Students enjoyed meeting with Sergeant Corbin from the West Linn Police Department this afternoon. The children were very excited and curious about the different aspects of the job and Sergeant Corbin pantiently answered each question while sprinkling in some time to check out some of the equipment that police officers use.
Today we were fortunate enough to have TWO guest speakers!
Our first speaker was Beekeeper David Hainley. Among the many things he taught us were how to manage a beehive, what gear he wears to keep from getting stung, and how to tell the difference between a queen bee and the rest of the colony. It was a fascinating and engaging way to begin our day.
On day one of Read To Us Week, we had the opportunity to learn from Steve Gotfredson, a prosthetic limb maker. He told us the story of a young man who lost his leg to cancer and later became an Olympic athlete with the help of a prosthetic limb. Then we got an opportunity to explore the collection of prosthetics that Steve brought in for us. What a great way to kick off Read To Us Week!
We recently began learning about sound waves and vibration. We are currently experimenting with paper cup telephones to see how far our whispers can travel. Today, we successfully made our whisper voices travel 12 feet! We thought that was pretty impressive, but then we watched the video below and began to wonder how much longer we can get our voices to travel. Check out the cool video about people who made the longest tin cup phone ever. Maybe it will inspire you to try a similar experiment!
Parents, if you’re like me, you learned a traditional algorithm for long division when you were in school. There are many other ways that kids today are being taught division. One method that we have been learning is called partial quotients. If you are not familiar with this strategy, here is a helpful video.
We will be talking about this topic for the next few days. As part of this unit of study, we began stage one of a fun art project in which we painted paper to be used later. It was a nice way to return from an unexpected winter break caused by a bunch of snow.
Just because school is cancelled doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. If you go outside, be mindful of all the science that is happening around you. If you are stuck inside, check out these videos about all that white stuff on the ground.
Our class was featured in the Education section of the latest issue of West Linn Tidings! Check out the well done piece from Andrew Kilstrom on our experience playing the World Peace Game. Pick up a copy before it leaves newsstands. Here is a link to the online article (with a few extra photos): Willamette Fourth Graders Try Global Politics