Egg-Citing 4th Grade News

Important Dates: 

  • February – 9th-12th Winter Long Weekend 
  • February 13th – Classes Resume @ 10:00 AM
  • Wednesday, February 14 – Valentine’s Day Card Exchange 

This week, students wrapped up literature Students were tasked with assignments that took their understanding of the text beyond the pages. Each group had a final project that ranged from building a gorilla habitat to performing a rap! Having the fourth graders and fifth graders together has blossomed new friendships and even given our students a taste of what it means to be a fifth-grade leader. We ended our literature circles with a whole group gathering of the 4th and 5th graders to celebrate reading.

In Innovations, students took some time last Monday, January 15th, to learn about Martin Luther King Jr. They watched his famous speech, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop.” Students listened to the speech and then held a meaningful discussion on the importance of Dr. King’s mission and what he wanted for the world.  On Wednesday, students discussed vaccinations and their purpose. The smallpox vaccine was highlighted, and students watched a video explaining its importance. 

Our fertilized eggs have arrived! Students are tracking each day’s incubator temperature, humidity, and observations. The candlers students made worked well for each group to candle eggs and observe development. One egg identified as a “yolker” (aka non-fertilized eggs). That leaves us 15 viable eggs to incubate. To help celebrate the 21 journey, students are composing a 21-day song with Miss Dena! Many 4th graders began coming out of their own shells this week as they presented music, art, and riddles to their classmates. We learned chickens aren’t the only ones who lay eggs, there are many oviparous animals. One “quiter” was identified, but we still have 14 viable eggs. A close observation led students to see the embryo moving in the egg, which was very EGGciting! 

In math, the students are continuing to learn about making change and moved on to working with a budget. We’ll start a budgeting project next week, where they will have to make “real-life” decisions about their finances. 

Valentine’s Day is approaching! We will do a card exchange on Wednesday, February 14. If your child wants to make a decorated box, he/she may do so and bring it to school. We will not be making Valentine’s Day boxes here in class. No worries if you don’t have the time to make a box! We’ll provide a bag to collect their cards.
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Have a fantastic weekend!

Grace and Stella