First Quarter Work
Second Quarter Work
Third Quarter Work
Fourth grade students learned more about how they can use their unique ideas to create their own innovations. Students were able to learn more about the water cycle, weather standards, and the ongoing problems associated with them. Using the design process, students were able to collaborate together and use their skills, research, and knowledge about these problems to create their own innovations. Students designed and displayed their prototypes to the Drew Community and were given feedback from their peers, experts, etc. Students used their feedback to create their final products to submit and showcase at the Drew Science Fair.
Students participated in a Whisper walk in which in which they observed pictures and reflected on original products and processes and the changes that have been made in more recent innovations, students will record their thoughts and observations on notecatchers.
Groups collaborated to invent or innovate a product using the design process. They delivered an oral presentation along with a digital presentation that explains each step of the design process along with an explanation of the real-life connection. Their innovation and presentations will be refined and finalized for entry in the Drew Science Fair
Fourth grade grappled with past and present issues of fairness. They framed their study of Colonial America in terms of the power struggles and disparities in freedom among different groups. Students also researched modern social injustices such as gender inequality, racial profiling, police brutality, homelessness and cyberbullying. They created songs, dances, videos and speeches inspired by these topics and performed them in a Variety Show on PBL Showcase Night. Finally, they joined the fight for social justice by organizing a fundraiser for Genesis House, a local homeless shelter, and asked audience members to donate during the Variety Show.
Imagining Unfairness in Colonial America
Students researched the lives of different groups of people in Colonial America, including landowners, slaves, indentured servants, Native Americans and women, and each assumed a role. Along with dressing the part, each student reflected on inequities between groups and wrote about how this might have felt.
Support Our 4th Graders' Fight for Social Justice
Presentation from DeKalb Co. District Attorney Sherri Boston
Colonial America Prezi Gallery
In fourth grade science, students explored the principles of light and sound, including vibration, pitch, reflection, refraction and amplitude, and built sculptures that would teach others about these concepts.
Fourth graders applied their knowledge of simple machines, budgeting, measurement and design thinking to redesign animal exhibits that would enrich the animals’ experience and support conservation efforts.
Field trip to Zoo Atlanta
PBL SHOWCASE NIGHT EXHIBITS