Sunday, May 21, 2017

5 Sentence Blog



"I never knew words could be so confusing," Milo said to Tock as he bent down to scratch the dog's ear. 

"Only when you use a lot to say a little," answered Tock.

Milo thought this was quite the wisest thing he'd heard all day. 

-Norton Juster in The Phantom Tollbooth



In this, the final blog of the year, you get to tell the world anything you want about fourth grade. We have done a lot this year: we've spent a week in the woods, we've been underground twice, we visited the site of the gold discovery that kicked off the world's biggest voluntary migration of people, and we've visited internees from the Japanese Internment Camps. We've read awesome literature, had amazing discussions about the books, and we got to visit with the author of our first book. We've played a couple of games where we learned about mathematical problem solving and the California Gold Rush. We've created media for the world to learn from us, and we've entertained the community with incredible hands-on science. You have also created some incredible structures with Keva planks and K'Nex. We've also laughed a lot along the way. Those events are just a handful of the highlights of this school year. 

You get to pick anything about fourth grade that you wish to tell a reader, except for the California Gold Rush. That topic has been amply covered. The challenge, though, is to follow the message in Tock's advice to Milo: you only get a few words to say a lot; Faintly Macabre comes to mind here, too. You have FIVE sentences to tell your reader about your chosen topic. The power of your sentences needs to be strong in order to fully tell your reader what you want to say. Choose wisely! 

133 comments:

  1. There is so much to say, it will be hard to put it all into 5 sentences.

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  2. I agree with you, Breana.

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  3. Mr. La Marr’s fourth grade class is like a roller coaster filled with adventure, laughter, friends, learning, encouragement, and challenge! Mr. La Marr plans extraordinary field trips throughout the year that are full of excitement and learning; for instance, the best field trip of the year was Westminster Woods, a 4-day field trip including hiking, outdoor learning, and bonding. The challenges thrown at us by Mr. La Marr are not to trick us, but they are thrown at us so we can improve teamwork, depth and complexity skills, and so we can better understand a topic/subject. After school, Mr. La Marr, only during football season, holds Friday Football; a hour and a half football game every friday for kids in fourth grade and up. Fourth grade with Mr. La Marr at DPM was a magnificent way to end my career in the RL program and at DPM, and Mr. La Marr blew away my expectations for the year and I could not be happier with my fourth grade school year!

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    1. That's the way to get a great number of ideas in just five sentences Alexandra! Good planning to get so many thoughts in just five sentences. Thank you so much for such nice comments. I like that you felt the challenges were to improve each of you. I hope they were challenging, but yet everyone felt s/he could reach them!

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    2. LOVE THE BLOG ALEXANDRA. But I would wait to say that when were done with fifth grade. You might have a different opinion.

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    3. Awesome blog Alexandra. Your expresses your feelings well. I'll miss you Alexandra!

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  4. Can we pick multiple topics? -Adam

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    1. Nope-just one topic! Can you find a topic general enough that you can write about multiple things?

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  5. You did an amazing blog Alexandra! You have a wonderful topic sentence and conclusion!

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  6. Thanks Katherine and Mr. La Marr! I am really going to miss you all!

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  7. I am going to miss you too; Nice blog too! It was AWESOME...Loved your conclusion!

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  8. Its so hard to just write about something during the school year.

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  9. I agree with both Mr. LaMarr and Benjamin!

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    1. Alexandra your words leave my mouth wide open as I read them. I totally agree with your topic sentence, 4th grade is like a roller coaster. Such a good job fitting all of those wonderful ideas in just 5 sentences, plus I definitely agree with Katherine and Mr. LaMarr. Your conclusion is quite strong and you cold not amaze me more your blog is just plain out sensational and tremendous. It is sad that you are leaving this year.

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    2. Wow Chase! Your blog is filled with emotion and great describing words, that totally fit Mr.La Marr!! I totally agree with your blog!!!

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      Nice blog Alexandra, again!

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  10. One of my favorite subjects in the fabulous 4th grade with the fabulous Mr. La Marr was science. I had a magnificent time when the class manufactured the breathtaking experience of putting batteries, clothes pins, tin foil, and tape to make a miniature lightbulb light up like just noticing fireworks. I easily enjoyed this experience because it was hands on, unquestionably far-out enjoyable science, and strikingly incredible. My team’s accomplishment was amazing, we were the first people in the class to make two lights connected, that actually work, a button, and a lever on the two lights that connect as one. This fun experience is what really made me love science. This experience was so much fun, it encouraged me to try it out at home!

    -Sarah (=

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    1. You did an incredible blog Sarah! You used good wording that made it exciting.

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    2. Wow Sarah I agree science was fun I agree with Katherine too.

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    3. Nice Blog Josh! You totally captured fourth grade in 5 sentences!

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    4. I TOTALLY AGREE %100 AND YOU DID FABULOUS I LOVE YOUR BLOG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. Wow Sarah! I loved your conclusion, and second to last sentance. It was nice and strong to close off!

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    6. Your excitement about the science activity comes through loud and clear Sarah! Great adjectives. I like that science activity, too!

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  11. I treasure fourth grade, and this is easily my favorite year of school. My teacher, Mr. La Marr is very lively, has wonderful stories to tell, funny things to say, has great books for us to read in our literature study, and a great skill: teaching us very well for pretty much everything. This was my first year at this school and I feel welcomed to the fun my teacher provides us and nice classmates. He has fun things that the class participates in like Math Quest, Gold Rush Game and more. This school year will definitely be the most memorable one ever!

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    1. Your friend, ChaseMay 23, 2017 at 8:31 PM

      You said this will be the most memorable year. I wouldnt speak to soon because I think 5th grade is going to be a close match.

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    2. Totally cool blog Josh! I agree that this is the best year of school.

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    3. Why would that be Chase? Have you been in Mrs. Darrow's class to warn us about this? (This, as in 5th grade will be a close match)
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      Nice blog, good topic sentance!

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    4. I am really glad you enjoyed your year at DPM, Josh. Thank you so much for your kind words. You have done a great job in your first year in RL, and I'm glad you became a Del Paso Manor Mustang.

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  12. Mr. La Marr’s fourth grade class is one of a kind, once in a lifetime class experience with fabulous Mr. La Marr and his fabulous class. Not only is Mr. La Marr fun and hilarious and a great role model, but also kind and caring, smart, funny, strong, brave, fun, and athletic. Mr. La Marr has great ideas-for where out class should go and what we should do-like Westminster Woods and making the poetry website, science night, California Caverns, old Sacramento, and the California museum. This is easily the best year of school because having a fun teacher who jokes in class is an honor and a special privilege-for 4th graders at least because he teaches 4th grade-to be his student. Fabulous Mr. La Marr and his fabulous class will always be in my heart.

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    1. Amazing Blog Elizabeth! You described fourth grade really well. And I agree, this class and DPM will have a place in my heart too, forever.

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    2. I agree with you Alexandra and Elizabeth! Nice Blog and nice topic sentance!

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    3. I like all the things in the list of activities you have here, Elizabeth. Which one did you like the best? Thank you for your compliments; they mean a lot to me!

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  13. Do we just write about on topic like math quest or some other specific event, or do we cover the whole fourth grade?

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    1. It's your choice, Kaser. What do you WANT to write about?

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  14. chase May 23, 2017 at 3:50 PM
    I think that this year is the best of the best and I feel so special that I get to share it with this one in a million, phenomenal teacher of the year!!! You bring excitement to the most boring math, you light up the day when it is getting dark, you stand out from the croud in the most amazing way, and I would not replace you with anyone if I had the chance. You have the ability to make anyone smile; you teach not only to educate but to inspire, and the moment I walked through the classroom door you started high fiving me and I knew it was going to be the best year with you as a teacher. You can make anyone feel good and you handle problems in the most fair way; so everyone works it through fairly. I just want to give a shout out to Mr. Lamarr for always to always make me laugh.

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    1. Friday Football was a great way to have fun after school with my friends and Mr. La Marr. At first I was not 100% sure of certain rules in flag football, but without a doubt after a few games watching some of my classmates as well as Mr. La Marr I soon caught on. Though it was sunny during a number of games, rainy Friday Football was the best; sliding in mud puddles was great fun, going home we were either muddy and wet, or just wet. In a number of the sunny games some parents would bring us cool, delectable popsicles after we played, although, some brought cookies or waters for us instead. This year has been just the greatest touchdown with Mr. La Marr as our teacher, everything has been exciting and wonderful; Friday Football is my favorite part of my 4th grade experience.

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    2. WOnderful Blog Breana! I loved Friday Football too!! It was SO fun.

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    3. Good job Breana. I wish I could see you play Friday Football or even play it. It sounds fun!

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    4. Friday Football in the mud is AWESOME! I am glad you enjoyed the games, Breana. I love the comparison of the school year to a touchdown! Creative thought you have there. I have to agree: this year is a touchdown! This class scores every day!

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  15. I think that this year is the best of the best and I feel so special that I get to share it with this one in a million, phenomenal teacher of the year!!! You bring excitement to the most boring math, you light up the day when it is getting dark, you stand out from the croud in the most amazing way, and I would not replace you with anyone if I had the chance. You have the ability to make anyone smile; you teach not only to educate but to inspire, and the moment I walked through the classroom door you started high fiving me and I knew it was going to be the best year with you as a teacher. You can make anyone feel good and you handle problems in the most fair way; so everyone works it through fairly. I just want to give a shout out to Mr. Lamarr for always making me laugh.

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    1. This is so well structured, Chase! Excellent craftmanship in the way you explained your ideas. Thank you so much for the nice things you said. I really like that you see inspiration; I work hard to accomplish that. I know it doesn't happen every day, but hopefully, it occurs often enough.

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    2. I agree with everything you said Chase. Your blog was amazing!

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    3. Amazing Blog Chase! I agree with everything you said.

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  16. I think everyone will get a 3 or higher. Everyone's blog is absolutely amazing and I swear there will be even better ones as I read more. Good job everyone!!!!!!!!!!:)!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    1. Have to agree with you Lizzy-these have been good. But, then, all our blogs are good! There are amazing ideas in room 15!

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  17. Nice Blog Chase! Agree to your last sentance!

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  18. Mr. LaMarr’s field trips that he provided for our challenge-taking class was suited perfectly, and was filled with awe and incredible learning.
    As I was walking through the well-planned field trip with Mr. LaMarr at Westminster Woods, I looked down and saw something very special; my eyebrows shot to the sky like a rocket, my jaw dropped down to the roots of some Douglas firs, as I looked at the amazing view of the none other, Overlook.
    I was walking through Aerospace Museum, and I suddenly saw something interesting; I walked to the huge station, wrote my name backwards, which was strange, new, and different, and screeched in delight when I saw that putting it to a mirror made it forward.
    Walking through the dark, scary, misty caves was a real, mind-blown adventure that no one should forget about; in the caves when the California Caverns people turned off ALL the lights, I could just barely see the outline of my hand, and to be honest, if I could have screamed in the dark, I would have.
    I would just like to thank Mr. LaMarr for being my exceptional teacher that everyone should be thankful for in my class; he took us on many adventures full of challenge, grit, questions, fun, teamwork, and friendship.

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    1. The field trips were tons of fun this year! I agree with your descriptions of the trips, Nicole. I had so much fun with the class on our trips. Thank you for noticing friendship in room 15! I think that the friendships we all have help make room 15 special.

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    2. Astonishing blog Nicole! I totally agree, the field trips were amazing. I will definetly miss them!

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  19. Thanks Mr. La Marr!

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  20. As for the year, thanks to Mr. La Marr, we got keva planks. Keva planks are one of my favorites but not my very favorite, but I loved it!
    He sneered like a mad rabbit and his nose flattened as our fists broke through his structure. His mouth was GIGANTIC as he giggled at the giant keva posterior he punched. He flew at his structure of pure sadness of his failed structure. She grabbed a keva plank and threw it at a structure cruelty as the maker of that structure’s eyes flew up to the top of the world and the chin digging its way to the bottom.

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    1. The planks were fun this year. Your class made some amazing structures. You certainly used some interesting descriptions, Elias!

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  21. Keva planks are one of my favorites but not my very favorite, but I loved it!

    That doesn't make sense to me; there is no Rhyme or Reason to the sentance!

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    1. You no like planks?

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    2. Nice Blog Raymond! I agree, Westminster Woods was an amazing experience!

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  22. When we got to the camp that I had been waiting for so long, I was jumping up and down as I got out of the car. It was awesome to finally look at what Westminster Woods would look like and to have some fun at a three-night field trip. At the first time eating at the dining hall, I couldn’t wait to see where we would eat, and see how good the food is. At the tide pools, I was jumping from rock to rock, and saw creatures I never saw in real life before! When going to Armstrong Redwoods, there was a lot of mud and I liked doing the scavenger hunt near the end of Armstrong Redwoods, and overall, I thought Westminster Woods was the best experience I’d ever had.

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    1. Nice use of details to show a tone of excitement, Raymond! I liked our trip Westminster Woods too. It was a great week.

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  23. Blogging

    Blogging was as educational just like it was fun. First, I think what I will type; my mind swirling with thoughts like a massive tornado. Next, I smash my fingers into the buttons, and the buttons sink down in the keyboard like a shovel getting shoved in the soft soil. After I finish, I study it like a teacher correcting papers. After I publish it, I look back at my work being proud of what I accomplished.

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    1. Awesome description, Marcel! Your writing makes blogging an epic event! You provide a great perspective on the process of blogging!

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    2. Wow Marcel, amazing blog! You described the process of blogging very well.

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  24. Great blog about blogs Marcel!

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  25. Fourth grade RL is like an avalanche of fun, adventure, and learning; the assignments were challenging and exciting. There were many enjoyable times such as Science Olympiad (first place!), Science Night, and Westminster Woods. Science Night was a blast; I had lots of fun and learned a lot from my classmates. Westminster Woods was an awesome experience and was the best part of the year for me. Fourth grade has been a great year and although our class won’t have Mr. La Marr next year, we will still have many more adventures.

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    1. Great writing Benjamin. You have captured many highlights of the year, and you've written in a way that allows those ideas to flow. I have to say: we share many of the same memories as the best. Science Olympiad was awesome; we won so many medals that day!

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    2. I totally agree with you Benjamin, even though I was not in Science Olympiad it was still cool for you guys won first

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    3. I agree with you Benjamin. It must have been EVEN more exciting about the Science Olypiad first place thing; it was your first year.


      I just loved your First sentance! It was so described 4th Grade RL!

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    4. Oops! Take the "was" out in the last sentance...

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    5. Awesome Blog Benjamin! You captured the flawless moments of fouth grade very well in 5 sentences!

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  26. This year was great as Mr. Lamarr had the class doing fun activities like Science Night, Websites, and Blogs. I liked Science night the most because when our line was not very long people in our group got to adventure out to other groups; the groups were Blobs in a vial, Air transfer, Water pin, CD hovercrafts, Vortex, Slime, Exploding corks, Elephant toothpaste, and Dry ice. I also liked the field trip to Westminster Woods where I fell asleep in the car and the parent chaperone lost me, which was very funny. Another field trip that was enjoyable was the exploratorium where our group did some telegraphing, shadow pictures, illusions, and drank out of a toilet. This year was most enjoyable because of our teacher, he was funny and made learning fun!

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    1. Good work to smoothly explain multiple ideas, Isaac. The idea of you being lost as funny is definitely a great example of multiple perspectives!!! It is very funny now, but for about 10 minutes, it was . . . well, let's say, not funny! Your phrasing of drinking out of the toilet is interesting. It just sounds like we all got in line to literally, drink out of a toilet. Nasty! I guess, in a way, we did!

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    2. Amazing Blog Isaac! I love your last sentence. It totally describes Mr. La Marr!

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  27. There were a lot of awesome things that happened during 4th grade this year at DPM. I think that science night was one of the best parts of the year for many reasons; like when the little kids overflowed the oil, water, and when they put too much food coloring in the test tube. The best part of the night was at the end when we put a bunch of Alka Seltzer in the giant vile, it almost overflowed. The practice of the science night was a little frustrating because of all of the little kids, third graders and under, would spill everything: oil; water; and a lot of food coloring; but, the practice was a little over an hour and felt like only ten minutes. While on break at science night, I enjoyed all of the the stations that I went to see, like the elephant toothpaste and the launching of the corks, which I enjoyed most because it was a cool and messy experiment and they were able to explain the science well.

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    1. Nicely done, Gavin. You have provided a lot of ideas about Science Night, and you have supported your claims well. That was a very fun night; the class did an amazing job!

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  28. Westminster Woods was one of my top best experiences in Mr. La Marr’s class! At camp, we did many fun adventures, such as tide pooling, night hikes, campfire, and hiking at Armstrong Redwoods. Campfire was my favorite adventure, because it was a time to be silly and have fun around the fire at night; we played many games, danced and sang, while campfire brightened the night up. The hike at Armstrong Redwoods was also special, because we got to see the biggest redwood tree in the world and the icicle tree, which delighted me with its long and curvy stalactite looking branches. I will never forget Mr. La Marr, for he was my first teacher in the RL at Del Paso Manor and made learning fun, challenging, and interesting.

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  29. Great job Sophia! You have very good examples of why you liked Westminster Woods in just five sentences! That was a great week. I am glad you had fun in your first year of RL, and I'm very happy that you joined the class this year.

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      I TOTALLY Agree with the last sentance, but this isn't my first year. Anyway, AWESOME Blog!

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  30. Salt Point

    Adrenaline rushed through my body like a racing car as the cool, brisk air invited me into the area of creatures that look alien to this world, Salt Point. Curiosity enveloped my brain as I confronted a nudibranch with colors of magenta and a loud orange. I make my way onto kelp covered stone and suddenly lose balance and roll onto the floor with a shock of pain striking my back. The pain caused a feeling within me, a spirit of persisting telling me that there was more to discover and that slipping was just one minor experience in this land of hidden creatures. I stand looking down at the tide pool feeling satisfied an exalted from this journey through Salt Point.

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    1. INCREDIBLE WRITING ARTUR! The description and vocabulary in this piece truly show the adventure you had at Salt Point. You have crafted five outstanding sentences to capture the lure of Salt Point. Very impressive!

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    2. Wow Artur! I must say, your blog was AWESOME! I agree with Mr. La Marr. The voab was awesome, you described it well, AND you made me feel as in if i was back at Salt Point!

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  31. Whenever I walk into the classroom there’s always the most interesting and amazing things that could happen, and that is what makes Room 15 special. Everyday in Mr. La Marr’s classroom, there is always tornados full of ideas that go swaying from student to student as we think. He encourages us to generate ideas freely and creatively, challenging us to think harder and expand our imagination. Mr. La Marr takes us on the most incredible field trips, that are, not only for fun, but for learning too. This school year is full of fun, laughter, exploration, and friendship because of Mr. La Marr.

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  32. I love the image of a "tornado of ideas" in room 15! That is an excellent description of what happens in our classroom. This class definitely thinks hard, and I hope we have our share of "fun, laughter, exploration and friendship". Thank you for such kind words, Serena. I think you have captured room 15 well in your post. It's not just because of me, though. It's because of all 34 of us; we have an outstanding team in room 15 this year, and I am glad you are a part of it!

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    1. I love your blog Serena! And, I agree with Mr. La Marr about imagining the "Tornado of ideas" in our class room!

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  33. In social studies I was so energised and I felt like a flaming nascar when I was tense about the Transcontinental railroad video and the nitroglycerin. Also learning about the dangers of the Union Pacific and The central Pacific railroads made me scared. It made me droopy and depressed to hear and learn how the Chinese were discriminated and poorly treated by the White people. People who dug and blew up ledges were my favorite people who helped make the Transcontinental Railroad not because blowing stuff up is cool I like them because they sacrificed their lives to make this railroad. That is why my favorite thing in the school year was learning about the Transcontinental Railroad.

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    1. Excellent description of the intensity of building the Transcontinental Railroad, Grant. It's hard to believe that the Chinese workers were considered disposable. How can people treat others that way? You did well to express empathy for those people who worked for the good of the United States.

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    2. Wow Grant. You definitely told me that you loved learning about the Transcontinental Railroad!

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  34. Mr. La Marr's classroom is full of enthusiasm and astonishment and was chock full of adventures and learning. With all the field trips, such as Westminster woods and California Caverns, I Will leave Mr. La Marr's class knowing more about my home state than ever before. On top of that, we played Friday football every Friday after school during football season. This year was the best year ever.

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    1. I am glad that you found room 15 to be full of adventures and learning, Adam. The class certainly brought adventures to the room every day. We had fun while learning; at least I know that I did!

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      Nice sentances Adam! I agree that is is and has been the BEST YEAR EVER!

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  35. I had many great experiences in the fourth grade with my exceptional teacher, Mr. LaMarr, but the most exhilarating experience was without a doubt science night; our group did the very popular elephant toothpaste experiment, which resulted from a chemical reaction that produced foam due to the break down of hydrogen peroxide. It was a dangerous experiment due to the fact that 12% hydrogen peroxide could burn your skin if touched without gloves; I sadly learned that the hard way by reaching over to catch a bottle to keep it from falling which resulted in some of the liquid spilling on to my hand causing it to sting and burn. Science night also taught my group to collaborate and compromise in situations where we disagreed including the time when we were deciding the amount and supplies we were using for the experiment. It was amusing to see people’s reactions when the experiment worked and hot foam came pouring out; they were really excited and the even little kids liked to play with the hot foam and get in on the action. Working with my friends to create a sensational experiment made science night a thrilling night that I will remember and cherish forever; it was certainly the highlight of my year and gave me my first chance at a group science experiment that will last in my memory forever.

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    1. That's a lot of text for just five sentences, Kaser! That is excellent work to create five sentences which tell all those ideas. Science Night was awesome this year. I am so glad that you enjoyed, not only the night itself, but also the process of getting to that night. Your group did a great job, and you entertained a lot of people. Sorry you learned about chemical burns the hard way. I did too, but I've never forgotten it! I bet you won't either.

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    2. Awesome Blog Kaser! I liked your final sentance the most!

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  36. I felt the excitement of starting something new as Mr. La Marr led the line of hesitant students into room fifteen, which at the time was a new place but now is a second home. I could feel the nervous energy fill the area as all the students stepped into the room and sat down with their friends. Mr. La Marr has a way of twisting learning into fun activities; when he assigned and told us to find groups to make newspaper tables I rushed over to my friends with elation running through my body. We hurried over to our cubbies that smelled new and fresh to grab our textbooks and I bit my tongue as my group stacked more and more textbooks on top of the paper table. At that moment I knew this year would be one of the best years of my life and I was right.

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    1. The paper tables! That was so fun! Great way to introduce the idea of the year being a good one by going all the way back to day 1. You set the scene well here as many students start the year with some hesitance. I am really glad you enjoyed your school year. I did too; this was a fun one!

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      Awesome job Morgan! I totally agree 100 percent!

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  37. Nice Blog Morgan! I really enjoyed reading your sentances!
    Again, amazing blog!

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  38. Fourth grade with Mr. La Marr was thrilling, spectacular, and full of adventure. I learned a lot in this grade including the Gold Rush, math quest, life science, how California became a state, vocabulary, grammar, and digested many books just like “The Phantom Tollbooth”. Mr. La Marr was a funny, kind, and athletic teacher who recognizes our individual uniqueness and inspire us to do our best and does it in a really fun way. Something that I will never forget are Westminster Woods and Science Night; Westminster Woods was the first enjoyable and explorative time away from my family for four straight days, while in Science Night I had fun with my group presenting our science experiment to other people. Fourth grade with Mr. La Marr was the most memorable class I had; it was exciting and thrilling out of all the classes I had so far.

    -Etienne

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    1. Awesome job Etienne! I like the name, the "doge gamer". There is a guy who plays games. His name is Gamercat!

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    2. Well done, Etienne! The structure of your writing is strong as you open with a solid sentence and finish with just as strong a sentence. I am glad you found 4th grade to be exciting! I think it is! I am glad you joined the class this year.

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  39. The redwoods sparkled emerald green as I walked to the dining hall for a dinner of tacos. I sit near Calvin and tell him a riddle that takes him all night to figure out while we eat the delicious food. I get up very early the next bright morning to go on a hike with Mr. La Marr to Cross Overlook; I could see the rising mist and the magnificent mountains
    and the small wood cabins below. After breakfast I walked to the Ga-Ga Pit and played a few intense games of ga-ga ball.As I walked over the beautiful green field, I can't imagine how much fun I am going to have.

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    1. Good job Micah! Very interesting and detailed. You no like caRgO nEt?

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    2. Outstanding description, Micah, and your organization to set up the entire week by telling the fun of the first hours is intriguing! Great job of hooking a reader to want to know more.

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  40. Mr. LaMarr’s year of school was full of excitement, adventure, crafts, and fun games. Out of everything, I liked the beginning the most when we built tables with newspaper. We put many books on the table we made but the table fell down after around twenty books. We did the hardest thing; we build the newspaper table and 41 books of different weights, and sizes. My teams had the winning record of 41 books on the newspaper table in our class.
    -Christopher

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    1. That was a fun activity! I can't believe that we went through all that newspaper and tape! But, your group, Christopher, had a great table!

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  41. Number the Stars, a book with depressing, happy, and scary scenes. Annemarie and her family, the Johansons, risk their lives to save their friends, the Rosens, which are Jews, in World War ll; they have many scary adventures. I jump out of my chair at scenes when maybe, the Johansons and the Rosens might get caught by the mean and rude Nazis; I settle back down in relief when I know they are okay. The book has many amazing life lessons that I may need in life; the book gets more amazing and interesting by every single word. I was so sad to read the last word; it was the end of Annemarie´s wild and loving adventure with her friends and family.

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    1. I like that you wrote about one of our literature books, Corin! I agree that the book had scary adventures, and a reader could easily jump out of her or his chair!

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  42. My fourth grade year was exceptional, filled with many educational and entertaining experiences that I will never forget. Mr. La Marr’s buoyant and cheerful attitude made everything intriguing; but, one of my favorite times this year was the reading of The Phantom Tollbooth. This novel was very captivating, and had many quirks, that I personally found very interesting; for example we had to break down many phrases and words to find their real meaning, which posed a challenge for us while reading this book. Also, even though it was a fictional children’s book, it had numerous life lessons that the characters taught us. Mr. La Marr made my year one of the best, and reminded me to put all my effort into my work and think outside the box.

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    1. I fully agree with your thoughts on The Phantom Tollbooth, Katherine. It's a fun book that truly makes a reader think, if he or she is trying to get meaning from the book. We have done well in figuring out the ideas that Norton Juster is teaching in his book. Good writing.

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  43. I love the blog Katherine!!!

    -Miranda

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  44. My first outdoor, educational adventure to Westminster Woods was my most memorable experience in Mr. La Marr’s fourth grade class. When we arrived at the welcoming nature camp in March, I had butterflies fluttering in my stomach as we met our enthusiastic naturalists and walked quickly to explore our cozy cabin. One of the highlights of this four day trip was exploring Salt Point, where our class discovered big and small tide pool creatures such as sticky sea anemones, hard shelled chitons, a rare octopus, an uncommon brittle star, and even a dead fish head! At Armstrong Redwoods, my brown eyes widened and my heart raced wildly when we located the towering peaks of the magnificent, majestic Coast redwoods and Douglas firs. The phenomenal days went by so swiftly that I barely had time to sleep; this was an unforgettable journey.

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    1. Great description in your five sentences, Alex! You have captured the trip well in so few sentences, and it is clear to a reader that you enjoyed your week at camp. Excellently done!

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  45. Westminster Woods Through my sense of smell, I smell the strong scent of the Coast redwood’s leaves. From my eyes, I examine the giants of nature exceeding the height of other competitors in nature. In through my ears,I hear birds chirping on trees,buildings and other structures on Earth. From the atmosphere, I feel the mist from the air and clench my hand into a fist and feel the moisture. In the cafeteria,I taste food to good to be true. -Charlie

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    1. Interesting way to approach the blog, Charlie. It sounds like poetry! I like the creative thinking you used to write this.

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  46. One of my favorite things to do at school in my free time is to play with Keva Planks and build creative and innovative structures. My favorite part about it is when it comes crashing down in a heap of rubble, especially when it happens  right in the middle of class. It makes for a very exciting math lesson. My favorite type of structure to build are marble runs. I really like to experimenting with the Keva Planks. 

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    1. The Keva Planks were awesome this year! Your class did a lot with them, no doubt. I loved to see what you guys would create next. I think the launching of the planks at lunch was quite innovative, too. Good reasons as to what you liked about the planks, Kade.

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  47. I feel as though this has been the best year any fourth grader could ask for; it has been so spectacularly awesome that words cannot describe it decently. Mr. LaMarrs’ personality seems to have more of an effect on things then other teachers. This may happen because he is a male teacher, he’s active and likes wordplay, he’s funny and odd in some ways, and he interacts with us a lot. Every, single field trip seems as though Mr. LaMarr got to choose them himself. This year probably be the most spectacularly awesomely wonderful year I will ever experience.

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    1. Fourth grade is the BEST, in my opinion! Thank you for your kind compliments, Calvin. You were great to have in class; I enjoyed recess when we all got to hang out together making garbage flowers and creating the "soup". That was nasty soup! I had a great year with all of you, and I am happy to have had you as one of my 4th graders!

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  48. Writing the blogs were sometimes hard and difficult, but sometimes they were really fun. I usually posted my blog on either the last or second to last day except for the Iditarod vs. Gold Rush blog, and I don’t know why. My favorite blog was the “What Would You Create” blog because you could think of anything that you want to create. There were always these extremely long blogs compared to mine, which were always very small. Overall, the blogs were always creative and they were fun to read.

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    1. That first blog was fun, for sure! It would be interesting to go back and reread all those ideas. Blogs don't have to be long to express great ideas, Josh. It's the creation of all the thoughts that really matters. I thought you did well on your blogs!

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  49. I start walking up the stairs into the school on the first day in a new year.
    I look around and I see a door with a nice white 15 on it and some backpacks all hung up all in a row.
    As I hang my backpack up and get my stuff out the bell rings and I rush into the classroom and I am hit by a barrier of sound. I find my spot after a lot of greetings from all of my friends, a bell dings.
    A tall man with a big grin is standing at the front of the class his voice is cheery, I know this will be a very great year.

    -Miranda

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    1. I really like the style of this writing, Miranda. The build up and the anticipation are great, and then the little bit of anxiety is relieved in your text. You've told a great story in just five sentences.

      I kind of want to add, after your last sentence, "And then we got out a ton of newspaper!"

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  50. I loved Friday Football, it was wonderful, exercising, and tiring; it was the first time I hung out with my friends after school, and I had loads of fun. At first I didn’t actually know a single thing about flag football, but after I played it a few times I understood how to play flag football. There were rainy days and sunny days, rainy days were always the best; when it was a rainy day I’d always go sliding the mud, and if there was Lake DPM, I’d go swimming, but my mom would get upset that I got extremely wet and dirty. On sunny days moms would bring water with delicious treats like popsicles or cookies. I will never forget the moment when I scored my first touchdown in Friday Football which was during my favorite school year of my life.

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    1. Good writing, Mia. Friday Football is a lot of fun, and I hope we see you out there again next year, if we play. That day when people swam in Lake DPM . . . oh boy! You are a good player!

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  51. So, whose idea was this to only have five sentences? It’s hard! Here goes . . .

    I have to say that my favorite part of this school year was getting to come in and work with an amazing group of fourth graders every single day; I loved getting to know my students as individuals. We had fun field trips where we got to go underground, visit the gravesite of the family from our first literature book, talk with Japanese Camp Internees, and camp for a week in the redwoods. Our literature studies, math activities, social studies discussions and science work were always fun for me as I got to see all the incredible thinking that 4th graders can do when they are challenged. The hands-on activities were fun to set up and then experience right along with my students, and when we all completed our websites, I couldn’t have been prouder of my class. I think the most fun aspect, though, was not really knowing what could happen at any given time; that is what makes life entertaining, and I was certainly entertained by my outstanding class this year!


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    Good luck to all of you in fifth grade; you will be incredible!

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  52. Can I write another?? I want to write about THE SOUP!!!

    -Miranda

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    1. You may most certainly write another, especially if it's about the SOUP!!!

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  53. I defiantly will!!!

    -Miranda

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