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Fabulous Fourth Grade Updates from room 319

Animal Adaptations: Puma by #8 & #24


Puma Adaptations:

flexible spine so it can jump far and high from different angles

sharp teeth to attack, kill and eat its prey

sharp claws to catch prey and grab the trees and rocky terrain where it lives



Animal Adaptations: Boa Constrictors by #4 & #25


Boa Constrictor adaptations:

can squeeze its prey to death with its 6-15ft body length (because they are not poisonous)

its prey is usually very large so being able to squeeze them gives the snake an advantage

very sharp teeth for battles

eats its prey whole

green skin coloring allows them to blend into the trees where they live



Animal Adaptations: Arctic Fox by #2 & #17


Animal adaptations for Arctic Fox

white fur in winter

warmest coat of all animals

coat color changes from winter to other seasons

not easily detectible due to short size and its coat that blends into the various surroundings



Socratic Seminars~ In 4th Grade!!!!!


Socratic method:

Socratic method (also known as method of elenchus, elenctic method, Socratic seminar or Socratic debate), named after the classical Greek philosopher Socrates, is a form of inquiry and discussion between individuals, based on asking and answering questions to stimulate critical thinking and to illuminate ideas. (source: wikipedia)

That’s a mouthful for anyone~ but we DID IT!!! Today students ALL participated in a Socratic Seminar and I could not have been more impressed! They cam prepared with Dialectic Journal entries (The dialectical journal is a type of double-entry note-taking which students use while reading literature. In the two columns students write notes that dialogue with one another, thereby developing critical reading and reflective questioning.).

We came together to discuss the character traits of Winnie, a main character in our book Tuck Everlasting. Students had to determine a character trait and then back it up with sound reasoning from the text. Then they had to put all of that together and state how this information helped them draw their conclusion about Winnie. Each inner circle group had approximatey 8 students and 10-15 minutes to discuss. I think they could have gone on for 30! The hardest part as the teacher was NOT interacting with the group. They did this ALL ON THEIR OWN!

Be prepared to see one of our Socratic Seminars appear as a video soon :-)

Socratic Seminar

Socratic Seminar

Terrific Tie Tuesday


We had several students who truly went above and beyond and created a school wide event :-) Today  was designated as Terrific Tie Tuesday because they simply thought it would be awesome to have everyone wear ties on the same day :-) The boys involved took the time to generate ties (with clip on backings), put up posters and meet with our administrative team to put this together! What a great engagement project! The education channel for Falmouth Public Schools did videotape our Community Meeting today where the group was announced and staff showed off their ties :-) FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender

We the People


Yesterday we had the opportunity to see the musical We the People at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford. Students oohed and ahhed as they entered the ornately decorated theater. The musical allowed us to see the 3 branches of government through the eyes of the founding fathers as they explained the importance of it all to a student who was running for school president. The kids had a great time and it was the perfect kick off for our government unit in social studies :-)

As a part of our unit students will be learning the Preamble to the Constitution. Here’s a fun way to help them remember they words:



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So Much To Be Thankful For


We all had so much to be thankful for this year! Some students had to add additional feathers to their turkeys just to fit it all in! We were all thankful that Ned brought in his guitar and played a song he’d been practicing for a while, as well as one he was still working on~ that took A LOT of guts~ THANK YOU NED! We wrapped up our day finishing the movie Bears as our animal adaptations unit wrap up :-) FullSizeRender_1 FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender FullSizeRender_2 FullSizeRender

Garden Party!


This year we were lucky enough to have Mrs. Traykovski help us plant our lettuce in early Fall. Mrs. Heywood then volunteered to come in and help us harvest for a garden party! We learned about aphids, slugs and the life cycle of plants while we harvested :-) We also had many families send in items to add to our salad station- Thank you! The students were able to check out veggies, learn to clean lettuce properly, and even safe cutting techniques :-)

We were able to donate 16 quart size bags of lettuce to the Service Center!!!


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3-Branches of Government


The United States separated our government into 3 branches- like a triangle- so that no 1 branch had more power than the other 2 branches of government. This system also has what we call ‘checks and balances’. Each of the branches makes sure that the other branches aren’t abusing their powers.

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If I was going to build a tree house using 3 large branches on my tree, I would need each one of them to create a strong enough support for my treehouse (which is like the country). If one of my branches fell off the tree my treehouse would not be a sturdy as it had been before. Imagine if 2 branches fell off!!! That would be disastrous!

Watch the video below and complete the assigned questions throughout the video


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