In PE class, Unquowa students celebrated the Opening Ceremonies of the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang with some winter events of their own! Walking behind their torch bearer, along with the Olympic theme song set the stage for an unforgettable class. The figure skating routines were graceful and the ski jumpers were smooth at take off. Skiers cruised through the biathlon and torch relay while curlers showed great strategic maneuvers. Go Gators! Go Team USA!
After studying the Spanish vocabulary needed to discuss and understand the weather, Grades 3 and 4 built their very own weather stations in the Makerspace. The students enjoyed expanding on what they learned in Spanish class by going deeper into the science of weather and designing their own weather stations. Their simple construction materials included paper cups, popsicle sticks, strings of hair and more.
Fractions are fun! Today, the fourth graders demonstrated their knowledge of fractions by playing Fractions Pictionary. After they were divided up into teams, each student was given a certain fraction that they had to represent by drawing a picture in under a minute. Their teammates then had to guess which fraction was being shown. The competition was fierce and some of the drawings came down to the last second! In the end, it was a draw.
Seasons change, but do you know why? In fourth grade science class, we have been studying the why. Models of globes were presented with a lightbulb to represent the sun. Student volunteers marked where we are in Connecticut and also the southern hemisphere. Then students were left with the questions, “Why do we have seasons?” and “Why do we have day and night?” 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 found. Students worked together to determine 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.
“When are we going to use this?” is a popular question with fourth graders, especially when it comes to math. This week we explored the concepts of mean, median, mode, and range. They were then challenged to find the average size foot of a fourth grader in our class. Students used rulers to collect and gather data in a table. Then they applied the concepts they learned to interpret and present the information they collected to their peers.
Our third and fourth grade scientists discovered that fall is a great time to visit the Audubon! On a recent crisp and sunny autumn day, we took the short trip together for a day of outdoor learning and fun.
Third graders focused on studying soils and the vital role soil plays in all life forms. Our young scientists were equipped with electronic soil temperature probes, soil samplers, soil color and insect guides and spoons to gentle move small amounts of decaying matter. Through the hour plus long trek through the trails of the Audubon, students stopped at a meadow, a woodland and a marsh to gather soil temperatures, color samples and life forms in the soil. Students carefully measured and recorded at each stop.
In the meantime, fourth graders investigated rocks and minerals. The visit began with students analyzing various properties of rocks. Students were presented with kits to test rocks for hardness, color, luster, and streak and given instructions in how to measure each. Afterward, students were lead by an educator through the trails surrounding the Audubon. There, students were able to apply the skills they learned to the real world around them. Students discovered many samples of gneiss, schist and examined signs of weathering and erosion.
After the hike, students gathered inside the Audubon to perform further investigations on various rocks, minerals and soils. The trip wrapped up with students drawing conclusions from all the data collected on the hikes.
We extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to the wonderful educators at the Audubon!