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October 12, 2018

Gravity Hill

Our 4th grade students took a trip to Gravity Hill Farm on Thursday, October 4. While there, the students participated in a mindful movement class, helped make food for lunch while learning about whole and processed foods, and had a halloween candy workshop where they learned about the importance of reading labels when choosing treats. After a fabulous lunch of carrot ginger soup and an assortment of fresh veggies from the garden, the students interacted with farm animals, learned about bones, and planted garlic while exploring the garden. We all had a wonderful day and the students were excellent ambassadors for LPS!


In 4th grade science, students completed their Energy System Design projects. After learning how to complete simple circuits, students designed a system that transformed one type of energy into another. They created a short video that explains their system, drew a diagram of their design, and put it all together into a Google Slide. Ask your child to share what they've created!

This Week in 4th Grade

September 28, 2018

  • In MATH, the students finished their Topic 1: Understanding Place Value unit. We will be having our test on this topic next Tuesday, October 2. In case you missed the email, here are some ways to help your child study for the test.
      • Play place value dice/card games. We played two games called Build the Biggest (which uses dice) and Make It Texas Size (which uses standard playing cards). Directions can be found under the Topic 1 section of my website.
      • After each number is built, have your child read the number.
      • For a bonus point, ask your child to write the number in either word form or expanded form.
      • For an additional bonus point, ask him/her to round it to a particular place.
      • Have them take a turn at being the “teacher”. Have them ask you to write the number in expanded form, written form, and to round it. See if they can check your responses for accuracy.
  • In SCIENCE, we have been learning about energy, how we get and use it for electricity, its forms, and how it can change forms as it is used. Ask your child about the Energy System Design project we just began today in class.
  • Our field trip to Gravity Hill is approaching. We will be going to the farm this coming Thursday, October 4. If you have not yet sent in the permission slip and money for the trip, please do so ASAP.

4th Grade Happenings

September 21, 2018

Hello 4th Grade families!

Already 2 weeks down in 4th grade! Hold on tight, the rest of the year is going to fly by just as fast. This week in 4th grade students worked hard to read and write big numbers.... I mean really big, like 395,201,045 kind of big. They also used their knowledge of place value to compare big numbers using < , > , and = symbols.

In science, students learned about all the forms that energy can take. Then we attempted to answer the age-old question, "How many people does it take to turn on a light bulb?" The answer, it turns out, is more than you'd think. Visit the "4th Grade Science" page and look under the "Transfer of Energy" section to see the video we watched in class that summarizes the means by which we all get the electricity we love (and use) so much.

We will be having or first math test in 4th grade on Topic 1: Place Value Understanding . A study guide was sent home in your child's communication folder today. It is also available under the "Topic 1: Place Value Understanding" section of "4th Grade Math" within my website. I originally scheduled it for next Friday, but we just received the 4th grade math placement test which I need to administer this week. The Topic 1 test will likely take place at the beginning of the following week. I will update you on the exact date as soon as the placement test is complete.

Engineering Challenges

September 14, 2018

To start off the school year, the students in my 4th and 6th grade science classes participated in some engineering challenges. It was amazing to see the teamwork and innovation the students displayed while working through each challenge. It was also exciting to see records being broken every single day by students from different classes, right up until the last day. Below are the descriptions (as well as the record holders) for each challenge.

1. Cup Pyramid

Materials: 6 plastic cups, rubber band, 12-inch piece of string, scissors (for cutting string only)

Students were to figure out how to stack the 6 cups in a pyramid shape without touching the cups with any part of their bodies. If even a finger grazed one cup, they would have to start over.

* Bonus challenge 1: Put the cups face up in a row. Pour a marble from one cup to another down the line of cups, again without touching any part of the cup with their bodies.

** Bonus challenge 2 (designed by Erin O.) Build a structure with 2 cups as a base, 1 cup on top of each base cup, and then the remaining 2 cups in a single vertical stack balanced on the existing structure. (Again, no body parts may touch the cups)

*** Bonus challenge 3 (designed by Erin. O.) Build a single vertical tower of cups. (No touchy)

**** Bonus challenge 4 (designed by Laila F., Marisol G. M., and Jason T. C.) Without touching the cups with any body part, build a structure with base consisting of 1 vertical cup flanked by two horizontal cups, 2 cups balanced on the horizontal cups, and the last cup stacked on the central, vertical cup. (It'll make sense when I post pictures :)

2. Straw Tower

Materials: 20 straws, 2 feet of tape, scissors

Build the tallest possible, free standing straw tower using the materials provided.

Record height: 167 cm (set by class 6S)

3. Tower of Books

Materials: 1 sheet of copy paper, 2 feet of tape, scissors

Students were challenged to make a structure out of paper that could support the weight of 1 or more books before being crushed.

Record height: 73.5 cm worth of books (set by class 6S)

4. Cup Tower

Materials: 16 plastic cups, 16 wide popsicle sticks

Students were challenged to build the tallest, free-standing tower using all 16 cups.

Record height: 157 cm (that equals 16 cups in one stack, plus a popsicle sticking out of the top cup, set by class 4B)

5. Foil Boat

Materials: 1, 12-inch square of aluminum foil, pennies

Students were challenged to build a vessel out of a piece of aluminum foil that could hold the most pennies before sinking to the bottom of a water filled container.

Record: 463 pennies (set by class 4H)

Welcome to the New School Year!

September 7, 2018

Hello LPS 4th Grade Families!

It has been an absolute pleasure getting to know all of these new 4th grade students! I was a bit nervous for the first day having been off all of last year, but this class has been so amazing that they made the transition very easy.

This week, the students learned many of the policies and procedures for 4th grade. As a class we decided what should go on the bulletin boards as well as the class jobs the students should have. The students were put in charge of creating helpful posters such as our new job chart and weekly schedule. There is a big emphasis on independence and responsibility in the 4th grade and that includes the management of our classroom. We also enjoyed 5 science engineering challenges. I was very impressed with many of the unique solutions that students devised for each challenge. We have also talked a lot about mindfulness, being self-aware of their thoughts, feelings, and state of mind. Throughout the year we will be having daily discussions about the importance of mindfulness and some strategies to help them manage their mental state during their time at school.

* SNACK! Students in 4th grade have an opportunity to eat a morning snack. If you are able, you may send in a healthy snack that has good amounts of fiber/protein to fuel their learning until lunch time. Please note that we are a tree nut and peanut-free classroom, so please keep any snacks containing these ingredients at home.

I’m very excited to meet many of you at Back-to-School Night on Thursday, September 13! The event begins at 7:00.