Grade 4 students Flynn, Marissa and Kritish on Friday, December 6th. These three students are moving on to other schools in January. Good luck and keep in touch!
Grade Four News
December 6, 2013
This week, we started our new Unit of Inquiry called Art Communication. We started with two field trips to art museums to spark some interest in art. The students had some interesting reactions to the paintings we saw from Europe. After the Winter Break, we will be looking at Asian art.
Thanks to all who signed up for Parent-Teacher Conferences next Monday. These are what we call “student-led” conferences. Your child will show some of the work they did since the beginning of the year in some subjects. Make sure you are on time as our appointment times are short!
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
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!
Reader’s workshop: We have been reading poetry this week. We made a list of reasons why people write poetry and heard Roald Dahl speak about his ‘revolting rhymes’. We also listened to a fantastic poem “Walking with my Iguana” by Brian Moses.
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.
We had a great time visiting the galleries this week, we learnt about Divisionism and Turner. Grade 4 were also outstandingly well behaved on our field trips.
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)
What and how messages and ideas are expressed through art.
What is your opinion about this……?
What are the different types of art forms?
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?
No homework next week
Monday, December 9, 2013.
We will contact you about scheduling
Winter Week activities- 500 yen for the week
Tuesday- inquiry day.
Wednesday- pajamas, popcorn and movie day.
Thursday- casual clothes day.
Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Winter break starts at 3:20.