Grade 4 students after assembly on Friday, February 21st.
Grade Four News
February 21, 2014
The students did a great job of assembly and were able to be flexible and work together to share their learning.
This week the sweatshop simulation was very thought provoking, the students were able to gain an insight into the life of a child labourer.
This week students got to play with the new pogo sticks and stilts on the roof, they are developing their skills rapidly.
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!
See the message from Malgosia about ice skating under reminders.
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 are learning about the power of talking about books we have read in a group. We are using Parvana as the text to talk about. This week we discussed emotions and actions of characters in response to events in the story.
Writer’s Workshop: In the next few weeks, we will be working on 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. This week we selected our topic and wrote a table of contents to help guide our 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
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…)
On Thursday, February 27, 2014 we have planned a trip to go to the Ice Skating rink in Akasaka during our PE lessons.
Could you please make sure that your child has gloves (any kind is fine) and I recommend comfortable and warm clothes underneath the TIS uniform.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Malgosia Zajkowska -PE teacher