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Week One Summary

posted Sep 7, 2014, 8:23 AM by Deborah A. Diner
Wow... we did so much this past week, I don't even know where to begin!  The first week of school is all about building relationships and getting to know each other, and I had such a great time talking to your students, watching them share their "Me Bags," and eating lunch with them in the cafeteria.  I'm looking forward to learning even more about them as the year continues!

We also jumped in last week with a study of the engineering process and some practice of our problem solving skills.  We read the remarkable book, Rosie Revere, Engineer, by Andrea Beaty, to learn about what happens when we have a good idea that turns out to be a "fabulous flop," and we practiced making some flops ourselves with team-building projects like "Whale Bandaid" and Lego engineering.  Ask your student if they managed to flip their bandaid, and whether or not their Lego sculpture matched the model!

Why did we spend so much time on engineering this week?  This year, W. W. Robinson is focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education as a way of giving students the 21st-century skills of critical thinking, communication, and creativity that they will need to succeed in their adult lives.  I am bringing this philosophy into my classroom with the "Our Town" project, in which the students work together to research, design, and map out their own class city over the course of the entire year!  I am developing the project with another fourth grade teacher, and we can't wait to see where the year takes our class cities.  As you can see in the pictures below, the project board is empty now, but we're going to start filling it up next week!  Ask your student: what do they think our city should be like?