Our latest Science unit is Building Vehicles and Devices that Move. The basic idea is to build something, test it, make adjustments, and retest. We had lots of fun building boxcars, and even more fun on Race Day! Check out our movie for all the action…
Boxcar Blitz 2015
April is Poetry Month! We’ve had a wonderful time reading poetry, listening to poetry, and creating our own poems. We’ve learned about couplets, quatrains, cinquains, haiku, and limericks so far. We know that poems sometimes rhyme, but not always!
We still have a few more kinds of poetry to explore in the next couple of weeks. Here’s a snapshot of a poetry-art project we created this week!
This year’s class theme has been wonder. We read the book Wonder by R.J.Palacio, we have Wonder Wednesdays when we explore the Wonderopolis website, and we are exploring some wonders of our own as well! It has really been a wonder-full year so far… The students had a chance to share what they discovered about their wonders in any way they chose. They presented to their classmates and answered questions about what they learned. Each child was able to explain their new knowledge clearly, and we all got some great ideas for improvement. Please take a look at this snapshot of our learning. Remember to ask your child what their next wonder will be!
In Science, our class has been learning all about Waste and Our World. We have discovered that there are lots of different types of waste, and we know that we can be part of the solution! Today in class we analyzed 2 different examples of wasteful packaging. We were shocked and amazed at how much material has to go into the garbage every time we buy something! This led to a discussion about REFUSE, which is one of the 5 R’s. We can REFUSE to buy certain items just because they produce too much garbage! Ask your child which items in your cupboard might need to be refused next time.
We have also been working hard on a Google Slides presentation about the 5R’s. Please ask your child to share this presentation with you and give a little bit of feedback. Most of the presentations are excellent! (You can access these through any internet-connected computer. Just go to the school website and make sure to enter your child’s wolfcreek email address. Most of these are in the following format: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tomorrow we head to the landfill to experience more about Waste and see the 5R’s in action. We can’t wait!
We have been working hard to learn about patterns in Math. One outcome in Grade 4 is to be able to start at any number and increase by the same number each time. In Grade 4 we like to play games to work on our new skills, but we always talk about what math games should sound like and look like, especially when we are in the hallway.
We play a partner game called Roll A Dice to practice patterns! It is really fun to use 20-sided, 30-sided, 10-sided, or just regular 6-sided dice to change the level of difficulty. Maybe you can play at home!
Here is a link to our game page: