Weekly Overview: January 14th – January 18th

Weekly Overview: January 14th – January 18th

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those who attended our parent event this week. The students worked really hard to complete their independent inquiries. They showed great research skills and were very proactive about following our inquiry cycle to the best of their ability. Keep an eye out for an upcoming blog post on your child’s blog about their chosen piece of cultural heritage and their final reflections about the unit. Below are some photos of our cultural heritage celebration.

In math we have been focusing on decimal numbers. We are able to convert fractions to decimals and are now forming our knowledge on how to round to the nearest tenth or hundredth. One way to remember how to round is by thinking of the numbers as a roller coaster. Numbers 1,2,3,4 can be rounded down and numbers 5,6,7,8,9 can be rounded up.

Next week is the start of our new unit. It is an exciting phase of a new inquiry as we are figuring out what we will be learning about.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Hepburn

What’s Happening in the ESL Classroom?

What’s Happening in the ESL Classroom?

Today in ESL class, students were briefly introduced to some key vocabulary which they will encounter during their next unit on ‘How We Organize Ourselves’. The new unit is due to begin next Monday.

During the activity, students walked around the classroom and looked at key vocabulary cards stationed at different tables. Some of these words include: crisis, prepare, respond, organisation, cause, effect and natural disaster.

Students then wrote the following information that they either knew or could find about the word:

  1. Translation (to their native language)
  2. Meaning
  3. Example

The purpose of this activity is to help equip the ESL students with some of the key vocabulary prior to hearing and reading about these words in their homeroom class. This knowledge will help give them the confidence and understanding to fully engage in their learning during our unit of inquiry lessons.

PE Update and Welcome Back!

PE Update and Welcome Back!

Hi Everyone,

Karen and I hope that you have enjoyed your holiday. This week we have once again looked at the 6 fitness tests as part of our year-long unit and assessment on health related fitness. We have enclosed a pdf of the actual test sheet that your child has worked through this week – talk to them about whether or not they are warm, warmer, hot or on FIRE!

Our next unit is Movement Composition and students will use the terminology of ROTATIONS, TRAVEL, BALANCE, and JUMP to describe and label their movements. This unit covers a mixture of gymnastic type movements such as rolls, balances, leaps, and gallops etc; and then adapting/modifying them into a small routine. Within Grade 4 we will be focusing on the aesthetics and function of each movement as well as connecting between different movement – which in child-speak is about making our moves and transitions clean, tidy, and smooth. We will also be focusing on extending our capabilities within movement; For Example taking forward rolls into dive rolls for those capable, experimenting with beginner vault work, and gaining more control in complex balances such handstands etc.

Just a reminder that students from G3-G5 are required to the PE uniform during these sessions. Time will be given before and after each session in order to get changed. After Chinese New Year students who do not have PE uniform will be lent an old sports uniform for the PE session and an email will be sent home informing you of this. PE uniforms are available at DragonWear in the school foyer. We have attached the letter sent last year in English, Korean, and Chinese addressing this matter.

As always both Karen and I encourage families to talk about PE at home and we welcome any feedback, questions, clarifications that you may have as a result of your child’s PE sessions.

Regards Kit Murray and Karen Zheng

The last Art update for 2018

The last Art update for 2018

Grade 4 artists have put their beautiful and unique clay sculptures on display in the Art Foyer. Enjoy stopping by to admire them and to read about the meaning behind each artwork after the Winter Break.

Grade 4 have also begun to explore a variety of mediums for creating Artist Trading Cards (or ATCs) over the past two weeks. We will explore many more materials and the transdisciplinary theme of ‘Sharing the Planet’ when we all return from the Winter Break.

I hope you collect lots of ATC ideas over the break Grade 4 artists.

See you next year, in 2019!

Suzhou Museum Field Trip

Suzhou Museum Field Trip

This morning, the grade 4 students visited the Suzhou Museum. Our aim was to identify a range of angles, as well as 2D and 3D shapes that designer, I.M. Pei, used in the construction of the museum. It also reminded us that we see mathematics all around us in our everyday lives.

Provided with a list of questions, a map and photographs, we set off in small groups to learn as much as we could about the museum’s design. The museum visit also provided a fitting link with our current unit on how cultural heritage is preserved. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience for all.

 

G4 This week

G4 This week

Please go to your childs blogfolio and view their summative assessment piece for the net games unit. Last week we posted the guidelines for the task and we will feedback with a comment over the Xmas break.

Weekly Overview: December 3rd – December 7th

Weekly Overview: December 3rd – December 7th

Dear Parents,

To begin our week, Yena taught us about Korean cultural heritage. She took action by creating a presentation connected to our unit. If you see your child taking similar action at home, don’t forget to let me know.

 

We also had the pleasure of watching a Chinese opera performance. Here is a question to ask your child: Is Chinese opera tangible or intangible? Why?

In the media center we got to experience ‘Hour of Code’. We created and manipulate games through coding, which was a lot of fun!

In writing, we have been reading a famous myth from the Polynesian islands – The Hero Maui. We took the myth and began turning it into a play script. It was great to see that many students could identify that the Polynesian people were preserving this story by putting it in book form. We know that one way to preserve cultural heritage is through sharing and teaching others. Students also started discussing the importance of not changing a story. If we change a story, then someone else changes the story, and so on, the story will no long maintain its original meaning. Do you know a story that is a part of your cultural heritage?

In math, we have been doing lots of hands on activities to create fractions. Students were applying their knowledge to real life situations, which brought out some great learning without prompting – converting decimals to fractions, simplifying, equivalent fractions, comparing the differences between whole numbers and parts of a whole. We will continue with fractions next week.

 

Enjoy your weekend,

Miss Hepburn

 

 

What’s Been Happening in the ESL Classroom?

What’s Been Happening in the ESL Classroom?

ESL students in grade 4 have been busy learning about the features of a play script. We have identified the following features: Characters, props, stage directions and setting.

We practiced our speaking and reading skills by performing a play. We then began researching and sharing some of the folktales we know from our own culture. Jayden confidently shared a traditional Korean story with our ESL class that we all appreciated.

Our next step is to retell or write a play script about a traditional folktale of our choice.

Our vocabulary words for this unit are below. Please spend some time discussing the meaning of these words at home in your native language.

Mathematics: fraction, improper fraction, mixed number fraction, numerator, denominator, decimal

Writing: dialogue, props, scene, setting, stage, stage directions

Unit of Inquiry: cultural heritage, preserve, appreciation

 

Reading Activity (December 3 – 7)

Reading Activity (December 3 – 7)

Dear students,

For your independent activity during guided reading this week, you are going to listen to a story called ‘Wicked Uncle’s April Fool Mystery’.

Click here to listen.

When you finish the story, answer the questions below by writing a comment.

Questions

What do you think happened?

Was it Grandma’s gremlins who moved Dad’s car? Why did Dad start to lose things? And what was the little creature flitting around the bedroom in the morning?

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