Alebrije Project 4th Grade

Alebrije Project 4th Grade

4th graders have learned about a popular Mexican folk art called Alebrijes, which originate from the dreams of a man named Pedro Linares in the early 1900s. He used these animal-like creatures to create a new type of art out of cardboard to sell. His creatures were not very popular with the general public until another man named Manuel Jimenez came along. He made them more colorful and a little less scary while also changing the material to carved wood.

The students have read an article, watched a video, and seen photo examples of Alebrijes in English (along with some Spanish!). They designed and created their own. They drew their Alebrije and wrote descriptive sentences about it in English. The next step was to create one in 3D that represents their drawing and writing. And the final step was to present their 3D Alebrije to their classmates using their French oral language skills.

Cathleen Anderson & Sylvia Aka

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New Memorial

As we commemorate the 102nd anniversary of the end of World War I in France, 4th and 5th grade students were informed by teachers of the opening of a new memorial in Washington DC.

The duty to remember must not exclude anyone….


I Am Poem

The beginning of the year is a great opportunity to reflect and learn more about yourself. The 4th Grade students were able to do just that by writing a poem describing who they are and what goes on around them- both inside and outside. The students started with a handwritten copy of their poem, then typed their own Google Document, practiced reading their poem to others to improve their intonation and speaking skills, and lastly, they recorded themselves reciting their poem on a site called Flipgrid. Students are able to listen to each other and find commonalities and as well as learn about how different and special we all are.

Cathleen Anderson

Vote and Debate

After expressing their dreams and hopes which enabled them to write the rules of the classroom, the students continued to work on the organization of the beginning of the year.

All classes organized delegate elections with very strict protocol on voting procedures: candidates, ballots, voting booth, and announcement of results.

This important event in the life of the class makes it possible to work on civic education but also on language and certain cultural aspects discussed with the children.

Below, some photos of the CE1A and CPA classes.


History of Tribal Nations in San Diego & Virtual Field Trip

In 4th Grade the students are learning about the rich history and culture that makes up the city that they reside in; San Diego. They experienced their first virtual field trip to learn more about the tribal nations of San Diego from the director and curator of the Barona Cultural Center & Museum located in Lakeside. The students learned about the culture, history, adaptations of local nations such as the Kumeyaay before colonization and after.

-Cathleen Anderson

History of California in 4th grade

In fourth grade, students are learning about various landmarks that reveal the history of California. They chose a landmark to research, use visit their landmark, and were offered the chance to construct it using the virtual platform of Minecraft. Students enjoyed being able to “see” their landmark via VR and many chose to use technology to share what they had researched as well as a recreation. They presented their projects to their class to spread the knowledge of these iconic places in California.

-Cathleen Anderson-

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100 days in 1st grade

“The First Graders celebrated the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 25. Each child brought in a collection of 100 items. Both classes spent the morning working on activities dealing with the number 100. The students worked in teams building the number 100 with puzzles, decorating glasses with the  number 100 and solving 100 math problems. They also worked together to complete physical activities such as 100 jumping jacks, hopping 100 times and touching their heads 100 times. The first graders are proud to have completed their first 100 days of school!”



Morning Meeting Forum

Morning Meetings are an integral component of Responsive Classroom and Social and Emotional Learning. At SDFAS, we are working to build strong classroom communities where all students feel safe, welcome, respected, supported, and happy.
This morning, the 3rd grade students proudly presented what Morning Meetings look like in their class. The forum began with two students welcoming the audience in French and English. The students then talked about their friendships in groups of two or three. Finally, they shared with the audience what they talked about. It was heartwarming to see these young students speaking so kindly and fondly of their peers.
Alice Kong & Murielle Brimaldi
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Geometry in 3rd grade

In 3rd grade geometry, the students are studying a very unique figure: the circle. In addition to learning to manipulate a compass, they are asked to understand the concept of “the circle”.

Marie-Pier (math coordinator) and Murielle organized an activity for the students to help them better understand what a circle is.

Placing a gift on the ground, they asked all the children to stand at the same distance from the gift.
After several attempts, they naturally found that the best configuration was that of a circle.
In class, the pupils also quite naturally found the definition of the circle: a set of pupils placed at the same distance from a gift also defined as a set of points equidistant from the center.
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Barona Cultural Center & Museum Visit

In 4th grade, students are learning about the cultural history of California. On Thursday, a representative from Barona Cultural Center & Museum visited our class to share about the Kumeyaay people. The students were able to ask questions and engage in the history as well as present-day lives of the people of this nation.- Cathleen Anderson –

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