These pictures show our field trip to the Coastal Discovery Museum! We had a wonderful day discovering the history of the low country, including the first Americans and how they survived, European exploration and colonial life, the indigo plant and how it became a lucrative cash crop, and the Civil War! Students went back in time as they enjoyed presentations by Eliza Pinckney, Col. William Hilton, and Gen. Ormsby MacKnight Mitchell. During the Native American presentation children discovered how the Native Americans in our area hunted, what tools they used, and about local artifacts and pottery from this area. Students observed a variety of pottery artifacts and had fun creating their own pinch pots using shells and other tools to decorate, much like the Native Americans did. Finally, after learning about the process of making dye from the indigo plant, students created indigo tie-dye t-shirts.
In morning meeting we established classroom procedures and get to know one another. In fourth grade our “Big Idea” for the year is conflict/cooperation. This will be incorporated into each of our smaller units of study, one per trimester. The first trimester’s big idea is “Discovery.” In morning meeting we play getting to know each other games and team building actives. All of this is enhancing our cooperative learning community.
Fourth graders have had fun discovering the world as scientists! We've learned that scientists observe the world closely, using their five senses and forming questions about what they discover. Students had fun using their observation skills to make inferences about Mystery Bags, answering the question, "What's in the Bag?" After learning the difference between qualitative and quantitative observations, our scientists participated in lab work to find examples of each type of observation using Smarties! We also learned that scientists classify information in order to discover more about the world. We learned to classify flowering and nonflowering plants, then we went on a scavenger hunt to find examples of each type of plant. We also learned to classify vertebrates and invertebrates and we sorted the two types of animals into their appropriate groups. Then, we learned to sort the five types of vertebrates.
In Social Studies students discovered how the first people came to America over the land bridge. We also discovered five different Native American regions and learned how they used the environment to find food and shelter. Students created a depiction of the land bridge theory. They also created United States maps showing the different Native American regions and their different cultures.
In Math we have been learning the many different strategies to solve multiplication problems. Students are cooperating with their peers to play games and challenges against each other. Each day, the students are asked to complete problems of the day and are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge on the board. From there, we are able to explore the different strategies to solving the same problems.