Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot!

Happy Wellness Week!  This past week we celebrated our UNIS community through a daily wellness workout via Zoom. We connected with our friends around the world and our school campus by doing yoga, aerobics, and fitness challenges all led by our PE Department. Celebrating Wellness Week was unique as we danced, stretched, and practiced mindfulness all the while in a mask and remaining physically distant from each other- challenging times! Please help your child to remember to bring their water bottle daily! This next week will be Arts Week so we are looking forward to celebrating Arts in some unique ways.

Remember way back when we had our Market Service Day in Grade 4? We raised 26,587,000 for the various local organizations that UNIS supports! We finally got the chance to donate our money during the International Day of Giving. Here is a photo of our donations making their way to the Advancement Office. 

Grade 4 Donations

Swimming will start this next week- check out these important reminders! The swimming unit will run from May 25th to June 9th for Grades 1-5. 

Any student that is not swimming will be participating in a physical fitness program during the PE lesson. 

There will not be any borrowing of swimming costumes, goggles, caps, or towels during this time.

If you have any questions, please contact the Aquatics Manager.

 

Last week, our narratives were based on Distance Learning, sharing our thoughts and experiences through the application of Adobe Sketch.  This week, students will tell the story of when we came back to school, using the application Adobe Spark Video.  Students will sift through various video clips of the first week back at school and compile them into a cohesive narrative.  Additionally, students will have access to stock footage and copyright free music to complete their videos.  Once published onto Seesaw, students will be given the opportunity to send their videos to our Advancement office to share with other schools around the world, schools that might be considering reopening their campuses.  

Math

This week we have continued to look at ways to model, compare, and represent fractions through different materials. We have investigated what happens when the size of the whole has changed and have applied our learning to a real-life problem of a soup seller filling orders of pho. Here is a taste of the problem solving we have done this week.

These are Cuisenaire rods. They are a fantastic tool to use to compare fractions and develop and model the conceptual understanding of the relationship between the numerator and denominator. Ask your student questions like “If the light green rod is one half. Which rod is the whole?” or “If the orange rod is a whole, what fraction are the other rods?” Here is a link for online Cuisenaire rods. This site will give free online access through the end of June when you press “REDEEM”  and use the code CLOSURES2020SCHOOL.

Writing

We have been exploring a range of poetry, reading poems together, and performing spoken word examples in class. We have dissected a selection of poems and song lyrics to discover key parts included by authors young and old. We have identified some different forms of poetry and have begun to write our own, finding out along the way that we are great poets! We plan to express ourselves by performing our works next week, using the green screen in the Maker space.

Reading:

This week we worked on perfecting our fluency and phrasing as we recorded our Readers Theater. We challenged ourselves by working with our friends and remaining focused. We offered each other constructive feedback on our performances and took risks to add characterization to our oral presentations. We also mapped out our stories to see the connection between our narrative writing and Readers Theatre.

 

 

Yeah! Welcome Back!

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. I cannot tell you how good it feels to be back in the classroom with 4D, my heart is full. We have laughed so hard during recess playing jump rope, we have had some good reflections of the year, and we are just so happy to look around the room or the playground and see each other.

In Math, we have been flexing our problem-solving muscles by investigating the secret of a card trick (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HX2mTA_6EJE&feature=emb_logo), finding twelve different pentominoes (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZ1E_CM7MqA), and showing our understanding of fraction concepts that were explored during Distance Learning. How would you answer:

 In Writing, 

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.

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