Friday, January 19, 2018

LINKS!!!

The class has been collecting links since we have returned from winter break. We had enough to fill the link jar twice! This picture shows how long HALF of our links stretched. Way to go class!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Changing Properties

Last week in science we conducted an experiment where we heated and cooled food to see how properties of an object can change. The children were ecstatic to see how much some food changed. The properties of some food chance a little, while others changed so much, that it was almost unrecognizable! Ask your child about what food change was the most surprising to them!



Friday, January 5, 2018

Science: Water carriers

This week we have continued our science unit on matter. We have been discussing the purpose and properties of objects, and how they can be changed. The children were tasked with creating a water carrier using only four juice cartons (that had a hole in the bottom) and four paper towels. The students were paired up to design a carrier that could carry as much water possible. Once they came up with a design, they brought it to life. The class took turns trying out their water carriers in front of the class. One partner filled the carrier, and the other brought it across the classroom to be measured. The children showed some great collaboration and were able to come up with very creative ideas because of it!



















Thursday, December 14, 2017

Science!

This week we have started our unit on matter. We have been discussing the purpose and properties of objects. The children were tasked with creating a sun hat that they could wear to protect them from the heat and sun. The children were given paper towels, tinfoil, paper plates, and paper bags to use. They needed to rate each item on a scale from 1 being the best to 4 being the worst in four separate categories. For each material they tested the softness, stiffness, absorbency, and the materials ability to repel water. After, they needed to design a sun hat that would work best for them. The children were not allowed to use scissors or glue. Only the materials tested along with a rubberband, piece of string, and two clothespins were allowed. We had some very creative hats!












Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Makerspace Celebration!

The class did it again. We filled another link jar! Great job following expectations second graders.The class chose to have free time in the makerspace as their celebration. The children had a fantastic time creating and inventing.















Book Sale

Reminder: Tomorrow, December 7th, fourth grade will be putting on a book sale fundraiser. The children will have to opportunity to purchase used books for $0.25 each. The money raised will go towards helping families in need in our community and purchasing some new books for the University of Vermont Children's Hospital. Thank you to all who donated for making this fundraiser possible!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Beat the Calculator!

Today we learned a new game in math, beat the calculator. The object of the game is to solve the addition problem the fastest. One partner is using a calculator, while the other is using different strategies to solve the problem mentally. The children loved this game! Before we started playing, many children throght that the students using the calculator would be able to solve the problem the fastest. After playing for a while, the students came to the realization that the partners with the calculator were actually slower! We have learned so many strategies, like making 10's and near doubles facts, that we very efficient at solving problems, the calculator was actually slowing them down.








LINKS!!!

The class has been collecting links since we have returned from winter break. We had enough to fill the link jar twice! This picture shows h...