Fourth graders at Accompsett Elementary School participated in a day of hands-on learning activities thanks to a program from Journeys Into American Indian Territory. The lessons were a perfect pairing with the fourth grade social studies unit on the Eastern Woodlands.
After a grade level assembly, students broke up into different learning stations for the hands-on portion of the day. The students examined Native American artifacts, walked through a longhouse and learned about the hunting ways of the men in the tribes. They also learned the role of the women and children, and about the tools they used for making clothing.
The Native American children had a bit of fun. The Accompsett students listened to different tales of the tribe while sitting on deerskin rugs and also tried some of the different Native American games.
Students in Mrs. Smerechniak’s class at Mt. Pleasant Elementary School read the story “Today I Feel Silly” by Jamie Lee Curtis to Mrs. Chester's second grade class. The students shared their feelings with the class. As an added activity, the students correlated their feelings with ozobot movements through coding. For example, if they were feeling excited the ozobot could be coded with the “turbo boost” code.
Fourth graders at Tackan Elementary School and Mills Pond Elementary School are crashing into their Project Lead the Way lesson on energy transfers. In a hands-on experiment, the students investigated elastic and inelastic collisions to learn how energy was transferred during a collision. Using two ramps and working in groups, the students tested collisions between two cars at different heights and recorded their results during the different trials.
Fourth graders in Annette Lopez’s class at Mills Pond Elementary School celebrated Chinese New Year. One student in the class shared a PowerPoint presentation in Chinese, which he then explained to the class in English. He also spoke to the students about the meaning behind the Chinese traditions that are followed during Chinese New Year, such as red envelopes with yen inside. The student’s parent brought in decorations for the classroom as well as dumplings and noodles for the students to try with chopsticks.