This week in Miss Hammons’ 4th grade class, we have been learning about truisms.
Truisms are morals or truthful sayings, usually at the end of a story or paragraph.
This week we read several stories that ended in truisms, and we also looked at several pictures, and created our own truisms to accompany each picture. Here are some that we came up with:
*The sun always shines bright.
*Love is life.
*Every day is a good day.
The main truism is – Each morning is the start of a new day.
*Together is love.
*Family time is important.
*Always have happiness.
The main truism is – Family is the most important part of our lives.
We have also learned that using truisms at the end of our personal narratives is a great way to end our stories. We are planning on using more of them in the future!
This week in Miss Hammons’ 4th grade class we have been learning about electricity. We learned about open and closed circuits. If you have a closed circuit you can produce electricity, whereas with an open circuit you cannot produce electricity.
As a class we made a closed circuit. We were trying to make an energy ball make a sound. If someone let go of someone’s hand, the sound would go off
We also made another closed circuit by trying to connect two wires to a battery and a light bulb, causing the light bulb to light up. We also learned about insulators, such as wood, plastic, pure water, and rubber. We learned about conductors, such as metal, tap water, and our bodies.
On Wednesday we built snap circuits. It is a simple version of a circuit board. We made sounds with electricity and we made a flying saucer fly.
We learned about switches, and how they light up our lights in the classroom and lights everywhere else. If you move the switch to where it is touching the metal part the light bulb will light up, but if you put the switch touching the plastic part it will not light up.
On Thursday we learned how to make electromagnets. Electromagnets are really strong magnets that you can turn on and off. A permanent magnet you cannot turn on and off, so it stays magnetic.
It has been an exciting week in Miss Hammons 4th grade class. I hope you learned a lot this week.
Uh-oh…the creepy crawlies have come to Miss Hammons’ 4th grade! Over the past week, we have investigated all kinds of traits about our 17 earthworms.
We started out by reading Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, and illustrated by Harry Bliss. We learned a lot from the book, like that worms do not have teeth and that they supposedly eat paper.
Then Miss Hammons brought out the worms, and we studied and observed them. We took note of their characteristics, including their size, their length, their strength, how they moved, their color, and we also tried to figure out which end was their head. Finally, we drew a diagram of what they looked like.
The next day we decided that we should investigate our worms further. First we made a list of the things we wanted to know more about. The popular vote was to find out: Do worms really eat paper?
Next, we designed our experiment. We buried a half sheet of white printer paper in a tub full of soil, and added in our 17 earthworms. Over the next few days, we took pictures of what the paper looked like.
We were amazed that in 7 days, the paper was almost gone! Worms really do eat paper!
Today I am attending Tech Camp at Johnson High School to learn all about Edublogs and some other new to me technology stuff! After browsing through other teachers’ edublogs, I have decided that I would like my new 4th graders to be responsible for updating our class blog on a weekly basis. I am thinking this will be a great way to practice writing, and also update our parents on what we have been learning about over the past week. I am going to encourage my students to take pictures of our work, and possibly link other resources to our blogs. Hopefully my new class and I will be successful in achieving this goal!
I wasn’t really sure how to start my blog, so I went to our school’s “expert” blogger, Mrs. Eichholz, and her most recent post seemed absolutely perfect for me!!!!!
Singing horses! - click on and off each horse to hear them sing. Hilarious!
Blogging…..a new world to me! I’m looking at all those other teachers’ blogs, and I am feeling just a little overwhelmed. Hopefully, one day I will become a great blogger too! Wish me luck!