We learned about dinosaurs and other organisms that used to live in Utah millions and millions of years ago. There are many different types of fossils that show that Utah was humid, tropical, and had lakes. We find shells, trilobite, Allosaurus, and tropical plants in the sedimentary rocks of Utah today. Utah has gone through a lot of change since then!
We then made our own “mud”, and organisms that then fell in the mud and died. We are going to see what happens over “millions” of years as more layers form on top.
Congratulations Samantha on being our bike winner! Thank you to Utah Storm Water for the great presentation on how to keep our water clean.
We’ve been learning about 3 ways fossils are formed: Trace fossils (tracks left behind), mineral replacement (minerals soak into bone or tree, then harden), and preserved organism (organism actually preserved). It’s been so wonderful to learn more about this myself, and then see how fast these 4th graders soak up the information. Keep it up!
These kids amaze me with everything that they can learn so quickly! They know what a mold and cast is, a trace fossil, and how to infer from the clues that organisms left millions of years ago what it might have been doing. I loved seeing how they made their trace fossils and then read each other the stories of how each fossil came to be.
We know a lot about animals today because we can observe and analyze them in their habitats. What about the organisms that are now extinct? Do we know what they were like? We can tell a lot about a creature by the fossils that they left behind. These 4th graders can tell you what to look for in a fossil to learn about creatures long ago!
We had a great time this week seeing a lot of the students perform in a dance assembly. We also needed to decorate our room for the winter season with snowflakes. Our Native American presentations went fantastic, and it was amazing to see all the research each student was able to do and then present. Nice work!
We first drew a 3D pot using curved lines to make it pop out of the paper. Then the students used oil pastels to color each section. After coloring, they painted brown paint over the pot and waited for it to dry. When their pots were dry, the ultimate challenge came–to scratch into the pots Native American designs. Come check them out in the hallway when you can!
We loved learning about the brain through some hands-on science. The class got into groups and put together their very own brain as they learned about each part. After each part was completed on their play dough brain, they would test each other on what each one did. Ask your child where and what these parts of the brain are and do: Pre-Frontal Cortex, Cerebrum, Cerebellum, Amygdala, Hippocampus, and Brainstem. Hopefully having them be active learners in the lesson by creating the parts of the brain as the lesson went along helped them remember a little better 🙂
We also made some place mats by weaving paper in and out of each other, writing what we are thankful for, and drawing our hands/turkeys for life time memories. Not only that, but we took some real ads and had to use our math skills to buy a Thanksgiving dinner for $60. What a great time!