July 31

Fourth Grade


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Reading HW: Read to chapters 3, 4, and 5.

HW STEM Activity this week:

Create a Model of a Toy

William and his friends like to play with toy trucks they create with cartons and plastic bottle tops.  Think about one of your favorite toys over the years. Practice your divergent thinking by using household items to make a model of this toy.   Bring to class next week.

Additional HW: Come to class next week with 2 or more problems to solve. This is how you will be grouped/partnered for our big invention project. We want people with like ideas to be grouped to gether so come with as many as you can but AT LEAST 2 problems!


We had a great day this week! Students came home with a “Problem Log”. They should be looking around and thinking about what problems they run into on a daily basis. Examples might be: shoes that keep coming untied, hangers that don’t hold clothes, organized backpack, etc.

They also completed their reflection from last week’s activity and some actually revisited the experience for deeper reflection by having their snack while blindfolded. We experimented with building something with specific directions. We did have some students who were not on task and didn’t complete the project appropriately. They had a chance to reflect and have promised to be more focused so that we can continue to explore with building and creating.

We are continuing with HOE this year and all students will begin on Level II which introduces the opposites – or the idea of negative numbers. They will do more verbal problems this year and be able to work at their own pace.


OPEN HOUSE Tomorrow @7:30am in the Media Center

We had a great first day! The students are super excited about our IGNITE unite which allows us to solve a problem by inventing something! They got to eat lunch blindfolded for the first 10 minutes of lunch to experience what blind people face. They loved it and did very well (I thought we’d have a few messes but no spills!)

They will begin to have homework this week to start preparing to find problems. This unit goes quickly and we have to stay on top of assignments.

We will continue with Hands on Equations.

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New info coming! Can’t wait to start the year!




September 15, 2017

The 4th Grade students have been introduced to Inventure Challenge. In this unit the students become inventors!  Finding a need to fulfill or a problem to solve is the first step in the invention process. The invention may be a new product or it may be a new process for doing something.  They have begun brainstorming ideas they might want  to pursue.   Although, we haven’t officially started our inventions, I have heard the students talking about so great ideas!!!  The students are also learning how failure can lead to success.  For example, Michael Jordan got cut from his high school varsity basketball team and 27 publishers turned down Dr. Seuss’s first book.  

 The Students are learning why interpersonal skills are important and how they can use self-reflection to develop their own interpersonal abilities? They are also learning how developing effective communication, operative collaboration, and respect for others enable them to be a powerful group member.

October 19, 2017

We had a great day in Target!  We learned the importance of reliability, commitment, and active participation.  We split into 3 groups and the students created some amazing skits showing what these words mean to them!  It was so much fun and so creative.


The Invention Convention Overview

Fostering the development of important science skills is an ongoing challenge. Students should be given opportunities to solve problems, think creatively, experiment, and work with data throughout the school year. The Invention Convention is an event that gives students an opportunity to demonstrate these skills independently as they invent a new product or process.

I hope everyone is thinking about their inventions and what they may want to create.


October 20, 2017

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March 13, 2018

The 4th grade students began a survivor unit in February.  We are learning about surviving in various situations.  We are studying the classic  novel, My Side of the Mountain. Many of the students finished the book in one night!  In class, the students are working on survival projects with partners.  When complete, they will present their project to the class.

It has been a fun unit and the kids are enjoying it.  We will end the unit with a trip to The Escapery in Marietta. survival tactics.  The trip is scheduled for May 10, 2018.  Details and permission slips will be coming home soon!

March 22, 2108

Great job with the Family STEAM Project!  The students did an amazing job creating their games!  These 4th graders surprise me daily with their commitment to academics.  Their thinking is abstract, complex, logical, and insightful.

We are finishing up with our novel My Side of the Mountain.  We have been working on survival projects in the classroom.  Next week, we will be presenting the projects and watching the movie.  We will continue working on the survival theme for the remainder of the year.

Our field trip to the Escapey is May 10, 2018.  Please make sure you get your child’s permission slip and $12.00 returned as soon as you can.  Thanks so much!!

Once Milestones start, I will be meeting with the students only half a day.