Wow, it is so good to be back in the classroom with our students. Their ability to just get back into the swing of things but with a new sense of independence and resilience is inspiring. As you’re well aware we’re trialing something new in grade four for the remainder of the year- we have 4 subject areas and the teachers rotate. So far this new schedule has worked out beautifully, students are getting exposure to four different teachers throughout the day.
In Math, we have been flexing our problem-solving muscles by investigating the secret of a card trick (https://www.youtube.com/
We have been using Book Week activities as a platform to launch some great story writing across grade 4. We read ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ together and had fun creating monsters at the start of the week. We built our stories around this and worked on describing the habitat and the characters. We played some word association games and continued to work on the plot of our stories. Look out for Seesaw updates for the ending to this tale…….
In Reading, we have been spending our time getting reacquainted and reflecting upon our distance learning experience. The purpose of reflecting was to connect to our Where We Are In Place and Time unit of inquiry. As the ‘reading’ teacher it has been fun and enlightening reflecting with each of the classes as I have been along with them on this Distance Learning journey. Today, we got the reaction of, “please don’t let me see that website again!” from some of our students, while others wanted to check out what was happening in week 13. We have also begun checking in with students reading progress with the Developmental Reading Assessment. We definitely want to keep up with our reading nightly, what a great way to decompress from a long hot day of learning. Please be sure to ask students what they are reading and where are their books. Everyone should be reading for at least 30 minutes a night.
In Unit of Inquiry
Where We Are In Place and Time is the theme of this week’s Unit of Inquiry, and what a historic time to be in!! We have also been incorporating How We Express Ourselves into our Unit of Inquiry time, a unit that has been ongoing throughout the year. Everyone has a story to tell over the last 14 weeks of COVID-19 and distance learning. Being one of the first schools to implement distance learning, and one of the first schools to return back to campus, that story is both compelling and historic. Using the application Adobe Sketch, students in grade 4 have been constructing their stories using a variety of multimedia.