Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Colorado Geography

Colorado Geography

As a fourth grader, you will have the opportunity to read many interesting articles that relate to our science and social studies activities. We have all heard the saying that "reading is thinking", so that is what you will be practicing. Read, think and share with a real audience of your classmates.

Using the link and password information below, please read at least 3 sections about the Rocky Mountains. Next, use the comment button below to share something new that you learned about Colorado's physical geography. You must write in a constructed response format with proper spelling and punctuation. Please stop by this blog again to respond to a classmates comment to show your understanding. 

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Colorado History: Gold Rush

Fourth grade Social Studies is all about Colorado History. We began our study of Colorado by familiarizing our selves with the physical geography, regions and life zones of Colorado. Next, we learned about the first people to inhabit the land, the Native Americans. After that, we learned about the explorers, trappers and traders and miners that all played a role in the population boom in Colorado, eventually leading to its statehood in 1876.

View the embedded video below. Leave a statement on either of the following questions:

What contributed to the population boom in the 1860s?


How did people interact with the land in the 1860s?

Please craft your response to include more than simply stating "the gold rush." You may need to to view the video multiple times. Please preview your response before publishing, to ensure proper conventions.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

The Energy Crisis

As we begin our study of energy in January, it is important to understand how energy is used in our lives and what effect it has on the environment. Read all of the Energy Crisis sections (11 short paragraphs) from the Power Knowledge Life Science link below.

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Next, share your thoughts about how turning to renewable resources can help to preserve our environment. Please think about who your audience is, and what a 3 or 4 constructed response looks and sounds like.

Just for fun...

Sunday, December 8, 2013

Native American Perceptions of Nature

Fourth grade has been immersed in the study of Native American culture and the impact that various tribes have had on Colorado's history. We have also begun to look at persuasive essays and what techniques authors use to make strong arguments with supportive claims.

Please read the following quotes compiled by the Center for Urban Education. These quotations include statements from a variety of tribes over the course of many years. When you are done, please comment on the following questions:

1. What is the position they all share?
2. What claim about Native American's relationship to nature could they all support?
3. Which statement do you think provides the strongest support for the position and why?

"Our fathers had plenty of deer and skins, our plains were full of deer and also our woods were full of turkeys. Our coves were full of fish. But these English men having gotten our land, have cut down the grass and trees, their does have earn the grass and their hogs spoil of fish banks, and we shall all be starved."-Speech by a chief leader in 1642

"Honor the Earth, our Mother. Honor all with who we share the Earth: four leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones, swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock. Walk in balance and beauty." -Native American Elder

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves, All things are bound together. All things connect." -Chief Seattle, 1854

"When all the trees have been cut down; when all the animals have been hunted; when all the waters are polluted; when all the air is unsafe to breathe; only then will you discover that you cannot eat money." -Cree Tribe Chief

"I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man." -Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe

Friday, October 11, 2013

Circulatory System

We have been studying the living systems in plants and animals. We began by investigating how plants and animals get the nutrients they need, digest or release the waste by-products, and transport nutrients to every cell in the organism.

Please read the first five sections of the artice entitled The Circulatory System and leave a comment on the blog for your peers to read. Remember, your comment should be thoughtful and it should relate to the article. Teachers DO NOT want to see responses such as "good article" and "cool." Instead, we want to read your response stating something you learned, wonder about, or a connection you made while reading.

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