Visual Arts: Using the Design Cycle

For their current HTWW unit in their homeroom class, students are inquiring into the central idea: people apply their understanding of scientific principles to innovate and create. In visual arts class, students are specifically looking at the line of inquiry: how the design cycle is used to innovate and create and the related concept: innovation.

Over the last few weeks, students have been learning about logos and inquiring into logos. They have looked for logos around the school and analyzed these logos to discover hidden meanings. Students have found that every part of a successful logo has a purpose.

After recreating the google logo as a provocation, students did a test run using the design cycle to create a logo for the art room (4.2), for the music room (4.3), or for LIS (4.1). Each student began by investigating (a step in the design cycle) and then used different parts of the design cycle at different times while creating their logos.

Currently, students are designing a logo that represents themselves. This week, they are presenting their best logo to the class to evaluate and to receive peer feedback. Next class they will create their final version using the material(s) of their choice. These logos will be digitalized and used as the icon on their edublog and eventually as the icon in their seesaw blogs.

Busy times in 4.3

Students have been developing their thinking skills (one of the approaches to learning) how to acquire, comprehend and synthesize knowledge.  They have been 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. 

 In writing sessions , our young authors are  drafting, revising, editing and publishing their realistic fiction stories, which they look forward to sharing with their classmates and buddies.

 In Math students have been working on the jump and split strategy for subtraction and solving a variety of single step word problems for both subtraction and addition problems.

 

 

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  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  own stories.

Fábrica de Sabão – Field Trip

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.

Here are some photos from the day….

Making work easier.

Simple Machines 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.

This week students explored new vocabulary connected to the unit (e.g. friction, force, pulleys, work etc.).  We also discussed the concepts:

Form – what is it like?

Function – how does it work?

Students have formed groups to explore simple machines – they will research to become “experts”  about one of the following –  wheels/axles, pulleys, levers, wedges, inclined planes or screws.

They are using books and various websites 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 photos from learning engagements this week:

 

 

 

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 introduction 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. Our next blog post will explain more about this. For this 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.

 

Sharing learning processes in Year 4

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 where they needed to improve. Thank you for attending the conferences and being a part of the support to help the students achieve their goals.

The students spent time planning, drafting, revising, editing and posting on our  student 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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=UDVSw54VU1A (link youtube clip)

 

Students have been busy planning which learning engagements to share for their walk through assembly. They practiced and spoke confidently to a broad audience consisting of peers and adults.  Students were engaged in explaining the process of their learning

 

In Math we 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 these strategies in another blogpost.