Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to our classroom spelling bee representatives Luke,  Felice,  Mia,  Campbell.   These for students will move on to our school wide spelling bee in August.   Good Luck!!  🐝

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Poetry Unit

We are beginning our Poetry Unit.  Here are some wonderful websites of our favorite poets.

Shel Silverstien   


Jack Prelutsky

From: THE NEW KID ON THE BLOCK by Jack Prelutsky, illustrated by James Stevenson.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Life in a Mission

Learning about the Texas missions by converting our classroom into one.    Students took a vow of poverty, obedience, and silence as they learned how the Native Americans lived in the Missions. 

Using a molcajete to grind the corn for dinner.


The agriculture station where students had to till soil and plant the seeds.

     Sorting the seeds.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Field trip to the Missions rescheduled for Deecember 2

Monday, September 29, 2014

Spelling City

I received some great feedback from the kids on the Spelling City website.  They LOVED it!  Thank you to Ms. Clingan for helping out with the yearly fee to use the website!  Use this link to have your child practice their weekly words

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Where's Ms. Madrid?

Hello everyone.  Just wanted to let everyone know that I won't be at Bonham for the rest of the week.  I'll be at Bamberger Ranch with our sixth graders!  Don't worry, your kids will be in good hands with our student teachers and Ms. Parker, middle school teacher.   I'm excited to have more stories to write about and tell the kids all about it!  Also the Hispanic Heritage Project is due on Friday!  Have a Wonderful week! 

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Questions you can ask your children

Parents stop asking "How was school today?"  and get better responses by asking the following:

#1.  What was the best thing that happened at school today?  (What was the worst thing that happened at school today?)

#2.  Tell me something that made you laugh today.

#3.  If you could choose who would you like to sit by in class?  (Who would you NOT want to sit by in class?  Why?)

#4.  Where is the coolest place at the school?

#5.  Tell me a weird word that you heard today.  (Or something weird that someone said.)

#6.  If I called your teacher tonight what would she tell me about you?

#7.  How did you help somebody today?

#8.  How did somebody help you today?

#9.  Tell me one thing that you learned today.

#10.  When were you the happiest today?

#11.  When were you bored today?

#12.  If an alien spaceship came to your class and beamed up someone who would you want them to take?

#13.  Who would you like to play with at recess that you’ve never played with before?

#14.  Tell me something good that happened today.

#15.  What word did your teacher say most today?

#16.  What do you think you should do/learn more of at school?

#17.  What do you think you should do/learn less of at school?

#18.  Who in your class do you think you could be nicer to?

#19.  Where do you play the most at recess?

#20.  Who is the funniest person in your class?  Why is he/she so funny?

#21.  What was your favorite part of lunch?

#22.  If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do?

#23.  Is there anyone in your class that needs a time out?

#24.  If you could switch seats with anyone in the class who would you trade with?  Why?

#25.  Tell me about three different times you used your pencil today at school.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Reading Homework

Students received their reading homework logs today.  Students are to be reading on a daily basis with a reading goal of 100 minutes or more of reading a week.  We will be increasing that goal every 9 weeks or so.  The Reading Log should be turned in every Monday for a grade and it must be signed by a parent.  Please let me know if there are any questions on this.

English Reading Log

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Spelling Homework Tic Tac Toe page

Here is the link for the Spelling Homework sheet

Spelling Homework Tic Tac Toe

Here is the link for the list of words  Weekly Spelling Lists

Student Blogger- Campbell T.

By Campbell T

I am glad to be in fourth grade, not only because my teachers are nice, but because we are having pure reading time!  I am obsessed with reading.  I read a lot every day!  At home I read books of fantasy and history and lots more.  I am excited to get to read a lot in fourth grade.  It is going to be so much fun1



First Week

We had a wonderful first week of school!  We went over rules and procedures and the students did very well!  The kids seem very excited about us starting the Reading and Writing Workshop!  For Social Studies we will continue learning about Texas Symbols and begin learning about Texas Geography!

I am extremely excited about working with the kids this year and inspiring them to discover, question, think and be excited about learning.  Our Core Values are Leadership, Honesty, Integrity, Curiosity, and Respect! We will be talking about these Core Values and we will be looking for students who are exhibiting these throughout the day!

Today I gave the students their first spelling homework names Tic-Tac- Toe.They will be having a  pre-test at the beginning of every week.  Students will only practice those words which were incorrect in their pre-test for homework.  If they receive a 100% on the pre-test they will not have to do their spelling homework.

  It is the student's responsibility to make sure that they are reading and writing on a daily basis and that they are working on spelling words and patterns for the week.

We will be contacting you all soon so that we can have a beginning of the year conference to go over any questions or concerns which you may have.  We will be sending home notices with your children as to when we can meet and go over goals.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Why Superheroes for the theme?  The answer is simple:  DEDICATION, SERVICE AND SELFLESSNESS!   We were going to have a "Construction" type theme this year due to all the construction going on, but changed our mind when a really special person passed away right before we had to come back to school.  His name was Jonathan Vela, better known as Aquaman!  I met him four years ago when I was with a group of women starting out as a social/service member.  When I met him we became friends instantly, which was the case with mostly everybody he met.  It was as if we had known each other for many years.  We saw each other a couple of times more throughout the years, but mostly kept in touch through Facebook.  I always admired his dedication towards causes such as Alzheimers, Autism, Heart Disease, etc. He would go visit terminally ill children dressed up as Aquaman and read comic books to them. His group would also donate comic books to children in hospitals.  I contacted him last year because I wanted Student Council to join him in his cause but Life got in the way and I was never able to include Bonham with that service!  I was extremely saddened when I heard the news of Jonathan's passing and the first thing that crossed my mind was the post he had made earlier about how excited and happy he was that he would be a first year teacher as he was hired to teach Social Studies!  I knew instantly that he would be everyone's favorite teacher and he would definitely make it interesting and fun!  Unfortunately he passed away before he had the chance to experience the pleasures, rewards and even challenges of being a teacher.  When I told the teachers at Bonham they were all on board for dedicating their year of teaching to Jonathan.  We would like to tell the kids about service and selflessness and maybe even do several projects throughout the year which were near and dear to Jonathan's heart.  I hope you also join me in supporting us this year with this endeavor, we are all looking forward to it!  Jonathan was a true hero to many and his legacy lives on!  

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Classroom Set Up

Here are a few pictures that I took of the before and after of the classroom!  I always have so much fun setting up the room and decorating it with the theme for the year!  I hope the kids will love it!  Friday was Meet the Teacher Day at Bonham and I had a wonderful time meeting my students!  I am excited for what this new year has to offer and I can't wait to get started. I'd like to thank my wonderful son who gave me so many ideas and my student teachers as well for all of their help!  :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Hello and welcome to Ms. Madrid's 4th grade web page. Our theme this year is Fantastic 4th Grade/Super Students Work Hard Achieve More! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful summer and are ready for a very exciting school year.  I look forward to working with my new students in a year that is sure to be amazing.

This page will have a lot of the information about our classroom that you may find useful.  Please check on this website often for updates about classroom happenings.