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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:

Clarity

Explanation of model

Captions

Creativity

4

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.

3

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.

2

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.

1

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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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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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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Dear students … first of all I want to THANK YOU for a great first term.

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Please take some time to relax over the break, play, and recharge your batteries. I hope you enjoy some time with family and friends too.

I would also like you to:

  • Read – as much as possible. I would like for you to read everyday (as usual) , and would like to challenge everyone to read at least one “just right” book every week. Record your reading in your reading log.
  • Take photos – try to bring in 5 photos from the break as inspiration for poetry
  • Please make sure your autobiography is published by Mon Jan 14
  • Optional- Write a blog post about your holiday

I wish you a safe, fun and happy holiday.

I’m looking forward to hearing all about it when you return!

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Each of us is an individual. We are all different, with different likes, dislikes, nationalities, cultures and interests.

Help us to get to know you better.

Prepare a presentation to describe who you are. You can choose how to present your ideas: Poster, Photo Peach, slideshow (Key Note/Powerpoint), VoiceThread, imovie, short skit…

Be creative!

You will have the chance to share your presentation during International Week, November 26-30. Please choose a day between Monday November 26 and Thursday November 29 to present your project to the class. We look forward to getting to know you better and understand how your culture and background have helped to create your unique personality. This will also be a great introduction to our influence unit, where you’ll develop a greater understanding of who you are and the factors that influence our personal identities and actions.

Leave a comment to let us know what kind of presentation you’d like to make to describe your personality and who you are.

Please Add a Title

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The excitement in 4 Terry has been contagious this week! The Saving the City of presentations were incredible and of an extremely high standard. Amazing creativity was shown in the electricity projects, and such great poise in the oral presentations. To validate our projects and share our learning with others, we opened up our classrooms to visitors from 4th Grade. The buzz was incredible and we felt very proud of ourselves to inspire others in our grade! Our projects also impressed Mr. Andy Davies, Mr. Graeme Scott, Mrs. Kelly Armitage, Ms. Suzanne Sizemore and Mrs. Diana Drummond who loved our explanations, creativity and hard work.

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

Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

We have such a lot to celebrate and we would love to share our learning with you. Look out next week for a quick survey to see when you are available for a celebration of our learning. We’ll look forward to sharing our City of Ember projects, published writing, biography study and math strategies with you.

To help with continued math support at home, here are the main strategies we will be focusing on for multiplication and division in Unit 3:

Multiplication & Division Strategies
Math Unit 3- Big Ideas

See you soon to celebrate our learning and success in 4th grade!

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Our study of Electricity and Magnetism continues to have us hooked! We’re loving watching our understanding of electrical circuits grow. Each day, we continue to reinforce how electricity flows in a circuit and we now have an understanding of both series and parallel circuits. Investigation 2- Electricity: Making Connections Investigation 3- Electricity: Advanced Connections

Our City of Ember presentations will help to develop an even deeper understanding of circuits and we are making lots of connections in our class read aloud ‘The City of Ember’. The class has decided to present their projects on Friday November 2 and Monday November 5. Please check with your child which day they will present. They should have labelled the parts of their project and should practice giving their presentation to explain how their model works. The rubric and expectations are included in the Can You Save the City of Ember? blog post. Students can make a poster, create a slideshow, give a demonstration or find other creative ways to present their ideas.

Multiplication Problem Solving Strategies

In Math, we are beginning a new unit focusing on multiplication and division: Multiple Towers & Division Stories. We will be developing strategies in multiplication and division and building on our understanding of algebra and the distributive property. Please support your child at home by reviewing the Unit 3 Math Vocabulary and using the student handbook found on Math Investigations online. You will find pages to support your child’s understanding of multiplication and division strategies in the handbook or in the Math Investigations page at the top of the class blog.

I have received a great deal of positive feedback from students who were involved in the parent teacher conferences earlier this month. If you felt that this helped support your child’s growth and learning, please email me a short statement (one or two lines) which I can share with the ISB leadership team.

We’re looking forward to more great learning over the coming weeks!

 

 

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