Ms. Katherman’s third grade class spent some time last week looking at fossils. They learned that fossils are traces of living things that lived long ago. Also, they studied why fossils are so important in giving us clues to what the environment was like a long time ago. The student’s had fun looking at the different fossils.
The students in Mrs. Tracy Hopkins’ have been busy reading fiction and non-fiction books about dogs. Our favorite fiction series is Henry and Mudge. The author Cynthia Rylant has written over 20 books about Henry and his big dog Mudge and we’ve almost read them all! We also got library books about different dog breeds. We used these non-fiction books to learn interesting facts. During writing time we wrote a dog research report so we could share what we learned. We have had such a fun time reading and writing about dogs!
The fourth grade students had a wonderful time learning about worms during a science lab titled, “Wondering About Worms.”
First, students created an environment to test the question: Do earthworms prefer light or darkness? After three trials, the students determined that worms prefer the dark. This environment replicated a worm’s natural environment in which they bury themselves in the soil and dirt.
Next the students asked: Do earthworms prefer moist or dry areas? The students were surprised to find that most worms like the dry area.
Finally the students asked: How do earthworms react to touch? As predicted, worms flinch when touched.
The class determined that worms inherited these behaviors. Everyone had a blast learning about worms!