Fourth Grade PEAK
March 5, 2015
Power of One Projects - Due by April 9, 2015
- Your child should be near completion with his/her project to impact the world/ community - please, don't let time slip away!
- Don't forget to take photos of your child in action. You can put photos on a flash drive, email them to your child's account or save them to Google Drive. We will write reflections in class. If you have any additional flyers or material your child used, he/she should bring that to class as well.
THEME: Kids CAN
- Students are finishing persuasive nomination speeches.
Students are publishing writing on electronic Tackk boards.
Students have started working on public speaking techniques: eye contact, gestures, voice intonation
Some students have started filming speeches. We are editing the speeches on a MAC computer with the green screen editing tool. I am really excited at how the speeches are turning out!
- Students will make a bumper sticker with a slogan and trademark for his/her humanitarian.
- Each student will write a radio script to advertise his/her humanitarian's positive impact on the world. We will record and edit radio commercials.
- Topic Study: We continue to make great progress in topic study!
- Science: Students have a checklist to prepare for our Consumer Report Testing Day. We will test on Thursday, March 26. Your child should have 3 of each brand he/she is testing plus any additional supplies (cups, napkins, etc) needed. Your child should also bring a water bottle on the testing day! Please discuss the test with your child. In class, we are making surveys, rating sheets, testing directions, etc. Here is a list of the products the students selected to test:
Jack: lemon lime soda
Drew: lemon lime soda
Ethan: apple juice
Ella: powdered donuts
Olivia: microwave popcorn
Emma Bowles: donuts from shops
Emma Bland: chocolate pies
Ellie: fruit punch
Lauryn: dark soda
Caiti: root beer
Aubrey: donuts from shops
Madeline: fruit snacks
Creativity and PGD
- Team Challenge: Students participated in a team challenge --- "magic carpet". Students had 10 minutes to traverse a 15 foot gorge without leaving his/her "magic carpet" aka as a clipboard. - The team challenges are ambiguous and require creative and critical thinking, collaboration, and cooperation. The students discovered teamwork was a more successful way to move the group across the gorge than the individual first attempt (first picture). I love team challenges. It is an opportunity for me to see how the kids work together and to see creativity, critical thinking, and leadership skills emerge.
I movie and Video techniques
- Students are learning how to shoot video and edit it through Imovie. Students are examining a variety of video - shooting techniques!
- Today students participated in an online quiz to test our knowledge of scientific vocabulary. The kids like it so much that some want to use this format for a topic study project for their independent research topic.
- Students learned to cite sources through Easy Bib - what an awesome research tool!
- 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
- Set up a PEAK Powtoons account - we should have fun with this!
- We introduced Edmodo another online learning tool!
Classroom Book Source:
- Students learned how to check out books electronically from my classroom library.
- There is a link on my student resource page for students to "Tweet" about the day. I will post 5 tweets a week on my classroom board - some may even make it to real twitter. Tweets should be relevant to our learning day.
- Please follow me on twitter - you never know when a tweet will post about your child's PEAK day!
Create a Graph:
- Applied our knowledge on how to make graphs online.
- Online note taking application used during Topic Study.