Mrs. Ganssle's 4th Grade Class
The Ward Warrior Project
Project Overview: Our 4th graders have the wonderful opportunity to help create a part of the new building being constructed this spring. We will be working on the project 3 Fridays in February after learning about important concepts in math such as: measurement, conversions, volume and ratios. See below for our students' articles, pictures and videos of our progress!
Video shot and edited by Micah Y. and Zeland
The Very First project
By: Kenzie Randall
As, you may know the 4th grade is creating something for the new building, well this is the first task.My group started out working on the layout with the help of Mr.Dave.We used 2 “16 by 19” pre drilled wood planks.After that,Mrs.Reid came and gave the team a protractor then Caleb measured the planks to make sure that we had right angles.Anyway the team started to drill but before we started, Mr.Dave told us how to use it and,some safety tips just to be safe.Anyway,the team captain, Amira, went first.It started out normally until the wood plank started to twirl.It twisted ,it turned ,it spun around crazily until Amira took her finger off the trigger we tried again with the help of Mr.Dave.However,the next drill was just like the last one.
After the spinning fiasco,it was Jackson’s turn.The odd thing was, that this time it was normal.Now for Jackson’s experience: Hi yoboy it's me!!!!!!!!!!Now back to us Soon, it was Caleb’s turn.Again!!!!?!!!!!, the odd thing happened again!!!It was normal for Caleb,and Jackson!!!Well anyway it was now Averie’s turn lets see if its normal this time.It was not normal.To me it seemed as if the drill had lost some of its power it sounded quieter than before. Well less powerful drill or not it was my turn.I was completely nervous what if the same thing that happened to Amira happened to me also?Well nervous or not I made my way to the drill I took a deep breath ,and drilled nothing bad happened.However,the wood plank did twist a little so, I had to drill again.But, this time it came out strait.Finally,our frame was finished so, we decorated it a little too much.I kind of hated the weird looks that passing by classes gave us I mean were just 4th graders using power tools!!!!!!!!!!
On our project we started off with getting our safety goggles. We then got to our stations. The stations were on the basketball court. Then we did the layout for the wood frames. There were 2 19in long blocks and 2 16in long blocks. The blocks had letters(a,b,c and,d) so we could know where we needed to drill each part. The letters matched with the same letters, like A would match with A but it would not be overlapping.
When drilling you must keep your hand away from the drill so nobody gets hurt. Safety first!!! When my group started Mr. Dave helped us. Amira went first and the block moved like crazy. Then everyone went. All of us had little troubles but we did it. Our group finished. Then everyone signed their names on their group’s frame.
Next week we need to learn the following; how much concrete we need and the volume of the frames. Also the center of the concrete and the color and design for decorating the concrete block. We all had fun on our first Friday working on the project ……..But we will have more fun next week.
Ward Warrior Wars: Episode III: Revenge Of The Paint Buckets
By Jackson S
The third day of the war was fierce. Paint was coming towards our X-Brushes in a smooth coat! The day started normally with us practicing our aim on the concrete targets, but it spiralled into madness when the Paint Warriors attacked us! They made straight lines, wavy lines, curvy lines, even zig-zaggy lines!! There was an army of giant children that took us with their giant hands, covered our ships with poisonous paint, and wiped us onto our own targets! I barely escaped their horrid wrath. When I escaped, I felt a rush of relief. I know that the horrid humans will never come again with their horribleness… or will they?
Pouring The Concrete
By Sydni Yates
We have finally started week 2 of the ward warrior project: pouring the concrete. I worked on this part of the project with my group, Zena, Elijah, and our team leader, Aethon.
We first tapped the top of the concrete, so it could also take out all of the bumps, and rocks. Second, we had to smooth out the top, to do the next part, which was scraping the sides. When we scraped the sides, the concrete fell off of the sides of the wood. Finally, we watched our group helper pound the letter we had, with a hammer. The letter was a W. The reason why he pounded the W with a hammer, was because it needed to make a print of the W.
The satisfying second project
By Kenzie Randall
The smell of wet concrete is very interesting.This is the second activity with Mr.Steve.Jackson G. says the wet concrete looks like dog poop.I think it looks like something a goblin would eat.Mr. Steve said it looks like gray concrete batter.There is no adult at our station so we can’t do anything.Amira , and I can’t wait to do something.
At last, an adult comes over to our station.They are pulling a tool across the concrete.Amira goes first she pulls it across in a way that it looks like a smooth flat dark lake.Now Caleb, and Jackson are pulling it with Caleb on one side and Jackson on the other. Amira told me that it wasn’t hard to pull the thing across.Wow!! We can see rainbows in the cement!!!!!It looks truly magical.Now it is my turn.Wow that is really fun!!!It it's like a boat sailing across a blackish gray lake[reminds me of the loch ness monster].There is water on the side of the frame that is hard ,and blackish brownish.It is starting to get cloudy:( let’s hope it doesn't rain.Amira, and I really want to touch it!That's it for now we have to wait for them to dry. Hours later….
We are back to finish the task Mrs.Reid’s class couldn’t come so we didn’t have the same groups however, the group I was in got the frame that my original group worked on.There was a plastic sheet covering the frame the group I was in got a “s” stencil we pushed it in, took it out,and we had a perfect s stamped in. For some reason I thought it would take an hour.Well can’t wait for next time