Please take the time to read this brief blog post from The Science of Learning Blog about research on how screen time affects children. Language development is one of the most critical factors in a student’s long term academic success and this post addresses that in relation to a child’s screen time.
The fourth graders ended week four with a flurry of enjoyable learning activities. Fridays are always fun, and this was no exception. We put the top quality facilities at HR to use with trips to the computer lab and science lab. In the computer lab, students typed second drafts of their personal narratives. In the science lab, the wonderful Mrs. Galati instructed students on how to create models of the water cycle. In between these activities, we spent time in the classroom creating visual representations of the water cycle with water colors. Here are the photos of the students at work in the computer lab (check out their proper keyboarding technique!) and the works of water cycle art (check out their imagination!). Then watch the little scientists in the video of the water cycle lab (check out their observation skills!) and try to notice the many subtle things going on that demonstrate how much of a workout their brains are getting.
Every classroom has a wide variety of students. Some kids have an energy that makes it difficult to sit still. Some kids need to talk constantly. Others like to doodle all over their papers, desks, and textbooks. No matter what kind of student you are, there’s always a way for you to do something positive in this world. It’s pretty cool to see the different ways that people can have an impact in their environment.
This video made me think of my students who are drawn to art. It made me think of my cousin, Joe. Joe’s a great artist. The traditional school setting never appealed to him and he struggled because of that, but his artistic ability was always apparent. Now, as an adult, he’s creating high quality photography and was recently hired as a photographer for a major car company in California.
The video in the link below has a great message about art and the effect it can have on a community. Watch, enjoy, think, and learn. And if you happen to see any of this work around town, make sure you take the time to appreciate the artists who made it happen.
I am happy to announce that the final eleven One World Futbols that were purchased by last year’s fourth grade students of All Saints have made their way to the gracious hands of the children of Haiti. Check out the smiles on their faces! I wanted to include a great story I received from my Aunt Teresa, who, along with my Uncle Bill, helped to coordinate the delivery of the futbols:
“Whenever you go to someone’s home or school, you will see a deflated soccer ball next to the door…this is since their “fences” are trimmed cactus bushes that are about 5 feet tall!! Needless to say, they were thrilled with these balls. In fact, to prove how strong they are the Haitians jumped on the balls, and they didn’t pop—truly amazing. Your class made a lot of different youth groups and school children happy. Thank you!”
Thank you former students of 4A, for doing your part to have a positive impact on the lives of other people.
1) “Education must be about teaching students how to fish, not handing them fish and testing to see if they have fish.”
– Jeff Goldstein
2) “Science literacy is less about what you know and more about how your brain is wired for asking questions.”
– Neil deGrasse Tyson
3) “Education is not the learning of facts but the training of the mind to think.”
– Albert Einstein
I remembered to take a few pictures today during math and science to share with everyone. We partnered up during math to test our understanding of place value. Then in the afternoon we went to the science lab with Mrs. Galati to work on our observation skills with the help of scientific tools. We had a great first week. Check back to this site throughout the year for pictures, videos, links, and important information.