GRADE FOUR GAZETTE
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
EASTER TERM - WEEK 3 - Friday 23rd January
In Writer's Workshop this week our budding poets have been developing their bank of strategies and using these to write powerful poetry.
Strategies Poets Use
* Poets find a big topic that gives them big, strong feelings.
* Poets find a small object or moment or detail that holds the big feeling.
* Poets look with poets' eyes and see an ordinary thing in a new way.
* Poets write about it, experimenting with line breaks.
* Poets use literary devices like similes and metaphors to create imagery
Please continue to see the world through a poet's eyes with your child and share your discoveries and - possibly - write poetry together! We would love to hear your creations.
We see ourselves as poets
DEAR time - James 4 GTr
It's the only time
When I read,
I picture people
I feel like
I'm in my
Uh oh I'm feeling
Goalkeeper - Dylan 4DPi
hands between legs
look at the
run at it
players got it
don't be scared
run at him
grab the ball
clutch it hard
then drop it
boot it hard
watch it sail
in the sky
My Mom - Sofia 4SDa
She is virtuous
a kind heart.
She embraces me
in a hug
ans she shows love
She is as sweet
as bright as day.
Time in a bottle - Jack 4SBa
Time is very precious
so be very cautious
you can't put it in a
There's no such thing
as a time machine
so be careful what you do
you can't put it in a bottle.
Next week, students will be starting another new shape topic. They will be studying squares and rectangles and will be learning in greater detail about each shapes' properties. Students will then progress to studying compound shapes; learning how to calculate missing lengths when provided with other lengths.
Unit of Work (IPC)
This week in IPC, we took a broader look at the history of art in our world. The children worked with a partner or a small group to carry out research and record information on a specific art movement.
Before the children began their research, a lesson was modelled on how to read and record information for projects. The children were encouraged to highlight key words and phrases, and write in their own words to gain a thorough understanding of the facts they were studying. The children were also encouraged to find the definitions of new words that they did not quite understand yet and record their meanings.
The facts that were gathered, recorded, and reworded by the children were used to create information posters on the art movements that were focused on. These posters were added to the class timeline displays and will be on show for the special exit point evening in March.
Next week, as a build up to our upcoming field trip to the Thow Kwan Dragon Pottery Jungle, the children will be working in small groups to present an oral presentation on how pottery has been made, decorated and used from different countries around the world.
Home Learning for the Week Ahead - Easter Term Week 4
Home Learning - Language Arts
READ TO SUCCEED
Read a 'Just Right' book for 20 minutes or more each evening. Share and discuss with family members what you have read. Practice reading aloud in front of your family members using clear projection, fluency and expression. Our current unit, 'poetry' is a brilliant genre to develop your reading skills.
Home Learning - Unit of Work (IPC)
The guidelines for this project have been entered into their home learning books The guidelines include a helpful plan to support your child in completing this project on time without any worry.
Please check that your child is 'on track' and following the plan or an alternative one.
Prehistoric Europeans - People Who Invented Art
Virtue of the Week - Tolerance
You don't expect others to think, look, speak or act just like you.
Tolerance is being free of prejudice, knowing that all people have feelings, needs, hopes and dreams.
To be tomerant also means to accept things you wish were different with flexibility and patience.