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March 28, 2014
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Grade For News — March 28th

Grade Four News

March 28, 2014

 

Parents,

 

Spring vacation starts today. We hope you have a great week whether you are staying to Tokyo or traveling. School resumes on Monday, April 7th.

 

Today we said sayonara to Soshi from 4A. Best of luck to you in your new school!

 

Kristine, Steve and Natalie will be running an information session for parents on Wednesday, 9th April, from 11:30-12:30. The details are in the TIS Times today. They will go through how we teach reading, details about curriculum development and information regarding the different reading levels and what that means and how parents can support reading at home.

 

Today we finished our Unit of Inquiry on children’s rights, responsibilities and opportunities and when we return from vacation, we will start a new unit on Exploration. The information for that unit is included below.

 

Thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

This unit we are looking at timelines, quadrants, and coordinates. Our review work with multiplication and division continues throughout the unit.

 

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 will be delving into the exciting world of biographies and learning about their key features and ways to read them.

Writer’s Workshop: In this unit, students will be making historical fiction stories. In the beginning of the unit, we are focusing on collecting ideas and testing them using historical facts and mixing them with some ideas of their own for characters and fiction.

Current Unit of Inquiry: Exploration

Title: Exploration

 

Central Idea: People explore in different ways but often for similar reasons.

 

Lines of Inquiry:

Who explorers are.

How explorers travel.

Why people explore.

Concept Questions:

Who are explorers?

How do explorers travel?

What are the challenges of exploration?

 

Summative Assessment:

You are an explorer. Your explorer is displayed in a museum; but not just a regular, ordinary museum.A Living Museum!  When a visitor comes by, you come alive, introduce yourself so that visitors can learn more about you, your exploration, discovery, feelings, thoughts, daily life, etc.

1. You will research an explorer.

2. You will write a brief introduction answering basic questions: Who? What? Where? When? How?

3. Based on what you have learned about your explorer, you will write between 3-6 powerful questions and answers that people can ask you when they visit the museum. One of them will be “Why did your explorer explore?” These questions will relate to the Central Idea: People explore their world in different ways but often for similar reasons.

4. Create a recount describing your exploration (picture, journal, blog, map, sketching book, etc.)

5. Prepare yourself to role play your explorer when you answer people’s questions.

6. Create your costume.

Here are a few examples of powerful questions: How did you feel before you left on your exploration?  What were the dangers or challenges you thought you would have to face? What was the most difficult thing you had to do while exploring? What did you bring in your big trunk? What was your most precious piece of equipment? What was your last meal before you left on your exploration? What did you crave while exploring? Who did you miss the most while you were gone? What makes you a good explorer? What do you think people will remember you for?

Reminders:

Tuesday, April 29: Tokyo Amazing Race field trip

Spring Break begins March 29th.

March 25, 2014
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Camp information and packing list

Grade Four Camp

Who: all TIS Grade Four students, Andy, Carolyn, Kenny and Misao

When: leaving at 7:30am from TIS, arriving on the date specified at about 6:00pm

Where: Omachi, Japan (organized by our friends at Evergreen Outdoor Center)

other info:

What to pack –

Being warm, dry and comfortable makes all the difference! It is very likely to rain at some point.

Outdoor Gear

·      Small day pack (not a wheeled one)

·      hiking boots or shoes with good treads on the bottom

·      water bottle

·      rain wear (coat/pants)- being soggy is NO FUN!

·      sunscreen (SPF 30+)

·      sun cap or baseball cap

·      gloves or mitts and warm hat

Clothing (for 3 days)

·      underwear

·      warm socks

·      pants

·      shorts

·      quick dry t-shirts and 1 long sleeve shirt

·      fleece pullover/sweater and warm jacket

·      sport sandals (that can get wet)

·      pajamas

·      swimsuit and swim top

Others

·      ­­toiletries

·      2 X towel: small wash towel and bath towel

·      2 plastic garbage bags (for water-proofing and laundry)

Optional

·      watch (if you have one)

·      insect repellant

·      flashlight

·      reading book

·      camera

·      sunglasses, compass, playing cards, lip balm

·      teddy bear

·      money (about 1000 yen)

·      journal, sketch pad, pencil

Name all your gear

Bring a normal morning snack for the bus ride (something easy to eat in a bus) and a water bottle.

March 24, 2014
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Homework due March 28th

Monday: Look, cover, say, write, and check each of these words. Then use the word in a sentence.

1.  refugee 2. marketplace   3.  Kabul   4. circumstance 5.  burqa

 

Tuesday:  Write your best answer to this question:

39 children line up for a Grade Four field trip to an art museum. Kate is the 18th student from the front. John is the 32nd from the back. How many children are there between Kate and John? Show your work.

Wednesday: Answer this question in one paragraph (at least 5-7 sentences): Should children be allowed to go to bed when they want? Why or Why not?

 

Thursday: Work on www.mathletics.com for 25 minutes.

You should read for at least 15 minutes each day.

March 21, 2014
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Grade Four News — March 21st

Grade 4 students in Japanese class with Misao this week.

Grade Four News

March 21, 2014

 

Parents,

 

It was great to talk with all the parents on Wednesday at the Parent-Teacher Conferences. We would like to thank you for taking the time to come in and talk about your child’s progress. Also, thanks for all the feedback that you gave us.

 

Our Spring Break starts next Saturday. If you are traveling anywhere inside or out of Japan, have a safe trip. We look forward to getting back to school on Monday, April 7th.

 

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 are learning about them as being parts of a whole and how they relate to each other. Students this week worked on fractions and decimals in both classes.

 

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:  During our mini lessons this week we again used Parvana as a mentor text and started to discuss it in relation to other texts with similar issues or characters. We talked about questions we still have about the book and what we would ask Parvana if she was here?

Writer’s Workshop: This week, we continued our work with 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.We should be finished with our information books next week!

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:

Tuesday, April 29: Tokyo Amazing Race field trip

Spring Break begins March 29th.