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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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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.

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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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Preparing for your Science Fair Presentation

We’ve been busy over the last few weeks preparing for our independent investigations in our Science Water unit. We’ve used the scientific method to research our own questions, testing our ideas, recording our results and making conclusions. Now is the time to present our findings and what better way than a science fair! The students in 4 Terry visited Mrs. Macky’s class yesterday to see what they had discovered and to get some tips from their Grade 4 classmates on how to design a science fair presentation.

Take a look at some of the science fair projects in 4 Macky. A big thanks to all the students of 4 Macky for sharing their projects with us! They were fantastic and we learned a lot!

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Here’s a few guidelines to help you with your project. Make sure you use the rubric to help you showcase your learning in the best way you can. Feel free to use the templates and models below.

Scientific Method outline

Science Fair Display Template

 

Helper for Writing a Science Fair Display

Water Science Fair Rubric

Good luck!

We’re looking forward to sharing our projects with Mr. Crimi’s class on Monday February 10.

Leave a comment to tell us how you found the project.

Did you have fun testing your own ideas?

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Below is our weekly Word Study Routine for this semester:

We’ll be focusing on Word Study each day both in class and for homework.

Monday

At school:

1) Cut your words out

2) Say them (quietly)

3) Sort them by YOUR rule (Open Sort)

-eg: syllables, beginning sounds, end sounds, parts of speech, consonant count

4) Write them in your notebook and explain YOUR rule for sorting them

At home: Alphabetical Sort (put your words in alphabetical order and record them in your notebook). Then use yellow, pink or blue to identify words we need to work on (dots, underline OR circle).

Yellow: I know it and can use it in a sentence

Pink: I know it, but can’t use it in a sentence

Blue: A new word … I do not know it

Tuesday

At school:

1) Take out your words and say each of them once

2) Introduction to the rule for your sort (Closed Sort)

3) Sort your words by the rule (Closed Sort)

3) Record them in your notebook (using the categories from your activity book)

At home: Look up the pink and blue words for this sort and explain what they mean OR try to use them in a sentence.

Wednesday

At school:

1) Review the rule with your group

2) Sort your words by the rule (Closed Sort)

3) Challenge: Add 3 new words to each group and record in notebook [star them]

At home: Choose one activity from the menu to complete, focusing on the pink and blue words for this sort and explain what they mean OR try to use them in a sentence.

Thursday

At school:

1) Review the rule (Speed Sort)

2) Blind (buddy) Sort: Your buddy will say 10 challenging words to you, and you need to point to the category it fits into and then write the word in your notebook … kind of a like a practice quiz. Switch when 10 words are complete.

At home: Complete the review page from your student book

Friday

Before School:

1) Review the rule

2) Glue your words into your student book

At school:

3) Word Study Assessment

4) Write the rule at the bottom of your assessment paper

 

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Thanks for all your effort and hard work yesterday!

Here’s the work for today, January 14:

* Math- We are continuing to work on 2D geometry and polygons.

Today we are identifying and measuring angles, using a right angle as a benchmark. As this is a difficult activity to do from home, please look at these games as a review:

Matching Game

Polygon Sort

If you feel that you can confidently identify angles, try labeling all the angles you can on the Power Polygons sheet with 30, 45, 60 and 90 degree angles.

* 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 which is an online current events website. It’s a great website with lots of current news articles from around the world. You can also use online books from the ES Hub website.

To help to launch our author study unit, make a list of five authors that you really like.

* Writing- Today we are launching our new Poetry unit. Try out some of your own poetry. You should write for at least 30 minutes.

* Science- Here’s a fun way to review our water unit:

Water Review Flashcards

Review and learn the water words

Water Vocabulary Matching Game

Continue to work on creating a visual display of your water photos. You should write captions for each of your photos. You can use an ipad app like Pic Collage, Prezi, PhotoPeach, make a slideshow using Google Presentations or Powerpoint, or create your display on a poster or board.

If you use Compfight to find creative commons photos, make sure you give credit to the photographer.

Your visual display should be ready by next Monday, January 20, so you’ll have time to work on it over the next week.

Please make sure you have watched one of the YouTube videos on the class blog (Wondering About Water) and make a comment on the blog about the video or the photos you took over the break. 

We’re hoping to see you all back at school tomorrow. I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures over the winter break!

 

 

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Welcome back!

I hope you had a great holiday and spent time enjoying the fresh air and time with your family. I know that some of you will not be able to make it to school today since the buses are not running. We hope to see you all back at school soon. For now, our school day will be a little different so please use our class blog to check what we’re doing in class. I’ll let you know each day what you’re expected to complete for that day.

Today’s work is:

* Math- We are continuing to work on 2D geometry and polygons. You now know the names of many polygons and can name the features of different polygons, particularly quadrilaterals. Today we will introduce angles. Which angles do you know? Which ones can you identify?
Angles
On a piece of paper draw 10 different polygons. You can trace around different objects, but you should make sure you use a ruler as all polygons have straight lines. You can also use the Power Polygons sheet attached below. Try to identify all the angles you can. You’re not expected to know all of the angles yet, so just show me what you know. Label them with the words acute, right angle and obtuse. Identify any angles you can with 30, 45 and 90 degrees. Remember to use the math resources in our Math links on the blog, like Math Dictionary or Pearson Success Net, the Math Investigations website for the Student Math Handbook. You might also find BrainPop useful. There are good videos on Polygons and  Angles- although this is a little advanced (see my email for the user name and password).

Power Polygons

* Reading- Please make sure your reading log is up to date. Today, read for at least 30 minutes. Choose a just right book to read and record it in your reading log. You can also choose to read Our Little Earth which is an online current events website. It’s a great website with lots of current news articles from around the world.

* Writing- Write a journal post (like you do in your ‘I Wonder’ notebook) about how you are feeling about the protests. After that you can free write about anything to do with your holiday. You can write a story, small moment, poem or any other type of writing. You can write on Google Docs, create a Word doc and email it to me, or write on a piece of paper. You should write for at least 30 minutes.

* Science- Please make sure that your water photos are ready for sharing. If you haven’t taken your 5 photos, please take 5 photos today or use Compfight to find 5 creative commons photos and give credit to the photographer. Please watch one of the YouTube videos on the class blog (Wondering About Water) and make a comment on the blog about the video or the photos you took over the break. You should begin to write captions for each of your photos and create a visual display. You can use an ipad app like Pic Collage, Prezi, PhotoPeach, make a slideshow using Google Presentations or Powerpoint, or create your display on a poster or board. Your visual display should be ready by next Monday, January 20, so you’ll have time to work on it over the next week.

We’re looking forward to seeing you back at school soon. I can’t wait to hear about all your adventures over the winter break!


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Mr. Whitman, our Librarian in the ES Hub, has shown us more safe search engines. There are a lot of kid friendly search engines linked on the ES Hub website, and in the links on our class blog.

Check out Kids Click!, Ask for Kids and World Book Kids. 

 Happy searching!

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What happens when you add drops of water onto a penny?

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Did you notice the domelike shape? The water droplets stick together and form a skin on top because of surface tension.

What else can surface tension do? Take a look at how surface tension can really hold water in like a skin or plastic bag.

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The excitement is building as the dates draw near for our overnight trip to Ayutthaya. This will be a valuable learning experience for your child, and we look forward to participating in a variety of highly engaging activities. It will be great working closely with The Traidhos Three Generation Barge Program to make this trip truly memorable for the kids.

4/Terry and 4/Ward will be combining our classes and introducing some team building activities that will encourage the students to mix it up and get to know people in other classes, before we go, so it can truly be a grade 4 experience.

Field Trip Date:
Oct. 30 – 31: Cheryl Terry and Alan Ward
Please see below for a reminder of the most important information for the trip. You’ll find the packing list and letter attached to this email if you require another copy.

Important points to note:
*Your child will need 2 changes of clothes- one a comfortable set to change into once we arrive at the wat, and another set of ISB clothes for Day 2.
*I recommend bringing a sleeping bag and small pillow for extra comfort and warmth in the air-conditioned room. The sleeping bag and pillow should fit inside your child’s bag to ensure their luggage is kept safe.
*Please clearly name all clothing and items brought along on the trip.
*Please clearly label any medication with your child’s name and hand it to the nurse before our departure.
*Bring a hat, sunscreen, water bottle, insect repellent, a towel and toiletries.
*A soft bag is recommended to help to ease the packing of the bus.
*Your child should bring a small day pack with the things they’ll need for the first day (water, hat, sunscreen, book, insect repellent etc)

Over the course of 2 days, learners will:
* investigate the importance of water, linking to our first FOSS Science Unit “Water”
* consider human impact on the river and our responsibility to the natural world
* understand Ayutthaya’s role as an ancient capital and its connection to the Chao Phraya River
* explore history in creative ways
* have fun working, learning and growing together as a Grade 4 community

Other information:
1) As one of our goals is to foster independence within the children, we will not be taking parent chaperones on this trip.

2) Electronics (mobile phones, iPods, portable game devices) are not needed during this trip, so please make sure they stay home. Students are permitted to bring digital cameras, but please emphasize that they are responsible for them at all times. We will be bringing school ipads with us to take photos so a camera is not necessary.

3) Money is not needed, but can be brought to purchase souvenirs. The Barge group have a very small shop and kids can buy t-shirts, pencil cases etc. Please make sure it is no more than 300 baht.

4) We will expect children to be at school at 7:15 on the morning their class leaves for the trip. The bus will leave as soon after 7:30 as we can.

We’re looking forward to a fantastic experience together!

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In 4th Grade this year, we will be focusing on developing our keyboarding skills to help our use of technology. Typing Pal Online is a 100% web-based keyboarding tutor tailored to students’ and teachers’ needs. As this typing practice is online, students can complete their typing courses at home. The advantage of using Typing Pal is that you can track your progress. It’s very easy to use and the teachers can adjust the program to meet the needs of their students.

Here’s your log in information:
Student Login: your Student ID (library number)

Student Password: students

You’ll be asked to work on Typing Pal Online once a week as homework, but you can always practice more!

Happy typing!


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