• Challenge Projects       

    Challenge Projects are ways to earn extra credit in each academic area.  (2% added to current grade)
     There are challenge projects in class as well that students can
    bring home to work on or complete in class.

    Directions: Read over the challenge projects. Each project you decide to
    complete needs to be checked over by an adult before it is turned in. Be
    prepared to share projects or outcomes with the class.  
    Projects will not receive extra credit if they are poorly done. (incomplete, messy, errors with spelling, grammar or sentence/paragraph structure, inaccurate information)

    Written & Grammar:   Writing assignments should follow the Step Up to Writing program 
    1
    . Make a mobile to teach the class the parts of speech to display in the
    room.

    2
    . Write a news article about a current event  (be sure to have the Who, What, When, Where, Why)

    3
    . Write a narrative story that would relate to the current month we are in. Be sure to include your plan & rough draft with your final draft. The narrative should be no less than three paragraphs.

    4
    . Write an informational essay about any subject in science or social studies. Be sure to include your informal outline & rough draft with the final.

    5
    . Write an opinion paragraph on what pet is the best and why. Be sure to include your plan/informal outline & rough draft with the final copy.

    6. Create a book jacket for a chapter book you have read. (the book needs to be from the 4th grade classical list) The book jacket should include a colorful cover with title, author, illustrator & your name. The back cover should give a well written summary using Step Up to Writing format. The inside left flap should describe the problem and the solution. The right flap needs to spot light the author of the book by telling us about him/her. Be sure to include a picture.
     
    7.  Go online to our class website and complete the grammar and writing skill quizzes from the website That Quiz.com. Once you take a quiz, be sure to notify me so I can go online and check/record your results.
     


    Narrative Reading:
     
    1. Read a fictional book at your reading level. I prefer a book from the 4th grade classical list.  Create a book jacket for a chapter book you have read. The book jacket should include a colorful cover with title, author, illustrator & your name. The back cover should give a well written summary using Step Up to Writing format. The inside left flap should describe the problem and the solution. The right flap needs to spotlight the author of the book by telling us about him/her. Be sure to include a picture.

    2. Complete the narrative reading packet. Ask Mrs. Coleman for it.
     

     
     
     Informational Reading:
     
    1.Read an article/current event and then make headings that say Who, What, When, Where, Why
    Under each heading write out the answers using your article for help.
    Example: Under "Who" you tell who the article is about. Under "What" you
    tell what happened. Under "Where" you tell where the story took place.

    2. Create an informative poster on any subject related to our 4th grade curriculum.
     
     
     ART:
    1. Create a collage of the California Missions
     
    2. Create a picture of a historical landmark in California
     
    3. Create a model/picture/collage of anything that would represent a 4th grade concept we study
     
    Math:
    1. Create a place value game for the class

    2. Make an addition, subtraction, multiplication or division bingo game

    3. Make an educational poster that define vocabulary words for any math chapter in the book
     
    4. Make a poster and or song to teach concepts for any of the math concepts we learn about in 4th
     
    5. Complete the math packet. Ask Mrs. Coleman for it 
     
     
    Social Studies:
     
    1. Create a salt dough map of California the identifies the four regions of California. Be sure to include a map key and a compass rose.

    2. Make a map of California that shows the major cities

    3. Create a salt dough map of California that identifies California Indian tribes from the four different regions. Be sure to have a map key and a compass rose.

    4. Research Levi Strauss or Father Serra and write a biography about their life

    5. Research a California Mission and create a model of it. Be sure to include a 3 by 5 card with facts about the mission 
    6. Pick up an enrichment packet on California History- ask Mrs. Coleman for it
     
    7 Research about the Gold Rush and create something that will highlight the key aspects of this time
     
     
    Science:
    1.
    Create a model or poster of the rock cycle
     
    2. Create something that informs us about how plants are the primary source of matter and energy
     
    3. Create a model or poster of the food chain and tell how the herbivores, carnivores and omnivores may compete with each other for resources in an ecosystem
     
    4. Create something that teaches us about the consumers and producers (herbivores, carnivores, omnivores, and decomposers. 
     
    5. Create a game or poster to teach the concepts of electricity or magnetism
     
    6. Build a simple series circuit. Be ready to show the class how it works and why

    7. Build a parallel circuit. Be ready to show the class how it works and why
     
    8. Create an informational poster or model that explains/shows how energy can be converted to heat, light and motion                 
     
    9. Build a simple electromagnet. Be able to show the class and tell how it works