Grade 4 Enrichment Schedule

Date Program Name
October Ted Scheu
November Plants with the Sherborn Garden Club
January Techsploration
March Museum Of Science Starlab
May Mexican Artists

The fourth grade Science of Plants program was co-sponsored by the CSA and the Sherborn Garden Club. Students began with a short video segment covering the basic science of plants, the plant reproduction cycle and seed dispersal. They then broke into small groups for three hands-on activities. In the first, they dissected lima bean seeds, fruits, vegetable, bulbs, and pinecones. Next students planted a zinnia seedling into a “newspaper pot” that they learned to make and then drew the stages of growth of a zinnia plant. In the last station, they dissected flowers and drew what they saw inside the flower. Special thanks to members of the Sherborn Garden Club!

Can a student really lift their teacher using a lever? How were levers used in medieval warfare? How can you control force using gears and pulleys? Using a twelve foot long lever, three foot tall gears and pulleys, a catapult, and a hand crank music machine, Techsploration demonstrates how all simple machines help us do work by trading distance for effort. This is a whole new way to get students excited about simple machines.

Starlab Portable Planetarium
The Museum of Science’s portable STARLAB brings a dark, cloudless night sky to Pine Hill during the daytime! Students are presented with a realistic model of the Sherborn sky on the day of the visit and are challenged to make observations and think like scientists both inside and outside the STARLAB. They explore how stars are different from one another and learn to recognize star patterns in the sky from cultures around the world. In an immersion activity, students use the same tools as astronomers to better understand how we learn about the cosmos. With the addition of video images and simulations, students will get an up-close look at some of the most distant objects that can be seen from Earth. By having the STARLAB in our classroom, we are able to realistically simulate some of the more abstract concepts we learn in our study of the solar system.