4th Grade SAGE: 1st Semester UOS
Unit of Study Updates
Zoology: Investigating the Animal Kingdom
Zoology is a year-long exploration of the wonders of the Animal Kingdom. Overarching themes for this course include comparative anatomy, animal life processes, animal behavior and classification. Our focus this semester has been on learning about the characteristics of animals and animal classification. To begin the year, students defined the characteristics that animals share. Next, students moved on to learning about animal behavior and the scientific method by designing their own lab about roly-poly behavior. Next, students began working on learning about the characteristics of members of Phylum Annelida – segmented worms. They studied living worm behavior and dissected an earthworm to learn about annelid characteristics. Finally, students have been studying the characteristics of members of Phylum Mollusca. This phylum includes squid, clams, octopi, etc. In studying this group, students have also been dissecting a squid to study its external and internal anatomy!
Pixar® Methods: Introduction to Character Design
Design Your Dream Space...Interior Design
Star Wars® Maker Lab
Lights, Camera, Broadcast!
Design Your Thoughts in…Drawing
We have been busy working through the chapters in Design Your Thoughts in Drawing. The first chapter focused on sketching lines and patterns. The line is the basic element of art. It makes the eye move, gives direction, and conveys feeling. Patterns are made of repeated lines or a combination of lines, and shapes can add texture and interest to objects. We learned different lines are expressive and can show strength, calm, change, motion, intensity, and more. With chapter two, the focus was on
freeform drawing or “doodling” as a creative way to practice sketching skills, add character to projects, and communicate ideas. The students took these new skills and created a ‘Selfie Sketchnote’ with doodles of things that they love, or things that make them happy. We are currently working on chapter three where the focus is on observational sketching. So far, the students learned to make a drawing more realistic, it’s important to observe your subject closely to really see the details.
Important Upcoming Dates/Events
January 18 -Second Semester Begins
February 18 - No School, Professional Development
February 21 - No School, President's Day
March 14-18 - No School, Spring Break