What is Khan Academy?

If you haven’t noticed, I have included a few “Helpful Links” on the site. One of those links is to the Khan Academy, whose goal is to provide “a free, world-class education for anyone everywhere.” I recommend Khan Academy to my students looking for extra work in math (other categories tend to be higher level – math begins at basic arithmetic). Whether you are struggling or excelling, Khan Academy is a great place to practice skills and push yourself to a higher level of understanding.

It’s very simple. You choose a category, watch a tutorial video, and practice problems until you prove your proficiency in that area. To learn more about how it works, feel free to watch Salman Khan explain Khan Academy at TED 2011.

Science in the NW

Today in science, we discussed how scientists use models to help them collect data and answer questions. We defined and compared two and three-dimensional models and discussed examples of each. One excellent example of a three-dimensional model we found was the tsunami research lab at Oregon State University.

I encourage all parents to watch the video with your child and have a discussion about it. This is a great example of how interesting and cool science can be.

The BFG


On October 19, we will be heading to the NW Children’s Theater to watch a performance of The BFG. If any parents would like to be considered to chaperone this field trip, please sign the top of the permission slips that are attached to Thursday’s (9/27) weekly evaluations.

2012-2013 4th Grade with Mr.B

I am planning on having a website available to students and parents all year. The website will include homework assignments, reminders, upcoming events, photos, and videos. I will do my best to update it regularly. This is my first time doing this, so we’ll see how it goes.