Unpacking

This week was about unpacking and making connections with two units of inquiry under the transdisciplinary themes of How We Organize Ourselves and Sharing the Planet.

HWOO Overview  STP Overview

Visit your child’s flipgrid posts. You are welcome to record answers to the questions below and then comment on your child and peers’ videos suggesting a Sustainable Development Goal that your superpower can help with.

  1. If you had a superpower that could be used to improve the lives of young people, what would it be and how would you use it?
  2. What have you ever done to help make other children’s lives better?


Tuning into how social enterprises consider purpose and needs and want, grade 4 students shared their understanding and thoughts about the following questions:

How do you earn money?
Have you ever sold anything? What was it?
What did you do with your money?

Please have a look at the overviews for both units by clicking on the links above and have a conversation with your child about best ways to gain knowledge and understandings for each line of inquiry and central idea.

Numberless Word Problems

Ask your child about ‘Mary’s Biscuits’. 

Recently fourth graders were introduced to numberless word problems. It was delightful to see how excited and engaged the students were in solving problems that would have seemed too difficult otherwise. This was a great activity structure for struggling students because it started off in a non-threatening way – no numbers, how about that? – and lets them build confidence before they ever have to solve anything.

Also, it was a great way to prompt rich discussion and get students to notice and grapple with the relationships in problem situations and to observe how the language helps us understand those relationships. This is a scaffold that can help get students to attend to information and language.

This was an opportunity to use the structure below to slow them down and get them thinking again.

  1. Understand the problem
  2. Make a plan
  3. Solve the problem
  4. Check and reflect?

    Outdoor Classroom and Buddies
    Your child enthusiastic offered play-based workshops today at our Outdoor Classroom and played cooperatively and creatively with our K2 buddies! The weather was beautiful, the spirits were high and the day was very pleasant! Please consider taking things outdoors this weekend!

    Open Classroom
    See you on Thursday & Friday, November 15 & 16 for our Open Classroom.
    We, 4C United, would like to welcome you at these times:
    Thursday, Nov. 15, 12:50 – 1:30 pm
    Friday, Nov. 16, 10:30 – 11:10 am

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