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February 27, 2015
by AM

Grade 4 News February 27

Grade Four students with a neo-impressionist painting made from nano blocks


Grade Four News

February 27, 2015




This week we headed to the Metropolitan Art Museum in Ueno for a look at the show called “Neo-Impressionism, From Light to Color.” Students saw over 100 paintings from some of the most famous Impressionist painters in the world.


A reminder that our math Open House in Grade 4 will be on Wednesday, March 4th at 9:20am. Also a reminder that our Parent-Teacher Conferences will be Friday, March 13th. Have a great weekend, everyone!


Thanks, as always, for your support at home.


Andy and Carolyn

Grade Four Teachers


In the upcoming math unit, we will be working on shape. We will be naming 2 and 3 dimensional shapes as well are finding lines of symmetry and making shapes from nets. Throughout the year, we have been reinforcing addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Please practice at home with your ‘Xtra Math’ account!


4B did some problem solving using this problem, can you solve it? Leave your comments in the comments area.


In addition to working on Mathletics, students are encouraged to practice multiplication times tables at the following websites: (the games section is good)



Reader’s workshop:  This week we read the first four chapters of Parvana and started to think about her life and display some empathy for her. Check out the page on the blog about the novel so you can get an idea about the story as it is quite thought provoking.


Writer’s Workshop: This week students finished the final drafts of their information texts. At home, be sure to ask some interesting questions about your child’s topic. For the next few weeks, we will continue with information texts, focusing on some details included in them.

Units of Inquiry:

Current Unit of Inquiry: How we express ourselves

Title: Art Communication

Central Idea: We communicate feelings and ideas through art.

Lines of Inquiry:

-Messages and ideas portrayed through visual art (causation and perspective)

-Our opinion about visual art (perspective)

-Styles of visual art (form)

How do you feel?


Summative Assessment:

You are an art critic. Choose a painting you have strong feelings about. Present a four-part critique of this piece of art using technology:Description, Analysis, Interpretation and Judgment.

Description: Describe what you see: The subject matter: portrait, landscape, still life, object, other? The style: realism, abstract, cubism, impressionism, surrealism, pop art, fauvism, primitivism, etc. Use the specific characteristics of the styles of art. Be objective: List the facts, not your opinion.

Analysis: Describe how this painting is organized in terms of line, color, texture, shape, forms and space. What skills did the artist use to create this painting?

Interpretation: What message does this painting communicate? What feeling do you have when you look at it? What emotions do you experience or feel when you look at it?

Judgment: Do you like or dislike this painting ? Why?

Composition VII by Kandinsky

1913 (200 Kb); Oil on canvas, 200 x 300 cm (6′ 6 3/4″ x 9′ 11 1/8″); Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow



  • Wednesday March 4th- Maths session for parents. 9.20-10.10
  • Tuesday March 10th 8:30am – Camp information session and Q/A in Grade 4 classrooms
  • help your child think of our last museum field trip, see the blog for details.

February 25, 2015
by AM

Google Art Project

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Please take a look at this website called the Google Art Project. You can look up close at paintings and virtually visit museums to see different art work. One of the coolest things to do is zoom in to paintings and get a feel for the details. Try it out!

February 24, 2015
by AM

Choose our next field trip

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We will have one more field trip for our How We Express Ourselves unit. Now it is time for you to suggest some galleries that you think Grade 4 would enjoy visiting. Take some time to research some exhibitions in Tokyo and make a suggestion in the comments section. We need to go before spring break.  We will then vote on which exhibition to go to. Get busy thinking, feel free to ask parents or friends to help.