4th Grade - Celebrating Our Visible Thinking

Glacier Ridge
Fourth grade students at Glacier Ridge learn about conductors and insulators.
As part of their study, students designed and created a model of a penguin hut that could be used to protect penguins in their habitats from the harmful effects of their environment warming. 
Students used their knowledge of insulators and conductors to create and innovate, think flexibly, and collaborate with a partner to design, plan, build, and eventually test their penguin hut for effectiveness.


Here are two fourth grade students at Thomas Elementary. They chose a math project that included analyzing the class interest inventories. Through this project, they needed to ask questions, think flexibly, collaborate and persevere. They will eventually share what they have created and present their ideas to the class. They have inspired others to pursue one of their interests!
Mrs Hackathorne's fourth grade Language Arts students have been learning about making connections between the text of a story or drama, and a visual or oral presentation of the text. The students first learned key similarities and differences of prose, poetry and drama, by examining favorite books, poems and plays and the elements of each. Students then collaborated to create dramas of a favorite book. They are off to a great start demonstrating their creative and innovative thinking to bring a favorite text to the stage.
Fourth grade music students are using their creativity to compose their own “STOMP” inspired pieces. Students watched the performance group STOMP, which creates percussion music out of everyday items. The fourth grade classes then created a huge list of items that we could play like a percussion instrument - by striking, shaking, or scratching. They created themes from these items and then each student selected the themes they were interested in. Currently, they are collaborating with their interest-based groups to create their pieces. They have written rhythms, deciding on their instruments, and practicing layering the rhythms by playing them at the same time. Often this is a difficult task for all students in the group to play 4-5 different rhythms at the same time and they must learn to persevere as a group to accomplish their piece. Next week they will communicate their final ideas by performing their pieces for their class.

GRE Culture of Enrichment allows 4th graders in Mrs. Miller’s room to Ask Questions (one of the 6 Habits of Thinkers) of the word study curriculum. Part of the daily word study curriculum is to break down and study word patters so the learning and understanding can be applied to spelling. However, students began to ask questions as they examined the words with the ending /TION/. Deeper into their study, they found that the /T/ may be part of the root word rather than part of the suffix /TION/. Students prepared an argument defending their idea that /ION/ was the actual suffix, rather than /TION/. Students Communicated with Confidence (another Habit of Thinkers) their rationale to Dublin City School curriculum leaders and the change is up for consideration. The next step in their process is to write a formal proposal to the Dublin City School’s Board of Education. What began as a simple question around a word may potentially lead to a change in learning for students all around Dublin City Schools. This is just another example of how the Culture of Enrichment provides opportunities for students to ask questions, think critically, and make a difference in the world around us.
Glacier Ridge

4th grade students at SCES ring a bell during class when they notice the Thinking Habits taking place within their classroom.
Scottish Corners

Left and Above:  4th graders using color-symbol-image thinking routine based on our learning of the 3 branches of government.

4th graders have an interactive notice and wonder wall in their hallway! 

A fourth grade student adds to the Wonder Wall. Nora, the new addition to the Columbus Zoo, has been a topic of interest! 

 Thinking Tree
Teacher and students at SCES refer to the tree throughout the day to highlight the different thinking habits.