Mrs. Merrill’s Classes

4th Grade Show and Tell here!

Homework Assignments Updated here!

Sept. 18-22

3rd/4th Grade Religion

  • 1st Commandment
  • God, the Father

4th Grade Science

  • I need some materials for our next unit on ecosystems. If you have any of the following items, please bring them to school:
    • 2 empty 2-liter soda bottles (no cap necessary)
    • 4 empty 15oz. metal cans (no lid necessary)

     

S.cience T.echnology E.ngineering M.athematics

Building like a beaver! We are constructing dams out of sticks, leaves, and marshmallows that can withstand rushing water. 

    • S: ecosystems, animal habitats, animal adaptation
    • T: primitive technology 🙂 
    • E: building a sound shelter
    • M: thinking about and using geometric shapes and applying which shapes are best for a shelter

4th Grade Social Studies

  •  US state geography
  • US regions
  • Consider using an app at home to review state geography–Quizlet (free) has premade flashcards or Stack the States ($2.99) is a favorite in class

Sept. 11-15

3rd/4th Grade Religion

  • Law vs. Gospel
  • 1st Commandment

4th Grade Science

  • Review for Test
  • I need some materials for our next unit on ecosystems. If you have any of the following items, please bring them to school:
    • 8 empty 2-liter soda bottles (no cap necessary)
    • 4 empty 15oz. metal cans (no lid necessary)
    • Small twigs, no bigger than 12”—won’t need more than 3 gallon zip-lock bags
    • Dead leaves—won’t need more than 3 gallon zip-lock bags

     

S.cience T.echnology E.ngineering M.athematics

  • Still working on our spacecraft marshmallow landers!  We had one successful landing last week, with hopefully more this week! 🙂
    • S: gravitational pull, shock absorption
    • T: Observing real spacecrafts and how they safely land on other planets
    • E: Learn about the design process– Failure is key to learning!
    • M: Accurately measuring the distance the lander can fall, thinking about and using geometric shapes.

4th Grade Social Studies

  •  US state geography
  • US regions

Sept. 5-8

3rd/4th Grade Religion

  • Explore parables and how Jesus used them
  • Recreate parables in groups

4th Grade Science

  • Planets
    • Inner vs. Outer Planets
  • I need some materials for our next unit on ecosystems. If you have any of the following items, please bring them to school:
    • 8 empty 2-liter soda bottles (no cap necessary)
    • 4 empty 15oz. metal cans (no lid necessary)
    • Small twigs, no bigger than 12”—won’t need more than 3 gallon zip-lock bags
    • Dead leaves—won’t need more than 3 gallon zip-lock bags

     

S.cience T.echnology E.ngineering M.athematics

  • Still working on our spacecraft marshmallow landers!  We had one successful landing last week, with hopefully more this week! 🙂
    • S: gravitational pull, shock absorption
    • T: Observing real spacecrafts and how they safely land on other planets
    • E: Learn about the design process– Failure is key to learning!
    • M: Accurately measuring the distance the lander can fall, thinking about and using geometric shapes.

4th Grade Social Studies

  • Unit 1 Test
  • Begin US state geography

August 28-September 1

3rd/4th Grade Religion

  • Explore parables and how Jesus used them
  • Recreate parables in groups

4th Grade Science

  • Stars
    • Star Lab on why stars twinkle

S.cience T.echnology E.ngineering M.athematics

  • Spacecraft marshmallow lander
    • S: gravitational pull, shock absorption
    • T: Observing real spacecrafts and how they safely land on other planets
    • E: Learn about the design process– Failure is key to learning!
    • M: Accurately measuring the distance the lander can fall, thinking about and using geometric shapes.

4th Grade Social Studies

  • Understanding and creating a line graph
  • Climate in US cities

August 21-25

3rd/4th Grade Religion

  • Reviewing the Trinity and the actions of the three persons.
  • Explore parables and how Jesus used them

4th Grade Science

  • Solar vs. Lunar EclipseIMG_20170821_131428758
  • Phases of the Moon
  • Gravitational Pull

S.cience T.echnology E.ngineering M.athematics

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Our challenge this unit is to build a spacecraft that can land on Earth keeping 2 marshmallow “astronauts” in a cup without gluing/taping or covering the cup.

  • S: gravitational pull, shock absorption
  • T: Observing real spacecrafts and how they safely land on other planets
  • E: Learn about the design process– Failure is key to learning!
  • M: Accurately measuring the distance the lander can fall, thinking about and using geometric shapes.

Assessment: S.T.E.M. is a part of your child’s overall Science grade.  Your child’s participation in the challenge and completion of their S.T.E.M. design journal will be graded.  Successfully completing the challenge (e.g., building a lander that works) is not required!  In other words, a child can earn 100% even if his/her lander does not safely land by participating and completing their design journal.

Note to Parents/Guardians:  Your children are excited to build and have great ideas!  Some may feel insecure about failing and want to get answers from you about how to complete the challenges.  The purpose of these challenges is not to find the “right” answer or design.  As their teacher, I want them to make failed attempts!  These challenges are meant to push students to expand on their previous knowledge and think of new ways of doing things.  S.T.E.M. is all about problem-solving, teamwork, perseverance, and fostering learning through inquiry.  So, if your child asks you for help with a challenge, instead of saying, “Do this!” guide their learning with these tips:

  • Ask them about what they already know and how it might apply to this challenge.
    • If we are trying to land something safely on Earth, ask them about a time they fell to the ground.  What helped break their fall?
  • Take a look at their S.T.E.M. design journals and ask them why they chose the materials they did.  Walk through what happened with those materials.
    • If they used Popsicle sticks because they seemed sturdy, ask them how something soft might affect the fall.
  • Direct them to research real life applications of the problem.
    • If we are building a marble run, find photos of slides or roller coasters and examine their design.

 

4th Grade Social Studies

  • Major landforms of the US
  • Reading an informational text (e.g., textbook), looking for the main idea and details
  • Understanding and creating a line graph

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