Grade 4 - Oct. 10 / 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

Unit of Inquiry

This week we have been inquiring into the characteristics of the physical regions of Canada. There are 7 physical regions. Each region has its own unique features.

They are: 

  • Cordillera

  • Interior Plains

  • Hudson Bay Lowlands

  • Canadian Shield

  • Great Lakes/St. Lawrence Lowlands

  • Arctic Regions

  • Appalachian Lowlands

Your children have been learning about natural resources and that, depending on the physical features of each region, the Earth will give us different “gifts”. Those natural resources will affect the types of industries in each region. This investigation  facilitates the understanding of one of our three lines of inquiry: The relationship between the natural environment and industrial development

Math

This week, we have been working hard to deepen our understanding of addition. We are adding 3-digit and 4-digit numbers. Our focus has been on using Base 10 to construct a conceptual understanding of this process, as well as, to see the relationship between addition and subtraction. We will also be discussing and sharing different mental math strategies and the stacking method. The ability to show one’s understanding in a variety of ways demonstrates the breadth of our student’s comprehension of the concept of addition.

We will be moving on to subtraction next week.

Literacy

As you will have already seen, we have begun our first round of literature circles. Each grade 4 student has chosen their own Who Is/Who Was book based on their particular interests. Every week the students will be assigned a certain number of pages to read from their book. They need to complete a summary (of the material that was assigned to them) and one other activity based on a different reading strategy - asking questions, making connections and finding main ideas. The weekly activities are in a red duotang with all due dates enclosed. The due dates are different for 4A and 4B.

We continue to develop the reading skill of summarizing. We explicitly talk about why successful readers summarize and find main ideas. One of the reasons we have explored is that summarizing helps us to make appropriate jot notes. We will be using this particular skill as we begin to research the different physical regions of Canada.

Finally, we have started to investigate the specific features of a friendly letter. We have identified many features: date, greeting, opening line, body of letter, closing and a postscript. We will be developing this skill by writing to children in other parts of Canada.

PHE

The Grade 4’s continue to work on their invasion game unit. Students are playing a variety of soccer-like games, building our way up to a 2-net soccer game. We are also exploring some sport-specific skills such as passing and dribbling.

Music

Grade 4 students are rehearsing and performing O Canada. We have discussed the importance of singing our national anthem with pride and looked at an example of our rugby team singing O Canada before representing us at the Rugby World Cup competition currently in progress in Japan. We are recording a performance from 4A and 4B to be played each morning for the junior school community to sing along with in the coming weeks. 

French

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This week in French we finished all of the presentation for our “C’est Moi” projects. Everyone has been great risk-takers when doing their presentations and we have been working on being respectful during others presentations. Next week, we will be starting our French extension Canadian Geography unit. A way students can prepare for this upcoming week is to learn the names of Canada’s provinces and territories in French! 

Art

The Grade Four artists will begin to explore the concepts of light and shadow, and how it can be used to create interesting works of art. 


LOOKING AHEAD

Please see our schedules linked below. Please note that subject blocks may change from time to time but we will use this as a guide.

4B Class Schedule

4A Class Schedule

Click here for instructions on how to set up your child's Yorkschool Google account at home.

Should you like some additional practice, here are some great options:

IXL **- online math and language-based skills practice 

To sign in to your child’s IXL account - you need to access IXL through the York School website/portal. https://www.yorkschool.com/6-12-students. Once there, you need to click on JK-Grade 5 resources in the top green toolbar. After this, click on IXL. Their username is their first initial + last name + 28. Example: snewell28. Their password is: 123456.

BrainPop **- educational videos and quizzes on a variety of subjects

Students can log in to Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. from their Chrome Account. Once there, they need to go to Google Drive. In the Drive there is an icon on the top toolbar that looks like a waffle or a 3x3 grid. Click on the icon - a variety of apps appear. If you click on “More” an icon for Brain Pop appears. Once this icon is clicked, your child will be directed to their account. They can switch between Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. once they are in Brain Pop.

Raz Kids - **reading programme with comprehension questions

Grade 4 students now have access to Raz Kids. They each have a picture password. Each grade 4 class has a teacher code.

4A Code: mhudson57

4B Code: suznewell


Grade 4 Family Tech Morning Invitation

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On Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 8:30 AM, we invite you to attend the Grade 4 Family Tech Morning at the Junior School. Starting a dialogue with your children about using social media and managing digital use is paramount to their success at both home and school. The morning will consist of activities that will explore, navigate and discuss the ever-changing digital world.

Family Tech morning will begin with parents, students, and facilitators lasting approximately 45 minutes. Following this, there will be an opportunity for parents to stay and continue the conversation with faculty. The event will be lead by Afzal Shaikh, Amy Faba, Yochabel Di Giorgio, along with Elissa Kline-Beber and Justin Medved.  

Please RSVP here. Any questions, please contact Afzal Shaikh at ashaikh@yorkschool.com


Reminders

  • Students should have a pair of indoor and outdoor shoes

  • Water bottle for the classroom to prevent students from leaving during lessons

  • Agendas will be sent home on most Mondays with a note for the week and should be kept in school bag in case we need to add a reminder

  • Students are to go outside in the morning for drop off and should not be coming upstairs to their cubbies before 8:15AM

Please see our schedules linked below. Please note that subject blocks may change from time to time but we will use this as a guide.

4B Class Schedule

4A Class Schedule

Click here for instructions on how to set up your child's Yorkschool Google account at home.

Should you like some additional practice, here are some great options:

IXL **- online math and language-based skills practice 

To sign in to your child’s IXL account - you need to access IXL through the York School website/portal. https://www.yorkschool.com/6-12-students. Once there, you need to click on JK-Grade 5 resources in the top green toolbar. After this, click on IXL. Their username is their first initial + last name + 28. Example: snewell28. Their password is: 123456.

BrainPop **- educational videos and quizzes on a variety of subjects

Students can log in to Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. from their Chrome Account. Once there, they need to go to Google Drive. In Drive there is an icon on the top toolbar that looks like a waffle or a 3x3 grid. Click on the icon - a variety of apps appear. If you click on “More” an icon for Brain Pop appears. Once this icon is clicked, your child will be directed to their account. They can switch between Brain Pop and Brain Pop Jr. once they are in Brain Pop.

Raz Kids - **reading programme with comprehension questions

In previous years, Grade 4 did not have access to Raz Kids. Due to its popularity, we are working on getting a license for all of our students. Stay tuned.

Reporting an Absence?

If your child(ren) are going to be absent from school for any reason, please send an email to 1639attendance@yorkschool.com as well as to their homeroom teacher. If your child is returning to school during the day, please have him/her sign in with reception.


IMPORTANT DATES

Please make sure to check The York School’s full school calendar regularly for updates, locations and times.

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