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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?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dPWr6Eg_dC4[/youtube]

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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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.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1BFLitBkco[/youtube]

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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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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We’re excited about our upcoming overnight field trip to Ayutthaya.

Grade 4 students and teachers can’t wait to get out on the barge and to explore the temples of Ayutthaya.

Here’s a slideshow to give you the important information about the field trip:

Take a look at some of the highlights from last year:


Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.

It’s going to be a brilliant trip!

What are you looking forward to?
What do you think will be the best thing about the trip?

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International Week Activities- Wanna Get Involved? October 7-12

International Week is coming up soon and we’d love to share more from our international community. I know that many of you are busy organizing activities for International Day, but others are keen to share their culture/ country with our class. If you would like to share a presentation or demonstration, sing a song, cook, read a book (cultural) or share another activity related to your culture, please let me know. Activities need only be 15-20 minutes, but it would be great for them to be hands-on and connected to your culture/ country.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Pick Your Time Scheduling: Last Friday the login details for each family were sent home for the Pick Your Time scheduling that will be used for the Elementary School. Please ensure that you have logged on and picked a time- especially if you have multiple children at ISB.

Please Bring Your Child to the Conference: I will be conducting ‘3-way conferencing‘ for these upcoming conferences. This is where the student, parents and teacher sit down together to discuss your child’s successes, challenges and next steps. Involving your child in discussions about their learning is important and empowering. Students are the most important stakeholders in their own learning and a 3-way conference will help your child to become a self-directed learner. During the conference your child will be able to share their progress and set goals for their learning. If you would like some time to talk privately, please email me and we will set aside ten minutes to talk at the end of the conference. There will be supervision provided in the playground and the ES Hub for students if needed.

A Final Note

Passion Day: Have you talked to your child about what activities they might want to do during Passion Day on November 8th? Here is the link to the online survey again. Please make sure that your child has completed the online survey so we can try to match them to the most appropriate activity type.

Online Passion Day Survey

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In Social Studies, we are studying about Influence.

We have been focusing on our values and beliefs.

In groups, we chose one of our Top 5 values to make a role play.

Here are videos of the role plays we made to demonstrate important values:

Caelyn, Jordan, Haebin, Momoka and Trish made a video to show cooperation.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsbNlwbGyRk[/youtube]

Angus,  Pun and Grand made a video to show honesty.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YR_J_623fpY[/youtube]

Ezekiel, Aidan, Pinkie and Firishta made a video to show responsibility.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SctqTmIC3hw[/youtube]

Nicolas, Diego and Guy made a video to show forgiveness.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0f4-TydQqc[/youtube]

Olivia, Suhani and Lynette made a video to show peacefulness.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dyOt7NVZiI[/youtube]

Rikki, Taz, Gabe and Sivale made a video to show respect.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oy7YmW1kfh0[/youtube]

What are your top 5 values?

Do you think the main idea or message in the role plays was clear?

Leave a message to give our class feedback on our values role plays.

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Dear Grade Four Parents,

We would like to invite you to a parent information meeting on Tuesday (Sept. 24th) in the MPB 2 and 3, starting at 6:30 PM, which will introduce the Grade 4 Overnight Trip to our Grade 4 families. The excitement is building as the dates draw near for our overnight trips to Ayutthaya. We see this as a very valuable learning experience for your children, and 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.

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

 

Field Trip Dates (mark your calendars!):

Oct. 17 + 18: Jamie Hamlin and David Crimi

Oct. 30 + 31: Cheryl Terry and Alan Ward

Nov. 5 + 6: Mike Jessee and Caryn Macky

 

Important information:

1) As one of our goals is to foster independence within the children, we will not be taking parent chaperones on this trip. We will address this topic further during our parent information session on Sept. 24th.

2) Electronics (mobile phones, iPods, portable game devices) are not needed during this trip, so please make sure they stay home. Again, we can provide information about this at the parent meeting on the 24th.  Students are permitted to bring digital cameras, but please emphasize that they are responsible for them at all times.

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.

More information, along with permission and packing forms, will be coming home in the next couple of weeks, so watch for these please.

Regards,

The Grade 4 Teaching Team

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There’s a whole lot of learning going on in 4 Terry.

Take a look at what we’ve been up to over the past two weeks:

Created by Trisha and Taz

And a snapshot in some of our learning:

Hanging out and having fun!

Getting to know our Grade 4 team in our first grade level assembly

Sharing our ‘Me Bags’ in our first class oral presentations

Getting to know each other and developing our writing skills

Creating a positive learning environment

Using i-pads to show our thinking and improve our math skills

Pushing our thinking and making goals in Reading Workshop

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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?

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1BFLitBkco[/youtube]

As you can imagine, a discussion on children’s rights can spark some debate. We have discussed 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 also be helping out over the summer in local schools, preschools and orphanages in Zimbabwe, so some children may wish to help by donating books or toys which I am more than willing to take over with me. 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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