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Step into drawing

Do you enjoy drawing? Well, some of you may want to take this step…and then, hang out at the Art for Kids Hub website! 🙂

Welcome to Art for Kids Hub!

Here you’ll find all kinds of art lessons for kids, including how to draw for kids, even painting, and origami for kids.

Art for Kids Hub



Step into STEAM!

Mrs. Totten shared an online learning opportunity that you may choose to step into…

Students “can finish up the energy lesson (it was the last one in our unit…we were soooo close to being done!) in Google Classroom.  The students know how to get to it through Clever and I posted directions on what to do to complete it…they may enjoy getting to do it on their own instead of in a group!”



Ready to step out?

It’s been a week! Some of you may be ready to “step out”. You may be ready for a Field Trip Friday adventure. If you have time, you may choose to get started today…and then, enjoy more of it over the weekend. Here are a few opportunities:

San Diego Zoo: The San Diego Zoo has a special kids section filled with videos, activities and games. Check it out here.

Yellowstone National Park: You don’t have to wait for a trip to Yellowstone to check out Mud Volcano, Mammoth Hot Springs, or Fort Yellowstone. You can take a virtual tour here.

Mars: Ever wanted to see Mars? Now you can explore the surface of Mars on the Curiosity Rover through a 360 digital view.

Have fun stepping out into your Friday Field Trip! 🙂 


Some of the Ravenous Readers

Thanks for sending pics of taking the “next step” of reading an interesting book in a comfy place…




…and other learning opportunities, too! 🙂








A second step…

How is everyone doing? I have asked Mrs. K many times recently, “How many weeks have we been away from school?” She calmly reminds me, “It’s been three days.” As you can tell, I have really missed spending my days with our amazing group of fourth graders.  

Well, I’m ready for another step…are you? We have all been facing challenges over the past few days. Maybe it’s time to tackle a different kind of challenge…like a math challenge. Here it is…

Seth had some marbles that he shared equally with Josh. Then Josh gave half of his marbles to his sister, Elaine. If Elaine received 4 marbles, how many marbles did Seth start with?

Or, how about this one…

A museum holds two crafts days for children. They have enough supplies for 138 projects. On Saturday, 72 children make projects. On Sunday, 57 children make projects. If each child makes one project, does the museum have enough supplies for all the children? Explain how you can use estimation to answer the question.

Okay, one more…

Jenny has $155. She buys 4 framed pictures for $22 each. Then, she buys a book for $18. How much money does Jenny have left?

If you choose to take this step and solve any of these problems, check back tomorrow…I’ll post the answers. We’re also going to have the opportunity to step out on Field Trip Friday tomorrow (not literally, of course)! 🙂



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