Thursday, September 28, 2017

                Our Visit to the Minnesota State Capitol

We were so excited for our first field trip! A visit to the newly renovated state capitol building was a perfect kick-off to our year-long study of the United States.  We learned so much about the history of our state capitol as well as how government works both on a state and federal level.  Understanding the balance of power and the three branches of government is a key component of our curriculum.  Along with a tour, we also accepted the challenge of a scavenger hunt for some architectural features of the capitol.  As you can see, it was a beautiful day and the view from the quadriga (ask your student about it!) was breathtaking! 

            Our Science Investigations and Explorations

         The focus of our Fourth Grade Science Curriculum is ENERGY! 

In our Science Lab Notebooks, the students are learning to wonder, explore, research, and draw conclusions.  We have two sessions in our 6 Day Schedule devoted to Science.  Here are some pictures of our students and their explorations.

#1 Potential and Kinetic Energy

Students constructed marble runs to demonstrate potential and kinetic energy.  Their task was to use a steel or glass marble to move a wood block at the end of the run.  

#2  Elastic Energy

Students were challenged with shooting rubber bands using with variables and graphing the distances of each task.  The variables were the length of the ruler that was used as a shooter and two types of rubber bands.  We learned that elastic energy is a form of potential energy. 

#3 Simple Machines (The Lever)

Our task was to construct a model of a lever to launch a ping pong ball.  This diagram from a student notebook illustrates our mode.  
Here are some pictures of our investigations.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Ms. Pape's Fourth Grade

As Back to School Night approaches, it's time to welcome you to our 4th-grade class and our new class blog.  We are off to a great start with nineteen eager learners!  We have spent the first few weeks together sharing our hopes and dreams for fourth grade. I have been excited to see how much this group loves to read!  We have started our reading logs for the year and will soon embark on our exciting Book Bingo Project (stay tuned!)
I hope you notice our detailed U.S. maps hanging in the classroom.  It has been a great kick-start to our study of the U.S. regions.  As you will soon learn, we have a new and exciting project to enhance our study.  We are sending out U.S. travel diaries with the hope of hearing back from all 50 states. Our travel diaries even have their own blog!! You will find a link to it on the blog sidebar. 
How do you like the new blog format?  Hopefully, you will find all the important information you need about our class within this site.  
Thank you for all the support you give your students every day, from providing supplies to coaching through homework challenges.  Here's to a great year together!