Water Cycle projects

This week has seen the 4th grade create a mini-PBL project on The Water Cycle. We have been learning about water for a few weeks now, so the children’s background knowledge was really thorough going into this mini-project. Their models show transpiration, evaporation, condensation and precipitation, all vital elements of the water cycle. Here are some photos of the process and their final models.


They presented their models today to the 3rd and 5th grades. When we return from the break, we will complete our unit on water and begin our main PBL project!

The children enjoyed a Makerspace with food, as a treat for being awarded 10 emojis. Their task was to create something using snacks. They had a lot of fun, plus it was delicious!

This week, we completed our Jacob’s Ladder curriculum with non-fiction. The children read papers on Electricity and The American Revolutionary War. The texts were difficult, but with discussion of tricky vocabulary and questioning to aid understanding, the children did great! The children will complete a post-test before moving on to Junior Great Books when we come back from the Thanksgiving break.

In Math, children have been learning about decimals and using metric units and US customary units. They found personal references to help them visualize and estimate unknown measurements.

I hope everyone has a lovely Thanksgiving break. I look forward to seeing many of you at parent/teacher conferences on Monday and Tuesday!

Dahlia Neumann, 4th Grade Teacher