We've been revisiting expectations in the classroom and practicing different routines together as a 4th grade class this past week. Besides the usual, we've also begun our first IB unit in the classroom!
The first unit falls under the transdisciplinary theme of how we express ourselves and is centered on the concept of transfer. Transfer can have different meanings depending on the context. The central idea of our unit is that people transfer energy and ideas in different ways for a variety of purposes.
Our science portion of the unit is coming to an end today. We learned about different forms of energy and thought about how energy transfers in various toys and circuits. We did a circuits lab at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum before break, so that helped us think more critically about energy transfer as a class. Up next is rights and responsibilities and how people transfer ideas and information with one another.
In other news, we will be going on another field trip in February!
Who: Mitchell 4th graders
What: Writing enrichment field trip
Where: 826 Michigan (a writing center for kids) and the Downtown Ann Arbor District Library
When: Wednesday, February 3rd, 9:30am-2:00pm
Why: Students will expand their knowledge and use of persuasive writing by drafting and publishing original pieces. They will explore unique resources available at the library.
If you'd like to be a chaperone, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am sending forms home with this update. There is a permission slip, 826 Michigan consent form, and a library card application. If your student already has a library card, then you do not have to fill one out. The application is free!
Please make sure to get the forms back to me within the next week. Thank you!