4th Grade Technology

3rd Trimester Summary

The fourth grade students continued studying Robotics by building and programming rovers with WeDo 2.0 and Lego Mindstorm EV3 sets.

We then began our study of the periodic table by watching sections of Hunting for the Elements produced by PBS.  They then created the elements with the Hunting for the Elements App. They explored and researched the periodic table at Ptable.com They collected information about their element including its atomic weight, number, element type, and the uses for the element. In addition, they calculated the number of neutrons by subtracting the atomic weight from the atomic number (number of protons). From their research, they created a “5 Elements” comic in Comic Life.

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Throughout the trimester the students practiced their keyboarding skills at Typing Pal.

 

2nd Trimester Summary

The students began their Trimester with learning a new Typing Program, Typing Pal. This program has exercises and short practice texts to help the students increase their keyboarding speed and accuracy.

All fourth-grade students participated in the worldwide event, “Hour of Code” in December. We began our coding unit in November, by discussing how code is used in our world and its importance. The concepts of patterns, loops, and debugging were then reinforced by working at 3 different coding websites.

https://studio.code.org/s/course3

https://www.tynker.com/

https://www.madewithcode.com/

They finished their coding unit by creating games using Javascript with guided lessons from https://bitsbox.com/

The students created a report on the Palouse Scenic Byway of Washington. Each student researched a town in the area and wrote a one-page report with captioned photos in in Google Docs.

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The students created a state poster for Washington. They downloaded a landmark from the state, traced it in Wixie, and then added a tourist slogan.

 

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We concluded our trimester with three weeks of studying robotics. We defined as a class what a robot is and what sensors and  features a robot must have to navigate through different situations and solve different problems.

They began by learning about the engineering process at National Geographic’s Online Robotics Course: Challenge Robots.  They then learned about various sensors added to robots to complete a task.

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They then built a robot and navigated it through mazes with code solving various problems.

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We concluded the unit, by working with the Finch  robot. This robot was connected to their computer and in pairs they programmed it’s sensors with an online coding program SNAP. They chose a challenge from the Finch website and working together coded the robot to perform the actions.

 

1st Trimester Summary

The fourth-grade students began the trimester practicing their keyboarding skills with their individual accounts at edutyping.com. They then studied the following digital citizenship topics at digital passport

Students learn why it’s important to avoid multitasking with a cell phone. They consider the benefits of focusing on one task at a time.
Students evaluate examples of online messages. They decide what information is appropriate to share and when. Students are also reminded that nothing is truly “private” or “erasable” online.
Students make choices about what to do if they or their friends are cyberbullied. They are encouraged to “evolve” into an “Upstander” – someone who takes action to stop cyberbullying, rather than standing by.
Students learn how to choose effective keywords for searching online. They practice selecting keywords that are most relevant to a search prompt. Along the way, students discover hints for narrowing their search results.
Students remix media content to create a new creative piece. Along the way, they give proper credit to the artists whose images and sound clips they use.

We then worked on a mind map in Inspiration on”What Do I Know About Washington State?” We came up with categories  such as companies, neighborhoods, colleges, restaurants. etc. and then the students provided three examples for each.

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The students then created Washington state map in Wixie. This include landforms, regions, cities, and mountains.

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They then researched the economy of Washington State at 50states.com and created an economy collage with the eight economy pictures in the middle labeled and scenic pictures of Washington along the border.

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The students then were issued their Google accounts provided by the school. An introduction to Google Apps was given and they then created their first Technology project:  a 6 slide presentation with text, pictures, and transitions which they would present to the class.

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Fourth Grade Benchmarks:

  • Use screen layouts menus and icons to navigate in program efficiently – understanding of program functions
  • Format, edit, punctuate, add graphics, save, retrieve documents
  • Create multimedia presentations
  • Log into web-based tool accounts
  • Locate files and paths independently
  • Proper two handed keyboarding position, home row keys, 20 WPM, 90 % and above accuracy
  • Technology Integration:  Students demonstrate the ability to use computer tools to accomplish tasks or complete projects related to classroom curriculum.