How Do Pyramids Get Built?

4th grade students built pyramids from various materials to demonstrate how groups might have collaborated to build the great pyramids of Ancient Egypt.  Keep an eye out for their finished sarcophagi once they have finished the unit. They were a lot of work!

Who’s your mummy?

4th graders created their own mummies with clay and “preserved” them as the Ancient Egyptians would have.  They will eventually wrap and build a sarcophagus as part of their learning.  

Games for review

4th grade reviewed what they already know about the water cycle by playing a game. We are preparing to address 4th grade curriculum standards through the following questions:

How does the water cycle impact the environment?

How does energy from the sun affect the weather?

How does heat energy (temperature) change the state of a liquid/solid/gas?

How do you measure and describe weather?


4th graders are busy helping to prepare the artwork that appears in the yearbook at the end of the year.  Groups of students are collaborating on their designs-they are so motivated they want to work on it at recess times and before school!

Math Mystery Tour

4th Graders participated in a “Math Mystery” problem solving exercise posted around the 4th grade wing.  In order to solve the mystery they had to use their math skills at solving double digit multiplication (and sometimes three digits by two digits) to determine the clue that would help them eliminate suspects to find the culprit. Stay tuned for next week’s problem solving project-planning how much food they need to bring on a mission to Mars! 

Can tabs donated to Shriners Hospitals

On Thursday, Novermber 8th, we had a visit from the local chapter of the Aleppo Shriners.  The Shriners are a philanthropic organization whose mission is to support children’s health through specialty hospitals. The tab collection program specifically supports transportation for children and their families who are brought to Boston Shriner’s Hospital for treatment of severe burns. Charter has a long history with the Shriners as our students collect tabs to contribute to the pull-tab program. Last year’s class collected and counted 32,000 tabs which totals approximately 20 pounds of aluminum which we donated to be recycled.  The money earned by the Shriners from the recycling will go to the Children’s Transportation Fund. We will continue to collect tabs this year and see if we can find ways to outdo our previous collections.  Do you think we can make it 1,000,000 tabs this year?

Mentor Mentee Peer Editing

In pursuing the 7th grade Service Learning goals, 7th graders met with their 4th grade mentees to help them with their Animal Report projects by doing peer editing.  Students worked well together and mentors had inspiring ideas to share with their mentees to make their reports even more informative and polished for their final drafts.

Mentor-Mentee meet-up

Fourth graders met their 7th Grade Mentors on Friday. We are looking forward to the Service Learning experience between the grades where 7th graders will become peer tutors for the 4th graders.  In the past 7th grade have been excellent at doing peer editing with 4th graders while learning to write quality paragraphs and perfect their Animal Reports.  Students are very excited to work this year with such wonderful guides!