Our week in 4C

We have had a busy and fun week in 4C.  On Tuesday we took a trip out to Soc Soc  to experience what it is like to be a geologist. The students are all working on videos which explain their learning from the field trip.  They will all be posted on their individual blogs soon.  Take a look at Hung and Jonatan’s video.

Talya also made a great video which shows the fun we had while learning.

On Wednesday we participated in the Blue Dragon Walk-a-thon. It was another fantastic and successful fundraising event. Thank you to all of you who came out to support it.



Visiting Author:

Next week we will have the visiting author Marc Nobleman.  The students will participate in several sessions with Marc throughout the week. On Thursday they are encouraged to bring superhero capes or masks in support of Marc’s hero books.  Please see the Tin Tuc for details about community events with Marc in the evening.

UN Day:

UN day is a highlight of the year at UNIS. It will be celebrated next Friday.  We look forward to seeing you there.  Please remember Friday will be a half day.  Also please help us by donating used water bottles for our UN day art project. We are encouraging children to find recycle bottles instead of buying new bottles.


New Math Games

Currently, the students are working on problem solving multi step problems in class.  However, one thing that students will continue to practice all year is fluency with numbers. The students should be able to work with numbers flexibly and calculate automatically.

In order to help students practice this at home the class bloggers for the week (Talya, Hung and Lucas)  created a video of three Math games.  The materials for these games have been sent home. You can also use a deck of cards to play most games.

These games are intended to be adjusted based on your child’s needs.  For example if your child can easily add  two one digit numbers and tell you how many more to 20 then have them add two three digit numbers and tell you how many more to 1,000. Or if they find that hard have them tell you how many more to 100.  Remember the purpose is to become quick and automatic with the calculations and to be able to work with the numbers flexibly.


Thinking Like Scientists

I hope everyone had a lovely week away from school last week. The students are right back in the swing of things. This week the students have started a new class job.  They will take turns helping document the class’s learning for the blog.  This week Talya, Hung and Lucas created a video of Math games and helped to create several more videos of our learning. We hope you enjoy them.

Our learning intentions Oct 17-21:

Math:  Understand the steps to take in order to break apart problems and solve them.


UOI:  Begin to understand how scientists think and work.  Note: We are beginning a new unit.  Please click here for more information about the unit.

Literacy:  Revise our own narrative stories by first learning how to identify features of good narrative writing. img_0222

I Time: Use the design process to identify personal solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals  


Building a Learning Environment

Our focus in 4C this week was setting up an environment that is effective for learning.


In Math we participated in Stanford’s Week of Inspirational Math during which the students completed number challenges which reinforced the Eight Mathematical Practices 8-math-practices-sm


In Literacy we set the stage for our reading program. We identified the types of thinking  good readers do as we read and  wrote reading response letters in which students described their thinking.

In writing we are getting ready to write memoirs. This week we drew maps of our neighborhood and identified what stories we would be able to tell from our own life.


In UOI we are focusing on the Central Idea: “Identity is Expressed in many ways”  Students are working to describe their own identity in various ways.











Buddy Time:

This week we also began buddy time.  Our class is buddies with K2C. Throughout the year we will be working with our buddies every other week.  We will be reading together as well as sharing our learning with each other.

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Next week students will be participating in the NWEA Maps Assessment  This will take place next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The start of something great


The first day back from school is always a mix of emotions for students and sometimes parents as well.  With that in mind, I am happy to report that the students had a great first day.  We spent our day getting to know each other and setting up classroom routines and expectations. Creating a positive and safe learning environment is always very important to helping students learn. The kids have already set the tone for such a class.  They have been helpful and positive with each other which is great to see on the first day.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to build the foundation for a positive learning community.  It is going to be a great year.

Where to find Information:

News and upcoming events- Grade 4 blog or  Tin Tuc

Bi-weekly updates on what is happening in class- 4C class blog

Portfolio of student work- Student blogs

Real time photos and updates of what is happening in class-Twitter #4C





Made in 4MS

This week we have been putting the finishing touches on several big projects. Please have a look at the links below or on our student blogs to see our work.


We have been using music to practice adding fractions.  IMG_2167Then we learned to convert fractions into decimals so that we could write music in Scratch.   IMG_2166Here is a project that Akash made.  Check out more of our projects here https://scratch.mit.edu/studios/1808445/ 


We finished our narrative stories and had an opportunity to share them with our K2 buddies and our classmates.




We demonstrated our understanding of both the current UOI and narratives by creating animated stories about a rocks life.  Look at the 4MS Scratch Studio to see our work.

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We celebrated our last time by have our own mini Maker Faire.  Our K2 buddies and 5JH came by to see our work.



Summer Reading Suggestions

As a wrap up to our reading this year the students reflected on their favorite books that they read over the year.


Here is a list of the Top 10 Book Recommendations (in no particular order) from 4MS.  Please read the student’s blogs for more detailed book reviews.

  • Wonder  by Raquel J. Palacio
  • The One and Only Ivan by K.A. Applegate
  • Pendragon series by D.J. MacHale
  • Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • Eragon series by Christopher Paolini
  • Lunch Money by Andrew Clements
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan
  • Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan
  • The Sword of Summer series by Rick Riordan

Teacher Recommendations

Hols by Louis Sachar recommended by Miss Mindy

Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs  recommended by Miss Thao

What we are learning in 4MS

The school year may be winding down but the students have been hard at work conducting experiments, learning about fractions and finishing their narrative writing.

Learning Intentions:


Subject Last Week Next Week
UOI We understand that the earth has layers and that at the top layer their are tectonic plates collide.  These collisions cause changes to the earths surface. We can identify examples of where the earths surface has changed. We can explain what has caused these changes.
Literacy We edited and revised our stories to improve our sentence fluency, grammar, organization and word choice.


We can use what we know about changes in the earths surface to write a narrative story about a rock.

We can identify equivalent fractions. We can order fractions on a number line.


 We can add fractions and apply our knowledge to create music.