Last week, we wrapped up our unit on Space. We learned about all of the planets and other objects in our solar system. In one of our centers, students were asked to choose a planet that they felt like should be explored. They were told that they had to research the planet by watching a short video and find reasons and evidences as to why their planet should be explored. In order to showcase what they found, they had to create a lyrical dance using facts that they learned from the video. Below, you will see one group performing their dance for the planet Venus.
This week, students have been learning about simple, series, and parallel electrical circuits. Teachers showed students the painting Broadway Boogie Woogie by Piet Mondrian. Students looked at the painting and identified the types of lines that Mondrian used (parallel, intersecting, perpendicular). We also identified different kinds of electrical circuits that can be found in the painting. Students then created a replication of Mondrian’s painting to either show a series or parallel circuit. Once the art was created, students had to identify the source, loads, connectors, and whether or not the circuit was open or closed.
For the past week, we have been learning about equivalent fractions. In order to further understanding, we had students create equivalent fraction robots. Before creating the robots, we talked about how we could turn trash into treasure. Students looked at trash art by artists around the world. Once they had an idea of how to create their robots, students had a sheet that they had to multiply and divide in order to find equivalent fractions. The fractions represented each body part. Students had to go find the body part that matched the equivalent fraction they found in so that they could put together their robot.
For the past three weeks, we have been reading President of the Whole Fifth Grade by Sherri Winston. We have also been studying the election process. To further our understanding of an election, we held our own class election. First, students were nominated by their classmates. Each class then held a primary and elected two students to serve in the fourth grade class president election. In the final election, students had to prepare and give a speech to their classmates.
Pictured below are the six students selected to run in the presidential election.
From left to right:
Kimora Garner, Sydney Ridgeway, Tommaj Harris, Ira Hamilton, Aja Stephens, and Zykeria Evans
AND THE WINNER IS..
Pictured below is Zykeria giving her speech.
Yesterday, we took our annual fourth grade field trip to Choctaw Days at Lauren Rogers Museum of Art.
Students participated in a variety of stations to learn about traditions of the Choctaw Indians in our area. We tried frybread, a traditional Indian food. Students used paper strips to stimulate basket weaving after viewing the basket gallery. We also experienced and participated in Choctaw dances and created beaded necklaces to simulate ones that Choctaw Indians would wear. A great time was had by everyone!
The students learned all about the holiday Day of the Dead that is celebrated throughout Mexico and other South American and Central American countries to remember the loved ones they have lost. Students learned that Calaca is the Spanish word for Skeleton. The students also learned about sugar skulls and how during the Day of the Dead celebrations these sweet treats are decorated using symmetry, pattern, color, and repetition. The students took this knowledge and created a Calaca of their own using the artistic techniques learned from the sugar skulls and their knowledge of the different bones of the skeletal system. Come see our beautiful Sugar Skull Skeletons hanging in the foyer!
Comparing and Contrasting. Venn Diagrams and paragraphs. It’ s a normal thing to do with literature! But why not with music; when you have two different versions of the same song? Students compared and contrasted the original and remakes of “I Will Always Love You” and “Smooth Criminal.” They used principles and elements of music to listen for timber, tempo, voices, and more!
This week, we finished up a unit on Jim Henson. Students learned that he was born right here in MISSISSIPPI! We then learned that Henson was the creator of one of our favorite muppets, Kermit! After talking about how Henson created the children’s show Sesame Street to make learning fun, we wrote our own scripts and created our own children’s show skit. For the skits, students paired up had to teach their audience how to perform a simple procedure, such as making a sandwich or brushing their teeth. Once the students created their skits, they each worked to create their own muppet and performed their show for their class! They did an AWESOME job on these!!
We are off to a great start this year in 4th grade! One of our first arts integration lessons included students looking at the works of Wassily Kandinsky. Students noticed that he planned out his works so that he could communicate through the colors.
Student have been studying place value. They were given a four digit number and wrote the number in standard, word, expanded, and short form. After showing that they could show the number in different ways, they replicated Kandinsky’s work.
The students then watercolor to crate a background similar to Kandinsky’s paintings. They then created shapes from construction paper to represent the number that they were given. They used 3D shapes for numbers in the thousands place and 2D shapes for the hundreds, tens, and ones. Examples of students’ work can be seen below.
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.