We have been learning about ecosystems recently and instead of displaying our knowledge of the topic on paper, students created news reports on the iPads using the iMovie app. Students did a wonderful job.
Emma and Emily from the Red Cross came to HR on Tuesday to teach the fourth graders how to prepare for an emergency. The program is known as The Pillowcase Project, named after the pillowcases that children packed their valuables in as they evacuated their homes after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Students were informed of the possibility of a Pacific NW earthquake due to our proximity to the Cascadia Subduction Zone, and how they should prepare and react to such an event. Emma and Emily did a great job of training the kids for an emergency situation. Students were all given pillowcases to decorate and information on useful items to put in them. Make sure you take the time to prepare for a potential disaster and create a family emergency plan. The packets that students brought home will help you create a useful plan.
The very fine folks at One World Futbol recently asked me to write a guest blog for their website. I happily shared my students' experiences from the last two years in donating durable soccer balls to kids around the world. Please check out the post and share our experience with people you know so that others can learn about this great product and how the fourth graders are working to put smiles on the faces of other kids from around the world. Mr. Baumbach's One World Futbol guest blog
Today, we started to discuss producers, consumers, and decomposers. So of course, we brought out the worm bin. Students sifted through lunch waste and found the food that worms enjoy most (they can be picky eaters) before feeding our squiggly friends a feast. We will be checking in on the worms periodically through the end of the year to monitor the decomposition process. Fun times!