Grade Four News
May 22, 2015
Our annual Spring Concert is one week away. Thanks for all the help you gave us these past few weeks putting the LEGO costumes together. This week, students did a full dress rehearsal and they looked great! We hope to see you all next Friday at the hall for the big performance.
Today, Linn came in to talk about her work with refugees in Malaysia and around the world. Students did a role play situation where they had to choose which members of the family to take with them while fleeing a country. Tough choices!
Also today was Teacher Appreciation Day at TIS and Carolyn and Andy would like to thank the parents and students for the contributions. We are truly grateful to be part of this community and feel honored to be a part of your child’s education.
Thanks, as always, for your support at home.
Andy and Carolyn
Grade Four Teachers
Throughout the year, we have been reinforcing addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Please practice at home with your ‘Xtra Math’ account!
We have been looking at how to order, round and add decimals this week. We learnt a little about how place value helps us to round numbers as well as order and add them.
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 good)
Reader’s workshop: This week finished reading Parvana’s Journey, wow that was a great story with so much happening. It had us laughing and crying.
We then looked at why the author, Deborah Ellis, selected certain words and phrases to include in the text.
Writer’s Workshop: In this unit, students are writing essays about some of the books and short stories they read. This week, students worked on essays about The Breadwinner and Parvana’s Journey. Next, they will be comparing two different books in a single essay.
Units of Inquiry:
Unit of Inquiry: It’s Not Fair
Title: It’s Not Fair!
Central Idea: People of the world have varying rights, responsibilities and opportunities.
Lines of Inquiry:
The rights of children
Our rights responsibilities and opportunities
The responsibilities, rights and opportunities of child labourers
What are children’s rights and why?
What are our responsibilities, rights and opportunities?
What responsibilities, rights and opportunities do child labourers have?
The Summative Assessment is a reflective journal recorded in the Unit of Inquiry notebook through the unit.
You will participate in a series of simulations depicting the lives of child laborers around the world. After the simulations, you will be asked to think about and record your understanding of the rights, responsibilities and opportunities of the children’s lives you role-played and compare them to your own life.
During these reflections we reflected using the six facets of understanding: self knowledge (asking students to reflect on their learning) empathy (asking students to reflect through the eyes of characters) perspective (asking students to reflect about the different points of view), explain (students explain their reflections) interpret (tell meaningful stories making connections e.g. to self, texts, analogies), application (ask students to apply their understandings in a scenario eg You are a…)
This week we discussed our responsibility as a consumer and the responsibilities of governments when it comes to child labourers. We also performed a simulation where we were child labourers working in cramped, hot and poorly lit conditions. It was enlightening for some of us.
- Spring concert Friday 29th May (late start)
- Make the costume for the concert