Grade 4 students analyzing paintings for their Summative Assessment on January 21st.
Grade Four News
January 31, 2014
This week, we started our Unit of Inquiry called “It’s Not Fair.” This unit involves childrens’ rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Your child may come home with some ‘heavy’ questions about child labor and childrens’ rights. Be prepared to have a discussion with them!
Thanks to all the parents who volunteered for our field trip around Tokyo on April 29th. We still have some space left, so let us know if you can join us.
A reminder to dress warm for recess and lunch recess. 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
This unit we are learning about fractions, decimals and percentages. We will look at them as being parts of a whole and how they relate to each other. We will simplify fractions also.
In addition to working on Mathletics, students are encouraged to practice multiplication times tables at the following websites:
www.multiplication.com (the games section is best, especially Granny Prix and Jungle Jim!)
Reader’s workshop: We have done a little practice of our reading comprehension skills for the ISA tests for next week. We are starting to examine more complex texts in our reader’s workshop and are using Parvana as our mentor text, we will look at the importance of the setting in such texts.
Writer’s Workshop: In the next few weeks, we will be learning about information writing. The main goal of our information writing is to teach readers about a topic. An informational writer’s purpose is to help readers become informed on a topic that feels very important to the writer.
Current Unit of Inquiry: It’s Not Fair
Title: It’s Not Fair!
Central Idea: People of the world have varying rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
Lines of Inquiry:
The rights of children
Our rights responsibilities and opportunities
The responsibilities, rights and opportunities of child labourers
What are children’s rights and why?
What are our responsibilities, rights and opportunities?
What responsibilities, rights and opportunities do child labourers have?
The Summative Assessment is a reflective journal recorded in the Unit of Inquiry notebook through the unit.
You will participate in a series of simulations depicting the lives of child laborers around the world. After the simulations, you will be asked to think about and record your understanding of the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of the children’s lives you role-played and compare them to your own life.
During these reflections we reflected using the six facets of understanding: self knowledge (asking students to reflect on their learning) empathy (asking students to reflect through the eyes of characters) perspective (asking students to reflect about the different points of view), explain (students explain their reflections) interpret (tell meaningful stories making connections e.g. to self, texts, analogies), application (ask students to apply their understandings in a scenario eg You are a…)
Swimming is on Monday
ISA 4 and 5 February, 2014
6-11 February, 2014 Mid winter break.
http://grade4.co/ has lots of information about life in grade 4.