End of the Year adventures!
Over the last few weeks of school, the fourth graders experienced the conclusion of some fun events.
As a culmination in our study of Maine, the fourth graders got the opportunity to go Lobster fishing. They learned about how lobster fishing works and about its importance in Maine's economy.
Brixo meets Electricity
As part of our last science unit of the year, the fourth graders worked with the Brixo blocks. These electronic legos allowed them to create circuits using motors and lights. They worked with these circuits and traditional Lego blocks to allow them to engineer designs of their creation and also incorporate movement to traditional Legos.
We worked with the garden committee at the end of the year to plant potatoes to our community garden. This planting reinforced what we had learned earlier in the year about potatoes in Maine. The fourth graders learned the steps of planing potatoes and helped the Longfellow community by planting some that can be enjoyed in the fall.
Maine Experts share all!
Maine travel brochures and cooking creations provide ways for students to share about Maine!
The fourth grade researchers worked diligently on becoming a tourism expert by selecting and researching an area of Maine. Once they had gathered their information, they then set about to create a brochure to inform others about their area and encourage them to visit that place in Maine. The fourth graders then got to read their classmates brochures as a way to learn about other regions of Maine.
A part of what our Maine Studies Unit focused on, was learning about the products that Maine produces and is known for. To culminate the unit the fourth grade chefs made dishes to highlight some of the tasty food that comes out of Maine. The chefs brought in their dishes, tasted and critiqued the dishes of their classmates, and then voted on the dish they found to be most tasty and creative. It was amazing to see the hard work and creativity of the chefs. So many different chefs got votes that it made it a very tight competition.
Check below and on the Snapshots page for more pictures!
Book Madness has begun!
Room 202's annual March Book Madness has begun. This week the fourth graders voted on eight different match ups between two books. Whichever book received more books in each match gets to move on to the next round. Next week we will vote on the round of eight. Ask your fourth graders what books they have picked to go far!
Freedom Trail fundraising goals have been met!
happy pi Day!
On Friday, March 15th(a day late) the Fourth Graders Celebrated Pi Day
What is Pi day and what is pi? Is that spelled wrong? These were some of the initial pondering the fourth graders had as they began their Pi Day Exploration. During their Pi Day celebration, the fourth graders explored what is Pi, how do we find it, and why do we use it? To start, they explored what are the digits of pi. To do this they made paper chains that were as long as they could make them that share the first digits of pi. There was interesting discussion amongst students as they talked about how pi is such a long number, but yet it is smaller than 4. It wouldn't be pi day without any pie. So, while they were making paper chains, they had to make a pie. Groups worked together to measure, mix, and make a pudding pie.
Next, we explored what is this number and how does it fit into math? We listened to the story Sir Cumference and Dragon Pi. This explored a knights tale of discovering pi, and was a good discussion to introduce the term and related terms. We then had a brief discussion about how pi relates to circles. The mathematicians were then set on a task of measuring the circumference and the diameter of different round objects then taking the circumference and dividing it by the diameter. This exploration allowed them to explore how fractions and decimals are related, how to measure round objects, and investigate if the quotient is always pi.
We finished pi day by, of course, eating the pi that we made. Ask your student about pi!