Fun in 4th Grade

October has been a fun month in 4th grade! We started out the month with our trip to Springfield. Even though it was a chilly and rainy day, we had a great time! The students saw the State Capitol building with all of its murals, statues, marble, gold leaf, and chandeliers. It is such a beautiful building! We were able to visit the Illinois State History museum for the first time in several years; it isn’t nearly as cool as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, but it is still really cool! They have an entire floor dedicated to the Native Americans where they have a lot of artifacts and life-sized displays of what Native American life looked like. We also visited Lincoln’s tomb, the old state capitol building and the Abraham Lincoln Museum. It was a long day, but we learned a lot and had a great time!

We had several visitors come to our room this month. One of the visitors was Mrs. Reeves from the Madison County CAREE Program. She visits our classroom 4 times a year and discusses agriculture in the Madison County area. Our first visit was all about the crops that Illinois is known for. Our next visit is right after Thanksgiving and it will be about the livestock raised here in Illinois.

My husband, Patrick McRae, also came to visit our classroom this month. One of his many hobbies is to collect and research Native American artifacts. He has several cases full of artifacts that he brings in and shares with the 4th grade classes. The students really enjoy this presentation because they get to touch and see the artifacts that we discuss in Social Studies class. How cool to touch something from so long ago!!

Our last visitor was from the US Army Corps of Engineers at the National Great Rivers Museum. A ranger came in and talked to us about the Bonkers for Birds contest. This is an art contest just for 4th graders in our area. The ranger presented information on bird adaptations and methods for bird identification then the students are asked to choose a bird species to research. Our bird is the Red-headed Woodpecker. The students have completed their research and are working on their bird drawings in hopes to be chosen for the Bonkers for Birds Field Guide book. The winner from each class will have their research and drawing published in the book, I will post the winner when they are chosen later this year.

So far we have been very busy in the 4th grade, we look forward to the rest of the school year and all the fun projects coming our way.

 

 

 

Meet Mrs. McRae (8-25-17)

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Hello, my name is Marissa McRae and this is my 5th year teaching 4th grade at Evangelical Elementary. I love what I do, where I work, and the people that I work with; I am a very lucky girl! I graduated from Greenville College in December of 2011 with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with endorsements in and Special Education, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts.

My husband Patrick and I got married in September of 2015 and bought our first house in Rosewood Heights. We have known eachother since we were in high school and dated for more than seven years before we were married.  We are so excited to be welcoming TWIN BOYS this fall! Our lives are going to be turned upside down with their arrival, but we couldn’t be happier! We have a very fluffy (often mistaken for fat) cat named Monza, named after my favorite cars the Corvair Monza. We are very excited for what the future has in store for us!

I am really looking forward to this school year! I know that I will be missing part of it with the arrival of our baby boys, but I know we will have a great year! I love teaching 4th grade, the topics that we cover and the projects that we do are so much fun! I hope that I will get to continue living my dream, being a teacher, and I hope that I have many more years here at Evangelical! I look forward to meeting and working with you and your child!