Fourth Grade
Fourth Grade will meet on Wednesdays and Fridays. We will be learning how to formulate meaningful questions using a tool called Think Trix that is based on Bloom's Taxonomy.

We will begin the year with reviewing what they know about the global climate crisis. How did this get started? How far has it gotten? What challenges are we already facing and can we expect in the future? 

Advanced Studies' activities and focuses are designed to develop students' abilities to think globally and become creative problem solvers. Our main theme will be Innovation and Invention -- how is it possible to come up with new ideas? How does that happen? I want these students to be the ones who are creative enough to wrestle with the issues surrounding climate change.

We will focus on the student first then move outward. What do I need? What do we all need? Why should people in America care about people in other countries? How and why should we take care of the Earth? How is everything connected?

For science-related background development we will use Kids Discover online, Brainpop, and videos.

We will also be learning about our rich language - developing vocabulary and learning about the origins of words.

I use centers and games for logical reasoning, spatial development, mathematical thinking, critical thinking, imagination development and cooperative learning. 

I use stories and activities to encourage empathy and kindness.

Throughout the year, students will have opportunities to research topics and lead class discussions. We will talk about reputable news resources and note language designed to influence our opinions.