Grade Four News
November 28, 2014
On Monday, the Grade Fours had a very successful and safe field trip, the Tokyo Amazing Race. Groups set off from the school just before 9:00 and made their way to seven checkpoints around the city. The winning group, called Like A Boss, with Diego, Ottilia and Tom came it at 12:45 (amazingly!) with 2,190 yen still left in their money pouch. Awesome work everybody.
Next week, the Grade Fours will perform in their Living Museum on Thursday, December 4th at 2:00pm and Friday, December 5th at 8:30am. Students will become an explorer and answer questions at the push of a button. Please come and see one of these performances if possible.
A reminder that cold and flu season is quickly approaching. Carolyn and Andy are being extra vigilant in class, but please take the usual precautions and get plenty of rest!
Thanks, as always, for your support at home.
Andy and Carolyn
Grade Four Teachers
This unit we are looking at timelines, quadrants, and coordinates. Our review work with multiplication and division continues throughout the unit. We used google maps this week to plan our Amazing Race.
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: This week we looked carefully at photos and diagrams that are used in non fiction texts to support the main idea. We can use this site to find some levelled non fiction books: https://www.biguniverse.com/. username: tislibrary password: bookworm. Please ask your child to fill in their reading log at the back of their homework book.
Writer’s Workshop: This week we continued our writing unit on personal and persuasive essays. Students are writing about special people in their lives, learning how to structure essays, and learning about the importance of including details in their writing.
We tested our thesis statements against a few different criteria to help structure our writing.
Units of Inquiry:
Current Unit of Inquiry: Where We Are in Place and Time
Central Idea: People explore in different ways but often for similar reasons.
Lines of Inquiry:
Who explorers are.
How explorers travel.
Why people explore.
Who are explorers?
How do explorers travel?
What are the challenges of exploration?
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 completed the Amazing Race and now we are turning our attention to becoming explorers for the living museum.
4B are collecting english language magazines and newspapers, if you have any to donate please send them in with your child.
Grade Four Living Museum is Thursday, December 4th (repeat performance at Grade Four Assembly Friday, December 5th at 8:30am).
Winter Concert is Thursday, December 18th.