3rd and 4th Grades: What are they up to

Thanks to Mr. Justin for providing the opportunity and Ms. Erica for putting this together we have a snapshot of what this class is up to.

In keeping with Swallowtail’s experiential approach to education and commitment to real-world application, Mr. Justin’s third and fourth grade class has created a map of our school’s neighborhood as a finale to their block study on local geography. The children have embraced this project with much enthusiasm!

The class has already been on two hikes this year! Their first hike of the year, to the Coast, resulted in a deeper awareness of each student’s determination and strength. Their most recent hike was a journey to the Columbia River Gorge, along the beautiful Wakheena Falls Trail.  This most recent journey was met with even more confidence and excitement! Great fun was had by all!

The Hillsboro School District has agreed to provide bus transportation one Thursday each month form the main campus to the farm campus. This will be the first bus ride for many of the Swallowtail students.

The children’s work at the farm will be to sow a cover crop of oats with Ms. Ingrid’s class. They will also plant garlic in their winter garden, and stay warm around the fire and in the yurt.

The Third and fourth grade class is also beginning their first Math Block of the year, with much excitement from the children! Mr. Justin is helping his students look at numbers in new and interesting ways. In fact, the children are learning that very large numbers can hold small secrets within them! Be sure to ask one of these brilliant students to explain the mystery of secret numbers to you!

3rd and 4th Grade