School's Out for Summer!

posted Jul 9, 2014, 8:23 AM by Unknown user

Thank you for sharing your children with me for this past school year.  We've had a great time learning together.

Have a wonderful safe, fun summer.  I'll miss being with students and colleagues at Conners-Emerson School in the fall, but I've had a long career in a profession I have loved. 

Wishing you all the very best.

Sue Hersey

Reading: Trip to Jesup Memorial Library

posted Jun 20, 2014, 6:34 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jul 9, 2014, 8:20 AM ]

Our last field trip of the year was to the Jesup Memorial Library.  We learned about the summer reading program and then heard book previews for several new books.  They sounded very good and we can't wait to read them.  

After that, we walked to Albert Meadow for a picnic lunch and then stopped at C.J. s Ice Cream shop for treats.  It was a great day!



Social Studies: Maine Native Americans

posted Jun 17, 2014, 11:44 AM by Unknown user

Today we had a walking field trip to the Abbe Museum to learn about Wabenaki basket making.  The program educator was George Neptune, an expert basket maker himself.  We learned about materials, tools, techniques and uses for baskets. 


 Next, we examined particular baskets in small groups to determine how the baskets were used and whether they were old or recently made by examining the materials, patterns and colors.

After that, Mr. Neptune gave us a tour of the museum and gift shop.  We were just amazed at how beautiful and intricate the baskets are and how artistic they can be as well as useful.

After the museum program we enjoyed a picnic lunch at the Village Green and then walked back to school.
Great day!


Fourth Grade Day on Swans Island

posted Jun 9, 2014, 12:23 PM by Unknown user

We had a wonderful trip to Swans Island on Friday, June 6, 2014.  114 fourth graders from Bar Harbor, Southwest Harbor, Northeast Harbor, Tremont and Trenton all boarded the Swans Island ferry to visit fourth graders out there.  We didn't let the inclement weather stop us and the day cleared as it went on.  We gathered in the school gym for a get acquainted activity and to meet our keypals.  Next, we broke into 4 groups for a rotation of activities that included: Cemetery Search, "I Spy" unnatural trail walk, a ride on a school bus for a tour of Swans Island and see the lighthouse, and free time on the playground.
We enjoyed lunch on a rocky beach facing MDI.  It was a busy day filled with fun with lots of good friends. 





Social Studies: Life on MDI in the 1800s

posted Jun 9, 2014, 11:53 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jun 10, 2014, 4:58 AM ]

We enjoyed an Acadia National Park program at the Carroll Homestead in Southwest Harbor.  We traveled back in time and then explored outside and inside the Carroll Homestead.  We listened to Ms Joan Grant, a descendant of the Carroll family, tell stories of her ancestors.  We had our own Carroll descendant in our class, Jacob, whose great, great, great, grandfather was Jacob Lurvey.  His daughter, Rachel Lurvey, married John Carroll the builder of the Carroll Homestead. 
We also played games that children might have played back then.  We looked at artifacts and discovered  how they were used in the 1800s.   


Social Studies: Life on MDI in the 1800s.

posted Jun 9, 2014, 11:26 AM by Unknown user

We had an Acadia National Park Program at the Carroll Homestead to learn about life on MDI in the 1800s.  We  traveled back in time to the 1800s and explored the Carroll Homestead inside and outside to learn about life back then.  We also listened to Ms Grant, a descendant of the Carroll family, tell stories about her ancestors.  She even showed us a doll, named Lydia, and a special quilt owned by family members.  We had fun playing games at the end of the day that children in the Carroll family have played.  





Technology and Science:

posted May 27, 2014, 12:44 PM by Unknown user

As we do our careful observations of our ec0-columns, we're using technology to record our information.  We're taking pictures with our iPads and then creating a slideshow using LoiLoNote application.  It allows us to create a slideshow of pictures and text cards with information on our observations.  We'll be able to see major changes in our scientific models and share that with our parents. 


Science: Ecosystems

posted May 23, 2014, 12:19 PM by Unknown user

We have now added living organisms to our ecosystems.  We observed crickets and isopods carefully and added them to our terrariums.  


We observed Mosquito Fish and snails and added them to our aquariums.  Each living organism has a important role in the ecosystem.  Do you know which is a consumer, decomposer and producer in each ecosystem?  We do now, and we know why they are so important to maintain a healthy ecosystem.

Finally, we put everything together to make our scientific model.  It is called an eco-column and represents the world.  Next, we'll be study the hydrological cycle and how that effects ecosystems.  Do you know?   Check out this web site later to see what we learn next.  



Science: Maine Energy Education Program

posted May 20, 2014, 12:19 PM by Unknown user

Today we had a guest speaker, Mr. Peter Zack, from the Maine Energy Education Program.  He was teaching us about renewable and nonrenewable energy resources.  First, we made circuits using different metals and an apple ( for the battery acid)  We tried several different combinations of two metals from zinc, copper and tin, to see which created the most energy.  We recorded the results of our experiments on a data sheet and then shared our data.  



Next, Mr. Zack taught us about how nonrenewable resources like coal, oil and natural gas are burned to make electricity.  We also learned about the pollution that process can cause. 


After that, we learned about how solar energy ( renewable resource) can produce electricity.  We used mini solar panels and a light bulb( the sun) to make a small motor turn.  Mr. Zack challenged us to find ways to slow down the motor, and we came up with change the distance from the light, angle the solar panel  and cover a few of the smaller panels.    Learning about electricity was very interesting!



Science: Ecosystems

posted May 15, 2014, 11:35 AM by Unknown user

This week we put together the aquatic ecosystem for our scientific model.  We put gravel in the base and then added spring water.  Next week, we will get our living organisms to add to the terrarium and aquarium ecosystems.  Then, we'll join our ecosystems to make the eco-column: the scientific model of the world. Check out this web site to see what living organisms are important in each ecosystem.

We are also recording our observations using an app on our iPads called LoiLoNote.  We are creating slides of pictures and notes to observe changes in our ecosystems.  When we're finished we'll have a scientific slideshow to teach others about ecosystems.   
                                                                                                   Science Rules!!!

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