Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Fences and Gardens in Math...

Today in Ms. Selhub's class, math partners worked on figuring out what types of gardens they could fence with 30 feet of fencing.  Part of a geometry unit in which students investigate perimeter and area, students used 30 one inch toothpicks to represent their units of fencing.

 How many different kinds of rectangular garden plots do you think can be made out of 30 feet of fencing?  Which do you think would make the best garden plot?

Using mathematical concepts to solve real world problems in multiple ways promotes flexible thinking in mathematics.

Reading is a fourth grade pleasure...

Fourth Grade Students are deep in the middle of a non-fiction reading unit.  By using features of non-fiction text, students learn to become experts on the topics as they read.  Students learn to read non-fiction differently than they do fiction. Stopping frequently to chunk information and to examine meaning at the word, sentence and paragraph level is a critical skill that will support all future learning.

The Big Bear is curious about what he can learn from reading along.  So many cool things to learn, so little time!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Making of a Bionic Hand... How Cool is Fourth Grade

Students in Ms. Selhub's room are learning about how to make bionic hands.  Our Star Student Bear is fascinated at how you can make something that can grab like a hand.
First you start with straws and string.

 Then you thread the string through the straws and bend them like you would for a hand.
Finally you put it all together.

Very Cool to be a fourth grade bear!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Robotics and Programming in Fourth Grade

This week and next the Star Student Bear will be in Ms. Selhub's fourth grade room.  Here she is learning about robotics and working to program a EV3 robot to make it move in a diamond shape.  Pilot programs, like this robotics program, are ways that teachers test out new curriculum before it is rolled out to the rest of the district.  Everyone in Ms. Selhub's room agrees that this new program is cool!

 Earlier this month students worked on designing limbs for their robots so that they could capture and move small objects.  Using technology, coding and the inquiry process is a great way to develop deeper thinking skills and the collaborative team process.

Lucky Bear to be able to see this in action!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Star Student Bear Loves School Pictures!

The Star Student Bear hopes that everyone got their pictures from Picture Day in the fall.  She loves her picture.  Photos went home on Friday and today, so be looking for them in backpacks.  What a photogenic bear!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Star Student Bear gets into the StoryBook Character Day Fun!

 Mrs. Lee's Kindergarten watching the Bear go by...

 The Bear's Fifth Grade Entourage, helping him through the parade.
Mrs. Glick as Tigger!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie...
by Ms. Igho-Osagie and Mrs. Uzenski