This week, students got the opportunity to be "Archeologists" for the day. They worked collaboratively to examine objects collected from an ancient archeological site and determined if the objects were natural objects or artifacts, what they were made of, and what they could have been used for. Students will take this knowledge and apply it to better understand how California's hunter gather economy shifted to an agricultural economy when Spanish missionaries began to settle along the California Coast.
Thanks to Mrs. Leas, a former educator and grandparent of one of our 4th grade students, our classes were able to examine ancient artifacts first hand. They handled a heavy mortar and pestle to grind almonds and simulate what it would have been like to grind food as a native American.
These lessons are a part of our "Cultivating California" unit which closely examines the changes in California from the early 1500's through the Gold Rush. Students will learn about and explore the many reasons why settlers came to California and what impact they had on both the land use and economy.
The winners of each classroom, Aiden Phan from Room 5 and Sophie Vang from Room 9, faced off in an epic 4th grade match-up. While many of the math facts resulted in a tie, Aiden was milliseconds faster than Sophie and defeated her to become the 4th Grade March Madness Math Facts Champion. He will go on to compete against the 5th and 6th grade math facts champions later this month.
Congratulations to all of our 4th grade participants! Our students did a great job studying their math facts and are making significant progress in their mastery of multiplication facts. Here are a few pictures of our finalists from both classes.