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January 31, 2014
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Grade Four News – January 31, 2014

Grade 4 students analyzing paintings for their Summative Assessment on January 21st.

Grade Four News

January 31, 2014

 

Parents,

 

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

Mathematics:

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.softschools.com

www.multiplication.com (the games section is best, especially Granny Prix and Jungle Jim!)

Literacy:

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

Concept Questions:

What are children’s rights and why?

What are our responsibilities, rights and opportunities?

What responsibilities, rights and opportunities do child labourers have?

 

Summative Assessment:

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…)

Reminders:

 

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.

January 29, 2014
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Parvana and Afghan markets

Last week, we started reading Parvana by Deborah Ellis. It’s a story about an 11 year old girl in Afghanistan who has no choice but to dress up as a boy and earn money in Kabul market. It’s a great story but since none of us have been to Afghanistan, it’s difficult to make a picture of the setting in our minds. Today we looked at a few pictures from Afghanistan and a few markets. Some students even made a connection to places that are similar to Kabul.

Buying at the dry goods market

 

Grain market

 

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photos by imti and Carol Mitchell.

 

January 27, 2014
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Homework due January 31, 2014

Grade 4 homework
due back: 31st January, 2014
Monday: Look, cover, say, write, and check each of these words. Then write a definition

of this word.

1. responsibility 2. vary 3. empathy 4. opportunity 5. rights

Tuesday: Interview question: This Unit of Inquiry is on children’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities. Ask one of your parents or older brother/sister “What is the most important children’s right that should not be taken away?” Please write their answer in one paragraph.

Wednesday: Place each of the numbers 1 to 5 in the V shape below so that the two arms of the V have the same total.

V

What do you notice about all the solutions you find?
Can you explain what you see?
Can you convince someone that you have all the solutions?
What happens if we use the numbers from 2 to 6? From 12 to 16? From 37 to 41? From 103 to 107?
What can you discover about a V that has arms of length 4 using the numbers 1−7?

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

January 27, 2014
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It’s Not Fair!

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Today we started our Unit of Inquiry called “It’s Not Fair.” We started with a little experiment: a few students got to use the brand new iPads while the rest of the class had to do some practice tests. What?! So unfair!

That’s exactly what a bunch of students said to the teachers. And it was unfair. We wanted to put the students in a position to feel like they were treated unfairly. It worked! (In the photo above, Jared is looking on at the games being played on the iPads) But before lunch we told the students it was a trick we played on them and they wrote about their feelings in theor journals.

January 24, 2014
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Grade Four News – Jan 24, 2014

Grade 4 students analyzing paintings for their Summative Assessment on January 21st.

Grade Four News

January 24, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week students wrapped up their Summative Assessments for the unit of inquiry on Art Communication. Students chose a painting to critique and wrote a short biography on their artist. We saw some excellent work and the progress that students made during the unit was amazing. Great stuff!

 

Next week, we move on to our fourth unit of inquiry this year on childrens’ rights, responsibilities and opportunities called “It’s Not Fair.” This is always a serious and thought-provoking unit for 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

Mathematics:

We are beginning a new unit in Mathematics next week. We will be entering the exciting world of  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.

 

On March 7th we will be participating in World Maths Day. Children are asked to log onto the website and start warming up for the big event. They should use their Mathletics password and username.   http://www.worldmathsday.com

 

In addition to working on Mathletics, students are encouraged to practice multiplication times tables at the following websites:

www.softschools.com

www.multiplication.com (the games section is best, especially Granny Prix and Jungle Jim!)

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop:  We are learning about reading non fiction books in this unit of Reader’s workshop. This week we looked at the clues built into a non fiction text that help the reader find the information they need. We looked at contents pages, glossaries and indexes. Next week we will focus on test style reading comprehension.

Writer’s Workshop: We have wrapped up the unit on persuasive writing today. We will be moving on to informational (non-fiction) writing.

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

Concept Questions:

What are children’s rights and why?

What are our responsibilities, rights and opportunities?

What responsibilities, rights and opportunities do child labourers have?

 

Summative Assessment:

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…)

Reminders:

 

Swimming is on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for the next week.

 

ISA 4 and 5 February, 2014

6-11 February, 2014 Mid winter break.

 

4B assembly 21st February, 2014

 

http://grade4.co/ has lots of information about life in grade 4.

January 24, 2014
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End of unit

The end of our Art Unit of Inquiry is today. The students finished their Summative Assessments (great writing!) and some went on to do a video reflection. Some even got silly with works of art. Can you guess which student is behind the Mona Lisa?

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