Fourth Grade PEAK

September 17, 2014

Special Announcement:

We voted on our "official" class symbol and slogan. Congratulations to Grace Fisher. Grace's artwork was selected. All artwork will be displayed but Grace's will be our official symbol.

THEME: Kids CAN

  • KIDS CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE:

    • We reviewed how to access information from print and online resources. Our online resource focus: Databases, Search Engines, World Wide Web ( especially truth in the internet).
    • Today we continued to build background knowledge on possible humanitarians to study --- students looked at websites & books and took notes highlighting the humanitarians' impact on humanity. We spent the majority of our time narrowing down our list of humanitarians discovered to a list of top 3. Students turned this in through Google Classroom ( a handful of students need to complete this at home - please ask your child). Next, students filled out a Google Form to tell me who they want to study and WHY. If your child did not finish this Google Form ( a few did not - please ask your child), he/she needs to finish this at home. It can be accessed through student email. Today was a big day to read and gather information - students want to select a person/ organization to study that is really interesting!

Centers

Enrichment Centers:

  • Topic Study: Students are busy taking notes. Some students wrote an essential question. I will look at these to give feedback to make sure the questions are deep and require research and original thinking. Some students started a presentation to share key vocabulary words and concepts in the topic study. Many students want to use Powtoons to develop an eye-catching topic study presentation. Our challenge is to make sure that there is depth of knowledge!
  • Math: We continue to solve problems. We have some excellent math problem solvers.
  • Science: Today we finished our conclusions, follow up questions, and graphs for our second experiment. We successfully finished their first science lesson in Google Classroom! Next week, we will conduct another paper towel experiment ( the battle of the generic brands). This week Bounty clearly beat out Country Fare brand. It held true to its advertising --- it was 2 times more absorbent than other brands. As we conduct science experiments, we will revisit the theme: Truth in Advertising. We are using the scientific method to test advertising claims.

Technology Buzz:

Google Drive:
  • Students are actively using their Chrome books
  • We have organized our Google Drives
  • Practiced sharing and saving documents
  • Bookmarked important websites
  • Actively working in Google Classroom

Powtoons:

  • Set up a PEAK Powtoons account - we should have fun with this!

Edmodo:

  • We introduced Edmodo another online learning tool!

Create a Graph:


  • Learned how to make graphs online


Padlet:

  • Online note taking application used during Topic Study