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3rd & 4th Grade - April

Happy Easter! We praise God for the salvation secured for us in the death and resurrection of Jesus. He has given us forgiveness and new life. We are reminded of this each day in our classroom and we are also reminded of this outside as we see the new life that spring brings.

We have been very busy in English and creative writing. We wrote instructions for

something we would like to teach our classmates. We enjoyed demonstrating these

“how-to” paragraphs. It’s a fun way to practice speaking in front of a group and also practice our listening skills. Both 3rd and 4th graders are also finishing a unit on pronouns.

Math has the third grade polishing off multiplication facts while going onto geometry. We have so much vocabulary to master. Terms like spheres, line segments, right angles, rectangular prisms, perimeters, and area make math very interesting! The 4th graders continue to practice larger multiplication and long division while also moving on to geometry.

We enjoyed a trip to CY Stephens to see Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly. The play

was based on three books which we have in our classroom. We also listened to the

audiobooks. Our seats at the play were very close to the stage. We could see each of the

characters very well and the music was very loud! We thought some of the characters were

pretty funny!

We were excited to sing some of the songs from this year’s spring musical, The Rockin’

Tale of Snow White, for the Good Agers. Some students even wore their costumes which was great especially since we had some students that were sick the night of the play. We were thankful for this opportunity to show the singing and also some choreography from our play.

In science, both our 3rd and 4th graders made individual volcanoes. We talked about

the hot melted rock inside a real volcano and that there was really nothing we could do that

would be the same. We did simulate the eruption and flow with baking soda and vinegar. Depending on how we added our vinegar and the amount of baking soda we used our volcanoes erupted a little differently. Most flowed gently but a few shot up into the air. We thought it was pretty cool. We also took this demonstration to the experiment level. We put different amounts of vinegar into the volcano(bottle) and also different amounts of baking soda into a balloon. We hooked the balloon over the top of the bottle which then dumped the baking soda into the bottle. What do you think happened next? Ask a 3rd or 4th grader.

We have one more volcanic experiment to do. It involves diet coke and Menthos. What

kind of eruption will this one be? Gently flowing or bursting high in the sky? I guess we

better take this one outside just in case!

We have many art projects to share in the hallway outside our classroom. We used colored pencils to draw a favorite animal in its habitat. We also painted paper with watercolors, cut petals and leaves, and shaped them into a flower. In another project, we glued yarn on to paper to make a design and then covered it with aluminum foil. We finished by coloring the design with sharpie markers.

The 3rd & 4th graders are looking forward to two field trips during the first part of

May. We are traveling to Don Williams for an outdoor education day and we are also going

to CY Stephens for the play, Anne of Green Gables. We can’t wait!

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