Subscribe to Grade 4 blog
Visit Today : 18 This Month : 760 Hits Today : 32 Who's Online : 1
Just a reminder of our grade 4 field trip tomorrow to Seri Market. We will be leaving at 8:30am from school and should return by 13:00 depending upon traffic. Students can bring 200 baht and are responsible for their own money. Food is not allowed to be purchased. The main focus of our day is to see the different shops, interview shop owners to see how they set up their businesses, and to compare the shops from the mall to the market.
Our G4 Team would like to thank everyone for a great week of Parent Conferences. Teachers, students, Ms Rin and Ms Nitcharee, and most of all parents for taking time out of your busy schedules to come meet with us. We really enjoyed the week and appreciate all the support at home.
This week in G4 we had lots of fun working on our business plans, surveying G4 to identify opportunities, writing persuasive advertisements, reading about starting a business, doing work with similes and metaphors, and doing our portfolios.
We also had a really interesting assembly with guests visiting to teach us about African Maskandi music. Musician David Jenkins, also known as Qadasi, is an accomplished Maskandi musician who developed a deep passion for Zulu culture and music at a young age growing up in Empangeni, right in the heart of Zululand.
He now lives in Durban, KwaZulu Natal, and is a SAMA (South African Music Award) and two-time SATMA (South African Traditional Music Achievement) Award nominee.
Collaborating with Maqhinga Radebe, Qadasi would like to promote traditional Zulu Maskandi music.
They have toured schools and done performances in the USA, UK, Ireland, and Asia, and a performance at the 2015 SAMA Awards live show.
Aside from promoting Zulu culture, traditional music and social cohesion, Qadasi and Maqhinga have both been actively involved in rhino conservation. A big thank you for the visit and students really enjoyed later sessions with each class – also a big thank you to Mr. Matt for coordinating this opportunity.
In Math we continued working with graphs, surveys, and data and looked at multiplication and division. Students are encouraged to keep practicing at home until they are very confident with the mental math strategies.
Our reading workshops continue to focuses on summarizing, reading fluency, inference, vocabulary, connections, and questioning. Students are using Seesaw to begin to present their work and further develop their reading skills.
Here are some pictures of the week. Enjoy!
So as to help your child practice multiplications and divisions, please visit this site and practice with them or have your child practice independently. Of course your children may additionally continue to practice on Khan Academy and IXL as well.
Our Grade 4 conferences will all be held in Room #A305 in the Language Lab in the third floor stairwell. Please see attached map for more information. We look forward to seeing everyone.
We have had another fun and busy week with our Entrepreneur unit. This week we were learning to identify opportunities with surveys and began to plan our businesses further. Students really enjoyed making surveys in google forms and integrating technology to help us collect data and make graphs. We looked at innovation and wrote persuasive paragraphs to sell an imaginary product. We began to look at similes and metaphors in our writing. Using figurative language will continue into next week in both the persuasive writing and our reading.
In math we were learning about the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percentages and adding and subtracting decimals. Students enjoyed the math rotations between classes and using math games and numicon to help us learn. We also began using math minutes to practice multiplication.
In language arts the focus is very much integrated with our UOI unit with persuasive writing, reading, and group work. Our reading groups continue with the focus on a variety of comprehension strategies such as: questioning, reflecting, picturing, scanning, skimming, interpreting, summarize, connections, and analyze story ideas. Students are learning strategies to learn new vocabulary words.
Finally we ended the week with a wonderful house sports celebration with handball and cheering. All of the teams did a wonderful job and students from across grade levels joined together to practice teamwork, communication, creating a caring and inclusive community, and developing our passion for sport.
Here are some pictures of the week. Enjoy!
PYP Dates to remember:
- Friday October 5th House Sports Day – HOUSE SHIRTS
- Week of Oct. 8-13 Teacher /Parent Conferences, Book Fair
- Thurs. Oct 11th South African Dancers
- Fri Oct. 20th Parent Forum
- November Wellness Month
- Friday Nov. 2nd HALLOWEEN (More info to follow)
- Friday November 2nd – Pinktober with KISPA (Breast cancer awareness)
In our UOI this week we were focusing on creating a business plan, finding opportunities, and inspiration from what we love, what we are good at, what the world needs, and what we love. We further inquired into creating graphs and google forms to use the data to help us make decisions. We had a Skype guest speaker who has been a market researcher for 29 years help us further understand what market research is and how we can use it to find opportunities and make a business plan. Students are so excited to be planning a business and for some it will be something they want to take further action on, for some students it will be a virtual idea that they are not creating a business for – it is all based around what the students’ interests and passions are. This also links back to UOI 1 of developing passion in ourselves and others and taking ethical action – we will look at the 4 compass points of a business to further plan to ensure that we are aligned with what our Diamond ranking was.
In math we are adding and subtracting currency and using real money from the bake sale before we donate it. We will look at American currency values and using technology to convert the amounts to Thai baht. We began to use Numicon manipulatives to develop concrete-pictorial-abstract math understanding and encourage students to explore math using the resources. Finally, we are integrating surveys, graphs, spreadsheets, and data with our UOI to help us understand the connections and use data in real life situations.
In Language Arts this week we are practicing persuasive writing and will be continuing this into next week with figurative language activities to help develop our writing for a purpose. In reading we are using small groups to help develop fluency, comprehension, reading strategies and skills, and our communication skills in listening and speaking with our group.
Here are some of the pictures from our week: