Elise in Mrs. Watts’s class is headed to the regional reading fair after placing 1st place in her division at the school and district levels. She did her reading fair board on the Chronicles of Narnia book The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. We are very proud of Elise’s work, and we all wish her the best of luck at regionals!
Over the past few weeks, the students have been learning the process of the digestive system. Students studied the different styles of the famous artist, Van Gogh, Dali, and Picasso and then created the parts of the digestive system. Look carefully- Do you notice which style is whose? Can you find the liver, pancreas, large intestine or any other parts of the digestive system?
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!
For the past three weeks, the students have studied about famous children’s authors that mostly write chapter books for upper elementary age students. The students read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl and learned all about his life as an example. The students then paired up to research their own famous author. Each pair wrote a biography about the author and read a book by the author. The students then wrote summaries of the book, wrote the narrative elements of the book, critiqued the book, and created a book bag to represent the book. The students took all of this information and created a PowerPoint presentation to share with the class. The students put a lot of hard work into this, and it paid off. They did a great job!
Students created a dance, but not just any dance! A dance that showcased particular muscles! Students learned about leading as a dance term and discussed what movement would look like if you were to lead with a particular bone. (We have previously learned all about the skeletal system. We’re pros at that now.) Students then created a dance in groups to jazz music while showcasing four muscles. The audience determined what muscle they were leading with!
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!
The students learned about artwork by famous artist, Alexandra Nechita. This artist began her career at the early age of eight years old – how cool! She incorporated stories in her abstract art and often made the artwork of a colossal size. Each class then read a story by famous author, Roald Dahl, and created a work of art that correlated with the summary of that story using the someone-wanted-but-so-then method of completing summaries. Look at our artwork and see if you can figure out our summaries!
Watts’s Class – James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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!