We are just past the half way mark with our swimming sessions for G1,2,3, and 4.
Our intention at this stage is that your child is becoming more aware of their
– Strengths and weaknesses within the water
– Progress thus far within the 3 strokes and survival skills
– Specific areas that they need to improve in within the 3 strokes
We encourage you to have a conversation with them by asking open ended inquiry questions – Some examples of questions to engage in conversation are –
– What did the coach tell you that you were doing well in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
– Which swimming technique/style do you use when swimming under water?
– What is your favorite stroke in swimming – why?
– What do the arms do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
– What do the legs do in – BACKSTROKE/BREASTSTROKE/FREESTYLE? (just choose one)
Don’t forget that next week is our open swim week. We invite all parents to come along and see what we do in swimming. All visitors must remain on the viewing deck and no photos are allowed to be taken.
Grade 4 artists have been investigating ‘Where We Are in Place and Time’ while we wait for the postal service to deliver the USA Artist Trading Cards, and the results are already very promising.
Our young artists have been photographers, land art artists and video artists recently as they researched contemporary art by creating each of these art forms. There is no better way to understand the joys and difficulties of an art form than hands-on challenges!
Our central idea is – Technology creates new possibilities – and the students are seeing this first hand as they capture their land art through photographs and stop motion films before the wind whisks it away.
They have also just begun to work on developing a mood when creating a video artwork through use of visual filters, careful filming choices and select audio music and/or sound effects. I can’t wait until students create their own sounds and come up with even more original footage.
We will work on increasing the students knowledge and skills in each of these contemporary art forms over the remaining weeks so that they enter Grade 5 with a range of technical artistic skills that will benefit them in the PYP Exhibition and for years to come.
For now, enjoy the samples of their initial contemporary art explorations, and feel free to share any art action you notice at home. My email is email@example.com
This afternoon, the grade 4 students were introduced to our new measurement unit through a tuning-in provocation. A variety of items were placed throughout the classrooms and students were given the following simple tasks:
Estimate the measurements
Calculate the exact measurements
It was then left to the students to apply their thinking and communication skills to determine how to both estimate and calculate each measurement, as well as identify and accurately use a range of measurement tools.
Observations made by the grade 4 teachers during this activity will help guide the learning needs of individual strengths for this upcoming unit.
Below is an update of what we have been doing over the last few weeks.
Writing (Living Museum)
Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend our Grade 4 Living Museum. Over the last few weeks students have been researching and writing a biography on a person who has created positive change. Students presented their information by becoming a museum exhibit and shared all of their new knowledge to their visitors. Students showed great confidence when speaking as well as answering questions in a range of languages.
In math we have been revising our number skills in multiplication. We have been using a range of strategies to figure out answers to 2 digit x 1 digit multiplication and 3 digit x 1 digit multiplication. Students have learnt best by learning from each other and teaching each other, which has strengthened our bank of strategies. It is important to expose ourselves to a range of strategies to ensure greater accuracy of our answers. Please check your child’s blog to learn about the strategy they like best.
Each student in 4JH had the confidence to teach multiplication to a partner from 3LR. It was great to hear that the Grade 3s were learning brand new strategies that they had never learnt before.
Examples of some strategies
In reading we have been focusing on fluency – accuracy, rate, expression, and punctuation. We have been using tongue twisters, poems, and plays to help us improve our fluency. At home, students can use the record function on Raz-Kids to listen to their reading fluency. Listening to ourselves read has helped us set new goals for future improvements.
Adventure Man is back once again, but this time with the help of fearless friend Danger Dame! Help them dash their way through the Letters Dungeon while collecting gold, gems, and answering questions about vowels, consonants, uppercase and lowercase letters.
A terrible dragon has attacked the kingdom of Lingua and only a Probouns Master will be able to save it. Will it be you? Put your knowledge of pronouns to the test as you venture through Parts of Speech Quest – Pronouns!