A big thanks to those of you who could join us for the Grade 4 Science Fair.

Students in 4th grade have come a long way in testing scientific ideas this year and using the scientific process to create experiments. They are now becoming familiar with making clear questions to test, making a hypothesis and writing a clear, easy-to-follow procedure. Creating a fair test (changing one variable at a time) and recording observations and results is also an important part of the process. Finally, students make a conclusion, stating a claim supported with evidence from their investigations.

Take a look at some of our projects:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

What was your favorite part of the Science Fair and independent investigation?

Leave a comment to let us know what you enjoyed.

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The Rights of the Child

In our current Social Studies unit, ‘Is it Fair?’, we’re focusing on the rights of every child. We’ve learned that every child, and every human being, has inalienable rights. That means that a person’s human rights should not be taken away.

The essential questions of our unit are:

What are our rights ?

Why are some children’s rights not met?
What can we do about it?


As you can imagine, a discussion on children’s rights can spark some debate. We will be discussing issues like child labor and child soldiers, as well as the right to an education and discrimination. Along with our current reading unit on social issues, the students have become very interested in topical issues and current events. Many students are naturally empathetic and feel deeply for the children they read about or see in videos made by NGOs. You may find that your child wants to discuss these issues in more detail at home. If they are moved by the issues they may even want to take action.

Our essential question, ‘What can we do about it?’, encourages students to think about ways society can help, including organizations, governments and individuals. Your child may be keen to support these organizations, sponsor a child, donate money or even take action by helping out in the community or writing letters. I will be illustrating how helping out may mean volunteering time in an organization that helps underprivileged communities. Over the summer, I will be volunteering in a local village school, in Katuuso village, Uganda for an organization called School for Life. Every little bit counts, and ISB encourages all students to become caring global citizens. We would appreciate your support in your child’s endeavours if they do wish to take action. I do realize that many families are already committed to helping out in other ways, and many of you may have donated items to previous collections in the school. Please use your own discretion and support your child in a way you determine to be appropriate.

What are some ways we can help others whose rights are not protected?

Leave a comment to let us know how you would like to help others.



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Dear 4 Terry,

I hope you’re all safe and well. It’s a pity that school was cancelled unexpectedly today, and I’m truly sorry that we can’t all say goodbye to Nicolas today. Nicolas will be back next year for Grade 5, so you’ll all get a chance to catch up with him then.

Here’s some work to keep you on track today:

* Math- We are continuing to work on multiplication.

Cluster Problems- Math activity book pg 9

Activity sheet to practice multiplication strategies: Solving a Multiplication Problem in Two Ways

There is also another assignment to complete by Monday on Ten Marks.

* Reading- Please make sure you keep your reading log up to date. Today, read for at least 30 minutes. Choose a just right book to read for 30 minutes and record it in your reading log. You can also choose to read Our Little Earth or Dogo News which are online current events websites. You can also use online books from the ES Hub website. Remember to read as much as you can over the weekend too!

* Writing- Please begin drafting your opinion editorial in Google docs. Use your school email and password to log in from home. Use the same topic and ideas you have been planning and elaborating over the last few days in class. I know that you won’t have your planning sheet, but try to write an introduction, 3 reasons with supporting evidence, and a conclusion. We will continue to work on it when you’re back at school. You should have the basic draft with 5 paragraphs completed by Monday.

* Social Studies- Read this article on Malala Yousafzai and watch the interview with Jon Stewart.


Now write a blog post or a journal entry to discuss what you think is not fair in the world.

What are the things that you feel most strongly about?

We’re looking forward to seeing you all back at school next week. 

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Lina and Doon have discovered that the city of Ember is starting to fall apart and they need to find a solution fast! The lights are flickering, there are rumors that light bulbs will soon disappear altogether and the black outs are getting longer and longer.

Doon wants to help his city but doesn’t understand how the huge generator in the Pipeworks works. Whenever there is a blackout no-one in the city can move as there are no portable lights. Lina wants to explore the Unknown Regions, but how can she without a light?

How can Doon and Lina help rescue their city from this crisis?

Your Task:

  • Help Lina and Doon to survive in the city of Ember. Find a way to solve the electrical problems in their city.
  • Find a way to help the people of the city of Ember solve their electricity crisis.

Some ideas include:

  • Make a model of a generator and explain how it produces electricity.
  • Make a model to show how the water from the river can produce electricity.
  • Make a model showing how electricity is transferred from the generator to the city.
  • Make a model house with electrical circuits to power model electrical appliances such as lights.
  • Create a portable light to help Lina and Doon explore the Pipeworks and Unknown Regions.
  • Other ideas can be checked with Ms. Terry.

Take a look at some of the photos from our Saving the City of Ember presentations last year and project sharing:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Your model should include:

  • Clear labels of the main parts
  • A title
  • An explanation of how it works

Due Date:     Thursday June 5

Standards and Criteria for Success

Your display should:

  • Explain the important points of how your model works
  • Include clear captions
  • Show creativity
  • Help the people of City of Ember to survive

Download the task sheet and checkpoints below:

Saving the City of Ember Project

What are you planning to create to save the City of Ember?

Leave a comment to tell us your plans.

This is how your project and presentation will be assessed:


Explanation of model




Very clear and well set out explanation and visuals.

Very precise and accurate explanation of how your model works.

Very clear and detailed captions that accurately point out all parts of the model.

Very creative.

Use of original ideas or resources.


Clear and well set out explanation and visuals.

Clear and accurate explanation of how your model works.

Clear captions that accurately point out the main parts of the model.

Creative use of standard ideas or resources.


Fairly clear explanation and visuals. Information could be more neatly presented.

Basic explanation of how your model works.  Explanation could be more precise and accurate.

Captions point out some of the parts of the model. Could be more detailed or clear.

Use of standard ideas or resources.


Unclear explanation and visuals.

Imprecise, inaccurate or missing explanation of how your model works.

Captions are unclear or no captions included.

Use of simple ideas or resources.





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Grade 4 Science Fair & Music Assembly

We have 2 big events coming up in Grade 4. Come and join us for the Grade 4 Science Fair and ES Music Assembly!

The ES Music Assembly is coming up this Friday, May 16 at 1pm in the Chevron Theater. Come join us for this fun celebration.


Parents are invited to our Grade 4 Science Fair next Tuesday, May 20 at 1.15pm. Come celebrate our science investigations and check out what we’ve learned in our Magnetism and Electricity unit.


We hope to see you there!

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Our year is quickly coming to a close, but there’s still a lot of learning going on in 4 Terry. Here’s a brief overview of what we will be going on in 4 Terry over the last few weeks of school.

Reading: We have just wrapped up our Non-Fiction reading unit and we will be meeting again in book clubs to discuss Social Issues. The main goal of this unit is for students to gain a deeper understanding and sympathy for people in our world who deal with a variety of social problems. Students will be introduced to various social issues primarily through reading and discussing fiction stories.

Writing: We have just finished up our unit on List Articles and will use our understanding of supporting ideas with examples as we write Opinion Editorials (Op-Eds). This unit links with our reading unit as students often choose to write persuasively about how to right the wrongs faced by people in our world.

Math: We have just finished our study of Fractions and Decimals. This week, we will begin our study of basic algebra. We will then focus on more complex multiplication and division strategies in our final math unit for the year.

Science: This week we will be finishing our study of Magnetism and Electricity. Students are currently testing ideas and exploring a topic of interest in their Independent Science Projects. We will be presenting our findings in a Science Fair next week. See below for more details.

Social Studies: We will end our year with a unit entitled, “Is It Fair?” during which we will explore issues of equality, freedom, prejudice, and justice. This unit also supports the learning we will be doing in reading and writing.


Science Fair- Tuesday 20th May at 1:15-1:45

Parents are invited  to join us for a Grade 4 Science Fair  on  May 20th from 1:15-1:45pm.

4th grade students will be displaying their knowledge of Magnetism and Electricity in the afternoon of May 20th. You’ll have a chance to see your child’s independent project as well as explore what other students in our class and throughout 4th grade have been investigating.

The main ideas behind the independent science project and science fair are to:

  • conduct an investigation based on a question or hypothesis
  • design a clear experiment to conduct a fair test
  • determine variables and change one variable at a time
  • clearly record results
  • effectively present results and the process of the experiment

You child will be given a poster board this week and will be responsible for preparing their display, along with their science partner/s, in time for the Science Fair on May 20. They should display all the steps of the scientific process, and should use their science investigation booklet to guide their presentation. A template is available for those students who would like one to guide their presentation.

We hope you can join us at our Science Fair on Tuesday May 20 at 1.15pm!

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We’re about to wrap up our unit on fractions and decimals.

Click here to access an amazing selection of decimal activities (Thanks to Mr. Jessee!) … and all of them are fun! Please leave a comment which shares the activity you found most helpful … maybe others can learn from it!


Have fun!

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Having Fun with Fractions

We’re having fun exploring fractions right now in math. Many students have shown a great understanding of fractions, what the numerator and denominator actually mean, and how to compare fractions. It’s been great to see how many students are now using words, numbers and pictures regularly to explain their thinking. Please take a look at your child’s home folder for their latest fraction assessment. Here’s an overview of our unit. All the hyperlinks connect to games, so check them out!

The main objectives of our fractions and decimals unit are to:

*Identify fractions of an area

*Identify fractions of a group

*Compare fractions (Dirt Bike Tug Team)

*Order fractions on a number line

*Add and subtract fractions -with like or easier related denominators (Speedway Game)

*Find equivalent fractions (Fractone Game)

*Compare decimals (Decimal Number Line)

*Add and subtract decimals

*Convert common fractions to decimals (Puppy Chase)

Fraction Cards & Decimal Squares Big Ideas

To help review fractions at home please take a look at the Student Handbook on Pearson Success Net, the Math Investigations website.

There are also a lot of great links found under the Math Links on the right hand side of the class blog.

Try out these fun fraction games on BBC Math.

Ready for a challenge? Then try out these fun activities to get your brain working!

Fraction Splat (mixed fractions)

Snow Sprint (multiplying fractions)

Ratio Stadium (ratios)

Dirt Bike Proportions (proportions)

Have fun!


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As we gear up for our Songkran Break, we would like to add a little fun and excitement to Grade 4.

All the students in Grade 4 will take part in a ‘Songkran Splash’ collaborative games.

Be prepared for a lot of fun and to get very wet !

On Thursday 10th April we will ask the students to:

  • come into school in their school uniform or PE uniform.
  • after recess, change into their swim suit and/or PE uniforms, with hat and water bottle.
  • participate with different students from 4th grade classes in water-based games on the field. Water bottles and hats are needed along with a T-shirt to cover bodies so that they do not get burnt. Please use sunscreen to help protect against the sun as well.
  • change back into their school uniform ready for the afternoon session. A change of clothes is important, as your child will get very wet.

No parental help is needed, but please help your child to pack their swim suit/ PE uniform/ hat/ water bottle/ sunscreen for the day. Remember, they should have a change of clothes (school uniform and swimsuit/ PE clothes or other clothing appropriate for the water activities)

This is a student-only event that we hope will help students work collaboratively in a fun-filled way, to achieve a task.

It will be wet ! It will be fun! It will be a fun-filled Grade 4 event to remember!

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How Can We Achieve Our Potential As Mathematicians?

We are currently working on the last part of our Unit 5 math unit, Landmarks and Large Numbers. Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working hard on challenging ourselves as mathematicians and showing everything we know. We’ve used the five states of mind, craftsmanship, flexibility, interdependence, efficacy and consciousness, to push our thinking and help us grow as learners.

Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you be more aware of how you’re doing as a learner (Consciousness):

*How can I use the ‘I can’ statements to improve my learning?

*How can I use assessments to build on my learning?

*Am I aware of what I need to learn?

*How can I make my strategies more efficient?

*What are my strengths and areas of need?


Remember, Good Mathematicians:

(Craftsmanship, Flexibility, Efficacy)

*Estimate before they solve a problem

*Use the problem solving process

*Use multiple strategies

*Use efficient strategies

*Use words, numbers and pictures to explain their thinking

*Check their solution is reasonable

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been working on adding to our addition and subtraction strategies. We’re developing our strategies so that we can use at least two efficient strategies for both addition and subtraction. The short algorithm can be used, but only as an additional strategy (after using two other strategies) or as a strategy for checking our work.

Here are some charts to help you review the big ideas of the unit, as well as strategies for addition and subtraction:

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

Tomorrow we will send home the Unit 5 pre-assessment and ‘I can’ statements to help you review at home. We’ll be continuing to work on these problems and ideas at school, so please bring the papers back to school each day.

Leave a comment to show:

*How you used your assessments to build on your learning

*Your strengths and what you’re working on to challenge yourself and improve

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