G4 Coffee Meeting – Reminder – Tomorrow – Thursday, March 28th

Just a quick reminder we will be having our G4 Parent Coffee meeting tomorrow morning – We look forward to seeing you there!

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Week 18-22 In Review

Last Week in Grade 4….

 

In Mathematics, students have been continuing their investigation into fractions. Specifically into equivalent fractions and mixed fraction. Additionally, students are looking at the language of fractions, such as denominator and Numerator and understanding them through comparisons and analysis. We used many manipulatives (objects for learning) to gain a better understanding of fractions.

In UOI and Language students have been collaboratively creating their influential messages through their theater play-scripts. Students have been using all elements of readers theater and working on props, costumes and acting to finalise their dramas. The genre of reader’s theater allows students to understand all the parts of what makes theater a type of media in which messages are imparted to an audience for specific purposes. Expression, character, clarity, volume
Image result for theater symbolElements of Reader’s Theatre:
-Narrator
-Characters
-Props
-Lines
-Read the script
-Acting
-Emotions
-Purpose / message for the audience
– Use our vocabulary words!!!
-Each group member should have about equal lines
– Direction / setting
– Storyboard map
-Theme/message
-Setting

How do you want to influence your audience?
What’s the message?

Lines of inquiry: #1 How media can be used to influence and #3 The design-create process of making media & manipulation

Approaches to Learning: 

Communication Skills = Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening, Viewing, Presenting

Social skills – Accepting responsibility, cooperating, group decision-making, adopting a variety of roles

Self-Management Skills – gross/fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, codes of behaviour, informed choices

Dates to remember:

                          ***Grade 4 coffee Meeting:  28th of March***

World Book Day: 23rd of April (and Mr. Nic’s birthday 😉

Battle of the Bands: 19th of March

School Photos: 25th-29th of March

Exhibition: April 1st

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March 11-15

Last Week in Grade 4….

In Mathematics, students started looking at fractions and finished their inquiries into angles and lines and the use of protractors. Students also completed a Post-Assessment to check their understanding.

In UOI students inquired into the vocabulary related to the UOI through various types of activities. Students also delved into the form and function of marketing, messages, influence and media through a wonderful presenter from KIS Marketing Department, Ms. Laurie.

Ms. Laurie presented an insightful and very interesting presentation on the foundational aspects and concepts that form marketing and how the psychology, biology and sociology are tools to be utilised by those who wish to influence.

In Language students have begun to learn about Reader’s Theater as a writing genre. Students were presented a short series of plays by their teachers and then separated into groups to begin to build ideas on making their own script for a story which contains the elements of reader’s theater:

Image result for theater symbolElements of Reader’s Theatre:
-Narrator
-Characters
-Props
-Lines
-Read the script
-Acting
-Emotions
-Purpose / message for the audience
– Use our vocabulary words!!!
-Each group member should have about equal lines
– Direction / setting
– Storyboard map
-Theme/message
-Setting

How do you want to influence your audience?
What’s the message?

Lines of inquiry: #1 How media can be used to influence and #3 The design-create process of making media & manipulation

Approaches to Learning: 

Communication Skills = Speaking, Reading, Writing, Listening, Viewing, Presenting

Social skills – Accepting responsibility, cooperating, group decision-making, adopting a variety of roles

Self-Management Skills – gross/fine motor skills, spatial awareness, organization, time management, safety, codes of behaviour, informed choices

Extra:

 

(click on the square in the google slides bar to view in full screen)

Dates to remember:

Artigras week: 18-22nd of March

Grade 4 coffee Meeting:  28th of March

World Book Day: 23rd of April (and Mr. Nic’s birthday 😉

Battle of the Bands: 19th of March

School Photos: 25th-29th of March

Exhibition: April 1st

 

 

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World Water Day

March 22nd is World Water Day

Kindergarten need your help. We are asking students to bring a bottle of drinking water (any size) as payment for wearing blue on Friday 22nd March to raise awareness of everyone’s right to fresh drinking water. Bottles of water will be donated to the Klong Toey Mercy Center for children. This is part of Grade 5 Exhibition.

WORLD WATER DAY 2019 Friday 22nd March (2)

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MAP Testing Spring 19

Dear Parents,

We have acouple of important events happening over the next two weeks. Firstly we begin our Grade 3-5 MAP test for the Spring 19 session this week. Testing goes from May 13-MAy 24th. The students are well prepared and ready having practiced and discussed the process at school. You can help at home by ensuring:

  • Your child is well rested
  • They have a healthy breakfast ready for learning
  • Are at school on time so as not to be over anxious
  • That the topic is not over discussed, yuour child will dotheir best and that’s all we are wanting from them.

For the schedule and further information please follow this link

Thanks The G4 Team

This week in G4 we finished up our final presentations for Past Civilizations and on Wednesday we started our new unit – Media Manipulation.  This unit will encompass the following:

 

Theme:  How We Express Ourselves:  An inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, and culture.
Central Idea:                                                 
Lines of inquiry and Teacher Questions Key Concepts Related Concepts Subject Specific Concepts
1. How media can be used to influence

In what ways can media influence thinking or behaviour?

How can the elements of the arts be harnessed to shape a message in media?

Why might people want to influence others?

Function

Perspective

Related Concepts:

Influence, Persuasion, manipulation, Diversity, Identity, Culture, Interpretation, Meaning, Message, Techniques, Values.

2. Interpreting, evaluating and responding to messages in media

How do I respond to print and visual media?

What kind of messages are hidden in print and visual media?

How can I interpret the messages in print and visual media?

What different points of view might there be on interpretation?

How can I research the effects media has in others?

Causation

Perspective

3. The design-create process

How can I use a process to create my own messages in visual and print media?

What components do I need to consider?

Perspective

Function

Learner profile attributes and why they were selected Thinkers, Communicators, Open-Minded
Function: This concept was selected because the ability to analyse function, role, behaviour and the ways in which things work is fundamental to learning within and across all disciplines. We have chosen it to help students understand the creation of influence in multimedia messages.

Causation: This concept was selected because of the importance of prompting students to ask “Why?” and of helping them to recognize that actions and events have reasons and consequences. The analysis of causal relationships is significant within and across all disciplines. Why are the messages created? What purpose do the creators intend to convey? Why?

Perspectives: This concept was selected because of the compelling need to develop in students the disposition towards rejecting simplistic, biased interpretations, towards seeking and considering the points of view of others, and towards developing defensible interpretations. Understanding the perspectives of people creating messages and the receivers of the messages.

 

Communicators We understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication.  We work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.
 

 

Open-Minded

We understand and appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspective, values, and traditions of their individuals and communities. We are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
Thinkers We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyse and take responsible action on complex problems. We exercise initiative in making reasoned, ethical decisions.

 

We looked at vocabulary, molding clay, an internet challenge, and poster inquiry to tune in and start the unit.  We looked at examples in our everyday lives such as canvassing and election posters.  We began to ask critical thinking questions and looked for the meaning in different types of media – posters, videos, and commercials.  We are going to be really developing our thinking skills and communication skills in this unit.

In math we finished up angles and will be moving into fractions next week.  In our language arts we presented our myths with our civilizations and in our reading workshops we continued to summarize and retell with supporting details and storyboards.

We had an assembly on Friday and Qing Qing, Miu Miu, Alicia, and Anya shared our G4 Residential trip details in a presentation.  Great work, students!

Here are some of the pictures of the week – enjoy!

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Feb. 25-Mar. 1, 2019

This week centered around finishing up our civilizations, writing the myth explaining the creation of our civilization, finding the area and perimeter of our country, making artifacts for our systems, the artifact files, and practicing presenting our civilizations.

In math we started looking at measuring angles and did a pre-assessment to see where we are at in our learning.

For reading workshops we are retelling and summarizing, storyboards, vocabulary, and presenting the storyboard on Seesaw.

The students from the charity club are doing a book drive and we have collected some books already – the class that collects the most books to donate will win a class pizza party!

Here are some pictures of our week:

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KISPA News

Message from KISPA:

Good afternoon, we are collecting items for the Friends of Thai Daughters Foundation who helps underprivileged Thai girls in Chiangrai and northern Thailand area. They currently have about 30 girls under the care and they are in need of daily use items such as iron, ironing board, girls’ clothes, and underwear etc. If you would like to help out, please look at the item list and let your class reps know which items you would like to contribute. Please Kindly drop the items off at the donation table in PYP building (near the guards) If you would like more information, please go to their website: https://www.friendsofthaidaughters.org/our-story
Thank you for your kindness,
KISPA
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Feb. 18-22nd, 2019

This was a super fun week in our learning!  Monday and Tuesday we worked on our culminating project in our unit of making a civilization and creating all the systems in the civilization with a map and drawings of our civilization.  This project integrates our myth writing, math area and perimeter, and will include art as we work to create an artifact representation for our civilization.

We then had our Residential Trip to Ayutthaya!  What a fun and exciting trip we had.  The Barge program was extremely well organized and the activities all helped to create understanding of civilization development in the Ayutthaya area.  We learned how multicultural the area was and how the different trade routes made possible by the location allowed the area to prosper.  Overall, everyone enjoyed their time and as we built knowledge and relationships together.

Here are some of the pictures of the week, enjoy!

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Book Drive

Red Yellow Blue Book Drive Fundraising Flyer (2)

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Feb. 11-13th, 2019

What a fun and exciting week!  We had our G4 sports day and upper school sports days with students enjoying the activities for all.  Our grade 4 class did steal the bacon and benchball on Monday and then had the track and field events on Wednesday.  After lunch for those that stayed we had a wonderful time with G4 in the swimming pool to relax and end the day.

In our UOI we started our civilizations with students choosing and designing their own civilization and systems.  Students will detail how their civilization will function, draw maps of their civilization/country, write a myth involving how their civilization developed, and finally after our residential trip students will create an artifact from their civilization.  The students will find the area and perimeter of their civilization/country and do the scale on the map.  This week is very integrated with students using the civilization project as the central topic for all our learning.

Here are some pictures of the week:

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