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October 29, 2014
by AM
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What if the earth stopped spinning?

Hey Grade Fours. Have you ever wondered what would happen if the world stopped turning? Neither have we, but we did find this fun video about what might happen if it did. If you have ten minutes to spare, click on the play button below. It’s good.

October 24, 2014
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Grade 4 News October 24

Grade Four News

October 24, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week we continued our Unit of Inquiry on Exploration by looking at the Vikings and some reasons why explorers left their homes and explored other parts of the earth and beyond. Students read biographies in reading and are focusing on persuasive writing.

 

A reminder that our Fall Break starts tomorrow and we return to school on Monday, November 3rd. If you are traveling, have a safe trip and we look forward to seeing you back in a week!

 

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 have begun our reading unit on non fiction.This week we compared biographies to information texts and found their similarities and differences. We have access to some leveled biographies on https://www.biguniverse.com/. username: tislibrary password: bookworm.

Writer’s Workshop: This week we started our new writing unit on personal and persuasive essays. Students are collecting ideas and elaborating on them in the early stages, then composing and drafting with introductions and conclusions. Along the way, students will learn about connecting evidence and reason.

Units of Inquiry:

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

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?

This week we made models of a viking long boat, used google maps and generally explored why people explore. Maybe you could talk to your child about any explorations you undertake during the fall break.

Reminders:

 

Who We Are unit reports ready on Manabi Mon.

 

Fall Break: October 25-November 2

 

Friday 7th November – Sports day

 

Monday November 24, The Tokyo Amazing Race. We need lots of parent help for this, it is on a national holiday for this reason.

October 21, 2014
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Japanese Standard Class – Introduction

photo (8)Japanese Standard class has been working very hard not only as a school subject but also to use Japanese as a communication tool. Students work will be published here to appreciate and share their success.

In unit 1, students wrote short introduction of themselves with healthy choice in mind in Unit 1. I will be publishing some of them here.

Here is Yoon’s writing. Enjoy!

Misao – Japanese teacher

こんにちは

ぼくの なまえは コンユン です。 九さい です。 ぼくは 四ねん です。 カンコク からきました。

いま ぼくの すきなこたえわ はなします。 こうえん で サッカ をします。 ようかいワッチ がすきです。ぼくの きょうしつで けんこうを べんきょうしました。 いい すいみんでした。 そして まいにち たのしいです。 たべものを バランス よく たべました そして からだにいいです。 スポーツをしました。 でも まいにち しません。 ありがとうごじゃいます。さようなら。

 

October 20, 2014
by AM
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Homework due back October 24

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

 

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

 

Then make a picture or symbol  to remember each word.

 

Tuesday: Please look at the blog for the 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.

 

Every day: Read for at least 15 minutes.

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

October 17, 2014
by AM
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Grade Four News October 17

Grade Four News

October 17, 2014

 

Parents,

 

This week we started our new Unit of Inquiry on Exploration by brainstorming explorer words, learning about coordinates and timelines, and going on a short walk around the neighborhood. Also this week we did both writing and math assessments for the beginning and end of our units.

 

A reminder that our Fall Break is one week away and starts on October 17th. We will return to school on Monday, November 3rd.

 

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 have begun our reading unit on non fiction. We will primarily be looking at biographies in this unit and have started to talk about why we read biographies about people. We have access to some leveled biographies on https://www.biguniverse.com/. username: tislibrary password: bookworm.

Writer’s Workshop: Next week, we will start our new writing unit on personal and persuasive essays. Students will be collecting ideas and elaborating on them in the early stages, then composing and drafting with introductions and conclusions. Along the way, students will learn about connecting evidence and reason.

Units of Inquiry:

 

Current Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time

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:

 

Fall Break: October 25-November 2

 

Friday 7th November – Sports day

 

Monday November 24, The Tokyo Amazing Race. We need lots of parent help for this, it is on a national holiday for this reason.

October 16, 2014
by AM
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Prompt for tomorrow’s writing

Think of a topic or issue that you know a lot about or that you have strong feelings about. Tomorrow, you will have forty-five minutes to write an opinion or argument text in which you will write your opinion or claim and tell reasons why you feel that way. Use everything you know about essays, persuasive letters, and reviews to do this. If you want to find and use information from a book or another outside source, you may bring that text with you tomorrow. Please keep in mind that you’ll have forty-five minutes to complete this, so you will need to plan, draft, revise, and edit in one sitting.