Grade 4 is On the Ball!

4th Graders recently completed reading Yang the Youngest and his Terrible Ear by Lensey Namioka, and explored the music and sports themes introduced in the book throughout this week. The students participated in a book chat where they discussed the traits of various characters, and worked collaboratively to create Character Posters which depicted those traits. They investigated how mass, size and shape affect how balls move through the air, and used the graphing features in Excel to analyze their data. The 4th graders exhibited their performance skills and musical talents on the piano, violin and gamalan, played kickball, and conducted science experiments using paper towel tubes and ping pong balls in order to replicate what makes a curve ball curve. The week was capped off with a tour of Oriole Park at Camden Yards, where the students “had a ball” learning about the history and the future of the Orioles organization.