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April 30, 2014
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Underwater tree?

Here is the photo that 4A talked about today in class.

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http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/04/2014-national-geographic-traveler-photo-contest/100722/#img03

April 29, 2014
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Tokyo Amazing Race 29th April, 2014

Today we had our most amazing race of the year, the Tokyo Amazing Race. Twelve groups of 3-4 students planned a trip around the city visiting seven checkpoints, taking a picture to prove they were there, and then coming back to school. The winning group finished very quickly, making it back before 1pm. Amazing. Please leave your comments here.

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April 28, 2014
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Homework due back May 2

Grade 4 homework

due back: May 2nd,  2014

Monday: Look, cover, say, write, and check each of these words. Then make a picture or symbol to help you remember it.

1.  Europe 2. Africa    3.  Asia    4.  Antarctica   5.  Oceania

 

 4 pets

Tuesday: During his school vacation, Jack cared for his neighbors’ pets while the neighbors were away. He got paid for each visit to each house. Jack made 36 trips in all. He had to keep track of the number of times he went to each house.

  • Jack fed and played with the McGraths’ cat, Snowball, twice a day for four days while the family was away.

  • He walked the Dunns’ dog, Fido, twice a day but for one day less than he took care of Snowball.

  • Chow, the Carbones’ puppy, needed a lot of attention. So Jack went to the Carbones’ house three times a day. The Carbone family was away two more days than the McGrath family.

  • Jack visited the Quinns’ hamster, Squeaky, less often than he visited any other pet.

How many trips did he make to each house?

 

Wednesday: Answer this question in at least one paragraph (at least 5-7 sentences): If you had a chance to climb Mount Everest, would you try? Why or why not?

 

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

You should read for at least 15 minutes each day.

April 25, 2014
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Grade Four News – April 25

 

Grade Four News

April 25, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week we continued our work with exploration, historical fiction, and biographies. In mathematics, students have been learning about timelines and time zones. Next Tuesday is our Amazing Race. Thanks to all who are volunteering. Let’s hope that we don’t see any rain that day!

 

The reports for our previous unit, “It’s Not Fair,” are on Manabi Mon. Please log in and take a look.

 

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:  In our focus on biographies we have been looking at two mentor texts about famous explorers. 4A- Edmund Hillary and 4B- Jacques Cousteau, we know that when we read a biography we usually already know something about the person. This week we linked the experiences of these people to current affairs for example the recent avalanche on Mt Everest and the proposed shark cull in Western Australia.

 

Writer’s Workshop: Students are continuing with historical fiction stories. We are focusing on making our stories true to their time period and considering the struggles and motivations of our characters.

 

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

Sharing the Planet unit reports are ready on Manabi Mon

April 21, 2014
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Homework due back April 25th

Monday: Look, cover, say, write, and check each of these words. Then make a picture or symbol to help you remember it.

1.  timeline 2. expedition    3.  sailboat    4.  North America    5.  South America

 

Tuesday:  The students at the Middle School Craft Fair are selling necklaces, bracelets, and rings. Harry counted the necklaces and found that there were 6 short of 5 dozen. The students had 30 more rings than necklaces and a dozen fewer bracelets than rings.

When packed in boxes holding 6 items per box, how many boxes of each item did they have?

Wednesday: Answer this question in at least one paragraph (at least 5-7 sentences): What do you think are the most important characteristics of explorers?

 

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

You should read for at least 15 minutes each day.

April 18, 2014
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Grade Four News – April 18

Grade Four News

April 18, 2014

 

Parents,

 

We would like to remind you about the Middle School Open House being held on Wednesday, 23 April. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about our Middle School, the curriculum and learning in the middle years, and the changes your child will experience as they move from the PYP to the MYP.

 

Wednesday:

09.20-09.45: General Overview by Lorraine and Steve

9.45-10.35 Visit classrooms: English/Humanities/Math/Design Technology/Science/PE/Drama/English class visits

10.35-11.05: Middle School Curriculum by Kristine and Paul

 

It is necessary to register if you will be attending the Open House. It would be greatly appreciated if you could RSVP, as soon as possible, by sending an email to: admissions@tokyois.com.

 

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:  In our focus on biographies we have been looking at two mentor texts about famous explorers. 4A- Edmund Hillary and 4B- Jacques Cousteau, we know that when we read a biography we usually already know something about the person. We are starting to take notes about our explorer and use a range of sources.

 

Writer’s Workshop: Students are continuing with historical fiction stories. We are focusing on collecting ideas and testing them using historical facts and mixing them with 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:

Saturday, April 19: Cherry Blossom Fair

Tuesday, April 29: Tokyo Amazing Race field trip

April 14, 2014
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Tuesday’s homework question (April 15)

Write your best answer to this question:

Angel, Dexter, and Jarvis each took a different route walking home from the school. They made a map to show their routes.

Angel’s route:

  • Take the horizontal line on Main Street to the first intersection at Elm, Main, and Smith Streets.

  • Take Elm Street, which forms the side of an acute angle with Main Street.

  • Continue to the second of 2 parallel lines that intersect Elm Street.

  • Turn right.

  • Go to the first house.

  • What is its number?

Dexter’s route:

  • Follow the vertical line, Adams Street, to the first street that is perpendicular to Adams Street. Turn left onto Oak Street.

  • Continue on Oak Street to Chapel Street, which forms an obtuse angle with Oak.

  • Take a right onto Chapel Street.

  • Continue to the third house.

  • What is its number?

Jarvis’ route:

  • Take the horizontal line on Main Street past Smith Street to the street that makes a right angle with Main Street. Turn right onto Washington Street.

  • Take Washington Street to the streets that meet at the vertex of three other streets. Take the street that forms a right angle with Washington Street.

  • Go to the third house.

  • What is its number?

What is the number of the house where each person arrives?

April 14, 2014
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Homework due back April 18

Grade 4 homework

due back: April 18th,  2014

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

1.  autobiography 2. transportation    3.  rewards    4.  chronology 5.  consequences

 

Tuesday:  look at the blog for Tuesday’s math homework question!

Write your best answer to this question:

Angel, Dexter, and Jarvis each took a different route walking home from the school. They made a map to show their routes.

Angel’s route:

  • Take the horizontal line on Main Street to the first intersection at Elm, Main, and Smith Streets.

  • Take Elm Street, which forms the side of an acute angle with Main Street.

  • Continue to the second of 2 parallel lines that intersect Elm Street.

  • Turn right.

  • Go to the first house.

  • What is its number?

Dexter’s route:

  • Follow the vertical line, Adams Street, to the first street that is perpendicular to Adams Street. Turn left onto Oak Street.

  • Continue on Oak Street to Chapel Street, which forms an obtuse angle with Oak.

  • Take a right onto Chapel Street.

  • Continue to the third house.

  • What is its number?

Jarvis’ route:

  • Take the horizontal line on Main Street past Smith Street to the street that makes a right angle with Main Street. Turn right onto Washington Street.

  • Take Washington Street to the streets that meet at the vertex of three other streets. Take the street that forms a right angle with Washington Street.

  • Go to the third house.

  • What is its number?

What is the number of the house where each person arrives?

Wednesday: Answer this question in at least one paragraph (at least 5-7 sentences): Would you rather explore space or underwater? Why?

 

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

You should read for at least 15 minutes each day.