This week in 4C

Hello! Sorry for the delay. In case you’re wondering what’s happening this week, here’s a quick update!

Now that the assembly is over, we’re back to our strictly academic focus. We have lots going on in the PYP as well as Math..

Math- We have begun our new unit on Fractions. This morning, we had a particularly awesome lesson on taking fractions apart. I have included a couple of pictures below to give you a good idea of what “Common Core” math looks like. It was a great jumping off point and helped build a really solid, conceptual understanding. I was super proud of the kids’ hard work. 🙂

PYP- We are continuing our work on our first group project on the structure of living things. The kids have been busy working in their groups and will be presenting seven different body systems tomorrow. We look forward to seeing their learning!

Reading- We are continuing our unit on Historical Fiction. The kids have been assigned their second book report, and in it, they will be asked to share only what they learned about the setting (no big description of characters, plot, etc.). They have the choice to present to the class, do it on Seesaw, or do a write-up. Their choice.

Hope to see many of you this afternoon’s meeting!

Week of Feb. 11- Feb. 15

Dear parents,

I am going to begin a new process whereby I give you a basic outline of the week ahead. Because SIS is such a dynamic environment, I cannot always say with certainty our exact schedules, but at least this way, you will have an understanding of the main assignments, activities, assessments, and events for the week.

For this week, our number one goal is to get ready for our assembly this Friday from 8-9 in the SPAH. All parents are welcome to attend. We will be working with Grade 3 and presenting in a “Newscast” format wherein we will have news “anchors” introducing stories, followed by segments with “reporters” who will be discussing the stories and conducting interviews. So far, it looks to be a fun and funny production. We will be completing scripts and then doing recordings to get ready for the big show!

Other than that, we will continue doing a bit of work on our Geometry unit before launching our BIG Fractions unit early next week. After that, it’ll be all fractions, all the time for the next nearly two months. It’s my favorite unit of the year and I’m excited to get going on it!

On Tuesday, we will be kicking off our next PYP unit with our “Provocation” in the library. I have asked the kids to bring a cushion as they will be sitting for a bit on a hard surface. Sorry, can’t tell you any more than that. The rest is top-secret.

As this unit kicks off, we will be continuing our “Historical Fiction” Reading unit and will soon get started with our informational writing unit. This will largely be focused on scientific research and writing. We will likely not begin the writing part until next week and when we do, more details will follow.

I hope you all had a great CNY vacation!

Ben