Grade 4 News

Newsletter #1: Who We Are

UOI 6: Who We Are

Transdisciplinary Theme:

An inquiry into the nature of the self; beliefs and values; personal, physical, mental, social and spiritual health; human relationships including families, friends, communities, and cultures; rights and responsibilities; and what it means to be human.

Central idea: Our genetics and heritage form our identity

Key concepts: Connection, Causation, Perspective

Related concepts: culture, genetics, traditions, customs, identity

Lines of inquiry:

  • Genetics (connection)
  • Cultural lineage (causation)
  • Emergence of self (perspective)

What Are We Learning This Unit?


This Unit of Inquiry will touch on both science and social studies concepts. The overarching question is are we a product of our environment, our genetics, or both?

First, we will explore the concept of culture and the role it plays in forming our identity. We will look at what makes up a culture.

Second, we will look at genetics and what kind of information can be found in our DNA. We will do a couple of activities involving inherited traits which should be a lot of fun for the kids. We will distinguish between inherited traits, acquired physical traits, and learned behaviors.


We are continuing our exploration of working with fractions. We will be comparing fractions and finding equivalences. We will also work with applying those concepts to adding, subtracting, and multiplying fractions.

We are also learning about decimal fractions. We are looking at the connection between fraction and decimals and how to represent numbers as decimals, fractions, expanded form, and unit form. We will end this unit with comparing decimals and learning how to add decimal numbers. See the links below for more information about decimals.

English Language Arts

We have been writing about personal experiences about ourselves and family members. We will be writing daily, learning how to write narratives about real experiences using good writing techniques, strong details, and clear event sequences.

In reading, we will use details from stories to figure out the theme and continue practicing summarizing the text. We will explore the difference between first- and third-person narration in different stories. We will also look at how similar themes and topics (like good vs evil) and different events are treated in folktales from different cultures. We will explore these concepts through the folktales Fire on the Mountain by Jane Kurtz and The Weaving of a Dream by Marilee Heyer.


  • Students have been working and focusing on reading the Qur'an. They all did good and spent a lot of time with Qur'an in the month of Ramadan. Students did read and memorize Surat Saad from 71-88 and learned the Tafseer of this verses and they did reflect on how Adam did listen to the Shaytaan and this was the first sin for him and what Allah did with him.
  • Students did learn about the story of Prophet Adam (AS) and Iblis from the perspective of having a consequence for every bad deed and a reward for the good deeds and also following Allah's orders.
  • Also, they had a lot of questions about the difference between the angels, Iblis, and the human, and how is better in following Allah's orders.
  • Students had done the 2 bottles (Uhud and Al-Ahzab) and it was by the lead of the students, it was kind of teaching them how to seek the information independently and also share the information with others.
  • We did a special part about the Adaab of the Masjid and how the Muslim should react in the Masjid during prayer and during I'tikaf.
  • In Arabic, they all worked on identity themselves as a Muslims and form sentences from 3 words and ask the questions related to this. "من ربك؟ من رسولك؟ من معلمك؟ ربي الله، رسولى محمد" من أنت؟ - ما دينك؟ – من ربك؟ - أنا مسلم نافع- أنا مسلم مجتهد. .ربى- ربك- ربكم – حقى – حقه –
  • العربية بين يديك جروب have done the unit4 from the book.
  • Students did learn the characters of Muslims (Humility, piety, trustworthiness, etc.), and construct a make-believe best friend and worst friend based on the character.

Ramadan Passport

All passports are due by Wednesday, June 13th, 2018.


    • Experiment with media, processes, and techniques to express your thoughts and feelings
    • Create artworks that explore the uses of the elements of art and selected principles of design, such as pattern, repetition, contrast, balance, and variety
    • Critique selected artworks using criteria based on the elements of art and selected principles of design
    • Describe the relationship between the elements of art and principles of design and the aesthetic qualities of works of art
    • Establish criteria for how to critique works of art made by others