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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:

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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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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:

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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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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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Exploring More About Water

Over the winter break, I’d like you to keep your eyes open and explore more about water. I’d like you to take at least 5 photos of places you see water, or how you see water being used. We’ll then create a visual display back in class when we return from break.

If you’re ready to explore more about water, then check out the special investigation below. There are a number of links and videos that might help you too:

Fun Facts about Water

Water Experiments

Properties of Water









Have fun exploring!

Water Is All Around Us Investigation

Water Special Investigation

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What happens to the surface tension of water if you add soap?

Look at what happens when you add drops of plain water and then drops of soapy water to a penny? Can you see any difference?


Take a look at what happens when you add the tiniest amount of soap to a basin of water.


What’s your conclusion? Does soap affect the surface tension of water?

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Have you ever wondered what happens to water in space?

Does it look or act differently?

Watch this video and find out!


What do you think makes water act like this?

Leave a comment to explain what you think is happening in the video and why water looks and acts like this in space.

What wonderings do you have about water?

What do you want to find out?

Add your ‘water wondering’ question to your comment to tell us what you’re curious about!

Thanks to Mr. Jessee for sharing this video!

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


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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