Weekly Update!

Week of May 29- June 2, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

  • This week is Week A
  • Art Journeys: Monday, May 29 (5:00- 8:00pm), grade 4 music performs from 7:15-7:45 in the auditorium and drama performances on atrium stage: 4DR 6:15, 4MS 6:30, 4LH 6:45

 

         *Students must wear the SSIS white performance t-shirt.

 

  • Last day of ASAs: Thursday, June 1
  • Grade 4 Class Party: Wednesday, June 7 (more info to follow)
  • Last day of School: Thursday, June 8 (12:15 dismissal)

 

 

Summer School Sign Up: Click here to learn more about summer school!

UNIT INFORMATION:  Explorers!

Social Studies:

Remember to check out the replicas of ships from the Age of Exploration, if you haven’t already!  Students are almost ready to perform their short explorer skits on Wednesday.  On May 31th, they will be performing a dramatic script based on what they have learned!  Their audience will be their fourth grade peers!  

Literacy:

Students will complete their book clubs and practise for their explorer skits. They will take what they have learned about public speaking this year and showcase these skills. We will be filming the skits, so that parents can watch them on their blogs. Please support your child if they ask for costume or prop help!

Math:     

Students are in their last math unit of the year!  (Unit 7, Area and Perimeter).  Ask your child about what they are learning about things such as metric and standard measurement, length, width, units, etc.  Continue asking them about anything on this link>>>  Here is a link to the learning targets for Area and Perimeter. Students will have their final Unit 7 assessment this Thursday, June 1.

 

Weekly Update #27!

GRADE 4 WEEKLY UPDATE #27

 

Documentarians at work!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

 

  • This week is Week B.
  • ASA Season 3 will begin today!
  • Learning Journeys: Friday, March 24. Please check the information letter attached. Your child’s scheduled time is on this. There is no school Friday.
  • Save the Date! Next Tuesday, March 28 from 5-7pm is the Viable Vietnam Film Festival. We hope all families can make it. As this is a red carpet event, students and families are encouraged to dress fancy! Your children are stars!

 

 

 

 

UNIT INFORMATION:  Viable Vietnam!

Literacy and Viable Vietnam: Unit Study

Our project based work is still going strong and we are in the final stages of creating some fabulous documentaries. This week, students will be recording their narration, and then important all of their footage and the documentaries will be polished up. It’s going to be an exciting week as we see all the hard work come together and look forward to our celebration next Tuesday. Students will also be busy preparing for their Learning Journeys.

Math:     

We will continue Unit 5, Fractions and Decimals.  Here are the learning targets for Unit 5. Students are learning how to say decimal numbers correctly, as well are to compare their values with fractions. Could you use dice and/or playing cards to create a game with your child?

Weekly Update #25!

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • This week is Week B.

  • ASA Season 3 Registration Mar 6-9: You can register online at link.ssis.edu.vn. Bus registration will follow during the week of Mar 13.

  • Family Fun Day March 11, 2:30-5:30.

  • Early Dismissal (12:00pm-free dress day): Wednesday, March 15

  • Learning Journeys Registration is Open – How To Register: Registration closes on Mar 17 at 9am.

  • A Message From the ES Musical Planning Committee:

You are cordially invited to the ES musical production of The Most Epic Birthday Party Ever!

This exciting, theatrical experience will be held in our beautiful auditorium on Thursday, March 9th at 6:30pm. Tickets are free this year! Please see Ms. Vy in the business office or Ms. Truc in the ES office for tickets. Remember, seating in our auditorium is limited, so get your tickets ASAP.

Please join us!

Last week’s Cooking Making!

 

UNIT INFORMATION:  Viable Vietnam!

Literacy and Viable Vietnam: Unit Study

This week we will begin to research for our documentary topics. Students will work in their groups to make plans for getting more footage (videos and images) as well as who to interview. We will begin to make plans for writing our narrative nonfiction based scripts. We will continue to look at the landforms and climate of Vietnam and investigate how they are connected to our topics. Literacy and unit studies will be all project based work and will be exciting!

Please be checking in with your child about how their documentary is progressing.

Math:

This week we will start unit 5, Fractions and Decimals.  Here are the learning targets for Unit 5.  We will also be sending home the students’ progress profile from Unit 4 at the end of the week.

 
Take care!
Melanie and James.

Weekly Update!

GRADE 4 WEEKLY UPDATE #23: Week of February 20 – February 24, 2017

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

This week is Week B.

Thursday, Feb.23: Visiting Artist River Walking Field Trip
Teachers will be sending information home via email.

Innovate SSIS, Tuesday, February 28
Please join us on Tuesday, February 28 from 3:30-6:30 for our second annual Innovate SSIS event, where both parents and students get to experience our 21st century way of learning. At this family friendly event, student creations will be showcased and shared with ES parents, students, and faculty. You are invited to experience the creative inventions of ES students as well as create and make your own.  See you at 3:30 sharp for the opening ceremony!

UNIT INFORMATION: Viable Vietnam!

Literacy:
This week we beginning to investigate non-fiction genres, and begin to focus in on narrative non-fiction. We will be using the mentor text, “The Man Who Walked Between The Towers,” by Mordicai Gerstein. Students will be practising writing some of their own narrative non-fiction based on their field trip experiences last week.

Viable Vietnam: Unit Study
The enduring understanding (main focus) for this unit is: “The sustainability of culture is related to the environment.” Students will spend time reflecting and making connections about their field trip learning last week. These activities will help them to begin to think about topics for their documentaries. Students will also begin to learn about the geography and landforms of Vietnam and how they connect to culture. They will look at the functions of maps and models. This learning will tie to the visiting artist field trip on Thursday.

Math:
We will be continuing Unit 4: Operation with Fractions. Students will be learning how fractions are needed in real life through cooking. Students will begin multiplication of fractions. In order for this to be a success, we would like to borrow some cooking tools. If you have mixing bowls, measuring cups and spoons, and stirring spoons, please send them in with your child this week. Remember to label everything with your family name so we can ensure they are returned, when we are finished.

The Latest Learning!

 

4MS has been very busy as we’ve begun our latest Super Unit: Thinking Outside the Box! Please enjoy some photos of what we’ve been up to!

 

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Fantasy genre study!

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Learning to code!

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Ice Cream Multiplication Challenge!

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I know my times tables!

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Design Challenge in the Makerspace

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Coding plus Makey Makeys- what conducts electricity?

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Making a game control using playdough

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Drilling a hole!

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Look at this concentration.

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Coding challenge with Mr. Papaseit!

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Coding girls!

Partners working collaboratively to solve a design challenge:

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As you can see students have been working on many different types of challenges and showing teamwork and persistence!

Highlighting Literacy!

This week in literacy students will begin to flash draft (write) sections of their G4 speeches.  Students will continue focusing on deconstructing / examining professional presentation, such as TED Talks, and inquiring into how to use images, words, and gestures.  In reading, we are concentrating on writing in-depth reader responses.

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Discussing a TED talk style presentation with Mr. Papaseit

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Writing a speech with STRUCTURE!

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What makes a great presentation?

 

Big Week Coming Up!

GRADE 4 WEEKLY UPDATE #4

enews // google calendar// specialist communication

Week of September 5-9, 2016

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • School Photos: Individual- Wednesday, Sept. 7,  Class- Friday, Sept. 9

  • Early Dismissal: Wednesday, Sept.7 *Students will be dismissed at 12:15pm
  • MAP Testing begins this week!  4MS: Language Usage- Thursday, Sept. 8

 

SUPER UNIT INFORMATION:  Independent Me

Science/Social Studies:

This week we are continuing our three topics related to health: nutrition, substance abuse (tobacco only) and safe internet practices (netiquette, cyberbullying).  Students have been finding their new knowledge interesting so far and are becoming more health conscious and able to make better independent decisions regarding their health.

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Identifying External Influences

Literacy:  

This week in literacy students will continue to focus on reflecting about themselves as readers. They will be using Biblionasium to log their reading and add books to their virtual bookshelves.  As writers, students will continue looking at persuasive writing and speaking. They will be working at engaging in speaking games and generating ideas for persuasive essays to develop their spoken confidence as well as persuasion skills.

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Persuading Dr.Keller for longer PE!

Math:     

We are continuing our unit on whole numbers, place value and rounding in computation. Students will be doing activities and playing games around these concepts. We will be focusing on adding and subtracting large numbers.

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Rounding Games!

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Solving word problems together

 

Weekly Update #3!

Week of August 29- September 2, 2016

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

  • This week is Week B.
  • ASAs begin on Monday, August 29
  • No school this Friday, September 2: Vietnamese National Day!

 

Here is another look into our week in grade four!

SUPER UNIT INFORMATION:  Independent Me

Science/Social Studies:

This week we will dive into three topics related to health: nutrition, substance abuse (tobacco only) and safe internet practices (netiquette, cyberbullying).  Students will be learning in “rotations”, whereby each grade four teacher will be teaching one of the above topics.  Students will get to move around from classroom to classroom a little this week and next!

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4MS taking notes on NETIQUETTE!

Literacy:  

This week in literacy students will continue to focus on reflecting about themselves as readers. They will be using Biblionasium to log their reading and add books to their virtual bookshelves. Students will be writing structured reading responses to their teachers. As writers, students will begin to look at persuasive writing and speaking. They will be flash drafting a persuasive essay as a class as well as playing some speaking games that will begin to develop their spoken confidence as well as persuasion skills. Students will be given the BOY (Beginning of Year) Writing Assessment on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Math:     

We are continuing our unit on whole numbers, place value and rounding in computation. Students will be doing activities and playing games around these concepts. We will also be adding and subtracting large numbers.

Have a great week!