Learning Comes Alive – Tuesday, April 24th

Weekly Preview (3/19 – 3/23)

Important Events this Week:

  • Grade 4 Concert = Tuesday, March 22nd

Next Week:

  • Spring Break = March 26th – March 30th

Reading – We are finishing up our Book Club books and working on our collaborative projects to be finished by this Friday.

Writing – Students have been working on drafting their Literary Essays for the book, Fox. We will finish revising, editing, and publishing this week.

Math – This week we have been learning how to use find the measure of unknown angles and about lines of symmetry.

Science – We are concluding our science unit on “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” with a study of fossils this week. For their final assessment, students will be asked to create a graphic novel explaining the topics we have studied in this unit.

Word Study  – Students were given a list of 18 commonly misspelled words by fourth graders. We have been practicing these words daily and will be having a Spelling Test this Friday.

Weekly Preview (3/12-3/16)

Important Events this Week:

  • Book Week
    • Cozy Up With a Book and Read! (Wear your pajamas to school!)
    • DEAR – Drop Everything and Read! 
    • Teacher Swap – Have a different teacher come in as a Guest Reader for the Read Aloud!
    • Free Choice – Think of a reading activity to do with the class – maybe get together with your Reading Buddies!
    • Book Character Dress Up Day / Door Decorating Contest – Dress up as your favorite character and listen for the winners of the Door Decorating Contest at this morning’s assembly!
  • Report Cards go live at 3:00pm on Schoolbase – Friday, March 16th

Next Week:

  • G4 Concert – 5:00pm in the Gecko Theater on Tuesday, March 20th

Reading – This whole week is about reading and books but students will be given the freedom to read books of their choice in any language or reading level!

Writing – We chose our thesis statements and are completing our graphic organizers with our reasons and details/quotes from the short story, “Fox”. Using what we know about essay writing, we will begin drafting our first literary essays.

Math – We are continuing with “Module 4: Angles and Plane Figures”. This week students will learn about benchmark angles and how to use protractors to measure  and draw accurate angles.

Science – Students are continuing their study of “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” by learning about topographical maps, rapid changes in the earth’s surface, and what we can learn from fossils.

Word Study  – We have been practicing tricky, commonly misspelled words, specifically trying to master the spelling words on the Grade 4 Dolch List.

Rock and Roll G4 Concert – Tuesday, March 20th

Weekly Preview (3/5-3/9)

Important Events this Week:

  • G10 students visit G4 classrooms this Tuesday and Wednesday (March 6th and 7th) to share their completed historical graphic novels.
  • G5 Robot Dance Off is this Wednesday, March 7th. G4 students will be the judges. 

Next Week:

  • Book Week – March 5th to March 9th (next week)
    • Book Character Dress Up Day – Friday, March 16th (Your child is strongly encouraged to dress up as their favorite character! )

Reading – Students continue with their Book Club work while independently reading Just-Right books. The work we are doing with character analysis, theme, and supporting inferences with details from the text is supported in our “Literary Essay” writing unit.

Writing – Our “Literary Essay” unit combines students’ prior knowledge of essay writing with an in-depth focus on closely reading and analyzing literary texts. We have been analyzing the characters in the short story, “Fox”, and are writing entries to grow our thinking about the story. We will use this material to create strong thesis statements which will become the basis for our first literary essay.

Math – We are continuing with “Module 4: Angles and Plane Figures”. We are reviewing how to label and represent points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles. We are also revisiting kinds of angles (right, acute, obtuse) and lines (parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting). This week students will learn about benchmark angles and how to use protractors to measure angles.

Science – Students are continuing their study of “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” by learning about topographical maps and how to read and create a topographical profile. We will also investigate fossils by creating our own!

Word Study  – We have been practicing tricky, commonly misspelled words, specifically trying to master the spelling words on the Grade 4 Dolch List.

Book Week (March 12th – March 16th)

Weekly Preview (2/26-3/2)

Important Events this Week:

  • Nanshan Fieldtrip – Friday, March 2nd

Reading – We are continuing our Book Club work which is further supported by our new “Literary Essay” writing unit. Students are closely analyzing characters, author’s purpose, and theme in their Book Club books and in the short stories we will be using in writing.

Writing – We are launching a new unit called “Literary Essay”. This unit will combine students’ prior knowledge of essay writing with an in depth focus on closely reading and analyzing literary texts. This week we are reading the short story, “Fox”, as a class and analyzing the characters. We are writing entries to grow our thinking about the story and will eventually use this material to create strong thesis statements about the text.

Math – We have begun “Module 4: Angles and Plane Figures”. This week we have been learning about points, lines, line segments, rays, and angles. We are also learning about kinds of angles (right, acute, obtuse) and lines (parallel, perpendicular, and intersecting).

Science – Students are continuing their study of “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” by investigating the concepts of erosion and deposition. We are modeling these phenomena by using stream tables to observe how the erosion of earth materials by water helps to create landforms. Students will be able to observe these processes in the real world on Friday when we go on our geology fieldtrip up Nanshan.

Word Study  – We have returned to focus on Spelling, specifically trying to master the spelling words on the Grade 4 Dolch List.

Weekly Preview / Wrap Up (February 5th-February 14th)

Dear Parents,

This week will be a combined preview / wrap-up since I did not post last week. I hope everyone enjoys the New Year festivities and has a wonderful break!

Important Events this Week:

  • Kindness Day – Wednesday, February 14th
  • Shecky Awards – Wednesday, February 14th
  • Last Day before CNY Break – Wednesday, February 14th
  • Chinese New Year Break (February 15 – February 25th)
  • Return to School – Monday, February 26th

Reading – Students began book clubs by watching the teacher model a sample book club conversation. They thought about what a good book club looked and sounded like. The class also brainstormed a list of possible themes that we frequently find in our books. Some of these included courage, friendship, growing up, fitting in, and family. Each book club session begins with a discussion of question prompts. Different groups have different focuses: one group might concentrate more on vocabulary while another will emphasize trying to build rich, lasting conversations about their books. Since so many students are absent this week, we will be doing more independent reading, making sure that we have a ready supply of Just Right books to read during our break.

Writing – Last week, students focused on filming and editing their Green Screen videos. This week, they will continue to edit using their rubrics and then we will showcase our videos during the “Shecky Awards” this Wednesday. This will be our fourth grade version of the Academy Awards, the award categories being: “Best Acting and Dialogue”, “Best Historical Fiction Details”, “Most Creative”, and “Best Overall Video”. This project brought their writing projects to life and pushed students to practice all of the ESLRs (being communicators, collaborators, complex thinkers, independent learners, and global citizens).

Math – Last week, students focused on building their understanding of factors and multiples. We finished the week with an assessment on multiplication and division last Friday. When we return from break, we will begin a unit on geometry, specifically angles. Each math lesson will continue to include the use of mental math, problem-solving, manipulatives, and the expectation of showing and explaining your work.

Science – Students continued their study of “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” by investigating the concepts of physical and chemical weathering last week. We looked at how weathering affects the materials that make up the soils that are found in different environments. Using vinegar as a substitute, we observed how acid rain causes certain rocks to chemically weather, but leaves others unaffected. Letting our rocks sit in vinegar overnight, we then poured out the remaining liquid in to evaporation dishes. This week, we will be looking at what is left after the liquid has evaporated.

Word Study  – We have returned to focus on Spelling, specifically trying to master the spelling words on the Grade 4 Dolch List.

 

Weekly Preview (1/29-2/1)

Important Events this Week:

  • ES Open Day – Wednesday, January 31st
  • EAL Parent Information Session – Wednesday, January 31st
  • Parent-Teacher Conference – Thursday, February 1st
  • Complex Thinker Assembly – Friday, February 2nd (in SPAH)

Reading – We will begin reading in book clubs this week. Our focus will be on developing rich reading conversations and diving into deeper reading skills such as identifying author’s purpose, theme, and using details from the text to support our inferences.

Writing – Students have finished drafting their own historical fiction pieces from their group story arc. They incorporated “show not tell” techniques such as dialogue, action, internal thought, onomatopoeia, details, and “juicy” words.  Students will choose one story within their group that they would like to turn into a script for their Historical Fiction green screen. After writing their scripts, students can begin to collect photos for their green screen backgrounds and the necessary props/costumes for their movies.

Math – We will revisit factors and multiples this week along with a review of the multiplication and division strategies that we have practiced in the past. Each math lesson will continue to include the use of mental math, problem-solving, manipulatives, and the expectation of showing and explaining your work.

Science – Students concluded their study of Migration last week with some reflection videos which they will be posting on Seesaw this week. We are beginning a new science unit called “Soils, Rocks, and Landforms” which builds upon the students’ prior knowledge from second and third grade. Today we began with a KWL chart and a Bill Nye video to help students begin thinking about the topic. We will review the Scientific Method before we begin the FOSS science investigations for this unit.

Goal Setting – We are preparing for our conferences this Thursday by revisiting our goals from Trimester 1 and looking back on our progress from this year.

 

Weekly Preview (1/22-1/26)

Important Events this Week:

  • SIS Immigration Checkpoint – Tuesday, January 23rd
  • Learning Comes Alive – Thursday, January 25th
  • SIS Day – Thursday January 25th (Wear SIS gear and have your face painted at recess! 

Writing and Reading – We continue to read Just Right book and historical fiction books this week. In Read Aloud, we are reading historical fiction books and noticing the details that reveal the time period in which our books take place. This week students are creating story arcs with their group and then independently drafting their own historical fiction pieces from their group story arc. They are reviewing what we learned in our Realistic Fiction unit by incorporating “show not tell” techniques such as dialogue, action, internal thought, onomatopoeia, details, and “juicy” words.  Once finished with their drafts, students will read their stories to each other and choose one within their group that they would like to storyboard for their Historical Fiction green screen.

Math – After having returned from completing a math workshop this past weekend, Ms. Kim has been eager to incorporate some of the things she learned into the classroom! We are looking at math this week with a renewed focus on problem-solving and using manipulatives to develop concrete and visual understanding of the concepts of multiplication and division. Parents who attend Learning Comes Alive this week will get a sneak peek into a typical lesson. We warm up with some mental math, start working on a problem, and then come back to share our strategies!

Social Studies – We completed our unit on Migration with our SIS Immigration Checkpoint activity on Level 5 yesterday. Students were placed in mixed class groups, each of which was a “family” that was trying to migrate to a mythical, perfect country called Utopia. Students needed to pass through a variety of checkpoints (passport control, security, health check, and visa check) to be allowed to enter Utopia. All “families” had to be ready to answer  questions in regard to their country of origin, occupation, health, criminal background, and standard of living. Afterwards, we had the students reflect on their experiences as an “immigrant” in an effort to help them develop a sense of empathy towards others.

Word Study – Due to the busy week, we will review Parts of Speech and continue using our knowledge of subjects and predicates to help us identify sentence fragments and run-on sentences.

 

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