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November 29, 2013
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Grade Four News — Nov 29

Grade 4 students watching a science experiment led by Carl’s mom, Catrin, on Monday November 25th. The Grade Fours wrapped up their unit called Science Investigators this week.

Grade Four News

November 29, 2013

 

Parents,

 

This week we wrapped up our unit on science by solving a murder mystery. (Well, not a real one, but …) Some cruel human being tricked a visitor to our school by superheating a cup of tea and making him fall down. Thanks to their investigation skills, the students found out who did it. Great work!

 

On Monday, we go on the first of a few field trips for the next unit, Art Communication. We will be working with students to let them know how art galleries work and expectations when walking through them!

 

A reminder to dress warm for recess and lunch recess. The location of our old school allowed a lot of sunlight during the winter but we are finding here that there is not as much sunlight on the school grounds. If you are feeling cold, be sure to bring warm clothes in the next few months!

 

Thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

During math this term, we are working with multiplication and reviewing addition and subtraction. Please feel free to quiz your child on the times tables (What is 7 x 8 ? etc.) They should be getting quicker and more accurate!

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop:  This week we looked at common themes in fiction such as loss, belonging, friendship and love. We found this concept a little difficult, maybe you could talk to your child about it further. Next week we will be reading poetry, we are hoping to get some parents to come and read some of their favourite poems to the students on Wednesday 11th December, 2013. We will update you closer to the time.

 

Writer’s Workshop: In this unit, students are learning about persuasive writing. They are learning about fact vs. opinion and how to form an argument on paper.

Current Unit of Inquiry: Art Communication

Central Idea: We communicate feelings and ideas through art.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

Messages and ideas portrayed through visual art (causation and perspective)

Our opinion about visual art (perspective)

Styles of visual art (form)

 

Concept Questions:

What and how messages and ideas are expressed through art.

What is your opinion about this……?

What are the different types of art forms?

 

Summative Assessment:

You are an art critic. Choose a piece of artwork you have strong feelings about. Write a four-part critique of this piece of art: Description, Analysis, Interpretation and Judgment.

Description: Describe what you see: The subject matter: portrait, landscape, still life, object, other? The style: realism, abstract, cubism, impressionism, surrealism, pop art, fauvism, primitivism, etc. Use the specific characteristics of the styles of art. Be objective: List the facts, not your opinion.

Analysis: Describe how this piece of art is organized in terms of line, color, texture, shape, forms and space. What skills did the artist use to create this piece of art?

Interpretation: What message does this piece of piece of art communicate? What feeling do you have when you look at it?  What emotions do you experience or feel when you look at it?

Judgment: Do you like or dislike this piece of art? Why?

Reminders:

Monday December 2, 2013.

The National Art Centre, Roppongi

Divisionism exhibit.

 

Wednesday December 4, 2013- packed lunch needed.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Musuem, Ueno

Turner exhibit

 

Monday, December 9, 2013.

Parent-Teacher Conferences.

We will contact you about scheduling

November 27, 2013
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Evidence found in library.

An interesting development in the case.

Today the missing slipper was found in the library!

Does this mean that our suspects Christophe a.k.a ‘The Cruel One’ and John a.k.a ‘The Joker’ are guilty or is someone trying to frame them?IMG_5933

November 27, 2013
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Playtime on the roof

It is beautiful on the roof during these sunny late autumn days. We are also developing some great skills. Alva and Rithu were juggling while standing on balance boards.

 

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November 26, 2013
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Biochemistry and science

On Monday, we had a chance to hear from a biochemist (Carl’s mom) about her work with experiments and investigations. This was a rare opportunity to combine some of the learning from two units of inquiry: last unit’s Health and this unit’s Science Investigators. Carl’s mom works in the biochemistry field and came by to do a quick experiment with sugar and yeast and talk about what a biochemist does. Great stuff!

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November 26, 2013
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Crime scene

We are horrified to announce that a HEINOUS crime was committed in the Grade 4 classroom. This is just horrible. Today, we found a crime scene in the corner with an outline of a body and some pieces of evidence: a drink that was spilled, one slipper, and a note that was left behind.

This is going to take some scientific investigation to find out who did this horrific crime. More to come!

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November 25, 2013
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Homework due November 29, 2013

Grade 4 homework

due back: 29th  November,  2013

Monday: Look, cover, say, write and check these UoI words 3 times. Then draw a picture to help you remember it.

 

1. expression   2. music   3. drama  4. painting  5. gallery

 

Tuesday:  Go to the Tate website http://kids.tate.org.uk/games/. Play any of the games for 25 minutes.

Wednesday: Go to this problem http://nrich.maths.org/7341. Complete it in your homework book.

 

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.

Thanks Andy and Carolyn

November 22, 2013
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Grade Four News — Nov 22

Grade 4 students Miia, Sungyeon and Kirsten working on the summative assessment for the Science Investigators unit on Wednesday, November 20th.

Grade Four News

November 22, 2013

 

Parents,

 

We worked on our Summative Assessments this week for Science Investigators. We have one more week to go for this unit before we move on to our third unit of the year called Art Communication.

 

Next week, we will have a few teams of visitors in the school for our accreditation. We have told the students to expect visitors and maybe a few changes of schedule.

 

A reminder to dress warm for recess and lunch recess. The location of our old school allowed a lot of sunlight during the winter but we are finding here that there is not as much sunlight on the school grounds. If you are feeling cold, be sure to bring warm clothes in the next few months!

 

Thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

During math this week, we continued work on our measurement unit with time measurement. Next week we move on to temperature measurements. We are using metric units for this unit.

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop:  We have been working on inference again in reader’s workshop. This week we started to use post it notes to make a list of the different emotions that characters feel in the books. We have been trying very hard to expand our emotion word vocabulary beyond happy and sad, maybe you could try helping them with this at home.

 

Writer’s Workshop: In this unit, students are learning how to develop better fiction stories. All this week, students worked on revising and editing their stories. In the next few weeks, we will be moving on to persuasive writing. Please encourage them to talk about their stories with you!

 

Class Novel: Our class novel for this unit is called The Tiger Rising. Please ask your child at home about their reactions to this book.

Current Unit of Inquiry: Science Investigators

This week we completed our summative assessment for this unit. Next week we will use all our science skills to be detectives and solve a crime!

 

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

 

Lines of inquiry

·   Ways to investigate in science (function)

·   How to ensure our investigations are well designed and reliable (function, reflection)

·   Ways to: collect, record, interpret and present our findings (function)

·   Several materials and their properties (form)

Concept Questions:

·   How can we investigate in science? (function)

·   How do we ensure our investigations are well designed and reliable? (function, reflection)

·   How can we collect, record, interpret and present our findings? (function)

·   What are the properties of these materials? (form)

 

We are learning to:

·   investigate science in several ways.

·   make sure our investigations are well designed and reliable.

·   find ways to: collect, record, interpret and present our findings.

·   investigate several materials and their properties.

·   Think: evaluate and draw conclusions.

·   Research: formulate questions.

Learner Profile:

·   Students will inquire about the properties of materials and they will reflect on scientific procedures.

·   Students will demonstrate curiosity to help them solve the mystery.

Reminders:

Monday December 2, 2013.

The National Art Centre, Roppongi

Divisionism exhibit.

 

Wednesday December 4, 2013- packed lunch needed.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Musuem, Ueno

Turner exhibit

 

Monday, December 9, 2013.

Parent-Teacher Conferences.

We will contact you about scheduling