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Science Check out this phenomenon:

Scientists have been exploring what happened in this video and why.  We found out that water is powerful, water causes flooding, and flooding can happen near ocean and streams. But we weren't sure if flooding just happens in certain places or if it can happen everywhere. So we decide to investigate where else flooding happens!
Check out what Bryant discovered:
Once we figured out that flooding happens when water levels rise, we needed more information about what causes water levels to rise.  We researched and investigated "What causes flooding?" and we discovered that falling rain, melting snow, and rising tides can all contribute to overflowing water.  But then we wondered where does rain and snow come from?  
We did an experiment and with trapping hot water in a jar and watched precipitation fall!

So we discovered that all of  the water on earth is…
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Science Exhibit Fourth Graders are getting ready for the science exhibit!  We have practiced using our books to teach others and we cannot wait to teach you!  We hope to see you TOMORROW, TUESDAY OCTOBER 22 during your student's content literacy time: 10:30-11:30 or 12:45-1:45.

Student Gallery Walk and Exhibit

Come and learn about how plants, animals and insects survive!  Students will use their mixed media books to teach all they have learned in science !  We are hosting two events.  You will come to the time that your student has content literacy class.  If you are unsure of the time ask your student and they can tell you!  We hope you can join us!  Paper invitations will come home Tuesday!For Content Literacy Blocks 1 & 2 For Content Literacy Blocks 3 & 4
Blog We are so lucky here at Riverton to have our school librarians Ms. Genre and Mrs. Doane, working in collaboration with us to support our readers!  This monthly Library Newsletter will keep you updated on the latest library news.
Website The Riverton Library's website is also helpful!  Click on the links in the upper right-hand corner.  
The "Community" page is important because it has a link to a wish-list of books to add to our school library.
The "Resources" page has links and information on how to be a Digital Citizen, spot Fake News, and a list of Riverton Library Books organized by theme

It was great to see some of you last night at Curriculum Night!  We hope it was informative and please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns as the school year continues.

Fourth grade goes to Gilsland Farm Audubon Center Falmouth

On Monday the fourth grade continued it's learning outside the walls of Riverton Elementary. We journeyed to the Audubon Center in Falmouth to hike, learn more about animal adaptations, plant adaptations and how prey and predators effect the population. Students enjoyed this amazing hands on experience.

What do you see? 

How do cattail seeds spread? By the wind of course. 

Learning about animals and the adaptations of predators and prey.
Maine Audubon: Linda Woodard 
Thanks to funding from the Foundation for Portland Public School Teacher Grants Program, 4th grade scientists got to explore native Maine wildlife!  Linda Woodard, from Maine Audubon, brought  taxidermic animals and animal skins and skulls for students to analyze- focusing on how animal's bodies are built for adapting surviving.

Check out this native Maine fox!  One adaptation that helps this predator is camouflage.

Nyamal and Kairi are working collaboratively, studying an animal skull and diagram to try and identify the animal.  These scientists know that canine teeth mean this animal is a carnivorous predator.

Hamza and Zak synthesize what they have discovered from multiple texts to identify this skull as an herbivore who uses its curved beak to gather seeds and cut through plant stems.    

Soufyan and Filar investigate this skull and  notice the placement of the eye sockets.  These scientists understand that eye placement in front of the skull indicate…
Science Continues!

4th grade scientists are adding on to the phenomenon that bee's bodies are specifically designed to help them survive by collecting nectar and pollen and contributing to the important process of pollination.  This phenomenon was so engaging, it brought up the question, "Are there related phenomena?" 
Students discussed in partnerships and discovered "yes!" Some examples they considered were:  anteaters have long, sticky tongues to gather ants in nestsshark bodies are designed to live in watercamel humps hold fat (not water) for times when food is scarcesome snakes have venom to paralyze or kill their preyThe big idea our scientists wanted to explore next: how do animals survive in the wild?  
Students watched this video, paying close attention to the behavior of the wolf and moose and analyzed how the moose survives.  
The 6 minute video is below- watch with your scientist and listen as they explain what they have learned!