We just began our unit on North Carolina Government. We are learning about counties and local government, branches of government, how a bill becomes a law, NC Constitution, Bill of Rights, US and NC Preamble and the NC Declaration of Rights. We will conclude our unit the week before spring break with an in class PBL (project based learning). I think the students will enjoy this project, as there will be plenty of room for creativity and choice in what they do. The students will have an open book test on Friday, 3/23. They will get to use their packet which they will have been working through for the entire unit!
Fourth Grade NC Symbols Float Parade- Thursday, February 1st at 3PM, all are welcome to view!
Do you know what the official drink, bird, sport or tree of NC is? How about NC's dog, flower or fossil? Fourth Graders have researched 21 different symbols for NC during social studies class and have created mini-floats to share what they have learned. This has been a fun PBL, as students have researched new information, collaborated with their team to follow the engineering design process (imagine, plan, create and improve) their float, and put creative touches to their projects to display for all. Thank you for your support with this project! We hope you can take a few minutes to view our parade!
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, such as "What would happen if two rivers ran over a plateau?" or "How does a hurricane affect the surface of the Earth on a coastal area?" Students wrote and submitted a proposal on Google Classroom, and followed the engineering design process by creating a plan. This week students will be completing the investigation. They submit a Daily Accomplishments Google form each day in science, to share with me what their group has accomplished, what their plan is, any problems, and things needed for the following science class. After the investigation, they will be 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 will continue on to the final stages with a technology based presentation. Students will share their tri-fold boards and technology based presentation with other 4th grade classes after winter break. 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.
We are currently in our Land forms unit for science! Our main goal is for students to be able to give examples of how the surface of the Earth changes due to slow processes such as erosion and weathering, and rapid processes such as landslides, volcanic eruptions, and earthquakes.
We began our investigations on weathering by looking at the effects of: freezing on water, water on steel wool, gravel on sugar cubes, vinegar on pennies. These investigations helped us to see some examples of physical and chemical weathering. After Thanksgiving break, we will be using our stream tables (running water over land forms, to start) to investigate and better understand the changes that take place on earth's surface.
Key vocabulary to know:
weathering, physical weathering, chemical weathering, erosion, deposition
Fourth Graders are working on a Native American Museum project in Social Studies class. Students are researching and becoming experts on one of the NC tribes and will be creating a museum exhibit to teach the rest of the class about their tribe. Exhibits will include a tri-fold board, digital presentation, and artifacts/objects they bring and create such as pottery, weaving, painting, diorama, etc. Students are working in teams. They have been researching all week. Students begin the creation part on Monday 10/16 in class and will set up their exhibit to show the class on Friday next week. This is only part of the unit project. We will continue our study as we look at how the NC tribes were affected and changed once the European settlers came. We will then add what we learned to our exhibits. I will keep you updated as we get further along in our unit. We are excited for all the learning going on with this project which incorporates the 4 C's- Collaboration, Communication, Critical thinking and Creativity!
Please note, the WES Family Picnic is now on Tuesday, October 3rd from 5:30 to 7:00. Bring a dinner and a blanket or chairs. Students can bring something to play with outside. Also, Kona Ice will be there, so bring a few dollars if you wish!
If it rains, the picnic will be moved indoors.
We hope to see you all out at the picnic in a couple weeks!
We are very pleased with the first few weeks of school! The students began by working on learning procedures and routines, making new friends, then moving into grit, perseverance and making goals. We did a super fun Breakout Box focusing on the 4 C's, that involved math problem solving with invisible messages, hidden keys and secret codes. In the end the students "broke out" successfully! We will do more breakout boxes this year!
In math we have also successfully completed our place value unit, and several assessments will be going home in the Tuesday folder, including the end of unit place value assessment broken down into our 3 objectives. In science we have investigated rocks, broke apart our mock rocks and compared rocks to chocolate chip M&M cookies! We are focusing on minerals now and have observed 4 mystery minerals that we will be identifying once we learn how to do a scratch test to determine the hardness of a mineral.
Students have worked hard in ELA! From pixar videos to super awesome detective case files...students have improved their ability to make inferences. Playing Headbandz and Sparkle were some fun ways to help with our spelling and vocabulary... the students have been engaged and excited to improve as they have fun together!
Lastly, the students were all hired for a classroom job that they applied for, and have begun their jobs, as well as receiving paychecks! They are learning to manage their money (big bills, since we learn place value to the millions), and many students have met with their banker and have made deposits with their paychecks as well as their Leader Loot they have earned for behavior and homework completion. All in all, we are off to a great start and we look forward to continuing our 4th grade adventure in learning!
We are so excited to start a new year with our Fourth Graders!!
We Encourage You To:
*Check out our Website and refer to it weekly, as we update homework and blog about things we are doing in class!
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*Consider joining the PTA. They do so much for our students and they would love your support!
8/24- Meet the Teacher 3:00-4:30 for grades 3-5
8/28- First Day of School
9/4- Labor Day, No School
9/14- Parent Night 6-7pm (Parent only information session)
9/29- Early Release 1:15 (notify us of transportation changes for ER days)
10/5- WES Family Picnic 5:30-7:00
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.