It was lovely to meet many of the 4MS parents at Parent Information Night and then at the Hopes and Dreams conference. I look forward to meeting with the rest of you on Wednesday.
In an effort to keep parents informed about what is happening in Grade 4 we will be using a website called the Grade 4 Learning Space to store helpful information such as Math games that you could play with your children, home reading strategies and information about our UOI. This website can be found here. We have just begun using this space this year so it still needs some updating.
This week the students have been learning the following.
Math: The students are continuing to work on number sense and place value. They are also continuing to build up their Math vocabulary. This week the students made 1,000 charts in which they placed landmark numbers. We then examined how to find numbers using this chart. The students examined questions such as “Is 546 closer to 1 or 1,000? How do you know?” They also played a game called Mystery numbers which is when they are given clues to a particular number and they need to figure out what the number is. This was a great way to build up our math vocabulary for words such as: even, odd, greater than, greatest, hundreds place, digit, sum and units place.
Reading: We are establishing our reading routines for Readers Workshop. The students are able to quietly read a book of choice for 20 minutes and reflect on it in groups.
Writing: This week we began working with our writing notebook. We started by looking at the writing process and we discussed which stage of the process we are currently in. The students are in the pre-writing stage. This week they created personal maps of their homes and made a list of writing topics from that map. They used descriptive details of one chosen event to draft a beginning paragraph about an event.
UOI: We have been inquiring into how our identity is expressed in many ways. The students are examining the following lines of Inquiry.
Reflecting on our identity allows us to have a deeper self-awareness.
What we create can be a powerful avenue to communicate.
We make connections through the lense of our identity.
This week the students focused on the first line of inquiry. They have made personal logos. They have also created an art piece called a Mandala in which they incorporate symbols to demonstrate who they are.
PSEL: The students have been learning about the Learner Profile and PYP Attitudes. They completed an activity where they had to decide which PYP attitudes fit with which Learner Profile attributes. Then they made goals about which Learner Profile attribute they feel they do well and which Learner Profile attribute they want to improve.