Over the course of the next several weeks, 4th Graders will be immersed in the subject of the American Revolution across disciplines. Students will be reading, writing, and participating in centers all intended to teach about the Revolutionary War. This week students began to write information texts about a chosen topic having to do with the war. During this writing unit, students will learn the art of doing research and how to teach through their writing.
This week, Fourth Graders went on their “Rebels and Redcoats” study trip. This trip was a walking tour of several buildings downtown that are historically significant to the Revolutionary War. The purpose of “Rebels and Redcoats” was to immerse students in Revolutionary South Carolina. Set against the backdrop of the British occupation (1780-1782), the program content extended from events leading to the American Revolution through the 1780 Siege of Charlestown. Led by a knowledgeable guides wearing period dress, students toured The Old Exchange Building, the Powder Magazine, and the Heyward-Washington House.
Magnetism has been on everyone’s mind this week in the Fourth Grade classroom. Students had the chance to investigate a variety of test objects to see which ones were magnetic. They soon discovered that objects made of iron were magnetic, and learned the concept of induced magnetism. One interesting discovery made, was that two magnets were able to detect each other’s force through one of our wooden classroom tables!