Grade 4 News
Newsletter #1: Sharing the Planet
UOI #2 Sharing the Planet
An inquiry into rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people and with other living things; communities and the relationships within and between them; access to equal opportunities; peace and conflict resolution
Central idea: Different strategies can be used to resolve conflict and maintain peace.
Key concepts: causation, function, responsibility
Related concepts: peace, conflict, cooperation, history
Lines of inquiry:
- Causes of conflict [causation]
- Strategies to maintain peace [function]
- Strategies to resolve conflict [function]
- How peace and conflict affect us [responsibility]
What Are We Learning This Unit?
Peace and Conflict
During this first week, we had our provocation activities. we did a great job making connections between all the clues. We read the book Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, about a young boy who has a conflict with a classmate and how he resolves his problem. We watched a video about the conflict between white settlers and the native Americans over the destruction of the buffalo herd in the Great Plains during the 1800s. We also experienced the mysterious ransacking of the classroom and talked about how we reacted until we found out who did it. Finally, we played a Breakout game, where two teams were each given a box with several different kinds of locks. Using clues around the room, they had to figure out how to open the locks to get to the final clue about the central idea. The game revealed a lot about how important it is to LISTEN to everyone in your group, working out a strategy ahead of time, and delegating tasks when working as a team. One team worked noticeably better than the other, but both teams learned valuable lessons from that. It was intense and exhausting, but everyone had an awesome time and really want to do a Breakout game again!
- fluently adding and subtracting multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm
- solving multistep word problems with whole numbers using the four operations
- representing problems using equations with a letter standing for an unknown quantity (variables)
- assessing the reasonableness of answers using mental math and rounding
- multiplying or dividing to solve word problems involving multiplicative comparison
- gaining familiarity with factors and multiples
- identifying whether a number is a prime or composite
- applying the area and perimeter formulas for rectangles in real world and mathematical problems
- multiplying a four-digit number by a one-digit whole number and multiplying two two-digit numbers
- finding whole-number quotients and remainders with up to four-digit dividends and one-digit divisors
English Language Arts
- Learn the ordinal numbers from 11th to 20th.
- Describe the things around us (هذا باب- هذه حديقة – هذا بيت).
- Learn the signs of the nouns.
- Learn the أسماء الإشارة.
- Reading: Read the second half of the first Juzaa.
- Memorize & Understand the meaning of Surat At-Tawba (11-12), which is talking about صلح الحديبية.
- Tajweed: The articulation points of the Alphabets.
- The benefits from praying in Jama’aha.
- The Sunnah prayer.
- Review the life of prophet Muhammad from birth to marriage from Khadija.
- Hudaibiyah Alliance (صلح الحديبية).
- Recycled book paper collage artwork.
- Experimenting with space and emphasis.
- Creative process.
Targeted MSDE Standards
1.0 Perceiving and Responding: Aesthetic Education – Students will demonstrate the ability to perceive, interpret, and respond to ideas, experiences, and the environment through visual art.
2. Identify and compare ways in which selected artworks represent what people see, know, feel, and imagine
2.0 Historical, Cultural, and Social Context: Students will demonstrate an understanding of visual art as an essential aspect of history and human experience.
2. Explain differences between and among historical, social, or cultural reasons for creating and using art, by studying artworks and other sources of information
a. Identify technologies, processes, and materials used to create visual art
b. Describe the origins of selected technologies, processes, and materials used in the visual arts