What are we busy with in Year 4?

Students are learning how to acquire, comprehend and synthesize knowledge (thinking skills – one of the approaches to learning).  They are practicing  these through learning about the six simple machines and how they make work easier.  The students completed their research, made posters and then the rest of the class  used their  (the expert group’s) research to deepen their own understandings of pulleys, levers, wedges, wheels and axels, screws and  inclined planes.  Using the design cycle , students are  applying their understanding of scientific principles to create and innovate various machines. Students showed their work in progress to our Buddies when they visited us.

In Math students have been solving a range of problems as well learning and using the jump and split strategy for subtraction.   

Students continue the writing process with their realistic fiction stories….most are busy publishing their work.

Realistic Fiction

Year 4  students are learning how to write realistic fiction; it’s a standalone unit that will run for several weeks.  Students are exploring  story elements –  characters, problems, and settings.  In addition they will learn more about  punctuation and various literary devices  such as similes and alliteration. The videos below  further explains the text type.

 

In class students have been reading and analyzing a range of mentor texts (examples of realistic fiction that will help them write their own stories). They used this prompt, “what do you notice the writers doing?” while exploring various realist fiction picture books.  Students worked in groups to  come up with a list of real life problems and realistic solutions.  They are using these  ideas in their own writing as they plan and draft their  stories.

How The World Works

This week year 4 students began inquiring into our third unit for the year.   You will find the learning outcomes for this unit here: HOW THE WORLD WORKS.

As a provocation to spark wonderings and curiosity amongst the students, we watched the video below:

Here are some of our wonderings and tuning-in learning engagements for this unit:

Students will develop their knowledge and understandings of scientific principles through exploring simple machines and how they make work easier. We have planned in collaboration with Ms. Hannah, in Art, to ensure the students develop an understanding of the Design cycle which they will use when they create and innovate.

Next week we will start a stand-alone unit on realistic fiction and our next blog post will explain more about this.  For How the World Works unit we will consolidate students’ understanding of the explanation text type.

In mathematics, all year 4 classes have been introduced to the split strategy and tidy numbers for addition.  Building on their understanding of place value, students are making connections on how to use these strategies to solve addition problems.


 

Student blogs, assembly and other fun learning

It’s been a short but intensely busy fortnight back!  Students reflected on their approaches to learning and set SMART goals which they shared in their 3 way conferences.  It was a challenging and in-depth process but the students persevered and were very principled about how they see themselves as learners and the areas that they wanted to improve in.  Thank you for attending the conferences and being a part of the support to help the students achieve their goals.

Students have been busy planning which learning engagements to share for their walkabout assembly. They practiced and spoke confidently to a broad audience consisting of peers and adults.  Here are some photos from the Assembly:

The students shave been working on planning, drafting, revising, editing and posting  on our class blog .  They also responded to posts from their classmates.  This was part of the How We Express Ourselves summative assessment task (making quality posts and responding appropriately to another post).   Please spend some time looking at the students’ posts and discuss the learning with your child.

In Math we have started to look at addition and subtraction strategies.  Students completed a pre-assessment task showing their prior knowledge.  In the weeks coming we will learn and practice the following – compensating, split and jump strategy.  More about this in an upcoming blogpost.

Place Value

In Math Year 4  have started a unit on place value. The central idea  is:  An understanding place value helps develop good number sense.

We are exploring this through:

  • Modelling numbers using the base 10 value system (form)
  • Reading, writing, comparing and ordering numbers (function and connection)
  • The use of place value in everyday life (connection)

We are learning about…

During the last few weeks students have been developing their thinking and research skills.

 Thinking skills  (acquisition of knowledge and comprehension): 

Students viewed a few videos on the digestive system.  In small groups they discussed the parts/organs of the digestive system and how they all work together to digest a meal.  Then they drew and labelled their thinking.

After that, students worked in pairs  reading an example of an explanatory text – How does the digestive system work?

 Next they highlighted words in the text that needed further explanation – we used library books and dictionaries to clarify those words.

Then as a whole class we analysed the features and language  of the text and together  came up with  a checklist for explanation writing (there will be more about writing to explain in a future post).

In Math we worked on another learning engagement from you.cubed.org.  Pictures below. 

Peaceful Buddies

Inspired by Todd Parr’s  “The Peace Book,” Year 4.1 and Year 1.3  thought and talked about what their ideas of peace were.  Then together they wrote it down, with the Year 4 students helping the Year 1 students to scribe their thoughts.    For Peace Day next week, the artwork from last week and the peace day thoughts from this week are being combined to make a display.

PEACE is helping the Earth.              

PEACE is sharing.    

PEACE is watching the stars.

PEACE is helping people.   

PEACE is taking turns.      

PEACE is having fun.

PEACE is love.                    

PEACE is playing together.              

PEACE is reading a book.

PEACE is hugging people.

PEACE is mindfulness.

PEACE is being with my family.              

PEACE is trying new things.

PEACE is making new friends .        

PEACE is singing.

PEACE is sharing food.                    

PEACE is being nice.

PEACE is watching whales.

PEACE is the sound of rain.

PEACE is giving a hug.       

PEACE is  travelling.

PEACE is watering plants.              

PEACE is sleeping.

PEACE is speaking new languages.        

PEACE is eating pizza.

PEACE is rainbows.            

PEACE is building Lego.

PEACE is being healthy.