Raking Leaves at Good Samaritan
The kids did a wonderful job cooperatively working to help clean up a lot of leaves on the Good Samaritan Campus. First, there was a short tour by Tammie Poe, and then their Facilities' Keeper, Mr. Chris talked to the kids about how to use a rake and bag the leaves that get composted on site.
The kids talked about working together and how fun it was! We will get to go back for another project.
Working with a partner to come up with a question and then turn it into a hypothesis.
This is hard work. The students have been bringing in all kinds of natural world items like pinecones, rocks, horsehair, shells, and more rocks, seeds, and bird nests.
They have made observations about these items. Now they are learning to ask questions and move their thinking in the direction of creating a hypothesis that will help them create an experiment. The process of these steps is what takes the longest to learn and is the most necessary to deepen the thinking of how to conduct an experiment. The kids were working with a partner to share thinking and create the questions. Today was an excellent example of how the kids are growing in their abilities to cooperatively learn. We had some very fun and interesting conversations.
Lots of interesting things learned at the Moscow Public Library, City Hall, and the Latah County Historical Society Research Annex.
It was a very full day! The kids each used the Valnet System at the library. They asked questions to Jen Pfiffner, Moscow Assistant City Supervisor about the city, and then Zach Wnek of the LCHS showed all the collections at the Annex.
The picture shows kids reading which we were able to do for 30 minutes after they all checked out books.
Clarissssa is excited about the Field Trip for the 4th Grade on Monday, Oct 7, to the Library, Latah Historical Society and lunching together in the Chambers at City Hall.
The kids did a very good job getting Planners signed with all the details of the upcoming trip this coming Monday. Please join us if you can.
Rubrik's Cube STEAM Project
For the next 6 weeks or so, the 4th grade will learn how to solve the sequence or pattern of the cube and then we will do an art project with the cubes. It was fun today to begin exploring as a class.
Cooperative Learning-- How it looks, sounds, feels and works... and it works!
4th Grade is taking all their years of learning and putting it together in working groups. Today, they worked on annotating and choosing the correct response to questions from a reading that we read yesterday on Newsela. Tomorrow, they will take their work and take the quiz after annotating on the document on the computer. I like to have them use both types of technology-- hard copy with pencils and highlighting and typing. :)
They are applying studying together and what to talk about. They made good progress today.
At the Fair--Mr. Zach of the Latah County Historical Society
teaches about telephones.
We spent time thinking about the perspectives of stories and how diaries and photos can bring to life so many interesting things about people that lived in this area.
We had a very good field trip!
Former 4th Graders, who were a great help, are 7th Graders, and still a great help! Chau and Samantha are part of the team that is collecting Trex for the school.
MCS is getting lots of plastic and so far we have collected over 640 pounds since the beginning of the school year.
Keep bringing in plastic to keep out of the landfill or rivers and oceans.
Oberservations in Community Garden-- Our first fieldtrip!
The kids are learning to take in the sights, sounds, and sensations around them. They categorize, map, and analyze what they have collected. Gathering data is interesting and one part of the Scientific Process. The kids did a great job of following directions-- which is especially important when we leave our campus. This picture is 1/2 the class as the other 1/2 was with Ms. Anne in Technology.
And speaking of field trips, the Planners have been filled with 3 dates. Parents, please sign that you have seen each one. More details with come through your responsible kids and, of course through me via emails, and this post.
Please join us on one of our upcoming content filled field trips!!
Discussion about Science and sharing information
We prepared for our "Observation" lesson tomorrow at the Moscow Community Garden. We had discussed what is science and written the actual definition. Then we talked about the difference between opinion and fact. Tomorrow the kids will make observations about what they see, hear, and feel in sensations for 7 minutes while there. They will organize their facts and we are using this first outside activity lesson to think about the Scientific Process.
Using Reading Strategies to connect to text material
We did some really great thinking today using our Newsela article on nutrition. The kids sat with their Job Partner and reread the article and then interacted with it. They learned to make Text to Self, Text to Text, and Text to World connections. We talked about what it takes to really learn and how to study. They realized that we had read the material at least 10 times.
Cooperating with Job Partner
Our 4th Grade Class Jobs are shared and that helps the kids learn to work together. There are Bubbalou Blue Checkers and White Board Wipers. Each job is essential to the class. In the picture, the kids are sharing with their partner and talking about the job and how and when to do it.