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Casts and Molds of Trace Fossils

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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.

 

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What do Fossils Tell Us?

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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!

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Christmas Celebrations!

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We had so much fun learning about Christmas traditions around the world, making Christmas crafts, and playing Christmas activities. We are so grateful for the parents who came in today to help it all happen. Thank you!! Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

 

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Snowflakes, Dance EXTRA, & Presentations

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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!

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Native American Pottery

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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!

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Hands-On Neouroscience and Thanksgiving Thankful Place Mats

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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!

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