Thursday, May 23, 2019

What's your favorite . . .?


As we end the 2018-19 school year, there is a lot to look back upon. We started the year making paper tables, we met the author of our first literature book and shared our projects with her. We have gotten to go underground twice on field trips, and we visited the site that started the California Gold Rush. On the same trip, we "discovered" the graves of the characters in our first literature book. We had a smoky Friday where we couldn't go to school because it was unsafe to breath. We got to visit people who spoke with up about being interned during World War II, and we nearly took over part of the presentation. Some members of this class helped Del Paso Manor win the Sacramento Region Science Olympiad for the third straight year! We have had amazing discussions in literature where we talked about Annemarie and her family, we discussed the dances of nature through Gary Paulsen, and we enjoyed Jack and Praiseworthy's adventures in the California Gold Rush. Wasn't it nice that Praiseworthy finally got to marry Aunt Arabella! We read about Yuki, Emi and their families as they struggled for freedom. Mrs. Kurihara and Mrs. Barnsworth can never be forgotten! We have enjoyed reading about Milo and his quest to save Rhyme and Reason and all the crazy characters he is meeting along the way. We had a class meeting on the new blacktop where our entire year began turning around, socially. Human Decency became our rallying cry. We have jumped up and down during math because of the excitement we have had in wanting to share the incredible ideas that were created in class. We wowed the community recently with our science knowledge, and hopefully, we inspired some people to explore that subject a bit more. Of course, no discussion of fourth grade would be complete without mentioning our unbelievable time at Westminster Woods! What a great experience we had together, and hopefully, it is one we will all keep in our minds for a very long time. There is more, but those are some of the highlights that come to mind in thinking back on this school year.

Your task in this blog is to select a memory or two, or three . . . you decide how many memories you want to discuss, and when someone asks you, in the future, "What were your memories of 4th grade?" how would you answer that? This blog is about those memories. Years down the road, what will you remember about your 4th grade school year? Tell us the event(s) you select, and then give us your reasoning as to why you think you will remember those events. Your ideas are what will score you well here.

You know how this works: get good strong INTERESTING topic sentences, good details, a nice conclusion, and use good conventions and spelling. What trend do you think will emerge from our writing? Have fun with this!

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  1. Some of my favorite memories in grade school are from my time in 4th grade. I had a blast with my classmates and I enjoyed the time we spent together. I had fun with our stem project, doing our super insect, science night, but mainly just hanging out with Mr. Lamarr.
    I enjoyed doing our stem project because it was a new and different experience. We kept on adding houses and trees and seeing if they would get knocked down. Protecting the crabs was one of the hardest parts because we had to make a shelter for them which was difficult when we didn’t know if the clay would pollute the waters. In the end we made a lot of progress and by time the parents came we were ready to present our beach.
    Working on our super insect right now is kind of easy and kind of hard at the same at the same time. We’ve started planning how to make our insect work and I find this pretty awesome that we can figure all of this out in limited time. It is fun to be collaborating with my group and hearing new ideas.
    Science night was absolutely positively amazing. I had so much fun with my group and keeping everyone guessing the color code. People were really happy at science night and that made science night even better. 4th grade science is an amazing experience especially if you are in Mr.Lamarr’s class. I had a lot of fun at science night and there was a lot of amusing times.
    Mr.Lamarr is an amazing teacher and I enjoy him a lot and I can tell everyone else does too. He acts like a teacher and a friend and tries to make learning an interesting experience. He cracks jokes during math and social studies. Until Mrs.Darrow comes, Mr.Lamarr is my very favorite teacher ever! He has been super entertaining and totally sensational. Last year when we had the teacher/student meet and greet; I took one look at him and just knew he was going to be a great teacher.
    So if someone asked me what my favorite part of 4th grade would be; I’d say “All of it was thrilling. There is way too much that happened over the school year to count.”

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    1. I agree that Science Night was amazing, Amiyah! You all did a great job of showing some cool science to the community. I also agree with your final sentence; when I looked back at the year, there are too many events to tell. I had a fun year. Thank you for your kind words.

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    2. I agree, science night was fun!

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    3. Thank you both

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    4. I agree with you Amiyah! Mr. LaMarr IS THE BEST TEACHER EVER!!!

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    5. Thank you, Jinjoo. You are very kind!

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    6. I like your last sentence Amiyah. I would probably say that everything was thrilling, too. Amazing job Amiyah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    7. I agree with you all: Mr. La Marr is the BEST TEACHER EVER!!!

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    8. Mr.lamarr you are the absolute best teacher ever !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    9. Thank you, unknown! You are very kind. We have all had a great year and had a lot of fun. There is still a little more to go; let's squeeze as much fun in that we can!

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  2. I agree Amiyah! Mr. La Marr is the best teacher ever!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Faisal. You are very kind! To be a good teacher, there needs to be a good class surrounding him. We have that this year! I'm so glad you came to DPM this year and became part of our good class.

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    2. I know right!!!!

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    3. I'm glad I came to this class too.

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  3. Fourth grade was the best grade I’ve done so far. Mr. La Marr is the best and funniest teacher one could have. Fourth grade was filled with fun and excitement but there are so many highlights it’s impossible to list them all. But the best part was being with my class and Mr. La Marr. Here are some highlights.
    Science Night was very fun. My group did Elephant Toothpaste. Elephant Toothpaste is basically a chemical reaction making foam. Some of the other stations were cool. The corks from the Flying Corks group shot way up and sprayed vinegar all over. One of the corks landed in an Elephant Toothpaste tub and got foam all over it.
    Westminster Woods was one of my favorite highlights of fourth grade. We went to Armstrong Redwoods, a redwood forest, and Shell Beach, a tidepool. There were a cargo net and a gaga ball pit. One day some of my classmates were on the cargo net and some of us were standing so Mr. La Marr shook the net and we would fall down.
    It is fun to break down and figure out the things in The Phantom Tollbooth. I wonder what’s better: numbers or words. Well, the Mathemagician thinks it’s numbers and King Azaz thinks it’s words. I wonder who’s right or it’s all on how you look at things.
    Mr. La Marr is a unique teacher and very funny. He does the unexpected and it makes things exciting and fun. He likes telling stories about his grandbaby and his previous classes.
    Fourth grade was an amazing grade and I will have lots of memories from it.

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    1. You have some great highlights, Sean. I like all the ideas the class is coming up with in The Phantom Tollbooth. You are right, it does depend on how you look at things. In the future, when I tell stories about this class, I might have to mention the boy who takes Cliff bars and, well, you know! Thank you for your kind words; I appreciate them. You know, though, if you expect the unexpected, then nothing I do would be unexpected, right?

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    2. Nice job Sean! I definitely won't forget your, uh, special effects work with cliff bars

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    3. We will all remember Sean's sculptures-they are burned into our brains! Nice phrasing on his Cliff Bar work.

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    4. I agree with Aleeza, the cliff bars. Anyway, your B.L.O.G. is very nice. The elephant toothpaste was really fun!

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    5. And Men toes, or is that Mentos?

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    6. Mr. LaMarr is the best and funniest teacher I know. Outstanding job Sean!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    7. Sorry about the corks Sean.

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    8. Your activity involved everyone on the patio, Faisal! Fun times!

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  4. -Sean
    Oops forgot to put my name

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  5. When I think of fourth grade, so many thoughts come to mind. My first overnight field trip, being part of the winning Science Olympiad team of that year, and so much more. Fourth grade was an incredible experience for me, and I never want it to end.

    When I think of fourth grade, one of the highlights was definitely Westminster Woods. It was not only my first overnight field trip where I actually slept at the destination, but I also got to know my friends a lot better. Plus, I got to be in a redwood forest as I did it. It was so cool to see these trees that are the tallest in the world, let alone sleep amongst them! The food was really good too. The best part, though, was that we had an adventure every day! One day was spent hiking in the Armstrong Redwood Forest. Another was spent tidepooling at Shell Beach. Yet another was spent down at Dutch Bill Creek. Westminster Woods was definitely a very memorable part of my fourth grade experience.

    Being a good sport and team player are very important skills, and in fourth grade I practiced those skills while studying science. I applied for the Del Paso Manor Elementary school Science Olympiad team, and got in. That meant that along with my regular homework, I would have to study Herpetology for my event, and practice for my other event Write it Do it. My partner and I worked very hard up to the day of the Science Olympiad. The day Of was extremely fun. It was a beautiful day, and the air was just full of excitement. I was a little nervous, but that didn’t bother me. I did both events with my partner, and I felt like we had done well. After what seemed like forever, it was finally time to hear the event winners and winning team of the whole thing. I was a nervous, and excited, mess. A while later, I was a little hoarse. My team had gone on a first place streak for a bunch of events. Finally, the announcer called Herpetology. My partner and I exchanged excited looks. We weren’t first, which disappointed me. But than they called the second placers. My team cheered as me and my partner raced up to get our medals. Then, after another long interval of other events, my second event was called. My partner and I exchanged another excited look. First place, Del Paso Manor! My team screamed with excitement. We ran up again, this time with even more excitement than before. After a short amount of time, the trophies were being handed out, lowest to highest. When the team that we had thought might beat us was called for second, we knew what came next. We all ran up and took pictures. I was so happy. Most of all, I knew that I had actually helped us win. I really enjoyed Science Olympiad because it was so exciting and just overall fun. Science Olympiad was a huge highlight of fourth grade.

    Another awesome part of fourth grade was the literature discussions. I never considered a lot of the things we’ve discussed in other books I’ve read. I get really inspired by all of the different ideas I get from other people’s thoughts. I just love to read literature books and hear ideas that completely change my interpretation of the story. It’s really interesting to hear all the different interpretations one chapter can inspire in a group of 24 people. I love reading, and discussing the chapter with other people can be really interesting to hear. Literature discussions are another memorable part of my fourth grade experience.

    One last part of my fourth grade year that deserves mentioning is my amazing teacher. Mr. LaMarr, thanks for everything you’ve done for us. You’ve been a great teacher for all of us. It’s because of you that fourth grade has been so great me. You are so incredible. My teacher was probably the best part of my fourth grade year.

    Fourth grade was an amazing year, and I so many great memories surface when I think about it. I loved nearly everything about it. I learned so much, and it was so much fun. Fourth grade was so much fun, and I loved every minute of it.


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    1. I so much enjoyed reading your post, Aleeza! The Science Olympiad story was suspenseful, and I know how it ends! Still, I was on the edge of my seat reading it. I agree with you 100% about your thoughts on the literature. It is fun to hear what others think and our amazing ideas this year certainly can change a reader's thoughts. Westminster Woods are an outstanding week, and you've captured it well. Thank you so much for the very kind comments about me. I love what I do, and working with this class has been so much fun. We have had a great year!

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    2. Science Olympiad was really fun, Aleeza! I am also really happy that we won first place! Great job!

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    3. Your B.L.O.G. is long and very good. You did well in Science Olympiad!

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    4. I agree that Westminster Woods is a big highlight in the school year. I got to learn about my friends a lot better, too. Spectacular job Aleeza!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. I think winning science olympiad was one of the greatest moments in my LIFE!! (except that I was the only male fourth grader)

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    6. Anand (Former fourth grader and current fifth grader)June 3, 2019 at 12:17 PM

      Great Job Aleeza! I love the detail!

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  6. During my 4th grade year, I’ve had lots of fun writing a report about redwoods, practicing for science night and learning about the gold rush.

    Learning about redwoods was an amazing experience. Taking redwood notes and writing a report out of them was very entertaining to me. While writing the rough draft with the notes, I constantly had many ideas of what to write. So, I had a lot to write and filled basically the whole page. It was very fun writing and going over the rough draft.

    Science night was a very enjoying team project during the year. In my opinion, science night was a fun experience because stacking colors was a really cool, fun, and easy topic. My teammates and I had lots of fun making all of the colored water, creating the poster, and doing the practice of science night. Despite all of the fun things we did, we had lots of trouble with other things which I thought were not that great. The good thing is that we worked it all out eventually for the real science night! Science night was amazing, every part of it was astounding, and all the people at our station seemed very enthusiastic to try our science topic which made me really happy.

    Getting to know what happened during the gold rush was very cool. At the beginning of the gold rush game that the class did, the worksheets we filled out got our team more gold nuggets. I thought those were fun because we had to search through our notes to find the answer. During all of the mining rounds, every team had to remember possible answers to questions the team could get. I have learned a lot about the gold rush over the year.

    Throughout my 4th grade year, I’ve made many happy memories like seeing the tallest trees in the world, teaching others about science, learning about what happened during the multiple gold rushes, and having the best teacher ever.

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    1. I think stacking colors is cool to. You did a good job!

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    2. I think that writing a redwood report is entertaining, too. Your ideas flow together smoothly Emily. Thrilling job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  7. This is well written, Emily! Great structure and you have introduced each topic well. I am so glad you enjoyed Science Night. It's a fun night, and I think we all impressed the crowd! You picked two other topics that I really enjoy, too: gold rush and redwoods. I am happy that you enjoyed them too. Thank you for the kind compliment. I truly appreciate that!

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  8. This school year has been a great one and I’m sad this our last blog. It’s hard to pick just a few great memories from this year; it was all so fun. My most favorite memory is when we went to the San Francisco Exploratorium. All of the science was really fun including the water spigot where we got sprayed or nothing came out. l had a splendid time. That day happened to be my birthday and so it became one of my best days. All of my friends sang “happy birthday”, thanks guys, and it was nice. That was one of the best days of the year!

    My second favorite memory is when we went to Westminster Woods and spent a week in the forest. It was an unforgettable time and I learned many things. We built a check dam, learned how to make paint from rocks, and played GAGA BALL. We saw ochre stars and sea anemones and crabs. We were the only group to travel through a splintering sandstorm and trek miles through a redwood forest. We had a lot of fun and learned a lot from our week in the woods.

    My third favorite memory is of reading BY THE GREAT HORN SPOON!! It was a very exciting book. The book told the story of Jack and Praiseworthy sailing around Cape Horn and living in Sacramento as miners. This gripping adventure, and somewhat love story, was a very interesting book. It was very engaging and was one of the best books we read. This year has been exquisite and one of my most memorable years. From Phantom Tollbooth to STEM, this has been the best school year ever!!!!


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    1. Great writing, Makhai! Your work reads smoothly, and it was fun to read about your memories of the year. I enjoyed all the events you chose. By the Great Horn Spoon! is definitely entertaining, especially the ending! I like your final sentence. Thank you for your kind words below here.

      I also like the name of your blog posts!

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    2. Great job Makhai!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree that the Exploratorium in San Francisco is a wonderful memory, too!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    3. I would have written about science night but I would like to say that that was number four, Math number five, lititure number six and so on and so forth. It was hard to choose just a few!

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  9. P.S Mr Lamarr is the best teacher ever!!!

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    1. Anand (Former fourth grader and current fifth grader heh heh)June 3, 2019 at 11:43 AM

      You will like Mrs.Darrow too. She is very funny and exciting

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  10. Carrie
    Part 1

    Fourth grade was a unique and exciting experience. On the first day of school, the class was challenged to create paper tables that could hold up textbooks. My first thought was that paper couldn’t hold up a heavy textbook. How would we create a strong table? My group talked about the structure, and I knew short legs would help, but when I first heard Mr. LaMarr say, “Paper tables,” I pictured and elegant dinning table made of paper. My group made a very different type of table. The table’s leg was made of many paper tubes taped together so it was strong. The finished table held over forty textbooks!
    Our very first science experiment was strange. We made stacks of liquid. I was very confused. How would we stack liquids? I was excited to try. At first, the liquids mixed. Then, I stacked one on another. I wondered why the liquids didn’t mix. I added another liquid, and they mixed. I was frustrated. It felt like I had tried all the combinations. I made a chart in my head on what stacked and what mixed. I eventually figured it out. The next day, Mr. LaMarr taught us about density. That made a lot more sense. I knew that when gold is put in water, the water level rises more that it does with many other minerals.
    We began to study minerals. One of our first projects was writing down different cave formations and how they were formed, so we could travel to California Caverns to see them. I was excited and curious. I had never heard of most of these structures. The pictures we found were amazing. The rock formations looked majestic. The rimstone dams looked strange; their dark water was smooth. It was even more amazing when we got there. The caverns were cold, and the entrance was small. The dark tunnel was exciting! I knew that many formations were on the other side of the dark entrance. The roofs were covered in cave bacon that was many shades of reddish brown. Some of the stalagmites were very tall. The helictites were strange and twisted. I tried to picture a helictite growing and twisting. I hated leaving the helictite room. after we left the cavern it felt much hotter outside then before we had gone in. The sun seemed blinding while we mined for gems.
    We also worked on a S.T.E.M. project. We had to protect a beach. It was fun, and we sculpted the beach out of sand. The first time, we created the beach to see the erosion. Mr. LaMarr created waves with a dustpan. The whole time, I was wondering how we would stop these waves. The sand spilled down the beach. It seemed impossible to stop the cliff from falling out from under the houses. My group’s first solution failed. Our breakwater was thrown up on the beach. I wondered what we did wrong. How would we keep our breakwater down next time? Our second breakwater was covered in a layer of clay. I hoped it would work. I worried that the breakwater wouldn’t stay in place, but it worked and the waves were blocked.

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  11. We simulated the gold rush. Our class was divided into teams and each team had to get to California. On our first try, we failed. When we rolled the dice, Mr. LaMarr informed us that our wagon broke and we were stuck in the desert. I was furious. Our second journey was successful. We staked a claim. Mining rounds were fun and infuriating. We got a claim, we lost it, and we got it again. We went from two claims to no claims to one claim. We made a wrong choice and we made a right choice. In the end, we gambled, and we lost.
    The whole year, I looked forward to Westminster Woods. The day before we left, I could not sleep. I didn’t believe we were going. In the car, we sang. I nearly jumped out of my seat when we reached the redwood forest. Everything was very green. Bright cascades of moss grew on the rocks and ferns scattered the forest. The needles made the sunlight look green. A cool breeze whispered through the open window. I could not believe that we were there.
    We traveled through forests and battled through sandstorms. I climbed into a burnt hole in an old growth redwood. My entire hiking group squished into a similar hole. It was amazing. The view from the ridge was shocking, and the sky was a brilliant blue. They next day, we took shelter under the log. The tight space was cozy and inviting. All to soon, those days were over.
    On Friday, we left. It was sad. I wondered if I would ever come back. I looked hard, so that over a month later I can describe the scene. There was a colonial ring behind some fallen trees. Behind that, the ground sloped steeply down to Dutch Bill Creek. There was a bridge over the creek. It was one of the most amazing places I’ve ever been. I learned a lot.
    I cannot believe how fast the school year has gone by. It feels like just last week I piled textbooks on my table. When I leave fourth grade, I will carry with me the memories of my amazing teacher, my shocking experiences, and my great friend

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    1. Sorry, my whole blog didn't fit. It is in two parts.

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    2. No problem-You had a lot to say!

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    3. Excellent work, Carrie! I thoroughly enjoyed reliving the school year through your blog. Your descriptions and thoughts made me smile and laugh multiple times. I love the image of an elegant dining table made of paper! Your mix of shorter and longer sentences is outstanding, and it really helps this read smoothly. It seems that you had some challenges to figure things out in the activities that we did this year, and I like that you posted that part. Then, you told how you were successful. Great! Thank you for the kind compliment; I do appreciate it.

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    4. Wonderful job Carrie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I thought that newspapers couldn't hold books either. Turns out, it is possible. Great blog!!!!!!!!!

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  12. My time in fourth grade was a blast and some of my favorite memories were made right here in room fifteen. Some of my favorite memories from fourth grade are creating my first webpage, Westminster Woods,and science night. Those were some of the highlights of fourth grade.

    Creating my first webpage was very fun and memorable. It was memorable because I had no idea how to create a webpage so it was a new experience.

    Science night was also very fun. It was fun because so many people came which meant my group and I had to explain a lot of things, and every now and then I would leave to do other stations when my station was not busy. At my station people got to make a really cool tie-dye pattern and I thought it was interesting to see all of the different patterns and designs people made.

    Even reading the class books gave me a nice memory. For example at the end of By the Great Horn Spoon Praiseworthy marries Aunt Arabella, or when brave Annemarie took “Uncle Hendriks lunch” which was really a handkerchief to throw off the dogs sense of smell in Number the Stars.

    My class and I would not have been able to do any of this without our outstanding teacher Mr. LaMarr. Mr. LaMarr is the type of teacher that without knowing him he would be strict, but he is not. He is the funniest, nicest, and most inspiring teacher I know. He helps students, including me, understand things that we don’t understand, and really tries to form a bond with every student in the class. By doing this he gets to know his students a lot better. Mr. LaMarr is the best teacher I’ve met and he teaches his curriculum in a fun way to learn. Without Mr. LaMarr I wouldn’t of had the same memories of fourth grade than I have now; Mr. LaMarr will always be not only a memory, but he made a big impact in my life.

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    1. Great memories of the year, Cassius! I like that you mentioned literature-we have had so much fun discussing all the ideas from the beginning of the year to the end, and you are really good at seeing ideas in the text. I will always remember fighting through that sandstorm with you and finally finding a place to get out of the wind. That was a crazy hike that day. Thank you so much for the incredibly nice words at the end of your blog. Words like that are what make all the long hours of teaching worth it. I am really glad you were in my class this year; you do great things!

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    2. Excellent job Cassius!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I agree that Westminster Woods was a big highlight in fourth grade. Wonderful ideas!!!!!!

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  13. My memories will remind me of what a great school year I had with my class and our great teacher Mr. LaMarr. Mr. LaMarr is the best teacher ever. He is funny, nice, and friendly.
    I have three great memories and one that’s funny; all these memories made me extremely happy throughout the year. The first day of the year and around the end of the school year, my first overnight field trip. These all made my year incredible.
    The first one is when my classmates and I walked through the doorway of Mr. LaMarr’s classroom. When we started class I knew Mr.LaMarr would be a great teacher. He made jokes, he made lots of fun activities for us, and best of all, he made my time with him worthwhile with jokes, laughter and teaching. At the end of the school day Nari, my sister, and I talk with Mr.LaMarr; we make funny jokes like Mentos and men toes. Mr. LaMarr is the funniest and best teacher ever. I had a awesome year with him.
    My second great memory was a field trip; when our class went to Westminster Woods. That field trip was a great, amazing, awesome, and a educational field trip. Westminster Woods was so fun. Mr. LaMarr had to stay up until everybody was done showering. My sister and I took so long, Mr. LaMarr just left and went to bed. That was pretty funny but I know it was hard for him to stay up that long; not for me. The cargo net was fun to play in and during that time in the cargo net; Mr. LaMarr would bounce Up AnD dOwN. The people on the cargo net would try to balance. That was really hard. Also at Westminster Woods, we got to see lots of cool animals at Shell Beach. The sand in the sandstorm that was pelting my face and bare skin was painful. I never knew sand could go as fast as that to make somebody itch with pain. When my hiking group and nother hiking group hiked through the Armstrong Redwoods, Mr. LaMarr grabbed a hooked stick and began pulling me. That was fun and funny. That was a really fun and amazing field trip.
    The third great memory I am going to share with you was so fun. It was Science Night. Science Night was so busy and great. My activity was afterimages. When people looked at the ghost for thirty seconds, they would either scream or say, “That was really really cool.” The messy activities were outside the classroom and the non messy ones were inside. When I talked in front of the adults, sometimes I would be confident in what I was saying and other times I was stumbling and my cheeks would get red. Before Science Night began I was scared and nervous, after it was done I felt proud of myself.
    These great memories will always tell me that Mr. LaMarr IS THE BEST TEACHER EVER!!! My wonderful year with Mr. LaMarr and my classmates has brought me closer to them. At the beginning of the year I thought I knew everybody well, well apparently not. I still had a lot to learn and this year I did. I also needed to learn, not just about my classmates, but from my mistakes. Mr. LaMarr helped me get better. Mr. LaMarr is a wonderful, amazing, funny teacher; I DO NOT WANT THIS YEAR TO END! These memories I am typing right now will stay with me, Mr. LaMarr, and my classmates. This was the BEST YEAR EVER!!!

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    1. Good work, Jinjoo! You told about a lot of events, and I like reading all of your thoughts. I especially like that you realized that you could get to know your classmates even better. I hope that this year did that for lots of people. You have described a lot of fun events, and I agree with you. That sandstorm was insane that day; I've never been in anything like that before. Thank you so much for all the kind things you had to say. I love what I do, and I hope that people have enjoyed their time in room 15. The end of the year is always a hard time; it's hard to say, "See you later" when later is so far away. Thank you for all the hard work you did this year! Go get some Mentos-you deserve them, or maybe some . . .

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    2. I definitely agree with you about how this was the BEST YEAR EVER!
      Also great blog!!!!!!

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    3. Hi Sofia! Hope you enjoyed the Tollbooth chapter tonight!

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    4. I agree with Mr. LaMarr, you do deserve some mentos. Hahahahahaha. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    5. I don't want the school year to end either. Great explanation Jinjoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    6. This has been a great school year; I don't think anyone wants it to end. I don't want it to end either. Great job, Jinjoo! I agree with Mr. La Marr and Nari: you do deserve some mentos:)

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  14. In fourth grade we have made many great memories.This year we have collaborated a lot on many projects like in stem where we tried to protect Seaside from erosion and make a super insect. We have gone on many fun field trips like Westminster Woods, California caverns, or the California museum. We have also made memories in the classroom while learning new things. We have made so many memories in fourth grade that I can not name them all.

    Learning about the gold rush was very interesting and memorable because of the game we played. In the game we rushed to California and then mined gold and faced many problems. Along the way we learned how to get to California in the 1850's, the many ways to mine gold, and miner’s law. We competed in teams of three to get the most gold by making hard decisions and answering questions based on the things we learned about the gold rush. I really liked this game because I got to collaborate with my group and compete against the other teams at the same time.

    Other than Westminster Woods the Exploratorium was my favorite field trip. All of the hands on science made it cool, fun, and memorable. At one of the exhibits I got to make a tornado and then I learned about how they are made. Making the tornado made the exhibit super cool and really fun.

    I think one of my favorite parts of fourth grade was Science Night. Before we got to play with the oobleck, my team did some research on whether it was a liquid or a solid. During the research I learned lots of cool things like what a non-newtonian fluid is. After the research we made a report on oobleck. Once we made the report we finally got to play with oobleck and teach people about it. I really liked Science Night because I got to learn new things and then teach those things to others.

    Many of these memories would not have been made without our amazing teacher, Mr. LaMarr. Mr. LaMarr makes learning super fun. In the middle of class he will tell a joke or do a funny thing and it always makes me laugh. Sometimes he will even tell a silly story about his previous classes or show us a video of his grand-baby. Fourth grade has been a blast and if I could do it all over again I would.

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    2. Great set of memories, Sofia! I enjoyed reading your highlights of the year. Gold Rush is a great game, and it is fun watching all the claims change hands every mining round. The Exploratorium is a very fun place to go. It's easy to get lost in time there. The class was amazing at Science Night, and your team was a big part of that. Thank you for all your kind words. I really appreciate that. Sorry for the grandbaby videos-I guess I am a very proud Granddaddy! I think if we don't laugh through the day, something is wrong. I had a blast this year, too, and I thank you for all the great ideas and work you have done this year. You think all the time, and it's great to see you so involved!

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  15. My fourth grade year in room fifteen has been an experience that I will never forget. On the first day of school I remember feeling like I was going to have a good year; I don’t know what that feeling was but I had it inside. Our teacher,Mr.LaMarr, had taken us in from the fifteen dot and I remembered the year before I would look at the fifteen and think,”I’m going to be there as a big kid next year.” So when I finally got to the fifteen dot, I felt like a big kid! In the classroom it was just a different world than what I had ever seen, I felt so free. I was on cloud nine when I saw all the games, building, and, learning that I could do in this classroom. All of the planks, marble tracks, and puzzles was like a kid’s dream! Usually on the first day of school I was scared but I didn’t feel scared at all, I felt excited! Then I got to know the fourth grade teacher, I had seen him in class switches and in the halls but I didn’t really know him that well. Mr.LaMarr was the best part of my first day of school. He just had a connection with kids and an imagination that I had never seen in a grown up before. Normally grown ups lose their imagination when they’re a kid, but Mr.LaMarr hadn’t lost any imagination. He made me laugh so hard that I fell out of my chair once! Mr.LaMarr just had a talent with kids that I didn’t know a teacher could have. On the first day we got to engineer and create and learn about each other in the most fun way possible. The first day of my fourth grade fun was one of my favorite and most vivid memories of my time in room fifteen.
    Another one of my unforgettable experiences in the 2018-2019 year was doing Science Olympiad and competing. I am a big fan of science so being able to be a part of a group that worked so hard and gave their best was huge for me. I will never forget how excited I was just like on the first day of school! For each of my events when I went in I was so nervous but when I went out I was confident, and Mr. LaMarr helped cheer the whole group on for every twist and turn. When I had been practicing it was really fun but I kept thinking that we had so much time and then it was finally the night before and I was terrified. Right before we went in for awards Mrs.Darrow and Mr.LaMarr sat us all down and they told us, “Win or lose you guys tried your best and that’s all that matters,” and it was the truth everyone worked really hard on their event and it payed off! We got first place for the third straight time. But it wasn’t about the trophy, although it was nice, it was the perseverance when a rocket didn’t make it or someone’s mind went blank that helped that whole team succeed. So the learning and fun that I got from this made it even more memorable.
    A super awesome part about the fourth grade class of 2018-2019 is their literature discussions. I absolutely LOVE literature discussions, they are the most exhilarating thing ever! Whenever a literature discussion happens, one word can change the entire direction of the conversation. The cool thing about our class is one, all discussions involve jumping, and two, the smallest word can spark an idea. Literature is sort of like clay, you can mold it or interpret it however you want to. But in room fifteen it’s about seeing it from all perspectives which is why they’re so fun. You get to find which side you want to see it from and just connect the dots. All the books that are read in literature have connections, and with Mr.LaMarr he knows how to point you in the right direction so that each perspective can be seen. So I will always remember seeing or thinking about the connections and hearing how other people see it.

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  16. One of the most important parts of my fourth grade year was the need for human decency. The class started out as a group that would be nice to each other sometimes and not so nice at others. People were getting affected so it needed to stop, Mr.LaMarr was able to help us grow and people stopped getting affected. It did take some time but finally human decency became something that we were spreading and the class had become a community. This was very memorable because this change over time had a huge impact in how everybody was working together. On the playground and in the classroom things were changing and there was more collaboration going on. So I think this impacted the entire class. Now as a community and a class we have grown and become a group that can spread human decency and as the next generation we can make the world a better place. This was a serious part of the year and it became a huge part of my view of the world. The fact that human decency sprouted in fourth grade will forever be a memory for me.
    A gigantic memory of fourth grade will always be Westminster Woods. Westminster Woods is the ultimate field trip; it is the best field trip ever! On the drive I got to be in a party van with the rest of the girls in my class and the happiness that took place at Westminster Woods can never be replaced. In the party van we got to sing songs and play all kinds of fun games together. But I mostly remember that when we got there everyone was yelling and screaming and chanting,”WESTMINSTER WOODS,” as loud as they could. This field trip was beyond words amazing. As we were singing I felt like I belonged and I was proud to be a part of this class. The second we got out of the car all these emotions rushed through me. Throughout the year we would ask questions, and we had been preparing for this field trip for the past few months and now it was finally here! I had been camping and outdoors but never to this degree. So on this field trip I really understood the beauty of nature. When the trip was over I was sad, but I was kind of getting homesick so it was the perfect amount of time there. Just enough to learn and want to go back home and make an impact.
    In Mr.LaMarr classroom anything is possible and there is so much imagination! From the first day every time I walk into room 15 I feel safe and it feels like a place where I can let go and give all of my ideas and opinions freely. Mr.LaMarr has created an environment for kids so that we are not only learning regular school topics, but we are learning life lessons. That is what every classroom should be like, but in their own unique way. That’s another thing about Mr.LaMarr, he is unique and has built his own way of teaching that has worked for 34 years and counting. He cares about his students and has an imagination like no other teacher has. Fourth grade is my third year at Del Paso Manor and Mr.LaMarr has been the best and most memorable school year I have ever had.

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    1. That was a fun walk through the school year! Wow! You covered so many aspects of our year, Nassali, and you did an excellent job of telling your thoughts about each piece. It was great to see your take on Science Olympiad-what a great day that was; Westminster Woods-how much fun we had that week; the literature discussions-those have been so interesting this year-I like the jumping! I am glad that you recognized the human decency part of our year. That was a big point, and good things came from it. Thank you Lois Lowry for giving us the book to use. I sincerely appreciate the kind words; I don't know that I live up to them, but I am grateful for you saying them. It's a fun job, and with a class like this, it's even more fun. I appreciate your hard work, leadership, and excitement about class this year. You are a successful fourth grader!

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      NICE JOB! You did a great job explaining and it seems like you enjoyed 4th grade!

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    1. Sensational job Nassali!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like your topic about human decency. I agree, human decency was something that our class was spreading around. Great job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  18. One day far far away, I will look back on my 4th grade year as a year of transition. Not just for myself, but the school I attended that year. I hope that the memories of my teacher, friends and learning will be mope than the mounds of dirt, fences and heavy machinery. I know one day it will be a great school for the future of all Rapid Learners and Del Paso Manor as a whole. I am glad I was part of the construction that will one day turn into the pretty picture I walk by every morning in the front of the school. We were part of something old and soon new.

    While school is a journey I am grateful for my 4th grade journey and memories. Mr. Lamarr helped me on that journey. While we had challenges I am thankful he was my teacher. He is very funny, nice, and fun to hang out with even as my teacher. One of my favorite memories about Mr. Lamarr was at Westminster Woods. We were walking to the cargo net up the big hill and Mr. Lamarr and I were talking, having fun, and telling jokes all the way up the hill to cargo net. I really enjoyed that walk. You will be a 4th grade memory for sure.

    Next memory I had was this month at science night. I really liked that my group got to do the elephant toothpaste experiment. It was a lot of work but getting to hear all the oohs and awws made it all worth it at science night. I was glad my Grandma got to come too. The elephant paste sort of looked like and enlarged version of toothpaste coming out of a bottle. It was really cool!


    I will make sure I will remember my 4th grade teacher, classmates, friends, studies and journey. I hope to forget homework :-} Thanks Mr. Lamarr for a great year.

    -Kash

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    2. What a great way to start your blog, Kash! I like the reference to our school year as having dirt, machinery, and fences. That certainly IS a part of this school year. I am glad you enjoyed your year, and thank you for your kind words. Westminster Woods was so fun in so many ways, and I'm glad you chose that as one of your best memories. I have enjoyed our conversations this year. I hope you do not have a summer full of bruises!

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  19. The whole school year in fourth grade was so interesting and is fun to look back on. There are so many wonderful and amazing memories that I will never forget in all my life. Most of all, I will never forget how my friends and teacher supported me throughout the school year. They were so helpful and convinced me that I could do anything.

    The first day of school in Mr. LaMarr’s class was so great that I wish I could do it again. On the first day of school, I chose a team, and we built tables out of newspapers. I got to collaborate with my team. I like that day most in the whole school year because I could see what I would be doing for the whole school year. I could also get to know new friends. I will never forget the first day of school.

    The fourth grade field trips were wonderful. They included fun stories and history. So far, our class has gone on seven field trips, and I loved them all. The best one was Westminster Woods. It was great because it was almost a week long, and there was so much nature and beauty around me to see. The coast redwoods were so tall they towered over me, as though I were a tiny ant. There were so many banana slugs to look at...and kiss! The banana slugs were cold and slimy. The field trips were one of the best parts of all of fourth grade.

    Science Night was so fun and entertaining. There were so many fascinating stations to go to. For every station, there were interesting facts and experiments for people to do. My team was doing Oobleck, and I liked to listen to everyone’s explanation. Sometimes we had really different descriptions of what was going on. I loved to see kids and parents stick their hands in the Oobleck and watch how much fun they had playing with it. Some of the parents threw hard questions at our team, and we tried our best to answer them. Science Night is an incredible memory that I will never forget.

    The literature books I have read this year in fourth grade were really interesting. The literature discussions in my class were so amusing to listen to. These discussions are fun because when one person says something, someone else adds onto it, and the conversation gets really high level. The conversation is like a ripple effect, and it goes on every single day in room fifteen. These conversations are one of the best things about being in Mr. LaMarr’s class.

    The most important memory in the whole school year that I will never ever forget is how my teacher supported me. Mr. LaMarr was such a help when I stumbled, and he helped me speak in front of class and not be as shy as I was at the beginning of the year. He guided me in the right direction throughout the school year. Although I know that he would help anyone in the classroom if they needed it, I very much appreciate what Mr. LaMarr has done for me personally. Room fifteen was also an incredible experience because of my friend who supported me and were just fun to be with every day. I know that this year with Mr. LaMarr has to come to an end, but I think this was the best school year ever, and there are good times and memories that I will never forget!!!

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    1. Excellent job, Nari! I am so glad you enjoyed the literature discussions, and you described them very well. I am also happy that you saw all the beauty in nature at Westminster Woods. That is such a great place to spend a week. Your writing is well organized, and it is fun to read your thoughts about the school year. Thank you for the very kind things you said about me. I appreciate that immensely. You have done a great job in fourth grade as you work hard, and you put your best into everything you do. Impressive year!

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  20. I liked yours to Nari, you did a lot of work and good writing. Kash

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    I have had many exciting and great memories from my school year, in 4th grade, at Del Paso Manor. These memories have had a great impact on my outlook, how I treat people, and treat myself. I would first like to give my full love and appreciation to the best teacher I could have ever imagined, Mr. La Marr. He has helped me structure my life in a positive way. Without him, I would make many more mistakes in my education and social advancement.

    One of my most precious memories was the day of our evening class for Science Night. So many people tried our station and listened to us. It was a very special evening. When we failed to successfully get the balloon over the bottle lid sometimes, they encouraged us, instead of mocking us or walking away from displeasure and disappointment. They were extremely polite. I personally appreciate this, for some people could just walk away. Overall, this was a very encouraging event.

    Another cherished memory was the four days I spent at Westminster Woods. It was a time of experiencing something I had never imagined, and was overwhelming. But, I still loved it. My time there was a very prized memory because I never imagined something in this world that is so beautiful, amazing, and rare, since very few redwoods are left in the world. All things considered, these few days were very precious and will remain in my mind forever.

    With certainty, I know that my most treasured memory was at the beginning of 4th grade. It was my first day at my new school. I had no friends, knew no one, and I had no knowledge of my surroundings. But, instantly some people in the class invited me over to their table, and burst into conversation. I felt welcome, and included. Now, you see, some people might think this memory isn’t very important at all, but it is for me. This is very important to me because this was my first memory of my most important year so far in my life. I had made friends on my first day at school, and that was special. I had found where I belong...

    ~ Alejandro



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    1. I am glad that you found the chaos of Science Night to be a good evening. Westminster Woods was truly a great week. I can't think of much better than living a week in the redwoods. I am glad you recognized the wonderment and awe of the forest! Thank you for your kind words, Alejandro. I am really glad you came to room 15. Your ending is strong and powerful, and I hope that you did find where you belong. I appreciate the work you've done this school year.

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  22. Great Job Alejandro!! I really like your memories and I agree with you. I am glad you came to our class - Kash

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  23. Great job Alejandro!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I loved Westminster Woods, too.

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  24. My Favorite Memories

    This school year has been full of adventures from stacking colors to living in the woods. I have never been in a classroom full of fun, very nice people, and the best teacher ever. I’ve made so many new friends and learned a lot of new things. So choosing some memories will be very hard.

    The second day of school was very fun for me. We got to stack colors. When I heard we were going to do that, I knew it wasn’t possible. But everything is possible with science! Everyone figured out how to do it eventually, and that was very cool. Also one of our science night groups did stacking colors, and it could be hard to figure out how it works at first. But once you know the color order, it is easy.

    I can’t write this blog without talking about how we got first place the third time in a row for Science Olympiad!! I learned so many new things, I never thought I would participate in such a scientific event. I got to launch marshmallows, and two of them I caught in my mouth. I also got to learn a lot about the earth's geologic time scale and a lot about dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals, thanks to the awesome coaches. None of that could have been done without Mr. La Marr and Mrs. Darrow.

    I loved it when we did science night. I got to study about chemical reactions and learn about what happens when baking soda and vinegar mix. Usually when I do events like this I am on the other side of the table. I also think that all the other science night groups did a very good job. Good job everybody!

    Last but not least, Westminster Woods! That was one of the best experiences of my life. We got to do so many things, like eating the best food ever, playing on the cargo net with Mr. La Marr, hiking through Armstrong Redwoods, tidepooling, and walking through a sandstorm! It was worth it because we got to see the Harbor Seals and the Sea Lions. Sleeping in a cabin with my friends was very fun; I also had a bathroom buddy. The worst part was leaving Westminster Woods!

    Those are only very small parts of my life in room fifteen. None of this could've been possible without Mr. La Marr. He is very kind and always makes us laugh. He also has the most adorable baby grandson! He always tries to make learning interesting so it is never boring. So he truly is the best teacher ever.

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    1. Good blog, Faisal! Your work is well organized, and the ideas are easy to read. You have hit some great highlights of the year. I loved finding that log in the sandstorm and watching the sea lions and harbor seals swimming around. That was a fun day! I agree that leaving Westminster Woods is the worst part of that trip. What a great place to spend a week. We had so much fun on Science Olympiad day! You did great work for the team. Thank you so much for your kind words about me and Warren. I appreciate it. I am so glad you came to DPM this year; you have done such a great job all year long!

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    2. I will miss you very much when I go to fith grade. But now I realize my next classroom will be right next to yours

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    3. I will miss this class, too, and I have enjoyed that after school times that we have had this year, Faisal. Be sure to keep them alive next year! You will get to be one of those 5th graders who flood room 15 every morning!

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  25. Some of my memories are outstanding and exciting. Even at the start of the year when my class was trying to stack the colors, the pressure was on but people remained calm. Compared to Westminster Woods where two people found a “cave” that everyone wanted to see but no one could. People really wanted to see if it actually was a cave. Even when we kissed banana slug, that was very disgusting. Also I had some scary exciting adventures.

    Like science night, I was not sure if I knew all of my correct information on that topic. Also I was not sure if we had enough supplies to last about an hour and thirty minutes. Especially when some of my group was taking a break that put more pressure on the people at the tables. Sometimes when there are only 1-2 people at the tables they are not sure if they will be able to serve all of their customers, or if some customers walk away. Then that worker would feel like they did not succeed.

    Another scary exhilarating thing was the first S.T.E.M. show case, I was worried that it would not hold the waves from eroding the shore. It was very frightening and terrifying because if it failed the whole showcase would be for nothing. In addition to the showcase being ruined, 2-3 months of work would have been wasted. Also our ocean would be polluted and “millions” of dollars meant nothing at all.


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    1. i know it was sooooooooooooooooooooo stressful because in our practice it did not survive

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    2. Your STEM and your Science Night all worked out very well, Bryan! No need to be scared! I hope you enjoyed the year, and I'm glad that you found the memories to be outstanding and exciting.

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  26. Since the first day of school when our class built the newspaper tables, fourth grade has been fun, interesting and challenging for me. The STEM project our class did earlier in the year was fun. My team went through a couple of rounds in order to make it so that the crabs did not flow out to the ocean with the waves. The Science Olympiad tournament in March was a great experience for me. It was fun to study the information I needed for two of my events, Leaf and Tree and Metric Mastery. Even though my partner and I were disqualified for Marshmallow Catapult, it was really cool building the catapult and practicing shots. In Science Olympiad, I got to know several people much better. I am happy that the Del Paso Manor Elementary Science Olympiad team won first place in the tournament. In April, my experience at Westminster Woods was very exciting, too. I learned about things that I didn’t even know existed! The naturalists were really encouraging, and I had a great trip. Our recent Science Night took time and effort to prepare for, but it was very interesting as well. I could tell some people didn’t necessarily want to get “messy” in our Oobleck project, but I know that everyone had fun. Fourth grade has been really fun this year, but as the school year is coming to an end, I would like to share some good memories I have for this wonderful year.

    Mr. La Marr is a wonderful teacher for fourth grade. He teaches the class the fourth grade RL standards, but still makes the lessons fun, interesting, and easy to understand. It amuses me when Mr. La Marr cracks a joke in the middle of math. It is entertaining when Mr. La Marr does that. In science, Mr. La Marr always plans fun lessons for the class to do. As we were working on circuitry the other day, Mr. La Marr let us experiment on our own with the circuits to light up the lightbulbs. In literature, sometimes Mr. La Marr reads aloud to us and we suddenly realize something and all go, “Ohhhh!”. It is exciting when Mr. La Marr announces upcoming events and fun activities for the class. Mr. La Marr has a unique way of teaching, and I have enjoyed being in his class.

    The STEM activity our class did earlier in the year was really interesting. The wooden shims were a little bit challenging, and so was the clay. My team used orange air-dry clay, but when the waves came, the clay was not dried yet, so the water turned all orange. A few days later, the wooden shims and rocks had gone moldy. It was cool experimenting on how to keep the crabs safe. The six houses were hard to keep on the hill, too. Some water from the waves flowed onto the hill and got the houses out of their “spots”. It was very challenging building the structures to prevent coastal erosion, but also very fun. I think that our STEM project was a very cool assignment.

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  27. Science Olympiad was definitely a great experience. It was challenging to be prepared for three events, but I had a great time overall. Leaf and Tree was fun to study because I got to know my partner much better. We had to study different ways to classify different trees, and the structure of a leaf. It was challenging because we had to know the attributes of different trees, even though we had a binder we could take into the testing room. Most of the time, my partner and I were trying to study information in the binder. Marshmallow Catapult was fun, too, even though my partner and I were disqualified in the event competition. It was fun to design the catapult and practicing shots. My partner and I practiced and gathered data when our coach gave us a distance to launch the marshmallow to. Metric Mastery was fun because my partner and I learned to construct pie charts, bar graphs, line graphs, and frequency tables. We had taken at least five minutes on the practice test to construct a pie chart. Thankfully, on the test day, we did not have to construct a pie chart in the competition. The real test was based on Disneyland. I was really excited as the judges announced that Del Paso Manor won first place. That really made me happy and proud that our DPM team won the tournament.

    Westminster Woods was a wonderful experience for me to learn more about nature. Our trip to Armstrong Redwoods was very fun, especially when our hiking group found a banana slug. The banana slug got slime on my hand, but I wiped the slime off my hand with dirt and wiped the dirt off with moss. We had a wonderful evening on the cargo net, and our naturalists, Petunia and Redwing, were really fun, nice, and encouraging. I liked the times after meals, so there would be “waste wizards” to clean up, weigh, and announce the amount of food waste that was wasted that night.

    Science Night was really fun in the fact that we were actually teaching other people about our Oobleck. Some of the adults were asking some questions that we didn’t know what to answer, but it was fun figuring out the answers. We also participated in some activities from other stations. A customer that came to our station was just shouting out random science words, and she told us that she and her friend were studying for their science test. Science Night was a really cool activity, and it was a great learning experience.

    When I walked into room 15 as a new kid in the class, I was really nervous. Everybody was really nice to me, and everyone is still pretty nice. Although there were a couple of bumps in the road for me, fourth grade has been great. As the year is closing out, I would like to thank Mr. La Marr for being a great teacher and all my friends for being great friends. I had a great year in fourth grade. All the activities and projects were fun, and all the tests and quizzes are also really fun. I will always remember my wonderful year in fourth grade, with many thanks to Mr. La Marr and all of my friends and classmates. It has been a wonderful year with lots of fun and learning. I have many more memories of fourth grade, and I think I will remember them for a long time.


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    2. Great job of discussing the memories you have of the year, Amy. You have told a lot about so many topics. You have hit some of my favorite parts, too, from camp to Science Olympiad to all of your science. Thank you so much for the nice compliments you gave to me. I am appreciative of your kindness. You have done such a great job this year, and we are all lucky that you came to DPM to be in our class this year!

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  28. As my 4th grade school year is coming to an end, I like to look back upon the memories I have made over the year. My personal favorite memories of the 4th grade school year is Westminster Woods, the Exploratorium, band, and science night. Westminster Woods is in a redwood forest in Occidental, California that teaches kids to respect what they have now and if they don’t, they may never see it again. Westminster Woods was my favorite field trip in the fourth grade school year because it was really fun and it just well organised. It was well organised because all the activities were all laid out really well and they were all fun,I occasionally got bored but it was to rest. Especially the night hike. It was really fun because they had fun activities and I had a great time spending time with my friends The lesson that Westminster woods is trying to teach kids is to spend less time on devices and more time in nature with friends and family. The Exploratorium was my second favorite field trip because I went there when I was six years old and it was great to see it again. It was also the longest and funnest single day field trip of the year for me. I saw a giant marble maze made out of toothpicks, another one of the most fun things was a machine that made fog circles, I can’t remember the name of it so that is what i am calling it for now. Band also taught me that I don’t only have to focus on school, and I can play other things like the trumpet.Science night was really fun to teach other people about science. My group did stacking colored water, we did it by adding different levels of salt to each color. This made look like one color was denser than another, but in reality it is just the different amounts of salt in the water the water actually was different densities, it is the colors helped you see them. The different densities in the water makes them float or sink on top of each other. And add some more detail here, like what about the density that made the color sink or float). I am looking forward (maybe you are hoping your 5th grade year will be as fun?) to my 5th grade school year to as fun if not more fun than my 4th grade school year. I am so excited to be going to Miss. Darrow's class, I may be little sad that I am leaving Mr. LaMarr’s class, but it is okay that I am leaving 4th grade.

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    1. I like the events that you highlighted, Wesley. Camp was a great week, and I hope that memory stays with you for a long time. I also like that you discussed band.
      The band sounded great this year. Good luck in 5th grade; I hope it is great for you!

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  29. My fourth grade experience was one of the best I ever had. On the first day we made tables out of newspapers. The challenge was to make a table that supported as many books as possible. This helped me bond with Alejandro from working with him. This activity was very fun and made my mind work. We started our first book, Pearly Monroe. We discussed every chapter, but we mainly focused on the literal. These discussions were fun and I really enjoyed them. The math discussions were fun to. They were sometimes even more lively than literature discussions and made everyone who tried work hard. We started my personal favorite subject, science. We started with geology. We had to find out what mineral was which. The first time we did this I actually got them all right! I was very happy.
    The hype for Westminster Woods was growing. When we left for Westminster Woods my tiny little brain would not compute. My group all agreed that we had a most enjoyable time. I could go on and on, but this is all in the Westminster Woods blog. Needless to say I had the most awe-inspiring and happy moments of my life, so far, at Westminster Woods. We also started the redwoods project near that time. This was easily the biggest project in my life. I had fun and I was also stressed at times. Our other projects that year seemed small compared to this seven paragraph long project.
    Science Night took a lot of work and it was super stressful. I was always stressed about running out of supplies, even though we had four gallons of H2O2.
    I would like to thank my amazing teacher Mr. Lamarr for being a wonderful teacher. I would also like to thank my amazing class for being so kind.

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    1. Good blog post, Joey. Your ideas are easy to read and understand and you have mixed the lengths of your sentences well. Your "tiny little brain"-that makes me laugh! You don't have a tiny little brain! Sometimes that things we do can be stressful, but when you overcome that, isn't it great?!? Thank you for the compliment; I have been impressed with the information you know all year long!

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  30. Fourth grade has been the best grade yet. We did a lot of fun activities this year in class but the following are the things I love the most. I love my amazing teacher, science and the first day of school. It was really fun to learn things with a teacher like Mr.La Marr. He makes learning fun even if we are learning something really hard. I like science because Mr. Lamarr doesn't just read out of a book we get to do hands on activities. I loved the first day of school because it was basically a reunion of friends. I was able to reconnect with all my friend that I wasn’t able to get in contact with over the summer.
    The first day of school was great being able to see all my friends again and meeting new ones. I was also excited about the first day of school because it was the first year I got a male teacher. When I first started fourth grade I was curious to see how it was going to be without a desk. It is awesome not having a desk. You just have to keep your cubby clean. Having a desk is a pain because you have to switch seats and move your whole desk, so I like having just a table and a cubby more than having a desk and a cubby. With a desk it is really easy to lose papers in it for me, but with a cubby I can not lose anything. I tried to keep it neat and clean.
    Mr. La Marr is one of the best teachers ever! I like how he makes subjects that I don't typically care for fun, like Social Studies! Social Studies can be quite boring at times but when Mr. La Marr adds his humor by telling jokes, it makes Social Studies fun and interesting. My teacher’s specialty is making people laugh, he has the best jokes and sometimes his jokes are about the strangest things, like "droppings on the floor". To be honest Mr. La Marr can make any subject fun with his jokes. He is not only a teacher he is a really funny friend. He also teaches us that there are many different ways to learn how to do things like math. Mr. La Marr also tells us to not use the word "you" to many times in our writing because the person that is reading the writing isn’t always doing what the author is writing about. This fact has helped me extremely because it helped me raise my writing scores, I love the word "you" and "because". Mr. La Marr is also good at flag football. The first week of football, I didn’t really want to play. I just wanted to watch and play with Etai on the playground. I was very scared of

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  31. the football hitting me but I grew out of that habit, well kind of. Mr. La Marr made playing football really fun. It didn't matter that I never played football before or knew how to play. I had fun and want to play it again. Lastly, Mr. La Marr lets us talk in class but there is sometimes when the whole class knows he means business.
    I love all the science we do but my most favorite activity was science night. I loved trying to find things to present. First, Elanor and I were going to do bottle organs but we changed our topic because it seemed so basic. We found soap powered boats and it seemed fun so we tried it. It worked! Elanor and I were surprised it worked and we ended up with soap powered boats as our project. Our boats worked most of the time depending on the placement of the soap. I liked presenting to others and hearing their questions. I liked presenting because I never presented before at science night. I was nervous about how the experiment would work. I was scared because I didn’t know alot about surface tension but after I heard Elanor explaining it I got the idea of what it is. I took a break to go touch oobleck. The oobleck felt really weird. I liked that station because it was fun to carry the oobleck as a solid and watch it turn into a liquid in a matter of seconds. I like messy things and making messes. When the liquid would got all over my hands it was hard to get off. Science night over all was pretty fun. I got to see all of my classmates and their scientific abilities. I tried to ask some groups hard questions and was rewarded because everybody knew their information really well.
    My fourth grade experience was by far a better than all my grades yet. The experience in fourth grade is really hard to beat. My favorite things in fourth grade were having a cool teacher, science, and the first day of school. I like my teacher because he wasn’t one of the teachers that tried to act cool and pass out candy so the students can like them. Mr. La Marr did not do that. I really liked the science we used when making static electricity because my hair wouldn’t work so it was fun rubbing a balloon an other peoples heads. I loved the first day of school because i was curious of what adventures lay ahead of me. I am sad I have to go to fifth grade!

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    1. This is very well done, Ravyn! You have so many ideas, and you have organized them well. The writing flows nicely from one thought to another! I like your choices and your thoughts. Science Night was fun, and we all did a great job! You had an interesting mix of liquids by the end of the night! I also like your thoughts about not having a desk. I think tables are better, too! Thank you for you nice words; I do appreciate your saying them. You have done a great job this year, and I am happy that you were in my class. I hope to see you out on that football field again next year, if we have a place to play!

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  32. Mrs. Darrow is great why are you sad to go to 5th grade?

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    1. Sometimes it's hard to leave something a person knows well and likes and move to something unknown. It takes time to make the adjustment, but 5th grade will be good for everyone! Mrs. Darrow is looking forward to working with this class.

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  33. Memories; events that some people cherish, and some people forget about. Some spectacular jovialities, and some unforgettable tragedies. Some of my memories from fourth grade are the beginning of the brand new school campus, the amazing teacher, the awesome new friends, Westminster Woods, the oddly specific literature discussions, and the fun learning with my close friends, and teacher. These years of 2018 and 2019 were rough in the middle because of the new school being built. The annoying noises, odd sounds, and splashing liquids were and still are unfortunately memorable. They were too noticeable over the course of the year. There were good things as well; like my teacher, Michael Lamarr. He has a sense of humor and I have almost never seen him wear the same set of clothes twice. He is strict but funny, and he fixes all problems in a kid or dad joke. His teaching is also amazing. Even math lessons were able to turn into inside joke songs, or fun photos or stories of his grandson. I had fun with my teacher, and I also had fun with my friends at Westminster Woods. At Westminster Woods, we played with the Pershing kids. Pershing is another RL school and Mr. Lamarr and their 4th grade teacher are friends so we went together. I used to go to Pershing so it was fun to see all of my friends. We learned about redwoods, barnacles, apple cores, sea lions, seals, sea stars, and much more! We also learned a lot in class. We read The Phantom Tollbooth, which was weird, Talked about discrimination whilst reading, The Adventures of Pearley Monroe, debarked a ship with Jack and Praiseworthy in, By the Great Horn Spoon!, and ate a deer’s guts with Gary Paulsen, Cookie, and Storm reading, Woodsong. The end of the year will be sad, but all I know is that fourth grade will be the most memorable year yet.

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    1. This is great, Etai! You have structured a one paragraph piece extremely well. Your ideas flow from one to another excellently as you transition from one idea to the next seamlessly. You have some great creativity here; I love the ending. So glad we didn't literally eat a deer's gut with Gary! Thank you for your compliments as I do appreciate that. I have enjoyed listening to your creative thoughts in class this year. Keep looking at the world the way you do as you see things differently from many others. That's a great perspective to have!

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  34. Elanor. Bluebird. EspeyMay 31, 2019 at 8:26 PM

    I have a feeling a lot of people are going to write about Westminster Woods. I might write a little about it, but I really want to talk about the great people in room fifteen. In the beginning of the year, we had some problems. We had a really tight circle and only let in people that we thought were nice and not annoying. It started out as just a little tension and evolved from a chocolate chip to a Giant Pringle. One day it went a little too far. Mr.LaMarr had to take us out to the blacktop. We talked about how we had all been bullied and that one of the reasons RL was created is so smart kids won’t be bullied, and called things like nerds. After that day, I think that I can speak on behalf of our class that we appreciate our differences more. After we all got along and cooperated with each other, no matter how annoying they still were, our main focus in room fifteen became creating a world of human decency. Being human means making mistakes and being flawed. Being human means realizing that you can make a mistake. Being human means making friends and then having their backs turn on you, or vice versa, and being able to forgive and move forward. Being human means discovering all that is around you. Decency is not fear of punishment; it causes people to do the right thing. Sending aid to victims is simply a matter of common decency. We have evolved from a class with two parts to a class that stands as one; with a common goal.

    Science Olympiad was one of the best days of my life. After we had many practices, our team did very well, and even took first place overall. My two events were scrambled eggs and straw tower. Straw tower is fairly easy to understand but not so easy to do. Straw tower is an event where you have to build a straw tower over 30cm tall with only one meter of tape and 50 straws of any kind. We didn’t know what type they would be. They were wrapped which we did not expect. Scrambled eggs is kind of like egg drop, but instead you have to throw the egg, and its case over a wall. I did not get first in either of my events, but I know my second and third place wins could have been why my team won. I know that we could not have done it without Mr.LaMarr and Mrs. Darrow.

    Some of my other favorite memories were Friday football and science night. Friday football was really fun after getting over being afraid of the ball, then getting over excited or shocked when I caught the ball! It was really fun. Sadly, for three weeks I was injured and could not play.
    Another really fun thing was Science night. My partner Ravyn and I did soap powered boats. It was fun because we got to explain to people what we had learned. And we got to share our knowledge while they were having fun doing the experiment.
    From day one of fourth grade, it has been so fun and exhilarating. On the first day we built tables out of newspaper, which is just amazing because on your first day it’s usually just meeting your teacher. It was as if Mr.LaMarr already knew us. We were a really tight class. We let the new people in, with a few casualties along the way that we overcame. We have become a really great class where we feel like a family. We are always safe and room fifteen is like a home away from home. We never get bored, and Mr.LaMarr is no ordinary teacher. He lets us take off our shoes, and there are so many things to do, from Q-bamaze, to a marble track, to Keva planks, to a big file cabinet of games, and there is always a fun game or puzzle related to what we are doing in class. We would not be the class that we are without Mr.LaMarr. The rallying cry and slogan of our class is “taking over the world with human decency.” Mr.LaMarr is a great teacher and I am so sad that I have to leave this classroom, and Mr.LaMarr. I am even crying as I write this.

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    1. What a powerful opening paragraph, Elanor. You have some very intelligent insights, and I agree with everything you stated in that paragraph. I do think there were other reasons for the creation of RL, but not being ridiculed for being who you are is one of them. I like the thought that you wrote about the class being "a home away from home" and that we are "like a family." This is just as important as any academic accomplishments we made this year. You have summed it up very well. Thank you so much for your kind thoughts; they are appreciated. You have done well this year, and I have enjoyed your ideas in class. It is sad to end something that is enjoyable, but I know amazing things are in store for you next year.

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  35. This year of fourth grade has been one of the best experiences so far in my life! From the way we learn to the people in the class, it is all full of wonders.
    I already had high expectations for fourth grade, but like in The Phantom Tollbooth the year took me beyond expectations. When I walked into the classroom, I was dazzled. I could tell that I would learn amazing things by just looking at the things around me. One thing that especially stood out to me was all the activities I could see (little did I know there was so much more). For our first group activity we made a table that could actually hold weight, but we could only use paper and some rubber bands, clips, scissors, and tape. That activity was so much fun and a really good way to warm up to the way things worked in the classroom. Luckily, my team did pretty well! I also recall being quite excited about the new students joining us. At this point, I can’t talk much more about the start of the year since the memories have become hazy in my mind. However, this was the start of my fourth grade adventure which is what makes it special.
    As we started to get into the year great things happened. I grew closer to people in my class with all the collaborative activities Mr. LaMarr assigns us. I made friends with some of the new people. I was also a little intimidated by Mr. LaMarr, but now I find that he is an amazing teacher. Probably my favorite so far! I’m excited to write this part because I want to say how awesome Mr. LaMarr is! He is a really funny person that teaches us in such amazing ways. By doing that he taught me amazing things and has made us all laugh many times. I know that Mr. LaMarr is going to read this so I’d like to say a big thank you! Our class used to have problems that truly needed to be fixed. But thanks to Mr. LaMarr we have gotten passed that. Towards the middle part of the year is when we started to kick off in our Human Decency project. The reason being is that we weren’t humanely decent.
    The project started when we sat in a circle on the blacktop and discussed it all. We started to do small assignments on it and we hit a few bumps, but eventually we finally accomplished a humanely decent classroom. I am so glad we did it because I see some classes on the campus that now make me feel very irritated because of their bad behaviors. I definitely feel that every school should encourage human decency in everyone, like Mr. LaMarr did. Human decency is a very serious thing and some people don’t realize the impact they may have on others. It’s really sad, but I’m glad the majority of people I know are aware of this and have achieved doing it. Now I feel so much better just being in the class and I’m so happy we all could do this before the forever fun Westminster Woods trip!
    The field trips of room 15 are extremely fun! Every single one of them! The one I really want to talk about is Westminster Woods. It was my first week long field trip and I couldn’t have ask for a better one! The staff at Westminster Woods and our chaperones were all incredible. The Westminster Woods staff are all kind, funny, well-mannered, and I feel so lucky to have worked with Redwing, Petunia, Chivo, and many others. The week long field trip was a great opportunity to learn cool things and bond with friends. For me, even the car ride over there was good because, honestly, we were all forced into some minivan together for two hours. But in doing this I got to talk with some people who I did not spend as much time with in general. Everyone there had brought things to do and all kinds of snacks were passed around (I might have had one too many of the mini tart things). Westminster Woods was not the only fun field trip, of course. They were all the best, just like my classmates.

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  36. My classmates are some of the best and our in-class discussions are so cool. Mainly, it’s the literature discussions. We unlock some really in-depth things, and sometimes we notice things that Norton Juster might not have realized he put in himself! A lot of times, we take literature discussions right up to lunchtime and it’s amusing to see the class’s frustration. Or if it’s time to move on that happens too. If I had been reading some of these books just on my own, I would have just seen the words, without truly understanding it! Then there’s math where were always going overtime or solving things that are just far beyond what’s expected. Throughout all of this, I think most of us are having lots of fun. I’m so grateful to have such a creative class with so many ideas that go above and beyond. For example, thinking that calling Humbug a humbug is just a joke because he is a bug and criminal (humbug) is wrong. It’s more than that! But again, I’m very grateful for my class.
    As I am at home typing this blog, it has taken me on a trip down memory lane. I’m thinking about my class and the memories I’ve made with them and it makes me think of how much I will miss fourth grade and all their different perspectives. I honestly am not sure I will get a teacher as brilliant as Mr. LaMarr or get classmates as brilliant as mine again. I’ll also never have the same class set since someone new is meant to join us. While I promise to greet my new classmate with a warm welcome, I will remember my fourth grade class fondly. I have loved this year of new wonders, faces, and memories.
    As this school year comes to an end I will leave it with sadness, but it has been a really important time and one of the best experiences of my life so far. I am honored to have been taught the wonders of room 15. Thanks for the amazing experience everyone! (Long live the Fourth Order!)

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    1. What great ideas, Selena! You have touched on some very important parts of our year, and you've explained your thoughts very well and with sincerity. I am glad that you have enjoyed your classmates and room 15. I like your thoughts about our literature discussions, too. They have been so high level this year; it's hard to imagine that 4th graders can think at such a level. But, anything is possible if you believe it enough! Thank you for the kind words you have expressed. I really do appreciate them. You have done a good job this year, and I have enjoyed the ideas you have contributed to our class. I agree: Long live the Fourth Order!

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  37. LONG LIVE HUMAN DECENCY! LONG LIVE THE FOURTH ORDER! LONG LIVE MR. LAMARR! LONG LIVE ROOM 15!

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  38. You are the best Mr. LaMarr!

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    1. Thank you Selena! I appreciate that very much. We have all had a good school year together.

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  39. Oops sorry used my mom's name there

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  40. I have many great memories of fourth grade. One of them is when, at the start of the year, my class made newspaper tables. Our teams were working together for the first time in this classroom. We were learning more about our teammates’ characters, so we got to know each other better. Sometimes people made friends in the groups. In the teams we got to plan, engineer and test. I love doing that kind of thing. We built things, which is one of my favorite things in life. Testing my contraption is probably my second most favorite thing to do, and that is what we did making newspaper tables.

    Another great memory from fourth grade is when we went to Westminster Woods and went to the tide pools and the redwoods. I liked the tide pools because I saw many different kinds of shellfish, worms, fish and crabs. I also saw seals and sea lions. I had never seen most of them before. One seal bobbed up about 15 feet away, while others were usually 50 to 75 feet away. I could see the close seal’s whiskers, snout, and big eyes like a beanie-boo. I liked the redwoods because we saw many interesting things like goose pens, reiterated trees, burls, and so on. A goose pen is a burned out space under the redwood. We crawled into it. We could go in and out in different ways from the goose pen. A redwood is the only tree that can reiterate itself on its trunk.

    The best part of fourth grade is the teacher, Mr. LaMarr. Mr. LaMarr is awesome! He is inspiring, creative, has a great mind, is really smart, and is really funny. I love Mr. LaMarr’s ideas, and think that he is the best teacher in the world and should win the best teacher award one billion times in a row. I hope Mr. LaMarr has a happy life and lives long, for he is truly the best teacher there is. He gets us thinking. He takes us on lots of fun and historic field trips.

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    1. Good blog post, Eli! Your ideas are well organized, and the thoughts flow very smoothly. I like that you analyzed the table building activity and saw the engineering in that. I like that activity to start the year, and I am glad that you enjoyed it too. Thank you for your very kind words; I sincerely appreciate them. You have done well this year, and many times, you have impressed me with what you know! You will do well in 5th grade!

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  41. My favorite memory is when I went to Westminster Woods. I found many sea creatures that I didn't even know existed at the tidepools. I saw a polychaete worm for the first time. I got to climb on rocks, finds crabs, and there were tons of muscles. Most of the creatures I found were sea anemones.

    When we arrived at Armstrong Redwoods I found many lizards and mushrooms. The lizards and mushrooms I found were amazing but not as amazing as the 1300 year old redwood tree. The redwoods were such a huge part on that field trip. There were a lot of tall redwoods and one tree was taller than I had ever seen.

    There was a lot of good food at Westminster Woods that I loved, especially the desert. My favorite dinner was on thursday because I had teriyaki chicken which I love. On thursday, I had coffee cake for dessert before we went to bed. That day was really fun because my cabin group got to our cabin early to play card games.

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    1. sorry that was westyn

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    2. I agree, Westmister Woods was my one of my favorite memories of forth grade

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    3. Westminster Woods is a great place! You have done well to show the highlights of the trip that you enjoyed, Westyn! Your writing is well organized. I am always amazed, myself, at the redwoods in Armstrong!

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  42. Everyone did a great job!!!!!!!!!

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    1. I agree Amy. This set of blogs was about the best one of the year, which it should be since it's the final one of the year. It's been fun reading what people liked about the school year!

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  43. There are many things I will remember about my year in fourth grade with Mr. La Marr. Going to Westminster Woods was one of the most memorable things I did. Both of my shoes fell off of the cargo net and one of them fell into the river and got wet. When my first shoe fell off I felt kind of bad about it, and I worried that my shoe would flow downstream. Once I became calm, I flicked my other shoe off and it landed on the side of the creek. I did not put my shoes back on. I stayed on the cargo net without any shoes. It felt kind of cool having my shoes off on the cargo net. Also, on the cargo net, Mr. La Marr bounced people up and down and up and down and up and down. I loved this. I was a little scared at first that I would fall down and hurt myself, but after awhile I got comfortable and tried to stand up in the middle of the wobbly cargo net. For our night hike, we got to go up to the cargo net and play on it for about fifteen minutes. When it got dark, we did optical illusions in the dark. The second optical illusion, when people’s faces disappeared, kind of spooked me out a little bit, but I got used to it. I got to go inside of a hollowed out redwood. I brought fake poop and a fake lizard to Westminster Woods, hoping I could prank my friends. When we were inside the tree, I put the lizard on the floor. Sean picked it up and threw it, and Jinjoo screamed. I got to sleep with my best friends at camp.This felt like one big sleepover. But there was one thing at Westminster Woods that I will remember for a lifetime: the naturalists. These magnificent people led us through redwood forests, through a dust storm, and educated us on many topics about nature. Our naturalist was funny, nice, and educational. Another thing I will remember about Westminster Woods is the long car ride there and back.

    Another long car ride this year was the ride to the Exploratorium in San Francisco. We saw many cool inventions and objects at the Exploratorium. I even got to drink water out of a toilet. The water was clean, don’t worry. I got to see an intricate marble track made of toothpicks, and it worked. What made it amazing was that the guy who created it worked on it for 44 years, and he is still adding more today. My mom wants me to try and build one. I felt like a Native American when we got to make smoke signals. Then we had an amazing picnic outside with a great view of the harbor. Finally, we got to go to the gift shop! I bought a coast redwood tree and a pocket knife. The redwood tree meant a lot to me because we had been studying coast redwoods in class. The pocket knife was cool because when you opened up all the tools, it looked like a crab. I even cut my finger when I first got it… oops! I am really sad because the coast redwood did not survive. I’ll have to go visit again so I can get another one.

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  44. Another place I can’t wait to revisit, and does not get old, is Coloma. I see new things every single time I go. I took on a new perspective when I went with my class this year. We had studied the Gold Rush, so I knew what more of the structures meant to history. I got to pan for gold. Though I didn’t find any, I got a small taste of what it felt like for the miners. Crouching over in freezing cold water all day must get very tiring. One of my favorite things is that I got a ring made out of a bent nail. People going west to California used these rings when they got married because there were no jewelry stores in the middle of the prairie. Unfortunately, I lost my ring... oops! Before we took our field trip to Coloma, we read a book in class by Marci Seither titled The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. On our hike we got to see where the Monroe family was buried. The cool thing about the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe is that Mr. La Marr’s daughter and Marci Seither’s son are married, so they share a grandson. Marci Seither even came to our class and commented on our projects that we made about our favorite scene in The Adventures of Pearley Monroe. Our teacher’s name is even on the back of the book The Adventures of Pearley Monroe.

    We saw Mr. La Marr’s grandson a few times this year, which was also a highlight. His grandson is sometimes very funny to watch and we appreciate him in the classroom. We saw him at Science Night. Science Night is where you look up a science experiment, learn how to do it, practice it, and then teach it to adults and kids. My group and I made elephant toothpaste for our science experiment. This is where you use hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, food coloring, yeast and hot water to make a colorful, foamy reaction. Laying in bed the night we started practicing our experiment I could not wait to start practicing it. The experiment looked so cool. Other groups did other really cool science experiments. Two of the groups that shared the patio with us were popping the cork off the top of a bottle and oobleck. The corks made loud popping sounds and sometimes landed in our elephant toothpaste. Science Night is something I will remember for a long time.

    Mr. La Marr is one of the best, if not the best teacher I have ever had. I will miss room fifteen, and hopefully remember it forever.

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    2. I hope I will remember him forever too Edan!

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  45. Elijah Heaton (Former 4th grader of 2017-2018 heh heh)June 3, 2019 at 11:38 AM

    Hey 4th graders! Your blogs are awesome! Say hi to Warren for me! *_*

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    1. Thanks Elijah! We worked hard on them. Warren is in Colorado right now.

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  46. if anyone see's this I wanted to say hi an have nice summer

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