Room 207

Room 207
Yahoo! Here we go 4th graders!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Fabulous 7 of 207

The chicks are here!  The chicks are here!  We are learning about animal behavior and the life cycle through the hatching of chicks.  Earlier this week the eggs arrived from the Science Center and were placed in the incubator.  Within 24 hours all seven of our little feathered friends pushed out of their eggs and were doing "push ups" as the kids observed to learn to stand.  Now they are in their Brooder Box, eating, drinking, making a mess, and announcing their presence.

We suggested and voted on names using our Socrative app.  The results were Oreo, Tremont Jr., Arnold, Mouse, Peep, Gerald, and Buffalo.  Our amazing 4th graders have learned to take care of them and even held them this week.  It has been a very enjoyable experience!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Blogs, Blogs, and More Blogs!

We wrapped up 2016 with collaboration with our Kindergarten friends in Mrs. Parnell's class.  Our Animal Projects began in November with determining the difference between living and nonliving things.  Then, we picked an animal and did research together to prove our animal is a living thing.  Next, we wrote scripts of questions and answers and made masks to show disguise ourselves as the animals.  Finally, we became movie stars in our own animal videos!  The last day before vacation was our viewing party.

Aaron, Nehemiah and Evan as owls

Check out Mrs. Parnell's blog for more awesome pictures of our activities.

As a class, we decided that PERSISTENCE will be a resolution of 2017.  Although some things may be challenging, we will work hard and try again as many times as needed to find success.  Ms. Marcus tasked us with building a structure using 30 gumdrops and 30 toothpicks that could hold two Social Studies text books.  It was definitely a challenge, but we persevered and learned how to work together to try difference things.  Though we may not have all been able to hold up our text books, we definitely enjoyed the process and look forward to demonstrating persistence in the future.  Please click on the link to the Ed Tech blog in order to learn more about the task and to watch a fun video of our attempts.

Mr. Lyons has featured 4th graders on his blog multiple times in the past few weeks.  We have had multiple Students of the Week from Room 207.  He also put some photos of our Cultural Day on his blog.

Finally, I wanted to share some memories of September - December of 2016 in Room 207.


 Penny Chemical Reaction
 Multiples Math Game

Writer's Notebook Fashion Show

 Rocket Day!

 We built these!

 Group Work during Social Studies

 We are all connected during Morning Meeting

We work all over the room.  Do you see Tremont?

4th grade loves PJ day!

 Student Council speeches

Marshmallow Flippers

 Becoming the Statue of Liberty

Using the Green Screen

 Lowell Mills lunch

December concert

Mrs. Eagar (formerly Ms. Hayes) a Mystery Guest Reader

Mackenzie's uncle, Harry, who serves in the Air Force and went to Pine Glen came and read to us

Mrs. Lynch read to us and did a fish activity.

Tremont is ready to learn more. Are you?


Friday, December 9, 2016

Lowell Mills

Did you know that we have a National Park just 20 minutes away from Burlington?  The Lowell Mills are a perfect location to learn about history and especially immigration.  Girls came from New England farms to work the looms, turning cotton into cloth.  Lowell has had immigrants from countries all over the world whose traditions and culture shape the town today.  We did an assortment of hands-on activities to familiarize ourselves with the immigration process and the lifestyle of those who lived in Lowell.  

Do you know your name?  That is one of the questions that immigrants were asked upon arrival at Ellis Island.  The fourth graders received a passport with information about their new identity.  They were asked to learn their name and where they were from.  The "immigration officer" who was Pauline, our tour guide, rang a bell and stamped each child's passport to show that they were allowed to stay.

What is your name?
Where are you from?

What year did you arrive?

Next we discussed where we were from.  We broke up into our groups based on this information and began to unpack a bundle of artifacts. These items were things that reminded of family and friends, tools that could be used in their new home, clothing, items that demonstrate traditions, and religious artifacts.  Our task was to set up all of the items from the bundle as a museum would, so we had to look for patterns of items that could be categorized together.

After lunch, we acted out a scene from a town meeting.  Each fourth grader received a role card and an article of clothing.  The town meeting was about what to do with some unruly Irish teenagers and whether or not building a school would help solve the problem.

Finally we got to see where the "Mill Girls" worked, ate, and slept.  

We learned a lot and had an outstanding day!  Thank you to Pauline of Lowell Mills.  Thank you to Mrs. Miner for chaperoning and sharing photos.  Also, thank you to Mrs. Scali, Mrs. Proel, and Ms. Armstrong for chaperoning and helping out.