About Fourth Grade

In fourth and fifth grades, students move physically to the second floor environment where they must step up to meet the greater academic demands and higher expectations of character integrity. Expedition content increases in complexity and challenges students, both in their comprehension and social interactions.

Increasingly, they are guided by their own questions during expeditions. Students at this level show more sophistication in their ability to conduct independent investigations. As researchers they draw on multiple fiction and nonfiction sources, and examine issues and events from multiple perspectives. Reading and writing is devoted almost exclusively to expedition work. Fieldwork becomes more rigorous and multi-day field studies provide in-depth experience.

Fourth and fifth graders continue to develop their ability to work independently, in small groups, and as a whole class.  At this age, social relationships grow in their importance. Activities are designed to guide students to further develop empathy towards one another, and better understand viewpoints from multiple perspectives. By debriefing their thoughts and experiences, students learn to be inclusive. They also begin to take on leadership roles and offer service to members of our school, the museum, and Rochester communities.

Our fourth and fifth grade mathematicians strive for mastery in number sense and continue to apply mathematics to everyday life with in-depth experiences in number, data, geometry, and probability. Students take on long-term problems and develop their own strategies and approaches to solving them.

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Fourth Grade Classroom Expeditions

Season: Spring School Year: 2016-2017

Through the lens of the One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz, GCCS students in Grades K-5 will examine six different locations along the Genesee River in our first school-wide expedition. The students will study the various large, small, and microscopic species they find as well as investigate the water and soil quality surrounding the area. 

David Liittschwaager designed a frame measuring one cubic foot. For over ten years, he has been placing his cubes into nature to observe and record plants and species that live in and interact with a specific area for a 24-hour period. Liittschwaager has become famous for his work, has written several publications on this project, and has been featured in National Geographic for his tiny lens into our amazing world. With the support and partnership of the Seneca Park Zoo, David Liittschwaager has now turned his attention to our very own Genesee River. By documenting the biodiversity of areas along the Genesee River, the One Cubic Foot project will continue to help monitor the progress of living species in our urban and rural communities along the river. 

In "vertical teams" (mixed grade levels), students will place their cubes, closely observe and examine the tiny ecosystem within that area, count and classify the species they find, and use cameras to document their work. Each grade level will have its own "grain of sand" to focus on as they uncover what the river may be telling our community about its health. This expedition will culminate with a common final product featuring research from all grade levels written in a narrative non-fiction format. This information will be shared in an e-book format on the Genesee RiverWatch website for our youngest community members to access. This e-book will also reveal observational drawings of the species and specimens found during our One Cubic Foot Bio-Blitz.

 

 

 

Fourth Grade
Becki Mason - Teacher

585-271-4552 x460
bmason@gccschool.org

Melissa Conklin - Teacher

585-271-4552 x460
mconklin@gccschool.org

Jenna Morales – Teaching Assistant
jmorales@gccschool.org