Typhoon Day and Weekly Updates

Hello to the 4A Parents,


Typhoon Mangkhut has hit hard in Shenzhen and Hong Kong and I believe we have all felt the effects. I hope everyone remained safe, dry, and was able to ride out the storm in relative comfort. My heart also goes out to anyone who has had trouble personally or with family or friends as a result of this powerful force of nature. These types of situations make me happy to have such a supportive community of fellow teachers and parents around me at SIS. As the city begins to put itself back together we’ll do the only thing we can do and carry on as well. I’ll first look over our last week and then give a brief overview of some Typhoon Day assignments for the students.

This week in reading students have been focusing on studying characters in their storybooks and using academic language to describe what they see and hear. This is linking in with their own story writing that they are working towards.

This week in writing we focused on planning and writing our drafts. It was great to see the students put the characters they’ve been working on into stories and watch the stories come to life. We’ve been focusing on ‘show don’t tell’ and adding ‘sensory details to’ our writing. Ask your students about their stories!

This week, students in Grade 4 wrapped up the first half of their Unit 1 Module. They have gained a deeper understanding of place value, the Base-10 system, inequalities, and rounding using number lines. We will now move into fluently adding and subtracting whole numbers using tape diagrams as well as the standard algorithm. 

This week in our Unit of Inquiry we explored other cultures in our classroom as well as own culture with interview questions.  Identifying what culture is and what it means to others, introduced unit vocabulary.

HOMEWORK: Our plan for Monday was to spend a good amount of time reflecting and coming up with goals to set for ourselves that we’d share with parents at the conferences. I am now going to email the student instructions and the Goal setting form to look over. They don’t have to fill out the form and can instead follow the instructions and input their answers into a pages document. I would like them to continue to read for 20-30 minutes a day; Of course 🙂 And some math review on one of their iPad apps never hurts.

Thank you!

Mr. Banner

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