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October 30, 2013
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Truss bridges

Today we looked at truss bridges in math.

common truss bridges

What do truss bridges have to do with math, you ask? A lot if you are a builder or an engineer. We had a simple challenge to solve. How many trusses and beams would it take to make a 1km bridge across a lake if the beams were all 5m long? Can you get the answer? How did you do it?

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October 29, 2013
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Science vocabulary

This unit has some vocabulary that we don’t use every day. Words like classify, evidence, and variable. Today we did our best to define those words. We will be seeing a lot of them in the next few weeks.

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October 28, 2013
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Homework due on November 1st

Grade 4 homework

due back: 1st November,  2013

 

Monday: Look, cover, say, write and check these UoI words 3 times. Then write an example of each one.

 

1. hypothesis   2. materials   3. results  4. conclusion  5. prediction

 

Tuesday:  Look at the information about Albert Einstein http://www.ducksters.com/biography/albert_einstein.php on this website. Write down a paragraph about why he was a famous scientist.

 

Wednesday: Write a couple of paragraphs about your autumn break, try to use sensory detail to enhance your writing.

 

Thursday: Work on www.mathletics.com for 25 minutes.

You should read for at least 15 minutes each day also and fill in your reading log.

October 28, 2013
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Zen-Sensei Science Show

Our unit on science started recently and today we saw a cool show by a well-known Japanese science performer called Zen Sensei. He told us a bit about static electricity, smoke rings, suction pressure, and a few other interesting and entertaining science concepts. Great show!

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October 28, 2013
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Science Investigators Central Idea

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Here is our Central Idea for the second Unit of Inquiry called Science Investigators. It looks difficult but if you take a closer look, the idea is actually very simple. Please take a look at this again if you need help. Remember doing this in class?

October 18, 2013
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Grade Four News — October 18

Grade Four students on the stage for the PE assembly on Friday, October 18th.

Grade Four News

October 18, 2013

 

Parents,

 

We have ended our Unit of Inquiry on Health and have started our new unit called Science Investigators. This week students presented their Summative Assessments on healthy vs. unhealthy habits. The next unit on science will continue for the next six weeks and will end with a (spoiler alert!!) mystery. But not before the students prove their scientific skills through a series of experiments. Now if we could only get these typhoons to stop hitting Tokyo… that would be an amazing scientific achievement!

 

There is no school next week. School opens again on Monday, October 28th

 

Have a great weekend, safe travels if you are leaving for a vacation, and thanks for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Save the date!

 

On the 15th of November, TIS will host a Middle School House Open where you will be given information on the Middle School curriculum and an opportunity for classroom visits showcasing each subject.

 

Further information on how to register for this event will be provided to you by Admissions shortly.

 

Best regards,

 

Kristine Adelsboell

Curriculum & MYP Coordinator

kadelsboell@tokyois.com

Mathematics:

During maths last week we finished  looking at various ways to collect and organise data. We also completed an assessment of what we have learned in our maths unit.

This week we played a range of different games we learnt over the last seven weeks.

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop: This week we focussed on inferring to when reading. We used a film clip to help us dig deeper into texts to look for meaning that is not stated. We did a great job of developing our inferencing skills. We also looked at the importance of reading books at our own level and how that helps us develop our reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop: One of the ways that authors make their writing come alive is by including lots of detail to really put the reader “in” the story. This week, we continued adding sensory detail to our writing. By looking at the book called My Father’s Hands we learned some new techniques for including hearing and touch in our own writing. Many students focused on small details and using descriptive words to add more color to their writing.

If your child is doing any writing at home in the form of a journal or any other type, please encourage them to add descriptive detail!

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Health

 

Central Idea:

An investigation’s success depends on its design and methodology.

Inquiry into:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Vocabulary:

Nouns: science, scientist, investigation, process, experiment, hypothesis, prediction, method, steps, test, observation, results, conclusion, sample, constant, variable, change, condition, measurement, temperature, unit, tool, material, properties, evidence, acidity, conduction, conductor, insulation, insulator, chromatography, friction, absorption, filter, hardness, softness, rigidity, flexibility

Verbs: investigate, observe, inflate, deflate, explode, absorb, strength, dissolve, filter

Adjectives: fair, forensic, transparent, pattern seeking, brittle, hard, soft, fluid, solid, light, heavy, water-resistant, accurate, heat-resistant, smooth, shiny, reflective, rough, fragile, absorbent, rigid, flexible, conductive, reliable, soluble

Summative Assessment:

You must design, carry out and write up an investigation. Your investigation will test one property of several different materials.

Your investigation must:

1. Be an appropriate way to investigate this challenge

3. Show you have made systematic, accurate observations and measurements

4. Show that you have included in your approach ways to improve the reliability of your test

5. Show that you have drawn conclusions based on the evidence

6. Be written up using appropriate scientific words and in an appropriate way

Reminders:

 

  • Thursday 31st October will be a halloween dress up day, please see the TIS times for more details.

  • Middle School Open House, Friday, November 15th.

  • Fall break: Sat Oct 19-Sun Oct 27.

October 14, 2013
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Homework due 18th October, 2013

Grade 4 homework

due back: 18th October,  2013

 

Monday: Look, cover, say, write and check these UoI words 3 times. Then draw a picture for each word

 

1. science   2. investigation   3. success  4. methodology  5. design

 

Tuesday:  Look at the information about Charles Darwin here on this website. Write down a paragraph about why he was a famous scientist.

 

Wednesday:  Try to solve this nrich problem below.

 

Thursday: Work on www.mathletics.com for 25 minutes.

 

Remember that you should read for at least 15 minutes on each of these days also and fill in your reading log.

 

Thanks Andy and Carolyn

 

October 11, 2013
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Grade Four News — Oct 11

Things got a little crazy this week during our Summative Assessment in Grade Four!

Grade Four News

October 11, 2013

 

Parents,

 

Another short week this week. We are wrapping up the unit on Health this week and will start our second Unit of Inquiry, called Science Investigators, next week. Please see the vocabulary list and descriptions below.

 

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

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Save the date!

 

On the 15th of November, TIS will host a Middle School House Open where you will be given information on the Middle School curriculum and an opportunity for classroom visits showcasing each subject.

 

Further information on how to register for this event will be provided to you by Admissions shortly.

 

Best regards,

 

Kristine Adelsboell

Curriculum & MYP Coordinator

kadelsboell@tokyois.com

Mathematics:

During maths last week we started to look at various ways to collect and organise data. This week we looked at mean, median and mode.

This week our game was Strike It Out.

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop: This week we had a visitor from Columbia university, Colleen, she helped us with our reading. Colleen talked about the role of the student in a  reading conference and  the importance of reading books at the correct level to ‘grow our reading muscles’.

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we worked on adding sensory detail to our writing. We started with sound and will be moving on to sight and touch in the next lessons. The book we used was called Owl Moon.

If your child is doing any writing at home in the form of a journal or any other type, please encourage them to add descriptive detail!

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Health

 

Central Idea:

An investigation’s success depends on its design and methodology.

Inquiry into:

An inquiry into the natural world and its laws; the interaction between the natural world (physical and biological) and human societies; how humans use their understanding of scientific principles; the impact of scientific and technological advances on society and on the environment.

Vocabulary:

Nouns: science, scientist, investigation, process, experiment, hypothesis, prediction, method, steps, test, observation, results, conclusion, sample, constant, variable, change, condition, measurement, temperature, unit, tool, material, properties, evidence, acidity, conduction, conductor, insulation, insulator, chromatography, friction, absorption, filter, hardness, softness, rigidity, flexibility

Verbs: investigate, observe, inflate, deflate, explode, absorb, strength, dissolve, filter

Adjectives: fair, forensic, transparent, pattern seeking, brittle, hard, soft, fluid, solid, light, heavy, water-resistant, accurate, heat-resistant, smooth, shiny, reflective, rough, fragile, absorbent, rigid, flexible, conductive, reliable, soluble

Summative Assessment:

You must design, carry out and write up an investigation. Your investigation will test one property of several different materials.

Your investigation must:

1. Be an appropriate way to investigate this challenge

3. Show you have made systematic, accurate observations and measurements

4. Show that you have included in your approach ways to improve the reliability of your test

5. Show that you have drawn conclusions based on the evidence

6. Be written up using appropriate scientific words and in an appropriate way

Reminders:

 

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

  • Middle School Open House, Friday, November 15th.

  • Fall break: Sat Oct 19-Sun Oct 27.