Our fourth graders had quite a Friday! First of all, it was Twin/Triplet Day! Thanks to everyone wearing their PE clothes on the field trip, we had many sets of twins and triplets as we hiked up Nanshan Mountain! Despite the clouds and mist, students, teachers, and volunteers alike persevered to climb over a 1000 steps towards the very top. A few lucky groups did reach the top, while the rest of us contented ourselves with the views from where we were. Students used their tools and skills as geologists to collect rock samples and observe evidence of weathering and erosion in the environment around them!
In 4B, students have been hard at work researching their Geological History topics. Each student was responsible for choosing a topic of interest related to geology and researching it further. We’ve now completed our research and are molding our information into essay drafts. This essay will later be used as the foundation of students’ published pieces when they create their informational texts. Students will be publishing in a variety of formats including Tellagami, Green Screen, graphic novels, Book Creator, brochures, and even a webpage!
Before we left for the Chinese New Year break, students worked in groups to explore how rivers carve landforms such as the Grand Canyon by using stream tables. These are shallow plastic trays filled with a combination of sand and clay on one side. This material is molded into a plateau and then students poured water through a plastic container with a hole in the bottom to simulate how water creates landforms. We had fun doing it, even if things sometimes got a bit messy!