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Life is like a box of chocolates.

September 30, 2013
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Speech screening this week at TIS

Speech Screen
As part of learning support services at TIS, Vanessa Leaver is a contracted Speech and Language Therapist who provides speech and language services for TIS on a private client basis. As part of early intervention for speech in children, Vanessa will be providing a speech screen for all children next week, at no cost to parents for our class.Vanessa will be listening for sounds that are appropriately developing or not for the child’s age . After the screen, Vanessa will contact you directly if there are any concerns with your child’s speech and the protocol of private speech therapy after that. If you have any questions for Vanessa or would like to speak further about this please contact her at vleaver@tokyois.com.

September 27, 2013
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Math: the power of double

Today we read a story recommended by John, our librarian, about the amazing power of doubling numbers. The story is called One Grain of Rice and it is called a “mathematical folktale.” How much rice would you have if you started with one grain (only one grain!) and doubled it every day until the end of the month. We had students figure it out. It was not easy!

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September 27, 2013
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Grade Four News – Sep 27

Grade Fours during a talk with Nurit on Thursday this week.

Grade Four News

September 27, 2013

 

Parents,

 

This was a short week with both Monday and Tuesday off. We had a guest speaker on Thursday, Nurit, who gave a presentation on eating healthy. Next week we will start to work with exercise and look into how movement affects health.

 

Our trip to Mori Farm to harvest the rice we planted is next Wednesday, October 2nd! The rice, which your children planted in May is ready to be harvested. Please refer to the blog post about what to wear and bring that day.

 

Also, if you have any old newspapers and magazines, please feel free to send them in with your child. Any language is fine. We need some for upcoming activities!

 

Have a great weekend and thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

This week we started to use our knowledge of place value to begin vertical addition. We also worked out a problem from a traditional indian folktale about doubling grains of rice.

 

Here is an example of what we mean.

This week our game was “Excuse me, please get out of my house”

 

‘Get out of my house’ – rolling 2 or more dice and adding, subtracting, multiplying or dividing the two numbers, then putting a counter on the answer. If your partner rolls the same number, you get kicked out of your house. This activity supports the four operations , strategic thinking.

Place Value Vocabulary

place value – the value of the position of a digit in a number

expanded notation – a way to write numbers to show the value of each digit (ex: 5642 = 5,000 + 600 + 40 + 2)

standard form – a number written with one digit for each place value.

digit – any one of the 10 symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

numeral – a symbol used to represent a number

value – what a number is worth

hundred thousands, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, units

 

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop: This week we were working on ‘choosing a just right book again’. The focus was on books that have content that is too old for us using the example of The Hunger Games . Many children can read the words but the content is not appropriate for their emotional development. We also talked about ‘listening like a reader’ would, thinking about what we hear and then realating it to what we know as a reader.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we talked about ‘digging deeper’ with our writing. We are encouraging students to write longer and with more detail about moments in their lives. Also, we talked about what writers do when they get stuck, the dreaded “writer’s block.” Next week, we will move on to editing our writing and others’ writing.

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Health

 

Central Idea:

People can evaluate their health and well-being and make informed choices.

Inquiry into:

What makes us healthy?

How do we know we are healthy?

What can we do to be healthy?

Vocabulary:

medicine, protein, junk-food, food, vegetables, fruit, sugar, fat, nurse, doctor, hospital, strong, running, rest, laugh, vitamin, heart, water, blood, sleep, eating, swimming, carbohydrate, immune system, allergy, exercise, virus, body, disease, symptoms, heart-attack, oxygen, bacteria, lungs, cold, stress, hygiene,

anti-bodies

This week, Nurit spoke to us about eating healthy and how we can improve our diet. At the end of the week, students learned about pulse rate and what kinds of exercise can raise your pulse. Is it better to do shorter and harder running or longer and slower running? Which raises your heart rate more?

Reminders:

 

  • Mori Farm rice harvesting trip, Wednesday, October 2.

  • Smoothie making next Friday, emails will follow from Kris and Rhoe.

  • If you have any old magazines or newspapers we would love to have them in our classroom.

  • No school on Monday and Tuesday, October 7 and 8.

September 26, 2013
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Food for Thought

Today we heard a great talk from Nadav’s mom, Nurit, about eating healthy, how hunger works, the right time to eat, and a few surprising facts about dark chocolate. After, we all had a chance to try some dried mangoes and chocolate. Our unit continues for another two weeks after this. On to exercise next!

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September 25, 2013
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Grade 4 homework

Due back: Friday 27th September, 2013

Wednesday: Write about your long weekend in a google doc that you will share with your teacher. We have shown you how to use google docs today at school.

Thursday: Work on www.mathletics.com for 20 minutes.

 

Please read for at least 15 minutes each night.

Thanks

Andy and Carolyn

September 24, 2013
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Rice harvesting 2nd October

For the rice harvesting you will need to remember a few things.

 

  • We will leave from school at 8.45am.
  • We will return to TIS by 5pm.
  • You do not have to wear school uniform.
  • You should wear closed toe shoes (not sandals)
  • You need to bring a pair of gloves, like the ones in the picture below. You can buy them at the hundred yen shop.

gloves

September 21, 2013
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fruit vs. fast food

Well, our experiment is over. After 17 days, here is a photo of the fast food (on the left) and the fruit (right). We left both out for an equal amount of time and saw how they both decomposed.

rotten food

 

We weren’t really sure what to expect with the fast food but guessed that it would decompose a little. In the end, it shriveled up a bit and the french fries became very hard but overall it didn’t look that much different from the day that we got it. The fruit? Yuck!

So that was interesting. But what does it mean for our bodies? What does it mean for the food that goes through our digestive system? Is it true that food that goes bad easily is better for us? Can you think of any examples where that might not be true? And what about that fast food hamburger on the left? Is that unhealthy because it did not decompose? Or some other reason?

September 20, 2013
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Grade Four News

Grade Fours with their morning math activity this week.

Grade Four News

September 20, 2013

 

Parents,

 

This week, students have been looking into health and sleep. We had a guest speaker on Tuesday who explained the importance of getting enough quality sleep. Today we finally got rid of our rotting food on the shelf and the stink has gone away. It is now safe to visit the classroom!

 

Please note that there will be no school on Monday and Tuesday, September 23rd and 24th.

 

Have a great weekend and thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

We have been writing big numbers in both words and figures this week. We were able to write up to millions in both forms. We also worked with our grade one buddies to explore the big numbers used in our world and make them understandable using the “If the World Were a Village of 100” movie.

 

Here is an example of what we mean.

The strategy game we played this week to help us think systematically.

Place Value Vocabulary

place value – the value of the position of a digit in a number

expanded notation – a way to write numbers to show the value of each digit (ex: 5642 = 5,000 + 600 + 40 + 2)

standard form – a number written with one digit for each place value.

digit – any one of the 10 symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

numeral – a symbol used to represent a number

value – what a number is worth

hundred thousands, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, units

 

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop: We were very excited to meet Adam Gidwitz and find out about what he does as an author. We are really enjoying his book that Andy is reading to us. Kenny helped us realise that sometimes we can say “goodbye” to a book without finishing it. To do this we need a reason such as; too scary, confusing, easy, hard, or not hooked. He also taught us that sometimes it is worth persisting with a book because the best may be yet to come. We have unpacked our new books and will be borrowing from the grade 4 library next week.

Writer’s Workshop: Students are continuing Writer’s Workshop with some lessons on where writers get their ideas, how to choose an idea to write about and how to start a piece of writing. We had a great session this week with author Adam Gidwitz. He talked a lot about the writing process and emphasized how important revising is to his work as an author.

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Health

 

Central Idea:

People can evaluate their health and well-being and make informed choices.

Inquiry into:

What makes us healthy?

How do we know we are healthy?

What can we do to be healthy?

Vocabulary:

medicine, protein, junk-food, food, vegetables, fruit, sugar, fat, nurse, doctor, hospital, strong, running, rest, laugh, vitamin, heart, water, blood, sleep, eating, swimming, carbohydrate, immune system, allergy, exercise, virus, body, disease, symptoms, heart-attack, oxygen, bacteria, lungs, cold, stress, hygiene,

anti-bodies

We had a talk from Stacey, Adam’s mom, a nurse and expert on sleep. Also, we wrapped up our rotting food on the shelf. Next week we will be investigating exercise and how it relates to health.

Reminders:

 

  • Mori Farm rice harvesting trip, Wednesday, October 2.

  • No school on Monday and Tuesday, September 23-24