2018 Grade 4 staff:
4A Maddy Ried
4B Teagan Barrack
4C Caroline Farrant
4D Melissa Hermans
4E Candice Skinner
Welcome back to another busy term filled with fun activities. Students had their first ‘Grade 4 Production’ meeting at the end of last term and are looking forward to beginning auditions for speaking roles, in the coming weeks. We have also begun sessions with our grad one buddies! It has been lovely making new friends around the school, especially ones we can help during recess and lunch in the yard.
Students continue to delve into deeper conversations within our reciprocal reading groups, taking on a variety of roles. Our focus this term is to expose students to a wider variety of text types including multi-media texts and how pictures and diagrams can lead to a deeper understanding of the author’s purpose.
We have had a fantastic result of grade four students participating in Premier’s Reading Challenge and look forward to seeing the list of books read before the challenge concludes.
We are continuing to use our ‘Writer’s Notebook’ regularly this term for students to generate their own ideas.
In addition to this we have been focussing on the trait ‘conventions’ where students have begun revising and editing their work.
Below are photos of students practising the skill of revising (purple pen) and editing (green pen).
As we begin to cover more topics within Mathematics, students have created their own ‘Maths dictionary’ to assist with all those tricky words when problem solving.
We have begun looking at data, collecting, recording and analysing data focussed on student’s own interests. Further learning will include fractions and the four operations.
Students had great success last term demonstrating how they can be active citizens within our community. In small groups they were able to focus on an issue they had identified and decide on an effective method of bringing this to our attention. Majority of students wrote letters to the respective workers. Students were very excited to receive reply letter including responses from Mayor Bernadene Voss, Greg Alcock and Hon Jill Hennessy. Well done students!
This term in Inquiry we are focussing on Physical Science, in particular forces. Student’s final task will be to create a moving object, more to come soon!
www.grammarpolis.com a fun, interactive site that helps students learn about grammar and the parts of speech.
www.readingeggspress.com.au Reading Eggspress makes reading real books, improving spelling skills and building reading comprehension highly engaging for 7-13 year olds. This site is packed full of hundreds of great online activities, books and games to help build childrens’ literacy.
www.meriam-webster.com A great website with thinking games for improving your child’s lexicon.
www.vocabahead.com Vocab Ahead is a collection of short videos that give definitions, usage and pictures associated with interesting vocabulary words.
www.mathtv.com Math TV is an amazing collection of how-to videos in a variety of math subjects. This site is free, but it does require you to register to be able to view the videos.
www.learnyourtables.co.uk Learn Your Tables is a nice interactive site that allows students to practice their multiplication times tables.
www.learn.fi.edu/school/math2/ This site is for the specific purpose of preparing Middle School students for OPEN-ENDED problem solving. Each month includes problems from each of the following strands:
- Number Theory
- Patterns, Algebra, and Functions
- Data, Statistics, and Probability
http://www.sciencebug.org/index.html The educational goals of Catch the Science Bug are to increase science literacy and raise environmental consciousness by adhering to national standards and guidelines for content, to use different teaching methods for engaging all types of learners, and to encourage life-long learning by featuring scientists who model this behaviour.
http://invention.si.edu/explore/invention-stories/ Invention at Play is a fantastic interactive website from the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. When asked what inspired them to become inventors, many adults tell stories about playing as children. The Invention Playhouse takes this fact and offers up great activities to increase problem solving ability, visual thinking, collaboration and exploration.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/guides/z3c6tfr Touch typing practice to help build students’ typing skills.