Awesome April!

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We truly enjoyed the opportunity to share our learning with moms, dads, grandparents, and friends on Friday morning. Students had the opportunity to show their rock cycle stop motion films, the Explorer Blogs, the Explorer Journals, and the Colony Project.  Thank you to Treva for organizing the breakfast for the event.

The colony, Richardson Town, was a big hit! It is truly amazing what twenty kids can accomplish when they collaborate with one another. Way to go 4th graders!

 

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Richardson Town is a bustling Texas town established in 1825.
The corn is ready to be harvested.
The corn is ready to be harvested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our field trip to San Antonio was a blast! The children walked away with a stronger understanding of Spanish Texas.

4th grade in front of the Alamo Memorial statue.
4th grade in front of the Alamo Memorial statue.

 

 

Defenders of the Alamo!
Defenders of the Alamo!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click on the link below for a sneak peek at our trip.

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SENIOR PEN PALS

Each month, the 4th grade children look forward to meeting their senior pen pals for a little noshing and schmoozing! During our time together, the children interview their buddies, collecting life stories in order to compose a pen pal biography. The biographies will be shared with our buddies and parents during our Ice Cream Social on Tuesday, May 27 at 2:00.

Caleb and Ally are learning to knit during our lunches.
Caleb and Ally are learning to knit during our lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN BUDDIES

The fourth grade class was thrilled to meet their kinder buddies again last week. The kinder kids proudly shared their dinosaur stories and dino dioramas. Afterwards, we went outside and helped our buddies measure the lengths of different dinosaurs. Oh, the memories!

Caleb helps his buddies measure an Allosaurus.
Caleb and Yotam help their buddy measure an Allosaurus.

 

 

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It’s a beautiful day for dinosaurs!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE…It’s Electric!

The children were so excited to begin learning about electricity. We began by building an understanding of the atom. Through investigations with balloons, we discovered that static electricity is the result of an

accumulation of electric charges on an insulating material.
Nathan and Yotam discover that styrofoam is attracted to a negatively charged balloon.
Nathan and Yotam discover that Styrofoam is attracted to a negatively charged balloon.

 

 

Aiden and Ben test confetti.
Aiden and Ben test confetti.

 

 

Eddie loves charging balloons!
Eddie loves charging balloons!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After learning about static electricity, the children moved to the lab and began investigating current electricity. First they were handed a light bulb, a paper clip and a battery. Students were then challenged to find as many ways as they could to light the bulb. In the next lab, students were given alligator clips, batteries, light bulbs, and wires and were asked to build a complete circuit. Once they mastered the complete circuit, the students tested a variety of objects (bananas, water, pencils, potatoes, jewelry, rubber bands, etc.). Their task was to determine which objects were insulators and which were conductors.

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It worked!

 

Yotam and Liora work on the circuit.
Yotam and Liora work on the circuit.

 

Sebastian and Mira try to determine why the bulb won't light.
Sebastian and Mira try to determine why the bulb won’t light.

 

Noah works with a brand new circuit board.
Noah works with a brand new circuit board.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Writing, Reading, and History!

Now that the children are Texas history experts, they were more than ready to begin writing the skits for our big upcoming Texas Review. This week we will begin daily rehearsals so that we are prepared for the upcoming performance on May 13th at 2:00.

MATH

This week students will be finishing up Unit 9: Fractions, Decimals, and Percents. When we return from Passover break, we will begin a new unit: Perimeter and Area.

IMPORTANT DATES:

  • The Texas Revue – Tuesday, May 13th at 2:00 in the Community Hall
  • Senior Pen Pal Ice Cream Social Tuesday, May 27 at 2:00 in the Community Hall
  • 4th Grade 5K for Camp Simcha – Friday, May 30th at Zilker Park