As we come to the end of this unit, students have been working hard on improving the quality of their artist trading cards and ensuring each has a message that connects back to our transdisciplinary theme, ‘Sharing the Planet’.
Now it is time to experience what artist TRADING cards are all about – trading art! Yes, decisions have been made by the students and this week each grade 4 artist is completing the artist trading card (or ATC) that they want to swap with a grade 4 student artist in Ioha, USA. And next week students will complete an ATC that will go into a SSIS grade level-wide swap.
This means, for the first time students will take home other people’s art as well as their own (if they don’t wish to swap/trade all their ATCs) when they conclude a unit of art. We hope all our young artists really enjoy the chance to share their art with others and own art by other artists. We are very proud of the work being traded and invite you to discuss this unit with your young artist to see which ATCs they have loved and why.
Though they are small, ATCs can be framed and hung, used on cards or left as they are, and celebrated for the art they are. Many emerging artists build up a great collection of art through ATCs as it’s a chance to own art with minimal expenses and maximum exposure to a variety of art styles and techniques.
The students have been working really hard on presenting their final assessment about crises and organisations. In small groups or individually the students decided on ways they could best demonstrate their learning – news broadcast, posters, keynotes etc. The presentations definitely reflect the key skills the students have been working on, such as, research, summaries, citing, sorting information.
Below are some examples of presentations. Students will be uploading their completed presentations to their personal blog shortly.
In math, we focused on tree diagrams. Every day we are faced with many choices and options without even realizing it – our clothing, meals etc. Students learnt how to create a tree diagram, and some were able to figure out the total number of choices by using a math equation. We have now come to the end of data handling and will be moving onto a review of number skills.
In writing, students have been publishing their written reports. The students tried really hard to keep to the sub-headings they created for each paragraph by not including details that didn’t fit the theme. They also did very well at taking their notes from their research and rewriting them into sentences that make sense. Keep checking your child’s personal blog to see if they have posted about their published piece of writing.
In our unit of inquiry, students are putting all of their knowledge together to complete their final assignment. Students have picked a crisis that interests them; some are working in groups, whilst others are challenging themselves to work alone. They have all been using a range of sources and ensuring that they cite where they are getting their information from. Next week, we will be publishing our final reports and ending our unit.
On Thursday we were lucky enough to have the Grade 9s teach us about trade, aid, and poverty. 4JH were answering lots of questions as their knowledge developed throughout their lessons. Make sure to ask your child what they learnt.
In math, students were asked to make a probability activity using the materials they received in a given basket. They then recorded their data, represented the data on a graph, wrote a summary, and then calculated the mean, median, mode, and range.
To end our Friday, Mounia and her friends from 4MM performed a song about bullying. They explained that this was their own version of the ‘Fight Song’ because they are fighting for less bullying in the world. What a powerful message these young girls are sharing!
Enjoy your weekend,
March 29th is the Grade 1 to 5 sports day, we will begin preparing students for this during PE class over the next 3 weeks – some classes have already started.
The focus of this day is Healthy Competition.
Using the PSPE framework of Identity, Active Living, and Interactions we can explain the day like this –
§ Students will identify within their house group whilst competing in Active athletic events of entailing Running, jumping, and throwing, all the while Interacting and participating within the whole sports day.
One thing we would like to establish with all students is that whilst we can’t all be Usain Bolt we can all improve our speed by focusing on our technique. Attached to this blog post are some very broad tips for running faster – we will be exploring these more in class during the next few weeks.
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng
Since returning from the break, the ESL students have been busily researching a natural disaster which links to their current unit of inquiry on ‘How We Organize Ourselves’.
Using resources such as books, articles and online databases, the students have been recording information on their planning sheet. This planning sheet will then be used to write an information report which will be displayed in poster form. The students are also being principled learners by acknowledging their sources of information by using a reference list.
We would also like to welcome a number of new students to grade 4 ESL in the past few weeks. Min Young and Jessica (4JH), Ho Young (4NT), Jun Seo and Seo Jun (4AS) have all shown their enthusiasm and quickly adapted to the routine in our classroom. We are sure they will have a challenging, yet enjoyable semester ahead.
4JH have been working hard this week, completing ISA tests and adjusting back to our daily timetable.
Our brand new unit is well under way. Students are learning about a range of organisations that help before and during a crisis. We have been very lucky to of listened to 3 guest speakers this week. We learnt about one very unnatural crisis, a bombing. As well as 2 organisations – Coast Guard and Rotary. Students will get some more opportunity to learn from other guest speakers next week.
In math, we have been looking at probability, thinking about the meaning of – impossible, unlikely, even chance, likely, and certain. Students have been playing a range of games that make them think about their odds of winning.
Enjoy your weekend,
We focused on figuring out ‘how to know if your artist trading card (ATC) is high quality and finished’ this week in Art.
We reviewed what @MiniMatisse suggested and came up with the following checklist that will help all students to complete some quality ATCs in the coming weeks – 1 or 2 of which will be traded with a school in the USA!
Question: What can we do if an ATC is not yet the best quality it can be?
Grade 4’s answers:
- FILL all the space! Think about the main words and/or images PLUS the background (all of it).
- ADD another layer – Sketch on another piece of paper and then stick it on or draw it on.
- Put in more TIME. Keep on trying. Think about it more.
- Discuss it with a classmate or adult to get more ideas. *What is the message? *How is it STP?
- Practise using the materials more to get better at them.
- Turn mistakes into something! Or, cover them up and try again.
- Check – would you want the ATC larger & on your wall?
Is there anything else in our lives that could also benefit from this advice?
Enjoy some of the wonderful ATCs that have benefitted from the quality advice so far…
This week has seen us continue with our battery of fitness tests.
We have also introduced the movement and vault assignment for the next 6 weeks – Please see the documents attached.
As we move closer to sports day (March 29th) all students will be looking at Run/Jump/Throw activities also. So please talk to your students about their vault and movement assignments and keep March 29th free!
Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng
In art we have been learning about ATC ( Artist trading cards ). ATC are an artwork that you make that is 2.5 to 3.5 inches wide and long. We’ve been making ATC but when we make ours it needs to be connected to sharing the planet, so for example drawing a rubbish bin to show how much rubbish we are wasting. But we do not need to just draw we are allowed to stick things from magazines and also use markers and watercolour paint and more. We need to create at least four ATC so you can keep two and trade your other best ATC with the school we are swapping with. The school we are swapping with is a school in Ioha in the USA. We are all enjoying the ATC making.
Our Grade 4 Art blog post this week is by Zavier (4NT)
Great summary, thanks Zavier! Have a great break and Happy Lunar New Year everyone!
See you in two weeks 4JH artists ~ Ms Kendal
Grade 4 needs your help! We are looking for some eager parents that could share their experiences and knowledge of what happens before and/or after a crisis. Attending presentations is a fun way for the students to build awareness and practice a range of skills.
In our current Unit of Inquiry, Grade 4 are inquiring into different crises and the organisations that prepare and respond to them. If you have experienced a crisis and you are able to discuss the support and assistance that was provided afterwards, we would love to hear from you. If you are a part of or have been a part of a local or international organization that prepares for or provides relief for a crisis, we would like to hear from you too!
If you are interested in sharing and presenting to the students please get in touch with 1 of the Grade 4 team to arrange a time!
Thank you in advance!
Grade 4 Team