GRADE FOUR GAZETTE
SJI International Elementary School, Singapore
SUMMER TERM - WEEK 2 - Friday 24th April
In Language Arts this week, we started on our new Instructional Texts genre unit.
To start our learning journey, we decided to borrow an idea from the IPC and experimented with an entry point…How To Make Slime!
The students were challenged to follow a set of simple instruction to make slime which, as the photographs show, was great fun and really helped establish the intended learning.
The students then analysed the text they had followed to determine the Purpose and Audience for an instruction text. This was followed by further analysis of more instruction texts to identify the Key Features.
By doing this, the students realised that they had in fact created their own Success Criteria i.e. a list of features and considerations that they must include in their own instruction texts for them to be successful; fantastic learning and a great base on which to build our future learning.
Next week, we will be looking even more closely at the key features before beginning to generate ideas and plans for our own instruction texts.
Last week in Drama Ms Bradley videoed us as documentary reporters sharing the facts we had researched for our information texts. This week , 4GTR observed Ned Hannah’s performance noticing what he did really well to engage his listeners. We connected our "noticings" to PITCH, PAUSE, PITCH, PACE, INFLECTION and TONE. Ned was then asked to be a really reflective learner. What could he do even better when performing? The "noticings" formed the basis of our success criteria.
We warmed up our voices then refined our work inspired by the excellent details we saw in Ned’s performance. We reflected on how much we had learned from one another and how helpful it was in preparing us to “perform” next week! Our other Grade 4 classes will continue their drama lessons next week due to Ms Bradley’s absence and the priority of our swim galas this week.
This week in Mathematics students have been learning how to divide decimals. In particular, they have focused on adding additional zeros if there is a decimal remainder until there is no remainder, or rounding the answer off to the nearest 1DP or 2DP if the remainder will go on forever. Students then applied these skills and developed their understanding of division when solving 1-step and 2-step word problems involving decimals, using the model method for help (if needed).
Next week students will start a new topic on time. This short topic will focus on converting between 12-hour and 24-hour time (and vice versa) and also working out durations of time.
Unit of Work (IPC)
We are now at the tail end of our 'Being Human' unit. The children are continuing to work on collaborative projects where they take their knowledge of the human heart and lungs, and transform this information into creative lessons for a younger grade level. Having children share their learning not only reinforces the knowledge learnt but also gives them the opportunity to practice their oral presentation skills. Next week for their exit point, Grade Four children will be presenting their lessons to younger students around the school.
The children have also been discussing both the positive and negative aspects of modern-technology in our world, in particular, the affect it can have on people's overall well-being. We have been looking at gadgets that are used today to help people monitor the amount of exercise they are doing, as well as set fitness related goals for themselves. The children are now working on inventing their own original gadgets that combine today's technology with the living of a more balanced and healthier lifestyle.
Home Learning for the Week Ahead - Term 3 Week 2
What is Commitment?
Commitment is caring deeply about something or someone. It is the willingness to give your all to a friendship, a task, or something you believe in. It is the ability to make decisions and follow through on them. It is keeping your promises.
Why practice it?
Without commitment, we just drift along, with no idea where we are going. We change our minds. We give up easily if things get too hard. We break our word. We give up on people we care about if they disappoint us or make a mistake. When we are committed, people can count on us to keep our promises. With commitment we can achieve great things.