Sharon Kennedy aka the Lowell Mill Girl came to the 4th grade to talk about life as an immigrant and as a worker in the Lowell Mills. She held the students spellbound for 2 hours as she recounted her parents' journey from Ireland to Canada to Boston and finally to Lowell. At the conclusion, students asked some very insightful questions.
We had a blast visiting the Discovery Museum in Acton! Students were able to explore a variety of exhibits and got to experience gravity, wave energy, sound energy, electricity and more. They were fully engaged the entire time and were reluctant to leave!
Recently, we have been exploring energy and have had two awesome experiments. In the first one, we configured wire and batteries to make a lightbulb glow and a buzzer buzz. The second was to make and explore a water turbine. Both were really fun and excellent learning opportunities for the class.
Students experimented with energy transfer using "Creepy Crawler" spiders that they made. Connecting them with straws and string, they figured out the best way to make their spiders climb the waterspout1
We have begun a new spelling program called Words Their Way. Students are given differentiated word lists to help them to become better spellers. Students are liking the challenge of sorting words into categories and noticing spelling patterns in their writing.
Fun time sharing a good read with our first grade buddies on Halloween!
Recently, students worked in small groups to experience the transfer of energy in different collision scenarios. They were given 2 cardboard ramps and 3 cars to run their trials. Observations were then logged into their science notebooks with their explanations for the different outcomes.
In math, we are collecting data to graph. This week students measured their group's heights in inches. Next week, we will graph our data and hopefully travel to first grade to measure our buddies so we can compare the data.
Social scientists used latitude and longitude to find points on a map of the USA. We had fun figuring out the clues and destinations!
Below, students are creating posters of our science unit vocabulary. They worked cooperatively (and creatively) to design the posters. We will upload our work to SeeSaw this week!
Our first unit of math is behind us! Students explored different ways to make arrays to figure out the factors of different numbers. They were then challenged to find the multiples of numbers.
Our first experience with the transfer of energy! Students sent marbles along a ruler groove to collide with different numbers of marbles on the track. They then wrote about their observations in their journals. What a fun way to explore science!
Students explored the different energy transfers of a solar calculator, a heat lamp and ice chips, a battery powered toy, a fan and pinwheel, a spoon bell, and marbles. Ask your student to explain the ways that energy transfers to move or change different objects!
In social studies, students explored 4 unnamed artifacts to try to figure out what they were made of and for. They enjoyed the exploration!