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.
Thank you for the donations for our field trip. The students had an excellent day and made many connections to the learning in the How the World Works unit – innovation, creativity and design. As students move towards unpacking the design cycle, they will be encouraged to use their understanding from the field trip to inspire their creations.
This week students explored new vocabulary connected to the unit (e.g., friction, force, pulleys, work etc.).
We also discussed and consolidated our understanding of the concepts:
form – what is it like?
function – how does it work?
We looked at the definition of a simple machine – these are tools used to make work easier. In science, work is defined as a force acting on an object to move it across a distance. Pushing, pulling, and lifting are common forms of work. A force is any push or pull that causes an object to change its position (movement), direction, or shape. (from: www.vexrobotics.com)
Students are currently working in small groups/pairs groups to explore simple machines further. They will practice their research skills to become “experts” about one of the following: wheels/axles, pulleys, levers, wedges, inclined planes or screws. They are using books and various website to complete their research. Students will share their learning with the whole class and in the next few weeks they will use the scientific understandings gained to create their own inventions to move and lift objects.
Here are some photos from learning engagements this week:
Yesterday in visual arts class, two year 11 students visited the PYP art room and showed examples of the paintings they created in MPY visual arts class. Y11 students presented their process portfolios, their process, and their product (artwork). Year 4.1 asked thoughtful questions about their process and their paintings and gave written feedback in the form of two stars and a wish.
Once they were done, y4 students showed the Y11 students examples of their Instagram pictures. Hopefully we will have more teaching and learning opportunities like this soon!
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.
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.
In visual arts class, students art inquiring into the same central idea as in their homeroom class: digital communication changes the way in which people interact with each other. Students are being assessed on the visual arts learning outcomes: responding (phase 3) recognize that different audiences respond in different ways to artworks and creating (phase 2) identify the formal art elements of an artwork.
For this project, students will be creating their own public Instagram account. Students are inquiring into the elements of art using photography.
Students reviewed and inquired into the elements of art: line, color, shape, form, texture, value, and space. They took pictures of the elements of art using a composition paper frame and then completed a photography scavenger hunt with a partner:
Students are now developing their own Instagram agreements. They are thinking about at the lines of inquiry: our roles and responsibility in virtual environments and how digital communication tools increase our opportunities to connect with others. Here are the agreements they decided on to keep themselves and each other safe:
Currently, students are learning tips and tricks of photography. They are following their Instagram agreements and taking picture around the campus. Soon they will sort through their pictures, edit them using the Photos app, develop captions for the pictures, and their photos will be posted to a Year 4 Instagram account.
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.