Rocks, Rocks, Rocks!

This week, students were introduced to the three types of rocks: sedimentary, igneous, and metamorphic.  We then held a discussion about what makes each rock different.  We learned that the sedimentary rocks are formed by layers.  The igneous rocks are formed when magma cools, and the metamorphic rocks form when layers are pressed with heat and pressure.  Students then created a visual representation of each type of rock.

Artists in the Making

We are getting ready for our annual 4th Grade Famous Artist Living Wax Museum on Wednesday, May 10th at 1:00pm in the gym. The students have been working hard writing biographies, reflections, timelines, scripts, and creating a LOT of artwork to showcase the styles of famous artists from the past. So, mark your calendars for this amazing event and catch a sneak peek in the pictures below!


Listed below are a few important dates that you need to know!

Writing  State Testing-

4/26 Ivy, Watts and Schipke

Math State Testing-

4/28 Ivy

5/1 Watts and Schipke

Math Performance Based State Testing-

5/9 Ivy

5/10 Watts and Schipke

4th Grade Famous Artist Wax Museum

5/10 at 1:00

3rd and 4th Grade Awards Day

5/15 1:00

OscARs Awards


Chihuly Sculptures

Last week, the students learned about famous artist Dale Chihuly and his blown glass sculptures that are famous the world over. The students studied Chihuly’s style and technique and then used this knowledge to recreate some sculptures of their own. Of course the students couldn’t use real blown glass so we used plastic! The students also practiced their math and converted customary capacities based on the type of plastic bottle used in their sculpture. One group had gallons, one had quarts, one pints, and one cups. After converting all of their measurements, the students set out to recreate one of Chihuly’s famous sculptures. This took a lot of creativity and ingenuity. We think the students did a fantastic job! You can see the final results in the pictures below or come by the school and check them out for yourself. You can’t miss them if you take a stroll up the sidewalk. 

Color Field and Additive Angles








Mr. Bell, our visual art teacher, taught us about a style of abstract painting called Color Field that was made popular by Barnett Newman in the 1950’s which lead to the style of the term Abstract Expression. We looked at some of his works and realized that some of his works seemed to have tints and sharp angles. The students were then given a degree of an angle.  They had to find their missing angle by subtracting from their total. For example, 90 degrees was their total measurement of their paper, and they might have been given 75 degrees. The students then used their protractor to find their answer and draw the angle. In this case, the student would draw 15 degrees angle using the protractor. The students when created their own example of the style of Color Field by making tints with the color of their choice.



Multiplication Bee!

Today, 4th grade participated in the school wide multiplication bee.  The top five students were selected and will represent Nora Davis at the district multiplication bee after Spring Break.  The top 5 fourth graders were: Trinity Jones, Shamara Baker, Calvin McDonald (4th grade winner), Ashaunte Hughes, and Ariel Cox.

Color Block with Angles

This week, students were introduced to measuring angles.  They learned that angles can be acute, obtuse, right, and straight.  After learning how to name them, students were taught how to use a protractor to measure angles.

In centers, students created a color block painting using angles.  They used washi tape to create angles across the paper.  Then, they named the angles and measured them.  Once the angles were named and measured they painted their shapes.  Once it dried, they removed the washi tape to create the color block.

Compositions with Decimals and Fractions

The students created a composition this week to show the relationship of decimals and fractions. The students had to use only warm or cool colors to created their composition. The students began with a list of media that needed to be included within the artwork: a certain fraction or decimal of shapes and materials. The compositions were based on hundredths so whatever fraction and/or decimal the students used had to be converted in order to compare them. The students chose their own subject for their composition and titled it when they were finished. Make sure you stop by at the beginning of our hall to check out their work. The students did a great job!



Fractions are Music to our Ears!

On January 24, Nora Davis held their annual Arts, Math, and Science Night.  Parents were invited into their child’s classroom to participate in an arts integrated lesson previously taught to students.

We have been learning about multiplying fractions by whole numbers, so students were taught an arts integrated lesson with music.  Student were taught the names and counts of different notes.  They were taught based on a 4/4 time measure.  This means that the quarter note would represent 1/4, a half note would represent 2/4, and a whole note would represent 4/4.

Students and parents were then put into groups. They were assigned a note, and multiplied this note by the number of people in their group.  Then, they created a visual representation of the notes, as if composing their own song!  After practicing their songs, students and parents chose and instrument and performed for all!

Thanks to all the parents for coming and enjoying this special night with us!

Amazing African Americans

This week, on the heels of Marin Luther King Jr. Holiday, the students learned all about some really amazing African Americans who paved the way for the generations after them when it comes to slavery, equal rights, sports, inventions, and much more. In the Book Brain Center, students read a variety of books and researched the contributions that many famous African Americans made to society including famous inventors, explorers, scientists, and Freedom Fighters.

In the Hall Center, students rotated around to twelve posters that highlighted the accomplishments of many famous African Americans such as Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, and many more.

In the COW Center (Computer on Wall), the students learned about the Harlem Renaissance and in particular an artist named William H. Johnson who was a big part of this movement. The student analyzed several of his paintings and then replicated his style in a painting that highlighted the importance of one of the famous African Americans the students learned about this week.