Here is a great game to review your grammar skills!
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Today in Studio 214, it was hands-on day! We completed six different stations in science, which took all afternoon. The pictures of some things we completed are below. We used hand-held microscopes to look at plant and animal cells. We also cleaned feathers that were covered in oil. Students had five minutes to clean it in order to keep their bird alive. Most birds survived! Another station we completed focused on bird adaptions with their beaks and students tested different types of "beaks" to see why animals adapt to their environments to survive.
Today is hands-on day so for reading, we have been studying main idea with supporting details. We used ten paper bags and stuck a passage inside, with a question attached to the outside. Students rotated to each bag and worked with partners to read the passage and answer the questions together. They had to provide proof from the passage to justify their responses.
The Science Guy visited CCES yesterday and boy, did we have fun with some cool experiments! He did some experiements with open and closed circuits, force and motion, and inertia with our students, just to name a few topics. We learned so much!
For free resources, emails, and experiment ideas that are linked to the new common core science standards, visit: www.hookedonscience.org
Friday, April 12, 2013
One of our first measurement lessons this week came from the great math resource written by Van de Walle. Students created their own units and used them to measurement a few things in our room. Then we glued the units down to a piece of paper to demonstrate how rulers are created. It is always very interesting to see their thinking when they start to label their rulers because you can really see what they understand conceptually about measurement.
As a service project for our fourth graders, we are responsible for taking care of our school courtyard. This week we pulled weeds out of the flower beds and it looks so nice and it has been the perfect weather to enjoy it each day! Last year, we collaborated with the high school FFA to completely redo the courtyard. We applied for grants to pay for the project and tied in the work to what we were doing in math and science with measurement and plant life.
For other great nonfiction books by Meghan McCarthy, visit the site below! Happy Reading!