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Science

Have you ever had one bulb burn out on a string of Christmas lights? What happens? Well, if your whole strand darkens then your strand was made using a series circuit. If the rest of the lights stay lit, then your strand was made using a parallel circuit. This is what Fourth Graders discovered this week during science. After being presented with this problem, students were split into two groups to make strands of lights using a series circuit and a parallel circuit. Ask your student which circuit worked best and why.

Movement

 This week the Fourth and Fifth Grade was excited to have a guest PE teacher for Movement. Fourth Grade parent, Eric Melanson, came in (per the students request!) to play the French game Tomato. This is a game Eric taught the students years ago and they still request to play today. It was tons of fun to relearn the rules and play this beloved game. If anyone is interested in being a guest PE teacher, just let us know!

Reading

During our study of historical fiction this week students read “Phoebe the Spy” by Judith Berry Griffin. This is based on a true story of a young African American housekeeper who is asked to spy on George Washington in order to find out who is trying to kill him. While reading this book students examined the different sources of tension throughout the book, and learned to pay close attention to the passage of time in order to understand the story on a deeper level.

Important Dates:

  • January 27 – Art Walk, 8:00
  • February 7 – Parent Coffee, 8:00
  • February 14 – Valentine’s Day Concert
  • February 20-21 – No School