4HA Weekly News
7th February 2014
We also really enjoyed visiting the miniature horses with our buddy class on Friday. Thanks to the parents who came along and took pictures!
Social Studies - The Toy Fair
The children have been working hard on their Social Studies projects, and all of the Toy Company groups made good progress last week. The toys are almost all finished, and the we worked with Ms. Carpenter on Google presentations that the children will use at the Toy Fair. Working on these presentations has been an excellent way for children to meet standards in Social Studies and Language Arts with the meaningful integration of technology in context.Friday 14th February will see the culmination of our Social Studies Toy Company unit, at the 4th grade Toy Fair! We have invited 3rd and 5th grade classes to visit the Toy Fair. It will begin at 12.30 in the Elementary School veranda. Parents are welcome to come along and see our work, but do not need to assist in any way, as the event should be completely managed by the students. If you are unable to attend, we will be taking lots of photos and videos of the event, and your child will be able to demonstrate his/her presentation to you at home!
4.7.5 Present effective introductions and conclusions that guide and inform the listener’s understanding of important ideas and details.
4.7.6 Use logical structures for conveying information
4.7.7 Emphasize points in ways that help the listener or viewer follow important ideas and concepts.
4.7.9 Engage the audience with appropriate words, facial expressions, and gestures.
4.7.12 Make informational presentations that:
-focus on one main topic.
-include facts and details that help listeners focus.
Next week, we will continue to work on these objectives as we prepare to present on Friday.
In reading, we read informational texts about Egyptian mummies last week. The children worked in pairs to highlight main ideas in these texts, after which they completed a chart showing that they could find supporting details for these main ideas. The children used dictionaries to find more than one meaning for a selection of words, and then decided which meaning fit with the author's purpose.
Next week, we will continue to read non-fiction texts, focusing on ancient history. The children will complete reading comprehension exercises, as well as work to develop their understanding of different forms of the adjectives 'good' and 'bad'.
Enrichment activities for our current unit can be found on the 'Resources' page on our class Haiku site. It is not compulsory for children to complete the enrichment activities, but they will help them to consolidate their understanding of the concepts we are discussing in class. You can also find the enrichment activities for previous chapters on the same resources page.
The children in our class are:
The children will be able to deliver their cards on the morning of February 14th.
-Our Haiku site is up and running. Alan Hoskin, from Ed Tech, has sent out emails with information about how to access this. Please let me know if you did not receive his emails, or if you are unsure about how to log on to Haiku.
- February 14th is Valentine's Day (see above) AND our 4th grade Toy Fair (see above). It will be an amazing end to the week!