Week 8 Happenings in 04B

Week 8 in 04B

This week the students have spent time planning an experiment to demonstrate their understanding of our current unit of inquiry.

Central Idea: Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and our activity.

An inquiry into:

  • characteristics of the Earth’s surface. (form)
  • factors that change Earth’s surface. (change)
  • the impact of Earth’s changes. (causation)

The Summative Task required the students to:

Experiment

  1. Design an experiment that they thought demonstrated their understanding of the Central Idea, Lines of Inquiry and Concepts
  2. Collect equipment
  3. Set up the experiment
  4. Complete the experiment
  5. Photograph or video the experiment

See Saw

  1. Open See Saw
  2. Create a new project
  3. Upload photos
  4. Explain the result 
  5. Thing about the concepts of Form, Change and Causation
  6. Use the results of their experiment to talk about a SDG

Here is one of the students in action:

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Please check the See Saw accounts to see the experiments.

SDG Guardians

At Assembly yesterday Vilma, in her role as a #SDG Guardian, spoke about small actions that  can have a big impact on the world

UN Day Preparation

In preparation for UN Day the students rehearsed the John Farnham song “Your the Voice”

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Math Game

A great Maths game from Ms Mindy

 

Have a wonderful break and stay safe

Mr David

Week 7 Happenings in 04B

Week 7 Soc Sun Field Trip

The students had a wonderful time on our field trip to Soc Sun this week. The opportunity to see our Unit of Inquiry in the real world enabled many authentic connections to be be made. It was amazing to see the children collecting a variety of rocks and using scientific language to describe their characteristics. Thank you to Isabelle and Vilma’s mothers for accompanying us on the trip.

Here are some of the photos from the trip:

Chemical Weather Experiment

During our Unit Of Inquiry studies we have been investigating weathering. Last week we investigated physical weathering. This week we looked at chemical weathering. We used chalk and calcite and designed an experiment to investigate the effect vinegar would have on both substances. We used digital scales to measure each sample before submerging them in vinegar.

Here are the students setting up the experiment.

 

 

Writing

As part of our Scientific writing focus we recorded our Chemical Weathering experiment. We worked as a class to complete a planning scaffold on the board. It was amazing to hear the scientific language being used by the children as they discussed the experiment

Library

Investigating the GLOBAL GOALS in our Library integration

TARGET 14.2 PROTECT AND RESTORE ECOSYSTEMS. As part of our investigation into how the earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and human activity, we investigated the management of farm waste and sewage and discussed our ideas to stop sediments from entering rivers and then oceans.

We investigated Dead Zones which are areas of the sea that have very little marine life. We looked at the many factors that can cause a Dead Zone, but nutrient pollution was identified as one of the main human activities that caused the problem. We discussed the use of fertilizers which can run off the land and into the ocean. This leads to an excess of nutrients which promotes the growth of algae which blocks sunlight from reaching the water. When the algae in the ocean dies, it decomposes and it uses up some of the oxygen in the water. Without oxygen in the water,  animals and plant do not survive.

The children added some new terms to their already impressive vocabulary such as hypoxia  and Dead Zones. They discussed solutions for managing farm waste and sewage effectively and stopping sediments from entering rivers and then oceans. Some were as simple as not selling fertilizers containing nitrogen while others looked at governments persuading farmers to use other methods by paying them an allowance. Some of their solutions were ambitious to say the least, but also demonstrated the immense power young students hold in catalysing the sustainable development agenda and in helping to ensure the future of our planet for everyone.

Monica Mayer

Elementary Library

 

Math Tips:

War (Variants)

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

 

Week 6 Happenings in 04B

Week 6 in 04B

Field Trip-Tuesday, September 25

Grade 4 students will visit a tributary in the mountains of Soc Son where there is a small dam. They will see examples of natural and physical changes to the Earth’s surface.

Reading-RAZ and Biblionasium

RAZ-This week the students began using the Reading program called RAZ. Children have been matched  to an appropriate independent reading level. Please see below for information about this excellent program

www.raz-kids.com

Username: dlogue4

Students should know their simple RAZ password

  • 400+ eBooks and open-book eQuizzes, with new books added every month
  • Students can listen to books for modeled fluency, read books for practice, and then record themselves reading so teachers can monitor progress
  • Every leveled eBook has an accompanying eQuiz to test reading comprehension
  • The motivational “Raz Rocket” gets students excited about reading and strengthens the school-to-home connection
  • On top of being accessible 24/7 via the Web, Raz-Kids also delivers reading access through its free apps, meaning your students can read and take quizzes on their iPad, Android, and Kindle Fire tablets.
  • All student activity in the app is captured and reported to teachers at Raz-Kids.com, thus helping teachers monitor student progress and determine the instruction needed for each student.

BIBLIONASIUM- WHAT’S IT ABOUT?

BIBLIONASIUM is a 4B closed social network that allows students to log books, review them, and share or recommend them to fellow 4B student readers. I have registered and granted access to all students in 4B. Users get to choose an animated avatar and then can start to add books to their \”My Books\” section.

Students can log their progress, create reading challenges for themselves, and review and recommend books to their BiblioNasium 4B friends. In return, they’ll get to see what other students are reading in a safe, private environment.

Please ask your child to demonstrate how this program works.

https://www.biblionasium.com/#tab/content-back-to-school

TIP: make sure your child logs in through Destiny. 

There is a Grade 4 expectation that all students will use BiblioNasium to log their home reading each night.

The week in pictures

Moon Festival

 

 

Meet the 4B Scientists

Next Week in 4B

Global Goals Week
Next week is global goals week at UNIS.  During this week we put the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals front and centre in our thinking and our learning. As part of Global Goals week we will be having a Nude Food Day on Friday 28 September.  Put simply, nude food day means sending your child to school with a snack that contains no disposable packaging. For more information click here

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion, Chemical Weather and Plate Tectonics

Maths- Length -Use scaled instruments to measure and compare lengths (ACMMG084)

  • uses appropriate terminology to describe, and symbols to represent, mathematical ideas
  • selects and uses appropriate mental or written strategies, or technology, to solve problems
  • checks the accuracy of a statement and explains the reasoning used
  • measures, records, compares and estimates lengths, distances and perimeters in metres, centimetres and millimetres, and measures, compares and records temperatures

Writing –To Instruct: Scientific Procedure (write)

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Tuesday 25th September – Field Trip
  • Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

REQUEST:

There are still a few students without headphones. Please check with your child that they have headphones at school as they are required most days for SEE SAW and Reading tasks.

Week 5 Happenings in 04B

Week 5 in 4B

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday I attended the Advantage Maths Course here at UNIS  with the new teachers. It has been a wonderful opportunity to further increase my understanding of assessment and teaching in Mathematics.

In class on Monday we continued to work on developing our skills when working with the Words Their Way Spelling program. In Writing, we deconstructed a number of Response text examples to analyse the various components. The children then watched the beautiful Pixar short movie called Piper. After watching the movie the students independently completed planning scaffolds to assist the writing of a Response.

What is a Response?

response is a text that shows the writer’s reaction to something, which may be an event, someone else’s view or another text. The writer should include features of the original to give some background to their response.

A response usually contains:

  • summary of the original event, view or text
  • the writer’s reaction
  • an explanation for why the writer feels that way

Here is a link to the movie they watched: Piper

In Math we continued to work on place value as part of our study into Whole Number.

Here is an example of the type of activity that we have been doing this week.

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During our Unit of  Inquiry work into How The World Works we looked at the different types of rocks and how each is formed. We watched a great documentary which helped the students understand Igneous, Metamorphic and Sedimentary rocks.

It is worth watching if you have time : Click here

Here are some pictures of the children recording their understandings

 

We also discussed the important scientific idea of “The Rock Cycle” Next week we will be performing experiments to discover the difference between erosion and weathering.

Next Week:

UOI: Science- Experiments involving Erosion and Weathering

Maths- Length

Writing –To Instruct: Scientific Procedure (write) Signs, manuals, recipes, experiments, directions, timetables, instructions, poster

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
  • Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

REQUEST:

Thank you to the parents who have sent in headphones. If not, could you please can you send  in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They need to have a built in microphone like the image below. They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

Week 4 Happenings in 04B

PE: Importance Notice for Week 5

Next week for PE (during the double lesson on Tuesday) we will be on the hunt for water in our mission to Mars.
The students will get wet and possibly muddy so they need a change of clothes in order to participate. 
Thanks,
Clare Albertson
Week 4 Happenings in 04B

Week 4 has been a busy week of learning for the students. We continued to learn about the Words Their Way spelling program through a variety of activities. In Writing, we revised creating a response by watching “Presto” a Pixar short film and completing a number of writing tasks to investigate the components of the response text type.

In Math we participated in further whole number tasks to embed our understanding of 5 digit numbers.

We also completed a very challenging Math Inquiry task from the website “You Cubed”. Students worked together using a piece of string to create 3-D shapes. The teacher played the role of the skeptic and asked students to justify how they knew their shape satisfied its defined characteristics. Students needed everyone in their group to successfully build the complex shapes and provide a convincing argument.

Wednesday was a very exciting day for the grade 4 students as we completed a number of provocations for our new unit of inquiry How the World Works. 

Central Idea: Earth’s surface changes over time as a result of natural processes and our activity.

An inquiry into:

  • characteristics of the Earth’s surface. (form)
  • factors that change Earth’s surface. (change)
  • the impact of Earth’s changes. (causation)

The students are very excited about this unit of inquiry.

Parent Information Evening

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Next Week:

UOI: Science- Fair Test  Establish an ‘agreement’ about testing to ensure that the tests are well-documented and ‘fair.’

Science- Introduce google Earth.
Students explore google Earth with the See Think Wonder thinking routine.

Maths- Position- Use simple scales, legends and directions to interpret information contained in basic maps (ACMMG090)

Writing –To Instruct: Scientific Procedure (write) Signs, manuals, recipes, experiments, directions, timetables, instructions, poster

 

Week 3 in 4B

Week 3 Happenings in 04B

4B have enjoyed another settled and productive week. We have continued to establish our classroom routines and expectations. On Monday, we created visual representations to accompany the Essential Agreements that we had established in Week 2. We also spent time discussing what these agreements look like in action.

In Spelling, the children were introduced to the “Words Their Way” program. We worked as a class to complete a word sort and completed a number of spelling activities to develop not only an understanding of spelling patterns but also the meaning of each word. In Week 4, the students will begin targeted spelling words based on their individual level of spelling knowledge.

In Writing, we have been looking at the structure of the narrative text type. In particular, we have been learning about the orientation (beginning) and what it includes when writing a narrative.

In Maths, we have continued our study of Whole numbers. We investigated numbers up to tens of thousands through a variety of games and activities. We focused on recognising, representing and ordering numbers throughout the week.

During Week 3, we also investigated preferred learning styles as part of the year long Unit Of Inquiry unit – “How we Express Ourselves”. The children created amazing title pages in their UOI books. It was fascinating to see how each student perceived their strengths and preferred learning style.

01B Buddy Class

On Thursday, had a great time meeting our Buddy class -01B. We interviewed our buddy and played some great games with our new friends.

Class Schedule

Here is a copy of our class schedule. 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Monday 3rd September – NO SCHOOL!
  • Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
  • Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
  • Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
  • Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

REQUEST:

Thank you to the parents who have sent in headphones. If not, could you please can you send  in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They need to have a built in microphone like the image below. They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

Next Week

UOI: How The World Works provocation 

Reading: Guided Reading and Comprehension strategies

Writing: Looking at the structure of Narrative texts-the complication and resolution

Math:  Whole Numbers and Data Handling

Week 2 in 4B

Week 2 Happenings in 04B

4B have had another amazing week of learning. We spent a considerable amount of time investigating the type of learning environment that we want to create this year. On Monday, the children completed a “bus stop” activity to record their ideas about things that would help them be successful learners in the year ahead. After recording their ideas we categorised them into one of three areas: Student, Teacher or Environment.

We then completed a “Pair Share” activity to create our Essential Agreements:

04B Essential Agreements

  • We agree to help each other and work together as a class.
  • We agree to be respectful to others and the environment.
  • We agree to be able to have fun and not get out of control.
  • We agree to try our best.
  • We agree to be open minded.
  • We agree to be empathic.
  • We agree to act responsibly.
  • We agree to learn through our mistakes.
  • We agree to accept others for who they are and their beliefs.
  • We agree to use only one voice at a time in class.

The week in pictures

Class Schedule

Here is a copy of our class schedule. 

DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • Friday 24th August – ES parent morning coffee – 8.30am
  • 4B Class Photograph and Portraits- Thursday 30 August at 12.00pm
  • Monday 3rd September – NO SCHOOL!
  • Thursday 6th September – Back to School Night – 6pm
  • Tuesday 11th September – Parent Community Morning with Head of School – 8am
  • Saturday 22nd September – Community Connections Fair and Flea Market
  • Saturday 29th September – Parent and Staff Sparkly Social
  • Monday 1st October – ES Parent – Teacher Conferences (No School or ASAs for ES)
  • October 6 – 14th – Autumn Break NO SCHOOL

REQUEST:

Please can you send you child in a pair of headphones that they can keep at school please.  They need to have a built in microphone like the image below. They should be named and left at school in their individual baskets. Some weeks the students will need them multiple times so it is important that they be available in the classroom at all times.

Next Week

Reading: Investigating reading strategies

Writing: Looking at the structure of Narrative texts

Math:  Whole Numbers -Recognise, represent and order numbers to at least tens of thousands.

 

Week One in 04B

Week one in 04B

It has been wonderful getting to know all the boys and girls in 04B this week. We have spent a considerable amount of time establishing a sense of class community.

On the first day of school we shared holiday stories, interviewed other members of the class and completed a number of Math challenges working in pairs. It was wonderful to see the students working together in such an open minded manner. The returning students made the new class members, including myself, instantly feel a part of the UNIS community.

On Thursday we completed a PMI (pluses, minuses and interesting things chart) to record our feelings about Day 1. We then worked in teams to complete a number of word and maths problems. In Math we discussed the importance of having a growth mindset. We listed statements such as ” I can’t do multiplication” and the importance of changing this statement to “I can’t do multiplication, YET!!” This simple change in wording can have a dramatic influence on how children see themselves as learners.

We also created a personal “shield” to represent our individual characteristics.  It was great fun leaning about each other in this visual form.

Today we were excited to participate in our first PE lesson Mr Matt. We also enjoyed our two specialist lessons in World Languages and Music. In the morning session, Grade 4 had fun working together during a Scavenger Hunt using iPads to locate various places around the school

Here are some photographs of our learning experiences this week.