In fourth grade, your child is expected to take his/her learning to a new level. Students in room D5 will be learning how to create independent learning projects based on what they are curious about. We will have "Curiosity Time" approximately once a week for in class research and project work. I will be monitoring student work during this time. Students can work individually or with a small group or partner with permission. Students can complete projects as many times throughout the year as desired. I would like to see each student complete at least one project each trimester (3 in total). Students are welcome to take their learning home and continue/finish projects there.
*Note that a topic needs to be studied with depth, and should not duplicate a project from a previous year. For example, if 3rd grade focused on animals, 4th graders are asked NOT to complete an independent learning project on a specific animal. Students may explore animals with a broader topic such as, "Why is the western lowland gorilla population declining in Africa?"
Have your child center his/her research on who, what, where, when, and why.
Topics of interest should receive approval first.
*To schedule a presentation time in class, the student need to come to me and arrange the appropriate time for the presentation. Please do not send an e-mail arranging the presentation for your child. It is important that your child take ownership of his/her project and follow all the way through to the project's completion. Grades will be reflective in the "Responsibility for Learning" section of the report card.