On Wednesday, the Museum of Science visited the 4th grade to lead us in an engineering project to answer the question, “What is the most efficient blade on a wind turbine?” After we tested different variables, such as blade size, angle and shape, the students were able to design their own wind turbine blades. We extended this activity into the classroom on Thursday and Friday when the teams continued to design, test and reflect on the most efficient blade design. In the end, we had a competition to see which team had the best design. Congratulations to Ryan Clough, Parker Bradl and Drew Golden for the blades that produced the most voltage! Thanks to the PTO for funding this visit from the Museum of Science.
In reading this week we read a story by L. Frank Baum and students collected evidence to support the question, “How does the setting affect a character’s actions?” Students learned about writing an introduction that grabs the reader’s attention and answers the question. They took notes and then used the notes to write a paragraph response. Everyone typed their responses as a Google Doc to practice typing skills.
In math, we are learning about multiplying multi-digit numbers. At this point, everyone should know their 2-10 facts and should be practicing the 11’s and 12’s. We will test the 2-12 facts in a few weeks. Thanks to Abby’s and Drew’s moms for helping with math games today!
We will be starting our first novel of 4th grade next week. Shiloh is a wonderful story about a boy and a dog. We will be reading, writing and discussing the story in Literature Circles.
Thank you again for the generous Amazon gift card! The kids are already giving me great ideas for books and games for our classroom.
Ask a Fourth Grader!
* What was the best blade your team designed?
* How many milliliters equal a liter?
* What happens in the story of The Girl in the Chicken Coop? What is the setting of this story?
* What was amazing about the story, “The Boy Who Caught the Wind?”