What a fun day we had last Tuesday! We started our day with an all-school meeting and a yoga session led by Mrs. Bernardo and Mrs. Aikins. Then, we headed out to the garden where we prepared the beds for planting by weeding and turning the soil. We were joined for this activity by Mrs. Gray's class. We then had a nature scavenger hunt and a chance to draw and watercolor in the butterfly garden.
We have been working with standard measurement, both metric and imperial. Students recently worked in teams to measure the hallway, classroom, whiteboard, Smartboard, and other objects in the classroom. They then found the perimeter and area of the object. They logged their data into a table they created in their math journals.
Students have explored different ways to present a book talk. Here, they are working on posters that they presented to the class. We also had several skits! Next, we are working on an electric version along the lines of Storyline Online (a terrific website where members of the Screen Actors Guild read favorite stories. Look for these book talks on Seesaww in the very near future!
What a great turnout we had for Grandfriend's Day! Students were eager to share their writing and math skills with our visitors. There were many smiling faces as we drew angled artwork and practiced our sonnet.
Students are currently exploring symmetry in math. We have learned about angles, lines, line segments, points, triangles, polygons and more. The class enjoyed creating symmetrical shapes and discovering how many lines of symmetry different figures have. Our next unit is on measurement.
In science, students are exploring the changing land. Using containers, water, river rocks, and sugar cubes, students observed the effects of weathering. They took turns shaking two containers, one with water and a sugar cube, and one with rocks and a sugar cube. They were able to detect which method broke the sugar cube more effectively and to observe the sediment remaining. They then recorded their experiment and observations in their science notebooks.
We ended our week with a poetry slam. The students memorized their sonnet titled World Peace and were able to present it clearly and with feeling. What a terrific way to head in to vacation!
Fourth graders presented an assembly on Growth Mindset. They came up with ways that they had struggled with everything from math to music, soccer to dance. They explained through their posters how they overcame the difficulties of their endeavors. We ended with a rousing rendition of "High Hopes."
Check out some of the guest readers we have had visit! And a few pics of how much we enjoy reading inside and outside the classroom!
We had a visit from the Bamidele Dancers and Drummers last week. They were so talented! Some of our own classroom got a chance to drum and dance with this talented troupe.
We have had a few guest readers come to visit. Thank you to Mrs. DeBiase and Mrs. McIntosh. As the month goes on, we look forward to more visits!
In science, we are studying rock formations and what makes the layers that we see. Students first looked at pictures of the Grand Canyon. Then, they looked at an ice core sample to try to figure out what had caused the different layers.
We had a visit from Mrs. Putnam and the STEM cart. After we read Oh The Places You'll Go by Dr. Seuss, we designed shoes that could take us there!
We have started our poets in residence! We met as a whole grade for the kick-off. More will follow!
Meet Rudy! Our newest member of the class arrived the first week of February. He has made friends with the students and we enjoy taking him out of his cage and letting him roam in his rollerball!
Math Night was a big success! Thanks to all who ventured out on a busy Monday night to listen to a number talk, discuss how to help at home, and play a bunch of math games.
In math, we have been reviewing partial products and lattice multiplication. Here are the promised links for how to do these operations. (Cut and paste links)
We had a really fun visit with our first grade buddies to make valentines.
On Valentine's Day, we reviewed equivalent fractions using hearts!
Students presented their posters on the Midwest. They had a fun time researching their topics.
On Wednesday, we had a fun time opening and sharing valentines.
On the Thursday before vacation, we had a visit from the Lowell Mill Girl aka Sharon Kennedy. Sharon talked for over an hour about how her family came to the Boston area in the 1840's made their way to Lowell. It was a terrific historical representation of what life was like so long ago.
Finally, we ended the long week with Fun Fort Friday! The students enjoyed setting up cozy spaces for sustained reading. they did a great job!
I am sure that you heard from your child that our beloved hamster Rocky passed away this week. I feel strongly that having a classroom pet brings a sense of home and humanity to the classroom. Here is Rocky in a maze that students created for him last year. I have adopted a new friend for the class. I will post a picture once we choose a name and he settles in.
In math, we have been continuing to learn about fractions. We have been adding fractions with unlike denominators, identifying improper fractions, and simplifying to the simplest form. Our next step will be to learn about multiplication of fractions.
We have been busy in science exploring the internal and external structures of plants and animals. After identifying attributes that would enable a bird to live on or near the water, students worked to design a water bird. They named their birds and then took turns defending their choices to the class.
After working with and designing birds, students looked at the internal and external attributes of different vegetables, noting differences and discoveries in their science notebooks.
In language arts, in writing, students have been working on a slide show to become familiar with the different aspects of Google Slides. They are enjoying making a short presentation on a subject that interests them. This is being paralleled in Library/Tech where they are making a presentation on one of the southeast states we have been learning about in social studies.
On Friday, everyone wore their Patriots' gear to support our home team in the Superbowl. Here are students from both classes playing a game of Apples to Apples during an indoor recess.
We have been looking at fractions. Students played a fraction adding game with fractions with a like denominator. Later in the week, we learned about fractions with different denominators. Students are showing their understanding in writing, adding, and drawing.
This week, we had a visit from Sue Stibel, elementary language arts coordinator. She shared a passage with the students and encouraged their thinking with a reading passage from The Great Gilly Hopkins. The class responded well to her probing questions and were able to organize their answers.
This past week students have been exploring the transfer of information. We took a look at alphabets in Braille and in semaphore flags. Students decided in groups which alphabet might be useful for what types of situations. They were able to defend their decisions in writing. Next, students looked at picture cards of a cell phone, computer, two-way radio, telephone, and telegraph. As a group, they had to rate the technology from most to least effective and then defend their decisions in front of the class.
On another day, students created a code with a partner. Then, they wrote a coded sentence about information transfer for another pair to decipher. They had a blast creating and solving codes!
During this last very busy week we worked and played really hard! We enjoyed the Hamilton School of Dance. Emily and Lyla both performed for us!
In social studies, we have been researching the states of the southwest. Students created movie trailers to highlight their chosen topic.
In math, we have begun working with and exploring fractions. Students are already seeing the relationship between equivalent fractions!
In science, we have been exploring light reflection. Using cardboard tubes, mirrors and tape, the students created a periscope to view a word and objects over a wall. They had fun working together to solve the problem.
On Thursday, Mrs. Putnam paid us a visit with the STEM cart. Students worked with a partner from the other class to construct a Christmas tree that could was at least 1 foot tall and could stand unsupported for one minute.
We also enjoyed the Buker Read-a-Thon and a visit from Mr. Doser.
After the Holiday Concert, parents and students came to our room where I received a lovely donation to the Northeast Animal Shelter and a beautiful ladybug plate!