We have begun our Animal Habitat unit in science. Students have asked the question "What does a ____ (dwarf frog, millipede, fiddler crab) need to survive?" They have researched each one to find out their basic needs. Then they got to imagine getting the real animal and keeping it alive!! They were assigned one of the animals to become an expert on! They researched to find out how they could create a habitat to keep their animal alive! Next, they Planned the habitat with a diagram and a list of materials needed. I quizzed each group member to make sure they are knowledgeable about their animal! Then, they created the habitat in preparation for the animals to arrive next week! Groups will be sharing and giving feedback to improve habitats before introducing to the animals. Students will be observing all the habitats, and carefully watching and recording animal behaviors of their expert animal! This has been a fun Project Based Learning so far, and the animals haven't even arrived yet! Please ask your child about their expert animal! They have learned a lot!
Students are currently working on a Science Landforms PBL, in which all components are posted on Google Classroom. Groups chose an investigation based on a weathering and erosion question they still had after completing the unit. Students wrote and submitted a proposal on Google Classroom, and followed the engineering design process by creating a plan and completing the investigation. They submit a Daily Accomplishments Google form each day in science, to share with me what they accomplished, what their plan is, any problems, and things needed for the following science class. Now they are creating tri-fold boards to document the steps followed in the engineering design process, and focusing on how this investigation affects earth's surface. They are beginning the final stages with a technology based presentation. Students will share their tri-fold boards and technology based presentation with other 4th grade classes on April 7th. Students will follow up with a Google Feedback form, in which they share how the investigation went, what changes they would make, as well as a chance to grade their group members on work ethic, contributions and conduct during the project. This PBL, which allows for student choice, has been a great project focusing on the 4 C's- Communication, Collaboration, Critical thinking and Creativity.
1/27- School Day (weather make-up day)
1/27- Study Island Quarter 1 and 2 Math Assignments Due
2/3- Report Cards go Home
2/10 Early Release
2/28- Interims go home
3/30- Carolina Coast Field Trip
We hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break!
Some updates to take note of:
1/16/17- No School, Martin Luther King Day
1/20/17- Early Release 1:15
1/24/17- End of Quarter 2
1/27/17- Teacher Workday
2/3/17- Report Cards go Home
1. I am excited to have made some changes in my classroom so that students will have the opportunity to be a part of flexible seating during math and science class. Students will get to try out the Yoga balls, wobble stools, floor cushions, stability cushions on chairs, etc. Students will be able to try out all seating options in time. We will have a class discussion about how the flexible seating will work together on Tuesday.
2. Study Island Quarter 1 & 2 Math Quizzes are due Friday, January 27th, this is a workday. As a reminder, although I do provide time in class, the quizzes can be completed at home as well. When students log on, they follow same procedure as going to HW, and all the quizzes are listed together as an assignment "Quarter 1 and 2 Assignments". We will do a Study Island reward for those who complete all assignments with a passing score of 70%.
11/29/16 Field Trip to Downtown Raleigh Science Museum, History Museum and State Capital Building. Depart at 9:30, return at 1:30. Lunch eaten at school.
12/3/16 Early Release 1:15
12/6/16 Interims go home
12/19/16 High Touch High Tech "Dig It" in school field trip
12/22/16 Teacher Workday-NO SCHOOL for students
12/22/16- 1/2/17 Holiday Break- NO SCHOOL
1/16/17 Martin Luther King Day- NO SCHOOL
1/20/17 Early Release 1:15
1/24/17 End of Quarter 2
1/27/17 Report Cards go Home
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