Participating in fourth grade, or any grade for that matter, can be pretty exciting here at JCDSRI. We take great pride in creating activities involving play, creativity, and real world problems and solutions. But what do you when it is time to calm your brain? How do you even calm your brain? Fourth grade has […]
Here are some of our 4th graders practicing their ukulele chords! Here we’re switching between C Major and F Major and sounding great! More to come soon!
Children have completed their 3-d design unit and have created a variety of structures and figures. To earn the privilege of using glue and tape, kids first had to show they could build things using different attachment strategies. Even after glue and tape were given to them, students continued to build small creatures and plants […]
Since returning from Winter break, students in grades 3-5 have begun learning all about Ukulele. We began with the basics of care and tuning, and now we’ve even got a couple chords under our belts! Look out for more to come from these fantastic young musicians!
How do you separate a mixture of dry materials? Fourth grade scientists have been working for weeks on mixing and separating mixtures, both wet and dry. Before we left for winter break, these special students accepted a mystery challenge. Separate a mixture into four materials: salt, diatomaceous earth, gravel, and a mystery substance using a […]
Creating B’samim (aromatic spices) The secret sauce of teaching T’fillot (prayer) to tired 4th graders at the end of the day is tapping into their creative juices. Our 4th graders are an incredibly talented and sentimental group of students. Last week, we were inspired by the 5th grade TEVA theme to “Renew and Re-purpose” whenever possible. With […]
What started as a new way of practicing rhythm turned into a unique way to put together a piece of music! Using words and syllables like “POW” and “ChuggaChugga,” students have been gaining a stronger understanding of rhythm and note value. We then took our new rhythm words and used them to practice reading short, one measure […]
How does a president get elected? Why do we need a president? What better way to find out than to hold your own election? The 4th grade has decided to hold their own election and discover first hand! Seven presidential hopefuls threw their hats into the ring and entered the primary election of the District […]
One unseasonably warm day in early October I started our fourth grade art class with a vote. They had been learning about the election and consensus, and I told them we could go outside, but only if everyone agreed. After some impassioned speeches, we got everyone on board. I talked to the kids briefly about framing […]
ואהבת לרעך כמך V’ahavta Lereacha Kamoacha -Love your neighbor as yourself At JCDS, each class is responsible for teaching this value to the rest of the school. In order for 4th grade to teach it, it was important to break down the meaning of V’ahavta Lereacha Kamoacha. How do we work together? How can we […]