Novel Study: We read some more of our novel, Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer. Theo is faced with a big ethical dilemma: protect his friend's cousin by not revealing that the cousin is an important witness in the trail or tell the judge about the witness and risk that his friend's cousin will be deported. Tough choice! What will Theo do? We'll find out next time!
Focus Study: We created a model of the digestive system using clay. Each group had to share their model and explain how food moves through the digestive system, as well as the function of each organ in the system. The kids are definitely learning about the frog's systems! They did pretty well with this today!
Research: We worked with Mrs. Kindschy to find out about web-based computer applications that might be useful in our Frog Research Projects. Check out the list of project ideas on our Frog Glog, via the Target Glog!
Frog Project: We thoroughly discussed the rubric and project expectations, including the April 22nd due date. Please take a look at your child's rubric and discuss it with him or her.
Logical Thinking: We squeezed in some logical thinking by working on, what else, a frog logic puzzle! Not everyone finished it because of Picture Day, but they can catch up next time.
HW: Finish note taking/research, get Frog Project Rubric signed, choose project type and write it on the back of the rubric.
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Convergent thinking: We worked through a logic puzzle together, since some have been struggling with the more challenging puzzles lately. The kids did well!
Focus Study: We watched two frog dissection videos to give more familiarity with frog anatomy. The kids labeled their matching diagrams and will work to write functions of these organs.
Research: We enjoyed a lesson with Mrs. Kindschy about some really cool iPad apps that can help us create wonderful, exciting presentations to showcase what we've learned about our frogs.
HW: Finish up frog research for next week! Remember to use the resources on Cobb Digital Library and our Frog Glog!
We started off with a seating change for many. There was a slight improvement in work habits and level of concentration. We will stick with this for next week to see if these good habits continue to improve.
We used our divergent and collaboration skills to finish our Frog Inventions. Some VERY creative products!
Our creativity helped in writing Tall Tales. The stories are funny, and many have a unique twist at the end. I can't wait until we share them next week.
Our frog study continued with two dissection videos. Look for those on the Frog Glog! Make sure you're studying the parts in preparation for our test coming up in April. Next, we visited with Mrs. Kindschy again to learn notetaking. We learned about the "Fact Fragment" technique for taking down information from our sources. We'll practice this skill again for our homework on Google Doc4.
HW: Freddy's Frogs (logic puzzle), Google Doc 4 (Media Center Blog)
Have a great, froggy week!
We continued our work with Frogs today. First, we labeled the digestive system and then talked about what each of the parts does. The kids were highly engaged and asked some GREAT questions about different digestive processes. They might even want you to serve asparagus soon to conduct a little experiment!
Our stations focused on convergent thinking with two very different, equally challenging logic puzzles. A few students finished their puzzles in time to work on our creative problem solving STEM activity, "Frog Invention". Since we didn't all work on this, it will continue next week.
We worked with Mrs. Kindschy again to learn about effective web searching techniques. The kids were pretty surprised to find out how Google really works, and why it may not be the best place to start a search!
We missed our recess time today because of too much time off task with talking and not working efficiently. I know the class can do better on this next week.
HW: Document 3-5 sources on your references sheet
My fourth grade memories...A new school, new friends, and learning to play the clarinet.