We are beginning to learn about force and motion. In this investigation, students were trying to determine how different surfaces (and therefore varying amounts of friction) impact the stopping distance of a car sent down a ramp.
The students did an amazing job with our King Midas and the Golden Touch play. This play involved a variety of steps including:
A few notes before break:
Shaftsbury 4th graders have had a busy couple of weeks! Between making puppets and working with the hardness scale for rocks and minerals, our students have been involved in a lot of hands-on learning. All of this hard work has not gone unnoticed. The 4th grade classes have been in the Bennington Banner TWICE this week. If you have not already, be sure to check out the articles No strings attached: Children learn about art through making puppets (featuring Mrs. Maguire-Jones' class) and After 40 years, teacher still rocks (featuring Mrs. Klein's class).
With the help of two amazing volunteers, Mrs. Frost and Mr. Paquin, the children were able to build their bird houses to go along with our bird unit on Friday. We will be painting the houses this week. We will also be completing the informational writing based on our research this week. We will then mount our writing on plywood and coat it with polyurethane for protection. In the spring we will place these houses and informational plaques out around the community to educate our neighbors about these birds.
Please check out the rest of the pictures of this project on our photo gallery page.
I would like to take a moment to congratulate ALL of our student council candidates. The students who elected to run, put a lot of time and effort into some wonderful speeches. It takes a great deal of courage to stand in front of your classmates, explain why you feel you are a good candidate, and ask them to vote for you. Everyone did an amazing job! I was very proud of both the candidates and the other students as they sat and respectfully listened to the delivery of the speeches and encouraged and supported their classmates.
And the winners are...Aubrey S. and Skyler M. Congratulations to you both!!!
Just a reminder that this year's open house is Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 6-7pm. I look forward to getting a chance to say hello to all of the parents. Your children will have a couple of beginning of the year projects to show you as well. See you Wednesday!
It is hard to believe the first week is already over. It has been a busy week and I am certain the students are as tired as I am. :)
We spent a lot of time this week talking about classroom expectations and routines. We also spent time getting to know each other through morning meeting, interviews, writing introductory speeches about each other, and creating name poems.
The first homework packet went home in boomerang folders today. Ask your child to explain how it works. You can also always check homework assignments on the homework tab above.
The first book order forms of the year also went home today. Book orders are a great way to get some engaging books at your child's reading level for a reasonable price. All purchases go towards bonus points that I can then use to continue to build our classroom library. This month's book order is due on September 9th.
It has been a great start to what I am sure is going to be an exciting year! Here are some pictures of our first partner activity...interviewing each other for introductory speeches.
Dear Families and Students,
I hope you have all had a wonderful summer. While I have greatly enjoyed my summer, I am eager to begin another exciting year. I have been very busy working on getting our classroom ready for the new school year. Mrs. Maguire-Jones and I have been thinking a lot about the things we will be learning this year and the fun learning projects we will be completing as we learn these things.
A couple of important reminders:
1. Don't forget to complete your reading and math challenges to be eligible for our fall parties. Several students have already posted on the reading blog. I have enjoyed reading these post. It has also been wonderful to see that students are reading each other's posts and commenting on those. If you would like to make a blog post and have forgotten the log-in information, please email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I will get the information you need to you. Just a reminder - if you are unable to write about your reading on the blog, you can simply write a summary of a book you read on paper and bring it in at the beginning of the year.
2. Mrs. Maguire Jones and I would also like to remind you that all 4th grade students and their families are invited to a meet and greet potluck picnic on Monday, August 22 from 5:30-7:00. We will be gathering on the playground by the pavilion. Please bring your favorite side dish or dessert to share. We will be providing a meat platter and rolls for sandwiches. We will also provide water. We look forward to having the opportunity to meet both students and families in this informal setting.
We are looking forward to a wonderful year! Enjoy the rest of the summer. We will see you soon.
We had a wonderful time on our field trip to Billings Farm and Vermont Institute of Natural Science.
At Billings we were able to learn about sheep with Annie the sheep, learn about tools used on Vermont farms many years ago, churn (and taste) butter, card wool, and visit with the cows while learning about dairy farming.
At VINS we were able to see the live Raptor Show and learn about how some of the birds at VINS came to be in captivity, see the raptors being fed, explore an exhibit on the evolution of birds, take a hike on the nature trails, and even play in the "nature's playground" area before getting back on the bus.
The students were very well behaved. I was very proud of them.
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers! I hope you enjoyed the trip as much as we did!
Check out more pictures on our Photo Gallery page
Mrs. Klein's Fourth Grade
Our class would like to share the interesting things we are learning each day. We will share them here, so be sure to visit often! Please feel free to comment on our class blog!!
Monday: Computer and PE (sneakers please)