This week in fourth grade the students were introduced to essential questions. These questions increase critical thinking skills and higher order thinking as well. Supporting questions will be introduced soon, and connect to essential questions. . The fourth grade students have just completed a mini-unit on Martin Luther King. The culminating activity was the play, Martin. Students worked in small groups and presented their versions to the class. The fifth grade students have just completed their Egyptian tomb presentations. They did an excellent job with slide shows, clay models, and drawings. The fifth graders have just begun a new unit, Ancient Rome. They have researched architecture and literature and next week they will be looking at math and science.