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Slip Sliding into Summer

June 11, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

Students celebrated the conclusion of their year with water games, tie-dye, and a totally tubular water slide. This was a memorable year and the students of 3/4 should be so proud of all their hard work and dedication. We wish them a wonderful summer!  

Collaboration with the Design Process

May 27, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

This month students learned that technology is applied science and through technology, scientists solve problems and provide solutions. Together students designed parachutes that needed to transport the weight of a metal washer to a target. The students moved through the design process just like engineers. They drafted, created a prototype, observed, measured and collected data to mimic the process. 

Sunny Side Up Field Trip

May 13, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." -Frank Borman

The students had the opportunity to jump into nature and explore. Thanks to our hostess, Trish Sheff, the class was able to take in the transformations that occur during spring, in her beautiful Swarthmore garden. The students enjoyed the chance to interact with chickens from around the world and learn more about their habits and behaviors. The beautiful weather also allowed the children to hike through a magical garden designed by horticulturists, Charles Cresson, located in the heart of Swarthmore. Our first outing was definitely something to crow about! 

Sunny Side Up Field Trip

May 13, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

"Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit." -Frank Borman

The students had the opportunity to jump into nature and explore the outdoors. Thanks to our hostess, Trish Sheff, the class was able to take in the transformations that occur during spring, in her beautiful Swarthmore garden. The students enjoyed the chance to interact with chickens from around the world and learn more about their habits and behaviors. The beautiful weather also allowed the children to hike through a magical garden designed by horticulturists, Charles Cresson, located in the heart of Swarthmore. Our first outing was definitely something to crow about! 

The One and Only Ivan

April 29, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

The students in 3/4 are raising awareness! Through the book, The One and Only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate students will explore social issues involving animal welfare. The goal of the text is for students to learn the difference a gorilla made in raising awareness about a cause he believed in, and hopefully in turn they too will believe they can raise awareness. As a class, we have debated the pros and cons of zoos, the fair treatment of animals in captivity and wrapped up our poetry unit with a free verse dedicated to gorillas and Ivan. 


 

Figuratively Speaking...

April 15, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

Roses are red, 

Violets are blue, 

We are learning about poetry

To share our thoughts and feelings with you.

Young Scientists!

March 18, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

Through cooperative partnerships, the students in 3/4 observed how light hits the solid particles in milk and scatters. They filled a cup with water and incrementally added spoonfuls of milk. Then the students witnessed how the light was able to pass through the clear water and how it became bluer or yellow in the milky water; signifying how light reflects or scatters.

Random Acts of Kindness

February 18, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

For Random Acts of Kindness Week, our class focused on writing letters thanking the courageous hospital workers on the front lines. We took a moment to learn about all they are doing to help our community not only during this global pandemic but in their day-to-day service.  It is because of them, our Walden community can be back at school! Below are a few samples of the student's letters. This was an assignment the students took great pride in, and they meant every word they typed. 

Celebrating Black History Month

February 04, 2021
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

The class will continue to celebrate diversity during February with a strong emphasis on Black History and the individuals who made and continue to make powerful contributions to America. Students will conduct research, read about an influential Black American, and share all they learn in a presentation of their biographical research at the end of the month. Additionally, the class will engage in learning general history in order to support their deeper understanding and background knowledge of the people they are studying. 

Marine Animal Research Timeline

December 02, 2020
By Ms. Kearney & Ms. Albright

The children continue to work on their ocean animal research and are beginning to assemble the components that will make up their exhibit. The timeline (see photo) will help the children to pace themselves so all work will be completed come December 16th. Our classroom will be turned into an under -the- sea museum complete with experts to explain the animal exhibits! This project compliments our Reading Workshop unit as well as our science topic.

 

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