Sunday, May 14, 2017

The Boston Tea Party Challenge

The Boston Tea Party Challenge
Students worked in teams to create a structure that would hold a tea bag dry for the longest period of time using 16 craft sticks, a 12 inch piece of string, a 12 inch piece of masking tape, a 2 inch square of waxed paper, elmer's glue and scissors.  An online timer was set and students watched carefully to note the exact moment when the tea began to leak into the water.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

The Mystery of the Lost Colony

Do you know the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke?  Our fourth graders do!  In this true "mystery from history" students were challenged to think like historians as we examined primary source evidence to form individual theories  about what happened to the 150 men, women, and children who vanished!

 Want to know what your student came up with?  Check out your student's Roanoke essay on their google classroom account!

Playdough Monster Writing Process

Both language arts classes celebrated filling our third marble jar (for excellent class behavior) by using playdough to illustrate the writing process!

  • pre-write....students wrote ideas about their monster in their writing journal and made a plan.
  • Draft....students used their playdough to construct their monster
  • Revise...students used a small amount of another color of playdough to add colorful details to their monster.
  • Edit...Students made final adjustments to their monster..add or taking away elements.
  • Publish...monsters were put on "display" on their paper plate for all to see
In keeping with our marble jar norms..when we fill our jar we do a language arts activity that is inexpensive...doesn't involve food...can be done in a language arts period...provides learning in a novel way...and is FUN!  I think this fit the bill!  Next  time we write, we may see monsters!

Valentine's Day Stem Challenge

Thank you, thank you to all of our wonderful parent volunteers who helped make Valentine's day special!  We had a fun time with our STEM challenge!  Using only toothpicks and marshmallows each team was challenged to create the tallest tower for Cupid!
Our stem challenge was followed by a heart healthy treat of fruit Kabobs.  A fun day for all!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Natural Disaster Research Teams

Coordinating with science class, our fourth graders have been working hard in language arts these past few weeks in teams of 3 or 4 to research a natural disaster.  This is the culmination of our unit on nonfiction reading.  We have been learning about text features, types of text structures, how to tackle the hard parts of nonfiction reading, how to take detailed, structured notes, and how synthesize information from different sources.  Mr. M-C , our school ed. tech. specialist was called on to teach students the importance of citing sources and showed us how to create a bibliography using EasyBib. Each student on the team specialized in one or two subtopics of their natural disaster topic.  Teams are now working to compile their findings in a shared google slide presentation.

On Location!

For this social studies activity, students were paired up to report on individuals or groups that shaped Arizona's early history.  Working as a "reporter" or an "expert" each team researched their subtopic, then reported to the class in a lively TV interview format while the "audience" took notes and asked questions.  Discussion topics included:  Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado,  the Hopi, the Tohono O'odham, Father Kino,  the Apache, the Navajo, and the San Xavier mission.

Friday, November 4, 2016

WE Won!

OUR CLASS WON THE BOX TOP CONTEST!!  We were surprised with a balloon bouquet, a big trophy, and a coupon for free books for our class from the book fair!  Keep collecting those box tops so that we can keep the trophy and our school can get the benefits of earning money to help support our educational activities here at Manzanita!