Each year, we get together with other schools in Northwest Arkansas, and our fourth grade students go to STEAM Day. During STEAM Day we get to work with and know other GT students from schools in our area. We do a variety of activities. This years activities were: Catapults, Mystery Architecture, and Nonograms.
Newton's Laws of Motion
We have been learning about Newton's Laws of Motion. We learned the laws, discussed what they mean, and came up with real life examples for each law. Each student created and illustrated pages for each of the three laws. We also talked about ways to demonstrate
In Discovery, we have been working on a STEAM challenge of building bridges. Along with criteria about function (how it works): materials, length, and amount it will hold, we are also considering form (how it looks).
The materials they could use were: 20 large craft sticks, and 12 binder clips. The first challenge, the bridge had to be able to span 15 inches. The second challenge , the bridge had to span 20 inches. Each team placed various items on their bridge to test it's strength and stability. The Discovery students enjoyed the challenge.
The Preamble to the US Constitution
At the end of September, we learned about the US Constitution, and many of the Discovery students learned the Preamble. We discussed and learned about each word and phrase. We talked about what the Founding Fathers thought was important, and what we thought they meant by including these things in the Preamble. The students who were able to recite the Preamble signed our copy that we put into the hall.