FOURTH GRADE ENRICHMENT
Energy Workshop by Acton Discovery Museum
At this interactive presentation, fourth graders learned all about energy - the difference between transverse waves and longitudinal waves, how sound waves travel through the ear, how light waves travel through the eye, and how sound waves differ from electromagnetic waves.
Sound Workshop by Acton Discovery Museum
As a follow-up to the Energy Workshop, fourth graders delved deeper into the power of sound and vibrations. For this hands-on workshop, they worked in teams of four to brainstorm ideas, design, and build as strong a building as they could out of straws and sticks. Then they put it to the test by shaking it to see if it would survive an earthquake. The experience of creating their own buildings brought the engineering standards to life.
Field Trip to Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History
Fourth graders visited the Peabody Museum and Harvard Museum of Natural History. In addition to exploring the Native American, Glass Flowers, and Mineral, Gems, & Meteorite exhibits, each class attending the Changing Earth presentation. Students used rocks and fossils to discover how oceans, volcanoes, plate tectonics, weathering, erosion, and mountain building have all shaped New England’s landscape.
New England Aquarium Field Experience
After a pre-visit at school, students explored New England’s animal and plant life at Wollaston Beach with New England Aquarium’s educators experts. Students learned more about the ecosystem and honed their science and literacy skills with journals, scientific tools, and processes. Students are well on their way to becoming good stewards to the environment and the living creatures in it!
Sharon Kennedy / Mill Girl Presentation
Fourth graders were treated to the extraordinary storytelling of Sharon Kennedy, also known as “The Lowell Mill Girl”. Ms. Kennedy captivated students with her story of how immigrant families lived during the Industrial Revolution in the U.S. This presentation connects wonderfully to the field trip to the Lowell Mills.
Field Trip Lowell Mills
Fourth graders toured the Boott Cotton Mill run by the National Park Service in Lowell. They heard and felt the deafening roar of the authentic mill equipment. In the Weave Room, which is filled with industrial grade looms running at top speed, students saw exactly how a working mill looked and would have felt to a worker. This is one of the largest industrial history exhibits in the nation. Students also saw pictures and discussed the history of the workers, particularly immigrants, in connection to their history curriculum.
Honey Bee Presentation by Birgit DeWeerd
Co-sponsored by the Belmont Cultural Council, Wellington PTO brought in Birgit deWeerd, local beekeeper and owner of deWeerd Bee Products, to add an extra dimension to the fourth grade science curriculum component discussing plants. Making use of visual aids, including beekeeping equipment, an empty beehive, and sample insects, Ms. DeWeerd shared information about pollen and nectar collection, honey production, social behavior, and the history of beekeeping. Her honey samples for tasting were a sweet treat!