4th Grade Creates Some Beautiful Mistakes

To reinforce the Growth Mindset, I asked the 4th graders to try to solve the following challenge: using only scissors, make a hole in a 3×5 index card that you could fit your head through.  It was fortunate that we had many index cards because there were lots of failed efforts!  No one quite solved it, but a few students got close.  The best part of the activity was that no one gave up, and everyone had a positive attitude.  If you are intrigued by this challenge, you will need to ask your child for the solution 🙂

When the students came back to our room from Specials, I had hung their mistakes from the ceiling.  These “failures” make our room colorful and fun – and remind us that it’s okay to make mistakes.  Sometimes, we can even turn our mistakes into something new and creative!  I showed them the book, Beautiful Oops, to give some more examples of mistakes turned into art.

Speaking of creativity, the students also began work on their cardboard challenge creations.  They were very excited, and made a beautiful mess of the classroom.  I’ve stopped asking students what they are trying to make because it’s easier to just watch their visions take form.  My main job is helping them to cut something out as they work.

Just like the 3rd graders, the 4th graders mind-mapped their passions and heartbreaks.  They had quite a few in common with 3rd grade, and it looks like many will agree on the charity that we finally decide on to receive the proceeds from the Cardboard Challenge.

4th Grade Mandalas

One of the final projects in 4th grade was to create a mandala.  Some of the students chose Thinglink to explain the symbolism of their mandalas, while others chose to write out their explanations.  Here are the links to those that are available online (the others will come home with their GT folders):

Freedom” by Elijah

Independence” by Keaton

Nature” by Athasi

Happiness” by Logan

Power Mandala

Passionate” by Gage

Creativity” by Devlin

Math” by Emmett

Life” by Richard

Math” by Aiden

4th Grade Continues to Work on Mandala Masterpieces

This blog post is brought to you by Athasi.  We had a slightly short GT day due to Battle of the Books.

Today in GT we worked some more on our mandalas. We used special color pencils to make our mandalas stand out. Each of the colors and symbols had a meaning to them that tied into the theme of our mandala. At the end of the day we continued to work on our genius hour project.

4th Grade Learns More About Fibonacci

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Today in GT we watched a math video about the Fibonacci sequence and spirals by a someone named Vi Hart. We learned that lots of things in nature use Fibonacci numbers. We also learned how to draw perfect spirals. Next we categorized different jobs into different MI. Then we did Genius Hour.  Finally, we did Hands on Equations and Maker Studio.

4th Grade Discusses Beauty

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Today in GT we learned about what our brains think is beautiful. We think that patterns and symmetry are beautiful. We also tried number tricks with the Fibonacci sequence. Next, we did Genius Hour. Finally, we did Maker Studio, and some of us got to try out the Cubelets Lego adapters.

4th Grade Presents Their First Genius Hour Projects

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Today in GT we had our first two Genius Hour presentations. The first one was a game show about photography, and the second one was a play about Mars. Also, we tested a new version of Hopscotch, a programming app. We were given challenges like “draw a circle” and “create a dance routine”. We also went more in depth with Multiple Intelligences. Finally, we started centers.We could choose from a lot of different things including the brand new Makey Makey graciously donated by Mr. Hoffstadt.

4th Grade Makes Text Connections

The following post is from Mahli.  It is rather short, I think, because we forgot to take the time to help her summarize the day at the end of class.  Also, we missed out on our planned centers near the end of the day because of unplanned technical difficulties.  The text connections did take a lot of time, but resulted in some really great connections – particularly to world events. We used a video called, “This Week in Rap” from Flocabulary to go over some current events.  We also took some time to vote on the most wanted items on our “Class Wish List” and watched a short video about the M.I.T. Media Lab.

Today in G.T we wrote text-to-self, text-to-text,and text to world, connections to Tuck Everlasting. Then we had Genius Hour and finished up our projects and research .  Today was short but it was a great day.

Witte Museum, Part 2

Here are some of the pictures taken by the students on our field trip this week to the Witte Museum. (You can click on each picture to see a larger version.)

Witte Field Trip, Part 1

Today’s blog post is by Mahli.  I have not had a chance to go through all of the pictures the students took during our field trip, yet, so I will try to post them in the next couple of days.  The students were all very well-behaved, and seemed to really enjoy their time at the Witte.  If you try not to blink, you can even catch a few of our students in the KSAT news video below! (Thanks, Mrs. Borden, for passing that on!)
Mahli's blog post


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