Digital Citizenship and Poetry

We are learning about our roles and responsibilities in a virtual environment – we looked at ways in which we can have a positive digital footprint.  We also  discussed the similarities and differences between a physical and virtual environment,  using Venn diagrams to organise our thinking.

As part of our How We Express Ourselves unit, year 4 students have  started exploring different poetry genres this week. We started the week looking at a senses poem.  We chose an emotion and compared this emotion to the five senses.   First we examined the language features and the structure of an example of a senses poem and made a checklist.  Then we planned, drafted, revised, edited and published our own senses poem.  Some examples of our poems can be found HERE.

Students also analysed simile poems and noticed that  these poems described something or someone by comparing it to another thing (as noisy as a monkey, it had teeth like daggers). Together we planned a simile  poem all about us!

As we continue our learning in this unit the students will be exposed to more genres of poetry, including cinquain and kenning. Please feel free to share some of your favourite poems by commenting on this post.

 

 

 

How We Express Ourselves

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our second unit of inquiry for the year.  You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here –  How We Express Ourselves.

Here are some of our provocations and tuning-in engagements for this unit –

Students will develop their knowledge and understandings of digital communication tools and their roles and responsibilities as digital citizens. We have planned in collaboration with Ms Hannah to ensure the students develop an understanding of responsible and safe digital communication and expression through the Arts.  We collaborated with our information technology specialists, Mr Oscar and Mr Brian and introduced our students to setting up their own student blogs.    Some students have already posted on the blog, others are still editing an revising their posts. With our students we looked at what makes a quality blogpost, and what is appropriate and responsible use of the  blog as a communication tool.  

Our language links will include gaining knowledge of writing different types of poetry.  Students will develop their knowledge of the elements of poetry, the use of figurative language and poetic devices. 

In mathematics, all year 4 classes have been introduced to the online Mathletics program in class lessons.  Students have their passwords and are able to work on tasks at home.  We have started to tune into and develop the student’s conceptual understanding of place value, (see details in our place value blog post).  This week we also used data collected from surveys about communication tools and represented our findings on bar graphs, which we then interpreted and used to further our thinking.  

We look forward to hearing about any action the children may take as a result of the learning in this unit.