The Road Not Taken!
This week, our poetry centers were a hit with Fourth Graders. This is a time for students to participate in hands-on enrichment activities related to the week’s curriculum. Students were offered several poetry centers. The “Illustrate a Line” center was a place for students to read a poem with strong imagery and illustrate what they saw in their mind. The Memorization Center was all about memorizing poems and reciting them aloud, from memory. At the Reading Center, students were able to read poetry independently or with a partner and pick a favorite poem to copy on a beautiful piece of paper. We are loving this time to explore poetry! Please ask your child about their poetic experiences thus far!
Fourth Graders got crafty at our Space Station Centers, this week. Our astronomers created sophisticated rockets out of legos, crafted handmade telescopes from construction paper and fine art materials, and embarked on a NASA mission through Seesaw. Students investigated the International Space Station, Hubble Telescope, the Curiosity Mars Rover and the Parker Solar Probe. After exploring a topic by reading, looking at images and watching videos, they were prompted to choose one photo they felt represented the topic, save the image to their camera roll and upload it to their Seesaw journal. Finally they included a caption describing the photo and its importance to the topic. Please ask your child about their experience in each space center.
Fourth Graders Feeling Optimistic!
This week, optimistic attitudes were on the forefront of our students minds! Our scholars expressed how they normally cope with challenges. Students tapped into their internal responses to difficult tasks and how they could use optimism as a tool to help them achieve certain goals. Our morning message included a note about specific phrases that students might say to themselves when facing hurdles. For example, “I give up” or “I can’t do it.” To turn these negative thoughts into positive thoughts, students shared optimistic phrases of encouragement, such as, “I’ll still try” and, “You might not be able to do this yet, but you will in the future.” We encouraged our scholars to keep these pockets of optimism with them throughout the week. Please ask your child about what it means to be optimistic.