About cgreenlu

I was born and raised in the Upper Peninsula. I received my Associates degree from Bay de Noc Community College in Escanaba, Michigan. I earned my Bachelors Degree from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and my Masters from Grand Valley State University. This is the beginning of my 34th year of teaching, 31 of them here in Hudsonville. My husband's name is Jeff. He is an Electrical Engineer for a company based out of Colorado called MicroMotion, Inc. We have 2 sons and 1 daughter. Matthew is 29, a GVSU graduate and is in sales/marketing for Aspen Ski Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Michael is 25, also a GVSU graduate and is teaching at Wayland Public Schools. He married Carissa, his high school sweetheart, who is a nurse at Spectrum. Mikayla is 20 and a sophomore at Michigan State University. We have one dog named Max, who is a 3 year old golden retriever.

Welcome Back!


This is the expression that best matches my face when I think of returning back to school! I look forward to meeting you and getting back to doing what I enjoy most! To begin preparations, please click on the 3rd Grade School Supplies List 2020-2021 above. Check out which supplies you already have at home and begin the collection process. Please label EVERYTHING, since we will not be sharing items. Text me if you have any questions.

MORE books, on Audible: FREE

Click on this link for access to AUDIBLE for free read alouds for your children. You can get early readers, elementary levels and beyond. Dan Gutman is the author of My Weirder School books, he has a book on this site called, Mission Unstoppable, which I think would interest many of our 4th graders. Anne of Green Gables is a historical fiction story about an orphan in Canada, and would be my first pick! Another high interest book for many of our 4th graders I think would be Shelter Dogs. It’s a collection of stories about pets that have been rescued. Please ask your child to look over the titles, look at the star reviews and make a selection. Then sit back and listen to the story.

Reading aloud helps children acquire early language skills. Reading aloud is widely recognized as the single most important activity leading to language development. Among other things, reading aloud builds word-sound awareness in children, a potent predictor of reading success.

Virtual Field Trips!!!

Here are some virtual field trips for us to take while we are homebound! There are March, April and May “trips”, if you keep scrolling down.


(Just click on the words and then click on the link that appears below the words.)


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
3/23San Diego Zoo


3/24The Louvre in France – Egyptian Antiquities


3/25The Great Wall of China


3/26Boston Children’s Museum


3/27Canadian Egg Farm


3/30Guggenheim Museum, New York 3/31Live Webcams from the Georgia Aquarium 4/1Mars (Google)

Mars (NASA)

4/2Yellowstone National Park – visit several locations in the park. 4/3Hubble Control Center – Lobby

Hubble Control Center– Operations Room



**Want to add a LEGO engineering challenge each day, too?  Please CLICK HERE  for the 30 day LEGO challenge from https://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/.

Daily activities (weekdays only):

Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families

April 2020

4/6How Science Powers Us – Tour of a pharmaceutical lab 4/7Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Museum at Home videos) 4/8The Louvre in France – The Apollo Gallery 4/9Discover Hawaii (takes a bit to load so please be patient) 4/10Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah
4/13Future U. – Visit Johnson Space Center and meet Boeing employees 4/14Dry Tortugas National Park, Florida 4/15The National Gallery, U.K 4/16Canadian Apple Orchard 4/17St. Louis Aquarium Galleries
4/20Stanley Black and Decker Makerspace 4/21The Louvre in France – History of the Louvre 4/22Space Shuttle Discovery 4/23Carlsbad Caverns National Park, New Mexico 4/24National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
4/27National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, South Korea 4/28Monterey Bay Aquarium Live Animal Cams 4/29Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii 4/30Soar with Wings – exploring social/emotional health 5/1STEM Careers – Improving Animal Health


Calendar of Virtual Field Trips for Families

May 2020


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
5/4Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska 5/5Van Gogh Museum, Netherlands 5/6Teaching with Testimony – #strongerthanhate 5/7Polar Bears in the Tundra 5/8Careers that Count – with the NBA
5/11Discover Your HAPPY 5/12Undeniably Dairy- 

 Visit a Dairy Farm

5/13J. Paul Getty Museum, California 5/14Yosemite National Park, California 5/15Technology in Agriculture – Feeding the Growing Globe
5/18Celebrate 400 Years of Shakespeare 5/19Dig into Mining 5/20Smithsonian’s National Zoo 


5/21Colonial Williamsburg Webcams 5/22Star Atlas – explore over 60,000 stars
5/25Memorial Day 5/26The Great Lakes 5/27Powering the Planet – Renewable Energy 5/28Borneo – The Symphony of the Rain Forest 5/29Ellis Island

** Want more LEGO Challenges – click here for 31 more LEGO challenges  from www.freehomeschooldeals.com

Read More About The American Revolution!

During our February reading lessons we learned so much about the American Revolution. On a Scholastic website I was able to watch a video of the popular “I Survived Series” author, Lauren Tarshish talk with historians about some key people who were in the war, but also some more ordinary people who also helped in the battles.  You will also see weapons that were used, as well as other items that were helpful during that time period. Click on the link to watch the video:  American Revolution 

If interested, read about a 15 year old boy who fought in the American Revolution (Joseph Plumb Martin) Learn how Joseph and General Washington survived the Battle of Brooklyn by sneaking the army by boat to New York!

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