point and I had a very good time. In the tide pools we found amazing sea creatures like a octopus, sea anemone and many more. At Salt Point we got to eat lunch on big rocks we also found a rock that had hole inside of it letting us go inside of it.
    Science Night
    Science Night was a very fun night it was were you make experiment and let people try the experiment. My experiment was were you had to fill a vial with some vinegar and the drop a anti acid pill which explodes the cap on the vile in to the air. My science group was one of the most popular groups throughout all of Science night.
    Humor in the room 15
    One of the funniest moment involved me. What happened was I was trying to get my jacket off and I did but my shirt came with it causing my shirt to come off and laughter filled the room. It was one of the most embarrassing moments in my entire life. One of the most humorous moments was when my teacher would call on kids that wouldn't pay attention and than they would just sit there acting like they were trying to figure out the problem but at the end they admitted that they weren't paying any attention at all.
    This school is packed with funny moments and fun activities I wish I was in 4th grade for the rest of my life with Mr.lamarr teaching!

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    1. Nice blog Nolan, 4th grade was a exciting part of my life as well.

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    2. Good summaries of some fun events Nolan. I loved your Science Night activity. When things pop and make sounds and then a person can look and see things flying through the air, that's always fun. It was always an adventure when I saw you trying to remove your sweatshirt! Thank you for the nice things that you said. I am glad you were in our class this year.

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    3. Great blog, Nolan! 4th grade is in fact packed with fun activities. However, they're even more fun when we get to do them with Mr. La Marr!

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  24. I liked the variety of different subjects, projects, and class books. My favorite project was the Gold Rush one because we made a picture of the Gold Rush with rules. It really gave our reader an image of what it looked like! My favorite subject is and will always be art and writing. I enjoy writing because it’s a different way to talk. Instead of speaking I can write. I enjoy art because I can draw and be free to do whatever I want. My favorite class book is The Phantom Tollboth. I really enjoy reading it because it’s fiction and words literally mean what it says! One of the number one things about my class I loved was having Mr. La Marr as my teacher. I liked him because of funny ways he corrects us, the weird way he teaches us, and the after school sports he does with us. I also enjoyed the school year because of my class. Two field trips I really liked were the trip to Coloma and Westminster Woods. The reason why I liked those field trips is because in both we were doing things in nature. Westminster Woods was fun because we were on a field trip for four days. I remember the first of school I was happy to start school, but sad to end school as the day drew near. At that time I realized that Mr. La Marr would never be my teacher again. The good thing is that it’s not the end of the school year.

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    2. Fourth grade!
      Science!
      Near the beginning of the year we did the rock cycle and we made our rocks out of starburst candy. First we made sedimentary rocks by cutting our starbursts into little pieces and squishing them together. After that we squished it under a dictionary making it igneous. We then cooked them and my team’s caught on fire. That made our metamorphic rock only part metamorphic. Later in the year we played science games. One was Oh Deer, about deer and habitats and the deer had to find the shelter, water, and food. It was really fun. The second game was about bears finding food and water and they had to find enough. A third game was called Deadly Links and it showed the harm that DDT makes. I got to be in the dead grasshopper pile. All the games were very fun to me. At the beginning of May we started on Science night. It was fun to teach the kids and grownups about the P.H. scale and acids and bases. The juices were hard to pour in the teeny cups.

      Field Trips
      Calaveras Caverns was the field trip that was canceled by a fire. It was kind of sad. At Coloma it was fun to gold pan and I even found a piece of gold I think. On the car ride back my car group was very gassy. Zeta even farted 32 times! On the other hand Naomi refused to fart. At the Exploratorium my car group did a lot of activities like an activity that changes your voice we had so much fun to hear myself cackle like a witch in the high tone. Westminster Woods was awesome. On Tuesday I had fun exploring and playing on the cargo net. On Wednesday it was fun to go to the tide pools and look at the limpet while sitting in the tide pool. On Wednesday the redwoods seemed so tall and I licked the banana slug. On Friday it was time to go and I was sad.

      Miscellaneous
      I did a thing link on the Lewis and Clark expedition. I found it interesting that Sacagawea’s name was pronounced 3 different ways. It was interesting and creepy that Lewis died in a hotel. I also did a thing link on California mussels. It was interesting to find out a lot about mussels like the stick to the rock with a foot. I think it is sad that my year in room 15 is almost over.

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    3. TAVIA!!!!!!! Your witch cackling was hard to bear!

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    4. I agree that it is a really good thing that the fun of fourth grade is not over yet! I loved reading your blog!

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    5. Oh no-these were all written as replies to Zeta's blog!

      Your blog is very good, Zeta. I like your thoughts about art and writing, and I agree with you about Coloma and Westminster Woods. Anytime we can be out in nature, it's a great day! Thank you for the nice compliments!

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    6. Good ideas, Tavia. I like that you remembered our life science games. It is sad that we never got to California Caverns. It would have been fun. Sounds like you had a good year, and I agree that the end of a school year gets kind of sad.

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  25. Science
    I really enjoyed forth grade. I really like all the fun science we got to do. On the very first day, we tried stacking different colored liquids in test tubes. It was challenging, but really fun. Next we started studying minerals and which was pretty fun. Then we started studying plants, dissecting them, and even making a report about redwoods! Later in the year, we went on a field trip to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. The Exploratorium has so many fun activities. There was a spring that you would try to touch but it was an illusion; the real spring was right below it. I really liked how there was a booth where you would walk in with somebody else, look at them, and then the light would flash. Right after the light would flash, you would close your eyes and see a ghostly image of them. Also, there was a display of dead rats. One of the dead rats died recently, another one died week ago, and the other died a month ago. One of my favorite things about the Exploratorium is that there is a toilet with a water fountain that you drink out of! The water goes right into the toilet and is a nice cold. Later after the Exploratorium: Science Night! At Science Night, you are put in groups to work together and come up with a cool science activity. My group made this “gooey puddy”. On one Friday, we made a light bulb with electrical tape, tin foil, a clothespin, a battery, and a lightbulb. Science is one thing to look forward to, because I really liked it.
    Books
    There are some pretty good books that you will read in forth grade. These are the ones I read this year: The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, By the Great Horn Spoon!, Number the Stars, Journey to Topaz, Journey Home, Woodsong, and The Phantom Tollbooth. My favorite was The Phantom Tollbooth. I really like it because it is full of fun wordplays and it is really funny. You do not have to do A.R. this year, but you have to read 20 books.
    Humorous Moments
    Room 15 is very funny and crazy. Mr. La Marr (the best teacher ever), is very funny. Also, one time, my friend Nolan was (trying) to get his sweatshirt off, but he pulled his shirt off too, so he hid and put it back on. Most of the humorous moments you will have to experience yourself.
    Forth grade is very fun, with great times, the best teacher in the world (Mr. La Marr), and so much other fun experiences. It has been an honor to be in Mr. La Marr’s class, and I will be sad to leave.

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    1. I enjoyed reading your blog, Rhys. Mr. Lamarr is also one of the best teachers that I have ever had!

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    2. Glad you remembered that first science activity of the year! Remember the spaghetti towers? I like Phantom Tollbooth, too. Actually, I really like all our books and you did a good job of discussing them. Thank you very much for your nice words; it was my honor to get to work with you this year.

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    3. It was marshmallow towers, and I forgot to write about them, so thanks for telling me about them!

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  26. My funniest memory of the year was when Nolan accidentally took off his shirt! We were all in class and Nolan was taking his sweater off. Then when he was about to get it off, the shirt came with it! He yelled “No, not again!” (This was his 4th time this year.) Then he ran behind my teacher’s desk to put his shirt back on. It was so funny. Everyone laughed except for Nolan. I did feel little bit bad for him. I’m glad I wasn’t in his shoes! It was a very funny interruption. It wasted about two minutes of class but it was totally worth it. Normally, I like class, just this time I loved it!

    I also liked science night. Our station’s question that the visitors had to answer was, “Why do the battery and the magnet make the copper wire spin?” A lot of people came to our station and we were kept busy most of the time. That is most of the time. I ran outside and got a whole lot of cookies. I think our station was very interesting, because many people came to our station. My Dad thought it was very well done. I did also. The other two people that helped me were Will and Jackson. I helped mostly with the materials and Will and Jackson helped the visitors that came to our station. Will pinched himself with a magnet during the practice, but that is the only thing that was bad that happened to us at our station.

    Another thing that I liked was the science experiment that we did on the first day of school. We were stacking colored water. This worked because some of the colors of the food dye were denser than others. The denser the liquid, the heavier the substance is. The blue food coloring was the densest. The red was the second most dense, the yellow color third, and the green was the least dense. The order in which the colors were stacked had blue on the bottom, red above blue, yellow above the red and the green on the top. This experiment was really fun. We got to try out different combinations and see if they worked or didn’t work. I learned a lot doing this experiment and I couldn’t wait for the rest of the school year.

    Overall, my favorite thing of the entire year was Westminster Woods. We did a lot of hiking and I like hiking. We also got to do a whole lot of nature experiments that were cool, such as trying redwood sorrel and licking banana slugs. We also got to sleep in cabins. Our cabin was extremely loud. The first day was an introduction of the campus. The second day we went to the tide pools. We saw many interesting creatures such as bat-stars, octopi, and chiton. I really enjoyed getting wet to touch different animals. The third day we went to Armstrong Woods. We did a lot of hiking that day. Our class saw many cool redwoods. They really towered over us. We saw goosepens (blackened hollows of trees that were burnt out.) and we also saw huge creeks that ran by the trees and looked pretty. At the end of the day we were all super tired out from hiking the whole day. On the last day, we did studies of Dutch Bill Creek. We found many cool animals such as water striders and mayfly larvae. We gave thanks and then had a pizza lunch. Then we went home.

    I picked this thing as my favorite thing because it was exciting and interesting.

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    2. Nice blog Calvin. I really liked going to Westminster Woods too.

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    3. Good coverage of science activities, Calvin. You seem to enjoy science a great deal. That's good-keep pursuing it!

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  27. This year was a year to remember. I will never forget anything about it, especially the one and only, Mr. LaMarr. I want to thank Mr. LaMarr for getting us ready for fifth grade. He has taught me so many things, my brain might explode! Here are my top four experiences of this school year:


    One of my favorite field trips of this amazing school year was Westminster Woods. The view from the Outlook was beautiful, and the creek was fascinating. Blake, Christian, Nolan and I even found a rare larvae! A rough, but exciting part was the Cargo Net. I tried to tackle Mr. LaMarr, but was unsuccessful. I really enjoyed exploring the tide pools. I liked all the sea animals that were hiding in the rocks. I even found a sea star eating a clam! I loved climbing the sandstone rocks. One of my hobbies is climbing. If you climbed to the top of all the rocks, you had a perfect view right in front of you. Westminster Woods is an incredible place to have fun.


    Another memorable part of this school year was Friday Football. Even though I did not go to very many games because of Science Olympiad, the times when I did go were awesome. I remember barely pulling someone‘s flag as they were getting past our backline. It was fun to run as fast as I could all the time. Even though Friday Football was hard, I had an amazing time. I will definitely be back for Friday Football next year.


    I also had a great time on our field trip to the Exploratorium. Even though I had been there several times, I enjoyed reviewing the things I had seen before, and things I had not. One of my favorite parts was the dead rat exhibit. Sadly, it was not hands-on. Another fun exhibit was the giant mirror that made your reflection 3D! The experience at the Exploratorium has shown me the value of science.


    Finally, a fun and exciting part of this school year was Science Night. Our station was dry ice bubbles. We had many people trying our station, but the project next to us was attracting people away by the second! In order to keep our business going, we decided to hold competitions to see who could make the biggest cluster of dry ice bubbles. Our tallest cluster of dry ice bubbles was 30cm, our widest cluster was 35cm, and the largest width bubble was 15cm! Science Night has inspired me to look into a career in chemistry.

    These are four of my favorite parts of this school year. I also had a great time with my outstanding teacher, Mr. LaMarr. I would like to thank him for teaching me so many things, for helping my team with our Science Night project, and for giving extra time to do all the after school activities. I would also like to thank him for supporting me, and for encouraging me to do well. Thank you, Mr LaMarr, for being my teacher.

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    2. Science Night was FUN! (insert ! infinity more times here) William, thank you for participating in the dry ice group and touching dry ice for more than 3 seconds.

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    4. ˆ Lol!

      Great blog, William. I like the mix of your ideas along with the narration you provided. I like the idea of looking at a career in chemistry-we need more scientists! I also like that you guys created a new twist to your Science Night activity to get more people over to your station. Nice job.

      Thank you for all the kind things you said. I was happy to be your teacher this year. You added a lot to our year!

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    5. Thank you Mr. La Marr! I agree that I did well on the blog also!

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    6. Uh... Thanks again?

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    7. Man,(pant pant) That blog was hard!

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    8. Sorry, I think I exaggerated that a little too much? Fine. You got me. I totally over exaggerated.

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  28. All year long I have always been excited to go to school. My favorite part of the school year was the Westminster Woods field trip. I like adventure and Westminster Woods was adventurous. There were interesting creatures that we encountered. For example when we went to the tide pools we found an octopus. I have never seen an octopus in its real habitat. When we were waiting for Mr. LaMarr to go on our morning hike, out of trash can came a giant furry raccoon. He squeezed through a very small hole in the trash can and run off to the woods. The cabins were cool, too, because most of my friends were in same cabin with me. We even played chess.
    Mr. LaMarr is the most entertaining teachers I ever had. Among many other things, I enjoyed the sport games after school on Friday. I really liked Friday basketball. I played on the same team as my teacher but also against him. Usually the team with Mr. LaMarr was then winning team. Sometimes he would freely give the ball to the other team. It was fun staying at school on Friday.
    Science Night was amazing. Our Science Night project was a soap powered boats. The boat was made out of foam and when the soap was added to the boats opening in the back, the boat would move along the surface of the water. I was nervous until people started to come, but then I realized that it was actually really fun to explain how everything works. I was also delighted when I found out that some people liked our station the best. The night ended when we were cleaning our station and played around at the other stations at the same time.

    Now I only wish I can turn back time to the beginning of the year so I can have fun with Mr. LaMarr once again.

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    1. I have been excited to go to school every day this year as well. I loved reading your blog!

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    2. Nice job, Emma! I like your descriptions and your own thoughts-you blended them well. I am really glad you played Friday sports; it's fun! Westminster Woods was great, and I am really glad you enjoyed the trip. Thank you for your nice words; your last sentence is awesome!

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    3. I agree on your conclusion Emma! Mr. La Marr was a great teacher and friend through this school year!

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  29. My school year was great, thanks to Mr. La Marr. He has helped me a lot, and I am
    thankful for a great teacher like him. My favorite study was Science Night. I had lots of fun teaching science from adults to little kids. Our team did a soap powered model boat. However, we had people re-do our project because we either forgot to change the water or they forgot to put enough soap on the notch at the back of the boat. Science Night was a day that I had wanted to preform myself since second grade, when my sibling did it. I had lots of fun during Science Night. At Science Night, I had to explain the explanation to a little kid, and so I put my cookie I got down, so when I was done, I looked back and it was gone! Catie and Katie ate the rest of it. A trip I loved, but got hurt badly, was Westminster Woods. On the first day we went there, I got my left arm hurt. It was on the cargo net, and that pretty much ruined my trip. Even though that happened, the food was great, the naturalists were awesome, and I liked it a lot. At Westminster Woods, we found a dead banana slug, and it had its insides turning out. I actually don’t want to leave Mr. La Marr’s class because it’s so fun. Especially our Phantom Tollbooth discussions, they are funny and exciting. I also loved when some of our class went to one of the Kings’ games. My other classmates went and got random people’s autographs. There were also the baby races, and one baby fell and didn’t bother to get up, which was funny. Some of us also went to one of the River Cats’ game. Alexis, Emma, and I spent all of our money on food. And once again, some of my classmates got random people’s autographs. I liked our history/science study, where we built a circuit out of a big battery, a clothespin, a thin strip of tin foil, a rubber band, a tiny light bulb, and black duct-tape. It was fascinating to see the lights go off when we did it right. I also liked our static electricity study. My first balloon popped, but luckily Christain I made a balloon called Monkey Man. But sadly, he popped at my house. I also liked how we made a Pearley Monroe project about our favorite scene and drew it. I was also amazed that Marci Seither paid a visit to us, and I was happy that we met the author of, “The Adventures of Pearley Monroe.” Our science activity with the colors stacking up on each other at the beginning of the year was fun, however, it was challenging also. Since this fourth grade experience, I have lots of things the third graders will need to follow. I am actually sad to go on to fifth grade, and I will miss Room 15 a lot. But next year, we get to challenge the third graders on Science Night, which will be fun.

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  30. I have had a lot of fun this year. Some of my favorite things have been Science Night, going to Westminster Woods, reading great books in class, Math Quest, Gold Rush, Mr. LaMarr, and even just a normal day in the classroom. I loved this year so much and I will miss every one tremendously.
    Science Night
    On May 18, 2016, our class did an activity called Science Night. I was in a group with Alexis, Declan, and Emelia. We did an activity called balloon rockets, which involved the people coming to our station to blow up a balloon. Then, we taped the balloon to a straw, and it shot either upwards or across. This was really fun for me because I got to work with my friends on a fun science experiment that we got to choose. I loved seeing the happy and excited faces of the little kids, and even some of the parents!
    Westminster Woods
    On March 15-18 our class went to Westminster Woods, and I really liked this field trip. I enjoyed staying in a cabin with my friends, and I loved going to the tide pools to see all the sea creatures. My favorite part of the tide pools was sticking my finger in a sea anemone and watching as water squirted out of it. I also really liked the morning hike when most of my cabin was trying to get all ready to go. Mr. LaMarr came to our cabin and we hiked trough the cold morning air to the top of all of Westminster Woods, and it was extremely beautiful.
    The Books we read in Class
    Throughout this year my class read The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, By the Great Horn Spoon!, Number the Stars, Woodsong, and The Phantom Tollbooth. My favorite was The Phantom Tollbooth and my least favorite was Woodsong. I like The Phantom Tollbooth the best because it is full of idioms and there is lots of humor. It is also very clever, has good vocabulary and fun to read. I liked Woodsong the least because it was very violent and gory. For example, at one part of the book, one of Gary Paulsen’s dogs is spraying blood everywhere. It was hard for me to read that chapter because it was very macabre.
    Math Quest
    In September, my class started Math Quest, a simulation about math. I was in a team with Ana, Katie, Nolan and Riley. Our team name was the Icy Division Lords. My favorite part was when our group had to sing a song and Nolan and I acted like rock stars when we were singing Happy Birthday. I also really liked math relays in which the groups answered as many questions we could in a limited amount of time. Finally, I really enjoyed writing my own problem after every strategy.
    Gold Rush
    In December, our class did a gold rush simulation. It was really pleasant. I was in a team with Leina, Naomi, and Aidan. Our team name was The Gold Diggn’ Gals. Everyone thought this name was weird. I thought it was a little embarrassing too, even though I helped come up with the name. To get to California our team went through Panama. I was really nervous that we would have to try again. However, we made it to California and the only bad thing was we had to wait a little while for our ship to come. We were in second place until we gambled all our money away and the Golden Potatoes ended up winning. I had a great time doing this gold rush simulation.

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  31. Mr. LaMarr
    Mr. LaMarr is a funny, kind, and intelligent teacher. In fact, he is one of the best teachers I have ever had. He is very admirable and someone people can look up to. He is someone you feel like you can trust because he is very understanding and good at fixing problems. I thank him for being so dedicated and for teaching us so many things from how to make a website to how California became a state. He definitely deserved to be the Teacher of the Year. It is such an honor for me to be one of his students.
    A Normal Day in the Classroom
    Every day Mr. LaMarr always weaves something fascinating into our lessons and makes school so exiting. I cannot wait to go to school and see what Mr. LaMarr’s plans will be for the day. I really like school and I will be sad when it is over.

    I will miss everyone so much this summer. Everyone in this class was so nice and Mr. LaMarr was a wonderful teacher. However, I am excited to have Mrs. Darrow as my teacher next year. Riley, I hope you have a great time at your new school. I will miss you so much. Fourth grade has been a really fun year for me and I hope everyone (including you Mr. LaMarr) has a great summer.

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    1. Wonderful blog Josh! I also really enjoyed working in a Science Night group with you, Declan, and Alexis. I loved seeing the kids' excited faces as well.

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    2. Great job, Josh. I enjoyed reliving many fun parts of the year through your blog. I also liked how you worked macabre into the discussion about Woodsong. I have to agree with you on that point! Thank you so much for the nice things you said; I very much value that. I am glad that you are excited to have Mrs. Darrow. She is going to be a great teacher for this class. Be sure to visit next year!

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    3. Don't worry Mr. LaMarr! I will visit

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  32. I had a lot of fun in 4th grade. I learned a lot. Mr. La Marr found a fun twist on everything.
    The Exploratorium was a very exciting field trip. There was a thing were I went in a tunnel and there was gravel on the ground. I had to be as quiet as I could. The lower the number the better one did. There was also a glass tube filled up halfway. When I turned up the frequency more water splashed up. There was a table that made one have delayed speech. There was another table that let me choose what my voice sound like.
    We did a lot of fun science games together. Those included O Deer, Black Bears, and Deadly Links. O Deer was when we were all either environment or deer. After we did it we made a graph. In Black Bears we were all black bears trying to find food. In Deadly Links we either grasshoppers, moles, or hawks. I was a hawk. I ate moles who ate grasshoppers.
    There were odd moments in class together. One time John said, “Kirin pull up your pants,” it was very funny. Also twice Nolan, whose twin is Blake, (I can never tell them apart) tried to take his sweatshirt off, but he accidentally took off his shirt as well.
    We read some good books together. Those included The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, By the Great Horn Spoon, Number the Stars, Woodsong, and The Phantom Tollbooth. The Adventures of Pearly Monroe was about a boy named Pearly and his adventures. It takes place in California right after the gold rush. By the Great Horn Spoon is about Jack, a boy, and Praiseworthy, a butler. This takes place in a boat and California at the time of the gold rush. Number the Stars was about a girl trying to save her Jewish friend. This takes place in Denmark in World War II. Woodsong was a memoir about a man named Gary Paulsen who ran the Iditarod. It takes place in Minnesota and Alaska in the early 1990s. The Phantom Tollbooth is about Milo, a very melancholy boy. It takes place in a magical place called the Lands Beyond. There is no Rhyme or Reason.
    I really enjoyed 4th grade.

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    1. I agree that Mr. Lamarr makes a fun twist on everything, excellent blog Lily!

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    3. I am glad that you enjoyed 4th grade, Lily. We had fun this year. I am very happy to have had you as a member of room 15! You do great work!

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  33. 1-2 day(s) of school

    We got to try to make the colored waters stack. I was the first one to figure it out. My method was to squirt some of one color in, then squirt some of another color in and the colors would stack. But there’s one more piece to it. The different colors had to be put in curtain ways. I think the red and blue (+/positive) are the same, and the green and yellow (-/negative) are the same. It’s supposed to be positive, negative, positive, and then negative. Or negative, positive, negative, then positive.
    Supplies: 10 (I think) dry noodles, 1 foot long piece of duck tape, and a large marshmallow.
    You’re supposed to take these objects and create a tower with the marshmallow on top. My team made the tallest tower. It looked like the Eiffel tower. Mr. LaMarr said that we didn’t have too use the whole marshmallow, so we ended up eating 9/10 of the marshmallow.


    Gold panning in Coloma

    We went on a field trip to Coloma. We learned many things about the gold rush, including going to many different sites to learn even more about it. But my favorite part was when we got to pan for gold. It was a lot of hard work, but at least I found some gold. What is strange is, I found all the gold in quartz (a level 7 in strength mineral). Mr. LaMarr said he’s never had someone in his class find gold in quartz. Later on I lost it in my house. Which was very disipointing.


    Westminster Woods!!!!

    This was the best week of my life! I got to know my friends in a way I never thought of. We all experienced many things in different ways. I really liked that I could get a break from my parents. I also liked that my cabin had very often (more like always) stayed up till 12:00 or more, made funny jokes or stories (including our chaperon, Tony), and liked to freak others out (I made it so everybody thought my flashlight was a blaster). Rec time was awesome because there was a secret wooden fortress, but it was not so secret until someone found out about it and told others about it.
    The tide pools where amazing. I found the first sea slug and open sea anemone. I liked that there where a lot of rocks to clime. I also found, a rarely found, under water cave. I saw many anemones, sea stars, mussels, and barnacles. No one else saw it but it was cool, literately. I did not see Davy Jones (the octopus that was found), but I know one thing, I will see Davy Jones.


    Exploratorium

    There was more science then I ever thought
     How R2 D2 made sound
     Illusion mire
     Quiet room/fox walk
     Where’s the sound coming from?
     What’s the color?
     Toilet water/drink out of the toilet
     rat grave yard
     2000 year old camera
     whirl pool
     comet/dry ice on water
     banana slug, garden snail, and centipede
     cow eye dissection
     light transportation
     ghostly face
    And more!
    And these are just the ones I remember!


    Del Norte

    It was small, disappointing, weird, annoying, and fun.
    Fun/annoying:
    We played basketball.
     Will told Mr. LaMarr to crouch down, with the ball in his hand. Then Mr. LaMarr asked, “Why should I do that?” Will answered,” So I can run, jump onto you, then jump and make a hoop.” After they did it Will told me to do it with him. When I through the ball, it went through the under side of the hoop.
     While Tommy, Riley, and I were in the pool people were slashing at us so hard that we couldn’t even breathe!
     I didn’t pas the swim test at Del Norte because I forgot to take a breathe before I jumped into the pool.
    Small/disappointing/weird:
    Del Norte was smaller than I thought, the hill was weirder than I thought, and the different directions around Del Norte made no sense! They’re so restricting about the hill. The rule, you have to have a shirt on in the tennis court makes no sense, though Rhys and I kept trying to get past Mr. LaMarr to get into the court without are shirts on. Del Norte was fun.

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  34. This was the best school year of my life! And it wouldn’t have been if it weren’t for Mr. LaMarr. It’s going to be different next year without Mrs. Kraus and Mrs. Hurly. I wonder who our new principle is going to be next year.

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    1. The tide pools were amazing Aidan. I enjoyed getting to hold the gumbo chiton.

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    2. Yes I agree ,but we know that the new principal is a male!

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    3. I am glad that you enjoyed 4th grade, Aidan. You brought a lot to the class this year, and I am happy that you changed schools. I hope that fifth grade is just as good for you; I bet it will be!

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  35. I like the organization of your blog, good job!

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  36. One of the things I would like to write about is science night. At the beginning, it was hilarious because Zeta, Tavia, Lily, and I were calling each other good bartender or the messy group. I thought it was hilarious because the person who was named the “messy group” didn’t want to be a messy group and was chasing us. Another humorous section, was when we were trying to fire Tavia from pouring juices because she was a messy group who was getting the table soaking wet before science night even started (and we didn’t have table cloths!) I also remember when Emma, who was in the group to the left of us that contains Emma, Lauren, Katie E., and Catie B., had her dad come over to her group and do the experiment. When the boat floated her dad said “ ooooooo” and it was one of the funniest things I had heard come out of a grown up.


    Another thing I enjoyed about this year was reading the book Woodsong. I really enjoyed the fact that it was bloody and gory, which made the book very interesting to me. I enjoyed the part where the brush wolves were tearing at the doe’s behind and were ripping out her guts and insides, yet she was still on her feet. There were many life lessons in Woodsong, like when Gary Paulsen tied his arm on the sled and flopped around on the rocks like a piece of meat. I also enjoyed how descriptive he was during the book when there was a tense moment.

    The next thing to write about is Westminster Woods. Mr. Finnerty was drawing mustaches with sharpie marker on everyone who wanted one (even the ones from Pershing). Mine was a goatee connected to a bushy mustache. At Armstrong Redwoods National Park, we looked for salamanders, newts, and banana slugs we could lick to get in the Banana Slug Club, and get a lifetime membership. Another part was when there were coffee cakes for breakfast and I was in a Ro-Sham–Bo competition for the last three coffee cakes. Will and I were the final two contestants (Will was the winner and I got second place).

    The last thing I would like to write about is being in Mr. LaMarr’s class in general.
    He is one of the best teachers I have ever had and has made me excited about coming to school every day. I have loved all the book discussions that we have had in class because it has made me think of the different points of view other people see in life. I really enjoy the hands on things we do in class like figuring out how to make a lightbulb glow with a battery (type D), clothes pin, a piece of aluminum foil, and a small lightbulb. I also enjoyed the books we read such as The Adventures of Pearly Monroe, Woodsong, and The Phantom Tollbooth (reading still in progress) because they have good literature and they are very interesting books for our class to read.

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    2. I agree that the best part was the wolves ripping out the doe's guts too! It was really gross.

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    3. Nicely done, Sara. This is very well organized and easy to read. I like our literature discussions, too. It's fun to hear what everyone thinks about our books. I am glad you were able to attend Westminster Woods, even though you had to leave for a bit.

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  37. I had lots of favorite things this school year with Mr. La Marr.
    One of the things I most enjoyed was Science Night. Science Night was full of entertaining occurrences. For instance, I was helping Ben’s little brothers at our station, and the vial rocketed up, bounced off a tree, and then came back down hitting one of the boys on the head. Then when I was shaking a vial it exploded in my hand and everybody started to laugh. Another interesting moment was when the janitor had to go onto the roof to get the vials because we had lost so many. There were also some mishaps. A kid shook up a rocket then threw it on the floor and the rocket exploded on Emelia’s Dad’s foot. Another accident happened when a kid put the lid on the wrong way, then the foam inside the vial pushed the lid off. Our station was pretty action-packed and I really enjoyed the activity we chose.
    Westminster Woods was a great adventure. I spent most of my free time in the gaga pit. I liked the excitement of getting into the pit each time and competing with other athletes to try to be the last one in. William H. won a game of gaga ball and the DPM kids cheered. I also really liked the cargo net. It was hard to balance and walk on. We all fell into each other and made a big “dog pile.” We also tried to tackle Mr. La Marr but ended up falling onto each other. It was fun, even though it was painful to be on the bottom of the pile. The time I spent in the cabin with my friends, Blake, William H., Nolan, and Ben was memorable. There was a lot of teasing, joking, talking and singing Baby Ben, a hit single by Nolan Pogson. Some of my cabin mates were also with me for the ride to camp, Salt Point and Armstrong Redwoods. We laughed a lot, played a game called “Hesitation,” and ate many snacks. I think all of 4th Grade became better friends by the end of the week at Westminster Woods.
    Friday sports were extremely exciting. I loved spending my Friday playing flag football and basketball. I enjoyed playing sports with my friends and hanging out with Mr. La Marr, my awesome teacher. I liked catching the football and running to score a touchdown. I remember this one play were I was running across the field from half field and scored a touchdown, but both my flags were on my left hip so the defense couldn’t pull my flags. The touchdown got declined, but it was still the best run I have had. I was really disappointed not playing basketball last week because I was looking forward to it. I always enjoy Friday sports because we play for fun. Regular P.E was awesome too. I liked getting to play Jump the River, hockey, soccer, basketball, and Tom and Jerry. I liked Tom and Jerry the most because you got to be a cat and pull mice’s flags. You also got to be a mouse and try to get cheese from the kitchen and back to the mice hole without getting your flag pulled. I really enjoyed sports activities this year.
    The After School Parties were fantastic. It was fun playing baseball with a balloon and a meter stick, catching as many tennis balls I could, and giving the bear on the California Flag a red balloon butt. There is a lot of joking around at the after school parties. My sister always has to come pick me up from the classroom because I’m having too much fun, I always try and hide from her, but she finds me. The After School Parties were the best part of school, even though school is out when the party started.
    Regular school was sometimes hilarious. Like when Nolan was taking off his sweater in class and his shirt came off and he ran behind the teacher’s desk to put it back on and there was tons of laughter. Another funny moment was when Rhys came up to Mr. La Marr desk and gave the class an example of snorting cocaine. Mr. La Marr is also really funny like when Rhys gave a crazy answer and Mr. La Marr said, “ Next time stop at four beers not eight,” this made the class laugh.
    Thank you Mr. La Marr for all the wonderful experiences and learning you have provided Room 15!

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    1. Nolan taking off his sweater was really funny.

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    2. Nice blog! I agree, Science Night was really educational, memorable, and fun!

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    3. Yes I Know is was very funny!

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    4. Good blog post, Christian. I agree with your last statement in the Westminster Woods section. I think everyone does become better friends after camp. I enjoyed playing Friday sports with you, and I look forward to seeing you out there next year. Thank you for the compliments in your blog.

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  38. Introduction
    I had a very fun time this school year. I am very proud of myself, as I was at regular school level before and moved up to RL level the next year. Mr. Lamarr has been the best teacher I have ever had so far. He has always taught us very well and has always been helpful to his students with math if the student didn’t understand. He has also been a teacher I will always remember because of the fact that he is very humorous. He is someone in my life who I could talk to about any subject at recess or after-school. Over the trimesters of fourth grade I saw trends about lots of things that have never happened.


    Trimester #1
    Trimester one was very hard for me. I always was the kid who put very detailed answers, but it took me a very long time to get used to this new school. Despite the fact that I already knew 4 boys in my class I did not recognize really anyone in my class. It also took a very long time to make a couple of friends. It took even more time to know everyone in my class some-what decent. That was not the only problem in the first Trimester. I had soccer practice which made my homework even longer. I was fine with this after awhile, but it did take some work to get homework done. In the beginning of the trimester we had to read 20 books by May the 22nd. Which led me to the problem of staying up late doing homework. So I tried to read 50 pages of one of my 20 books every day, which was the first thing I did when I got home. I thought it was going to be okay doing 50 pages a day with my homework too because in the summer I did this practice testing program called IXL and doing 50 pages of reading every day of the summer, which I had all day to do. Then my parents decided that I could only do reading on Saturday and Sundays so I could focus on getting my core homework done because it took me awhile. I still did my homework late because not reading 50 pages only reduced 1 hour, so I was probably done with all my homework at 8:00 PM every day. In school our very first book we read as a class was The Adventures of Pearley Monroe by Marci Seither. The book was jam-packed with mystery and adventure. I remember that my favorite part was when Pearley and his little sister Cordelia heard something in the bushes and saw a mama bear chasing them until Pearley and Cordelia ran 50 yards. Everybody in my class loved this book. The thing that most impressed me in the first trimester was that Mr. Lamarr had his own website that he built himself. I ended up making lots of friend in the first trimester of school. My class even got to spend a day in Colomba because that is where Pearley Monroe lived. This field trip was one of the best field trips of the school year. I ended up making lots of friends in the first trimester, which made me feel welcome at the school.


    Trimester #2
    Trimester 2 was a blast and I had way better grades compared to the 1st trimester. I started to pay attention in class more often which made me feel that the class was a great fit for me. In the 1st trimester I would get called out once a month but in trimester 2, I rarely ever got called out. In the second trimester, we got to see Marci Seither the author of The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. I was the very first one to ask her if she was Marci Seither, and she said that she was Marci Seither. Then everyone started crowding on her and a lot of people in my class were asking her a lot of questions. She explained to the class how she got the idea to make the book. Even better my whole class could have lunch with her. She was a really nice and great author. Marci Seither’s son married my teacher’s daugher, which is not how my teacher met Marci Seither. When my teacher told us that we were all shocked! My class read other books as a class.

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  39. The second book my class read was By The Great Horn Spoon. This book was my favorite book we read as a class because all of the perseverance the two main characters had who were Jack and Praiseworthy. Praiseworthy is a butler who works for Aunt Arabella, Jack’s Aunt, and Jack is the nephew of Aunt Arabella. Jack and Praiseworthy lived in Boston, but Aunt Arabella was starting to become broke. Jack and Praiseworthy decided to go to the gold rush so that they could make Aunt Arabella rich again. Praiseworthy changed from a polite man into manly man. Praiseworthy’s new name was Bullwhip. At the same time, Praiseworthy really wants to marry Aunt Arabella but, that would laugh Aunt Arabella straight out of Boston. Once Jack and Praiseworthy had lots of gold they fell in the water and let go of the gold because it was too heavy to swim up with so they gave it up and go back on land. Then they would go back home with no money, but they saw Aunt Arabella at the gold rush. Bullwhip asked Aunt Arabella if she would marry him. Aunt Arabella said yes. They all lived as a happy family in the gold rush. Best of all we had this awesome trip called Westminster Woods. This was the best trip of the school year for me. We got to stay there for a week and every day my class would do something different. On the first day we set up our stuff and got to explore Westminster Woods. On the second day we explored the place even more. On the 3rd day we went to the Tidepools. On the 4th day we went to Armstrong Redwoods. On the 5th day we packed up and played fun games. The trip was awesome and a very memorable 4th grade moment. Trimester 2 was awesome.


    Trimester #3
    Trimester 3 was the period that really counted toward 5th grade. Our next year 5th grade teacher would be Mrs. Darrow who was a great teacher and was really fun to see her call out people that were not listening in class. This year my class is reading The Phantom Tollbooth. Everyone is very into this book and we are still reading today. The book is really great, but I’m not going to tell what it is about. Why? Because it’s way better when you don’t know anything before you read it. Anyway, it is a really good book that I recommend to read. This trimester was also very fun and smooth unlike the first trimester. Even better this trimester my class got to do these fun stations that we could run. The event was called Science Night. What people would do is come to our station and do our science experiment, which was called the Dry Ice Bubble. What you would do is fill a small cup almost all the way up. Then we would put a piece of dry ice in the cup of water. Then we would put cheese cloth over the bubbling cup and would put a little bit of soap and it would make these huge bubbles that you could pop and smoke would come out. The smoke is actually was carbon-dioxide because dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide. There were way more stations, like the make your own putty station. My team thought that we were a very popular station. I totally was awesome for sure. A really funny thing was that once or twice this kid in my class would take off his shirt accidentally and his name was Nolan and everyone would laugh. Everything was good. Also in this trimester my class got to make our own websites about Westminster Woods poetry. What we would do is make multiple poems about Westminster Woods. Mine made a lot of people want to throw up. Which I understand, but I still liked it and I knew that other people would like it too. For Social Studies my class learned how California became a state.


    Conclusion
    Working with Mr. Lamarr has been amazing and a treat for me to be a student of Del Paso Manor. Mr. Lamarr and my parents have got me out of the rough times. I will always remember Mr. Lamarr as my favorite teacher. It has been an honor to be a student of Del Paso Manor.

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    2. Good summary of the year, Max. You did a good job of mixing your thoughts with the narration. I am glad the the year got easier for you, and I am also glad you came to DPM. You have done well this year. Thank you for the nice words you wrote. It's been an honor to have you in my class.

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  40. One of my favorite memories from the school year was when we went to the tidepools at Westminster Woods. I climbed on rocks and found amazing sea creatures I have never seen before. I saw whales shoot water from their spouts and their tails fling up in the air. When we returned from the tide pools we went to go eat dinner and the food at Westminster Woods was some of the best food I have ever had. We had dinner at about 5:30PM, so when I went back to our cabin I was starving. I eventually went to sleep.
    Science Night was the best science activity I have ever been to. This activity was also hard too. Since I was in 2nd grade, I have been looking forward to this project and I think I did well on it. My station, Rocket Fuel, was a little dangerous. Ms Riley, Christian's mom, almost got hit by a plastic vile when the cap exploded from the top. A student in Mrs.Hurley's class wouldn't listen to Nolan, so he put a plastic vile on our piece of paper that explained what was happening in the vile. Nolan then took it off and the kid put it back on this went for a couple more times. When Nolan took the vile off our script, it exploded upward right into his face, but luckily he had safety goggles on so it didn't injure him.
    Mr. LaMarr is one of the best teachers I have ever had. I absolutely love talking to him at lunch. He is very humorous and he also puts up a good conversation. He's easy to work with and I get along with him well. One of my favorite jokes was when he said, "When someone is falling off there chair just grab them by the hair."
    I will also remember Friday Football. I scored so many touchdowns, Mr. LaMarr named me the "Touchdown Machine."
    In Coloma, I was sure I was going to find gold, but I realized it was a lot harder than I thought. I didn't even find one piece of gold dust!
    In the Gold Rush Game, my team were the Panning Pioneers. It was easier mine for gold in the game. Our team didn't win, but we had fun.
    Overall, I would say that this year has been the best school year ever in my life. I will still see Mr. LaMarr next year, but I'll miss his class. Thank you Mr. LaMarr.


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    2. Well done, Blake! You added good ideas to the main stories you told. I enjoyed all the same things that you wrote about, as well. I am really glad that the year went well for you, and I hope that you visit next year (and play football again!). Thank you for your kind words!

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  41. Sorry I couldn’t make my blog as long as I intended to, but I have a few highlights from throughout the year. First, I wanted to say that I love to have an award winning teacher and I’m so happy for him. Even though he left a lot I know he didn’t want to. I’m so glad that I got to have such an amazing teacher.

    Secondly, I loved Friday football and basketball. I loved to make diving catches and saves. My favorite part about this was when I brought the football all the way across the field without getting my flag pulled off. Sometimes it was painful but it was very fun.

    Thirdly, I loved reading the books together. My favorite book was Phantom Tollbooth. I loved all the word play in the book and I loved how he made the characters from words. I also loved the book “Woodsong.” It was gross but funny. I also thought that h was good at writing that book.

    I also loved going on the field trips. My favorite one was Westminster Woods. My loved going on the cargo net and playing with Mr. La Marr. Some people got hurt, like when Jackson got a rope burn on his eye and when Lauryn almost broke her hand. I didn’t get hurt, though.

    Now in closing
    Let me say
    My most favorite part of this year was
    Getting to know my teacher better
    And having fun with him whenever.

    Thank you SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH Mr. La Marr

    Love, Will
    And I mean it!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Yours truly, JoshMay 26, 2016 at 4:35 PM

      Good job Will! However, I think our blogs were supposed to be a little more formal.

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    3. Well organized flow of ideas, Will. I had fun at all the same things you mentioned here. I hope you are back at Friday sports next year-you are a very good athlete, and I enjoyed throwing to you in football. I always enjoy how you end your blogs as they have a fun twist. You are most welcome; it was my honor to work with you this year. Thank you so much for all the nice things you said. I truly do appreciate them immensely.

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  42. Who would’ve thought that fourth grade could be so amazing. From learning new topics to going new places, I had a great time. I loved everything about it, and have so many favorite moments. Fourth grade might be one of the best school years I’ve ever experienced.

    On of the best weeks of fourth grade would have to be Westminster Woods. Even though it took over two hours to get there, it was definitely worth it. Westminster Woods didn’t turn out the way I expected, it was even better! There were way more trees than I thought there would be, which makes sense, seeing that we were in the middle of a redwood forest. When we met our counselors, they gave us a tour of the grounds. My counselor taught us trail games as we walked. When we got to the redwood grove, we were taught a game called camouflage. Then, that night, we had a campfire. We were all taught a ton of campfire songs, and couldn’t get them out of our heads for the rest of the week.

    The next day we went to Salt Point for tide pooling. We had just finished our tide pool presentations at school, so we looked for all of the animals. I eventually found the animal I did my groups presentation on, the Nudibranch. Some people found an octopus right when they got down to the tide pools. That day was a lot of fun. It was the same day that Kiran’s dad drew a beard and mustache on my face in sharpie! The next day, we went to Armstrong Redwoods. I loved putting the “old man’s beard” on my chest, so it looked like I had a real beard. The hike back down to the cars was very painful because my ankle joints were really sore. Despite being the last one down, I saw a lot of cool trees and goose pens. The last day of camp was creek day. I found a water penny under a rock, along with other cool bugs. They could only live in clean water, which means that the creek is very clean. When we finally had to go home, I was so sad I felt like crying. I still remember watching the last redwood disappear into the distance.

    An other one of my favorite fourth grade memories would be the reading discussions. Especially with the book we’re reading right now, The Phantom Tollbooth, they can get really exciting. A lot of times I want to stay in at recess and after to school to keep discussing the chapters. The reading discussions also can get very complex. In The Phantom Tollbooth, things can become so confusing, and we all have to work together to understand the wordplay that is used, along with the riddles that are worked into the sentences. Some of the chapters are not that long, so we don’t have a really long reading discussions. My favorite chapters to have reading discussions on are the long, and exciting chapters that have a lot of word play. During the reading discussions, I catch phrases in the book that I had read over at home.

    I enjoyed all of the projects that we did in fourth grade, but my favorite ones were the Pearley Monroe, Gold Rush, and By the Great Horn Spoon projects. The Pearley Monroe project was one of my favorites, mostly because I love the book. There were many scenes to choose from, so I did the one that I could see the most vividly, the Piety Hill Bakery scene. The building was burning down, so I got to use the red leaves off of my tree in the back yard. The clouds were kind of hard to make because I had to make it look like the smoke was mixed in. My favorite part of the project was when I made the river out of glue and tiny glass beads. The reason why I liked the Gold Rush project was because the Gold Rush game was one of my favorite parts of the year. I chose the gambling hall scene because that was the most exciting and nerve-racking part of the game. The By the Great Horn Spoon project was really fun because the book was really exciting, and I found a lot of rules to choose from for my poster.

    Fourth grade was up to the top with excitement, and I wish I could relive it over and over again. I had an amazing teacher, learned amazing things, and will always miss room 15. As much as I loved this last school year, I can’t wait to start the next one.

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  43. If I had to choose the best part of fourth grade it would be…the first day of school, the day we mixed and stacked multiple liquids with different colors, plus we go to sit where we wanted. Blue went to the bottom because it was the deepest (darkest) color. The other colors, red, yellow, and green, went to whatever order you put them to. My first order was blue, red, green yellow. My friends who were sitting next to me, Justin, Tommy, and Ben, all on their first tries mixed the colors in their test tubes (vials).

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  44. Episode 1, The subject menace
    Part 1


    LANGUAGE ARTS: Spelling/Vocabulary
    Spelling:
    The spelling is really easy. I mean easy. I got 2nd place on the school spelling bee and it was fun. We have to write our own tests and Mr. Lamarr said the words. There was about 18 words in the test and 2-5 sentences. We also had to write 1-2 spelling rules. They are SO HARD TO REMEMBER!!!!!!!!!
    Vocabulary:
    The vocabulary tests are also easy, and when I practice, I think of them as a game. So there are also reading vocabulary tests, and those are… not so easy. The tests usually come at Friday, and sometimes on Thursday. Other than that, they are easy.

    MATH:
    Math is awesome, and it is a handy subject for solving problems. My favorite subject in math is calculating volume and area. However, it is too bad that it is the shortest lesson in the book. I learned A LOT of arithmetics and other stuff. I am very good in math, and my dad has a Ph D. in civil engineering. There was a game in math called math quest, and it was super fun. I was in The Mathematical Monsters, and we got fifth place. This test about multiplying and dividing fractions I think; most people got twos or ones. However, I was spared by the “Great Depression in Math” and got a three. It was so hard, that Mr. LaMarr told us that we were lucky if we got a two. Well, maybe it’s time for me to do a victory dance because I got a three... (writing paused for 1 hr.) ...okay i’m back. So maybe math is hard, but WHO CARES!!! I also do fifth grade math and that is very easy even though i’m in 4th grade.

    READING:
    Having the skill of reading is very lucky, because many people DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW TO READ! Well, my favorite book is Phantom Tollbooth, and I like all the paradoxes and parallels. However, Phantom Tollbooth is just plain confusing. Next! *clap* *clap*. Okay, my next one is Pearley Monroe. It is a fascinating story about a black who lived in the 1860’s, not the 1960’s. That was the time when disco suits were around. My favorite part about Pearley Monroe is when Mrs. Barnsworth accused Chen of stealing her diamond bracelet. However, it was actually a raccoon. The reading quizzes are only 4 questions long, but they are hard.

    SOCIAL STUDIES:
    Everybody knows the history of California, right? Well if you don’t, then study it now. My favorite part of social studies is transportation. Transcontinental Railroad is one of my favorite 1800’s method of transportation. That was what I, William and Kyle made for the thinglink project. We had so many pins that it was overflowing. A war we learned in social studies is the war between America and Mexico. It was very bloody and gross. The mission system was not nice and they treated the native americans unfairly. Gold rush was also fun too. There was this game called Gold Rush and we had only a few gold nuggets at the end of the game.

    SCIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:
    Science is my most favorite subject in school. Period. My favorite part of science is about electricity and quarks. The six “flavors” of quarks are top, bottom, up, down, charm, and strange quark. There was also life science and we did this redwood project. I was really tired. Probably the two nights I spent typing the final draft had to do something with it. Well, it was really fun in science.

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    2. Episode 2, The rise of the field trips
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      COLOMA:
      In Coloma, we went to Pearley’s house and I think I felt a ghost. Also, I saw the worn stone prison. We got to see John Sutter’s old mill, which was a replica…? We saw an old village and miner’s cabins and Chinese houses. The class got to learn about the different tools for mining gold and more! The scavenger hunt was really cool! I also got my own prairie ring, if it is pronounced that way. On the field trip, I thought I forgot my lunch! However, I found it in my way backpack on the way back.

      CALIFORNIA CAVERNS:
      Crash Report
      [Error!]
      file not found-begin reading disk immediately!
      errorcode://text not found in disk
      crash report was sent

      OLD SACRAMENTO:
      In old Sacramento, I saw many remnants of the ancient boom of the gold rush. There were lots of buildings and monuments. I got to see underground tunnels and learned that the city was raised by 12 feet. There was also this tale about a guy who hijacked steam pipes and led it to his coffee shop. He wasn't found doing so for 40 years! We also learned about old printing presses for the type that put letters backwards then covered with ink. I even got my own wanted poster….

      SACRAMENTO EXPLORATORIUM:
      In the Sacramento Exploratorium, I learned about the history of California, Japanese Internment Camps, Angel Island, Gold Rush, technology, movies, and ice cream. Wait, did I just say ice cream?! Well, what I learned was, that the internment camps and Angel Island are not allowed in the state constitution. I also saw the wall of rights and the most biggest word was “RIGHTS”. I also ate lunch at the state capital.

      WESTMINISTER WOODS:
      At westminister woods, it was really fun. The cabins, i’m going to describe it in a poem:
      The flashing of lights before bed time,
      loud laughing that can be heard from the dining hall,
      craziness of the cabin,
      smell of dirty gym socks and gas,
      soft sleeping bag at night.
      I also remember Mr. LaMarr telling the cabin to shut up because we were laughing so hard, it could be heard from the dining hall. Some funny moments was when Tommy took off his clothes in the restroom to shower and he was dancing! Another one was when I forgot my pants and said “Oopsy! I forgot my pants in the cabin!” Then I put on my towel and walked back to the cabin.
      At the tidepools, I didn’t bring my camera on purpose because I didn’t want it to get wet. However we saw a giant sea anemone and an octopus. The octopus was so rare, that Mr. Lamarr only saw it 4 times in 26 years! He said he regretted to not bring his camera. In the woods, I and some other boys found a “secret” spot. It had an old deteriorating redwood and tannin was coming apart so much , that we could use it as paint and rubbed it on our cheeks as Native Americans did. It was so sad when we left.

      THE SAN FRANCISCO EXPLORATORIUM:
      At the San Francisco Exploratorium, there was a bunch of cool stuff. There was a cow eye dissection, banana slugs, spectrum of light, deteriorating rats, and more! My most favorite was the 2000 year old camera! It was pretty cool. However, It took so long to get back!

      DEL NORTE:
      Del Norte was really fun! We got to swim, play tennis, and play basketball! Tennis was really fun! Also swimming, but my dad forgot my goggles! At lunch, I got 4-5 servings of pizza! That was a lot of pizza. Then, we walked home. The luggage was so heavy, it took me forever to get back!

      SAFETYVILLE:
      At the Safetyville scavenger hunt, I got a big disadvantage because I didn’t know much about Spanish, but Blake and Nolan’s dad helped us along the way. It was super fun!

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    4. THE SPELLING BEE:
      I was the schoolwide 2nd place champion of the Spelling Bee! The champion 1st place is Maddox. However, I was really scared when it was down to me and Maddox. I was really nervous, I spelled melancholy wrong! Well, that was a blotch. However, a bunch of people congratulated me.

      ARTS NIGHT:
      Arts night was really cool, and I got honorable mention for my art piece. I chatted with Aidan, looked at my art piece, chatted with Aidan ,and looked at my art piece. I chatted with Aidan about how everything isn’t possible without science( backed by math) and how math says there is another universe inside a black hole.

      SCIENCE NIGHT:
      For science night, we were the Californian Chemists (I, William, Max, and Ben.)
      We were doing dry ice bubbles and we were the most popular station. I found out when you touch dry ice for more than 3 seconds, it burns. I remember when CHRISTIAN made a bag of dry ice explode and dry ice spilled everywhere. It was really fun, and we put the dry ice in a tub of water.

      RIVER CATS GAME:
      Well, the game sucked, because the rivercats lost. Well, I rolled down a hill, and then ran back up and dodged my classmates then I repeated it over and over again. I also ate heck’a lot of dippin dots and ice cream. It was really fun. At the start of the game,, the river cats got a head start. However, at the end of the game, the bees beat them by 4-5 points I think.

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    6. Episode 4: The Conclusion Awakens
      Part 1

      CONCLUSION:
      Mr. LaMarr is the person who made 4th grade fun for me, and I wish I could stay in 4th grade forever. Thank you Mr. LaMarr for making fourth grade fun, and helping me transition to 5th grade.

      Best wishes,
      Justin Pham.

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    7. I'm so tired since I did 84% of this blog today.

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    8. Good job Justin! I enjoyed Del Norte as well.

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    9. I love your blog Justin! it is so cool and funny to read and I like how each of your sections is a different Star Wars episode!

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    10. Not rise of the field trips!

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    11. You may have been loud in the cabins, but "shut up" wasn't what I said! I did have to tell your group to quiet down, though.

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    12. That was an entertaining blog to read, Justin! The structure and the writing with all your comments really kept my attention! You highlighted so many parts of the school year, and you gave many comments a long the way. Fun reading! I am glad you enjoyed 4th grade, and that you feel ready for 5th grade.

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  45. I had many enjoyable moments in fourth grade. My teacher, Mr. La Marr, made all these events possible. He taught me a lot about science, math, reading, writing, and California History. I have enjoyed every moment of fourth grade. I cannot list everything ii enjoyed, so I chose to list the top ten.

    Westminster Woods
    Westminster Woods was an awesome experience. Set in California's redwood forest, it is an amazing environmental camp! Before While at Westminster Woods, we took trips to the tide pools of Gerstle Cove and Armstrong Redwoods State Park. I saw a purple octopus in the tide pools. I also saw a sea star with four arms. I crouched inside a goose pen at Armstrong Redwoods State Park. A goose pen is a hollowed out redwood tree. My cabin consisted of Myself, Josh, Declan, Kiran, Tommy, and Riley. I had a great time! I was disappointed when we had to go home, but I still enjoyed every moment of the car ride!

    Science Night
    Science Night was another great experience. My team members (other than myself) were Kiran and Rhys. Our group made putty from scratch with glue and laundry detergent. We were very successful. There were eight other stations, too. I even tried some of them! I was sad when we had closed up our station to leave, even though we were the last team still working the experiment we had created! I had a lot of fun working with my team to put on Science Night, and we each contributed a lot of information and supplies.

    Exploratorium
    I was able to do a lot of interesting hands-on exhibits on our field trip to the Exploratorium. I saw the entire city of San Francisco made out of toothpicks! It was amazing and it is constantly being added to. Being on the edge of San Francisco Bay was great, especially when we ate lunch outside. There were even some outside experiments, plus a bay observatory.The car ride was long, but we watched Star Wars: The Force Awakens on the way.

    Math Quest
    Math Quest began early in the school year. The purpose was to reach the chest at the end of the road. To get there, we had to earn travel dots by completing homework. To advance in the game, there were various gates to go through. My team was made up of Catie, Christian, Naomi, and I. We were called the Negative Numbers and though we didn't win first place, we had a lot of fun! I especially liked all the different problem solving strategies we learned.

    Gold Rush
    Our Gold Rush simulation game was enjoyable. My team; the Mini Miners, consisted of Tavia, Will, Catie, and I. We collaborated well, earned a lot of gold nuggets, got outstanding grades on our outlines and had fun. Again, even though we didn't win first place I still enjoyed myself.

    Independent Reading Program
    The Independent Reading Program was fun because I was able to enjoy several different genre types of books. I read Poetry, History, Science Fiction,
    Humor, Biography, Fantasy and much more. The Independent Reading Program also pushed me to read more than ever in order to fulfill my 20 books. My favorite books to read were the Theodore Boone series books by John Grisham. They were filled with suspense.

    Blogging
    Blogging was also enjoyable. I was able to share my ideas with the entire world, and (in blogs such as this one) explain my thoughts. I commented on many different topics, such as Internment Camps, The Native Californians in the Missions, and stories from Old Sacramento.

    Jog-A Thon
    I enjoyed DPM's Annual Jog-A_Thon, because we were outside enjoying the awesome weather. I ran over two miles in 30 minutes! After we ran, all the runners were given popsicles to enjoy. We even got free T-shirts for participating! The Jog-A-Thon was an awesome experience!

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    1. All of these events are special, but the best part about fourth grade is coming into the classroom every day and looking forward to learning. Mr. La Marr makes every day of learning enjoyable, and in the process teaches us a lot of information. I am glad I have him as my fourth grade rapid learner teacher. I have learned a lot about California History, Math, Writing, and much more. I collaborated with other people very well, wrote multiple-paragraph essays, created my own Math problems, and experienced the hardships of the California Gold Rush. All of that wouldn't have been possible without Mr. La Marr. He has helped me when I had difficulties writing my redwood report. He has helped me learn difficult strategies in math. And
      Thank you for reading my last blog post. I have really enjoyed fourth grade.

      Written By: John F.

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    3. I liked reading your blog, John. Every day I look forward to learning as well.

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    4. Great job, John! I like the organization of your blog and all the favorites that you cited. I am also glad that you looked forward to coming to school each day. We had fun this year, and you were a big part of making it that way. Thank you for your kind words; I have enjoyed all our conversations this year!

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  47. I absolutely loved this school year! My awesome teacher made it a truly amazing experience for me. It is extremely hard to pick just a few events out of what we have done all year because I really loved them all! So, I think I’ll pick out my top five. Here we go! One of my favorite things at school was the first day of school. This was probably one of the most special moments in my entire life because I met a new friend. Her name is Zoey, and she is super amazing just like all my other friends including, Naomi, Ana and some other people that I haven’t mentioned in this blog post. From that day on, we have been best friends forever.

    Another part that I really liked about this school year was when we played Math Quest. It was such a fun game to take part in. I had an amazing and extremely intelligent team that was really fun to work with. I especially loved this game because my favorite subject in school is math. I love everything that consists of some sort of math, especially this game. The joy I experienced whenever we did well was tremendous because I was proud of what we had accomplished together.

    A third part that I like about this school year was when we played a game that was called “Gold Rush”. I loved this game because it took me through the pain and hardships of the real Gold Rush. This was a great experience for me because I was able learn a lot about the California Gold Rush while having fun with my extraordinary teammates that made the whole thing super fun. I couldn’t ask for a better team to work with.

    I have yet a fourth favorite part in the year and that is when we went to Westminster Woods. That camp was absolutely, positively, amazing. I had such a great time with my friends on the tire swing, cargo net, tide pools, and all of the other really fun places that we got to visit. Westminster Woods was like three field trips in one. There was the campsite, of course, and two other awesome places that we went to during the week. Those two places were the tide pools and Armstrong Redwoods. While we were at the tide pools I got to be the queen of the rock and see all sorts of both cool and cute sea creatures. There were pink nudibranchs, gumbo chitons, sea stars, and lots and lots of acorn barnacles and mussels. Some of the many big rocks that were there were completely covered in mussels and acorn barnacles with little stone showing. After that, we went to Armstrong Redwoods and it was amazing! Armstrong Redwoods is beautiful and full of outrageously tall redwoods with millions of small and cute redwood sorrel growing underneath.

    Here we go again with one of my favorites! This is my fifth one so far! I also loved it when we went to the Exploratorium because we went there on my 10th birthday so it was like a birthday present to me. There were so many amazing things at the Exploratorium do I had absolutely no idea whatsoever what to do first. There was one helmet looking thing that I put on my head that switched my ears around so that my mom was talking to me from the right, but her voice was coming from the left. There was also this one station that we I went to and when I put the headphones on, turned the dial that was on the desk, and talked into the microphone, I sounded like a chipmunk. Then, I turned the dial the other way and I had a super low voice! That was so much fun! There are many other things that I did while I was there, but if I told you about all of them, then we would be here for weeks.

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  48. Another part about the school year that I really liked was the first few days of school, because we did a density activity in class where we had to stack up liquids with different densities. I really liked this experiment because it was fun to try and compete with my friends to see who could be the first person to get the combination of the different liquids right, and then stack them up, one on top of the other. As much fun as it was, it was also extremely hard for me because since there were four different liquids, there were a lot of different possible combinations to try out. I actually never got the right combination, however, I somehow managed to stack up the liquids in the wrong order and it still worked, even though it shouldn't have worked.

    One of my favorite parts about the school year was near the end when we did Science Night. My team was absolutely amazing with all of the work that they did to make sure that our station during science night was a success, and it was! Our poster looked great and so did our setup. At one part we had this huge rush of people that came to our station and it was rather challenging to handle, but we helped each other out and we were able to manage it all. There were a lot of people at Science Night this year, and it was harder to handle than I had originally expected it to be. Overall, I think that Science Night was a huge success. I'm so happy!

    One more part about the school that I liked very much was when we went to Del Norte for the school day, instead of staying at Del Paso Manor Elementary School. Del Norte was so much fun because I got to swim and play with all of my friends and have a good time. While I was there, I played a lot of tennis and basketball, and swim quite a bit. It was a lot of fun to go swimming with my friends and play tennis with them too. I also liked playing basketball with my teacher, Mr. La Marr, and a few other kids that were also in my class. I was very active at Del Norte and the food was great. I very much appreciate the parents and everyone else that helped out with the field trip and the amazing picnic that was held beside the pool. I hadn't had that much fun all at once for a while, so I was very happy to go and hangout with my friends at Del Norte.

    Wow! Instead of typing up just five things, I actually typed up 1...2...3...4...5...6...7...8 things! I guess I just got so swept away in my writing, I lost count. The school year has come and gone extremely fast and I will for sure miss fourth grade with Mr. La Marr. I have done so many fun things in the classroom with my awesome classmates and teacher. However, I will have to say goodbye to fourth grade and say hello to fifth. I have done so many things this year and i just wish that I could go back in time and restart the whole school year. However, I don't have the ability to do that and my fourth grade school is coming to a close.

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  49. Nice job, Leina! I really enjoyed going to Del Norte as well.

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  50. I really appreciate the nice comment Emelia. (>'-')> hugs

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  51. I really liked the field trip to Westminster Woods. I had a great time at the tide pools and at Armstrong Redwoods. I learned a lot about sea life and plants. It was really fun to touch the tide pool creatures and actually see them up close. Recreation time was also fun. I liked the food there too. Another field trip I really liked was the field trip to Del Norte. I played baseball, basketball, and went swimming. I also had delicious pizza.

    Mr. La Marr does some fun activities after school. I had a great time playing Friday Football. Once I caught the ball, took off running, and jumped past two people without realizing they each took a flag. I ran to the end zone and dived past it. I also liked the after party. I invented the triple catapult with KEVA planks along with several triple catapult towers which I don’t want to name.

    Science Night was awesome. I was in the dry ice group. My group had tons of people wanting to try our station and most of them stayed there for most of the night. Twice we had ripped bags. The first time I picked up a bag of dry ice and dry ice spilled everywhere. Multiple times I lifted up that bag to get dry ice at the bottom of the cooler and more dry ice spilled out. Once Max took that bag out of the cooler and, ignoring my warnings, began to smack it against the edge of the patio. He made an enormous mess. The second time Justin got a bag and started to hit it against the edge of the patio when Christian came over from his station, the station next to our station, and asked if he could do that. Justin said yes and gave Christian the bag but as soon as Christian started hitting the bag on the edge of the patio the bag exploded and sprayed dry ice everywhere. At one point Justin’s little brother Brian took the gloves and started playing with some dry ice that William’s brother Daniel had, without permission, brought to a tub of water. A couple of times I left my station to do other things. Once I went to the station next to my station. Christian told me to pour vinegar into the vial, put in an antacid tablet, shake the vial, and put the cap on, and I did it. The lid exploded off the vial and hit a tree branch. Christian walked away and suddenly Blake ran up and put the lid back on. I tilted the vial towards myself and told him that the chemical reaction had already happened, and then the vial blew up in my face.

    My favorite book we read in class is definately The Phantom Tollbooth. The author, Norton Juster, is really good at wordplay and creates characters like the Which, the Spelling Bee, and the Dodecahedron, who literally has twelve faces. In The Phantom Tollbooth, you can actually jump to conclusions. Although we haven’t finished it yet, there is no doubt that The Phantom Tollbooth is my favorite book of the year.

    Mr. La Marr has a few different educational games. One of them was Math Quest, which was very fun. Oh Deer, How Many Bears, and Deadly Links were also fun. However, my favorite game was probably the Gold Rush game. It was really fun and I learned what life was like for gold miners.

    One of the funniest incidents in fourth grade was when Nolan accidentally took his shirt off in class. Soon after that everyone started laughing. Overall, fourth grade is my favorite school year.

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    1. You didn't Invent the triple catapult, I did!

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    2. Nolan taking off his shirt was funny! Good job!

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    3. Ben what were you talking about???

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    4. Good highlights of your favorite parts of the year, Ben. I am glad that you enjoyed class this year. I agree that getting to see the tide pool animals up close is fun, and The Phantom Tollbooth is a great book!

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