In fourth grade science, we have been studying patterns and movements of our Earth within the solar system. To engage students, we presented two questions: Why do we have seasons and what causes day and night. Students were told they would find the answer using two globes, two cups and a light bulb. Student volunteers marked where we are in the Northern Hemisphere. Then students were left to investigate. With guiding questions, trial and error, excellent queries as to Earth’s proximity to the sun, diagrams on the board and finding just the right tilt of the Earth’s axis, a solution was finally found. In the end, students determined that the revolution of Earth around the sun in an elliptical pattern of orbit combined with the tilt of the axis are the reasons behind our seasons while the rotation of Earth on its axis provides us with day and night. Well done, scientists!
Fourth graders love dogs! We decided that although we cannot adopt all homeless dogs as we’d like to, we can bring them some happiness. Under the guidance of Chef Jess, we headed to the kitchen and measured, poured, mixed, rolled and cut. In no time, we had a basket full of yummy dog treats all wrapped up for Halloween! Although many students wanted to share a treat with their own dogs at home, we ultimately decided that a dog without a loving home was far more in need. Our treats will be donated to Save Our Strays in Westport, CT. Save our Strays is a non-profit organization dedicated to the health and welfare of all homeless pets. Their current pets as well as many others available for adoption can be found on petfinder.com. We are so proud of our fourth graders for their generosity of time and spirit.
Fourth and fifth graders were treated to the annual fall social on a recent Friday afternoon in the Unquowa gym. Students were greeted with an ice cream bar filled with goodies that would please Willie Wonka Countless combinations of sundae treats were created. Then it was off to the prop stand, where students donned silly glasses, bold mustaches and sparkly hats. Students had fun at the photo booth striking many poses and then tested their flexibility in a giant game of Twister. The highlight of the social was presented when the music started and the DJ was sure to teach all the latest dance moves. A great time was definitely had by all. A special thank you goes out to the parent-lead social committee for putting together an afternoon our students will not soon forget!
Congratulations, Michael, Unquowa’s “Best in Class” winner of the Bonnie Plants’ Cabbage contest and runners up, Charlotte and Ethan. Last spring, Bonnie Plants delivered cabbage plants to our 3rd graders along with growing guides. Students were given the challenge of planting their cabbages in a home garden or large container and the option of entering a contest. At the end of the growing season, participants submitted photos of their cabbages along with the weights. Michael’s impressive cabbage weighed in at 10.5 pounds and is eligible for a chance to win a $1000 scholarship and statewide recognition!
Did you know that E.B. White got the idea for the children’s classic, Charlotte’s Web while lying on a hay bale in his barn watching a spider spin her web? It is in these very small moments that many fiction stories begin. This week, fourth graders have been on the lookout for the seeds of possible stories in small moments such as this. As we wrote small moments in our writers’ notebooks, one student remembered a time when they were walking on a beach watching the sea gulls while another student took notes on seeing a younger child afraid to leave their parent on the first days of school. From these seeds, possible stories began to emerge. Students partnered up to rehearse stories ideas with fellow writers. Together, our fourth grade writers shared ideas, some were discarded while others blossomed into an exciting story frame. Now that we have several great ideas in place, we are on to develop interesting and thought-provoking characters…