They have learned to use the iPad to help them model the answers, then they share their creations with me on a Google Doc!
The model above was done by Julia D.
From Mrs. Jaffa:
This week we have been exploring Chemical Changes and Reactions. We designed an experiment to figure out how to blow up a balloon without using our breath and made Elephant Toothpaste.
This week we had a Hanukkah party. Thursday was the last day of Hanukkah, but Wednesday was the last night. We had the party on Wednesday. At the Hanukkah party my mom came and helped us make latkes. We played dreidel and had a lot of fun. We all got to eat lunch in Mrs.H’s room. We got pop the frogs, and we played with them after lunch.
For 26 days in a row, we are going to do something with Davis Academy on Twitter. We are doing #vocabaz (hashtag vocab a -z). Every day we are going to pick a word, and each day is a different letter. The purpose of this is to expand our vocabulary. You can do this by finding new words.
When we did A, the word was…
Accursed (I did that one) and it means, being under a curse or doomed. The part of speech is a noun.
Our word for Tuesday was bibliography. On Wednesday we did contrary.
On Thursday we did Dyslexia.
Fridays word was Equinox.
Ayden’s Parasha activity was to create different scenes from the Parasha on the iPad app Do Ink. Each student emailed their Do Ink movie to Ayden and he edited them into videos of the Parasha. Please click on the following link for Ayden’s blog
This week Josh highlighted the fact that Yosef knew how to interpret dreams. After Josh’s summary of the Parasha he presented groups of students with different dream scenarios and asked them to interpret the dreams. The dreams very very creative and different, but all of them had a similar pattern AND the number 8. After each group offered their interpretation, Josh shared his original idea/ interpretation of the dreams.
Can you guess his interpretation? Read his blog to learn more.
The images below are just a few of the examples when I “caught” Fourth Grade being kind last week.
We were doing model drawings for the “Problem of the Day” on the app “Explain Everything”, then we put the slides into a Google Doc. Some students did a great job figuring out how to do this, then they went around the room helping the others.
To commemorate the unique combination of Thanksgiving and Hannukah, we compared the two holidays and concluded that the two holidays share one major theme which is religious freedom.
Next each student in Kitah Dalet created a family crest which is in the shape of a shield (like the Maccabees’ shield). Each student picked 3 images for their crest. One image to represent Thanksgiving, one for Hannukah and one to represent who they are. The projects turned out great and were shared with our Grandfriends and guests during the Intergenerational Day. Thank you to Mrs. Gutterman for her help with this project.
I am your new scribe. Our class will be taking turns for the jobs, which are:
Official Scribe (me), Researcher (Nahila), librarian (Isa), Kindness Ambassador (Jack), Documentarian (Julia), Global Connectors (Sage & Allie), Graphic Designer (Samantha).
We finished The One and Only Ivan. The One And Only Ivan is about a gorilla named Ivan (his real name is Mud). He was taken from his family. He is the one and only Ivan because he is in a small domain (cage) by himself. He goes on a great adventure to help Ruby (a baby elephant) out of the cage in the mall and into the zoo.
Now we are about to start reading Holes By Louis Sachar. It is about: There used to be a town at Camp Green Lake but it got too hot. The camp belongs to the Warden (he sounds evil, but he might not be evil. He might be really nice). Out on the lake there are rattle snakes and scorpions. You don’t want to be bitten by a yellow spotted lizard because you die a painful death. Camp Green Lake is a camp for bad boys. When you are a bad boy and go to court you can go to Camp Green Lake or to prison. When Stanley was arrested he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.
On Monday we Skyped with 4th graders at Woodward Academy. We Skyped with them because we were talking about the book, The One And Only Ivan.
Questions for Skype:
Abigail (mine): What did you feel when you found out that Ivan and Ruby were going to a zoo?
Their Answer: We were all really happy and we knew that Ivan did the right thing.
Allie: Is The One And Only Ivan a true story?
Their Answer: Yes, he is actually in the Atlanta zoo.
Allie: What was your favorite character/s?
Their answer: Ruby, Stella and Ivan.
Samantha:What rating would you rate this book (1 – 5 stars), and why?
Their Answer: 5 stars because I learned something from it. 4 stars because I think it was too short and I wish there was more detail.
Jack: How would you describe Ivan in one word?
Their Answers: friendly, generous, kind, curiosity, caring, never gives up, mature
Julia: How did you feel when you found out about the claw stick and Mack?
Their Answer: We didn’t feel happy at all.
Nahila: How do you think Julia (a character in the book) felt when Ivan left?
Their Answer: I think she was happy because she got to go to a better place and she is also sad because she will miss him.
Sage: How did you feel when you found out Ivan will be with other gorillas?
Their Answer: I felt happy because Now he isn’t the one and only Ivan, now he gets to be with other gorillas. It took a long time for him to know how to be a gorilla so they had to show him how to act.
They are now reading MVP. It is about a boy who is trying to go aroundthe world in 42 days.
We are now reading Holes. Its about a boy named Stanley. He was framed for stealing a pair of sneakers from a children’s home (I think the kid who is bullying Stanley framed him).
We also got in touch with a school in Maine. They are learning the 50 states and instead of learning it all from books they want to interview people in different states. And they interviewed us for Florida!
We Skyped with them on Friday.
Their Question: Does your State Border another state? Answer: Two, Alabama and Georgia.
Their Question: Does Florida Have any mountains? Answer: No it’s as flat as a pancake.
Their Question: What is the capital? Answer: Tallahassee.
Their Question: Does Florida have any famous lakes or rivers? Answer: Saint Johns River and Lake Okeechobee.
Their Question: Who is your governor? Rick Scott
Their Question: What year did Florida because a state? Answer: March 18, 1845.
They told us about Maine.
Maine made the first blackboard. Nine tenths of Maine is covered in forest. About two thousand islands are part of Maine. Several of the islands are vacation places for famous people and some people live on them.
We learned a new word: forlorn. It means: pitifully sad and abandoned or lonely.
In Math/Social Studies
On Monday we learned:
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We are learning Negative numbers.
The airplane is 9000 m.
The mountain is 3400 m high.
The ocean floor is about -5000 m below sea level, or negative 5000 m.
Larry has no money. He has $0. Sally has $10. She has ten dollars. Paul owes ten dollars. He has -10.
It is now ten minutes before a space shuttle will launch. The crew is checking the instruments. If launch is at 0 minutes it i now -10 minutes.
In Math/Social Studies on Tuesday:
The biggest sharks tooth is worth $300 and is about 2,000,000 years old. The next biggest one is about 1,000,000 years old. Then the next is about 50,000 Then the white one is about 500 years old. The smallest one is about 5,000 years. And the last one is about 20,000 years old.
It is Kislev and Chanuka is on the way! In class we are studying the history of the holiday. The unit explores the question: what are the sources of the holiday and aims at understanding the Chanuka story from the perspective of its heroes.