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September 29, 2014
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Words Their Way activities

Using your word lists complete one or more of these activities each morning when you come into school. Do this in your spelling book.

 

  • Pyramid Writing: “Pyramid write” your spelling words. You must write neatly! Example: home

h

ho

hom

home

  • ABC Order: Write your spelling words in a list in ABC order. Example: car, cat, dog, elephant, fun
  • Story: Write a story using ALL of your spelling words. Be sure to underline your spelling words your story.
  • Blue Vowels! Write each of your spelling words. You will need a blue coloured pencil. Trace over the vowels in each words with your blue coloured pencil.
  • Bubble Letters: Write your spelling words in bubble letters. After your write your words in bubble letters, colour your words with a crayon or coloured pencil.
  • Colourful Words: Write each of your spelling words. Write each letter using a different coloured pencil crayon.
  • Sentence: Write sentences using each of your spelling words. You may use more than one word in a sentence, but you must write at least 6 sentences. Underline your spelling words.
  • Words within Words: Write each spelling word and then write at least two words made from the same letters that are hidden inside the word. Example: slide – side, lie, lid,  led
  • Practice Test: Take a practice test. Have your mom or dad ask you to spell your spelling words. Write them on a list. Check your practice test and correct any misspelled words.

September 29, 2014
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Homework due on October 3

Monday: Look, cover, say, write and check these words:

 

1. blood   2. symptoms   3. stress  4. recover  5. immune

 

Then make an interesting sentence with each word.

 

Tuesday: In one paragraph, describe the ending of a book that you read recently. Did you like the ending? How would you do it differently if you were the author?

 

Wednesday: Plan a story with these words: “just in time” 1. plan your writing for this topic (chart, bullet points, or another way), 2. write a lead for this essay (first paragraph only).

 

Thursday: Work on Mathletics assignments for 25 minutes.

 

Every day: Read for at least 15 minutes.

 

*a reminder about homework: please spend only 25 minutes on it and complete what you can!

 

September 26, 2014
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Grade Four News September 26

 

Grade Four News

26th September, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week, the Grade Four students continued their Unit of Inquiry on Health and Choices by looking into exercise and diet. On Thursday our guest speaker, Katrina Tripp, talked to us about healthy eating habits and the danger of eating too much sugar. We learned a lot about how much sugar is in some of the food that we eat. Especially Skittles and Coca-Cola!

 

Next week on Thursday October 2nd, we will be harvesting the rice that we planted in May as Grade Three students. You will need to remember a few things for the trip.

  • We will leave from school at 8:45am.

  • We will return to TIS at around 5pm.

  • You do not have to wear school uniform.

  • You should wear closed toe shoes (not sandals)

  • You need to bring a pair of gloves, like the ones in the picture below. You can buy them at the hundred yen shop.

 

Thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

Mathematics:

This unit we are looking at place value. We are also starting to look at metric measurement units. Students have been playing the game “Please Get Out of my House” as a way to reinforce calculations and mental math. We looked at comparing numbers and using greater than and less than. This week, we reviewed rounding numbers.

Place Value Vocabulary

place value – the value of the position of a digit in a number

expanded notation – a way to write numbers to show the value of each digit (ex: 5642 = 5,000 + 600 + 40 + 2)

standard form – a number written with one digit for each place value.

digit – any one of the 10 symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

numeral – a symbol used to represent a number

value – what a number is worth

hundred thousands, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, units

 

 

Literacy:

 

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Reader’s workshop:  In this unit, are starting to get ourselves organised as readers. This week we focussed on what we do as readers when we think about characters. We developed theories about some well known characters and what they say and do on the outside and compared this to what they think and feel on the inside.

Writer’s Workshop: We have been looking at how writer’s develop characters, settings and plots in their writing. We have been learning how to add detail to the setting in our fiction stories.

 

Units of Inquiry:

Current Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are

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This week we finished talk about how much exercise we get and related that to the Learner Profile idea of being ‘balanced’.

 

  • We continued to observe our burger and fries change or not change over a week. Scarily it has still not changed that much.

  • We researched different food standards  and recommendations from around the world.

Reminders:

Thursday October 2nd, Rice Harvesting at Mori farm. We will return late to school.

September 25, 2014
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Guest speaker on nutrition

Today we had a special guest speaker, Katrina, who taught us some interesting facts about nutrition, how our bodies respond to different kinds of foods, and how much sugar is in some of our favorite foods. One of the most interesting things that we learned was how the immune system — the body’s defense against disease — gets weaker when we eat too much sugar. Do you know how much sugar is in one bag of Skittles or one can of Coca-Cola?

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September 24, 2014
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Homework due back September 26

Wednesday: Look, cover, say, write and check these words:

1. eating 2. vitamin 3. oxygen 4. bacteria 5. carbohydrate

Then make an interesting sentence with each word.

Thursday: Work on Mathletics assignments for 25 minutes.

Every day: Read for at least 15 minutes.

*a reminder about homework: please spend only 25 minutes on it and complete what you can!

September 19, 2014
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Newsletter 19th September, 2014

 

Grade Four News

19th September, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week, the Grade Four students continued their Unit of Inquiry on Health and Choices by looking into the cardiovascular system, exercise, and ways to measure fitness. We also celebrated World Culture Day and looked amazing.

 

On Thursday October 2nd, we will be harvesting the rice that we planted in May as Grade Three students. You will need to remember a few things for the trip.

  • We will leave from school at 8:45am.

  • We will return to TIS at around 5pm.

  • You do not have to wear school uniform.

  • You should wear closed toe shoes (not sandals)

  • You need to bring a pair of gloves, like the ones in the picture below. You can buy them at the hundred yen shop.

 

A reminder that next Monday and Tuesday there is no school. See you back at TIS on Wednesday the 24th!

Thanks, as always, for your support at home.

 

Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers

 

 

Mathematics:

This unit we are looking at place value. We are also starting to look at metric measurement units. Students have been playing the game “Please Get Out of my House” as a way to reinforce calculations and mental math. We looked at comparing numbers and using greater than and less than. This week, we reviewed rounding numbers.

Place Value Vocabulary

place value – the value of the position of a digit in a number

expanded notation – a way to write numbers to show the value of each digit (ex: 5642 = 5,000 + 600 + 40 + 2)

standard form – a number written with one digit for each place value.

digit – any one of the 10 symbols 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

numeral – a symbol used to represent a number

value – what a number is worth

hundred thousands, ten thousands, thousands, hundreds, tens, units

 

 

Literacy:

Reader’s workshop:  In this unit, are starting to get ourselves organised as readers. We talked more about making ‘movies in our minds’ to help us understand the book and predict what will come next. We also started to work with our reading partners this week and are developing our book chat skills.

Writer’s Workshop: We have been looking at how writer’s develop characters, settings and plots in their writing. This week we used a story mountain to help us plan our writing.

 

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Units of Inquiry:

Current Unit of Inquiry: Who We Are

 

This week we delved into the area of exercise and learned how much we need at various stages in our life.

  • We continued to observe our burger and fries change or not change over a week. The fruit had to be thrown out last week due to the smell.

  • We researched the circulatory system.

  • We designed our own exercise circuit and completed the one minute pushup challenge.

 

 

Reminders:

Monday-Tuesday 22-23 no school

Friday September 26 is casual dress day. 100yen goes to Kids for Kids.

Thursday October 2nd, Rice Harvesting at Mori farm. We will return late to school.