Thursday, May 28, 2015

End of the Year Nuts and Bolts

Hi Families!

We have many events coming up, but there are two that I needed to give you some more details about.

1. Field Day is Friday, June 12. I know many of you may volunteer with the PTO, but I would love if one or two of you would like to join our class and move between activities with us. Please let me know if you are interested in this!

2. Our learning celebration is the day before: Thursday, June 11 at 8:15. At our end of the year learning celebration, we have quite a few things to do: 
- celebrate our informational writing
- look through portfolios
- make summer reading goals
- enjoy some breakfast snacks as we watch our slideshow 
- receive your child's report card as you leave

If you can sign up to bring a breakfast snack, please sign-up here.

Our end of the year celebration is in lieu of conferences. However, if you would like to still have an end of the year conference, please let me know so we can schedule one before our celebration. 

If you have any questions, be sure to let me know :)

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Plants!

We have begun our plant unit for science and we have been observing our rapidly growing Wisconsin Fast Plants in our AeroGarden.  We will continue to observe these over the coming weeks.

Some fourth grade concepts we have covered so far include:
  • organisms have unique and diverse life cycles, but what they all have in common is birth, growth, reproduction, and death
  • plants and animals have traits, in which some are inherited from their parents and some are a result from the environment

This week we have been focusing our discussions and work around plant leaves, their purpose and shape.  This has also led itself into an introduction to photosynthesis! Here are some activities we have been working on this week:

1. We began this week in science by observing some photos of different leaves and observing the 
    differences that we noticed between them. 


2. Underneath the bright sun, we put our hands out and observed in which way our hands need to be in order to receive the most sunlight and compared this to what we know about plants! 


3. We went outside looking for any living plants to pick. We found an abundant amount of leaves sticking out of the ground right outside of our classroom! We used these to create beautiful chlorophyll rubbings! Here is some of their awesome work!









4. Finally, we watched a short video about photosynthesis through Study Jams


I'm excited for what the rest of this fun plant unit will bring! Next week we will talk more about how the environment influences traits and then think about animal group behavior and how it can increase survival.


Friday, May 1, 2015

Connections to our Classroom Economy

Hi Families!

We have had a busy week at school and it's been a challenge to be out of routine, but as a result, we have had an opportunity to do a few other things.

This week, Dustin and Jeff from Norton Financial came in to talk with the students in our class about savings. We were blown away with how much background knowledge the students have and by how many raised their hands when our visitors inquired about how many of them have started to save!

With the help from our visitors, they worked together to solve some math problems about saving money. It tied in great with our work surrounding percentages and decimals!!  Here was part of the worksheet (we also worked through with a starting balance of $1000.00 and some kiddos challenged themselves by working out to year 7)!:






It was certainly fun to have them!  And aside from the kids also wanting to know what they do in their free time and if it was comfortable to dress up and wear a tie everyday, we did a lot of learning!  Thanks Dustin and Jeff!!